July 31, 2014

passing through: lower east side

The Steele Maiden: Guide to NYC Lower East SideI realized recently that I hadn't shared any of my favorite New York neighborhoods with you since I'd moved back and with dozens of neighborhoods and hundreds of streets (and we're just talking Manhattan) to get through - I figured I'd better start.  The Lower East Side has always been one of my favorite places to indulge in this city.  A decidedly young crowd, the neighborhood maintains its grit while still managing to offer some of my can't miss spots.  Below, the best of the best from the heart of the area.  Have your own LES favorites or planning a trip of your own and want some more recommendations? Feel free to share or ask away!
The Steele Maiden: Guide to NYC Lower East Side
The Steele Maiden: Guide to NYC Lower East Side



1. Schiller's Liquor Bar: A long standing favorite, Schiller's rustic meets modern decor and perpetually cool crowd stand alongside a finely edited menu of cocktails and oysters.  I've never been before roughly 5 pm but if you are an early riser I hear they serve Stumptown coffee and dollar donuts.    2. Economy Candy: Not much larger than a closet but totally worth the crowds.  If you can squeeze in - you've entered candy heaven.  From international varieties you otherwise can't find in the US to every forgotten candy of your youth - you'll be hard pressed to leave this place empty handed.3. Pixie Market: My guide wouldn't be complete without a little bit of shopping, right? Pixie Market is one of those places you say you'll just stop in to browse, but inevitably end up leaving armed with an entirely new outfit - often for less than $100.  My favorites are their killer selection of matching sets.  (If you're not in NYC shop them here)4. Little Muenster: I distinctly remember my pilgrim voyage when this nothing-but-grilled-cheese shop opened a few years back.  Between its no frills menu of delicious cheesy creations, cheap beer and cheese grater chandelier - this is your spot if you're looking for a quick stop in before hitting the bars.5. Arlene's Grocery: Just across the way from Little Muenster, this longstanding bar could fool tourists into assuming it's nothing more than a (somewhat rundown) supermarket - mainly because it actually used to be a bodega before they transformed it.  Now, its a often crowded, always fun live music mainstay in the area.  Extra points if you manage to get yourself on stage for their high stakes karaoke.   6. The Derby: The newest to join the LES pack, recently opened The Derby boasts 'biscuits and bourbon' - what's not to love? Equally suited for brunch as it is a night cap - come if you want to try chicken and waffles, stay if you're in a whiskey on the rocks kinda mood.  7. The Meatball Shop: The epitome of 'do one thing and do it well' - The Meatball Shop takes on a home cooked favorite and nails it.  Its a choose your own adventure sort of menu with plentiful options for sauces and sides.  Trust the endless crowds outside (and the fact that they've now expanded to 3 locations straddling 2 boroughs) - you won't regret it. 



July 30, 2014

bright bloom

The Steele Maiden: Floral dress date night styleWhile the Summer seems to be flying by (I mean how is it the end of July already?), I'm trying to slow things down by embracing distinctly Summer styles.  Like this bright, feminine floral dress perfect for a spontaneous midweek date night.  The dress teeters on the edge of being too girly for my style - but I love how the bold black trim, cool collar detail, and plunging neckline adds a little bit of edge to balance things out.  Holding on to nights, weather and dresses like these until Fall edges its way in eventually.p.s. You still have a chance to win $100 to shop Little Mistress - find details on my Twitter!Little Mistress Dress c/o // ASOS Clutch - c/o on sale // Loren Hope Cuff c/o // Vintage Watch // Zara Heels - similar via Zappos
The Steele Maiden: Floral dress date night style

The Steele Maiden: Floral dress date night style

The Steele Maiden: Floral dress date night style

The Steele Maiden: Floral dress date night style

The Steele Maiden: Floral dress date night style

The Steele Maiden: Floral dress date night style



July 28, 2014

street talk

The Steele Maiden: New York City street style
On Saturday we were packed and ready to head to Rockaway Beach before realizing the clouds probably just weren't going to clear.  If you've ever had the deeply depressing experience of thinking you were headed to the beach (I'm talking bathing suit on) then you'll have an idea of how I felt on Saturday.  Because I'm lucky to have found someone who instantly knows how to cheer me up, Adam insisted I get changed into some of my favorite items (currently, this denim mini skirt and always, this vintage bag) and that we wander aimlessly around downtown.  Two hours of walking later we'd found a newly opened book shop in our neighborhood, possibly the cutest street ever in the West Village, witnessed an arrest (for balance right?) and talked until I forgot all about the beach.  That's the thing about a change of outfit, it can change your mood completely.

Zara Shirt - similar via Ruche // Lulu Frost Necklace - on major sale via Gilt // Asos Skirt c/o // Asos Sandals c/o - sold out, similar // Vintage Bag - similar from French Connection in Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

The Steele Maiden: New York City street style

The Steele Maiden: New York City street style

The Steele Maiden: New York City street style

The Steele Maiden: New York City street style

The Steele Maiden: New York City street style

The Steele Maiden: New York City street style