Friday, 6 June 2014

NYC - What I Wore!

Thanks for all the lovely comments from my last post - thrilled you enjoyed listening to the choir performances....I'm still pinching myself about actually being part of it all!

But I know that you've been wondering what I wore and what I bought...so here goes with the outfits - the shopping will follow shortly.
My clothes options were a bit limited...I had to wear either choir uniform or choir t-shirt on all but 2 occasions. But I got great wear out of the black items I showed you on the capsule wardrobe post.

For travelling over, it was comfort all the way - here I am at the bus stop at 5.15am
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Harem Pants - ℅ Hush
Trainers - H&M (current season - not online)
Denim Jacket - Vero Moda
Scarf - old from eBay
Large Leather Handbag - M&S Sale (similar here & here)

On the first evening, I changed out of my choir t-shirt and into my H&M coral pink top. It was a cool evening so I layered over my charity shop bargain Dorothy Perkins jacket and a scarf. But Thursday was glorious so I was able to go without a jacket to Central Park for the open air performance. It was lovely to meet Bernie 'my kind of cousin' (it's complicated!), who lives in New York, who came along to cheer us on.

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Jeans - Gap Outlet,
Cross Body - Boden (past season - similar here)
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Coral T-Shirt - H&M (this season - in store)
Quilted Jacket - Dorothy Perkins (via charity shop - similar here & here)
Sandals - TK Maxx (current season - in store - similar here & here)

Bernie, her friend Kate and I had a lovely lunch catch up before the next singing engagement at the New York New Belfast conference (at the invitation of the Belfast Lord Mayor). I wore my Wallis jumpsuit to this.

Next day, we had two gigs - singing at the New York, New Belfast conference once again in yet another black ensemble:

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Maxi Skirt- ℅ Hot Squash
Vest - Zara
Sandals - TK Maxx (current season not online - similar here & here)

..followed by a gig at Rutgers University in New Jersey where I wore the Wallis Jumpsuit once more. In fact, I have to confess that I didn't wear my Matalan one at all! But I've not abandoned it completely..it was just that the Wallis one is a bit more substantial and dressier so it seemed more appropriate for these gigs.
On Saturday - I wore the maxi skirt again and another Zara vest...with a scarf as it was a bit chilly in the morning. Loved this photo Gemma-Louise took of me in front of our local police station while we went on a very brief but productive trip to the local TJ Maxx!

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Sunday was super hot so I wore my Hot Squash cool fabric maxi dress. It's quite low cut front and back so I layered a M&S vest underneath and added the Floral Statement necklace from my shop.

We had 3 gigs on Sunday so during an afternoon break, I had my hair blow-dried and changed into my Boden maxi dress for our last gig at Connolly's Pub. It was so lovely to meet my cousin Patrick there (who also lives in NYC) AND what a surprise when Joanna from Poppy's Style sauntered in mid-performance with her friend Cali...I wasn't supposed to see them until Monday so it was great to have a quick catch up and a photo.

Finally, Monday, our last day...and my birthday! So I wore a new top I picked up in Urban Outfitters the day before...can you tell I had had enough of black?!

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Jeans - Gap Outlet
dRA Rosie Peasant Top - Urban Outfitters USA (not showing on the UK site)
Shoes & Bag - NYC Purchases!
What made my day even more special was a lunch with Joanna, Cali & Gemma Louise at Balthazar - the Beckham's restaurant of choice in Soho...no less! It was a fantastic way to celebrate...complete with cocktails and birthday ice-cream!
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It's been amazing remembering back on the past week - feeling a little bit sad that it's all over now though :(
I'm off now to edit the shopping photos - so excited to share the giveaway prize I got from Michael Kors!! Back really soon, I promise.

Ax

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11 comments

  1. Gorgeous photos Avril....I do like a bit of black myself! It must have been great to celebrate your birthday in NYC:) Have a lovely weekend!
    ~Anne xx

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  2. I am sooo envious! Looks like you had a wonderful time Avril and you got your capsule wardrobe spot on! You have purchased some really lovely items too......love the skaters and the peasant top! You look stunning in the jumpsuit and maxi dress outfits xx

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  3. Of course I'm not envious at all!!!! Love your capsule wardobe and the fact that you managed to inject colour as you went along. Off to find the Yellow Pages...I'm going to join a choir xx

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  4. You did such a brilliant job with your' packing. It looks like you took loads of stuff when, in fact, you were minimal. I love the picture with Joanna and Cali. You certainly crammed an awful lot into your' stay. H xx

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  5. Super post Avril, it makes me want to go back to NY Asap. That jumpsuit from Wallis is beautiful! Sounds like you had an amazing trip. Delighted for you! x

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  6. Some gorgeous outfits here Avril, so glad you had an amazing time! x

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  7. I have jumpsuit envy - looks fab on you Avril! So glad you had a good time and how lovely to meet up with friends and family too. x

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  8. Some super outfits, just love the harem pants and jumpsuit on you in particular! And that fab peasant top you bought. Stylish lady! P x

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  9. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges8 June 2014 at 09:38

    It all sounds just so wonderful & your packing was spot on too! How lovely that you got to celebrate your birthday there & catch up with Joanna! This is a trip to cherish thats for sure! Ax

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  10. Looks like you had such an amazing time! Absolutely love the jumpsuit on you.
    Abbi x

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  11. Aww you sound like you have been having a great time, going to stop by now and catch up :) loving your Wallis jumpsuit and the beautiful flower necklace x

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