Fashion Over Reason: Garden State

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Garden State

Fashion Over Reason Garden State opener, Upper West Side Community Garden

It's never an easy feat to find green spaces in New York. While there are beautiful parks that pepper the city, most of them usually consist of a playground, not much grass and a handball court. Taking Central Park, Prospect Park and McCarren Park out of the equation, the denizens of this great town are not exactly left with very many fauna options when in need of a bit of fresh air.

There are little gems in certain neighborhoods that are known as community gardens, which are nurtured by samaritans who crave a side of turf with their concrete. The setting for this shoot consists of probably the prettiest and vastest one I've ever come across -- the NYC hippies usually only get a little square of soil to cultivate on a corner block. How could we not shoot here? By the looks of it, you would never think that we are in the middle of Manhattan, right? Find out more about the West Side Community Garden here.

The beautiful nature setting even inspired me to break out of my sartorial comfort zone and introduce a print into my usually paired-down, neutrals mix. It's amazing how a magical opening filled with manicured trees and carefully planted flowers can be hidden among a New York City stretch of buildings and rouse something in you.

City garden, West Side Community Garden, New York City, Upper West Side, print mixingNature retreat in the city, white frilly silk Joe Fresh blouse, tropical print Zara shortsWhite silk blouse, leopard print calf hair J.Crew pouch, vintage bracelet, Zara tropical print high waisted shortsUnder the lush gazebo, in the park, nature haven in New York City, West Side Community GardenJoe Fresh white silk frilly blouse, Zara tropical print shorts, Ray-Ban green/gold aviators, in the garden by the flowers, messy blond bobMessy blond bob, bed head, Ray-Ban aviators, Joe Fresh silk blouse, Zara tropical print shorts, high-waisted, J.Crew leopard print calf hair pouch, Sandro Anaconda slip-on snake embossed sneakersMessy blond bob, west side community garden, floral greenery camo, fresh summer styleGolden hour in the West Side Community Garden, white silk blouse, print high waisted shorts, j.crew leopard print pouch, pattern mixingHanging out in New York City's Upper West Side Community Garden, Sandro slip-on studded Anaconda sneakers, flower tropical print shorts, white silk blouseMessy blond bob, in the sunshine at golden hour in the garden, New York City, fashion blogger, park outfit, tropical nature camoVintage dainty bracelet, antique engagement ring from the 1920s & etched platinum wedding band, gold stacked rings from Chic Peek, Verameat gold heart shaped midi ring, accessories, jewelry, closeupChilling in the West Side Community Garden in New York City, silk blouse, tropical print shorts, leopard print pouch, slip-on sneakers, Joe Fresh, Zara, J.Crew, Sandro, Ray-Ban, vintage jewelry
Photos by Ian Rusiana

Top - Joe Fresh (this one's great and on sale!)
Shorts - Zara (these are great)
Shoes - Sandro (these are amazing)
Pouch - J.Crew (love this one)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bracelet - Vintage (this is very similar)
Gold ring stacks - Chic Peek
Heart midi ring - Verameat (same idea)
necklace - Finish the Outfit (try this one)

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Unknown said...

Lovely photos! It's amazing to see those trees in NYC. Great place for shooting. Love your look, the Ray-Bans are gorgeous. Have a great Sunday!

Jasmine x
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Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Such a beautiful location and wonderful outfit! x

JANICE G said...

cute look~

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Coco said...

You truly found a cool location Helene!! Love your shorts!
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Unknown said...

Beautiful setting indeed and lovely shorts!


Unknown said...

I love how fresh you look at those photos. You're outfit is so pretty especially the perfect combination of that floral skirt and white simple top with the background.

Ana said...

lovely garden. :)
love how nicely the top looks tucked into the shorts, great contrast.
Lovely hair cut by the way, casual but it stand out.

Ana x

Bargain Chic said...

Beautiful scenery and lovely outfit.
Simply love the shoes!

Unknown said...

You look lovely Hélène! You should break out of your comfort zone more often...especially now that the temperatures are still so summery, and invite us to be a bit more daring colour- and printwise:)

Funny that you talk about green spaces in New York. I recently talked about green spaces in London too :) It's full of magical green patches. Every week I discover a new one!

Jasmin xx

Alexis Grace of North On Harper said...

What a great find-- such a beautiful garden! And bravo to you for stepping outside of your comfort zone…I completely relate to your print aversion and have been attempting to break my own rules a bit more frequently...

Melissa said...

Wow, you look amazing! I really love this style on you :) The pictures are amazing as well, all so beautiful! :)


Natalia Bosch said...

Lovely post.

Lots of love.

Natalia Bosch said...

Lovely post.

Lots of love.

Jeanne said...

what a lovely skirt Hélène! It looks gorgeous with the skater shoes!
Great look!

Jeanne said...

Amazing skirt and skater shoes Hélène!You look so great!I love the setting too! ;)

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh my you are right, this is a WONDERFUL garden!! And you are wearing the perfect skirt, and love how you paired with the more rock-n-roll shoes. No i have not heard from Diana

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Allie said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos and one amazing outfit! <3

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Sybil said...

loving the lush green location!! chic outfit from head to toe!!! :D

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Nadine said...

Gorgeous setting and look!


Anastasia said...

Wat can I say about this post! All your pictures are simply amazing! Lovely style and fabulous shorts :)


Amazing photos, I love your look! xxx

Elifnaz said...

Great casual outfit, nice pics!

Unknown said...

You look PERFECT ! Love those charming pictures, those slipons are adorable and you mix different prints effortlessly !

taislany said...

love the shorts!! very colourful!


Johanna said...

You would never know you're in Manhattan! Great backdrop and shorts!

A Very Sweet Blog said...

I love your top and skirt! The flutter of the sleeves and print of your skirt. Awesome! It's a beautiful space. So much charm.

Unknown said...

I just love your outfit! And your hair is gorgeous!! :) xx

Femme Home said...

Love the shoes! Great for transitioning into fall.

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Unknown said...

How beautiful ! This is Such an inspiration!
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Styleofblonde said...

Love your outfit, ut's gorgeous! Great pictures!

Margot said...

I love you short !
So nice