Sunflower Summer Days

Living in NYC during a pandemic has been interesting.  Like I haven’t left my borough (Queens) except to pick up some things at the office back in May, making this the longest I’ve been away from the city (Manhattan) in years.  My summers usually includes work and taking long walks in the city afterwards usually around the neighborhood. Usually this involves browsing at the local book store, if not the library, meeting my friends for dinner and a movie, going to a marketing/social media/blogger workshop or checking out some of the events advertised on Facebook, like the Japanese food festival I attended last summer. Obviously things were very different this year.

Thankfully even with COVID and quarantine, Summer 2020 was not cancelled as most of us had joked when the season first started. Sure, I stayed closer to home yet this turned out to be a little fun because I got to do things like ride a bike again for the first time in 14 years and read a book under a tree at a park my parents used to take me and brother when we were kids. So much nostalgia and not just in Queens because just this past weekend, my friend Diana and I made the trek to Roosevelt Island, our favorite hang out spot back when we were in college to see how much it has changed since we last visited.

Sunflower Field Installation by the NY Historical Society at Four Freedoms Park to honor 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Now that summer coming to an end, I find myself being surprised that I’m not feeling totally saddened by the fact that my original plans for the summer didn’t become a reality. Although I’m really looking forward to my vacation next week, and not just so I can get ahead on some “side hustle” work which is my usual “bad” habit, hahaha. I still have plans of (finally) spending a day at the beach and having a socially-distant picnic with my friends to catch up after spending so many months apart. It’s going to be great.

As for this outfit for my trip to Roosevelt Island, I figured I should switch things up and try something close to Rockabilly style. I paired this crop top that I got at a Modcloth sample sale last year with these new  high-waist paperbag shorts from Fashion to Figure. I did remove the self-tie belt that the shorts come with in favor of my red belt to add a pop of color to match with my red lipstick. I think for my first attempt at Rockabilly its not that bad but I hope to try this style again someday because I really find the aesthetic interesting.

~Get the look~

Offbeat but Organized Cropped Blouse (UK22/US18)  | Modcloth (similar here)
Black high-rise Paperbag Waist Cuffed Shorts (Size 16)  | Fashion to Figure
Black Faux Leather Gladiator Sandal | Torrid (similar here)

How has your summer been this year? Did you try any new styles?

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