Da Bomb Diggity

Yes currently it's really cold in NYC but given global warming (I tend to mention that in style posts a lot) I have learned to combine seasonless silhouettes together.  The bomber jacket is the right way to cover up in style whether it's 56 or 26 degrees.  I remember borrowing my older brother's bomber jacket in junior high school when I was in my super tomboy phase, add in gap overalls, timberlands, the infamous purple jansport book bag and I thought I was the bomb (cause I was!). Mid 90s in NYC the THING was to have a bomber jacket and it had to be from an Army/Navy store for additional street cred (legit ask any New Yorker who grew up mid-90s)

In 2017, I pair the bomber with a LBD (Little Black Dress) and red pumps, prefect for a night out.  Since it is cold right now...and I want to keep this realistic af haha. So if it was cold I would  pair this jacket with a turtleneck midi dress and sheer stockings. 

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Jacket:  Topshop , Dress:  T by Alexander Wang , Shoes:  Steve Madden

Jacket: Topshop, Dress: T by Alexander Wang, Shoes: Steve Madden

Pins:  Jordandene
Photography by  Manish Gosalia

Photography by Manish Gosalia

The bomber jacket just adds a bit of a tomboyish touch to any look, given how hard it can be to look fashionable in the winter time (as it is important to keep warm) it's rad to see brands take the bomber jacket to the next level. Check out my winter pics below! 

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No matter your overall style, you can accentuate your aesthetic and prepare yourself for colder days with one of the bomber jacket options above. If you want to read more about the bomber jacket check out this HYPEBEAST article explaining the history, they totally nailed it! 

Stay chic and warm y'all!

xo
Kos

Don't Call It a Comeback

There is a big DIY mindset happening…..  I’ve been noticing them worn in my neighborhood, at coffee shops, on the street, via social media, at fashion shows and comic cons  —   ENAMEL PINS

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Enamel Pins, have become one of the most popular forms of self-expression.   Collecting enamel pins has grown from a hobby into a major cultural trend, and I am here for it!   It’s another way to express who you are online and off!  These pins are tradable, inexpensive to produce (for artists looking for a way to test drive their art) and purchase. Most new pins can be divided up into a few easily identified categories: punk-inspired, artist-produced, activism inspired, emoji galore, Rick and Morty characters, and pizza. There is a REALLY pin for everyone!   

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Check out a few of my favs!

COMIC BOOK ENAMEL PIN $8.88

COMIC BOOK ENAMEL PIN $8.88

What I dig more about enamel pins is that it's bringing such an old fashioned activity as "collecting" fun again.  The only memory I have collecting anything besides comics were trading cards. The pins I discovered in this post were because of an Instagram post I saw, how rad is that?! Folks can discover a pin on an IG post, collect, then trade with their friend's (brining face to face interaction).

Given the NYC weather is heading to the teen digits soon, I am personally using the pins to add a little extra umph to my outerwear! How else will people know that I love fashion and comics if they don't see my IG? Ha ha!

xo

Kos

Gardens: My Happy Place :)

April did bring in the showers that's for sure, but there were a few beautiful days such as Easter Sunday.  I ended up walking around my neighborhood to discover my new favorite place: Greene Acres Community Garden.  It is right across the street from Bedford Hill (my coffeeshop), the past few weeks I have been sitting in the garden during my 4pm slump break (what work from home folks do).   

The garden encompasses five lots containing numerous ornamental plantings and a wide variety of vegetables – including tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, peppers and squash.  Maintained by a large, active group of local residents, Greene Acres features numerous innovations that make the garden a model of sustainability.  For example, a rainwater collection system not only provides a renewable source of water that helps with overall garden maintenance, but also supports a goldfish pond surrounded by annuals. 

I have my mom and sisters to thank for my love of gardens, I think my first memory was really playing in my late grandparents backyard.  They had houses in Virginia, New Jersey, and Westbury.  Being a city girl, I am grateful to had that experience of not just playing outside in the court but also having the experiencing of a backyard.  

Visiting my grandparents was the best! On top of the backyard they had a pool table in their house! My grandmother would have spaghetti ready to eat while sneaking $10 in my pocket lol. And my grandfather always used to let me win at pool, he also had the VHS of the Star Wars Trilogy that we used to watch often :)

Graduating made me think about my grandparents ALOT since they were present when I received my bachelor's at FIT. I'll be honest, during the last few weeks of graduation, it made me sad they didn't physically see me graduate but I know spiritually they do, so I'm grateful for that and grateful for the lovely memories I have of them.  Thank you Nana & Popi!

My sister India, my brother Nei, Nana, Popi, and I

My sister India, my brother Nei, Nana, Popi, and I

Now I'm stoked I have a garden that is so close to me, I mean soaking in the spring weather with an iced coffee in tow is paradise to me :)

The Greene Acres Community Garden is located between Franklin and Greene avenues.

With May being here, means new posts! This week: Akua Harris-Cosplay Whisperer & Plant Apothecary review!

HAPPY MAY!

xo

Kos