East Villager


We finally had some warm-ish weather here in NYC this weekend, and the brunch crowds were out in full force on Saturday. Excited to soak up a little sun, Sunita V. and I joined the hordes, hitting up El Camion in the East Village up for eggs, home fries and a side of margaritas.


The East Village was the first neighborhood I lived in when I first moved to NYC, so after brunch, I decided to visit some of my favorite old haunts. First, we hit up the Alphabets gift shop, which happened to be having a 50%-70% off moving sale, and I scored a cute faux-leather skirt and top for around $35 altogether. After that, we swung by a few secondhand boutiques--including Rena Reborn and AuH2O--and then finally re-caffeinated with a visit to my fave dog-friendly coffee shop, The Bean. I did get a little sentimental passing my old block on East 7th and almost started to miss my EV digs--that is until I remembered the apartment's leaky ceilings, insanely tiny, dark rooms and mouse infestations (!). Luckily, I've become much more discerning apartment hunter since those early days.


I kept it laid-back for the day, pairing some black stretch pants ($20) with a sheer, flannel-print top (cost unknown) I've had forever. I added the black fur-like vest I found at the Salvation Army Coat Sale for just $18, and finished off the look with some $1.50 sunnies (Forever 21) and a pair of perfectly worn-in suede boots, which Sunita thrifted for me during the Eat Drink Thrift event at Buy The Bag, for what likely boiled down to a buck or two. Head to toe, the full look came out to roughly $42.