Monthly Archives: July 2013

transit love

transit on the Tour de Rae

A mistake or negative experience isn’t all that bad if you learn from it.  Don’t cry over spilled milk.  Waste a couple dollars on some rookie moves?  Don’t let it happen again.  Over Memorial Day when I was in NY for only 3 days, I blew through over $20 on my MetroCard and managed to perfect amateur hour by taking at least three $30+ cab rides between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Not this time.

Lesson learned.  Not only did I know I was going to be there for five days, I knew that I was going to making a lot of solo moves as I was only working two days and was going to try and get some QT in with as many people as possible.  Upon my Monday arrival, I immediately purchased the $30, unlimited week MetroCard.  Below is a list of (most of) my moves in the five days.

Franklin Ave (Crown Heights, Brooklyn) to Nevins St (Brooklyn), roundtrip
Franklin Ave  to Grand Street (LES), one way
Franklin Ave to Nevins, one way
Nevins to Atlantic/Barclays (Brooklyn), one way
Atlantic/Barclays to Franklin Ave, one way
Franklin Ave to Union Square, round trip
Franklin Ave to Nevins, round trip
Franklin Ave to Prince St, one way
Spring St to Union Square, one way
Union Square to Franklin Ave, round trip
Franklin Ave to Atlantic/Barclays, round trip
Court St/Borough Hall (Brooklyn) to 28th Street (Manhattan), one way
33rd Street to Essex Street (East Villiage), one way
Delancy Street (East Villiage) to Canal Street (Soho), one way
Spring Street to Franklin Ave, one way
 

Each one way fare is $2.50.  The above listed travels could have run me about $50 and although the weekly unlimited ride MetroCard is good for 7 days, I used it for 5 and saved minimally $2o, which ended up covering nearly my entire bus fare to Springfield during my northeastern summer tour.  Safe and smart travels everyone!

xo Rae

transit love

american apparel denim circle skirt

shopping on the Tour de Rae

Shopping on the Tour de Rae wasn’t supposed to happen.  And, quite honestly, for the most part, it didn’t.  The Tour de Rae consisted of two weddings on bookend weekends in Upstate NY and in Beverly, MA, separated by 5 days in NYC and ending with a Sunday in Boston, yesterday.  With a wide variety of options, the amount of shopping I resisted is commendable (but you should totally check the 20 percent off everything NastyGal.com sale going on now).

Wednesday evening I was trying to connect with one of my guy friends that likes shopping equally (if not more) as me which was good because I could shop with him, for him and not myself.  In our evening plan making we were both separately trying to get to the gym and run some errands prior to meeting in Soho.  I arrived, surprisingly, on time, by 8:15.  Consequently, I ended up having about 30 minutes to kill.  Instead of opting for the few streets I am most familiar with, I found myself on Lafayette in some resemblance of an American Apparel outlet.  Destiny?  Probably.  You should definitely stop by.

I exercised extreme self-control and walked out with simply one skirt.  The high-waisted denim circle skirt was originally (and is still available on the website) for $52.  I got mine for $35 which is about a third off.  Circle skirts are awesome because they fit on your natural waist and are flattering over your hips.  Big hips, big fan, two thumbs up.

american apparel denim circle skirt

I ended up wearing it out to lunch with my combat boots and a sleeveless collared shirt Friday afternoon running around the city visiting people. And although I returned to Miami with more stuff than I left with this is only 1 of 2 items I bought during my 10 days out of Miami.  Hash tag PROUD.

xo Rae