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Can’t I do it all at the same time?

I am unfortunately inconsistent with accessories. Every single time I’m home for more than 24 hours, my mom individually asks about every piece of jewelry she’s ever bought me with the assumption that because I’m not wearing it, I lost it.

Granted, my younger self’s track record was less than stellar but I usually respond really maturely like,”COME ON MOM. I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE.”

This past of misplacing jewelry occasionally might be true but I know why. I can’t commit or if I can’t sleep with them on every night, I’m just not interested. Yea.

However, currently, I am doing pretty well. Although, I haven’t commited to any significant uniformity, right now, I’m consistently wearing a few things I picked up at one of SoHo’s newest stores on Broadway, and other stories.

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The earrings are matte black and one is wishbone shaped while the other is… not. The cuff ring is brushed gold and the gold on the bracelet and silver brand midi ring both have a flat finish. I still haven’t committed to one, but I like it better that way.

The earrings and the silver midi were $15 each, the ring was $22 and the bracelet was $6. And, everything was half off. The sale is still going on and you should consider going.

xo Rae

 

 

I MADE A LIST

Get with it or don’t. In no particular order, below I’ve listed my Top 25 tracks from 2014 that were under the radar that you should definitely know about. Some will be from artists you know (and a few may not have flown that low) while others should implore you to check out the entire catalog of some that might be new to you. Needless to say with the projects slated for 2015 from the established and up and comers, I am very much looking forward to putting you on and I welcome anyone that wants to send me tracks.

Enjoy! Be Safe and Happy New Year!


Tom Misch – You’ve Got Me Flying
Jordan Rakei – Add The Bassline
Honne – Warm On A Cold Night
Kun – Valentine Jazz
Willow Smith – Female Energy Freestyle
Kali Uchis – I’m Real
Ciara – Sorry (Shepard Sounds Mix)
Kelela – Send Me Out (Obey City Mix)
Jessie Ware ft. Miguel – Kind Of… Sometimes… Maybe
BOY/FRIEND – Eve
Melo-X & Beyoncé – Drunk In Lust (Version 2)
Theophilus London ft. Jesse Boykins – Tribe (MIX)
A$AP Ferg – Work (Flow-Fi Mix)
The Neighbourhood ft. Danny Brown- H8M4CH1N3
Travi$ Scott – Drugs You Should Try It
Tunji Ige – Slow Dance
Pizzle – Cheeks
Bobby Raps – Ready
Theophilus London – Do Girls
Joe Kay –  Don’t You (Traphouse Mix)
Ty Dolla $ign ft Weekend – Or Nah Remix
SchoolBoy Q – Studio
PARTYNEXTDOOR – Persian Rugs (Joe Kay Edit)
The Stan4rd – Tryna Fuk/No Reply
Tropics – Blame

xo Rae

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Post Basel and Pre NYE: A New Yorker’s Guide to Miami

Miami, it’s like little Manhattan, select long weekends of the year. Specifically, the first weekend of December, during Art Basel and the 24 satellite fairs, the city’s gallerists, artists, art lovers, musicians, photographers, socialites and IG famous embark on the 3o5, jam-packed with openings, receptions, exhibits and guestlist only parties. If you’re unfamiliar, think SXSW but prettier and art rather than tech.

Now, contrary to popular belief, truthfully Miami is a small, big city and for whatever reason despite not having 8 million human, it is still rather inefficient especially for New Yorkers. So, after a fairly successful trip for Basel before some of you inevitably take your talents to South Beach for New Year’s Eve, prepare properly with these Miami hacks for New Yorkers.

Let’s start from the beginning, like prior to arrival. I HIGHLY recommend using AirBnb rather than a hotel. A lot of the hotels are run down and do not look like the photos online. If you have the money, stick to the newly renovated James Hotel, The W South Beach, The Fontainebleu (a bit off actual South Beach), The Raleigh, SLS and however tacky it is, the rooms at The Dream are in good shape. Miami has cockroaches, year round, HUGE ones, stay in a nice place. If you AirBnB, stay off Washington, Collins or Ocean Drive to cut on traffic. Anywhere South of Fifth Ave is pretty good and Alton Road will give you good access to leaving or staying on South Beach. Also, there’s a Whole Foods to eat healthy while on vacation and save on mediocre Lincoln Road, tourist trap restaurants.

Upon arrival, have cash and your Google Maps ready for your cab ride. Fortunately, taxis have set fares to different neighborhoods from the airport however, VERY few take cards, which is archaic but very real. Miami does finally have Uber but it was RARE to see cars available without a 2.2 or higher surge price during Basel. Similar to when searching for accommodations, while in cabs, vehemently demand to stay off Washington, Collins Ave and Ocean Drive as much as possible.

Check every tab at every bar you order a drink at. The majority of your orders will have an automatic gratuity charge thus unless you are interested in tipping upwards of 40 percent, stay aware.

Lastly, Miami Beach has free WiFi. Although I am unsure if it works well, it does exist. The signal is City_of_Miami_Beach_Wifi.

To less ATM fees and a Happy New Year – see you soon Miami.

xo Rae

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You know what they say about big closets…

For the first time since 2011, I’m living with girls. Further, I don’t have sisters so the only person I was stealing clothes from was my mom. As I was significantly taller than her for, give or take, the last 12 years, it’s been limiting. Now I live with two girls and we all have big closets (ESPECIALLY by Brooklyn standards).

One of my roommates, Celine, has this incredible, oversized, mohair cardigan. I wore it once and quickly realized, although I could not get the identical one, I needed to find something very similar because I wanted to wear it every damn day. See below.

Mohair, don’t care.

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It didn’t take too long for me to find something to prevent me from borrowing my roommates sweater. Expectedly, on Gilt, I found this French Connection coat. Marked down from $268 to $99, I also had promo code, bringing the coat down to $79.

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xo Rae

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It’s genuine but it’s not everything

“100% genuine, handmade leather” – that’s always the draw, then tack a couple hundred on for whatever namely brand and you’ve got that real quality, right?

Let me be honest, it’s bordering a habit at this point. I’ll take one of everything in leather. However, while I was successfully Christmas shopping (as in hadn’t purchased anything for myself at that point) I stopped in the Holiday & Design Bazaar presented by NeueHouse. It was only one day and just a few blocks from the Pop-Up Flea (which if you missed, you regret it, check my friends at blindstch‘s faves). So, one of the very first booths I stop at belongs to Nest. I pick up THE SOFTEST black, pebbled leather clutch. My immediate thoughts as I start listening to the story behind Nest is if they make pillows. Quickly, I found out that Nest does not produce pillows, in fact they didn’t even produce this clutch I was practically snuggling with at this point.

Their mission:

Nest is partnering with the world’s most promising artisan’s to build sustainable businesses within the competitive landscape of today’s global economy. Simultaneously, Nest is helping artisans transform communities through the alleviation of poverty, empowerment of women and promotion of peace.

Heartwarming or nah? Obviously, I was 100 percent sold on purchasing anything at this point, be it the softest leather clutch I’d ever had in my hands or something else. The young woman explains to me the clutches are handmade in Colorado on a family ranch that clearly employs superior craftsmanship but realistically is part of an industry in duress. That’s where Nest comes in. See more details here.

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Finally, I’m like alright, how bad is this going to hurt my pocket? Because not only is it phenomenal, ethical and matches everything I own but I did just see a similar sized, handmade clutch for $198 at Pop-Up Flea earlier in the day. This clutch, which is still available on the site, was only $100. Granted, you probably won’t get it for Christmas because it is a non-profit not a full e-commerce operation but you should absolutely be aware of Nest and their projects. You can find information on their projects, partners, products and how to donate or get involved on their site, www.buildanest.org.

xo Rae

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It’s Made Well

I carry my laptop everywhere and my phone is essentially in my hands at all times. Additionally, I officially am no longer a car owner. Carrying my belongings everywhere on one shoulder not only seems inefficient but is less than comfortable while standing on a packed train. Thus it was time for backpack. Purchasing that wine colored, leather hat was the beginning of me purchasing everything in leather. Per usual, I knew exactly what I wanted and essentially would just come down to finding it. Traditional cut, black, pebbled leather was the move.

Now, a canvas Saint Laurent backpack will run you about $900, while a Herschel one will go for about $40. None of which really matter or are relevant because I wanted a leather one and finding a pebbled leather one, was more difficult than anticipated. They were either a few thousand or not what I was looking for, naturally.

I was finally successful after combing my Gmail Promotions tab. I ended up on Shopbop.com (where they have a solid selection, if you’re also interested in regressing from grown-up work bags) with a promo code.

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This Madewell backpack was originally $240 and I got it for only $180 with shipping. And now I not only do I have the perfect day to day transit bag but it’s been the best carry on for this week’s trip back to the old hood for day’s full of pool parties, outdoor art installations and waiting for these God forsaken cabs.

xo Rae

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Going, Going, Back, Back to Basel

After departing over a year ago, I’m finally going back to visit Miami. My favorite week was always during Art Basel and the growing amount of satellite fairs in early December. Obviously, this is when I’ve planned my first visit. As a former resident and seasoned Baseler, I’ve combed through plenty of lists, guides and invites. Granted there are A LOT of events I’d like to make it to and just might, as there are definitely some that I’ll be attending that aren’t on this list, however, this is a short list of events/places/exhibits I am attending or highly recommend making it to.

Now is the best opportunity for visitors to get to Wynwood. There is so much more to Miami than South Beach. In addition to being home to a majority of Miami’s galleries, the Wynwood walls are amazing and there are plenty of events going on during Basel.

An installation that I need to make it a point to see is Andre 3000’s “i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin”. At Mana Wynwood from December 3-14, the mixed media exhibit will feature the 47 custom jumpsuits Andre 3k wore on Outkast’s reunion tour this past year.

Between the champagne, Soho House/Harper’s Bazaar shopping and beauty pop-ups and the round the clock openings, receptions and exhibits a little something to do right by your body and break up the monotony will be required. Friday morning from 10am to noon may be ambitious but there’s free yoga at the Loews Hotel. I presume my partner in crime will not make this but I will need to get my zen in. Namaste bae baes.

Not one but two Friday night parties will undoubtedly have the best music of the week, IMO. FKA Twigz, James Blake, SBTRKT, A$AP Ferg and Kelala are having performances or shows but for parties, I recommend trying to get into these two. At Soho Studios, in Miami proper, Ketel One’s Friday night edition of the De Nolet event has Cashmere Cat (who headlined an epic Saturday this past summer at MoMA PS1) and NY DJ, GetLive. I’ve seen both and this event will be great. Also, Friday evening, but on the beach, during Le Baron’s 10 Year Anniversary and week long, pop-up take over, “Airball at the Delano“, Snarkiture vs. Alchemist features performances by Theophilus London and Travis Scott.

Contrary to my New Yorker’s belief, while Miamians may be very body conscious, they do eat. You’ll want to have a reservation and you’ll want it somewhere besides staple Prime 112 or Prime Italian. You must try Yardbird. Their speciality drink menu single handedly elevated my appreciation and ability to drink bourbon, like an adult, sort of. And, chicken and waffles, so there’s that.

Seemingly, my faves are music centric. Surprised or nah? You can follow along on Snapchat at knewyork. Although I’m Snapchatless, I’ll be sidekicking here all weekend.

Of course you can find me my own Twitter and IG, both @raewitte but I’ll also be contributing to Luxury Attache’s Twitter and IG @luxuryattache.

If you’re going or have any Miami questions a former resident can help you with, feel free to reach out to me at contactraewitte (at) gmail dot com.

Happy Baseling!

xo Rae

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Grow up and get a pair

Last week it was 25 degrees, Monday hit 65 and today it’s going to snow all damn day. Boots that last me 3 years in Miami (obviously, but still) were demolished last winter. And I’m STILL looking for office/dinner/transit friendly boots but I will say, I definitely picked up a crucial, functional pair of boots.

Granted, I 100 percent bit my roommate’s steez, it had to be shared with you. No longer must we submit to childlike, enormous rain boots or duck boots. Although, occasionally cute in ironic wait, duck boots aren’t always appropriate outside of Polar Vortex-esque conditions.

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These are actually perfect. They keep my feet dryer than any leather boot I’ve ever owned. From J. Crew, during one of their sales, I got them for $51 from $68 and, as I mentioned, my roommate previously picked up an identical pair from ASOS.

No wet socks on this side bb.

xo Rae

like it’s 1998…

Could there be a jacket more appropriate? An 80s baby to the fullest, I think I own the CD version of the majority of the album’s featured on Kinship’s, 90’s girl bomber.

Just a few weeks after attending the streetwear panel, my close friend expressed deciding to diversify his line and as next of kin, a music blogger and an R&B addict, I couldn’t be any more supportive. Kinship Shop owner, Reggie Thomas started with bomber jackets featuring The Diplomats and after having such a positive reaction, Bad Boy and Cash Money coats followed.

What about the girls though? And with that void needing to be filled, he carefully selected 35 albums that are basically the foundation of every modern day ‘sad girls’ catalog. From Brandy, to Aaliyah’s ‘Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number’, to Mariah’s ‘Honey’ to supreme 90s divas, Mary J and Whitney, Kinship’s latest is STRICTLY for the ladies.

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Although, right now they are available exclusively online, very soon New Yorkers can pick up theirs at VFILES, on Mercer in Soho.

So… I’m thinking I am going to revisit ‘Age Ain’t Nothin But a Number’ and ‘The Velvet Rope’ first.

xo Rae

Who do we talk to about inside pockets for women’s coats? 

So we saw my men’s jacket, essentially (hopefully) appropriate for my figure. Still had a waist and fell right below the widest part of my hips/thighs which is surprisingly wonderful since I’m taking an apparent hiatus from women’s clothes.

Did I fail to mention we showed up to the Gilt sale with an actual team? Sarah, one of my roommates also picked up a men’s coat at the Gilt sale. She actually has that great boyish figure and skinny legs. A completely different look, but this Hickey Freeman coat works amazing for her too.

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She picked up this camel, suede coat for $159 from 785. The length of the sleeves allowed for her to cuff them, exposing the interior print.

I’m trying to tell you boys, anything you can do we can do better.

xo Rae and Sarah of The New Park Ave