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Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.

New York, New York. City that never sleeps, my favorite city in the world, and a place I hope to eventually call home one day. Growing up in rural (South) Jersey, I was close enough to the city that I could visit often enough, but I always wanted to live there as opposed to just visiting. In fact, growing up I would BEG my mom to. Just. Freaking. Move! Can we please get out of the suburbs?! I would go in and out of Philly all the time to get my city fix, but eventually I realized that New York was calling my name – so every time I get the chance to go back and visit, I jump on it. Thank goodness for good friends who let you crash with them for free!

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.

There’s nothing like being somewhere that just completely inspires you – and NYC is one of those places for me. So many things about New York invigorate my senses and make me feel alive – the food, fashion, architecture, art, culture, the hustle and bustle of it all – but I feel particularly energized when I think about the fashion there. New York street style is honestly it’s own art form, in and of itself. I had this Nylon street style book growing up that I worshipped endlessly…all I ever wanted was to be one of those bizarrely dressed strangers that adorned the pages of my book (one of whom was actually Robert Pattinson wearing a purple sweatshirt during his pre-Twilight days! SO funny.).

New York is one of those places where you can wear anything, weird, fancy, or bizarre as it may be – and no one will bat an eyelash. Because it’s almost a guarantee that they’ve seen something weirder! Any time I see a piece that’s kind of insane but I LOVE it, I’m just like… I could wear that if I lived in New York. It basically gives you a free pass to get as experimental as you want – because why not? You’re in the greatest city in the world (filled with people far crazier than you)…

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.

Now, this maxi romper might not be the most experimental piece in the world, but I felt like it was a great item to bring to NYC with me because it was something I could wear comfortably, but still make me feel put together and like I had put some effort into it. I mean, things that provide both style and comfort – aren’t those the best pieces? When you’re walking as much as you are somewhere like New York, you’d better make sure you’re comfortable…or just have a lot of money handy to take a cab or an Uber!

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, poses in front of the iconic Manhattan Bridge overpass (located in Brooklyn, NYC) in a white and black striped maxi romper.

Maxi Romper | Shoes | Earrings – Similar Here and Here | Bag – Similar Here and Here

Taking these pictures in such an iconic part of the city was kind of funny because there were SO many people around, and it can feel a little awkward to get all posey in front of strangers. But the truth was, they were all there to take pictures too, so it made me feel a little less conspicuous. I have to say though – I felt totally validated when some stranger came up to me and told me that my outfit was absolutely perfect for the weather that day. Why thank you, stranger! Maybe I actually know what I’m doing more than I think I do. 😉

I’ll be posting more about my trip and some of my favorite places that I visited this time around later on in the week, so make sure you follow along on Insta to catch all my upcoming New York posts! I promise to give you some good suggestions on places to visit.  Catch you later babes!

 

xx. grace

 

Photos by Caitee Smith Photography

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Marisol Avila

    Such a cute look babe! I totally know what you mean my sister gives me a hard to not “overdress” back home in Kansas City. I’m not caring as much anymore lol

    October 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply Grace

      You know what, sometimes you’ve just gotta go for it! It’s hard not to feel confined sometimes by the “norm” of how everyone else might dress where you live, but it just gives you all the more opportunity to stand out, right?! 😉

      November 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Toya B

    I hope to someday make New York or the at least the suburbs my home. I’ve dreamed about living there since I was a kid. I love your entire outfit. Also thanks for allowing me to live through you.

    October 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply Grace

      Aw thank you for stopping by!! I very much hope for your sake that you make it to New York as well. There’s just nothing else like it! <3

      November 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Paige

    I love this romper and New York! What a fun shoot!

    October 5, 2017 at 6:28 am
    • Reply Grace

      Thank you! We had lots of fun shooting it too! 🙂

      November 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Siara

    Love your outfit so much! Beautiful streets 😍 I have t visit NY I have never been there!

    October 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Grace

      Ugh literally every street is SO pretty. It’s hard to go wrong there! You must must must take a trip there at least once…start saving those pennies and make it happen!

      November 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Allie

    I lovey everything about this look! So cute

    October 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm
    • Reply Grace

      Thank you so much!

      November 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Kat Fox

    This romper dress is to die for! Looks great on you!

    October 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply Grace

      Thanks Kat! I’m all about a good maxi romper lately! 😉

      November 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    I totally tried that on the other day!! I love it, I’m still losing weight from my pregnancy so it didn’t fit right but looks great on you!

    October 9, 2017 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply Grace

      Aw man! I’m sure they’ll be plenty of maxi rompers with your name on them in the future 😉 Next time! <3

      November 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm

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