Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring has Sprung

Praise the Lord above...spring has finally sprung! Dont think we could take another blizzard...but let's not be naive, one might be around the corner if we know NYCee weather as well as we think we do! But until that fateful day, we will be taking the long way into work (you know, the path in the sunshine avoiding the tall buildings that tend to block out the warmth) and 2 hour lunches in the park.

Speaking of the Park, isnt this young lady (and her fashionable sidekick) adorable?!

We arent the biggest fan of animal print but she's workin the hell outta this one. Some may think the color choices (with the blue socks and hot pick mini) are too much...and maybe a bit tacky. But she really wore it well. And there's a big difference between when a woman wears an outfit and when a girls does. A woman, a truly confident and comfortable woman, stands tall and presents herself boldly. A girl (ahem Miley Cyrus at the Oscars) slouches and just fades. A woman...well you get the point. She makes her presence felt in a classy, self-assured way. To all those girls out there, ditch the shrinking violet, hunchback look. NOT CUTE, you look sickly. Instead, be bold in whatever way that means to you. For this lovely lady in Bryant Park, that means struttin' it in pink, blue AND leopard. We see you, honey!

I See Booties!
So for the past year and some change, leather booties have been all the rage. Folks have dressed them up with a flowery frock or dressed them down with skinnies and leather bombers.
Here are three fashionable looks we've snapped over the last week as the weather has changed from frigid to fantasmagorical...yup, we said it.

Look of the Week

In a sea of skinny jeans, military jackets, and boyish lone lady rises above the crowd. She's got vampy heels, a mid-calf print sun dress and an adorably bright yellow trench with button detailing down the back. She's sexy, she stands out, and she's a breath of fresh air in the stifling tunnels of the New York City Subway. Thank you darling for awakening our dormant inner feminine! Enjoy the weekend!

iPod AM selection: "When It's Over" by Sugar Ray
There's something so sunny about Sugar Ray. It might be that they remind us of early teen summers of youthful innocence before the freshman fifteen or the drama of the office. Either way, we always grin (sometimes maniacally so) when we hear Mark McGrath's raspy vocals.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Welcome Back, Carter!

So when we signed up for this gig, we totally didn't expect to be this busy with our day job ... or this lazy when it comes to posting. After a nudge from a fan to burn the midnight oil and get it done, we've decided to do just that! We have even moved to blogspot so we're backtracking posts to get everyone over here up to speed, even though it seems like we just posted three entries on the same night. Now we're all caught up so hang on tight... this one's gonna be a doozy!

March of the Denim

Plain and simple, we have NEVER seen denim (on denim on denim) done so well. The key is obviously to never match your washes (jean jacket is a different color than the jeans and the denim button down). But this awesome guy takes it to the next level with a great brown distressed shoe and (non-denim) jacket that brings all the shades of bleu together. Bravo le bleu, BRAVO.

This gentle lady also does denim justice. She's rocking the Rachel Zoe look of wide leggs and heels. Our anonymous Jane (you know you like the whiteout eyes) proves that it's all about proportion. Even from her seat, we can tell that her wide hemline isn't overwhelming her frame, in part because of a coat in a loose shape with some visual interest at the collar which draws the eye up toward the face... yes we've been watching a lot of What Not To Wear, don't judge.

Style recommendation - a closet full of skinny jeans is NOT where it's at no matter your age. Slip into a comfy yet CHIC pair of (DARK WASH) wide legs, throw on a nice platform heel so your hem stays in tact but your feet wont ache like with stilettos, balance your proportions and go about your business. I promise, you wont miss doing any of the skinny jean following: 1) pulling from the calf inch by inch just to (eventually) get them over your hips 2) hiding your crack with your hand when picking up a pen 3) doing the tippy toe shimmy while pulling from your belt loop to keep those suckers up all day. *Check out some options above in two different price ranges (Liz Claiborne $58, Old Navy plus size $30)

You can thank me later!

What a dapper older fellow! We wish our grandpa had this man's style... although papa has some mean vintage Lacoste golf shirts that we cant even hate on. Anywho, this gentleman knows how to work his color palette. The brown scarf and gloves pick up some of the brown tints in these great denim pants and that graying black leather bomber is dull enough not to outshine those shoes. And notice the detailing of the jacket - the wide collar and the stretch panel down the arms. It all works together in harmony. Who said black and brown dont go...not us! Keeping it in the same color palette creates instant interest and working the details makes it FIERRRRRCE (per Ms. Tyra who debuted cycle 573 of ANTM last night where the girls did go-sees on the Moon!)

Larry David Question of the Day: We are replacing this question with a comment... a rather non-LD comment but it needs to be said. While there are so many inconsiderate people out there on the F train (we like to think of them as crashers rather than surfers), there are some really decent folks out there too. This guy below is one of them. Despite his heavy load, he politely offered a middle-aged woman a seat when one opened up (even though she declined). It may not seem like much, but we've seen many "males" knock a chick over (be she granny or preggers) to pop a squat for 2 stops. We always give those dudes a full minute of evil glare followed by some side eye action so he'll really feel the burn. But today, we got to smile at a decent Man... and that's a beautiful thing!

iPod Selection of the Day: Coffeelocks by Gavin Castleton - amazing work of art channeling the Beach Boys with just a twinge of Regina Spektor. Somewhere in beachy heaven Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are grooving to Gavin's melodies.

Yo, did anyone catch the premiere of that new CW reality show High Society? It's a hot mess and we love it! Here's to taxing trust funds one day... fingers crossed!

Stand and Deliver - Feb 4th

So, it's virtual day two of this thing and we're still kickin'. We've even gotten a few comments...thanks MOM! We know it's been about 2 weeks since our first post (and you've been holding your breath a really long time in protest of our absence) but we decided to take a trip to South East Asia. Don't you want us to expand our horizons? We'll take that as a resounding YES! So today's post (and probably a few hereafter) will integrate the learnings and experiences of our travels, all from our perspective as a train-rider of course.

We've got lots to discuss so let's get on it with it.

The Long Walk Home

This is Ron. We met him on the train to the airport. He was drafted to serve in Vietnam. He didn't go, but his buddies did. They all died and since 1972, Ron has lived his life barefoot in commemoration of their legacies. Ron eventually realized that Veterans who did return home were struggling with the re-entry process after serving their country, oftentimes in treacherous combat zones. His journey and mission grew to address a need he saw, stemming from his personal experiences. Ron is a cool-ass dude making a difference. He told us, when we asked about his uh...not wearing shoes bit, that a few years ago he would've punched us in the face or told us to fuck off for asking. We're glad this was not a few years ago (he doesn't want it with us anyway - we know Karate). And we're glad we got to chat with him (instead of being afraid of his shoe-less-ness). To help support his cause, click on the link above for his site or just click HERE cuz we know our readers are lazy as hell and don't want to scroll up.

How to Wear it Right

So check it - these two fellas decided to rock similar-looking jackets today and it helps us illustrate the ways in which one can assert a personal style. The uber-stylist dude on the left paired his cropped suede fur collar parka with: a modern twist on the harem pant complete with side zippers, black suede loafers, Ralph Lauren Polo-esque socks (for a pop of color) and a blue pattern collared shirt buttoned up to the top. And his leather backpack had the perfect amount of wear and tear to look aged but not abused. With unique shapes and pops of color, a dark color palette can be transformed into something all your own. Or you can rock it like homeboy on the right--with jeans and sneakers. It's your call but you know what I would do

WTF Moment: Give us a great caption for this WTF Moment and we’ll post it…you’ll be famous! We promise

*Yep those are monks...

Next Stop: Here's what we're working on in the near future. Feel free to giggle uncontrollably.

We've always been fascinated by street performers. When we were little, we would pitch a fit anytime we saw some jerkoff laughing at someone just trying to hustle and share their talent. Imagine a 10 year old mean-muggin a grown ass man, it was vicious. Fast forward a few years and here we are trying to promote folks who've got talent to share and a story to tell. This gentleman serenaded us to Happy Birthday because he said we were American :)

Stay Tuned for More

iPod Selection for this AM: Nothing, we had to hum to ourselves because our blasted iPod decided to give us the blank stare today. Here’s hoping tomorrow it decides to act right.

Hello World - Jan 13th

In the immortal words of Martin Payne, "Wazzup Wazzup Wazzuuuuuup!" Welcome everyone to the hottest blog in blogospace, where we use our daily commute on the fly ass F train as fodder for all that is fashionable, hilarious, ridiculous or noteworthy. I think I'm gonna stick with referring to myself as "we", ride it out for a while. Apparently it's called First Person Plural, go figya! Anyway, WE plan to share our opinion on different cool stuff on the train ride to and from work (yes, we too have a daytime gig...for now) using an iphone camera since it's inconspicuous. We'll look into upgrading but for now, you'll take what you can get and you'll like it! And we're not going to soften that blow with a smiley face...clearly that chip on our shoulder is heavy, huh? lol

But let's get on with it, shall we?

Koffee and Kafka

Can we just say one word here? GANGSTER. Not only is this fantastic woman reading a BOOK (a relic in these times of kindle-nookness), but she's drinking her morning brew from an actual coffee mug, saving the planet by avoiding one ugly cardboard cup at a time! But we asked, what if it spills on her or on US for that matter? We'd have to smack her, but after a few minutes we'd smile and think: She's super awesome for bucking convention and demanding the comforts of home during her commute. Oh, to be so audacious!

Ok, step one - quit whining about the blurriness, its an iphone people not a Nikon. Step two - check the freshness of this gentlemen. It's easy to throw on too many trends at once. It's also easy to turn your look into a costume (i.e. alumberjack in head to toe flannel). But this dude is "doin it and doin it and doin it WELL". An ex of ours was ALL OVER this LL Bean rubber moccasin boot kick like 8 years ago and a good friend put us onto them several months ago. But this fall, this trend has really taken off. They're a great alternative to sneakers, Tims or dress shoes and they add a bit of intrigue (like, does he or doesnt he chop wood?), not to mention a nice color palette. Homeboy served them well by cuffing his dark wash jeans and adding a pop of color to his navy wool jacket with a flannel scarf. We tip our hat to that!

Larry David Question of the Day - For all those super splashy people out there who think of wholly inappropriate questions and occasionally act on the indigence they produce ala Larry David (co-creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm), we present the Larry David Question of the Day. ENJOY!

If you're big enough to take up 1.5 seats on the train, is it incumbent upon you to stand up and let 2 people sit? OR are you taking up less standing room and allowing more passengers to ride by sitting down? OR do we deserve the finger for even asking?

iPod selections for this AM: "This too shall pass" by India Arie - and a prayer for the people of Haiti. If you don't know what's going on there, GET A CLUE. To make a donation through the US state department: TEXT the word "HAITI" to 90999 or go to

WTF Moment: Give us a great caption for this WTF Moment and we'll post'll be famous! I promise

*Ordinarily this will be an image but I couldn't snap this one quick enough so my mighty words must suffice* Some otherwise nondescript dude walked onto the train chugging a Red Bull, shoveling fistfulls of Haribo Gummies into his mouth and clutching a Star magazine like it was the Holy Bible...WHO ARE YOU and WHERE ARE YOU GOING that you need those three things to get your morning on and poppin? Readers, any uber hilarious answers to these questions? OR are you this guy?

To Do List:

Hit up MOOD for some always love it more when you DIY

Pay parking tickets...mutherFers

Prepare our brain for the stupendousness that is PROJECT RUNWAY season 7 premiere tomorrow!