Peace and Quiet

Having now lived in New York for 12 years, I have become exponentially less fond of large crowds. Times Square and the Macy’s on 34th Street are equivalent to the 7th circle of hell for me, which may be indicative of a mild case of claustrophobia…but it’s more likely just because I’m growing more ornery with age. The cure for my as-yet-to-be-verified-self-diagnosis is to find little pockets of tranquility in this crazy town. 

When I first moved to the city and lived only a few blocks away, I would go to Central Park to marvel in the vast expanse of concentrated greenery smack in the middle of a concrete jungle. Perfect for a little “me” time. What’s amazing is that even with the large volume of people passing through at any given time, you can always find a spot that feels undiscovered to sit down and have a think. 

It had been a while since my last visit, so I made a point to go there this past weekend after a day at the New York Historical Society (more on that in an upcoming post). I wanted a transitional outfit that could work for the museum, walking around the park and then to meet friends out later for a casual dinner. The building blocks here include a lightweight striped shirt paired with a contrasting print scarf, leather shorties (which still work since oppressive humidity has not yet descended upon us) and my trusty ol’ ankle boots with what I consider a “sensible heel”. Check out the photos below of me enjoying some quiet time in one of the greatest parks in the world. Where do you head when you need to rejuvenate?

Scarf: Zara (old, but love the pattern/colors on this one). Shirt: J. Crew. Leather shorties: Blank (old, but similar, faux leather version here. Boots: Rag and Bone Harrow Booties