Concrete Jungle


Every time I go to the city now I always hear Jay-Z and Alicia Keys singing Empire State of Mind, even though I've been there multiple times before. 


I took a trip to the city about a week ago with one of my best friends, Jess, since she had to check out some Greek art at the MET. It was a chilly day out but the sun was shining down so it was a perfect day to run around Central Park taking pictures of anything and anyone. The sun shone a little too bright sometimes though and made picture taking a little difficult. Either my face was drowning in light or shrouded in shadows.


Besides the fantastic weather, there were also numerous amounts of sketchy men. Warning: do NOT wear tights with shorts to the city, you WILL get cat calls from men as you cross the street. The best story of the day though was when a young man driving a Bicycle Rickshaw came up to me and offered me a free ride. I declined and walked away (Jess practically ran away). However...he was quite the persistent guy and proceeded to ride his bike in front of us. He asked if he could talk to me for a second and asked me if I was Japanese or Korean (both of which I'm neither). Despite the creepiness he was quite the sweetheart and he told me I was beautiful. He then asked me for my number and I lied and told him I was taken. Despite my "unavailability", he still wanted me to take his number just in case I changed my mind. In the end I declined and left without him by my side. I'm pretty sure I just let the love of my life walk (or bike) right out of my life. I should have at least taken the free ride offer.


(cardigan h&m [remixed], blouse urban outfitters, tank delia's, belt h&m, shorts pacsun, tights asos, flats urban outfitters)


I can't wait to take more trips into the city once summer comes around and school lets out. If only it wasn't so expensive to take the train into the city. A $20 round trip isn't very attractive. Whatever happened to Free Transit Week? :(

I haven't had time this past weekend to make those changes to my blog. They might be postponed a week or so. Oh, if only school could be put on hold so I could do the things I love. Well, back to homework (what else is new?).

Oh, and a big thanks to The Owl's Closet for the Hottest Female Blogger Award! <3


p.s. This Saturday I'm participating in a March for Babies (for March of Dimes) and I'm trying to reach a fundraising goal of $100. If you're feeling generous feel free to donate in the sidebar! Every penny (or dime) counts! And on the topic of that, for the next three months, I'm stepping in as the Circle K International March of Dimes Ambassador! I'm way too excited and now I'm definitely going to have to work even harder on managing my time. 

85 comments

  1. Aww it looks like you had SO much fun! You look super duper adorable, I can barely handle it :)

    I still haven't gotten my hands on any patterned tights yet, getting super envious of all you bloggers! I guess it's pretty self explanatory since I've been locked inside my bedroom. Anyway enough about me, you look fantastic! <3

    -xo Jess

    P.S.- Your blouse is phantasmagorical!

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  2. Love the blouse. I've really been wanting a new pair of tights since it seems every single pair of mine have been destroyed sadly. Now I'm making sure my next purchase of them will be patterned like the ones you're wearing. :]
    I would love to take a trip to Central Park! It looks so lovely. Too bad it's all the way across the country! Oh well, one of these days. :]

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  3. jen, this is like my dream outfit right now hahaha! love the shorts, the cute tights, and i've been eyeing that top from UO for so long! i think i'm wanting more simple patterns that aren't stripes so i've been lookin' at polka dots! ahh!

    you are gorgeous! i freaking wish NY was so close (and you of course!)

    love love love youuuuu!

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  4. Ahh, I wish I could look as good as you in those shorts and heart tights! Love love love!

    And such a sweet story about the bicycle rickshaw guy! Well, sweet bordering on creepiness haha:P It's like something that happens in the movies!

    The pics are all so pretty:)
    xx

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  5. I LOVE heart tights! god i can't say that enough!! you are so freaking cute!

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  6. It sounds like a great adventure.At least you are 20$ away from the city...imagine what would cost me to go there from where i live-Romania.
    Anyway, the outfit is so cute:)Love the tights, i need to find a pair for myself.
    My life has also been busy ith homework, so i totally understand that you want summer to come quicker...
    Have a lovely week!

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  7. Such a cool and pretty ensemble... I love the denim shorts over the tights look. Always fabulous and chic Jen! xoxo

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  8. Love Ur look as always! So lovely!

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  9. Such a cute outfit <3

    LOL at the biker! You're just too babe ;)

    I love your photography skills! Which camera do you use?

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  10. I adore your blouse and tights, they fit so well together!
    Thats ashame about creep guys, but take it as a compliment!

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  11. ahaha! everywhere in britain you get creepy guys like that, especially lorry drivers! :L lol oh dear...
    i get questions like that too 'does your dad own the chinese?' 'where are you from'
    good luck with the march :D

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  12. You look cute!! I love these pictures.. Yeah, I once tried wearing shorts + tights and got similar reactions from guys.. But it didn't stop me from wearing 'em again :p

    http://thenovembergirl.blogspot.com

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  13. New York is so beautiful and these pictures are amazing! You look cute, and yes, I will follow your advice. No shorts + tights in the city, 'cause that's just for cool and brave asian girls like you, hahaha :) And don't get sad because of your "love" ride away... when it's meant to be, they always come back! :)

    Have a great week!
    <3

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  14. Those tights are just too cute! Sorry you had to deal with so much harassment from the men.

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  15. Jen this is like the hottest that you have ever looked! I can marry you, you know, right now (even though I am sadly and happily wed to a handsome man) I don't blame the rickshaw guy at all. :)

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  16. Lovely! I love your outfit jen, simple but trully cool :)) i love your short.

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  17. I desperately need to visit the MET. Unfortunately I don't really have anyone that would travel to NYC with me. ::Sigh:: If there's one thing I regret it's not going with my art history class in college one of the times they went.

    So this is how you pull of shorts and tights. I'm obsessed with this look.

    unravelledthreads.blogspot.com

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  18. looks like you had a fun time in the city :)
    you did make me nervous with those pics of you on a rock by the water. i'm so clumsy that if that were me i would have totally fallen in...yuck!

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  19. Hahahaha, I love your little story there. I'll keep that in mind (about the shorts + stockings combo) when I'm heading down to the city in May :) But you look super cute in that outfit, so I don't blame that persistent guy for asking your number ;)

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  20. I love these photos! And your outfit, of course

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  21. ohmygosh, I'm totally in love with the city! It look likes NY! haha.

    I always like your outfits as you know.
    xx

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  22. I've seen a couple bloggers do the shorts + tights look (can't say I've seen it in "real life" yet) but this is absolutely my favorite outfit I've seen yet with it! I was iffy on the idea before but you've sold me.

    Too bad that guy was creepy though!

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  23. Thar polka dots shirt makes the outfit sweet and lovely.
    I love it!!
    Have to find out what is Circle K... going to check.
    Love!
    Mellon!

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  24. I love your pics & outfit! (-: and tights are cute!

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  25. Love all the buttons on the blouse! This outfit is cute! No wonder the boys wanted to give you rides. You did the right thing not to go along.

    Congrats on the ambassador thing! Now you're a role model. hehe

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  26. Haha, "do not wear tights with shorts in public"... you crack me up!!!! It must have been weird to get hit on by sketchy men in the daylight!! But I mean at least it was in the daylight... you look super cute though! And those tights are absolutely adorableeeeee. Loves,

    -S.

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  27. such GREAT pictures! I really like your top with its cute sleeves and vintagey vibe..and tights with short are always great!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog :D

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  28. hello! i just found your blog and i love your style! your blouse and those tights match perfectly together and are soo cute!!

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  29. aw looks like such a beautiful day :) ny is so gorgeous. and hahah your story is so cute - at least it wasn't an old guy! what IF he was the love of your life?! bahaha, it would've been the best "how we met" story ever!

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  30. Ohhh aww I love all of the colors in your outfit and the place you took them looks fun to rock-hop around. :D

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  31. love this outfit...those tights are great! Can't wait to see the new frames!

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  32. Love your outfit, and the cute story. lol. The city looks gorgeous. I might just participate in the walk this Saturday =) Good luck and congrats on your position as ambassador <3

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  33. Very very cute; I really like the tights and short (and not in a creepy guy kind of way lol). Unfortunately, anytime girls wear dresses or shorts guys think they can catcall or just act like idiots :( Believe me I have been there!

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  34. these are such beautiful pics jen !
    the view infront of the lake is supeerbbb !
    i love the way you paired the tights with the dotted motif on the top !

    MICHELLE <3
    www.GlistersAndBlisters.blogspot.com

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  35. you're so adorable!
    i want to be able to wear things like this.

    http://delicateopulence.blogspot.com

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  36. ow ow! I would have cat-called you if I had run into you, hahah :)

    so cute!

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  37. You look great and looks like you had a great time! I love your tights, I have a pair just like them. I hate when guys bother me when I'm wearing shorts. Short shorts should come back in style for guys too so we can follow them and make cat calls, lol.


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  38. Hmmm, love the tights idea... beautiful background...

    Thanks for dropping in on my site and leaving a comment Jen, thanks also for the kind words, I know you will visit her site.

    Hope you will have a lovely day.

    Colin

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  39. Adorable outfit! Tights with shorts are my favorite (despite the cat-calls I guess? )
    AHH love Central Park..it is so pretty as the backdrop to your pictures!

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  40. Jen, it looks like you had such a great time, despite all the creeps hollering at you. :) If I was a creep, I'd probaly holler too!! hee hee. You are such a cutie patootie. Your outfits just keep getting cuter and cuter... Oh how I wish i could pull of the whole denim shorts with tights look, but I can't... that's okay though :) Well, I hope you're having a fabulous week so far.. and I think that's awesome that you're participating in the March of Dimes walk. :) HUGS from Maui!

    xx Love & Aloha

    p.s. You're so lucky that you can go into the city for $20... I'm sure that sounds like a ton for a student... but if I was living where you are, I'd probably go into the city every week.. well maybe every other week. :)

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  41. jenn, ur shorts is too cute..
    i wish i can wear that with those lovely tights..

    may i know what is ur height (in cm)?

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  42. hahaha i completely understand about the cat-calls that inevitably come along with wearing shorts/tights... i think subconsciously after reading your post, i wore the same thing and the SAME rudeness happened to me :/ all in all, you look fantastic - i've been on the lookout for some "heart tights" but haven't found a pair just yet...

    xo.
    princesspolitico.blogspot.com

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  43. Aww Jen you are super cute :). I want those tights, there so adorable and the shorts and the shirt and everything. Lovely outfit.

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  44. I went to NY once, it was amazing - and I got hit on by loads of men as well! Bizarre, especially since I was like 15. Glad you had a good time though!

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  45. Gorgeous look and pics, darling!
    Love your tights!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  46. u look amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzin jen speechlesss go jen go jen:)

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  47. You look so hot! Of course, you were getting so much attention. But I think it's better you said no to that guy - too creepy and persistent.

    ShopTOLive.ca

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  48. that is too funny about all the cat calls in the city- especially the bike rickshaw guy! though i can see why he was so persistent- you look adorable in this outfit! i just love those heart-print tights. and the subtle pattern mixing with those and the polka dot blouse is great. ~joelle

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  49. such a simple yet adorable outfit! and a great time you had :)
    x

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  50. How fun!!! I love NYC. This is such a great outfit on you. Seriously, one of my faves!!

    Enter to win a vintage button-down shirt!
    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

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  51. you look amazing. i love the tights with the shorts!

    by the way.. thank you SO much for your comments on my blog. they really mean a lot coming from someone so fashionable, and amazing, as you.

    -Mallory

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  52. ohhhhhhhh...
    you re so sweet..
    i love your clothes..
    :)

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  53. I love that blouse...

    Sorry, my english is horrible

    V*

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  54. Congratulations on participating in March for Babies!! You have a heart of gold ;) And You look adorable in this outfit!!! Those denim shorts are perfect!

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  55. new york sounds like so much fun! and i love those sweet tights!

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  56. OMG you have no idea how bad i would love living only a train ride away from new york. except for the creepy men. Funny story though :)

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  57. You are so lucky to live that close to NYC. I love your tights - you are just so adorable, Jen! :)

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  58. cute photos! i want to come back to the us next year... i hope i will manage to do that! your photos are so cute! you look adorable as well! i am in love with your tights! so sweet! and i use too much exclamation marks!!!

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  59. Good luck with all your fundraising Jenn! Loving your adorable tights btw

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  60. I love it Jen !! Those shorts look amazing on you and I love your tights !

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  61. love the casualness of the outfit...it is indeed the perfect outfit to go to the city and just hang out.

    the story about that persistent guy is both creepy and sweet...hehe. if i were in your shoes, i'd freak out but also wonder what if right after....hehe. sometimes, i just feel to paranoid with strangers...that's for watching too many movies..LOL.

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

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  62. who usually shots your photos Jen? lovely photos as always.. :) i love your tights!!

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  63. You look so adorable!

    Merci beaucoup for stopping by darling =]

    HOW have we not exchanged links yet?!

    Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
    English Rose x
    http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

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  64. you are too cute! you deserve a relaxing weekend :)
    good luck with your march for babies jen!!!
    j.

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  65. Aww, I'm so jealous you can head to the city if you want! Love your tights!

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  66. suuuch a cute outfit.
    i love everything about it, esp those tights.
    you look to adorable! <3

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  67. suuuch a cute outfit.
    i love everything about it, esp those tights.
    you look to adorable! <3

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  68. Your story about that semi-creepy semi-charming boy was so touching! It was kind of sad too, but in a bitter-sweet sort of way. If it was the love of your life, maybe you'll see him again! :) Haha! Gorgeous outfit, by the way. I've been looking for a pretty pair of tights like those!

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  69. hi jenni
    ilike you black top looks great you looks pretty

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  70. jen, this is so cute.
    No wonder that guy wanted your number. :)

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  71. I was totally looking at a pair of heart tights but wasn't sure what they looked like on. Thanks for showing me!

    Yes, you should have taken the free ride!!! ;)

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  72. you look gorgeous, jen. anyway, interesting story. he sure seems like a total sweetheart.

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  73. thanks for the bdae comment Jen! :)
    you're so lucky to have friends that wanna shot you everytime! and they shot great pictures of you. bravo :D

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  74. loving the tights
    great, classic look
    love your blog, keep it up!
    thanks for sharing!
    and thanks so much for your sweet comments!

    -cma
    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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  75. i love your tights! sorry about all the creepy guys!

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  76. Ooh I love it (: love the tights and the overall looks <3

    visit me??
    moochelo.blogspot.com

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  77. I love your outfit! I just learned about your blog through Independent Fashion Bloggers and am so glad that I did! I've been seeing more and more shorts with tights in NYC, so I'd say come back and try again! :) Wonderful Central Park photos, too. My blogging partner and I plan to make a trip there this weekend and see what we can accomplish. Have a good weekend!

    xo,
    Meredith
    cubiclechicblog.com

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  78. awww jen, i'm speechless! this is definitely one of my all time fave! gorgeous outfit and cute tights. i love everything from head to toe! i have to admit but i'm seeing more and more people pairing their outfits with tight, but you're really stunning in this pieces!

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  79. Damn I love those tights with your shorts!!
    And I want to go to New York toooo :( It's unfairrrr! Haha,

    you look goog Jen :)

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    Thanks for the great products review you are the best!…I enjoy reading your post every time.

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  81. you can't blame the guy for wanting your number. you look gorgeous. maybe you'll see him again. =)

    anyways, i think tights and shorts combo attracts a lot of attention, but think of it as a compliment. i probably can't help staring at your legs if i were there. xD

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  82. love this outfit! and don't worry, i think you made the right decision about that biker! haha. best of luck with your work with march of dimes - that's awesome!

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  83. such a very nice outfit with black tight-pantyhose!

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