Same but different, this summer feels familiar while strangely unfamiliar.
This location, the New York Public Library, is still very much jaw-dropping in structure, but is now overgrown with grass and weeds. It feels like a scene in the movie where you rediscover the place after the end of the world. It’s a strange yet familiar feeling and sight. No matter what though, I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
When COVID hit, I clamped down and halted most of my spending. Redirecting all of our resources to keep Artemis alive, we prioritized and focused only on the essentials. Fashion was the last thing on my mind, and fashion in general as an industry took one of the biggest hits from COVID, because quite frankly, it’s not essential. We already saw some brands unraveling before COVID, but this only accelerated after COVID. With that being said, to keep the brands and establishments afloat, we saw major sales. Even with the sales, I was very deliberate on my wishlist items. I wanted to engage with two points in mind – will this bring me joy and will this support a small business. That exploration led to these pants and these jewelry pieces.
I love tailored pants and have a few of them in my closet. What I didn’t have were fun leg-lengthening wide pants. Enter these high-waisted wide leg pants. They were heavily discounted and I can imagine wearing them to work. The color is also lovely for summer and fall. Together with my other tan favorites, I wanted to create a beige monochromatic look for summer.
The pants brought me joy and these rings easily became my favorites. A Black woman-owned brand, BYCHARI specializes in essential, everyday jewelry. I was introduced to this brand during Amplifying Black Voices, and am so grateful for it. It’s very important to me that supporting small BIPOC businesses become a centerpiece of my style journey. I take this very seriously and carried it through to Artemis as well. When we were designing the Artemis website, I made sure to include a callout section highlighting BIPOC and Woman-owned businesses (which is unfortunately very small in the CBD world). Now back to the rings, I bought the signet ring first and came back for more. I ended up collecting 6 more rings, and now this brand is one that is top of mind when I’m curious or looking for jewelry.
New York City, wide-leg pants, beautiful everyday jewelry pieces… I hope you enjoyed this post. Colin and I are neck deep in building out the Artemis website, so hopefully we’ll have a launch date soon! We’re so excited for you to see it! We put our hearts and souls into it. As always, THANK YOU so much for your love and support. Thank you, thank you. Thank you for being here and see you on the next post!
– OUTFITS –
Pants | Suistudio wide-leg pants (similar Express black pants & Miguelina beige pants)
Top | Shona Joy one-shoulder top
Bag | Bottega Veneta bag (similar ASOS oversized pouch bag & Demellier pouch bag)
Shoes | Manolo Blahnik pumps (similar Schutz nude pumps)
Accessories | BYCHARI rings & Vivian Chan face mask