This fall, we had the fun opportunity to take a ride around Williamsburg with blogger duo, Lauren and Micol, of The Marcy Stop. A personal fashion blog on the rise, their style is a reflection of their Brooklyn stomping grounds: an eclectic mix of old and new, always with a pinch of that artistic flair synonymous with the borough’s creative vibe. Below, the blogger team reveals their favorite places in the ‘hood and their take on holiday dressing. Make note: Sequins are a girl’s best friend!
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If you had to create a Williamsburg cheat sheet, which of your favorite places would make the cut?
The Whiskey: Our favorite Sunday sports bar where you can compete at shuffle board while cheering on your favorite sports team and taking down a few picklebacks.
Maison Premiere: They have a great $1 Oyster happy hour but if you can’t get in during the special it’s still worth a visit for the amazing cocktails and ambiance.
La Esquina: Yes, Brooklyn has one too! And there’s a spacious backyard with festive Christmas lights and heaters that’s perfect for after work drinks.
Samurai Mama: Killer Japanese food in an awesome setting.
Night of Joy: The best place to put on your dancing shoes…
Beacon’s Closet: We could get lost for hours in this vintage store. Weekdays are the best days to go, but even on weekends braving the crowds will be well worth your time.
What we love most about Williamsburg…
Lauren: Riding my bike around without (as much) fear that I’m going to get hit by a car, the amazing restaurants and bars that are all within a five-block radius from me (including Pies n’ Thighs, Traif, Dram, Post Office, and Marlow + Sons), and being only a subway stop from Manhattan, even though it feels like a world away at times.
Micol: Honestly I love that so many of my friends are close by! And, if you keep away from the touristy section on Bedford that there is a very real neighborhood feel to it. When I leave my job in the city to come home it really feels like coming home. And, I don’t know anywhere in Manhattan where I could have as big a backyard as I do!
You have an all-girl bike gang called the Southside Heartbreakers – during the winter months, do you take a hiatus from the gang or do you bundle up and power through the cold?
Sadly the gang is on hold during winter. If it’s a mild day, we’ll bundle up and brave the cold, but typically we don’t resume our biking adventures until spring.
You’re wearing a lot of fun metallics and sequins in this video. What are your tips for rocking these looks from day to night?
For day, we love dressing down bold sequins and metallics by layering up with more casual wardrobe items. Tossing on a chunky sweater, beanie or scarf always works well, or pair ‘em with ripped up denim, some beaten up moto boots, and a vintage army jacket for an effortless day look.
For cocktail hour, we love pairing sequins with a standout coat and contrasting fabrics like leather, lace, and tweed. A great clutch and sky-high pair of heels never hurts either!
What’s your go-to look for the holiday season?
Micol: Lately I’m all about over the top, whether it’s wearing several chunky rings and bracelets AND necklaces or pairing statement earrings with crazy, curly hair (my hair is generally straight so this one takes awhile). Sartorially speaking, I can’t get enough of leather, either as an accent on a jacket or as a skirt or dress.
Lauren: When it comes to holiday makeup, I’m all about a bold lip. Paired with a subtle, brown smoky eye, rosy cheeks and mile-long lashes, you can’t go wrong! As for an outfit, it really depends on the occasion. For a night out on the town I’m all about leather, like Micol. For more formal events, a fun cocktail dress in a deep jewel tone will do. I also hope to experiment more with my hair this holiday season by way of braids and messy up-dos.
What are the top five things on your holiday wish lists?
Micol: A vintage 70s winter coat (channeling Ali Macgraw in Love Story), the Pave Round Horn Pendant – I’m always in the market for a new chunky necklace I can layer with my current collection or wear on it’s own, Heath Ceramic Dinnerware (I love hosting dinner parties), a new Matt Schwartz (She Hit Pause Studios) print, and these rad Rebecca Minkoff Dante Boots I’ve been eyeing for a while now.
How will you be spending the holidays?
We’ll both be spending time with our families, but after the Christmas holiday we’re meeting up along with 14 of our friends to ring in the New Year in a cabin we rented in the Catskills. As much as we love New York, sometimes a weekend getaway is seriously underrated (and much-needed)!