Manhattan in Perspective

This past weekend Cibu participated in BeautyCon NYC, "The world's premier fashion, beauty and lifestyle destination for fans, brands and content creators." The #CibuPixiePlunge @BeautyConNYC was a #superfun day. The Cibu team explored its inner teenager and took selfies with a unicorn, enjoyed multiple Sprinkles cupcakes and connected with 1000's of young beauty influencers, sure to be the next generation of Cibu Lovers. 

Sensible in the city

Sensible in the city

The event was held at Pier 36, about as far downtown as Manhattan will go, and as such I discovered a new pocket of a city I thought I'd worn thin. TriBeCa is quietly removed from the human swell of Midtown and the Upper East Side. What TriBeCa lacks in flash is replaced by sweeping views of the Hudson and the quiet, ethereal shadow of the Freedom Tower. Young parents stroll toddlers over cobblestone streets and somehow it feels like we could live there.

Block to block Manhattan shifts from beauty to bitch. One minute her prolific vision is on fleek in the form of mash-up reflective architecture, a cola can art installation or an inspired re-purposing of green space. These moments remind me that Manhattan is the grand intersection of creative vision and the funding to execute. I have vision, too. 

One street over you get hit up for money and nearly hit by a cab. Lunch for two costs $84. You get on the subway going the wrong direction. And then, suspended above the Meat Packing district, on a defunct railroad track turned urban wildlife preserve, a percussionist drums a beat so propelling and romantic it follows you down the High Line and could absolutely serve as your theme song, if required. 

Manhattan makes things. She makes money, she makes you spend money, she makes you really, really mad, she makes music and street art and a whole lot of noise. Manhattan moves you forward. Manhattan makes you think: Could I make it here? On a sunny, brisk autumn day the entire display is intoxicating. Had it been raining, who's to say?

It wasn't raining, but it was brisk. My #NYC outfit was sensible, sharp and quite suited for the chill. 

Outfit details: Neiman Marcus puff beanie (2015); Chloe sunglasses (2015); Madewell NYC city map scarf (2015); Elizabeth & James blazer (2013 via Poshmark); J.Crew Toothpick jeans in black (2015); Loeffler Randall Matilde boots, originally gray (2013), dyed black (2015); Loeffler Randall Industry Bag (2014); Nordstrom finger-less gloves (2015); Not visible: Banana Republic sweater vest (2015) layered over Ann Taylor Loft over sized white button down shirt (2014)