Leanne Wei

Stripes & Monochrome

Turtleneck Crop Top  /  High-Low Skirt (similar here)  /  Black Vegan Stilettos  / Black Vegan Handbag (similar here)

I've never really been one to buy into the crop top trend, but I do admit that lately it is becoming a new found love. I'm not so much a fan of baring midriffs, but showing a tiny little peek of torso-driff can be kind of cute when you pair the look with a high waisted bottom. I'm still loving high-low skirts, they're just so elegant and lovely to wear, especially with some killer heels. 

As some of you may recognize through the scenery and beautiful architecture, I shot this look in front of the New York Public Library in front of Bryant Park with Chris, my talented friend and photographer. Chris specializes in wedding, portrait and fashion photography. You can see more of his work by clicking on the link below. I had so much fun working with him, and I look forward to showing you more!

 

Photos by Chris Esquivel

The New York Public Library

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
Søren Kierkegaard

Nestled on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street lies one of the most prominent and magnificent architectural landmarks in New York City.  Take a peek inside the New York Public Library and it will feel like you've stepped into a whole different world as you enter a majestic palace filled with marble interiors, vintage lamps, staircases, phone booths and bright over-sized windows in midtown Manhattan. The details are incredible. No lamp, staircase, carved relief or marble work is overlooked. With its ornate style modeled on French architectural ideas, this is probably considered the greatest Beaux-Arts building and one of the greatest civic ventures in New York. With close to 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States, behind only the Library of Congress. A true People's Palace and a pure architectural delight. 

Libraries have always been my personal sanctuary. It's one place I like to have my quiet time and as strange as it sounds, I like to visit the local libraries in every city I visit. I love being surrounded by some of the greatest works in history and having a gateway to an entire network of information.  As a lover of art and history, I always draw so much inspiration by looking, appreciating and learning from the past.

When you live in a city as crazy as New York, it always seems like you are short on time. One of the things I'm trying very hard to do right now is to stop always being in a rush. The other is to stop looking back. It's honestly so difficult to do and it will definitely take more than a few tries. But as Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher says, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."  I think that's true in every sense and it's a philosophy we can learn to incorporate in every aspect of our lives. Allow the past to teach you, but do not live in it. The key to that is learning to let go. Be mindful and present. Free yourself of all unnecessary entanglements. Do what makes you happy.

 

Vezzo

When I first moved to New York about four years ago, I lived in Murray Hill for just over two years where I was literally a three minute walk away from the best thin crust pizza restaurant in New York: Vezzo. Looking back, I didn't realize how lucky I was until I moved away. Now I have to travel 40 minutes to get there. I've been to Vezzo so many times that our waiters already know what we're going to order: my favourite beet and goat cheese salad (simply the BEST), a pear spinach salad and a large chickpotle thin crust pizza (light on the cheese and heavy on the pineapple). When I really want to indulge, we would also order a side of warm garlic bread. At Vezzo, the garlic bread is only served with garlic butter so we would specifically request for some fresh finely chopped garlic on top, which the kitchen staff gladly does most of the time.

I have so many great memories at this cozy little pizzeria on Lexington and 31st Street. The food is always consistent, the staff is great and I love that they serve organic wine. The salads are amazingly fresh, colourful and tossed with just the right amount of dressing. The textures of the pizzas are just the right balance between thin and crispy. Sometimes I wonder how it's possible to get the crust so thin. But the mystery remains and that's why I love it. The dinner of champions, I tell you. Vezzo is my ultimate comfort food zone. I always walk out having a massive food baby, but a very happy food baby. If I had to have a last meal on earth, this would probably be it. 
 

Photos by Leanne Wei