Ode to the Upper East Side

My obsession with Gossip Girl started about a year before the show premiered. The summer before I started High School, I was engrossed in Cecily von Ziegesar’s series, enamored with the world of Upper East Side teenagers and how different their fictitous world was from mine in the Midwest. Luckily for me, my coming of age occurred during a time when every household had at least one laptop with wifi access, allowing me to research the miracle of Creme de La Mer and Marvis toothpaste at 14.

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Flash forward ten years later to me queueing reruns on Netflix, while curled up with a dry-gin martini. It’s sufficient to say, the series is somewhat responsible for my love affair with fashion, beauty, and stalking new arrivals at Bergdorf’s and Barney’s (sorry, Bendel’s). So, it goes without saying that a Gossip Girl inspired post was inevitable, and the timing seemed serendipitous as this past week marked the 10 year anniversary of the show’s premier and me getting my driver’s license.


Confirming that anyone who’s anyone is rewatching the show on Netflix, or dusting off a DVD box set, Vogue published the ultimate guide to a GG inspired weekend in New York.
And for those (like myself) who suddenly feel acutely aware that the days of school uniforms and sleepovers are long gone, find comfort in Vanity Fair’s reminder that the previous stars of the UES have transitioned into adulthood also.

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Aside from the scandalous rise-and-falls of Manhattan’s elite, nothing compares to the show’s spotlight on fashion. No LWD will ever compare to the Marc Jacobs scallop tiered hater mini Blair flaunted in the Hamptons, or Serena’s Parisian-esque Breton strip tee layered beneath a cognac leather jacket upon her arrival at Grand Central Station. Admittedly, I’m still obsessed with Blair’s collection of Jennifer Behr headbands, preppy blazers, and colorful tights, although I haven’t had the courage to don such styles amidst the minimalist, neutral trend of the past five years. Rest assured, the over-styled, over-accessorized, layered look as seen throughout the show’s 6-year run is on the rise again. So go ahead, channel your inner Blair Waldorf in this season’s pink berets, polka dot scarves, and silk neckerchiefs.

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