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A Brooklyn Story with Greats Sneakers

March 8, 2017
Brooklyn Collaborations/Sponsored New York City Outfit Style Wanderings

Jacket: Express | Hoodie: Forever 21 | Sneakers: Greats

It was a warm late summer night. We sat on my building stoop, lost in our own thoughts while taking in the street chatter – the locals wandering past; the cars idling, then accelerating; the sirens wailing.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done this,” I said.
“Done what?” he asked.
“This. Just sitting here.”
“Really?” He was incredulous. “It’s calming. You get to know your neighborhood better.”
We lapsed back into silence.

Growing up in a bubble of Los Angeles suburbia, and then moving to another bubble of a college town, I never really gave much thought to sitting on stoops. Moving to New York City, I had, once or twice, entertained whiling away some time on brownstone steps…innocently in Manhattan’s West Village or Upper East Side perhaps, but never in Brooklyn… or specifically, Bushwick. I still remember the culture shock I underwent when I first arrived with my bags and cat in tow. It was nighttime. I took a car service. We passed through eerie graffiti-stained walls after graffiti-stained walls, ghostly run-down buildings after run-down buildings. Garbage. Hooded figures. Sirens. Noise. From lush manicured lawns, open clean roads and huge Tuscan-inspired homes under the Southern California sun to this grimy, intimidating scene, I was immediately unnerved, and I started counting down the days until I could move across the river to what I assumed would be nice parts of Manhattan, onto streets where I was more familiar with thanks to shows like Friends and Sex and the City.

I never even gave Brooklyn a chance.

The next few weeks were spent agonizing to family back at home via phone. I knew no one in the city, and I felt completely out of place. But soon weeks turned into months, new friends were made, and perspectives shifted. That conversation on my stoop stayed with me. Once I stopped rejecting Bushwick and Brooklyn and started embracing the unique elements, I found it to be surprisingly relaxing yet invigorating, but, most of all, welcoming. Full of deep-rooted personality and endless artistic exploration, it oddly offered me a sense of place within the broader context of the world.

And so when Brooklyn-born sneaker brand Greats reached out to me, I knew it was a brand I wanted to craft and share my story with. Its “what-if” attitude – not to mention downtown chic aesthetics – resonated deeply with me, and in the form of brilliantly crafted leather sneakers that now accompany through different corners and new comfort spots around Brooklyn, I’m constantly reminded of how much I’ve grown this past year and how much there is still left to discover.

I never sat on my stoop again, but I often think back to that warm late summer night. When you give some things a chance, you just might be surprised by the magic that unfolds before your eyes.

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Special thanks to Greats

44 Comments

  • Reply jointyicroissanty March 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    It must be amazing feeling to sitting on the building stop and living in Brooklyn. You have decribed this place so incredibly and I’m big fan of graffiti so graffiti-stained walls sound perfect for me and the whole mood of this place.
    I like your outfit, these sneakers are really cool and the pictures are amazing too!

    jointyicroissanty

    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Thank you so much!! You should visit more often – Brooklyn would be lucky to have you! 🙂

  • Reply eggcanvas March 8, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Their shoes are pretty great 🙂 (no pun intended). You look great dear, and Brooklyn has such a special place in my heart. Love the photos. xx

    Erica
    http://www.eggcanvas.me

    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Thank you so much Erica! You’re such an inspiration 🙂

  • Reply Katerina March 9, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Sneakers seem very comfy and obviously stylish! a perfect color combination.

    Love them, and Brooklyn too:)

    BeautyMarkLady

  • Reply violettedaily March 10, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Brooklyn is always so beautiful and the view is gorgeous! I love these photos too!

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    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

      This little waterside park is one of my favorite places in Brooklyn 🙂 Thank you so much!!

  • Reply PerlaGiselle March 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Your writing skills are amazing! I love the sneakers, and the pictures fit perfectly!
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    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

      You are so sweet; thank you so much!! xx

  • Reply Zenobia March 10, 2017 at 11:02 am

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  • Reply Olga March 10, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Great post!Wonderful photos:-)

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  • Reply Vera Sawicki March 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Beautiful photos.

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Reply Natalie @ Passport Out Asia March 11, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Loving this sort of weekend look on you! And that location! Perfect for this outfit. Enjoy your weekend, dear! :*

    Natalie
    http://passportout.asia

    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Thank you so much Natalie! This is one of my favorite spots in Brooklyn 🙂

  • Reply La Caleya March 11, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Stunning pictures!!!

  • Reply EMMA CORRIE HILL March 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

    wow love this blog post!!

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  • Reply Zenobia March 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

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  • Reply Jessica Luxe March 11, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    People watching is my favourite, it’s always nice to stop and take in your surroundings.

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    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Yes! It’s so relaxing; I love it! 🙂

  • Reply FashionSnobber March 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Amazing post, love this street style and your outfit is super! 🙂
    Kiss
    Luna
    http://www.fashionsnobber.com

    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thanks so much Luna! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Reply Mónica Sors (@MonicaSors) March 13, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Cool photos dear! And lovely hair cause is soooo long! 🙂
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Hair is too long, must trim it soon! 🙂 Thank you so much Monica! xx

  • Reply TheOneThatTravels March 13, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Good pair of sneakers are more than welcomed.
    Great photo selection.
    xx
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    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much! I totally agree!! xx

  • Reply The Style Contour March 13, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Brooklyn is THE borough of creativity. Having been raised in the Bronx, NY much of my life, it’s the only one out of the 5 that I feel most inspired by. Yes, there are areas that are extremely bad and dangerous, but then there are those that are full of art, creativity, and are indeed welcoming. With it’s breweries, sustainable shops and brands, and cute neighborhood restaurants, many parts are becoming THE place to live and hang out on the weekends. That said, these sneakers look so cool; I love the sleek design and the urban feel of your overall outfit and photos. Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Your comment means so much to me! Thank you Jalisa! I’m so glad I gave this neighborhood a chance 🙂

  • Reply nikkilivinglife March 13, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Great descriptive writing. I really enjoyed reading this post. Love the sneakers and your pics are beautiful. Best wishes with the brand.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thank you so much Nikki! It took me a while to figure out how to properly share my experience living here so I’m happy you enjoyed reading! xx

  • Reply andathousandwords March 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I love your pictures and your sneakers are awesome!! So easy to combine <3

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thanks so much Merel! The sneakers are pretty awesome indeed 🙂

  • Reply cartincoupon March 15, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Hi looking beautiful in these outfits 😀

  • Reply tata March 16, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Great post! Lovely outfit!

    Happy Thursday babe! Kisses,
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    • Reply josephine March 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thank you! Have an amazing weekend xx

  • Reply cleo March 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Super cool casual outfit!!<3
    Love NY<3

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