Cailin and I love street art! There is something so impressive about the techniques each artist uses to create their pieces on walls, pipes, water tanks and other urban canvases. Plus having a whole wall for a canvas usually makes for one massive painting, which is awe worthy in itself. Looking for some artistic inspiration we headed to the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn. Here you’ll find a bunch of street art condensed into one central area spanning several blocks. The Bushwick Collective is always changing, so even if you’ve already been, check out their Facebook and see if there is any new art up. Cailin went this past winter and did a post on it then, so you can see how different the art is now. Here is a sneak peek of some of the street art you’ll find today!
Street art makes the perfect backdrop for some street style! For this look I wanted something edgy, that still had a summer vibe to it. I wore a graphic tee, faux leather and cotton skirt and a crochet vest. It can be hard making your black pieces work on beach weather days, but this crochet vest gives the whole look a music festival vibe which is perfect for summer. I finished the outfit with some wrap around belt booties. Booties and mules are my fave winter to summer shoes. They work so well with almost all outfits at any time of the year. Cailin also wore a graphic tee and a purple elastic cinched skirt with pocket details. Once again, I’ve had most of these pieces for a long time, but I’ve listed some look-alike items below. Happy shopping!
For the past few days I’ve been in New York celebrating the New Year and my friend Emma and I wanted to do some non-touristy things we had yet to do in the city. I’ve always loved street art, and although seeing street art can be a tourist activity (mainly around Bowery in Lower Manhattan), Bushwick is where I had heard that some of the best street art is hiding. Although it’s all over Bushwick, one area coined the Bushwick Collective, is where the art seems to just continue block after block.
Luckily, Emma had a friend that has grown up in Bushwick, so it was even better that she was there to show us around. With her as our tour guide, we saw just about everything in the Bushwick Collective and loved it! To see this art for yourself, take the subway to the Jefferson St. stop (on the L train) and find where St. Nicholas Ave. and Troutman St. intersect to see the center of all of the art. It’s not just around there though, keep walking and more art will surprise you with every corner. What I love about the Collective is it’s always changing, so you can go back repeatedly and there will be new work to see! Here’s a glimpse of some of the street art we saw when we were there. (Most of the art pictured is from the Collective, but some is from other areas of Bushwick.)