35 New York street savvy

Every city has a set of unwritten rules around what to wear, how to act and when to do things. Inadvertent failure to follow these rules quickly marks you as a foreigner while careful observation and practice can have you looking like a local in no time. I studied quickly when we moved here over a year ago and can now pass for a New Yorker... until I open my mouth that is. So what do I need to do I can hear you asking? 


Only be out on the street before 10am if you're walking a cute little dog, returning from yoga/pilates/spin/bar method class or getting home from a fabulous night out (smudgy make-up a must)

If you're brunching, make sure it's not before 1pm and dinner... Well, that should be closer to 9pm or 10pm (all the better to fit in more pre-dinner drinks darling)

Wear skinny jeans with coloured Toms or Tory Burch flats (substitute Hunter Wellingtons and Ugg boots in winter) and only carry handbags from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Mulberry or Coach

Don't wait on the sidewalk for the lights to change; stand on the street and cross while the traffic is flowing (time is money people)

Always be talking - to the person you're with, to someone on the phone (headset only, no hands) and failing either of those, sing to yourself (at least people will give you a wider berth)

If you're wearing heels, catch a cab or carry your Jimmy Choo/Louboutin/Prada babies in your designer handbag and change out of your flats on the street

Never make eye contact. Should you mistakenly do so, make sure you have your Victoria Beckham poker face on

Sigh loudly (or tutt) when walking behind tourists and then make sure to power-walk past them (you have somewhere far more important to be... like in front of them in the line at Magnolia for a sugar hit)

When hailing a cab, stand with your arm languidly raised and don't jump at the chorus of horns when they cross four lanes of traffic to get to you

If you do all those things (as I quickly learned to*), you'll fit right in. Only issue is that you'll be found out when people stop you to ask for directions...

From New York, with love xox

* Apart from the Ugg boots. In Australia, where Ugg boots are from, we firmly believe they are indoor wear only 

35 comments:

Coral and Coast said...

Loved this! My sister just got back from working in NYC and loved it! She did all the 'touristy' things - magnolia bakery, musicals on broadway, Rockefeller centre, Tiffany's, the big Dept Stores...it sounded like a dream trip! :) xo K

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

This had me in giggles. I'm not sure about wearing uggs outdoors either. That make me cringe. Also, I don't really do the heels in the bag and flats on the street. I guess it would be better for my heels but I usually think "if you can't walk where ever you have to in them, then you shouldn't be wearing them" Totally bookmarking this post! <3

trishie said...

Great post! I'm saving these tips when i next visit NY so i can blend in a bit. hehe. Uggs boots definitely for indoor wear only, in my books.

Annie said...

Living in London I noticed people always wear Ugg boots outside too! Very helpful pointers for my trip in a month! x

Sam said...

I loved reading this post! You're so right about each city having their own set of rules. After I read this, I began thinking of the cities I know here and what rules would apply to them. You've really adapted so quickly to being a New Yorker...it doesn't seem so easy in the movies, lol! It all sounds so glamourous, I had a good chuckle at 'Never make eye contact' and the sighing at tourist.
Brilliantly put!

Ruth Arthasya said...

Agree with Sam:D

Beth said...

This is just how I imagined New York - all fast paced and busy. Must be a huge contrast from laid back Australia for you.
x

rolala said...

This is brilliant Hope! Some are so true like the last three. I've started randomly smiling at people in the street lately when I'm in a good mood and it's funny how it will freak some people out but most will smile back lol ;p

hello, Friday said...

lol. So true. xoxo
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Bonnie said...

Further proof that I belong in New York.

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amy b.s. said...

i'd take a cupcake!

EverythingPrettyGirls said...

Ha... i love this. I don't feel like a new yorker yet. I'm going on 6 months. I don't even think at pass a little bit... i smile at everybody (especially on the subway) and my brunch starts at 9am. EEK... will i ever learn?!

xo everything-pretty.com

Sheri said...

haha..I enjoyed this post so much! And the pics are oooohhhh so adorable.
ps. i gave your blog an award (see mine if you are into those sorts of things, at any rate, I love your blog!)
xo

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I would DIE in NYC! HA!

Satin And Salt said...

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Veronica said...

Great post! I know exactly what you mean :) love it!!

Sunny & Star said...

Thanks so much for the advice. New York is one of my favorite places but I hate feeling like a tourist when I'm there.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Haha I had to laugh and nod my head to all of these. :) xoxo

Heather said...

Languidly raised arm. Got it. Always wondered how to hail a taxi like a pro. Will remember that for my first attempt :)

Cheers,
Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

Eliza Jane said...

Excellent! Now, teach me how to be a Sydneysider??

Style, She Wrote said...

Great tips to be a New Yorker! These are definitely true in many cases. xo style, she wrote

PAPS said...

Oh this is so funny and how true. I just love your photographs. I need lessons from you I think. Your such and inspiration. What is the camera you use?
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DailyGlamour said...

I love it !

his_girl_friday said...

I would never fit in except I do okay with smudgy makeup in the morning.

Vanessa. said...

Thank you for sharing this great tips to be a New Yorker dear :)

Teresaurus said...

This is terribly cute. I noticed a lot of this in new york, too. I kept smiling while reading this (except for that hideous mention of ugg boots). XD

SG Angela said...

LOL.... I made the mistake of saying good morning to a woman once visiting a friend in NYC. She looked like I yelled at her. : )

Eve.H said...

One more great post :D Now I can see that unless I buy chanel bag I can´t go to NYC. Just kidding ;)

Emily | Recently said...

Too cute! Will save this in my files for when I take my first trip to NYC!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never been to NY!

Beauty Follower said...

Nice pictures!

Thanks for passing by my blog.

shooting star said...

aah!!!..going by your list, NY seems a quirky plc!!!

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Hena Tayeb said...

haha.. perfectly said.. i am only a quarter New Yorker while my husband half way there.. as we unfortunately don't live there :( but i go in often enough to know a few of the rules and my husband works there so it's rubbing off on him more and more.

I hardly realized the city was rubbing off on me till I started carting around tourist who would visit.. then the quarter New Yorker would come out..

Moon Child said...

this is an awesome post...you know what you're sayin' for sure!! X
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Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

This is absolutely hilarious! I've started to sigh loudly when I'm walking behind tourists. A sure sign of a Londoner. My speech has become more formal ("I'm so cross with you!" Never knew I have such sophisticated vocabulary).

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