Alice’s Adventures in Manhattan: A Day With Cynical Duchess

While in New York I got to meet up with Batsheva of Cynical Duchess! We’ve been following each other’s blogs for ages now so it was great to meet in person. She was the first person I’ve met from the internet and I’m happy to say there were no knives involved. We got along really well and had a fun day exploring Manhattan despite the gross weather. Be sure to check out her blog because she is just as funny and nice online as she is IRL, and always comes up with creative and interesting content. And she’s also petite, standing at 5’0 – yay for team petite! I wish I could meet all of the blogger friends I’ve made here. Sorry if that sounds creepy.

Of course, we had to do a shoot. We chose an Alice in Wonderland theme, because who doesn’t like Alice? Batsheva went for a classic Alice look with a blue & white pinstriped skirt and the cutest accessories: a straw hat and round white sunglasses. I did a modern look with my Alice in Wonderland t-shirt (I’ve had it for about 10 years now!). I added some baby blue with my bomber jacket and backpack. I originally wanted to wear a skirt but it was too cold so I wore my lace-up jeans instead. They seemed more Alice-y than my ripped blue jeans, which were my only other pant option.

We met up in Soho and wandered around there for a bit before going to Washington Square Park. Kirill and I had only been there at night, and Batsheva hadn’t been there before either. Most of the exploring that we did was new for all of us, which was nice. Batsheva was living in New York for a year before going to university and she said she still had plenty of things she wanted to see. I feel like you could live in New York for years and still not see it all.

About a block after the park we came across the cutest little lane with ivy-covered houses. It’s supposedly private but the gate was open, so we went in anyway. We didn’t get in trouble and a tour group even came in while we were there so I’d say it’s safe for the public to enter.

We ended our day by walking through Greenwich Village to the Chelsea High Line. We didn’t go very far on the High Line (which is a old railroad track that’s been transformed into a walk/park/garden thing) because the rain and cold was starting to get to us. Instead we had lunch at the Chelsea Market. It’s a pretty big public market with lots of cafes and shops and a great spot for hiding from the rain.

Check out Batsheva’s post here! And if you’re ever in Vancouver and want to hang out let me know πŸ™‚

I’m wearing…



  • Anya Dryagina

    Wow! Cool and amazing outfits!

    26/06/2017 - 19:38
  • Paola Lauretano

    It’s always a pleasure to meet in person other bloggers!
    You look both super cute girls!
    Kisses, Paola.

    • Maria

      It is! She’s the first blogger friend I’ve really met up with. I’ve been to events before but it’s not the same because I was meeting strangers. Thank you Paola xx

  • Dominique

    Hi, I came over from Batsheva’s blog! Love the clothes you two are wearing (and now you say it’s Alice in Wonderland themed, I can totally see it!). πŸ˜‰ Love how you went for a modern interpertation and Batsheva for a more classic idea of Alice.

    I just looked up how tall you two are (as ‘we’ use the metric system instead of imperial) and INDEED, you two are small and petite! If I’m correct I’m more around 5’10 side of things… Not that I think it’s really interesting for you to know how tall everyone is, but man, I put effort into finding it out and I’m sure to let those efforts show in some way or another! πŸ˜‰

    I’ll be snooping around your blog for just a little bit longer….


    • Maria

      Hi, thanks for visiting! When Batsheva suggested the Alice theme I had to wear that t-shirt, even if t-shirts were before Alice’s time. I’m familiar with metric too. Here in Canada we use both, it’s quite ridiculous – imperial for height/weight, metric for everything else. I’ll check out your blog now πŸ™‚

  • Laura

    Looks like you both had a wonderful time exploring Manhattan! Great photographs and always great to meet other blogging friends in person!
    Laura xo

    • Maria

      Thanks, it was fun! πŸ™‚

  • Raquel

    It’s always so amazing to meet in person who is behind one of your favorite blogs! nice post!

    • Maria

      It was! I hope I can meet some more blogger friends. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Saida - She talks Glam

    What a cool meetup! I am sure you guys had so much fun and I also would love to meet some of the amazing women I am connecting with through blogging. Loving both of your outfits and the fact tat you chose a theme! β™₯ Hope you are having a great week so far, Maria

    Saida | She talks Glam

    • Maria

      We did! Dressing up in theme is fun πŸ™‚ I hope we can both meet more blogger friends, it’s a really cool experience finally meeting someone in person.

  • Monica . Mes Voyages Γ  Paris

    Such an amazing pictures and the outfits are so cool!! Love them!
    MΓ³nica Sors

    • Maria

      Thanks Monica xx

  • Neha

    Wow! What great photos…and You both look beautiful…Kisses, Neha

    • Maria

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Christina Gliati

    Oh I like you both here you are so cute! I will follow her blog too,I always like her comemnts. Great city, sure you had a great time! Kisses!!!

    • Maria

      Thanks! I’m sure you’ll like it, her posts always make me laugh.

  • Rita Gallech

    Looks like to both had a lot of fun. I need to travel to NY one day
    Gros bisous

    • Maria

      Thanks Rita! You really do πŸ™‚

  • Jessi Malay

    Love the contrast in your outfits haha, one’s so edgy and the other so sweet and feminine <3 but you both look amazing!

    XO, Jessi

    • Maria

      Thanks! Haha I know, at first I felt like mine was kind of cheating but she liked the contrast. Looking back I like it too!

  • Britney

    Awesome! You two look super cute together. I’ve gotten to meet a few bloggers in real life too, and it’s amazing how much you just instantly click. It doesn’t even feel like you’re meeting for the first time.

    • Maria

      Thanks! I kind of felt like we had semi-met just because we’ve been following each other for so long and I knew about her through her blog. It was just that online persona coming to life and it was so cool!

  • Kris

    Your outfits look so cool! Loved the pics!
    Have a lovely day,
    xx Kris

  • Radi

    You look like you had a wonderful time together. I love meeting new people through my blog. They all have turned out so sweet.

    • Maria

      It was a good time! That’s great to hear, I hope I can meet more people πŸ™‚

  • Colleen Welsch

    You guys look so cool! Batsheva is awesome…I’m glad you guys got a chance to meet up! Your pants are AWESOME.

    • Maria

      Thanks, she is awesome!

  • Batsheva

    DUUUUUDEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! I HAD SO MUCH FUN MEETING UP WITH YOU– EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMED LIKE I WAS IN MY OWN HEAD MOST OF THE TIME BECAUSE I WAS SO BUSY TAKING PICTURES OF RANDOM PEOPLE. but still. This was one of the best experiences of my year, and I’m so glad that I made a friend through this blog, that I got to meet in real life. You are absolutely awesome as well, with your golden smile, and sense of humor, and chipper voice that sounds like a fairy. Here’s to many more metopes and collars to come! <3 <3 <3

    • Batsheva

      I meant *meetups and *collabs. Spellcheck can go jump in a lake.

    • Maria

      No it didn’t! I totally got it πŸ™‚ I liked that I wasn’t shy to stop for photo-ops with you, I usually ignore the urges when I’m with non-blogger friends (does that make me a bad blogger?). Awww that’s so sweet, I’m really glad too! I feel we really clicked πŸ™‚ and nobody’s ever said I had a fairy voice before!! I’ve gotten radio voice lol but that’s the best one.

  • Nikki Living Life

    So glad you both got a chance to meet. Seems like you had a great time exploring NYC. There are so many fun things to see and do in the city. I really like the Alice in Wonderland theme. You both look fabulous. I am swooning over those boots. Unfortunately, they did not have my size. Enjoy the rest of your day.


    • Maria

      Thank you! It was a fun time, you’re right about NYC. Aw shame about the boots, hope you’ll find a pair!

  • HsinWei

    love your outfit so much!! always so cool and your friend’s boater’s hat!!! I don’t know what i was thinking in Venice that I didn’t buy a boater’s hat and the cutest straw basket… they were everywhere in Venice and now I want them but have to pay double or even more !!! I met few girls from IG and they all turn out not creeps haha we are actually very good friends now.

    • Maria

      Thank you! Her accessories were super cute. That’s good to hear! I didn’t really expect her to be a creep, but that whole childhood fear about meeting people from the internet was in the back of my mind lol.

  • Mercy

    So good to see this kind of post, looks like lot of fun to collaborate and meet up with another blogger. I like your hair and your jeans, so hip and trendy!

    • Maria

      Thanks! It was fun x