On Ludlow St: The Strokes Tee & Striped Shorts

This post may contain some cheesiness. You probably can’t tell why. You’re probably just seeing a girl walking around New York, but there’s more to to it. There’s a song I like called Ludlow St by Julian Casablancas (the lead singer of the Strokes). I wanted to visit it, like a Beatles fan would want to visit the Abbey Road crosswalk. I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out our Airbnb was just a few blocks away from Ludlow St. We walked on Ludlow St almost every day and it made me happy whenever I saw the street sign.

So of course I wanted to take some photos there. I put on my Strokes tee & striped shorts and kindly asked Kirill if he wouldn’t mind doing one last shoot (he’s the best!). Can you believe the shorts turned 10 this year? They still look amazing!

Anyway, song or no song, Ludlow St is a cool street and I’m glad we walked all the way down it. The whole Lower East Side is a really cool neighbourhood. Shout out to my friend Rim for recommending that we stay there. It was my favourite neighbourhood in Manhattan. I’d want to live there if I lived in New York. It has all those pretty old buildings with fire escapes, plenty of cool cafes/shops/bars, and just the right amount of grit/street art. It felt like home as soon as I got there.

Pro travel tip: don’t buy your gifts/souvenirs on the last day. We spent all morning running around the East Village on the hunt for souvenir shops. I know that’s not a bad way to spend a morning, but it would have been better without the pressure to find gifts for everyone.

We went as far as the Flatiron Building because google maps told us there was a souvenir shop near there. From the outside it looked like a normal apartment building but we decided to go in and ask anyway. We were told the shop was in the building but we needed to be escorted there. We were greeted in the elevator and taken onto a floor that looked like a big office, where in one of the rooms there was a little souvenir shop. It only sold handmade gifts made by local artists. The woman from the elevator gave us a detailed description of every item. It was crazy, I’ve never been to a gift shop like that before. Only in New York I guess.

I was a bit sad that morning because I knew I had to leave, but I’m glad I got to spend it running around my temporary hood.

I’m wearing…




  1. Colleen Welsch 11/07/2017 at 07:12

    I used to have that same shirt! I wonder what happened to it… I don’t think it’s cheesy to want to go to the street from the song! I’m a huge Eagles fan, and when I had the opportunity to stand on a corner in Winslow, Arizona like the song “Take It Easy” I definitely took it.

    1. Maria 12/07/2017 at 17:37

      Oh cool! Haha hope you find it. Glad to hear I’m not alone 🙂

  2. HsinWei 11/07/2017 at 18:18

    this really makes me laugh 😛 my friend just took a photo under the street sign of Hemsworth (Chris+Liam) and proudly showed it to me. haha
    I know you want to come to Italy but in fact I am so jealous of your New York Trip!! I used to go to NYC twice a year for few years cos of free accommodations (facing central park!!) and of course I always love NYC but I wasn’t into Instagram or blog at that time and didn’t take any photo at all while visiting. Now I really want to go and take lots of photos but my friend moved away :(( and I am too stingy to pay hahaha love your shorts btw. they are so cool and the whole outfit is super cool!

    1. Maria 12/07/2017 at 17:42

      Haha I do stuff like that too but mostly just for me, this was the first time making a big deal (aka blog post) of it. Oh that’s so cool! I wish I got to travel to NYC twice a year. I understand you. I’ve visited Seattle quite a few times because it’s the closest city in the US to me, the last time I visited was the first time since I started blogging and I saw it in a whole new light. So many good photo ops. Unfortunately the weather was bad and I didn’t get to take nearly as many photos as I wanted to so hopefully I can go back sometime and fulfill my dream. Hope you can too!
      Thanks xx

    1. Maria 12/07/2017 at 17:46

      Thank you gorgeous! x

  3. Kamara Williams 12/07/2017 at 01:30

    Love the band tee with those striped shorts and studded boots! They all work really well together. I’m glad you finally got to visit Ludlow Street and make that tiny dream come true. Checking something off the bucket list is always fun 🙂

    1. Maria 12/07/2017 at 17:47

      Aw thanks! I’m so glad we were close, I don’t think my boyfriend would have been down to go all the way across town just to see one street haha.

    1. Maria 12/07/2017 at 17:47

      Thanks! Yay another Strokes fan 🙂

  4. Atsuna Matsui 12/07/2017 at 14:13

    I lovee the grungy, rock outfit you’re wearing here. It’s kind of refreshing since I haven’t stumbled an edgy look like this one for awhile. Seriously want your boots too!


    1. Maria 12/07/2017 at 17:48

      Thank you! I’m not really into the super girly items that are trendy right now so I’m sticking to what I love 🙂

    1. Maria 12/07/2017 at 17:51

      Thanks Rita! x

    1. Maria 17/07/2017 at 15:50

      Thanks Nevena x

  5. Neguine 25/07/2017 at 14:01

    I absolutely love how edgy you always are, it’s like you never try to dress like everybody else and I freaking love that about you. (maybe I am wrong, hope I am not offending you). You know my love for band tee so of course I was going to love this! Your NY trip looks amazing, freaking jealous here.


    1. Maria 27/07/2017 at 17:37

      Aww no offense at all! I see that as a huge compliment 🙂 You should go to NY! I’m jealous of how close you are.


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