Feel-Good Swears for an Inspired Life from Wanyi Jiang
Restored Vintage Radio with Blue Tooth
I wanted a vintage-looking radio that matched my apartment’s aesthetic. I found this one on Etsy from a place that restores old, vintage radios. I thought was black, but it turned out to be dark green, which matches my green velvet sofa. Serendipity! It plays only AM radio, but it comes with a little bluetooth adapter so you can play anything from your iPhone. So, it’s modern, but vintage.
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick
Makeup artist Pat McGrath is the queen-slash-goddess of the universe. As soon as I found out she was coming out with her own line, I knew I had to get everything. This lipstick has the luxury packaging and prestige, but with the formula to back it up. Pat knows lips and textures better than anyone, so I’m more likely to trust her than, say, a luxury fashion brand doing beauty. I want it directly from the source. This lipstick is perfectly matte. And, I love the names, too. I have Polaroid Pink and Vendetta, which is really rebellious. I’m a bright red lip kind of girl, but sometimes I go for pink too—I think I have a pink personality. Optimistic, but not too harsh. Red is very eye-catching, but I think pink has more snap to it.
79th Street Greenmarket | GrowNYC
When I was in Paris, I bought myself flowers every single day. Now, every Sunday, I get fresh flowers from my local farmer’s market to bring a piece of Paris back to me. My theme is usually in the purple range, with a pop of yellow, and I bought some simple, vintage bottles to put them in. It’s such a luxury, but I’m at the point in my life where I like to indulge a little bit every day. I’m always on a mini-vacation in my mind.
Pearl Studios NYC - Studio and Audition Rental Space
I love to sing. It’s such a release. One of my voice teachers from NYU first told me about this studio in midtown, where you can just book a space for an hour to practice, and even hire an accompanist if you want. I’ve never hired one, because I can find the karaoke backing tracks on YouTube, but it’s such a release. If you’re in a bad mood and you want to scream your lungs out, just go there and scream your lungs out. Nobody can stop you!
Lisa Says Gah Vintage "Naked" Dress
Lisa Says Gah, which is this store in San Francisco, did a pop-up shop here on Bleecker Street. I went there and I got this dress. At first I was like, where am I going to wear this? And I decided I was just going to wear it when I got home, back when I didn’t have an air conditioner. I would just put it on naked, make dinner, and waltz around my bougie courtesan French apartment. It is the most self-indulgent thing ever, but that’s self-love, right? Living without any excuses.
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