Saratoga, Look at the world around you

Saratoga Summer

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Hi guys! Just wanted to post a few photos from my day at the Saratoga race track this past weekend. It’s a great way to spend the day if you are upstate. You can bring your own food, drink and chairs and set up a picnic on the back lawn, watch the horses prep for their race in the paddock and then watch the races trackside.

Carrie Lyman - Ann Taylor LOFT Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit in Giraffe

Carrie Lyman - Ann Taylor LOFT Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit in Giraffe, Look at the world around you

Jumpsuit: Ann Taylor LOFT; Bag: Joy Gryson IIIBeCaShoes: Jean-MIchel Cazabat (similar here)

Carrie Lyman - Ann Taylor LOFT Jumpsuit

Carrie Lyman - Ann Taylor LOFT Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Ann Taylor LOFT; Bag: Joy Gryson IIIBeCaShoes: Jean-MIchel Cazabat (similar here)

This was a perfect day in City Hall Park and a great day to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I am loving jumpsuits, they’re so easy to wear and I love this one because of the open halter back!

Photography by Nicole Collins

Carrie Lyman, 6 perfect weekenders

5 perfect weekenders

Carrie Lyman, Longchamp weekender

1. LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE EXPANDABLE TRAVEL DUFFLE TOTE – This bag is lightweight and it expands in case you go a little overboard on the shopping! 

Carrie Lyman, Orla Kiely Weekender for Anthropologie

2. ORLA KIELY LAMINATED FLOWER WEEKENDER – I always love a good print, luggage shouldn’t always have to be plain!

Carrie Lyman, L.L. Bean Canvas Tote

3. L.L.BEAN BOAT AND TOTE BAG – The L.L.Bean boat tote is an absolute staple item, you can customize your tote size, handle length, zip-top, color and have it monogrammed.

Carrie Lyman, Everlane weekender

4. EVERLANE THE TWILL WEEKENDER – I’ve always loved their brand and how simple they keep their designs.

Carrie Lyman, Bric's X-bag Weekender

5. BRIC’S X-BAG 22″ DUFFLE – Bric’s luggage is my favorite and I love this duffle because it folds down into a small pouch.

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

Weekends – Jeff Koons at the Whitney

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

Dress: Susana Monaco; Belt: Vintage (similar here); Clutch: Madewell (similar here); Necklace: J.Crew (similar here)

This past Saturday I went to see the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum. I actually haven’t visited the Whitney since I was in high school and came to NYC for a class field trip so I was excited to go. Although Koons expressed himself through multiple dimensions and materials, my favorite pieces are his polished stainless steel sculptures.

The line is long but if you buy your tickets online you can head to the front of the line where there is a much shorter will call line. You can find more information and buy tickets here.

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

New York City, Empire State Building, Carrie Lyman

5 can’t-miss big city views from above

London, London Eye, Carrie Lyman

1. LONDON – Take an evening ride on the London Eye for a gorgeous view of the city.

Florence, Duomo, Carrie Lyman

2. FLORENCE – Climb the many circular steps inside the Duomo. A bit of a nerve-racking climb but well worth the view when you get to the top.

Paris, France, Eiffel Tower, Carrie Lyman

3. PARIS – Take the elevators (or the stairs if you’re feeling in shape) to the top of the Eiffel Tower and look over the Champ de Mars.

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, Carrie Lyman

4. HONG KONG – Take the tram up to Victoria Peak. I went on a foggy day but on a clear day you can see across the water for a view of both sides of the city.

New York City, Empire State Building, Carrie Lyman

5. NEW YORK CITY – The Empire State Building is the most famous viewing spot from the sky in NYC but if you want to save some time and money check out one of the many rooftop bars.

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Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Pre-Fourth Red & White Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Carrie Lyman, Maxi skirt & Stripes

Shirt: J.Crew (similar here); Maxi skirt: Hong Kong market (similar here); Bag: Nanette Lepore (similar here); Sunglasses: Diane von Furstenberg; Bracelet: Henri Bendel

Hi guys! I’m headed out of town for the holiday weekend but just wanted to post a little red and white stripe themed outfit before I left (next time I’ll get the blue in there). Hope you all have a great weekend and Happy 4th of July!
~Carrie

Photography by Nicole Collins

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Pleats on Park

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Dress: Cos (similar here); Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here); Clutch; shop in Bali (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Black pleated dress - Carrie Lyman

Dress: Cos (similar here); Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here); Clutch; shop in Bali (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

By recommendation I stopped in to visit the COS store on Queen’s Road in Hong Kong last year and came home with this black pleated dress. Owned by H&M, the COS brand is nicer in quality and until this year was only sold in Europe and Asia. I’m so excited they finally have a US website to shop and hopefully soon a rumored Spring Street store opening here in NYC!
~Carrie

Photography by Nicole Collins

Carrie Lyman - Neon & Florals

Neon & Florals

Carrie Lyman, Neon & Florals

Dress: Zara (similar here); Aviator sunglasses: Ann Taylor LOFT; Clutch: Madewell (similar here); Bracelet: Aqua for Bloomingdales (similar here); Silver ring: Banana Republic (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy; Shoes: Coach

Carrie Lyman, Neon & Florals

Carrie Lyman - Neon & Florals

Carrie Lyman, Neon & Florals

Dress: Zara (similar here); Aviator sunglasses: Ann Taylor LOFT; Clutch: Madewell (similar here); Bracelet: Aqua for Bloomingdales (similar here); Silver ring: Banana Republic (similar here); Midi rings: RACHEL Rachel Roy; Shoes: Coach

For a large part of my life I refused to wear florals; my mother tried her hardest. I’ve recently noticed though that in the past few years florals been creeping into my closet. Now I’m the lookout for a perfect summer floral clutch!  ~Carrie

Photography by Nicole Collins

Carrie Lyman Puerto Rico

What kind of vacations did your family take?

When I was a kid, all I wanted was for my family to go on vacation to Cape Cod or on a Caribbean cruise like all the other kids at school. Instead, my parents dragged us all over the US, every battlefield, national park and historical monument, we went there. My parents especially loved farmer’s museums and colonial villages.

During our many family adventures, we rode horses through the mountains of Yellowstone, went gold mining in Alaska and re-enacted the battle of Gettysburg in 100 degree heat. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I ever went on a beach vacation to Puerto Rico and I’m not sure our family knew what to do with ourselves.

Now that I’m older and have a full time job, when I have time off I tend to want to go places for exploring rather than relaxing and I think my family definitely influenced that. Many of my friends in NYC who spend their vacations heading down south to the beach, experienced that with their families growing up and they definitely have a different mindset about travel.

I never appreciated the vacations that my parents took me on until I was much older, but now I realize that it helped encouraged my wanderlust of wanting to see and explore the world.

How about you? Did your family influence the way you travel or take time off from your day jobs?

Carrie Lyman - Maya Beach, Thailand
Maya Beach, Thailand – I did stop here and relax during my trip to Thailand

by Carrie Lyman // travel. fashion. illustration. nyc.

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