Man, the shoot that Raven and I had on this day took me BACK.  Back to the days when I used to traipse around the Upper East Side, enjoying cheap goods from street vendors and spending hours in the Met.  I was in school and had zero income, but a hot dog only costs $1.00 and the Met is donations based, so if I wanted to I could have myself a glorious afternoon for under $10.00, or technically $2.00 if I was feeling particularly stingy (joke, obvi).  Funny how when you have to make do with what you got, you sometimes end up having the best time.  I had no money but not a care in the world.  Those were the honeymoon days.  On my to-do list: make time for one of those amazing UES days!

P.S. : Did anyone else read the Gossip Girl books when you were like 15, and Serena, Blair and Nate were ALWAYS on the steps of the Met? I always think of that :)

Gone is the girl that moved to NYC and didn’t have a care in the world.  Now I have many cares, but that’s OK.  Most of my days are spent running around the UES, eyes to cell phone, and hands holding a cup of coffee.  I hardly ever take time to stop and look around to appreciate the neighborhood that I’ve lived in for the past 4 and a half years.  It can be nice to just sit down on these steps, reflect on where I was, who I am, and where I’m going.  These steps will always hold precious memories to me.

Now, this post isn’t entirely Babe on a Budget, thanks to this incredible Eileen Fisher sweater that my mom gave me! It feels like the coziest blanket that is acceptable to wear in public all day long.  Don’t worry, the rest of the outfit is BOAB approved :)

Sweater: Eileen Fisher  Pants: H&M  Shoes: Payless  Sunglasses: Ray Ban

I was super bummed because I had just bought these pants at H&M, and they didn’t even make it home from the shoot! They disappeared in transit :(

Took my time to reflect, and then it was back to the busy streets :)

Have a great weekend.  It’s the last one to get any Fall activities in!

XO

Ava

Shots by Raven Adams