After a long two year hiatus (I think the longest I've ever gone without visiting), I got to spend a good amount of time in Karachi, Pakistan. Below you'll find a chronological documentation of family outings, food, shopping, and a good chunk of sightseeing. For now it is constrained to Karachi, but I promise on my next trip I'll be traveling across a country I visit so often yet have seen so little of. That being said, Karachi has it's own charm and intense energy - I hope I was able to capture a small bit of it.
My face in the last photo is the same face I make at around 1 PM in the office everyday when suddenly the air turns on in the middle of NY winter and I have to drape myself in shawls and thick socks. I was recently informed by a friend that a study was done which claims that office temperatures are based on a formula that uses the metabolic rate of men. So you don't even have to look at the wage gap to see gender discrimination in the workplace, you just have to walk into the office and feel the air. Given this information, I give myself a free pass to complain about the freezing office everyday. Small brown girls for air equality.
The remainder of my usually shawl covered outfit is my take on one of the most professional looks I feel comfortable in. Although from afar it looks like a white collared top and a black trouser, the cinched waist creates some intense pleating (which, if you're not careful, can be blown straight up by the subway vents), and the pant has an incredible pleated detail at the bottom. The blue shoes add a healthy pop of color and with a block heel, they give a little lift without the social suicide of a kitten heel.
All photos taken by Kiera Wood
Top - Zara
Pant - Cos
Shoes - Nine West
Scarf - Bleusalt
These pieces in my closet, like others that are increasingly so, are some of my most versatile. The pants I purchased during my last day in Kuala Lumpur in February of this year - and while they have been good to me they are already beginning to disintegrate. The top is a thrifted find from a vintage store in Brooklyn - 100% silk (from a selection of many!) and a perfect high collar to elongate the neck. I'm increasingly unable to wear heels like I used to, so all of my amazing college heels (well, those that I think are appropriate) are only used when I'm sitting at my desk. At least they're being used?
The setting for this shoot was City Hall in downtown Manhattan - only a few streets away from where I used to live during my junior year in college. And while it was a decent walk to up class everyday, I loved living in this area. It's quieter than the rest of Manhattan in a commercial way. However there are some true hidden food and architectural (pictured above) gems located around this square that most people are unaware of. While there isn't much to actually do around here, it was perfect for a shoot.
Photography by Kiera Wood
Top - Thrifted
Pant - Market in Kuala Lumpur
Shoes - Topshop