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OVERT Life // We are well aware of the daily challenges that authentic City Living brings with it. There’s always “something”, right?

Something to do, to think about, to see, to eat, to drink, to watch, to listen to…it sometimes seems impossible to cut through all the noise and think clearly.

Week – 02 of Something Life. 

Curated for you by OVERT City Girls, Steph + Tessa, it’s the stuff that happens from payday to the day before the next payday, from cultural commentary to where to find the best haircut in Chinatown.

A monthly installment of Real Girls. Real Shit. So that you can concentrate on all the good stuff.


W E E K  0 2


something for the environment.
No straws needed.

Plastic straws are one of the most environmentally damaging products you can use, most straws are not recyclable and they are one of the biggest contributors to a plastic wasteland forming in the ocean. The US alone uses 500 million straws every day.

Knowing this information, it was astonishing to see how many bars in New York overload drinks with plastic straws, sometimes as many as three or four per drink. When you order hard liquor, here’s always a handful of those thin black straws poking out the top of the tumbler. A glass of water – straw. Finely crafted cocktail – straw.

This past Sunday though, happy hour at our favorite local bar The Flower Shop was made even happier as we noticed something new; blue and white paper straws sitting proudly on the countertop.

The Flower Shop co-founder, Ronnie Flynn, is a keen surfer and advocate for Project 0, a new generation focused on fixing the world’s largest most solvable problem, the ocean.

Putting his money where is mouth is, Ronnie has completely outlawed the use of plastic straws in his bar in favor of paper and is campaigning strongly for the no plastic straws movement to sweep through all the bars in the Lower East Side. It is a step in the right direction and a positive nod to the quest to protect our planet and oceans.

We’ll drink to that.

something cheap.
Sushi with a side of techno.

Zest is a coveted Lower East Side neighborhood sushi restaurant and a go-to cheap and cheerful dinner haunt.

Post weekend bank account blowout, Zest hits the sweet spot on the value to quality scale with a $3.50 happy hour menu – it’s available Tue – Fri 3:30 – 7 pm and Sat-Sun 12 – 7 pm.

Get a bunch of fresh sushi rolls like salmon and avocado, spicy tuna and white tuna jalapeno plus some tasty little appetizers like the divine little shrimp shumai and walk out spending around $15 depending on how greedy you’re feeling.

The restaurant itself is styled like a traditional looking Japanese sushi hut and is predictably always busy. Also, if you wanted to keep the party going, you’re in luck as for some reason the background music is always borderline inappropriate hardcore techno which only adds to the charm of the experience.

Add it to your cheap eats list. Sushi with a side of Tiësto.

something simplified.
The capsule wardrobe.

From Vogue Australia fashion director and Yeezy collaborator (and ultimate OVERT crush) Christina Centernera and her partner, Josh Goot comes WARDROBE.NYC, a new concept aimed at nailing the essential basics for every wardrobe.

Launching exclusively online, the new offerings are designed to be purchased as bundles. The first is a four-pack option which consists of a T-shirt, shirt, trouser, and blazer or, if you’re looking for a more suitable winter option there’s an eight-pack which also includes a knit, coat, wider pant, and a hoodie, all available in an elegant black and white color palette.

While the collection isn’t necessarily cheap – $1,500 for four pieces or $3,000 for the whole eight-piece collection – when you weigh it up piece by piece, there is value in each bundle.

Goot came up with the concept two years ago, after moving from Australia to NYC and becoming inspired by New Yorkers’ “uniform” way of dressing.

A seasonal capsule collection of timeless styles, driven by what people actually wear that also works with the limited storage space in their downtown NYC apartments.

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something happened.
Let go or be dragged.

Yesterday morning at yoga the instructor was talking about new year’s resolutions and getting your shit together. She said she often looked to friends for advice, and the most common suggestion was to start a list and write down all the things you think you need to do in order to get your life together.

Sure, a great deal of satisfaction can come from writing a list and ticking off tasks, but what happens when you have a long list of to-dos that just can’t be ticked off? What if there’s stuff on your list that’s been there seemingly forever? Do you just carry those things over and over again into each new year? How is that productive in getting your shit together?

What about, rather than writing a to-do list, you write a list of things that should be let go of in the new year. Lightening the load a little rather than add more to it.

I read once somewhere that we should all try and let go of things that don’t serve us. Let go, or be dragged. But, letting go of things is hard. Maybe that’s why we hold on so tightly. Fear, struggle, the unknown, change – all things that could be the result of letting go. The question of what happens when I do?

I feel like I have a lot to let go of this year. I have had my feelings hurt, and heart hurt many times. It’s frustrating to think that I spent a whole year going back and forth with the same selfish person who does not serve me in any way. Even admitting that I feel a bit lighter.

So, for my new year’s resolution, I’m not going to list things I think I need, I’m going to list the things I don’t need. Not with fear or uncertainty, rather out of hope and promise.

What if something great happens?

something well said.

Marianne Faithfull something life overt

“The thing about the really interesting women is that they don’t actually care that much.” Marianne Faithfull


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