Street Art & the City

Living in New York City, street art abounds.

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Graffiti tends to get a bad rap, but for the most part, I think it gives the city an added layer of character – kind of like a tattoo.

… And there’s a lot of character in today’s post.


 layering with a pencil skirt

Despite that bad rap, graffiti — or street art, rather — can be a beautiful thing. Remember how gorgeous Maya Hayward’s mural on the Houston/Bowery wall was this spring?


Or what about the exterior of the Little Cupcake Bakeshop? And that amazing rainbow wall in Brooklyn we stumbled upon this summer?


Though often beautiful, sometimes graffiti can just be very… functional.

You know, purposeful. Like so:


Oh, New York.

Weaving through the city’s streets and skyscraper buildings is one of my favorite things to do when I have a bit of down-time. (Down-time, LOL.)

As a result, I had a lot of fun scouting locations for today’s post.

graffiti in nyc

You guys know the brand Perrier, right?

Yes, the sparkling water.

Yes, the water you drink in those vodka beverages.


In a cool campaign that kicked off earlier this year, Perrier partnered with three world-renowned street artists.

The challenge for each artist was to put their own spin on the brand’s iconic bottles and cans, and the result is a limited edition collection that’s unique, decidedly different, and one that evokes a “collect all nine” vibe. (I’m well on my way in doing so — kinda like how we hoarded wine bottles in college.)

So, when Perrier challenged me to share my own favorite works of street art in New York City, it was a no-brainer. Like I said — in this town, art abounds. I practically do this on accident with all of my outfit shoots anyway.

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One of my favorite spots in the city is L’asso, located in Manhattan’s downtown Nolita neighborhood.

It’s a graffiti-friendly pizzeria that’s a revolving canvas for street artists — and the exterior is practically an exhibit in-and-of itself.

bradley theodore street art

Here, you’re likely to find the work of Bradley Theodore – a namesake street artist who evokes colorful, modern representations of prolific fashion figures.

My all-time favorite is when he pitted these two fashion heavyweights head-to-head, but his representation of Karl and Choupette is a close second.

bradley theodore nyc bradley theodore mural in nyc

*In this post:

Bik Bok cropped sweater (bought in Oslo; love this version)
Equipment blouse (similar here and here)
Vince Camuto pencil skirt (on sale)
Alexander Wang Lia cross-body bag (here in blacksimilar on sale)
Pointed-toe booties c/o Modcloth
NARS Audacious lipstick in “Anna”
Essie nail polish in “Merino Cool”

*Click to shop: Equipment blouses | black ankle boots
this post (below):

l'asso graffiti nyc


Lydia Hudgens Photography

Disclosure: Thanks to Perrier® for partnering on this post in celebration of their limited Street Art® edition. To see and learn more, click here or join the conversation with #StreetArtByPerrier.



    • The booties are my favorite pair of shoes at the moment! They’re surprisingly comfortable — I walked all over town in them (on our graffiti tour/as mentioned in this post). Can’t beat the price, too.

  1. Love the street art! Baltimore had a great collaboration earlier this year with renowned street artists from across the globe and the results were amazing.

  2. I love NYC graffiti. It gives the city so much character and personality! Random thought – I wonder if there’s some sort of “graffiti tour” around New York City? How cool would that be?

    • I think there is, actually! When I was Google searching I found a lot of relevant results — though I think it’s just a tour guide who takes you around; nothing as formal as those double-decker bus tours.

      If you’re ever interested, I can tell you where all of my favorite spots are. They’re great for blog shoots. x

  3. Now THIS is how you do a sponsored post well. You could give some other bloggers a lesson on this.. lol Cheers to you! Always know how to tell a good story no matter the content. 🙂

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