Photography: Alexandra Frumberg
Christine White from the charming lifestyle / fashion blog Court and Hudson truly shines from the inside out. This stylish New Yorker calls herself a bohemian chameleon when it comes to fashion, enjoys the challenges of a career in Social Media, loves a crafty DIY (do it yourself) project and sparkles by helping others. Christine enjoys vintage pieces and mixes both old with new in her personal style and home decor. Her Hoboken apartment directly reflects her evolving style and acts as a quiet escape from bustling Manhattan.
“The Hoboken waterfront overlooking the Hudson River and NYC is one of my favorite spots to run or stroll along. The view gets me every time!” Wearing: L.A.M.B. trench, Zara sweater dress and Matt Bernson boots, Glitter Guide DIY necklace.
When did you decide to start your blog, Court and Hudson, and what’s the meaning behind the title? I started Court and Hudson in 2009 mostly because I hate having my picture taken and thought sharing my style would be a good way of getting over my fear of photo ops. I live in Hoboken but work in NYC, and when thinking about what my blog would be about I knew I wanted it to be an “intersection” of all of my favorite things – style, design, DIY and food. So using two of my favorite streets in both Hoboken + NYC, Court Street and Hudson Street — Court and Hudson was born!
“Hoboken may be known for it’s Cake Boss sugary confections, but Sweet is where I get my cupcake fix.” Wearing: H&M fur collar + wrap (similar) , Zara striped shirt, Zara coated denim
How would you describe your personal style? Has New York City inspired more creativity in the way you dress?
I would definitely consider my style to be something of a bohemian chameleon – if that makes any sort of sense. I tend to stray away from fitted pieces and am typically drawn to the naturally flowy fabrics of boho styles. But I also change my mind a lot! So one day I’m edgy and all black the next I’m pure and feminine in shades of blush and cream. I definitely blame this on living in New York City and working in fashion – I love everything and always want to try things out for myself, which is where the chameleon in me comes out!
Where do you turn for inspiration, online and off?
I spend 95% of my day online since I work in social media and the digital world. Even so, being online can sometimes be a bit of an inspiration overload, in the best way possible of course! From Pinterest to Tumblr to my blog reader of 200+ blogs, I have my hands in a little bit of everything. When it comes to offline, NYC has such a wealth of inspiration wherever you turn. I walk to work through the West Village in the morning and love peaking into the private courtyards or jetting out to events after the sun sets and people watching from the cab. That’s the thing about this city, you never know when inspiration can strike – because it’s everywhere!
“To me a dress form is the ultimate girly piece; I love to drape mine with sparkly baubles and lush scarves when concocting new ensembles” Necklace: Vera Wang, Scarf: Marc Jacobs, Hat: Brixton
“When looking for an apartment, we knew the place we chose had to have character. The dark floors + exposed brick are two of my favorite features.” Wearing: Vintage sequin top, Urban Outfitters skirt, Kenneth Jay Lane necklace and Lia Sophia bracelet
Are you the girl who plans her outfits out meticulously the night before or dresses quickly in the morning, throwing items together based on your mood?
If I know I have a big event or something I want to look top notch for, I will plan in advance. But day to day, I am definitely sitting in front of my closet just starring at it in hopes that something jumps out at me! After 20 minutes, I usually force myself to pick a piece and work around it. After a few iterations and a pile of clothes, I’m out the door.
“I love mixing vintage style pieces with more modern elements when it comes to style and decor. These two vintage airline posters were a gift from my husband.” Wearing: GAP striped sweater, vintage sequin pants, Coach heels, vintage rhinestone necklace, leather cuff from Italy.
What do you enjoy most about working in social media?
It’s a pot of innovation and full of some of the most talented, creative individuals I’ve ever worked with. You’re constantly being challenged to think big, think new, and think strategically.
“I have a love hate relationship with heels. I love the way they look, but I’m already 5’10” so I usually opt for shorter styles.” Shoes left to right: ASOS booties, Matt Bernson boots, Jeffrey Campbell snakeskin pumps, Steve Madden glitter peeptoes, Gap designer collection point toes, and Kensie nude kitten heels.
What is your top piece of advice for those looking to get into the PR / Social Media world?
I have a few – do your research, network and intern! I’ve met so many people who want to be in PR or social media, but don’t have the first clue as to what the space consists of or what a job would entail. Look at brands that you respond to because of their editorial coverage or their strides in social media. Take classes. Read everything.
No job is too small, and no contact should be forgotten. Keep in touch with everyone and establish meaningful relationships because both the PR and social media world are progressively contact and network driven. I hate to say it’s all about who you know, but to an extent, in these industries, it is.
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