what british style looks like in new york

photos by suzanne darcy

with a little help from the nylonshop

For Monica Barleycorn, the last four months have been straight out of an episode of Gossip Girl (sans scandal and heartache). The Fashion Management student is taking a break from the London College of Fashion by spending her semester abroad at LIM College in New York City. For this Brit, life has been a constant back and forth between school, maintaining her fashion blog, exploring the coolest places Manhattan has to offer, and most importantly (to us at least) interning at the NYLONShop! With Monica's features on and Company Magazine, as well as her work with brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, and, she is beyond deserving of her very own feature on NYLONshop. Monica's time in New York might be coming to a close, but she's developed a love for Manhattan—which she attributes partly to watching too much Sex and the City—that will travel with her all the way back to London.

Name: Monica Barleycorn
Occupation: Fashion Blogger/ Fashion Student
Hometown: Whitby, North Yorkshire
Current City: New York City
Instagram: @monicabarleycorn
1) How long have you been blogging/what are your hopes for the progression of your blog?
I started my blog a little over four years ago and have been blogging almost every week since. It started off simply as a hobby—my own little space on the internet to share my outfits and adventures. I’ve documented my journey from living in a tiny seaside town in the North of England to moving and starting university in London, and now living in New York City! My blog is a great place to share my thoughts and my creativity. I guess ultimately I love to be able to travel more with my blog as there is so much of the world I’m dying to explore!
2) How have you fused notes from London and New York into your personal style? What trends have you adopted while being in NYC that you will bring back to London?
I think interning at NYLON has certainly influenced me to take more risks with my style and also have more fun with the clothes I wear. But in another sense, I feel like New York has made me mature with my fashion sense and start to choose to invest in more timeless pieces rather than trend following. 
3) You’ve done a lot of sightseeing while being in New York—what’s been the most memorable (best scenery, restaurants, hotspots)? 
Exploring New York is where I’m happiest. I love how much there is to do in and around the city – I’d never get bored! Central Park is probably my favorite place in the world – especially in the Fall— it's really breathtaking. I really like to spend the weekends brunching in Soho (Jack’s Wife Freda is a MUST) and The Standard Hotel down in the Meatpacking is my top pick for rooftop cocktails with unreal city views.  
4) Favorite item in your closet right now?
I’m so obsessed with my black faux fur vest. I literally try to wear it with everything! It’s so cozy!
5) What has it been like interning at NYLON? (No pressure...)
I’ve always loved the magazine, so I was super excited to be interning at NYLON. It has been such an amazing experience and a lot of fun. I’ve learned so much about the fashion industry and also made great friends and contacts.
6) Anything else we should know about you?
I love nothing more than English Breakfast Tea. 
Click through the gallery to see Monica's style and then grab the looks for yourself at NYLONshop

faubourg du temple: the tours varsity jacket in gold—$78. marialia: velvet babydoll dress—$86. married to the mob: blue bitch relax pouch—$25. melody ehsani: eye of the tiger necklace—$58. (available here.)

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."