“A Grown-Up Dorothy”

If you’ve managed to survive this winter season in New York City, I salute you. After a seemingly never-ending frost, we’re finally embracing the sun-soaked warmth of the spring season.

It was the perfect occasion for me to meet up with one of my closest friends Francis for a movie night at Lincoln Center, home of the ballet, opera, and Fashion Week. We recently saw The Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively and it was a lovely romantic film filled with gorgeous leading men and yes, one lucky blonde bombshell wearing some heart-stopping vintage couture. Seriously, you should watch this flick just for the costumes.

“Love is timeless.” And so is great fashion.

For the evening, I decided to channel what one co-worker at the office called “a grown up Dorothy.”

“We’re off to see the wizard…”

I wore a nautical-inspired 1970s secretary dress by Jonathan Martin. And yes, it’s called a “secretary dress” because they were created for secretaries! While the piece is from the ’70s, it gave me serious 1940s vibes. I found this dress in mint condition, which is a major score when you’re shopping vintage!

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

As you can see, I paired them with red patent heels, which would have made the Wicked Witch of the West green with envy. See what I did there?

As one would say, she's peanut butter and jealous.
As one would say, she’s peanut butter and jealous.

I added my usual corselet waist belt, which I wear about 99% of the time. A waist belt, when worn properly, creates the illusion of a cinched waist and it just makes dresses look all the more polished. It’s important to find one that’s an appropriate size for comfort and designed to complement your waist. I couldn’t live without them. Every woman just looks better when she plays up her waist and natural curves. You can find these nearly anywhere.

I would have curtsied for you, but it wouldn't have ended well.
I would have curtsied for you, but it wouldn’t have ended well. Photo by Francis Rodriguez

I’ve wore these jeweled red earrings, which have been favored by photographers for several photoshoots I’ve done. Everyone thinks they’re vintage, but I bought these at Forever 21 for about three bucks nearly six years ago! They don’t make ’em like before.

Girls need big jewels. Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Girls need big jewels.
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Oh, and that diamond-encrusted pin? That’s vintage. I believe it’s from the 1930s and I bought it at a flea market for about five bucks. I purposely included it because, well, my boobs decided to betray me. One button kept popping out and I just wasn’t in the mood to star in my own peep-show!

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Ladies, if you have a similar problem, make sure you take your outfit to the tailor. He/she can make magic happen. Also, I always carry a gorgeous-looking pin in case I have any sudden wardrobe malfunctions. You never know.

When in doubt, add a brooch.
When in doubt, add a brooch.

Well, I’m off now because “there’s no place like home.”

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