“It Really Was Raining”

For my day job, I do more writing, which includes interviewing interesting people. Like models. You know, those gorgeous sirens you see on the cover of magazines and towering billboards.

They often tell me how they always look so immaculate, as well as what shooting for those covers are really like. It usually involves dipping their near-nude figures in an ice cold beach just when the sun rises for the best lighting and wearing sweat-inducing armor for couture hours on end.

If we could all look like this 1950s model in the rain.
If we could all look like this 1950s model in the rain.

I would always think to myself, Well surely it can’t be that bad. Just look at you. The world is your giant oyster and it offers all the pearls you want.

Well, I got a taste of it. Somewhat.

While visiting South Street Seaport one semi-gloomy (and unusually chilly) Saturday during the summer season, I was compelled to be photographed to remember the time I went all the way downtown. Then, it started to rain. Jordan suggested to use the umbrella as a prop. This was the result.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

But reader, it really was raining. Fat, ice cold droplets of water were smacking my face, the wind was blowing each minute with full vengeance, and my hair provided unforgiving whiplashes. But nope. I was going to get my picture. I guess this is what real models go through.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

My dress is a vintage 1970s bohemian pink floral maxi from the West Village. The label is unknown, but I love how easy-breezy it is for the summer. The gown makes me feel as if I’m ready to stroll through the streets of Tuscany. I added a wide leather corselet belt to accentuate my waist and avoid that dreaded pajama feel.

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You can get a similar look: ’90s grunge pink maxi for $34.50, a soft rayon maxi for $39, a 1970s butterfly sleeve non-floral pink maxi for $40, or a more tannish floral maxi for $48. If you’re looking to splurge, I really like this 1970s-inspired coral maxi for $98 or this 1930s French gown from Paris for $148.25. When shopping from Etsy, always make sure to note the measurements provided on any listing and don’t hesitate to reach out to the vendors with any sizing concerns you may have. I always do.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

Even in the rain, I let my hair down (literally). But I must tell you, those Goody Spin Pins are a must-have for a quick bun. They’re less than $10.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

And smiled, wearing Revlon’s pinky-red “Cherries in the Snow” creme lipstick. It’s also less than $10.

But in the end, there were cocktails to be found at Fresh Salt. I had the cup of rosé while Jordan sipped on a bourbon cocktail. Both were divine.

Drinks at Fresh Salt.
Drinks at Fresh Salt.

I’m certainly not a model. But at least I can now say I played one. In the rain. It was messy. But worth it. Now I can go back to eating my burger.

The end.
The end.
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The Fitting Room Chronicles: Channeling My Inner Golden Girl

I may love the hunt that thrifting offers, but occasionally, I like to join every other girl as they find dangerously cute pieces at H&M. There always seems to be a sale at this popular retailer and they constantly offer stylish, yet budget-friendly selections to help me mix and match with my growing vintage collection.

One Friday after work, I decided to look around my local H&M and found this leafy ensemble:

“Insert Caption Here” -No really, I couldn’t come up with a good caption. Um, me in a fitting room? Good enough? Good.

This song originally came to mine while I was observing each angle:

Get it stuck in your head now. You're welcome.
Get it stuck in your head now. You’re welcome.

But really, I was thinking more about a southern tart. And no, I wasn’t hungry for those peach ones covered in pecans by granny. Those are good, too.

I of course, was thinking about famous bed-hopper Blanche Devereaux from my favorite show of all time, “The Golden Girls.” Aside from her never-ending list of lovers, Blanche was famous for her bedroom, specifically its decor.

Credit: BentonArtAndDesign.com
Credit: BentonArtAndDesign.com

According to Texas-based design studio Benton Art & Design, the banana leaf pattern, which transformed Blanche’s bedroom into a “wild sex jungle,” was inspired by interior designer Don Loper who, in 1942, created this pattern to “evoke the easy breezy attitude” of the Fountain Coffee Room for the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is still found today.

So back to this dress. The V-neck ensemble, which was originally priced at $49.95, was available on sale for $25. Not only is the waist elastic to maintain any unwanted pouch that apparently wants to come out and play for the summer, but its soft rayon fabric is absolutely perfect to beat the heat.

Credit: HM.com
Credit: HM.com

If you really want to go all out, may I suggest the Charlotte Olympia “Meredith” wedges? They feature a similar print. Except I believe these came out back in Spring 2012, so good luck finding them. Personally, I prefer simple tan sandals with a pedicure featuring a pop of color. You can never go wrong with classic red.

Credit: Charlotte Olympia
Credit: Charlotte Olympia

Fortunately, you can still snag the same H&M dress I fell in love with for the same sale price.

Credit: HM.com
Credit: HM.com

Get it now before it’s gone by clicking here.

Buh-bye.
Buh-bye.