Did you know there’s something called “National Vodka Day?”
Neither did I.
This alleged marketing holiday is technically on October 4th, but truthfully, who wouldn’t mind kicking back with a cool vodka cocktail after a long day at the office?
I was invited to attend an event in honor of this day with Wyborowa Wódka, a premier Polish vodka. U.S. President of the Polish Vodka Association Andrzej Szumowski was in attendance to share the pride of Poland with us at Schapiro’s Eatery and & Cocktail Bar on the Lower East Side.
There were tons of pierogis to eat and drinks to savor.
For the evening, I wore this thrifted 1980s label-less electric blue silk dress and paired it with a corselet belt.
Looking back, it reminded me of 1940s glamour goddess Ava Gardner, a sultry Hollywood dame who enjoyed cocktails and was also the love of Frank Sinatra’s wife.
It’s been described that her swears were like hearing a truck driver and a sailor have an argument. Now that’s my kind of lady.
1980s Old Hollywood Glam Beaded Electric Blue Dress (size medium) $112, Etsy.com
Another personal pick you should check out? The super popular Ava dress collection by vintage-inspired retailer Pinup Girl Clothing. Not only are they drop dead gorgeous and super comfortable, but they also come in an array of sizes, ensuring that their brand offers style “for every body.” And who doesn’t love that? I would like to believe Ava would approve.
There are several must-haves that every lady should own to both look and feel like a glamour goddess. A fresh tube of red lipstick, some fabulous fur (I prefer faux), pearls, a little black dress – you get the picture.
But one piece that’s seriously a must-have? The ever so stylish turban.
This chic piece has been a fashion staple for old Hollywood starlets since the era of silent cinema and it’s easy to see why. Turbans add an extra amount of oomph to any wardrobe, they’re super eye-catching (much like a perfect red pout), and they keep your mane in place. What’s not to love?
During the 1930s, the turban exemplified a well-traveled woman and as for today, people will certainly ask for the story behind your accessory.
And if that’s not convincing check out these grand dames rocking their turbans at one of my favorite blogs, Advanced Style. Need I say more?
For a date night with Jordan, I decided to rock my very first turban, which I purchased from Israel-based Craftasy on Etsy. All I can say is, All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.
As for my dress, it also came from Etsy, via Midwest-based Fly Away Vintage Shop. It’s a late 1970s-early 1980s teal satiny secretary wrap dress by Liz Claiborne. The original dress was long in length with equally long sleeves. I had it tailor to better fit my figure, and then paired it with a thrifted wide leather corselet belt.
For our date night, Jordan and I went to Brasserie Les Halles on Park Avenue South. If you’re an Anthony Bourdain fan like me, then chances are you’ve already eaten at this spot. While Les Halles is known for their French dishes, Jordan and I were craving burgers. Perhaps we made a poor choice as the American staple was rather forgettable. However, the pommes frites was a mouthwatering pairing with cocktails.
And reader, I must say, there is nothing more glamorous than savoring a Friday night at a French restaurant in Park Avenue, while devouring a plate of French fries while rocking your turban.