Going Italian (In Greenpoint)

Manhattan girls don’t like to leave the island. We just don’t. From food to shopping, there’s really no reason to visit the other boroughs.

But Brooklyn knows what’s up.

Roses of Greenpoint.
Roses of Greenpoint.

I don’t need to tell you how Brooklyn (at least some parts of it) are the playgrounds of hipsters, or how everything cool is somehow made in the BK. And if you watch HBO, chances are you know about one particular show where its setting happens to be Brooklyn.

But I really don’t go to Brooklyn unless I absolutely have to. And when I found out about this massive warehouse where you can find tons of vintage pieces for affordable prices, you know I was making the trip down under.

I know, I know.
I know, I know.

For my visit to Greenpoint, specifically Dusty Rose Vintage, I wore this sheer 1970s label-less dress I thrifted many moons ago in (yes) Manhattan.

Photo by Jordan Race.
Photo by Jordan Race.

I paired it with a (more modern) sparkling matching floral cardigan from Topshop that I also thrifted. The pearls are also vintage, and I kept the lipstick more natural looking, all thanks to Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Naked ($5.99). I felt like I was in the streets of Italy. But I wasn’t. I swear.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

For a similar look (all Etsy.com):

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

I adore Dusty Rose Vintage in Greenpoint. It’s a true shopping haven for thrifters who relish on the hunt. Make sure you reserve some hours just to go through bins and bins of clothes from various eras. There’s even a “Goth Witch Noir” bin(!).

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

Jordan was trying to find a leather jacket, but he wasn’t as lucky. Perhaps we’re due for another visit sooner than later!

Jordan was attempting to find a leather jacket.
Jordan was attempting to find a leather jacket.

I wish I could tell you NOT to visit Dusty Rose Vintage, only so I can have this whole place to myself. But seriously, this place is the bee’s knees. Every thrifter should make a visit to Mecca. So make your way to Greenpoint and shop until you drop!

Fin.
Fin.

Outdoor Rooftop Film Club at YOTEL

Another day, another rooftop.

Rooftop Film Club at YOTEL.
Rooftop Film Club at YOTEL.

As a full-time writer in New York City, I often get invited to new openings and of course, rooftops to check out. Seriously, there’s a rooftop for anything you can think of:

  • Want to impress friends with the best view of NYC ever? 230 Fifth is a must.
  • Need to cool off with the socialites at one of the most amazing pools in the city? Good luck getting a membership at the SOHO House (just ask Samantha Jones).
  • Looking to satisfy your craving for Mexican food, but prefer being out of Manhattan? Check out Alma in Brooklyn.

And those are just some quick ideas.

Seriously, don't be Samantha and get thrown out of SOHO House.
Seriously, don’t be Samantha and get thrown out of SOHO House.

Anyway, I was invited to check out the opening of the Outdoor Rooftop Film Club at futuristic YOTEL hotel on 10th Avenue (they have robots to handle your luggage!). This movie club, which started in the UK, is now being offered to New Yorkers looking to watch some of their beloved classics along with the glowing skylines. Also, let’s not forget all the tasty burgers, thirst-quenching cocktails, and yes, popcorn, to keep you company.

The Rooftop Film Club at YOTEL.
The Rooftop Film Club at YOTEL.

Some of my favorite movies being featured this summer at YOTEL’s Rooftop Film Club include “Some Like it Hot,” “Roman Holiday,” “Clueless,” and “The Notebook.” Bring some Kleenex for the last one. You’ve been warned. On the night I was invited, “Top Gun” happened to be playing.

Photo by Jordan Race.
Photo by Jordan Race.

What did I wear for the occasion? Luckily, I have some photos prior to the event because I later became too busy enjoying sangria and popcorn with the stars. For the occasion, I wore a shirt dress from H&M’s Conscious Collection. Not only is it super soft, but you’ll feel good too knowing that this collection serves to bring awareness on using natural resources responsibly, recycling older materials, and being ethical. You can read all about their “seven commitments” here. It’s wonderful.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

You can get the same dress on H&M for $39.99.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

In addition to my usual cat-eye sunglasses, which you can easily find on Etsy, I pair the dress with massively jeweled floral earrings, also from H&M. They seem to no longer be available on the site, but I’m really feeling these shimmering beaded chandelier earrings they currently offer for $5.99. You can also get the same cuff bracelet in silver or gold for $7.99.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

There’s still time to go to the movies this summer…on a rooftop, of course! Score your tickets fast to the Rooftop Film Club here.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race