Cheating Death in Central Park

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

“Canadian Geese in Central Park” – By Me

Nature and I are serious frenemies. I love escaping the concrete scenery of New York City for something green and lush. Nothing makes me happy like finding a beautiful blooming flower to photograph. And fluttering butteries or even the occasional rabbit hopping around fills my heart with joy.

I’m also allergic to pollen-mosquitos-pretty-much-every-bug-and-plant-alive-outside.

I like turtles.
I like turtles.

As you can imagine, parks aren’t always my thing because well, walking around with a swollen face isn’t fun. But on one sun-soaked Sunday, I was compelled to drag Jordan to Central Park. Sure, there were tourists everywhere and good luck creating some sort of great  Exodus for insects, but in the words of Rhett Butler…

“Gone With the Wind”

For the outing, I decided to channel my tropical roots. I wore a red floral midi dress from the 1970s, which was purchased from Colorado-based Etsy shop, The Braided Bandit. Its vibrant red shade just screams summer, don’t you think?

The Braided Bandit
The Braided Bandit

As you can see, the dress originally came with long sleeves, but my bulging biceps just weren’t having it. My tailor, also known as my fairy godmother who always makes me go from drab to fab, suggested I remove the sleeves completely. This was the end result:

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

The idea was actually a brilliant one. Not only does it look more weather-appropriate, but I was still able to make use of a new piece. If the sleeves of your piece just doesn’t fit the way you would like, consider removing them completely or at least making them half-sleeves, depending on the fit. You will completely transform your outfit and it will fit you so much better. Any tailor can easily do this, but if you’re more of a DIY gal, YouTube also has some great tutorials on sleeve removal.

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Photo by Jordan Race

Because we were roughin’ it, I left behind my heels (in my purse of course) and wore more comfy ballet flats. Per usual, one of my many corselet belts made an appearance. I paired them with golden chandelier earrings from H&M and wore Relvon’s blazing “Hot Coral” lipstick. It’s an incredibly moisturizing lipstick, so I didn’t have to worry too much about reapplying during the day.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

And in case you’re wondering, I survived. Jordan and I celebrated at Flatiron District’s Marta, the new It-pizza stop where wine flows freely and massive pies are served to your liking.

Classic Pizza Margherita at Marta. Yum.
Classic Pizza Margherita at Marta. Yum.

See you next time when I attempt to cheat death!

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

“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.”