Lady Love Song

Every lady deserves to have a dress in her closet that accentuates her curves and is guaranteed to make jaws drop everywhere. Who wouldn’t want to have a silky smooth fabric hug your shape like a lover who knows exactly what to do with his/her hands?

May I introduce you to the Lady Love Song Dress?

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

This piece, from vintage-inspired online retailer ModCloth, features a velvety smooth fabric that will make you feel like a seductive pinup. My beau couldn’t get enough of it and well, I felt like the greatest animated seductress of all: Jessica Rabbit.

Jessica Rabbit from the 1988 film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
Jessica Rabbit from the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
Jessica Rabbit
Jessica Rabbit

Even ModCloth said it best: Who wouldn’t want to croon a ballad when they see you in this sultry frock? In a melodic, shimmering maroon velvet material that caresses your curves, this dress complete with a crossover sweetheart neckline and gentle pleats at the bust, is made to impress. Step into your favorite jazz club for a martini and dulcet serenade!

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Another woman who would appreciate this piece? Rita Hayworth, 1940s “love goddess” of Hollywood, who also served as one of the inspirations behind Mrs. Rabbit.

Rita Hayworth (in black and white)
Rita Hayworth (in black and white)
Rita Hayworth (in color)
Rita Hayworth (in color)

I wore my merlot-hued dress for an evening with loved ones at Hotel Indigo, a posh hotel in Chelsea where you can easily spot a model or three making her way to the Meatpacking District for a stylish Saturday night out.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

No martinis were involved (I’m more of a gin girl), but you could savor tantalizing cocktails at equally posh Mexican hot spot Tijuana Picnic on the Lower East Side. It’s a fitting tribute considering Rita Hayworth, whose real name was Margarita Carmen Cansino, rose to fame in Tijuana clubs in Mexico as a dancer.

Tijuana Picnic in New York City
Tijuana Picnic in New York City
Sizzling Chicken Wings at Tijuana Picnic
Sizzling Chicken Wings at Tijuana Picnic
Delectable Churros at Tijuana Picnic
Delectable Churros at Tijuana Picnic

Expect luscious libations, such as the Grapefruit Gringo (poblano infused-vodka, grapefruit, Thai basil, and sugarcane), Mi Casa Margarita (featuring loads of tequila and mezcal), or the Mayan Michelada (a spicier take on the Bloody Mary).

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Love the Lady Love Song dress as much as I do? Make it a forever dress in your closet in Merlot for the wine lovers out there, along with Olive, Black, or Ruby for $89.99. I would just recommend going up a size for a comfy fit without losing the hip-hugging effect.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Hello world!

Hello dear reader. My name is Steph and I’m a New York City girl who spends half of my time in a fitting room. No, seriously.

Photo by Michelle Wild, Dress by Stop Staring! Clothing, Coat is Vintage
Photo by Michelle Wild, Dress by Stop Staring! Clothing, Coat is Vintage

After years of having my friends pester me to blog about my thrifting adventures, I finally decided to give in. Some days it will be about finding ensembles from past eras for my growing dress collection. Others will be about giving birth to myself while trying to get out of a too-tight piece made for a Kate Moss wasp.

This was me, hanging out with Minnie Mouse. I don't think I was allowed to wear makeup yet.
This was me, hanging out with Minnie Mouse. I don’t think I was allowed to wear makeup yet.

Thrifting, you ask? Why yes, I would describe myself as a vintage girl, one who adores the styles of eras long gone before I was ever born. And after decades of trying to fit in and look like every jean-wearing broad from the block, I have finally embraced being the woman I was meant to be, wearing dresses, red lipstick, and heels. I haven’t looked back, and frankly, I feel quite liberated not trying to squeeze every single bit of me in skinny jeans. It’s actually pretty fabulous. I’ve always been passionate about old Hollywood and that affair first came to life when I discovered Marilyn Monroe giggling as her skirt went flying up in The Seven Year Itch at age five. I was in absolute awe over this woman’s flawless features and wanted to know everything I could about her. Sure, I could barely pronounce her name thanks to my thick Spanish accent, but I wanted to discover all there was to know about Mary-Leen Mouse.

You might know this lady.
You might know this lady.

Growing up, I tried so hard to fit in, splurging on every trend that came and went by the hour just to be accepted. However, one Halloween completely changed my life, when I decided to dress up as a 1940s dame. Once I slipped into that black wiggle dress, pursed my red hot pout, and applied that blooming rose against my natural curls, something awakened in me. This was the person I was meant to be.

The simple Halloween costume that did it for me. Dress was vintage and probably cost me 10 dollars. Stockings I purchased from Christopher Street in the Village.
The simple Halloween costume that did it for me. Dress was vintage and probably cost me 10 dollars. Stockings I purchased from Christopher Street in the Village.

Now, everyday is Halloween. Except it’s not. You get the picture. I’m also a Type O Negative fan. Oh yeah, back to the blog. Since I spend many afternoons hunting for throwback pieces, I figure this would be a good place for me to share my discoveries and how I rock them. Maybe two people will read this, or I will give up eventually. For now, I’m trying it out.

Me today at Hotel Indigo. Vintage dress from TempleKatVintage on Easy. Photo by Jordan Race.
Me today at Hotel Indigo. Vintage dress from TempleKatVintage on Etsy. Photo by Jordan Race.

I’m looking forward to sharing what works for me. Hopefully they will work for you, too.