The Fitting Room Chronicles: In With the Old

Once upon a time, Francis took me to the lush Gallow Green, a quaint rooftop lounge where patrons are transported to a secret garden filled with beautiful company, tantalizing cocktails, and mouthwatering grub.

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For “just one of those nights,” I wore a juicy orange floral lace dress by Hollywood actress Eva Mendes from her New York & Company collection. It was paired with ivory lace oxfords, which i transitioned from day to night. I received loads of compliments and I was  all smiles.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez
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Photo by Francis Rodriguez
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Sadly, summer is long gone and we’ve been dealing with a Snowpocalypse. While I normally wear my spring/summer attire all year by simply pairing it with a warm cardigan, this dress just won’t do to beat the chill.

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Fortunately, I got quite lucky at my recent thrifting adventure.

I found this 1950s ensemble, which features a very similar floral lace pattern, except it’s more black than orange. Not only does it highlight sleeves, but it’s more weather appropriate and pairs perfectly with one of my many cardigans.

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For the most part, I believe in wearing all of my outfits throughout the year. Whether it’s adding leggings, boots, a sweater, or a heavy scarf, there’s no need to pack away gorgeous pieces, only to rock them for a few months. However, I will admit that there are certain outfits designed specifically for certain seasons, and layering just won’t do. That’s why I try to find a similar piece that goes with the certain season. Not only will I get to wear something I know I will look and feel good in, but I will have more clothing options for the chill or heat.

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The weather should never prevent you from feeling fabulous. And you never know when a friend will invite you to spend the night at a rooftop.

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The Fitting Room Chronicles: Becoming So Hot (and Not)

When it comes to clothes, I know what works for me: chic black ensembles, bold blues, and flower power.

But I also like to shake things up.

At one of my usual thrifting adventures in the West Village, I spotted this vintage dress with a label stating that it comes from India. It’s a sheer grey gown highlighting a low-cut v-neck, as well as loads of sparkles.

Shine bright like a diamond. Kinda.
Shine bright like a diamond. Kinda.

Some people like to reserve their jewels for a special night out. Personally, I believe every day is an occasion to dress up. Life is a grand ball and you’re the star. So why have your jewels collect dust at home? Would a grand dame do that? Exactly.

Rocking three dollar pearls from a church flea market. Tres chic!
Rocking three dollar pearls from a church flea market. Tres chic!

You’re speaking to someone who used to wear shoulder sweeping rhinestone earrings that look as if they came from Blanche Deveraux’s bosom. In high school.

Thank you for being a friend.
Thank you for being a friend.

While I love how I can easily rock this look for either running errands on Saturday mornings or enjoying cocktails past 5PM in the Meatpacking, its look is pretty deceiving. On a sizzling 85 degree day, this outfit overheated, causing me to melt five pounds worth of sweat. At least I’ll be more ready for bikini season.

Do you feel that heat?
Do you feel that heat?

Still, for $21, I took it. Hey, it will keep me warm during the cooler fall.

I’m also a not-so-secret fan of green garments. Except whenever I wear one, I feel like a walking M&M.

I may look tasty, but I feel stupid.
I may look tasty, but I feel stupid.

I really did like this jungle-inspired dress, but something about it made me go no. I don’t know if it was the fit, style, or even color, but it just didn’t feel right. So I let it go. It wasn’t true love because I have zero regrets.

No.
No.

When shopping, if you aren’t absolutely in love with what you find, don’t get it. The outfit may look like a great deal, but if it’s just taking up real estate space in your closet, you’re pretty much just making a retail donation. Save your precious greens for something you’ll really love and actually wear.

Still no.
Still no.

That’s all there was to this adventure. Wait, you’re complaining? Hello, I merely spent 21 bucks and am ready to rock something that will make me so hot…literally.

But I don’t care…I love it. Good luck getting this song out of your head.

So take that and go shopping, lovelies.

“I Wanna See Your Peacock”

Confession: I am a gin girl. I love a nice glass of wine to relax and unwind, but when it comes to drinks beyond the grape, I prefer a cool, crisp cocktail featuring refreshing gin. If we ever encounter each other at a bar, be sure to order me a Gimlet with Hendrick’s gin, my classic libation of choice.

An Evening With Jägermeister
An Evening With Jägermeister

But sometimes I like to mix things up. And Jägermeister helped me do just that at their “Spring Awakening” party at The Heath in the Meatpacking District where they encouraged invited guests to celebrate with fresh, seasonal cocktails.

From a writer’s standpoint, I love all the fantastic events Jägermeister offers every year. They never fail to impress with lavish banquets, spectacular presentations, and unique cocktails highlighting the herbal spirit, which always serves as inspiration for writing about cocktails. And this year, they did just that.

Unfiltered Jäger for a proper tasting.
Unfiltered Jäger for a proper tasting.

There were so many delicious drinks to choose from, but my personal favorite was the Spice Trader by mixologist Brian Miller. It tasted like a boozy, freshly baked apple pie. Seriously.

Spice Trader Cocktail
Spice Trader Cocktail

Now, let’s talk about the outfit. I was pining for this Monique Dress by vintage-inspiration brand Heart of Haute, which features a majestic peacock print. It’s also sold at rockabilly/pinup shop Enz’s on the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. The lovely artist (and beau) Jordan purchased it for me as a surprise for Valentine’s Day and I decided to rock it for the evening.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

I adore it because it reminds me of screen siren Hedy Lamar’s epic costume as the biblical temptress in the 1949 film, titled Samson and Delilah.

I need this in my life.
I need this in my life.

While the outfit is a completely different style, I felt like a walking piece of art. In my opinion, we are all blank canvases ready to become masterpieces with just the right wardrobe and attitude.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

As expected, I wore my signature corselet belt. I love that feeling of being “held in” with a simple accessory that instantly cinches my waist.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

I kept the accessories to a minimum with the help of gold. When a dress does this much talking, you don’t need to overindulge with the jewels.

Even the Empire State Building decided to match with me.

Empire State of Mind
Empire State of Mind

And that was just another Monday.

Moral of this story? You can never go wrong with a peacock.