Getting Hot and Heavy for a Cadillac

I’m a New Yawker, so the idea of driving is laughable. Dealing with Manhattan traffic? You can keep that. We have taxis and silver limos (subways) so owning a car seems like an unwanted expense. I know in other parts of the country (and the world) cars are essential, but for now, I’m fine hailing my temporary ride when needed.

I do recall an event that Francis and I attended to celebrate an anniversary for Cadillac and I fell in love. Truthfully, if I were to ever own a car, I would want a pink Cadillac, just like Elvis Presley, or a red hot one to match my lipstick any time of the day.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Of course, I posed with this sizzling vintage beauty. Who wouldn’t?

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

For this Manhattan affair, I wore a bamboo print dress from vintage-inspired modern retailer ModCloth.com, which I paired with, yes, vintage peacock earrings.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez
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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

I wanted to channel the glamour of Hedy Lamarr as the character Delilah in the 1949 biblical drama, “Samson and Delilah.”

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Hedy Lamarr as Delilah

While this dress is no longer available, ModCloth.com has plenty of gorgeous options. Here are some of my favorite picks:

And of course, you can’t forget the peacock earrings. Etsy.com has plenty of options.

This event may have been a while ago, but it feels like yesterday. As usual, the bestie Francis and I had a fabulous time. I’m still Cadillac free, but who knows what the future will bring for a dame like me!

Christmas in July

The holiday season is officially here, and with that comes the blistering winter temperatures one could except in December.

Oh, joy.

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Winter is coming.

Now before you call me a Grinch, hear me out. I may have been born and raised in New York City, but I am a woman of the tropics, someone who is at peace with rising temperatures and is truly myself at the beach.

So when we suddenly had some 70-degree weather, I was like a kid waking  up to Christmas morning. For the occasion, I decided to look back at one steamy day from this summer.

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Photo by Jordan Race

For a stroll down the Village, I wore this thrifted one-piece with a paisley print by Madewell. Normally, I’m not a fan of the print, which was en vogue during the late ’60s and throughout the ’70s, but I do appreciate this subtle earthy tone.

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Photo by Jordan Race

I paired my mini dress with a gold chain featuring Roman coins, which I also thrifted, along with simple sandals and my navy Longchamp purse. I adore Longchamp and I would score a bag in every single color if I could. They’re perfectly versatile and wonderfully chic for any outfit.

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Photo by Jordan Race

As expected, my outfit is thrifted, but I do have some recommendations if you’re looking to capture some of that retro bohemian spirit:

No sizzling hot day would be complete without cocktails, right? Well, there was La Isla Escondida, a Mexican speakeasy in Little Italy that’s part of The Mulberry Project. They may be closed for the winter, but I highly recommend it for some refreshing libations.

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As for the rest of winter? Sadly, I might be hidden in coats for a while, but who knows…we might get an unexpected heat wave one of these days. Here’s to hoping.

Happy holidays!

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Photo by Jordan Race

Whisky and The Plaza

I’m not a whisky drinker. I prefer a glass to unwind after a busy day, a gin cocktail for a casual night out, or tequila when, in the words of Prince, “it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right.”

But most of the time, a bottle of sparkling Perrier will do.

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Cheers

So when I was invited to the The Macallan Rare Cask event at The Academy Mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I figured why not? How many chances will I really attempt to try some Scotch at a proper tasting in a ultra posh venue? Perhaps it might inspire me to write a story. Writers can never get enough inspiration.

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One of my besties Francis isn’t much a whisky drinker either, so it was wonderfully refreshing to embark on this tasting journey with someone who was as curious as I.

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The Academy Mansion was a glorious castle made fit for a Park Avenue princess, the guests were immaculately dressed in their finest evening couture, and the Macallan whisky was smooth-as-silk, but with a powerful punch. In short, it was another fabulous night.

It was time to continue.

We then decided to spend some time at The Plaza, one of my favorite places in the world. Just telling you about this hotel’s rich history could easily transform this blog into a book, but if you’re a fan of all things vintage, you must make your way to The Plaza pronto. Expect to hear more of this place soon.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

For the evening, I wore this glorious butterfly dress by vintage-inspired online clothing retailer ModCloth.com. It’s one of my most favorite places to shop, and it should be yours, too!

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Sadly, this dress is no longer available on ModCloth.com, but I did find some similar, equally amazing picks, just for you:

See you soon at The Plaza!

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

The Jazz Age Lawn Party Part Deux

Remember when I first told you about one of the most important summer events of the year, also known as The Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor’s Island? It’s back for another round this weekend — and so am I.

READ: The Jazz Age Lawn Party Part Une

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

I previously gushed about this lovely, sun-soaked soiree where you can do the Charleston with fellow flappers, quench your thirst with some hooch, all thanks to St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and show off your finest 1920s threads, of course.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

It’s seriously the cat’s pajamas.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Need convincing on why you should travel back to the Roaring Twenties and celebrate with Jay Gatsby and Clara Bow? Check out this snazzy trailer on the annual event here.

Francis took plenty of lovely photos along the way:

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

This is Dreamland Orchestra (and Jazz Age Lawn Party Originator) Michael Arenella doing his thing:

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Francis even made some new friends:

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I wore this navy polka dot dress by vintage-inspired retailer ModCloth.com. It’s one of my favorite online shops ever and their personal stylists always make the best recommendations. This dress is no longer available, but they have a ton of 1920s-esque gowns and polka dot ensembles to make you the bee’s knees any day of the year.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

I wore my favorite pearls and a matching paper hat to beat the sizzling heat.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

And of course, I cooled off with a sparkling St. Germain cocktail. It’s a must-have for your bar to make your soirees extra special…and delicious.

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Photo by Francis Rodriguez

The Jazz Age Lawn Party had another go this weekend, but if you missed, don’t worry…come back next year and party with us!

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Get Shorty

A bar named after me? Sign me up!

Shorty in New York City's Nolita.
Shorty in New York City’s Nolita.

Alright, so Shorty isn’t exactly named after me, but as someone who’s 5’2″, the name definitely catches my attention. So when I was invited for its exclusive grand opening party, you know I was going to check it out.

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Shorty, a sexy cocktail den in Nolita (that’s north of Little Italy), can easily be overlooked in a city where lounges, speakeasies, and restaurants are found practically on every block. But if you look carefully for the sign, and head down some stairs, you’ll find a 1970s Parisian bordello-inspired haven where the drinks are cool and the music is sizzling hot like the weather.

Cocktails at Shorty.
Cocktails at Shorty.

My favorite libation from Shorty is the Paloma, a classic cocktail highlighting thirst-quenching silver tequila (a must-have for the sweltering summer season), as well as fresh lime juice, tangy grapefruit juice, and Sprite for some citrusy bubbly.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

For the party, I wore a vintage 1970s black and white pinstriped dress, which takes a lot of inspiration from the 1940s. Seriously, I felt like I could have picked up a gangster named Johnny Knucklebreaker with this thing. Its slinky fabric and pleated skirt hugged all of my curves, yet it was super comfortable.

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Photo by Alexcia Foster

The dress was purchased from Portland-based Etsy vendor Jumblelaya. If it were up to me, I would buy everything she’s selling. If you’re a vintage fan, her dresses are nothing short of enchanting.

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Photo by Alexcia Foster

The original designer is by Jen-Jen New York, which was apparently pretty popular during the 1970s for its nightlife-friendly gowns. Sadly, there isn’t much information in existence now. However, you could still find some Jen-Jen New York dresses on Etsy.

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Photo by Alexcia Foster

For a similar look, here are my picks: There’s this handmade 1950s-1960s dress on Etsy for $52, a maxi gown ensemble from ModCloth for $32.99, a 1950s-inspired swing dress from Unique Vintage for $138, and another swing style dress in color block form by Pinup Girl Clothing for $142. You can even get similar black and white pumps from Pinup Girl Clothing for $52. They’re way too cute to pass up.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

As for jewels, I stuck with pearls. These are from H&M. It seems to no longer be available, but here’s a similar one for $5.95.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

So yes, you don’t need to be a shorty to visit Shorty. It’s a cozy bar that’s perfect for date nights or when you feel like unwinding on a weekday and prefer being a bit hidden in New York City. Because sometimes, you just need a sweet escape for the night and that may involve heading to a bar that’s secretly the home of a French madam.