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.
Of course, I posed with this sizzling vintage beauty. Who wouldn’t?
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.
I wanted to channel the glamour of Hedy Lamarr as the character Delilah in the 1949 biblical drama, “Samson and Delilah.”
While this dress is no longer available, ModCloth.com has plenty of gorgeous options. Here are some of my favorite picks:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sadly, this dress is no longer available on ModCloth.com, but I did find some similar, equally amazing picks, just for you:
One thing I loved about my visit to Maine? The food.
Buttery lobster, crispy halibut, pounds of steamy mussels drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice – it’s a seafood lover’s paradise.
But it’s not just fresh seafood this petite state has to offer. Wild berries, thirst-quenching cocktails, and mountain-sized ice cream cones covered with “jimmies” are just some of the many treats to be found here.
I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds – just in time to keep me warm during the chilly winter months to come.
While staying at The Lighthouse Inn & Carriage House, I decided to go nautical with a navy dress featuring white stripes (Jack White not included – I’ll be here all night, folks).
My dress, which was thrifted, features a wrap-around piece, which i chose to ignore. I like to break rules.
For days when I felt like lounging around, I decided to add comfort to my wardrobe with a touch of glamour, all thanks to Hollywood bombshell Eva Mendes and her New York & Company collection.
I ADORE Eva’s dresses because the fit is super comfortable, they’re designed to enhance your natural curves, and they have a vintage look/feel with modern fabric and tailoring. It’s the best of both worlds.
This dress is from a previous season, but you can get some (or all) of Eva’s current designs at a New York & Company near you.
The view wasn’t too shabby, right?
Don’t forget to come back next week and find out how I made it in Maine!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
The salty, sweet scent of the crisp ocean, the songs of soaring seagulls, the warmth of sun-kissed sand caressing my feet, and the soothing sounds of soft waves greatly intoxicate me.
Perhaps it is the tropical blood that flows fiercely in my veins that naturally attracts me to all things nautical, or the fact that I am a watery piscean. Regardless, I am truly my happiest when frolicking at the beach.
For my local escape to beachy paradise, I head to Cherry Grove in Fire Island. I must warn you though, it’s not the easiest place to find. It requires a subway ride, two Long Island Railroad trains, a taxi, and a ferry to reach an island where no cars or traffic exist, but I assure you, the lengthy journey is worth it.
Fire Island boasts plenty of resorts, but unlike the party-loving Pines, Cherry Grove is more secluded.
You can go on a Saturday afternoon and feel like you own the entire island. Only a handful of people, at most, are usually present sunbathing or literally bathing in the sea.
Not only do I adore Fire Island’s tranquility, but it’s this same sereneness that puts me at ease in a two-piece. I am not a woman who feels at her most comfortable in a swimsuit, and I appreciate not feeling judged or gawked at because my figure doesn’t resemble a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Rather, I can just be me and savor the day like a fine rosé. That’s more fun, anyway.
While I do wear two-pieces, I rely on more vintage-inspired high-waisted bottoms.
They suit my curves best and hide any sudden bloats (we are surrounded by salt, after all).
Recently, I visited Linda’s Bras, an Upper East Side boutique that offers amazing swimsuit tops in nearly every size you can think of. A proper fitting can alleviate backache, enhance your shape, and give you all the support needed. If you haven’t gotten fitted for a bra or bikini top yet, do it ASAP. It will change your life. Promise.
Cherry Grove in Fire Island is my home away from home. It’s tradition to visit every summer and I’m already thinking about next year!
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.
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.
It’s seriously the cat’s pajamas.
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:
This is Dreamland Orchestra (and Jazz Age Lawn Party Originator) Michael Arenella doing his thing:
Francis even made some new friends:
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.
I wore my favorite pearls and a matching paper hat to beat the sizzling heat.
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.
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!
I’m a huge fan of “Sex and the City.” I still watch my DVDs (many of them worn after being on serious heavy rotation). I’ve interviewed Candace Bushnell, the woman behind the popular series. I’ve even met the lovely Sarah Jessica Parker during the early stages of the show back in the ’90s.
But look, I get it. I’m a native New Yorker and I know you’ll have a better chance of finding a live unicorn on Canal Street than discovering a rent controlled apartment on the Upper East Side and spending $400 on shoes while just earning an income from a weekly newspaper column. And let’s be real, Carrie Bradshaw’s questionable relationship with Mr. Big is, well, questionable. So yes, “Sex and the City” is an NYC fairy tale.
For this event, I decided to channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw by wearing my own spin of the infamous ballerina dress from the show.
I love a big tulle dress that would make me feel like I’m enjoying a night out with Misty Copeland, but I don’t normally get an opportunity to wear a ballet-esque gown. But I adore them.
This dress is from one of my favorite online retailers ModCloth.com. They sell tons of vintage-inspired dresses and, if I had Carrie’s budget, I would buy practically everything they offer.
This dress has since been discontinued, but I have some suggestions. If you’re thinking pink, there’s this glamorous ensemble for $99.99, this casual ballerina look for $29.99, or even this sweeping piece for $69.99. If you want something on the noir side, like what I did, here are my recommendations: there’s this one for $64.99, another with plenty of lace for $109.99, or this peachy number for $64.99.