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!

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.

Cheers
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!

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
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

Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 2

Check out Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 1

One thing I loved about my visit to Maine? The food.

Jordan ready to stuffed his face (even though he doesn't like seafood like moi).
Jordan ready to stuffed his face (even though he doesn’t like seafood like moi).

Buttery lobster, crispy halibut, pounds of steamy mussels drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice – it’s a seafood lover’s paradise.

One of my many lobster rolls with a pasta salad.
One of my many lobster rolls with a pasta salad.
Jordan's veggie stir fry.
Jordan’s veggie stir fry.

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.

Wild Maine blueberries.
Wild Maine blueberries.
Maine sangria with local blueberries.
Maine sangria with local blueberries.
Night ice cream.
Night ice cream.
Day ice cream.
Day ice cream.

I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds – just in time to keep me warm during the chilly winter months to come.

Anyway.

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).

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

My dress, which was thrifted, features a wrap-around piece, which i chose to ignore. I like to break rules.

Posing with sand-covered slippers. Photo by Jordan Race
Posing with sand-covered slippers.
Photo by Jordan Race

For a similar look:

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

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.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

The view wasn’t too shabby, right?

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Don’t forget to come back next week and find out how I made it in Maine!

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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

Fire Island’s Cherry Grove

Let’s get one thing straight: I love the beach.

Swimsuit Top: Linda's Bras Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth Photo by Alexcia Foster
Swimsuit Top: Linda’s Bras
Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth
Photo by Alexcia Foster

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.

Fire Island's Cherry Grove
Fire Island’s Cherry Grove

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.

Swimsuit Top: Linda's Bras Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth Photo by Alexcia Foster
Swimsuit Top: Linda’s Bras
Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth
Photo by Alexcia Foster

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's Cherry Grove
Fire Island’s Cherry Grove

Fire Island boasts plenty of resorts, but unlike the party-loving Pines, Cherry Grove is more secluded.

Deer at Fire Island's Cherry Grove
Deer at Fire Island’s Cherry Grove

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.

Fire Island's Cherry Grove
Fire Island’s Cherry Grove

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.

Swimsuit Top: Linda's Bras Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth Photo by Alexcia Foster
Swimsuit Top: Linda’s Bras
Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth
Photo by Alexcia Foster

While I do wear two-pieces, I rely on more vintage-inspired high-waisted bottoms.

Actress Rita Hayworth wearing a high-waisted swimsuit bottom.
Actress Rita Hayworth wearing a high-waisted swimsuit bottom.

They suit my curves best and hide any sudden bloats (we are surrounded by salt, after all).

Swimsuit Top: Linda's Bras Swimsuit Bottom: Unique Vintage Photo by Jordan Race
Swimsuit Top: Linda’s Bras
Swimsuit Bottom: Unique Vintage
Photo by Jordan Race

I rely on Unique Vintage to provide me long-lasting, hip-hugging high waisted bikini bottoms to help me channel my inner siren.

Swimsuit Top: ModCloth Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Swimsuit Top: ModCloth
Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

For the tops, ModCloth also has plenty of vivid halters by old Hollywood actress and competitive swimmer Esther Williams.

Esther Williams
Esther Williams

Wouldn’t you want to be like the “Million Dollar Mermaid?” You can also score some matching high-waisted bottoms by Esther Williams as well. A double win.

Swimsuit Top: ModCloth Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Swimsuit Top: ModCloth
Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

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.

Swimsuit Top: Linda's Bras Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth Photo by Jordan Race
Swimsuit Top: Linda’s Bras
Swimsuit Bottom: ModCloth
Photo by Jordan Race

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!

Sunset at Fire Island
Sunset at Fire Island

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.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

It’s seriously the cat’s pajamas.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
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:

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
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

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

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Francis even made some new friends:

Photo by Francis Rodriguez

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.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

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

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
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.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
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

Getting Carried Away

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.

My signed photo from Sarah Jessica Parker.
My signed photo from Sarah Jessica Parker.

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.

Carrie Bradshaw and The Dress.
Carrie Bradshaw and The Dress.

But I still enjoy it. Proudly.

During one of our usual rooftop outings, Francis and I checked out the Mondrian SoHo Penthouse to attend an event for Brazilian spirit Leblon Cachaca.

Cachaca cocktails.
Cachaca cocktails.

For this event, I decided to channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw by wearing my own spin of the infamous ballerina dress from the show.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

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.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

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.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

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.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

There were plenty of drinks to be found.

Leblon Cachaca drinks.
Leblon Cachaca drinks.

And the party was an overall success.

A happy weekend indeed.
A happy weekend indeed.

Here was our view for the day:

Downtown Manhattan stretching to Midtown and beyond.
Downtown Manhattan stretching to Midtown and beyond.

And that’s how I got Carried away.

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez