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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Finding Glamour in Maine: Part 1

I’ve always wanted to visit a tiny state, known as Maine.

It seemed to offer everything I could desire. Beaches galore, buttery lobster by the pound, quaint little houses, Stephen King, buttery lobster by the pound…oh right, I said that.

From my trip to Maine.
From my trip to Maine.

Being overdue for a vacation, I decided to head up north, way up north, to the state that Anthony Bourdain has reportedly called “one of the foodiest in America.” And boy, was I in for a surprise!

On a lobster roll diet.
On a lobster roll diet.

I must admit, it did take some time to adjust to picturesque Maine, York Beach to be exact. Being a born and raised New Yawker, I am accustomed to time being on steroids, restaurants closing near midnight (and sometimes later), sizzling summer heat cloaked in sweat-inducing humidity, and hopping on the dingy subway or hailing race cars for cabs to take me anywhere in minutes. Sure, it may sound like a nightmare to those not accustomed to such an existence, but this is my home, a place I’ve had a serious love-hate relationship for decades. So perhaps going on a break was rather strange.

I drowned my hair in argan oil before I stepped outside.
I drowned my hair in argan oil before I stepped outside.

In Maine, I was not used to chilly, ocean-fueled temperatures surrounded by fog, prompting me to grab every layer I could find, waters so frigid, my body would convulse on contact, and misty, salty air exposing all the frizz I’ve attempted to combat from childhood. Many days and nights, I fought the unruly mane – and lost – in Maine.

Rosé, like this one, does wonders for a homesick, culturally shocked city girl.
Rosé, like this one, does wonders for a homesick, culturally shocked city girl.

Yes, it was quite the culture shock, but believe me reader, I was determined to make the most of my trip. Maine and I would battle it out, but I was eager to embrace its peace offerings, in the form of food (lots of it) and the beach (lots of it).

When it comes to food, Maine does not disappoint. Fried haddock sandwich, fries, and mac 'n' cheese balls with coffee? Yes, please! #whatdiet
When it comes to food, Maine does not disappoint. Fried haddock sandwich, fries, and mac ‘n’ cheese balls with coffee? Yes, please! #what diet

For one occasion, I experience utter joy just splashing around in Short Sands Beach, a pocket of a beach tucked away behind rocky cliffs. The water was warm and crystal clear, the sun kissed my every pore, and my surroundings transformed into a living painting. Could it be that I was finally falling for Maine?

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

For the occasion, I wore an airy, long sleeved azure dress by Eva Mendes for New York & Company. If you don’t know, this Cubana and Hollywood bombshell has an exquisite old Hollywood-inspired clothing line for the popular brand that’s perfect for day and night.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

It’s safe to say one part of my closet is solely dedicated to pieces by Eva Mendes. I never fail to get compliments whenever I wear any of her dresses. Best of all, New York & Company always has plenty of deals to help you save some moolah.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

In the end (at least for this day), I was a happy mermaid.

"Some day I'll be...part of your...WORLD!" Photo by Jordan Race
“Some day I’ll be…part of your…WORLD!”
Photo by Jordan Race

So, does this city girl make it in Maine? You’ll have to find out in part two!