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