The Fitting Room Chronicles: Channeling My Inner Golden Girl

I may love the hunt that thrifting offers, but occasionally, I like to join every other girl as they find dangerously cute pieces at H&M. There always seems to be a sale at this popular retailer and they constantly offer stylish, yet budget-friendly selections to help me mix and match with my growing vintage collection.

One Friday after work, I decided to look around my local H&M and found this leafy ensemble:

“Insert Caption Here” -No really, I couldn’t come up with a good caption. Um, me in a fitting room? Good enough? Good.

This song originally came to mine while I was observing each angle:

Get it stuck in your head now. You're welcome.
Get it stuck in your head now. You’re welcome.

But really, I was thinking more about a southern tart. And no, I wasn’t hungry for those peach ones covered in pecans by granny. Those are good, too.

I of course, was thinking about famous bed-hopper Blanche Devereaux from my favorite show of all time, “The Golden Girls.” Aside from her never-ending list of lovers, Blanche was famous for her bedroom, specifically its decor.

Credit: BentonArtAndDesign.com
Credit: BentonArtAndDesign.com

According to Texas-based design studio Benton Art & Design, the banana leaf pattern, which transformed Blanche’s bedroom into a “wild sex jungle,” was inspired by interior designer Don Loper who, in 1942, created this pattern to “evoke the easy breezy attitude” of the Fountain Coffee Room for the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is still found today.

So back to this dress. The V-neck ensemble, which was originally priced at $49.95, was available on sale for $25. Not only is the waist elastic to maintain any unwanted pouch that apparently wants to come out and play for the summer, but its soft rayon fabric is absolutely perfect to beat the heat.

Credit: HM.com
Credit: HM.com

If you really want to go all out, may I suggest the Charlotte Olympia “Meredith” wedges? They feature a similar print. Except I believe these came out back in Spring 2012, so good luck finding them. Personally, I prefer simple tan sandals with a pedicure featuring a pop of color. You can never go wrong with classic red.

Credit: Charlotte Olympia
Credit: Charlotte Olympia

Fortunately, you can still snag the same H&M dress I fell in love with for the same sale price.

Credit: HM.com
Credit: HM.com

Get it now before it’s gone by clicking here.

Buh-bye.
Buh-bye.

“A Grown-Up Dorothy”

If you’ve managed to survive this winter season in New York City, I salute you. After a seemingly never-ending frost, we’re finally embracing the sun-soaked warmth of the spring season.

It was the perfect occasion for me to meet up with one of my closest friends Francis for a movie night at Lincoln Center, home of the ballet, opera, and Fashion Week. We recently saw The Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively and it was a lovely romantic film filled with gorgeous leading men and yes, one lucky blonde bombshell wearing some heart-stopping vintage couture. Seriously, you should watch this flick just for the costumes.

“Love is timeless.” And so is great fashion.

For the evening, I decided to channel what one co-worker at the office called “a grown up Dorothy.”

“We’re off to see the wizard…”

I wore a nautical-inspired 1970s secretary dress by Jonathan Martin. And yes, it’s called a “secretary dress” because they were created for secretaries! While the piece is from the ’70s, it gave me serious 1940s vibes. I found this dress in mint condition, which is a major score when you’re shopping vintage!

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

As you can see, I paired them with red patent heels, which would have made the Wicked Witch of the West green with envy. See what I did there?

As one would say, she's peanut butter and jealous.
As one would say, she’s peanut butter and jealous.

I added my usual corselet waist belt, which I wear about 99% of the time. A waist belt, when worn properly, creates the illusion of a cinched waist and it just makes dresses look all the more polished. It’s important to find one that’s an appropriate size for comfort and designed to complement your waist. I couldn’t live without them. Every woman just looks better when she plays up her waist and natural curves. You can find these nearly anywhere.

I would have curtsied for you, but it wouldn't have ended well.
I would have curtsied for you, but it wouldn’t have ended well. Photo by Francis Rodriguez

I’ve wore these jeweled red earrings, which have been favored by photographers for several photoshoots I’ve done. Everyone thinks they’re vintage, but I bought these at Forever 21 for about three bucks nearly six years ago! They don’t make ’em like before.

Girls need big jewels. Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Girls need big jewels.
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Oh, and that diamond-encrusted pin? That’s vintage. I believe it’s from the 1930s and I bought it at a flea market for about five bucks. I purposely included it because, well, my boobs decided to betray me. One button kept popping out and I just wasn’t in the mood to star in my own peep-show!

Photo by Francis Rodriguez
Photo by Francis Rodriguez

Ladies, if you have a similar problem, make sure you take your outfit to the tailor. He/she can make magic happen. Also, I always carry a gorgeous-looking pin in case I have any sudden wardrobe malfunctions. You never know.

When in doubt, add a brooch.
When in doubt, add a brooch.

Well, I’m off now because “there’s no place like home.”