Friday, April 19, 2013

East Ville de Carnivale: Heating Up Webster Hall

If there's one thing I love, it's a good party. Which is why I'm extra excited that Webster Hall is going to be decked out in tropical magic Saturday, May 4 for East Ville de Carnivale. The same people who brought us 20s style whiskey and beer are celebrating spring with a fun Carnivale-themed event with (wait for it) tequila and wine.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Retrofit: A Gift from eShakti

Ages ago, eShakti contacted me about reviewing a dress from their site and run a giveaway, too. The great thing about eShakti is for some of their styles, you get to enter your measurements. You are essentially getting a custom dress for off-the-rack prices.

To really test their services, I opted for a halter style, something I almost never do because the fit never seems quite right. My mother says my shoulders are short or something.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Music Mondays: 3 Songs from Annette Funicello

Last week, we lost Annette Funicello to MS. Funicello was 70 but still had all the spunk and sweetness of Deedee, her character in the Beach Party movies. Deedee was sometimes a little annoying ("Oh my gosh, sex is icky!) but she gave us lots of great songs.
A cheery Hawaiian number that always gets me bouncing in my seat.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Maddicts at the Roosevelt

Sunday my friend and I got all dressed up in our 1960s best for the Mad Men season 6 premiere party at the Roosevelt Hotel's Madison Club. The Roosevelt worked with Maker's Mark to bring us free Manhattans.

The Madison Club is exactly the sort of dark wood-paneled place you'd expect Don &co. to hang out.  Even if there hadn't been a costume contest, I would've tried to dress the part. But since there was, I went all out:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Music Mondays: "Fever" by La Lupe

Just when I thought I was going to stop doing Music Monday posts (and do them on my Facebook page instead) but Elma at La Familia Cool invited me to be a part of the Lunes Musicales blog hop, which is an idea I love. So we're back with another Music Monday post and this week I'm listening to, and loving, always loving, "Fever" by La Lupe, the Queen of Latin Soul. A native of Cuba, she was an insanely fiery performer. I really, really hope her biopic gets made. Enjoy this version of the song Peggy Lee made famous.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Taking to the Streets for the Easter Parade

The Easter Bonnet Parade is one of the things that is so special and wonderful about New York. Where else would the snooty tradition of people leaving their big, important churches to show off their new spring clothes and hats turn into a wacky, loosely-organized parade more than a hundred years later? I'm sure "society" people from Edith Wharton's New York roll over in their graves each Easter when people strap hilarious, adorable DIY creations to their heads. I spotted a steampunk contingent, a Sinatra impersonator, one gay 90s couple, a fairy and many festive dogs.

I wore my favorite shirtwaist from the 60s, a hand-me-down trench I love, 1950s sweater clips with my cardigan (it's still chilly; layering is key) and a petticoat. Pardon the wrinkles; I was so sure I'd steamed them all out, but there you have it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hats Off to NAC's Bonnet Bash

Very, very exciting news: two weeks ago I had the honor of being a judge at the National Art Club's Bonnet Bash. The NAC's Fashion Committee chair David Zyla says he likes to think of it as spring Halloween. Using the theme night and day (as in the Cole Porter song), guests were asked to dress in their favorite period outfits for either evening or day and don an appropriate hat. The NAC presented the event with the Milliners Guild here in New York, who had an exhibit of wonderful hats in the exhibit space on the first floor. Everything was gorgeous.