American Beauty at wd~50
50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002
3 drops white crème de menthe
1 1/2 ounces cognac (preferably Courvoisier)
1/2 ounce dry vermouth (preferably Noilly Pratt)
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice, strained
1 teaspoon port
Pour the first five ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, and shake well. Put 1 teaspoon port into a chilled martini or tulip glass, and strain the liquid from the shaker over the port.
Dolce Vita Marley Booties
Who doesn’t love a peep-toe bootie? Add a little hardware and a wicked wedge and you’ve found yourself a day-to-night companion for your urban safari. While flaunting your still summer kissed legs for a few final days, pairing these booties with a contrasting classic tweed mini and a slouchy thick-knit cardigan will make your look a sassy meld of
All of Lavin Spring 2010
While eagerly checking my Style.com app. between classes, I found myself helplessly drooling over the sumptuous silhouettes of designer Alber Elbaz for Lavin. Their showing in Paris was a parade of delectably light fabrics, in which Elbaz transformed characteristically structured separates into freely sweeping shapes, sexily caressing the female form. This allowed the line to remain refreshingly youthful, yet still maintained a the typical Lavin sophistication.
I continuously find myself daydreaming about striding in to the office, stilettos clacking against the marble lobby floor, pulling off my tall leather gloves in a single swoop, as my airy pencil skirt sways and my blazer is gracefully swept aside as I stride forward revealing the soft neutral beneath. However, as the dawning of reality peeks over the horizon, I am brutally reminded that I will have to endure four months of Lavin deprivation before my stiletto clacking dreams become a reality.
Embracing My Inner Frugalista
While unfortunately penny-pinching has become a mandatory hobby for the masses, it has also opened a new door of creativity, causing those dedicated to staying in accordance with Vogue’s creed to resort to alternate measures. While retail as a whole has been swimming desperation, resale, consignment, vintage and thrift stores have been monopolizing this resurgence. Repeatedly embracing the life of the unpaid intern, becoming a bit resourceful never hurt anyone.
Manhattan is scattered with opportunities to make someone else’s forgotten treasure and make it your own. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- DAHA Vintage, 175 Orchard St. LES
- Screaming Mimi’s, 382 Lafayette St.
- Cheap Jack’s Vintage Clothing, 303 Fifth Ave. (at 31st St.)
- Chelsea Girl, 63 Thompson St., Soho
- Cherry Men, 17 Eighth Ave., West Village
- Encore Designer Consigment, 1132 Madison Ave., Upper East Side (near 84th St.)