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New York City Firsts
When was the last time you had a sleepover? You know, when one of your girlfriends invites you to sleep over at their place. When I was a kid this involved sleeping bags, snack foods and loads of giggling. Fast forward some forty-three years and not much has changed. Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to NYC to spend time with one of my favorite people to hang out with, Patti from Not Dead Yet Style.
Here is a shot of us as we walked across The Brooklyn Bridge. The Statue of Liberty is hiding somewhere behind our enormous hats.
We both agreed that we looked every bit the part of two “women of a certain age” protecting themselves from the sun.
The summer plaid dress is a rare exception to my otherwise secondhand wardrobe and was part of a birthday gift card my hubby gave me from Anthropologie. It is linen and cotton, the perfect mix for summer.
I wore this exact outfit for the bridge walk.
I’ve had these awesome Cole Haan shoes for a couple of years. They are light as air. The soft pink color manages to visually elongate my legs.
Good walking shoes in NYC are a necessity. About ten years ago I was determined to look stylish while in NYC and wore some very sexy high heel shoes. #stupid #neveragain #massiveblisters
Patti My Hostess With The Most-ess
Patti is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
Can I say just how jealous I am of Patti’s West Village flat and wonderfully modern kitchen? Her high end gas stove and oven are to die for! They are somewhat wasted on Patti though as she doesn’t cook.
Also, how cute is that little dishwasher?
The right lower shot is when we spotted a Fluevog store.
The heavenly apple tart on the lower left is from an authentic French restaurant we happened upon in Chelsea.
New York City Firsts
I’ve been to New York many times but it is always full of surprises. Don’t believe any of those rumors about New Yorkers being unfriendly or impolite. I’ve experienced the total opposite every time I’ve visited. I’m always blown away by just how friendly they are.
This trip I did experience some New York City firsts that I’d like to share with you.
My First Walk Across The Brooklyn Bridge
I loved doing this. It was busy and a little crowded but the weather was perfect for walking and the views didn’t disappoint.
My First Time Eating Authentic Indian Food
I’ve eaten Indian food before but I think this time it was closer to the real deal. I’ve never seen a dosa (thanks Vix!) this large in my life. There was some spinach rolled up inside with a variety of sauces for dipping.
My First Time In DUMBO
DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Overpasses.
We took the ferry back which was also lovely.
My First Time At Hamlet’s Vintage Store
Talk about eye candy! I was swooning! All their inventory was bold, colorful and funky… just what I like! Sadly the prices were far too rich for my wallet. That didn’t stop me from trying on a couple of choice dresses though.
My First Time To The Camp Exhibition At The Met
I’ve been to the Met a few times and it is always a treat. We took in the latest temporary exhibit called Camp and loved it.
Camp examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.
The “faucet” above is a necklace.
Insane headpiece by Deirdre Hawken from 2013. Made of yellow silk satin and chiffon with synthetic pearl beads.
If you have a chance to catch this exhibit I highly recommend it.
The First Time I Saw This
Both Patti and I had to do a double take when our Taxi pulled up next to a driver beside us. He had his music blaring while dramatically and feverishly playing the maracas. He was doing a full on musical in his car while driving. No joke. It was so good! Hilarious and weird but good. Like Patti said, “Only in New York.” I wanted to take a photo or a video but the traffic wouldn’t allow.
My First Visit To The Fashion Institute of Technology NYC
This is a brilliant spot for fashion lovers. Added bonus…the price is right, FREE is always good. Look for photos from this exhibit and a surprise bonus blogger I met in my next post.
The First Time I Watched The Raptors Win The NBA Championship
Patti and I watched this together in her flat. What a blast to see the only Canadian team in the league win. Yesterday there was a parade in downtown Toronto and there were close to two million people in attendance!
Have you been to NYC?
Did you find New Yorkers friendly? What was your favorite part of visiting this surprising city?
You may be interested in reading up on some previous trips I’ve taken to NYC…. A Quickie Trippy To New York City, Women And Aging, What To Wear In NYC In The Summer, Stylish Dressing For Cold Weather – What I Wore In NYC, Take a Bite Out Of New York City
Despite the issues associated with wearing jumpsuits ( getting naked when you pee ) I’ve developed some serious jumpsuit love over the years.
Here are some of my favourites.
It’s interesting to see how they all have similar shapes, a v-neck and a defined waist. That is a helpful elongating trick if you are a curvy gal.
This jumpsuit was found while shopping for my Etsy Store.
Initially I thought I was going to keep the piece as it is pretty darn sweet but my closet is threatening to explode if I try to squeeze in one more item so it is now for sale here, size M/L.
The fit of jumpsuits is notoriously tricky, especially in the rise. A twelve hour wedgie isn’t fun.
When I spotted this jumpsuit I could tell by the long rise (aka low-crotch-baggy-bum) that the wedgie problem wouldn’t be an issue.
I’ve used a trick to make this oversized jumpsuit fit me better. Can you guess what it is?
It may not look like I’m wearing a belt but I am.
The matching belt with this jumpsuit was a big bonus. Belting this from behind eliminated the bodice volume that made me look like a Sumo wrestling champion. The little bit of waist definition was all I needed. I’ve used this same trick on other dresses like the one below.
You can use the belt trick as long as the piece has belt loops.
My pug spends her free time, also known as her NNNE time, (not napping not eating) time judging my poses and modeling skills.
“Not natural enough! Pull in your stomach! Stand up straight! Smile with your eyes, not your mouth! Don’t you know anything?“
Have you ever used this behind-the-back belting technique before? Do you have any tips for getting jumpsuits to fit better?
Jodie had some great tips about the challenges of jumpsuits here.