I feel like I made a top secret discovery after watching Where the Boys Are. I don’t know if I’ve ever watched too many films from the 50s/60s beach bunny era, but now that I saw this one, I’m absolutely obsessed.
I’ve also been a big fan of Connie Francis (her greatest hits is played often on my record player), and this story of four Midwestern girls who hit Fort Lauderdale (when that was a like a thing), on the search for some fun spring break love. But let’s be real, because this column is called Fashion in Film, that’s what it’s all about. The clothes.
And like any good 50s/early 60s film, the clothes in this one are to die for. Capri pants, chiffon scarves as accessories, circle skirts, and glamorous vintage style bathing suits. I wish I could have an excuse to dress like this every day (although if I were to ever have an excuse, living in New York would allow it), but until then, I’ll pick up a few individual pieces for spring and summer to make this look work for me!
A couple weeks ago I went to visit a friend in Washington D.C. for a weekend. I spent two days eating delicious food, seeing the sites, and soaking in the finally Spring like weather, and when I got back to New York City I realized I didn’t want to be here.
Now, don’t get me wrong, New York definitely has it’s perks, and I’m not looking to move to D.C., anytime soon, but there was something about how clean, how genuinely friendly, how quiet, and how green the city was that made me realize that I’m just done. I’ve been in New York nearly six years, which was longer than I expected to stay, and while I appreciate the culture, the architecture, the style, and the opportunity of the city, I know my limits, and I’ve reached my limits.
I’m not moving right away. That would be illogical (unless I was magically offered a job across the country), but instead I’m going to be starting the process, setting goals, starting the job hunt, and saving my pretty pennies to make a move happen.
But something else I want to do before I leave New York is to actually take advantage of it. Sure, I’ve done all the touristy things, but there are so many parts of this city I’ve never even seen, so I present my New York Bucket List. All the things I’ve always said I would do in New York, and haven’t quite gotten around to.
New York, you and I have some work to do.
Things To Do Before I leave New York
Get into Gramercy Park
See Wicked on Broadway
Go to Sleep No More (again)
See the Warblers migration in Central Park
Have Levain Bakery cookies
Have City Bakery hot chocolate
Eat a burger from Corner Bistro
Eat pizza at Grimaldi’s
See a Knicks game
Frozen hot chocolate from serendipity
Go to the Whitney museum
Ride the Cyclone
Go to the Bronx Zoo
Go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the Cherry Blossoms
Walk the high line
Go to Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
See a jazz show in Harlem
Go to Greenwood Cemetery
Try to visit Maine
See the New York City Ballet
Go to Eataly
Go to the New York City Transit Museum
Go to the Top of the Rock
See the Jimmy Fallon Show
Visit Grant’s Tomb
Go to Socrates Sculpture Park
Visit Ellis Island
Go see Rocky Horror Picture Show at Bow Tie Cinemas
Visit the African Burial Ground
See a performance at Carnegie Hall
Go to Midsummer Night Swing
Walk to Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Go to a movie in Bryant Park
Take a trapeze class at Chelsea Piers
Go to the Tenement Museum
Visit the Mark Twain house
Have a beer at McSorley’s Old Ale House
Go to the New Museum
Go to the Museum of Sex
Play ping-pong at Spin.
Go to the Dumbo Carousel
Go to the Turkish Baths
Go to spa castle
Go to The Little Red Lighthouse
Ride the 6 train through the old City Hall station
Ever since I went to a tasting at the New York Distilling Company, I’ve been mildly obsessed with their Dorothy Parker gin. Unlike most gins, this one isn’t the typical London dry style, and takes on a much more botanical flavor (for those of us that aren’t the biggest gin drinkers, it’s perfect). And naturally, when a gin has those botanical tones, it lends itself to being a perfect spring and summer cocktail base.
I was looking for inspiration one sunny Saturday at the grocery store, when I spotted a fizzy french lemonade, and decided that I would try my hand at muddling a few ingredients with it to create this cocktail. I choose blueberries and cucumbers, because I thought their flavors would compliment the tartness of the lemonade and the botanics of the gin. It ended up being an easy, impressive cocktail that I’ve already had requests to remake for our next summer party!
Botanical Blueberry Lemonade (makes 1):
2 thin slices cucumber
5-6 small sweet blueberries
1 1/2 oz Dorothy Parker gin (or similar botanical gin)
Lemon and cucumber to garnish
Place the cucumbers, blueberries, and gin at the bottom of a glass.
Muddle until the blueberries and cucumbers are broken up.
I’m much more of a dress or jeans person usually, but lately I’ve been trying to up my skirt game. I recently found this pink silk skirt on eBay and while I think eventually I’ll end up getting it tailored, I absolutely love the color, fit, and material.
I haven’t always been such a “pink person,” but I’m really loving the color for this spring. And paired with a basic plaid button down, it lends itself to being an easily wearable piece for day and night.
Part of my goal for 2014 was to focus on ways to better myself. I’m a big fan of constant self improvement (in ways best for you), and I love discovering new tools to help me to get there. Here are 5 tools I haven’t been able to live without since 2014 started.
Blogilates.com - When work days are busy and I can’t get to the gym, I go to this site for an awesome boost of inspiration. Cassey Ho’s recipes keep my work lunches healthy and interesting, and her pop pilates videos leave me sore for days!
Headspace App - One of my goals for this year was to start meditating (at the insistence of several of my doctors). The first 10 days are free, but it’s totally priceless. It’s made me a calmer, more centered person.
Mint.com – Life in New York is expensive, and this app keeps all my spending and financial goals on track.
Goodreads - I’m constantly adding books to my “to read” list and I love that this site allows me to not only keep track of them all, but also have a sense of accomplishment when I finish a book.
Rosetta Stone - I received the Rosetta Stone in French for Christmas, and at first I was a bit apprehensive (like would I actually sit down and use it? Would it work?) and I have to say, everything you heard about it was true. I look forward to working on my language skills, and I can actually see myself learning a language.