Pink Shirtdress (Old, but I love this one and this one, and this is a great budget-friendly option.) //
Sandals (I swear I haven’t taken them off all summer!) //
Straw Bag (Holds a lot more than you’d think.) //
Sunglasses (Old, these are super similar + from the same retailer.) //
First off, apologies for the radio silence around here last week. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a week without posting before — with the exception of when I was in Barcelona last year on vacation. But sometimes real life gets in the way, and the blog has to take a back seat. I don’t aspire to have weeks like that often, but ah well, this isn’t my day job, so I won’t beat myself up about it.
My mom was in town this past weekend, which was such a great break from real life. We saw two shows. The first was Cats, which I had never seen before. It’s definitely funky, and there’s no real plot, but the music is great and the costumes and production value are really amazing. While it’s definitely not my favorite I see how it’s become such a hit. Sunday afternoon, my mom had a relatively early flight, so we saw a matinee of A Doll’s House, Part 2. It’s a sequel to a play that was first published in 1879 (obviously, written by a new author.) Though the actors wear period costumes, it’s all modern dialogue, and is actually really funny — but also intense. Highly recommend both shows if you’re in the city/visiting anytime soon.
I found out something pretty interesting a couple months ago at work (and yes, I took these photos two months ago — I really had quite a back log there for a while!) while doing research for a story: The apartment Greta Garbo lived in after retiring from acting is just a few blocks from my apartment. If you don’t know the name, she was a huge movie star in the 20s and 30s, but she retired in 1948 and really kept out of the public eye. She did, however, live in NYC — and apparently, pretty close to me! I told my roommate (who takes my photos!) and we thought it would be a fun place to shoot.
It’s all the way over on the water, and honestly seems like a total dream building to live in. (I mean, who would expect less?) It’s a gorgeous doorman building, but one that’s a little older and has more character than a new development. And it’s on the water. Really, that’s my dream living situation in NYC. (Right now, I live the walkup life!)
This is definitely one of my favorite things about New York: There’s cool places with incredible stories everywhere — even in spots you don’t expect!
Fun story about this dress, and one that I imagine a lot of you can relate to. Getting real with you: I’ve had some horrible sweat stains develop on some of my favorite dresses. It’s so, so frustrating, as it happened with three pieces I spent a bit more money on, including this one. I know I’m not alone: It happens, it’s gross, it sucks. But OMG, I have found the cure. I’m going to sound like Billy Mays over here: OxyClean is magic. Really, it is. I just soaked the ruined (or so I thought) parts of these dresses for 15-20 minutes and it totally got rid of the stains. DRESS SALVAGED. It worked on all three. I was so thrilled!
It not only got out the sweat stains, but a much worse one, too. I hung up the wet dress to dry on a (bright pink) velvet hanger. I noticed a few days later that the bright pink had rubbed off on the dress. Figuring this stain was just too intense, I was about to give up but figure I’d try Oxy again. And yep, IT WORKED. Those stains were much worse so I let them sit for a few hours, but I’m a total convert. This stuff is amazing. My secret is to use a scoop of the Oxy with equal parts water. You really want the product to be able to attack the stains.
And with that knowledge imparted, I wish you a happy Monday. x