Friday, July 19, 2013

What I Wore: Rock(a fella) Right to Mount Vernon

I'm melting,
I'm melting...
  
They're no question-
Heatwaaaaaaave!

"I feel it Burnin',
right here in my heart.
It's like a heat wave."


It's hot.
Hot as Hades.
As much as I LOVE to be outside, I do find myself savoring every moment with my beloved A/C as much as I possibly can. Mid-day fitness classes? Get that out of my planner!
But, when I'm out, as I so often am, I absolutely have to think about the fabrics I'm wearing, and how much of a hot mess I'll look during & after transitioning from one stop to the next. More air, please. Less. Easy-from makeup to apparel...and speaking of, shoes that won't cause my feet to swell up like balloons and turn into a mobile slip-and-slide on me.
Sheer, paper-thin shirt? Check.
Airy, light skirt? Must.
These legs can't be bothered with superfluous fabric!
And, around Rockefeller Center, which actually feels like the epicenter, the torturously fiery sun of New York City in the summer, this is...
What I Wore.

“The secret to success is to do
the common things uncommonly well.”
John D. Rockefeller

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The Vitals:
1. Tresics black sheer, cropped tee
2. Free People cream and neon green embroidered A-line skirt

4. Louis Vuitton snap wristband
The link above is to a similar style. Mine, though, is in the traditional brown monogrammed print.
5. Fendi oversized clutch
I purchased mine from Second Time Around, an upscale consignment store, in Boston. But, you can click HERE for some similar options, on SALE, at Overstock.
6. Antonio Melani tiger print, pony hair pumps
I've owned these since I was 18! Actually, I think that was the last time I also wore them, but I have re-discovered their appeal. I've almost given them away a hundred times, but I'm sold again. They've been reborn!

7. Tom Ford "Nikita" Cateye Sunglasses.
With my affinity for cateye shapes, Tom Ford designs some of the very best. "Niko," "Nikita", and "Anastasia" are all favorites of mine. You'll never want to lose another pair in the name of a good "I'm on a boat! party" again. I know.


Picture it.
I'm walking.
And expectedly, I'm sweating.
I'd wanted to get out of the tourist trap of hell that is the Rockefeller area.
Park?
Eh.
It was packed, and my legs would stick to the grass immediately.
So, I ventured to an indoor place of interest that I'd heard mentioned by some eighty-year-old man in an Irish Pub.
Always trust those guys.
I'm serious.
They pass on the most entertaining, darndest, and some times, the most useful knowledge that you can't read up on Wikipedia.

Mount Vernon, Mt Vernon, Mount Vernon in NYC, museums in New York City, historical sites NYC, old houses in New York, 1800s landmarks, guided tours New York, East River history in New York City, Mt Vernon New YorkNot too terribly far from Rockefeller, a little up and a good bit over east, hides a piece of New York City history, a reminder of the past and the evolution of the greatest city in the world. Wink. This gem rests in such a quaint and quiet street, on 61st between First Avenue and York Street, overlooking the East River and the 59th street bridge. I moseyed on over to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden. It is a stone house in the middle of midtown Manhattan, situated amongst some of the tallest buildings and modern displays of architecture. Old meets new, literally, side by side. The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum was built in 1799 as a carriage house, for a wealthy New York City gentleman's "country home" wayyyyyyy up there at 61st street. That was the country. At this point in time, New York City consisted of the lower tip of Manhattan...from the Seaport up to 14th Street, the most northern boundary of the city. Imagine that! So, people rode steamboats and fancy horse-drawn carriages up to what is now midtown and above, in order to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It's laughable, thinking of the city's current layout. They either built a second home up there in the "country," or they'd retreat into hotels and even day-resorts, where they rested, ladies drank tea in Victorian-style parlors, the gentlemen played cards or drank a bit of whiskey, they rode horses, and even swam in the East River. Yes, that was a loooooong time ago. I'm positive that some things are still swimming in that water, but I'd prefer not to know about those. The man who originally had built Mount Vernon as part of his extensive secondary home eventually fell into bankruptcy, and by 1826, it was turned into a hotel and somewhat of a "spa" for the city folks who desperately sought refuge from the pollution and overcrowded, dirty streets of the New York City.

Mount Vernon, Mt Vernon, Mount Vernon in NYC, museums in New York City, historical sites NYC, old houses in New York, 1800s landmarks, guided tours New York, East River history in New York City, Mt Vernon New YorkMount Vernon operated as a hotel for seven years before once again, becoming a home for several generations of families. The Colonial Dames of American purchased the house in the 1920s after the area had become much more industrialized, and luckily, they opened it to the public and restored the house to its glory days as a hotel. The rooms have all been renovated to reflect the 1820s style, and it's incredibly fascinating to me that this, this representation of this city's history and a testament to its growth, sits quietly on this block, unbeknownst to most passersby. In the garden, musicians and choirs often perform several times a month, and the museum hosts a wide range of cultural events. I'm shocked that most New Yorkers are unaware of these random jackpots of history and culture. Give it a shot if you live here. You'll be pleased that you took the thirty minutes to see something extraordinary during your ordinary day. Or, if you're visiting, it's an off-the-beaten path activity that steers clear of the mundane, tourist-y areas and overpriced shenanigans. The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 11AM-4PM. It's 8 bucks. Also, check their website and see if you can catch one of their evening shows or special events.

Jazz in the garden?
 Sign me up.

This girl loves a good show.

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