The right bra can give you perfectly perky boobs or accentuate a tantalizing hint of cleavage. As I mentioned here in yesterday’s post, choosing the right straps for the job is essential when working with summer’s strappy dresses, low-cut tops and interesting necklines.
With the perfect basics to cover all the bases, I set out to plan my wardrobe for a week in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail. Time to get creative with my lingerie!
Tales is an industry conference for bartenders, bar owners, liquor brands, media and cocktail enthusiasts. My schedule this year is just as jam-packed as last year’s, and I want to be picture-perfect every day. I’ll be interviewing liquor brands for stories on my food and beverage site, and being photographed at dozens of industry events and seminars all week.
This year brings the added pressure of repping my own business. I’ll be pitching brands to work together on my supper club/event platform Midnight Brunch and other custom events.
The conference officially begins on Wednesday, but I arrived in town ahead of the crowds so I could settle in and map out my food agenda so I can highlight local eats on Mouth of the Border. Day One for me was yesterday (Tuesday), when a number of insider events take place.
Very simple, but so summery and lightweight. Perfect for the most low-key day of the week. Yesterday, I met a few NYC friends for a drink at the Swizzle Stick Bar before they checked into their rooms. I then headed to a Grey Goose vodka event. Afterwards, I saw Rebirth, a brass funk band, at the Maple Leaf.
To see more details on each of these bras, check out yesterday’s post.
Today’s highlight, if the weather holds up, is Brugal Rum Poolside Cocktails on the rooftop at Hotel Monteleone. There will be “flowing white linen cabanas” a DJ, an “island-inspired menu” created by Saveur magazine and of course three bars serving up custom Brugal libations. Above my bikini and my new Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses.
Wednesday’s other fun events include a garden party with Zacapa Rum. I can either wear the striped dress to that party, or change into my first nighttime ensemble.
The evening’s festivities include the Beefeater Masquerade party and the Swinging ‘40’s Shore Leave Ball with Sailor Jerry Rum and other William Grant brands at National World War II Musuem. [Edit: I just found out the Beefeater party's dress code is black & white! So, I'll be wearing my polka-dotted day dress pictured further below, which has its own 40s flair, too.]
The dress above gives off that flirty, 40′s vibe and I can’t wait to show it off in the perfect setting. The minimizer bra here will give me a great boost to create perfect decolletage for the sweetheart neckline, while giving me the support I need all night. I plan to wear these strappy vine-green peeptoe T-straps from Marc Jacobs. I scored them for a steal at Buffalo Exchange in Chelsea.
Thursday – Sunday:
Day dresses are everything!
I live in dresses, so I packed up my cutest and most vibrant sundresses for daytime. Bright colors and pure white look fantastic against my golden skin and really help me pop in the event photos that eventually make their way to Twitter, liquor brands’ Facebook pages and the industry blogs.
The t-shirt bras will look great under the dresses on the left with higher necklines, while the plunge bra will be perfect for the button-up and wrap dresses on the right.
This dress practically begged me to take it home from the little Brooklyn boutique where I found it. It’s perfect for the historic Mahalia Jackson Theatre, where the Spirited Awards ceremony takes place. I know it’s something that I won’t see any other woman wearing!
The Spirited Awards is where the industry recognizes brands, bars, bartenders and other professionals who are doing the most innovative things and really elevating the art of the cocktail. Afterwards is one of my favorite events of the whole week, the Plymouth Gin Bartender’s Breakfast. You all know how much I love events that start at midnight (hello, Midnight Brunch!), and this event goes from after the awards ceremony into the wee hours. Looking hot is key.
The bra is a key part of the outfit here. It comes with clear straps that I can convert to criss-cross in the back so they won’t interrupt the lines of this flattering cut and I can show off my shoulders. The keyhole in the back of the dress also means I’ll need to move the straps down, which I can do easily with the low-back converter strap provided with the bra.
In addition to the Marc Jacobs heels, I’ll be wearing an attention-grabbing feather and rhinestone costume ring.
Wish me luck for a productive, fun and successful week. Thanks again to Maidenform for their support of me, my new business and my new wardrobe!