(southern) belle of the ball

I'm not at the lake or eating barbecue for Memorial Day weekend, but I think this year I wouldn't swap places with any bikini clad lady of the South. I traded in my promise of those covetable tan lines this summer. I think Chinatown has some kind of barbecue chicken concoction for the holiday weekend anyways.
My expectations have been exceeded and I really can't stop smiling. I am officially moved into my place of residence for the rest of the summer, smack dab in the middle of SoHo. My bedroom window sees intimate moments atop fire escapes and feels the rumble of the J train. I think I love New York. Just today I saw a woman dressed like Bon Jovi and a man that looked Pink—prime street style spotting. Also, girls here take the mesh bra/sheer top very seriously So many exposed chests! I guess that's trends for you.
People probably think I'm crazy with my starry-eyed grin permanently plastered where the signature ruby red solemn scowl should be. Who am I kidding? They aren't looking at me. If anything they're looking at the all the girls with see-through shirts. I don't stand out here and I think I like it that way.
I've touched an Oscar gown and Chanel pumps and now know why they cost an arm, leg and your first born's first semester of college. Designer fashion feels like baby bums and shellac manicures all rolled into never-been-worn VS lingerie. Don't picture all that in your head, just the way they feel. Work with me.
 While I won't be wearing anything of the designer variety to work, I've managed to put a few outfits together that rival the more expensive counterparts. What up Kohl's? I paired my bargain dress with  slightly edgier accessories. I know I know, I wear this vest everywhere. Get over it. Black booties, military vest and gold bangles seem to be the perfect combination to punk (still haven't been to the Met yet.) out an otherwise flirty floral ensemble.
Side note: When my roommates (six of them) saw that I was from Alabama they said they assumed I'd be the Elle Woods southern sorority belle type. I laughed because I was wearing boy clothes.

[dress-daisy fuentes, boots-h&m, vest-river island (similar), gold bangle-h&m]