April 05, 2019 3 min read 1 Comment

Dear Fashion Friend:

It’s a day of endless activity at her boutique – everything from dealing with patrons to calling back prospective clothing brands. This evening, she and her employees must inventory the latest shipment of attire from www.aleyacollections.com. It’s not too bad. On inventory night, she and her employees always get Chinese food from Moy’s. All of this is a nice distraction for her. It keeps her from thinking about her friend and the love letter.

She liked him. She found him to be an excellent conversationalist when it came to art and literature. They would mull over the artwork of Louis Icart and Ferdinand Toussaint or – at other times -- over the humorous writings of James Thurber and P.G. Wodehouse. If she had a grueling morning with a customer, he would e-mail her New Yorker cartoons to make her laugh. And how they loved movies. One evening they made some herbal tea and watched the movie Rebecca starring Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. She remembered how comforting it was sitting close to him. From time to time, they would meet up in Franklin, Michigan. After a long walk, they would go to the Franklin Cider Mill, where they enjoyed a cup of cider and a donut. Most of all, they were never shy to talk about personal stuff. Friends and family were sacrosanct. Her feelings for him, slowly but surely, ceased to be platonic. She was now in love. She described all of this in a letter she wrote to him several days ago. (See my previous blog post: “A Summer Evening in Caseville: A Story.”

She’s in her office answering e-mails. There is a knock at the door. The delivery man brings in a bouquet of roses. After signing the receipt, she quickly takes out the letter from the envelope. It’s from him. She reads (and rereads) her friend's words of love for her. Can they meet tonight? He suggests that they meet up at Da Edoardo in Grosse Pointe. She takes out her smartphone, and texts him saying that she would love to see him this evening. She asked her employees if they can handle the inventory themselves. Of course, they can. In the afternoon, she leaves to get ready for her romantic rendezvous.

She decides to wear this magnificent party dress from the lovely world of www.aleyacollections.com. Its “bodycon bandage” design provides for the sensual look she is striving for in tonight’s attire. (Amalia, who is an AC customer, writes about “the quality of the fabric and” how “the stitching is absolutely wonderful.” “The dress,” Amalia happily notes, “fits perfectly!”) For accessories, our beautiful young lady chooses a pair of black high heel sandals. Usually, she likes to wear boho necklaces and bracelets. But tonight, she wants something with a bit more oomph. From her jewelry case, she chooses this exquisite silver neckpiece and charm bracelet to go with this outfit.

Our lovely young lady finds her beloved. They smile and give each other a gentle hug. On her plate, she sees a red rose and a card. Inside the card, there is this quote: “I wish I could explain your eyes, or how the sound of your voice gives me butterflies. How your smile makes my heart skip a beat and how every time I'm with you, I feel so complete.”

I hope your visit to www.aleyacollections.com was an enchanting one.


Gabe xoxo

P.S. If you are ever in Michigan, I very much recommend that you visit the Cider Mill in Franklin. Its website is: www.franklincidermill.com. Here is the website for those interested in Da Edoardo: http://daedoardo.net/grosse-pointe/ Take a look. You won't be disappointed.

Gabriel Kikas
Gabriel Kikas

1 Response


April 18, 2019

What a wonderful story. I loved the reference to Louis Icart one of my personal favorite artists. I also love the beautiful dress in the picture. Wow that is smashing. Gabe you have such a wonderful talent of writing You bring to life the story of this girl going on her date and rendezvous It’s just so good. Another great blog post my friend….. loved it

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