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Annette Ramos, Stylist at Vice, Goes Black and Gold at Dusty Buttons

Introducing a new column in which we give a stylish local somewhere to go, so they can get all Dressed Up.

Annette arrives at Dusty Buttons.

Annette arrives at Dusty Buttons.

Dusty Buttons owner Amanda Loureiro measures Annette's waistline before she goes into the dressing room.

Dusty Buttons owner Amanda Loureiro measures Annette's waistline before she goes into the dressing room.

“I’m one of those people that has to look at everything before I make a decision,” says Annette.

“I’m one of those people that has to look at everything before I make a decision,” says Annette.

Other customers pop in and out while Annette shops. A woman with her long hair up in two chopstick buns, who had to text a photo to her “sugar daddy” before buying a dress she liked, complained to us about the size of her hips: “They’re good for sex, bad for standard dress sizes.”

Other customers pop in and out while Annette shops. A woman with her long hair up in two chopstick buns, who had to text a photo to her “sugar daddy” before buying a dress she liked, complained to us about the size of her hips: “They’re good for sex, bad for standard dress sizes.”

Annette leaves the dressing room and assesses her chosen dress, a 1940s-era fit-and-flare ankle dress with tailored buttons that Amanda procured from “the personal collection of a New York vintage maven.”

Annette leaves the dressing room and assesses her chosen dress, a 1940s-era fit-and-flare ankle dress with tailored buttons that Amanda procured from “the personal collection of a New York vintage maven.”

“I wear a lot of black – black and gold are my two favorite colors, and I love polka dots, so it’s perfect,” she says.

“I wear a lot of black – black and gold are my two favorite colors, and I love polka dots, so it’s perfect,” she says. "The skirt especially reminded me of a dress my grandmother used to wear.”

Annette passes over the '50s-era bustier top and matching circle skirt in the front window display, which looks like a Valentine-themed flamenco costume, but relentlessly helpful Amanda encourages her to try it on anyway.  “I feel like Lolita,” she says.

Annette passes over the '50s-era bustier top and matching circle skirt in the front window display, which looks like a Valentine-themed flamenco costume, but relentlessly helpful Amanda encourages her to try it on anyway. “I feel like Lolita,” she says.

“It’s a good thing it’s not 100 degrees out today, or you’d have to cut me out of this,” Annette yells from the dressing room. “Oh, I’ve had to cut a girl out of a dress before,” says Amanda.

“It’s a good thing it’s not 100 degrees out today, or you’d have to cut me out of this,” Annette yells from the dressing room. “Oh, I’ve had to cut a girl out of a dress before,” says Amanda. "It's just seams and threads, nothing to worry about."

Annette tries on the same strappy peeptoes in red and navy, but decides on this pair because “I just love gold so much.” They’re not vintage, but were designed by Eric Michael and shipped from Spain.

Annette tries on the same strappy peeptoes in red and navy, but decides on this pair because “I just love gold so much.” They’re not vintage, but were designed by Eric Michael and shipped from Spain.

Annette completes her outfit with a 1950s clutch that Amanda found at an estate auction. It’s reversible, with gold brocade on one side and black velvet on the other, with a gold clasp. Annette keeps the brocade side out. “The velvet is a nice little secret,” she says.

Annette completes her outfit with a 1950s clutch that Amanda found at an estate auction. It’s reversible, with gold brocade on one side and black velvet on the other, with a gold clasp. Annette keeps the brocade side out. “The velvet is a nice little secret,” she says.

Annette's two-tone final look includes the first dress she pulled off the rack, the luxurious clutch, and gold heels.

Annette's two-tone final look includes the first dress she pulled off the rack, the luxurious clutch, and gold heels.

Annette Ramos’s career as a stylist at Vice spans eight years, and started shortly after she graduated from high school on the Upper West Side (“they raised me,” she said, of the magazine). She lives in the East Village now, two blocks from Dusty Buttons — the boutique we chose for this first installment of All Dressed Up. She met us outside of the East Ninth Street shop wearing chunky high-heeled combat boots and an acid-washed denim jacket sprayed with silver paint — a look she described rather inaccurately as tomboy.
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‘Girls’ Was Filming in a LES Gallery This Morning and Guess Who We Ran Into

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Posing! (Photo: Anna Silman)

So, Girls was filming at the recently shuttered Bridge Gallery this morning and look! we were lucky enough to run into Lena Dunham, clad like a thrift-store pirate, just as she was leaving the set. When she kindly stopped for a picture, we were humbled to see that after two years in the paparazzi spotlight she still poses like she’s on a middle school field trip.
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Mary Help of Christians Is Getting Scaffed Up

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Yesterday workers started erecting scaffolding at Mary Help of Christians Church on East 12th Street, in preparation for its demonic possession, er, demolition. Here’s what the 96-year-old building looks like right this second. Despite preservationists’ best efforts, she’ll soon get the black veil, just like the neighboring rectory — so take a last look, East Village.

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Bushwick Home Goes For Over a Mil, Williamsburg Pads Sell For $2.5M a Pop

Roberta's Bushwick Block Party 2013: Watermelons

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Alt-Brooklynites from near and far got together this weekend at the Bushwick Block Party and, well… did all the things they normally do except packed tightly together and with more boas and double-dutch than normal. You can see photos such as the one above in Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Gothamist also has coverage.

Remember earlier this month when an East Village couple made the to pay $1 million for a rough-around-the-edges apartment in Bed-Stuy? Well, now the seven-figure-buyers club has spread to Bushwick – where a free-standing home was sold for over $1.2 million. The purchase on Bushwick Avenue is thought to be a new neighborhood record. [Brownstoner]

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Sky’s the Limit For the Brothers Behind Apostrophe (Unless They Buy That Plane)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Apostrophe lies in a patch of Bushwick otherwise punctuated mostly by apartment buildings and bodegas. The precise definition of the space, which draws its name from the Frank Zappa album, varies with time of day. Tonight at 9 p.m. it’ll be a performance venue, as the bands Snow Wite, Nu Depth, and Fluct take the basement stage. On Thursday it’ll be an art gallery, as a recent exhibit of photos, “Villain People,” comes to a close. Usually it’s a living space and occasionally it’s a barber shop.
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Kickstarter Film Fest, Lindsay Lohan and the 25th Annual Tompkins Square Riot Reunion

This Saturday at the new Havemeyer Park in Williamsburg, the third annual Kickstarter Film Fest promises good food, cheap beer, and a night of Kickstarter-funded films. So lay down a blanket for Bill Plympton’s animated feature “Cheatin’” and “Mr. Grillo: The Thereminist,” about a musical genius whose instrument of choice is the theremin.
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Watch Eli Reed Clear a Cop Car in a True ‘Skate or Die’ Moment

After dropping a sought-after collab with Mark Gonzales this spring, New York City brand UXA continues to push creativity with a new video titled “#TheChase.” Starting at the Astor Place cube, downtown’s most famous meet-up spot, the grainy black-and-white mini-movie follows pro skater Eli Reed as he slashes through lower Manhattan, trailed by some very large thugs played by Lower East Side natives Carlito Olivo and Johnny Diaz.
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Eco-Friendly Affordable Housing? It’s Actually Happening in Bushwick

Rendering of Knickerbocker Commons.

Rendering of Knickerbocker Commons.

The last thing you’d expect from affordable housing is energy efficiency and forward-thinking design, but two new buildings in Brooklyn are aiming to reduce the cost (monetary and environmental) of things like heat and gas.

Knickerbocker Commons, in Bushwick, and a yet-to-be-named building on the Ridgewood border will employ an eco-friendly design that has become increasingly common in Europe but is relatively untried here.
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Hopin’ for Ethiopian? With These New Options, You’re in Luck

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Ethiopian food is getting a lot easier to come by in the Bedford + Bowery domain. Two weeks ago, Bunna Cafe took up permanent lunchtime residence at Mama Joy’s bar in Bushwick, and on Saturday it’ll join the lineup at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. Not only that: the East Village is getting an Ethiopian bistro as well.
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