The Naked Meeting

So then… the alarm rings for the third time in my Manhattan apartment, indicating I’m very late for work, so I lurch out of bed and scurry to the shower in the kitchen.

Yes, our shower is in the kitchen.

There is a red door in our tiny kitchen that opens to a closet-sized space that contains a bathtub-shower and a toilet that are so close together, you literally have to put one leg in the bathtub when you sit on the toilet. There is no sink. To brush teeth or wash hands, you must exit the “closet” to use the kitchen sink.

But we consider ourselves lucky because this is a 2-bedroom apartment in New York City – and as young, struggling career girls in our 20s, my roommate Stacy and I can actually afford the rent!

Granted it’s a 5th floor walk up (as in, no elevator) and there are some murky lurky creatures skittering up the pipes occasionally, but hey – it’s Gramercy Park-adjacent, for Pete’s sake!

(At the open house, I still vividly remember the superintendent opening the door at 6:00 am as dozens of us pushed through the door in the hopes of snagging the apartment. As we crammed into the small space, a naïve young woman pointed to the red door in the kitchen and asked, “Is that the pantry?” The whole room of hardened New Yorkers erupted into laughter. Even I, a sweet Southern transplant to the City, had to admit that it was pretty damn optimistic for her to think this space-constrained NY apartment would have room for a food pantry in the kitchen – it was most likely a bathroom – and yup, I was right. And a sink-less one at that.)

So I zip into the kitchen to yank open the bathroom door, but I hear running water – so I realize Stacy must be in the shower. I knock loudly to indicate the urgency with which I must cleanse myself in order to get to work on time, but she doesn’t respond.

So I open the door – and there in the shower is a naked man.

Now normally I wouldn’t object to a naked man in the shower, but this is not my naked man.

I have never seen this man before – naked or clothed.

He shampoos his hair.

I pause. I frown, trying to make sense of this sight.

He keeps washing.

If he is a rapist, he is certainly a clean and hygienic one.

Utilizing my keen communications skills, I say, “Umm… ?”

He says, “Oh, hey, I’m a friend of Stacy’s. I met her at the bar last night.”

I swiftly shut the door.

Naked Guy certainly has a fast and loose interpretation of the word “friend” if the length of their relationship has comprised less than 24 hours.

Although, I suppose if he spent the night in her bedroom having hot-crazy-sexy-time, then I guess that could qualify as being pretty “friendly.”

I march over to Stacy’s bedroom. We have a strict “no one-night-stands in the apartment” policy – if you want the hot-crazy-sexy, you need to go to the guy’s place.

So I swing open her door to throw a fit – but she is not there.

She is not anywhere.

Omigod, I think. He has killed her and thrown her body in the garbage chute. And now he’s taking a quick spritz, then he will kill me too.

I grab the phone and call her office. Before she even says, “Hello,” I stage whisper, “Where the hell are you? There’s some naked guy in the shower!!”

“Yeah, that’s Rick.”

“Stacy, why is Rick here and you are not here!?” I squawk through clenched teeth.

“Sorry – but I had an early meeting and he didn’t want to get up so early, so I just told him to leave when he was ready,” she says.

“But we said no one-night-stands in the apartment! And certainly don’t leave when the one-night-stand is still here! There’s some stranger walking around our apartment while you’re at work and I’m sleeping in the next room? That is so not cool, Stacy!”

She says, “Well, when you put it like that… “

“OK, and now I have to go to work — and what if Naked Guy is still not ready to leave? Were you thinking he would just hang out in our apartment while we’re out – some guy you met at a bar last night? What if he steals something? What if he’s here when we come home from work? What if he moves in and we can’t make him leave? What if he’s a professional squatter?” My voice rises with hysteria.

“Excuse me,” a deep male voice says behind me.

I whirl around to see Naked Guy wrapped in a towel. I’m mortified that he might have heard me impugn his reputation.

But then I think, Wait, why do I feel guilty? He’s the one overstaying his welcome!

So then he says, “Well, I don’t want to overstay my welcome… “

And I think, Holy Shit, he’s a psychic! He’s a psychic rapist murderer Naked Guy!

I just stare at him.

He calmly walks into Stacy’s bedroom, gets dressed, comes out to say “Have a good day” and leaves.

It would be so cool to end this story by saying, “And that’s how I met my husband.”

But, in fact, neither Stacy nor I see Naked Guy again.

I mean we’ve seen naked guys since then, but not that particular Naked Guy.

With rattled nerves, and a nagging fear that he might return to jiggle the doorknob, I hastily undress, take a shower, throw on my clothes, and cab it to work.

When my boss asks why I’m late, I give her an exasperated look and say, “Strange Naked Guy in my shower.”

She nods knowingly and gives me a jaded “what’re ya gonna do” shrug, as though such a visitation is a common occurrence in bathrooms throughout the metropolis.

The Perfect Prom Dress

Want a prom dress that’s going to turn everyone’s head when you walk into the room? Want a prom dress that is different from everyone else’s prom dress? Well you can have that perfect prom dress.
What colors are in style for prom dresses? For the prom in 2007 you will see some new colors you have not seen in fashion for a while like navy and burgundy gold, raspberry, purple orange, black and white, and all the fun prom colors like turquoise, lime and fuchsia. Girls always love purple and this year for the prom you will see the best purple gowns. Royal blue is making a comeback big time for 2007–a sure winner. Royal blue is a real hot color this year. Gold and silver will be important and the new metallic lamé fabrics will show you off to the limit.

What kind of style should I focus on if I want to look sexy in my prom dress? Sexy prom dresses for 2007 are everywhere. Want to know what styles are hot? Glad you asked. I’ll tell you. Ruffles (the french look), drapes, tiers, high slits, lace; hi-low hemlines and mermaid silhouettes are the sexy favorites for this year. They are making their way back into the heart of many teens for the prom. You’ll see lots of sexy ball gowns. Everyone wants to like a princess.

What type of prom dress should I look for if I’m not that tall? Many girls that aren’t so tall (like me) are going toward fitted silhouettes and flirty, little short dresses. These prom dresses come in an array of fun colors. Remember, you got to use what you got! Flaunt all your assets!
Helpful tips to finding the perfect prom dress:

Now keep in mind, any dress can look great on the hanger but remember you have to purchase a style and look that goes with your height, body shape, hair and skin coloring. Don’t buy into the belief that there are a limited number of colors that work for you; instead, be your own best fashion designer and hold up dresses to your face to see which ones bring out your skin tones, eyes and hair the best.

Warm colors like fire engine red and coral look best on brunettes with darker coloring; cool pastels work for blondes. But there are a myriad of colors — metallic gold and silver included — that work for all colorings.
If you’re not sure what type of prom dress style to go with for the prom drag a friend to a store and get a second opinion while trying on lots of colors to see which ones compliment your look best.
Learn to embrace your body, too. If you aren’t comfortable in curve-hugging dresses because of too much jiggle, then try a body slimmer underneath for more control.
Everyone has at least one great asset, even if it’s something as simple as thick hair, white teeth or nice legs.

You don’t have to do anything too extravagant to show off your best feature, just make sure that your look shows it off and enhances it. If your best feature is great skin, the last thing you’d want to do is cover up every inch of it with clothing.
Dressing for your best feature is less about dressing for size or age and more about making the best of what you have to work with.
One important thing to remember is when you’re looking to buy a prom dress focus on a bling bling dress or bling bling accessories not both. If you have both it would be to overwhelming to the naked eye and one will take away from the other. The idea here is to make either the dress or the accessories the focus, not both.

For example, a bronze strapless gown with no adornment could carry a chunky diamond bracelet and necklace or a pair of chandelier earrings. Solid color dresses and neutrals are a great backdrop for colorful jewels.
On the other hand, the more ruffles, tiers and beading a dress has, the simpler the accessories should be. It doesn’t mean you have to go bare but you need to use self-control and choose smaller pieces.

The difficulty to dressing for special occasions such as homecoming or the prom is that young women look wrong if they dress their age: in froufrou dress, young women/girls look ready for prom. Look at magazines web sites and see what’s in style. You don’t want to go looking like grandma just run over by a reindeer!

Different styles to consider:

Movie Star Style
Want to look like a movie star? Show your sense of style with a designer-inspired gown: many labels create their own jazzed-up versions of celebrity-chic dresses. Dresses by Jovani, Paris, Clarisse, Mori Lee, and Niteline, are famous for producing red-carpet looks at an affordable price. Important red carpet looks this year include one-shoulder Grecian gown and empire waist dresses.

If the movie star prom dress isn’t for you then tone down the look and choose a cool cocktail dress look. Whether you favor aristocratic circle skirts or sleek, trimmer hems, this dress will come in handy for other occasions

Princess Look
Elegant trains add serious punch. Go for a small drape (called a duster) or full-on train (called chapel) – either way, your exit leaves a definite lasting impression.

Covering Dresses
A movie star favorite, covering dresses are as comfortable as they are stunning. Keep in mind that with a simple dress like this, accessories are a must! From pearls to diamonds to a mix of pendants, anything goes. Bling bling all the way!

The Wow Look
Let the little Marilyn Monroe come out with a mega feminine, hip-hugging gown. Select dresses made with delicate fabrics, like satin or silk, that drapes well and creates curves. To keep with the retro tone, finish with a clutch purse and peep-toe pumps.

Girly Girl Skirts
Stemmed from summer’s plain skirt rage, tiered skirts are having a serious comeback. This trend can go two very unique routes: the sophisticated ballroom skirt or the breezy “plain dress”.
Black is Back
If you plan on sporting your prom dress again, the little black dress is a classic. Choose a sleek string dress, flirty shift, or take your look from Audrey Hepburn with a chic prom dress.

It’s high but Boy Is It Low.
Last year’s asymmetrical hem has been replaced by the “high-low” dress. The hem, which is short in the front and longer in the back, is so unique and adorable; you’ll have all eyes on you! It’s a great alternative because it’s short enough to dance in but long enough to look dressy.

Strapless Baby
Strapless prom dresses have become a prom staple for great reason. They are equal parts sassy and classy. They flatter any figure. And they don’t require a necklace. Keep your eyes out for dresses with beautiful beading and elegant embroidery around the bust-a big style this year.

Homecoming Queen
The ultimate Cinderella-at-the-ball dress and accessories. A bouffant skirt and otherwise simple top combination is for the homecoming queens at style. These gowns require minimal accessories because they’re so show stopping. But make sure you get home before midnight. Yeah right!

The best advice I tell young girls looking for the perfect prom dress is to have fun with fashion. Try something new: venture into a store that you’ve never shopped in, try on dresses that you always wanted to wear, but was afraid to try on. The idea is to push the limits of your prom wardrobe and experience innovative looks.

Sexual Seduction and Christian Dressing

Seduction is to make someone want to do something by making it very attractive and interesting to the person. Sexual seduction is to persuade or entice someone to desire having sex with the other by doing things which makes sex appealing and desirable. There is a relationship between sexual seduction and dressing, which every Christian must know. It is an established fact that some things can engineer sexual desire especially among unbelievers. It was the show of the nakedness of Bathsheba that enticed David to adultery.

Sexual lust is also induced and people who are promiscuous have been using nakedness to lure careless ones to unwholesome lustful desires. This is the same as using pornographic films, magazines or dresses to display acts and images which make people sexually excited. A true Christian must desist from all such things. It is a terrible offence before God to desire to see other people’s nakedness except that of your spouse Gen 2:25). Only insane people walk the streets naked without any feeling of shame, because their understanding is darkened (1st Samuel 16:7)

When the purpose of a thing is unknown, the abuse is inevitable. God was the first to dress man when man was not well-dressed (Gen 3:21). The primary purpose of dress is to cover nakedness. Some dresses that are only good for bedrooms are now worn – on our streets. The design of such dresses does not accomplish the real purpose of dressing. These same things were condemned by God through Prophet Isaiah. Commercial sex workers are known with certain dressing styles to boost their trade but it is unfortunate that many have taken to such forms of dressing in the name of modernization. This has led to sexual harassment of many youths. There is a strong relationship between what we see and what we think. Our dressing must not induce unrighteous thoughts in others that see us, especially unbelievers (Isaiah 3:16-24).

The thought and desire for adultery in itself is a sin and whoever is responsible for it too is not guiltless before God. Jesus taught that woe is the man or woman who causes another person to sin. Why should we as Christian lure others into the sin we preach against because we want to be free to wear what we like? A lot of modern dressing styles are so sexually seductive that many Christians have become partakers of other men’s sins without knowing, by wearing them in public places. Topless, sleeveless, spags, body hugs, and miniskirts are few examples of dresses that could be sexually provocative (1st Corinthians 8:8-9).

Finally, God is concerned about what people say about you because you are His representative on earth. It is not correct to do things as long as it pleases you without thinking of the consequences on others looking at you. Even Christ did not give room for the ungodly in His time to say evil about him. He obeyed their laws even when it was not necessary (Matthew 17:24-27).

We should not forget that the prince of this world, the accuser of the brethren, is watching to see offences in us to use against us. We must set a godly limit to our liberty in dressing and teach our children to do same.

Conclusively, the Christian life is not about living to please self but living for Christ and to the glory of God. It is our duty to do all things to bring others to light. We must not indulge in things which make our Gospel questionable (1st Corinthians 8:12-13).