What to Wear When Kissing a Lob(v)ster At Midnight

by Tamu McPherson

“To be young and in love in New York City

To not know who I am but still know that I’m good long as you’re here with me
To be drunk and in love in New York City
Midnight into morning coffee
Burning through the hours talking
— I like me better, By Lauv

I heard this song on the radio today while driving through gorgeous falling snow in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where we are spending the holidays. While the flakes fluttered around dreamily, I couldn’t help but remember when I met the Lob(v)ster (L) at 23-years-old in NYC. Lovster was originally my husband’s nickname for me, but I adopted it for him because he makes me laugh every time he says it, as he can’t quite pronounce the “v” and it comes out sounding like lobster. I think it’s an Italian thing, just like most Americans can’t roll their r’s.

Back to when I met the Lob(v)ster. It was magical and electric. We were young and studying at Fordham Law School. I was a JD student and L was pursuing his LLM. He was a sophisticated, cultured and very bright Italian. I was a M.U.D.D. jeans, bebe fitted v-neck and trainers-wearing free spirit. He humored my bad Spanish. It was the only other language I spoke, and I really wanted to impress him – he spoke four. He was shiny with dark hair and brown eyes, tailored trousers, monogrammed button-downs and cashmere sweaters. He was attentive and chivalrous. I was a crazy nut. But I can’t possibly tell you how much fun we had. I vividly remember many of our adventures and all of the laughter that remains like gold today. And all of these feels and memories come alive every NYE at the strike of midnight when we kiss, and are blessed with another year of possibilities and love.

So what does one wear to kiss their Lob(v)ster at midnight? Many of you know that I am a true (hopeless) romantic. If you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll find countless posts of me lip-synching to slow jams and other melancholy tunes. I say you wear what makes you feel like your best you – what makes you feel pretty, flirty and sexy by your own standards. Something that makes you feel like the brightest star in the Milky Way, that makes you feel like you are floating on Cloud Nine, and that of course lends itself to a flawless Kira Kira, Lol and wink. It’s about living in the moment without being preoccupied by your dress. It’s about feeling the magic of the kiss, from your head to your toes. Owning and savoring every beautiful moment of it: a new year, more love, laughter and joy.

To help you seal your hot kiss, I’ve selected some looks for your inspiration.


  • Kissing a Lob(v)ster
    SemSem M'O Exclusive Off-The-Shoulder Gown

Photographer: Eleonora Adani
My outfit details:
Gucci look
Earrings by LuLu Frost

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