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“I’m high maintenance a little bit, but not in a negative way,” purrs Amber Rose in the first moments of Drake’s infectious ditty, “Faithful.” “I just like extremely expensive things,” she contends with a lighthearted chuckle. After all, besides being a model, actress, and now talk-show host, the statuesque beauty was once attached to two of the most fashionable and extravagant men in hip-hop: Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. Undoubtedly, Rose has seen it all and become accustomed to the trappings of a certain lifestyle.

And it’s hard not to be reminded of these lines when my best friend bemoans the fact that her newfangled summertime boo does not own an air-conditioning unit. We’re meeting up for drinks one balmy evening, just as the so-called heat dome is about to descend upon the city, and we were attempting to employ any cooling agents we could find. “I told him we’d have to stay at my apartment then. I can’t take any risks,” she huffed as she sipped her chilled wine. Though I couldn’t help but break into a fit of giggles at this sad state of affairs, I knew there was more to the story.

My friend is hardly a diva, but there are certain concessions she isn’t necessarily willing to make now. Like most New Yorkers, she’s dealt with the lack of centralized air in city apartments by trudging down to P.C. Richard & Son and buying a window unit for her overheated digs. A standing fan, as we’ve all learned in our time here, cannot do the job alone. Over the years, she’s spruced up her living space with other amenities as well: cable, a doorman, and a dishwasher (much to my pleasure!). She’s no princess, but she is a grown woman creating a home for herself that speaks exactly to her tastes and where she is in her life now. And naturally, she wants a partner who will do the same—hence the slight mental breakdown at the sight of her new man’s floor fan. Was it a sign of his failure to launch?

Putting it bluntly, Vogue.com Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany gives her take on these types of scenarios. “It’s like, ‘Are you with someone that has their shit together or are you with a boy?’” she says. “As you grow up, certain amenities—particularly air-conditioning at this time of year!—are just some of those things that matter.” For her part, Zalopany is looking for someone who is evolving. She points to proper wine glasses, high-thread cotton sheets, even a plush mattress as indicators of how a potential partner has developed their environs. While she concedes that she doesn’t currently have central air, she knows that she will, and she’d certainly rather be with a guy who knows when it’s time to buy new pillows or who doesn’t set the table with plastic cutlery when he has her over for dinner. An ability to take care of himself is a reflection of how he’ll treat you, so why not demand the best?

That said, these things are an easy fix. We kindly suggest slipping into Caroline Constas’s demi-striped cotton oxford frock to cool down as you escort your misguided and ill-equipped bae into the nearest Bed Bath & Beyond to scope out a top-of-the-line AM07 Tower Fan. Put your L.K. Bennett Coco sandal-shod foot down for a new set of Coyuchi Cloud Loom bath towels. And certainly make yourself at home in Rosamosario’s lace appliqué striped robe: Now that you’ve got his place all spruced up, you won’t be going far.

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Joules Rita dressing gown, $40,
outdoorandcountry.co.uk; Steven Alan women’s Juniper sunglasses mint julep, $165,
stevenalanoptical.com; Stella McCartney Jacquard crop top bustier, $770,
mytheresa.com; Araks Jonah ribbed cotton jersey briefs, $25,
net-a-porter.com; Abcdna Mohair mauve throw, $350,
abchome.com; Kinto slow coffee carafe set, $48,
walmart.com; Rochas embellished satin courts, $710,
selfridges.com; Amy Victoria Marsh Love Me Mug, $20,
fab.com

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Caroline Constas demi striped cotton oxford playsuit, $277,
net-a-porter.com; Dyson AM07 tower fan, $400,
dyson.com; Manolo Blahnik Hangisi flats, $955,
barneys.com

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Co cashmere blend sweater, $950,
net-a-porter.com; Simon LeBlanc the well-kept home gift box, $250,
simoneleblanc.com; River Island silver satin lace hem pencil skirt, $56,
riverisland.com; Dooney & Bourke Montecito Serena, $260,
dooney.com; Manolo Blahnik Evocity slingback pumps, $755,
barneys.com

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Simply Be toweling shower wrap, $25,
simplybe.com; Formula X transformers top coats nail polish effect chunky gold glitter, $13,
sephora.com; Vita Liberata self-tan dry oil SPF 50, $55,
Sephora.com; Acqua Di Parma Collezione Barbiere soft shaving cream, $50,
Sephora.com; Edwin Jagger Lady’s mach 3 razor in pink, $108,
westcoastshaving.com

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Baserange Mississipi bra in nude, $62,
needsupply.com; Iris Hantverk Swedish kitchen brushes, $40,
For information: poketo.com; I Device Inc outdoor switch, $80,
idevicesinc.com; L.K. Bennett Coco wedge sandals, $395,
lkbennett.com; BB Dakota Rudie ruffle hem short, $37,
revolve.com

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Anya Lust silk laundry Dusk mid-length slip, $127,
for information: anyalust.com; Kent CP6 Mahogany pure bristle cashmere brush, $50,
fendrihan.com; Coyuchi cloud loom bath towel set, $170,
allmodern.com; Fresh body spatula, $15,
sephora.com; Aldo Brue women’s pink slippers, $90,
for information: aldobrue.it; Tata Harper smoothing body scrub, $70,
nordstrom.com; Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge soap, $40,
tomford.com

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Araks Jude bralett, $75,
araks.com; Eddie Borgo Neo Tassel collar necklace, $675,
neimanmarcus.com; Golden sun pillow, $50,
tenthousandvillages.com; Fendi Flowerland metallic slide in champagne and silver, $700,
neimanmarcus.com; Araks Kat shorts, $80,
araks.com

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Burberry Intarsia wool sweater, $475,
net-a-porter.com; Sleepy Jones Henry Pajama shirt, $74,
sleepyjones.com; PottyMints travel bathroom toilet odor eliminator, $8,
bonanza.com
; East Dane Marvis toothpaste, $11,
eastdane.com; MM6 Maison Margiela slim fit track pants, $285,
farfetch.com; Boden pony slide sandal, $90,
bodenusa.com

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Thalia Sodi floating leaves print bridesmaid wrap, $30,
for information: macys.com; Waverly Mini pillowcases, $50,
hillhousehome.com; Thalia Sodi floating leaves print bridal chemise, $27,
for information: macys.com; Chancery Lane pillowcase set, $130,
hillhousehome.com; Bohemia pointed Moroccan babouche slippers in gray, $45,
wolfandbadger.com; So This Is Permanence: Joy Division Lyrics and Notebooks, $15,
amazon.com

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The Ethical Silk Mulberry silk robe, $200,
theethicalsilkco.com; Chan Luu Mahogany rose combo polka-dot chiffon necktie, $45, chanluu.com; Journelle sleep mask, $28,
journelle.com; Dreamland come true sleep set, $25,
modcloth.com; Maryam Nassir Zadeh Sophie slide-in patent leather, $435,
farfetch.com

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Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, September 2000

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Sant and Abel women’s long sleeve pajama set, $296,
shop.dorchestercollection.com; Emmy Soap dish set of two, $14,
dotandbo.com; Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, $550,
bonanza.com; Kumi Kookoon pink slippers, $42,
onekingslane.com; Stella McCartney Pop shower gel, $45,
stellamccartney.com

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Rosamosario lace application striped dressing gown, $1300,
farfetch.com; Sleeper Carrie slip silk dress, $320,
the-sleeper.com; Pleaser women’s lip 101 sandal, $45,
amazon.com; D. Porthault Marie Antoinette blue bed linen, $225,
dporthaultparis.com; D. Porthault Lacet Ivory embroidery bed linen, $200,
dporthaultparis.com

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Cosabella Lucca Belted Coverup in Heather Gray, $171,
jet.com; Tommasi Le Rosse pinot grigio 2013, $18,
winealign.com; Three J NYC Phoebe printed cotton poplin pajama set, $120,
net-a-porter.com; Home & Loft classic dyed peshtemal beach towel, $50,
ahalife.com; H&M linen cushion cover, $13,
hm.com; Stella McCartney croco moccasin slides, $550,
fwrd.com; Gucci Intarsia metallic knitted headband, $555,
net-a-porter.com

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C&C California pearl pink bra, price upon request,
For information: candccalifornia.com; D. Porthault jete de fleurs pink, price upon request,
dporthaultparis.com; Nixon time teller 37mm, $100,
nixon.com; Buck Mason button-up, price upon request, for information: buckmason.com; Vans leather Sk8-Hi slim zip, $80,
vans.com; Band of Gypsies satin flippy shorts, $55,
us.topshop.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of candccalifornia.com; Courtesy of dporthaultparis.com; Courtesy of nixon.com; Courtesy of buckmason.com; Courtesy of brownsfashion.com

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La Perla silk pajama pants, $299,
stylebop.com; Anaono Shhh! eye mask, $15,
anaono.com; Brooklinen luxe core set in queen, $149,
huckberry.com; Gucci Princetown zebra slipper, $995,
gucci.com

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Moët & Chandon rose NV champagne, $403,
thewhiskeyexchange.com; Talenti sea salt caramel gelato, price upon request,
talentigelato.com; Riedel vinum champagne glasses (2pack), $59,
harrods.com

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