Met Gala Fashion

The 2018 Met Gala headlined the theme “heavenly bodies: fashion and the Catholic imagination”. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art showcased its annual opening party for its spring exhibition. The Met Gala always provides celebrities with an opportunity to show off their best and boldest fashion statements. This year, they did not disappoint.

Here are some of my favorite looks:

 

 

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Hello Spring

Now that mother nature has finally decided to grace us with the presence of spring, coats are slowly being traded in for shorts and tank tops. After having such a long-winded winter, we’re all excited to flip over our wardrobes and showcase our fun spring outfits.

If you noticed that your spring closet may need a little revamping, I’ve put together five must-have pieces that will prepare you for this seasons fashion.

View the 5 items below.

  1. Bright Colored Spring Dresses

These lightweight flowy dresses are easy to throw on and can be paired with a cardigan for cooler spring days. These dresses can also transition into the perfect summer outfit.

 

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2. Rompers

Rompers are an all-time favorite in the fashion community.  Throw on a pair of wedges to dress it up and accessorize with your favorite statement pieces.

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3. Never enough pants

These bright colored pants are always a spring to-go. Wide leg pants will never go out of style, so take advantage of these fashion-forward pieces.

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4. Wrap Tops

Wrap tops are a classic year-round statement piece. For spring, dress it up with high waist pants, or dress it down with boyfriend jeans or shorts.

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5. Patterned Skirts

This Clueless vibe will spruce up your spring wardrobe. Top these patterned skirts with a bright colored top and platform shoes.

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New York, New York

 

Why is that when the story ends we begin to feel all of it? — Rupi Kaur

 

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That’s me spending my last few hours in New York on Clark Street. A quaint neighborhood nestled between buildings decorated with lights and the infamous Brooklyn Bridge. A neighborhood that quickly became my home away from home. Clark Street witnessed a few tears, laughs and some of my greatest moments in the city. Here’s how it all began…

The words of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” echoed through my headphones as a loud rush of air gave pressure to the brakes, slowly bringing the airplane down onto the tarmac runway. As the pilot announced his farewells, I caught a glimpse of the view, peeking through the half-opened window.

“First time in New York?”, asked a woman who sat quietly next to me during the hour-long flight. I smiled, nodded my head and told her that I would be living my dream for roughly four months.

My brief exchange intrigued her and she gazed at me with familiar eyes and said, “Oh darling, I know that story all too well.” “Word of advice”, she continued, “Be yourself and don’t expect everything to be what you imagined it to be, you’ll have the most fun that way.”giphy

More confused and apprehensive as ever, I pocketed our conversation just in case and exited the plane onto my new journey.

After three years of being trapped in an almost robotic system of jaded experiences, I wanted out. The cornfields of Indiana didn’t seem to foster the growth I needed any more, and my life began spiraling into a constant replay of “The Truman Show”. giphy (1).gifThree years of stagnancy wasn’t how I anticipated my life in undergrad to be. Although I was learning, deep down I felt like there was something missing. Before moving to New York City for four months, I thought that I knew exactly what I wanted. It’s crazy how life can somehow sit you down and transform right before your eyes.

In a city that celebrates creatives and demands conformity in the most honorable of ways, I grew. Not in a way that laid life’s purpose out on a silver platter; in fact, it was quite the opposite. The city carved my eyes open to all of the nuances of a life of personal fulfillment. New York gave me a taste of the real world; the grimy, rigid parts of life that I would have never experienced before. I expected so much before booking my one-way flight to JFK airport. Even though it didn’t all work out how I envisioned it would, I gained a lot from my experiences.

After fourth months of being immersed in a world where dancing on the street is socially accepted (I awkwardly did it once), I discovered that personal growth derives from finding yourself through everyday experiences. I found myself through countless nights sitting on a bench overlooking the Brooklyn bridge. I found myself observing the interactions of people on the subway. I found myself through conversations with artists, displaying their work in Central Park. I found myself, through a man that bumped into me on Wall Street, profanity dripping from his lips, neglecting to apologize. I found bits and pieces of myself that surprised me and enlightened me all at once.

Through the good and the bad, I discovered different versions of myself. Someday I’ll walk the streets of New York again. Until then, I’ll keep the memories I made along the way embedded in my heart forever.

-Danielle