a work of art

you don't have to ask me twice to put on a gown and go to a black tie event. so i immediately jumped at the opportunity to head back home to attend the detroit institute of arts gala grandiosa. as i've mentioned a few times (here and here through my membership to the met), my family has always had such an appreciation for art: and even more so since my graduation.

my mom has always said, "buy one piece of original artwork a year." and although i will admit, my collection leaves something to be desired, my love for art remains constant. but my creativity and "collection" began to expand once i started viewing fashion and art as one in the same.

in high school, it was unheard of to wear a long dress to homecoming or prom. i know...i'm still in shock. i have consistently been trying to fill the void that the short dresses have left, desperate for events to wear a gown to. i marched up and down madison avenue on my quest for the perfect gown and upon arrival to each store, i would always say i was searching for the same thing: a short or long-sleeved conservative dress with an a-line. so you can imagine my surprise (and the sales associate, brandon's) when i pointed at this sleeveless and backless carolina herrera gown desperately wanting to try it on. i instantly fell in love: the color, the intricate neckline, the shape ahh i'm reliving the moment now. this dress is truly a work of art and i didn't want to dare take it off!

and so it was fate. i said "yes" to the dress. and we both lived happily ever after. that was until the clock struck midnight and i had to be at the airport to catch the first flight out in the morning! so in an effort to save time, i spent the night at the hotel airport...but not before taking a funny photo at the check-in desk in my gown. sorry, not sorry.

i had such an incredible time at the gala and the feeling of cinderella never gets old. but it was back to work because after this outfit, i was* completely broke.

*still am

dress: carolina herrera
shoes: jimmy choo
clutch: kate spade (old, similar here)
earrings: kate spade
bracelets: cartier
sunglasses: ray ban