What I Wore: Skirt (Chicwish), T-Shirt (Old Navy; Similar Here), Shoes (Loly in the Sky; Similar Here), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here)
How can one travel to New York City and not go to the storied Metropolitan Art Museum? And since I knew I'd want to be dressed up to see the art, this green skirt came along for the trip! It travelled surprisingly well and didn't really wrinkle. The t-shirt kept things daytime-casual and also served to describe how I felt drinking in all the art.
We travelled back in time to Ancient Egypt (I teach an Ancient Egypt unit), and the crowning touch to that was in seeing an entire Ancient Egyptian temple that had been gifted to the Met! They literally built the room around the temple. We also got to see Claude Monet's Bridge over a Pond of Lilies. I had several picture books about Claude Monet growing up, and it like simultaneously seeing a childhood memory and like viewing the image for the first time. Which, I suppose was exactly what it was on both counts, as I'd never seen the original painting before. It was not quite the numinous experience that seeing the lily pond panels in Musee L'Orangerie was, but I kept being drawn back to this painting, looking at it, taking it in, and then moving onto the adjacent room, only to return again.
Of course, as a style blogger, I was also excited to see what Anna Wintour had curated for the Costume Institute with the exhibit "China Through the Looking Glass." It was one of the last exhibits we found, so I was rushing about to try and see it all, but it was a fascinating examination of how designers are inspired by their ideas of China/the Orient, while recognizing that what they create may not represent the real place. It balanced creativity without ever seeming appropriating anything, and even featured Chinese designer and how their work is influenced or inspired by the Western myth of the orient as well.
After the museum closed, we sat next to the fountain by the Museum steps then made our way leisurely through Central Park to our Metro station. Though we spent a whole day in the park, we also found ourself in and out of it on many days as well. But more on that lovely place next time....