In a year of self-care, I have moved myself to see certain things as “black and white” rather than shades of grey:
- You can treat yourself well, materially and spiritually, without the help of others.
- Identify what brings you intellectual happiness and indulge in it each chance you get.
- Stay two steps removed from negative thoughts and savor in the positive ones.
- Cultivate your best qualities now to be your best self in the future. Without this crucial last step, singing along proudly to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” when you’re fifty is strictly off limits.
While un-complicating people and situations at the root will define my 2018, Romeo and Juliette had no such luck or mental clarity. Embodying my new black and white zen in my wardrobe, I treated myself to an afternoon at the Romeo and Juliette ballet at Lincoln Center, in this Dior-esque two tone ensemble. (Hello Step #2.) Here’s what I wore to the ballet.
Providing a regal and billowing silhouette in both directions, like love, this pairing was risky. As a whole, it was as though one piece leaned over a lake, stared into it, and saw an equally beautiful fashion reflection staring back. Fortunately, I’ve decided, our best outcomes, whether romantic or stylistic, are written in fate.
While the practice of romance evolves with each era, certain romantic aesthetics seem to remain timeless. Whenever I attend the ballet, I can’t help but indulge in a stroll through the charming chambers of this theater. As I walked the corridors this time, I looked out at the throngs of Valentine’s Day ballet goers. I was reminded that despite its tales of pains and tragedies, romance, like art, draws human beings close because of its connective tissue: the feeling of being alive, belonging and finding oneself in something (or someone) else.
Inspired by Dior’s Fall 2013 ready to wear collection, I dressed for the occasion in artful layers of ladylike mystery. The structure of this outfit gave way to soft and flowing contours – surely a metaphor for life. As I went from the ballet, to a father-daughter date, to a long night of catching up with old friends, this New Yorker’s Parisian inspired looked made her feel very unlike Juliette herself: young and with a great lifetime ahead. It’s nice to not
empathize with every character that crosses our path 😉
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