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The Meetup Adventure: in which we end up touring the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit in a Khromato minidress (and there’s a #giveaway)

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I know, we’ve been to a ton of museums this year starting with Dating Diary and now with meetup. However, who could pass up the most exciting fashion show of the year? YES. We finally went to the massive Chinese fashion exhibit at the Met and it was everything you think it is, and possibly more.

china2In a funny coincidence, I started working with a n online store called Khromato as an affiliate and they agreed to send over a dress for me to wear to the exhibit. I picked this one because the damask print halter style dress ($26.99) looked sort of Asian to me. They also sent over this fun fashion jewelry which you’ll have a chance to win (yay!) later in this post.

china3The day the dress came, I could not contain myself. I jumped right into it. I don’t usually wear body con dresses, so this was a whole new fashion experience for me. What shoes do you wear for this? And are my thighs up to this kind of exposure?

Help.

china5I decided  to pair the dress on my fave Jasmine wedge heeled sandals from Ami Clubwear, and a ton of jewelry from Jade & Jasper and threw on a Southern Tide gingham men’s button down ($99.50) for pattern mixing and coverage.

I decided that since this is New York, and since I’ve seen way bigger thighs than mine on display, I should just go with it and not overthink things.

china4My beauty kit for the day was a cool shower followed by Kesh Beauty Argan oil with Rose Essence ($40) to keep those legs shiny with just a touch of fragrance. I did a neautral face with barely there gloss, but used Makeup Forever Aquamatic Waterproof Glide-on Eyeshadow pencil in Iridescent Blue ($22) to add color on my eyelids. I went with CND Vinylux Weekly polish in Tartan Punk ($10.50), a vibrant ‘dragon lady’ style red.

In the purse? That Panasonic mobile travel charger ($59.99), which I refuse to leave home without now.

china6After a series of crazy subway mishaps (service is always screwy on the weekends) I made it to the museum an hour late for the meetup. They were still there, but I decided to forge on alone.

china7aIt was ravishing and frenetic and busy and breathtaking. They crammed a lot of entertainment into this. You have to go through a drab (lots of sandy beige- not drab as in boring) Egyptian gallery to get to the show, and the first thing you see is RED.

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The lower level is all slinky mannequins with traditional Chinese kimonos hung behind them so that you can see the inspiration, as well as the evolution of the designs. There were video walls showing scenes from films like The Last Emperor and it was packed crowded.

Like, stop stepping on me, I can’t turn around crowded.

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Me and my dress felt perfectly at ease. After the initial discomfort of showing that much leg wore off, I just enjoyed how pretty the damask print was. I had tied the halter ties in front so that it had a little nod to menswear necktie. Instead of feeling weird, I felt super confident. I and my legs were spectacular, lol! I think I’d be comfortable wearing it out again, without the shirt.

Sorry about the wire- I had my Samsung Galaxy S5 Active tethered to the Panasonic charger in my bag the whole time.

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The two main bodies of the show are on the lower level, and then you take the elevator up to the second floor. I can’t really describe how to go through the galleries, you have to be there. But I think that the Met has done an amazing job in creating a show that just keeps knocking you out with inventiveness and beauty. There was one are that was like a lake, except the ‘water’ was polished stone (photo 2).

There was another area, that I stumbled onto that was a forest of clear, light filled poles surrounding mannequins in war-like clothing (below). Breathtaking.

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Luckily you could take all the photos you wanted, which was the second best part. In today’s culture, not being able to photograph a show is like a slap in the face. How else can you show that you were there? How else will you remember?

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After I left the enchanting world of China:Through the Looking Glass, it was back to the crowds on New York.

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It was brutally hot outside, and I decided to go back to my usual geeky self. Out came the flat Cat Footwear Zosia sandals and my fave green bucket hat. I buttoned up the Southern Tide shirt and wiggled out of my Khromato damask print halter minidress, which fit quite nicely in my bag. Just like that, I went from sexy summer siren to classic American casual.

But it was nice while it lasted…

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Oh yeah- that giveaway… I thought, in honor of my outing to China: Through the Looking Glass, this faceted red bead and goldtone necklace from Khromato valued at $21.99 would be a fitting gift, as opulent as that show. Enter here to win!

Good luck!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian