I have never been to an official gala, the type where the "society" photographer is chronicling the guests coming into the cocktail room for the NY Times. My friend, Kim Hastie, whom I know from my volunteer work at the Metropolitan Opera Young Associates, invited me the NYC Opera Gala where she was the Young Patron Co-Chair. At the time when I purchased the tickets, I gave no thought to the dress code.Full length dresses are recommended for events like these.I was a little nervous because I didn't plan on buying a full length ball gown for this one off event. Lucky for me, a wonderful designer named Butter by Nadia makes jersey dresses that fit any figure and whose fabric literally feel like "butter". Nadia used to be a dancer and her inspiration was to design dresses that moved, looked beautiful, and that fit all figures. This is the dress that Sima handed down to me since she has been a fan for years.Courtesy of ButterByNadiaThe jewelry I ended up wear was my long black onyx Wilma necklace. Navy does go with black, because I said so.This can be worn long or wrapped around twice, which is what I did.I wore the Lucia earrings in gold since the necklace was bold enough. The earrings just needed to add a little gold to my face.This is the silver version, I wore the gold.I also stacked a few bracelets like these two:The Blue and Yellow Royal bracelet tied back into the navy pantsuit.The Gold Fill Lucia Bracelet just goes with everything.The evening contained delicious food, short performances by some new young opera talent that the NYC Opera proudly fosters and a visual meal of upscale people watching. I felt truly like I lived in New York City last night.It took me an hour to do and redo my hair as I was fickly contemplating what to do.
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