Another Detroit shoot! The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of my all time favorite places in the entire world. Thats right, I’ve been to London and Paris and the DIA is still top 5.
The reason I love this place so much is because of what it represents in my life. I have always loved art, history and culture. I love beautiful places and architecture. The DIA has all of those things. When I was in high school my best friend and I would skip class and drive down town to hang out here. We learned if we snuck in the side door we could bypass the guards pretty easily. Yes we were true rebels. It was in these galleries that I realized what I wanted to do with my career. I declared on one visit that I wanted to be a curator and work in museums. I ended up studying History and Museum Studies in school.
Every time I walk into this building I am struck by it’s grandeur. the details in the crafted ceilings, the white marble hallways, and carefully planned galleries transport you. Like any true romantic, I like to believe that anything can happen at any time. The DIA is one of those spaces where time seems suspended and your next great adventure could be waiting for you in the next gallery.
I think that every creative needs places like this. Places that inspire awe inside of you. Moments you want to capture in any medium and share it with the world. Spots you can revisit to remind yourself why you want to create in the first place. Wandering art museums rekindles this feeling for me. I start dreaming up stories and possibilities.
I bought this dress for a wedding last month. I went in to buy a completely different dress but saw this one on the rack and fell in love while trying it on. I’ve already worn it quite a few times and it’s become quite versatile. Its been to the wedding, religious services, dinner with parents, to the office and now the museum. I am hell bent on getting the cost per wear down as much as I can. I paired it with these Franco Sarto sock boots that I bought last year. I wore these boots running through the Detroit Airport, I do not recommend doing that. My height is above average and I have always been shy about wearing heels for non formal events. Slowly I am determined to get over this and just be a full time Amazon.
The purse is another vintage Coach that I dug out of my mother’s closet. Seriously, the woman knows a great classic handbag. I ended up carrying it around all weekend because I could not find room in my carryon for my own purses. It was perfect for what I needed. The motorcycle jacket is one my favorites in a charcoal colored wool fabric. Its an incredibly light jacket but also incredibly warm. I got it last year at Ann Taylor but I’ll link the Loft version that is on sale right now. This outfit made me feel pretty glamorous. It was just normal afternoon at the museum but I feel like wearing heels and dress made the whole ordeal an event. In the best possible way. Want to feel amazing? Get dressed up for absolutely no reason and let people stare at you.
Photography: Robin Voisine