The Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball + What I Wore
It's not often that you are invited to dance the night away in a museum and even less with THE Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. So when an invitation arrived in my inbox from the good folks at the Brooklyn Museum a stone's throw away with one of the best producers in the business, how […]

It's not often that you are invited to dance the night away in a museum and even less with THE Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. So when an invitation arrived in my inbox from the good folks at the Brooklyn Museum a stone's throw away with one of the best producers in the business, how could I decline.

Look, there's no way I could turn down an invitation to party at the Brooklyn Museum, especially with Swizz Beatz. Every year the Brooklyn Museum Artist Ball takes place and although I have never attended it before, but had only heard great things about the event. The event celebrates Brooklyn artists and the borough's thriving creative community. This year, Swizz Beatz and his wife Alicia Keys were honored for their groundbreaking creativity, their support for the arts in all its forms and their dedication to making our world a better and more beautiful place. Guests were invited to wear blue as they enjoyed cocktails, a sit-down dinner at the museum, and an after-party with dance and tunes provided by Swizz. Let me tell you that a party with Swizz is unlike any other. He spins all the hits, new and old, and goes through a list of his own hits that he has created throughout the year. It's like the ultimate wellness event. I danced all night with my daughters and had the best time. To say the evening was magical is an understatement. It was one of those New York moments that really makes you love life and appreciate being there in the moment. It was and always will be a night at the museum that I will never forget.

About what I wore… I’ve been holding onto this blue velvet # for a minute now waiting for the right moment to wear it.  An evening at the museum seemed like it!   And it was. Special occasions like this are also a great time to experiment with style which is just what I did with my hair.  I took the trend of exposed hairpins for a spin (to be honest I rocked a metallic pair so it didn't look so basic and ghetto) I have to tell you, I loved it and now this is my new jam that I can't get enough of .

Overall, the Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball made for a hell of a night. I can't wait to start over. It was and always will be a night at the museum that I will never forget. Shout at my socket for the invitation.

Kloset sweater today

Dress and Hairpins ~ H&M | Shoes ~ Aldo |

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