Coffee Tea?! My Coffee Secret

NCDT (National Coffee Data Trends) have reported that as much as 67% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis.  That amount increases to 75% when determining the amount of adults who drink coffee on a weekly basis.  One lesser know fact is that the global coffee market is expected to reach 182 billion by the year 2030.  What is it about that little dark bean, available in so many varieties, that cause people to be unable to go about their daily lives without it?  It must be the flavor as some people swear by coffees made in various countries.  If it's not Columbian or Jamaican coffee, some will not even touch the mug.  Then there are the coffee chain fan clubs who must have their daily Starbucks or Tim Horton's signature espresso in the morning.  Let's be real, the taste of coffee isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when dark.  Quite possibly, it may be the alertness that coffee provides after consumption which have some people hooked.   The alertness and

All the Green Fashion from this Year's Met Gala

The Met Gala took place on May 6th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York.  Many believed that this year’s gala had a double theme.  “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” and “The Garden of Time” were the two themes that celebrities on the red carpet dressed for.  Vogue editor at large, Anna Wintour, actually issued an apology over the confusion regarding the themes.  The new exhibit that was being highlighted is called “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” and the dress code for the 2024 Met Gala was “The Garden of Time.”  Quite a few celebrities dressed for what they believed was a “Sleeping Beauty” theme. It appears though that the actual dress code was "The Garden of Time."  Some managed to incorporate both themes and this was pretty cool to see.

Green Fashion was out and in full effect on this year’s green carpet.  There were a number of looks that incorporated natural materials such as glass, sand, wood as well as flora and faun.  Here are the green looks that completely won in the best dressed department! Not only were these individuals the best dressed, they were the most ethically dressed.

Designer Olivier Rousteng for Balmain featuring Ellie Fanning

Designer Olivier Rousteng continues to outdo himself in the world of fashion. He seems to be able to work with any raw material to mold and make them into beautiful forms of fashionable art.  This French fashion genius designed Ellie Fanning’s gorgeous Met Gala outfit and made it from glass and resin. The dress’s mermaid silhouette fit Fanning to the tee.  On her shoulders, there appeared two delicate glass sculptured birds. 

The dress was truly a sight to behold.  On her social media account, Fanning provided a short caption describing the meaning behind the look.  It read, “A glass statue stands in her garden, so delicate she could break. But with help from a few friends—the birds, Cartier and Balmain—the Sleeping Beauty is dressed & forever frozen in time…” 😍

Designer Olivier Rousteng for Balmain featuring Tyla

The next green look produced by Olivier incorporated natural sand for Afro beat pop star, Tyla.  Olivier used an innovative technique which incorporated sand and micro crystals fitted precisely to her body’s measurements.  The gorgeous sand gown was made via precision sculpting and was designed to hug every curve, dip, ebb and flow of her body. 

At times, Tyla had to be carried by Met Gala event assistants as it was a bit hard for her to move around freely.  In her hand, she carried a glass hourglass purse that had sand falling through it. This entire look embodied the Garden of Time dress code perfectly.  Life is like the sand. We humans are billions in number but time is short and life is but for a moment.  Fans of the designer and pop star got a peak into what became of the dress by the end of the night when Olivier released a snippet showing him cutting the gown into a chic mini dress. 

See how Tyla got ready in her sand gown:

Designer Alexander McQueen featuring Zendaya

Zendaya has always been the queen of the Met Gala.  Year after year, with the help of her longtime stylist, Law Roach, she steals the show with a conversation-starting outstanding garment.  For the first time, she wore two beautiful and daring looks to this year’s Met Gala and was also a featured co-ambassador.  She walked onto the green carpet wearing a Maison Margiela cobalt blue and emerald green tulle gown that was adorned with fruit and leaf embellishments. 

If Eve from the historical garden were to make a fashionable time machine appearance in this present world—I’d imagine that this is what she’d pop out looking like!  For her second look, Zendaya was seen wearing an Alexander McQueen floral bouquet hat and a Galliano designed black Givenchy couture gown.

What can I say other than that---the hat stole the show!!! Completely. Who knew that roses could not only smell so good but also wear so well?! RIP Mr. McQueen. He’d be so proud if he were still here.

Designer Aurora James for Brother Vellies x Wiederhoeft

Aurora James designed this beautiful grecian draped gown with natural wood.  The bodice, made from natural wood, looked like a corseted feminine breastplate that featured a wooden cala lily flower. How delightfully chic!

 This was among the most innovative looks of the night. Aurora accessorized the gown with wood and pearl jewelry and a wooden clutch.  

Aurora disclosed that she was actually named after the original Disney sleeping beauty. Wood has always been an element that has inspired her and her collections.

Designer Marni for Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj might have been the green fashion queen at this year’s Met Gala when she walked onto the carpet in a cute and whimsical Marni yellow floral dress.  The yellow silk duchesse dress featured 3D flowers made from recycled aluminum cans.  Nicki looked every bit of a gorgeous yet quirky doll in this yellow number.  Onlookers couldn’t help but to lock their gazes on the dress which featured so many beautiful hand painted recycled aluminum flowers. 

Not only was this Marni look a captivating and eye-catching number, it was also a vision for what the future of fashion needs to be and look like.  Nicki has recently become a fixture in the world of green fashion when she released her sneaker line with LOCI last month.  The sneakers are made using eco conscious materials such as bio leather, recycled rubber and ocean plastic.  Nicki has been on a role since the release of her album at the end of last year.  Hit album release--Check. World Tour--Check.  Eco Conscious Sneaker line drop—Check. Best Dressed at the Meta Gala wearing eco conscious materials--Check.  Nicki is checking off all the boxes and I’m sure we all can’t wait to see what green look she will sport next!


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