New York City is a place where dreams can come true. It is full of energy, art, and inspiration. NYC is one of my favorite cities to dance in, and it is where I walked my first fashion show for New York Fashion Week. A place that inspired me to dream big as a kid, NYC holds unique adventures for everyone. There is nowhere else like it. Hello, New York!

Let’s go on a fun-filled journey through New York City. Fashion, dance, style, art, and shows, await as we take a bite out of the Big Apple!

OOTD: Big City Edition

The perfect outfit of the day for New York City is always an outfit you love. There are no rules in fashion, especially when you’re strutting in this unique city. Look to the current season and weather for inspiration. For my spring fit, I styled up something fashionable, versatile, and warm.

Starting with multipurpose Zara denim jeans and a woven long-sleeve top, I layered a neutral-toned puffer coat. My best fashion tip for NYC is to wear a pair of comfortable and supportive walking shoes. I topped off my outfit with a cute white knit beanie to match my jacket. For makeup, I went with a red lip classic! Welcome to New York!

“Somewhere between living and dreaming, there’s New York.”


Stop 1: Lincoln Center

Let’s take the subway to one of the greatest places in the city, Lincoln Center or the Upper West Side. From companies like American Ballet Theatre to New York City Ballet, the best of the best dancers and so many other inspiring artists have performed in this spot. A trio of theaters in a circle, you can see the David H Koch Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera House, and the Alice Tully Hall!

Memory moment: My marvelous mom performed on all three of these stages during her dance career with the Joffrey Ballet. She had the opportunity to be in the audience as my sisters and I, continuing her legacy, carried on the dream, dancing on stage in the David H Koch Theatre.

Being near these historic New York City theaters always gives me a rush of happy emotions and memories! Let’s dance!

Stop 2: Upper East Side Fashion

Hello, New York fashion! The Upper East Side of New York City feels like a fashion paradise. There is inspiration to gather everywhere. My favorite style moment this trip was seeing Ralph Lauren’s ballet-inspired designer fashion collection. From dresses, with rosettes and tulle, to detailed jackets, and blazers with floral motifs and more. This collection was “inspired by the spirit of dance,” says Ralph Lauren. My heart fluttered, and I couldn’t help but feel so excited by these elegant styles. Anytime dance and fashion work together, I think there is always magic to be created.

“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”

Georgia O’Keefe

Stop 3: Ice Skating in Central Park

Ice princess in the city! One of the coolest ways to enjoy the nature and beauty of Central Park’s winter and spring seasons is ice skating at Wollman Rink right in Central Park! Warm up, grab your skates, and let the excitement begin. It’s so fun gliding across the rink and looking up to see the amazingly tall buildings of the iconic NYC skyline contrasting the beautiful nature of the park. Dancing on ice!

Stop 4: NYC Café

New York City has some of the coolest cafes, restaurants, and foods! When my friends and I visit, we love trying out the latest local New York coffee spot and finding some good eats to pair with it. Fuel up to keep the big city adventure going. There are nothing but smiles everywhere we go. Say cheese!

“If you follow your heart just right, you’ll end up in New York.”


Stop 5: Broadway

When in NYC, live theatre is a must. On this special trip, I saw Hadestown on Broadway, starring the incredible Jordan Gisher and Lola Tung. From astonishing storytelling to emotional music, epic dancing, cool costuming, a remarkable live band, and amazing set design, every detail that went into this Broadway production was unbelievable. Standing ovation!

Stop 6: NYC Dance Friends Meet Up

One of the coolest parts about coming to New York City is visiting friends I’ve made here over the years. Dancers, performers, actors, models, athletes, and theater friends. Reflecting on memories together and feelings of gratitude. Beautiful friendships to keep.

Stop 7: Radio City Music Hall

A landmark in the city that never sleeps, and one of the biggest theaters in New York City (with an auditorium of almost 7,000 seats), the amazing Radio City Music Hall was built in the 1930s and is where the world-famous Radio City Rockettes dance. Looking up at the iconic Radio City Music Hall sign glowing in Rockefeller Center, it’s easy to imagine the talent of all of the amazing artists that have performed on this stage. I daydream of dancing here one day!

New York City is a concrete jungle with a special dynamic, full of history, inspiration, and passion. It is a place that holds and makes special memories. Dream big in NYC!

What is your favorite thing about New York City? Tag me (@royalcouturexo) and Showstopper (@goshowstoppermagazine) on social media with the hashtag #RoyalCoutureXShowstopper to share your big-city adventures.


Christy Lyn

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Christy Lyn is a ballerina, model, designer, and choreographer. She started dancing at a very young age and currently choreographs and trains in multiple styles of dance with a focus in ballet. Her choreography work has debuted at the Lincoln Center in the Youth America Grand Prix Gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow.” Christy walks and dances in fashion shows for national and international designers at LAFW and NYFW. She is also the unstoppable designer and founder of the chic dance fashion brand Royal Couture.