This time of year I always get nostalgic for ballet. It's the annual Nutcracker performances that I used to attend regularly with my mother. I don't care if it's cliche, I'm a sucker for the Nutcracker. Anyway I'm in the mood for the holidays and since this holiday is tied to ballet for me I can't resist sharing these photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE magazine. These ballerinas were rehearsing for Swan Lake at the Grand Opera de Paris in 1930. Gorgeous rehearsal space, no?
Thursday, December 18, 2014
While my initial impulse for holiday parties is short and sparkly (seriously all of the sequins please!), there's something to be said for going the more demure route. Sequins are flashy, but longer, full skirts are unexpected and more dramatic. The details really make this look so fun too--spiked belt and cheeky tights definitely keep it from being too staid.
What are you dressing up in this winter?
old belt (similar)
Chicwish skirt c/o
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I want to wrap all of my presents (and maybe myself) up in paper by Normans Printery. They have the best wrapping paper--vintage maps, beautiful textiles, monochromatic sea life--it's all so good. No ribbons or further embellishment necessary.
I've been waiting for a more mild day to wear my new Heinui dress from the Makers collection. It's a beautiful printed silk dress, which even with a slip layered underneath for extra warmth isn't quite suited to our winter temperatures. But on an overcast, warmer day I finally managed to wear it out of the house. Between the relaxed silhouette and sweet sailor collar, I think it will be an ideal summer dress once that season rolls around. For now I'm wearing it with my favorite zipper tights on walks through the woods--which are still looking remarkably autumn-ish in spots (our snow didn't last long).
old trench coat (similar)
Heinui dress. gift
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I've been eagerly following the weather reports hoping for a true snow day. We've had flurries and even a couple of days were the snow stuck for an afternoon, but compared to last winter there really hasn't been anything to get excited about. Still, on this day of flurries I couldn't resist celebrating with nearly all the white clothing I could find. I've still got my fingers crossed for a proper "White Christmas!"
Monday, December 15, 2014
I want to wrap myself in this awesome map tapestry on a hot day at the beach, but for now it's adding a lot of color and flair to my otherwise boring walls. It's making me want to go on adventures! If only the weather was slightly better...