Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Hello, everyone! I am back from my Nutcracker/winter break grind ready to get back on track of blogging. For the past month or so, I have been busy with the Richmond Ballet Nutcracker, and I am happy to say that we had 12 very successful shows. I am so lucky to be a part of such an amazing company and experience. I can't wait to do it again next year!
I had 2 weeks off for a little R+R back home, and that was very nice. I got to spend some very much needed time with my best friends and family. I also did some crafting + baking - two things that I have missed so very much over this last crazy semester/Nutcracker time.
I thought a haul video would be the perfect way to start off the year! On Monday, I celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by going to the J. Crew warehouse sale over by Short Pump. I had way too much fun with it, and my bank account cried a little at the end of the day. But I am completely happy with what I got and how much I paid for it all. Nothing can beat these marked down prices. If you like J. Crew, I really recommend going before it ends!
Enjoy the video!
PS. I talk with my hands a lot. I know.
Friday, December 9, 2011
For many, hearing Nutcracker music on Christmas commercials marks the beginning of the holiday season. For dancers across the world, it means you have no life, no sleep, no energy until Christmas (some dancers have been hearing Nutcracker music since the summer...).
The Nutcracker Suite, composed by Tchaikovsky, is a holiday tradition that people cherish every year. And although I do complain about it being the most stressful performance/time of the year, I love every bit of it.
If you do not know the story of the Nutcracker, click here (for trusty Wikipedia).
Because Nutcracker is taking over my life right now and opening night is in a week, I thought I would bring a little bit of it over to my blog! I have created several outfits inspired by characters from the ballet. I tried to incorporate casual, night-out, and party looks within all of the outfits. Enjoy!
Clara is the wide-eyed, innocent girl that has no idea that she's about to experience one of the most magical nights of her life. She comes from a pretty wealthy family, so make sure to wear classic and sophisticated jewelry. The hair bow adds a playfulness to the effortlessly sexy combination of the dress and tights.
The Nutcracker doubles up as a soldier and fights off the mouse king. Pair a double breasted military coat with a cap for an overall military feel; a bullet shell necklace can also be a contributing piece. Accent the white pants with a gold belt, and to avoid looking like an actual toy soldier, find some wedged boots to complete the look.
Drosselmeyer brings his life-size dolls to the Christmas party for entertainment - one of which is a columbine doll. Many columbine doll costumes have the diamond pattern to match the harlequin doll. This one-shouldered diamond pattern top with leather leggings are perfect for a fun night out in the city. Don't forget some fake lashes and bright pink lipstick to be completely dolled up!
After the Nutcracker defeats the Rat King, he transforms into a handsome prince. He leads Clara through a forest where they are greeted by the Snow Queen and King. They perform a beautiful pas de deux, and the snowflakes dance around Clara and the Prince as they continue through the forest. The Snow Queen is elegant and regal, and she deserves to be covered in ice. And so do you! I think this outfit would be perfect for a New Year's Eve party. Don't be afraid to end the year with a lot of glitter!
Act II begins with Clara and the Prince arriving in the Land of Sweets. They are greeted by angels and the court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In celebrating their guest, sweets from around the world dance for Clara and the Prince. This outfit is inspired by the chocolate from Spain. Layer some necklaces and add a ring to create more dimension to the simple top and skirt.
Next to dance is the sultry Arabian coffee. The Arabian soloist is sexy without even trying, and this outfit does just that. A crop top and some harem pants are sexy and casual at the same time. The flats make this outfit perfect for a date or running some errands.
Tea from China dance with so much energy. Their costumes are always colorful and fun to reflect the high energy dance. Try colorblocking with some fun colors for more pop this winter. This is another great New Year's Eve or cocktail party outfit. Add some hair sticks for an Asian flair!
Marzipan from France dance with their reed flutes. My favorite Marzipan costumes I have ever seen are the ones used in Southwest Virginia Ballet's Nutcracker (I got to wear one back in 2009!). I love the colors and the lace; they're just so pretty! I used those colors and design as inspiration for this outfit. And a French girl isn't complete without some Chanel.
The Russians perform a Trepak dance with impressive jumps and mesmerizing moves. This outfit is for those mid to late winter days with freezing temperatures. Layer up a sweater and a leather jacket and accessorize with a faux fur hat and some convertible mittens. And to battle dry winter skin, I love Clinique's Moisture Surge. It gives you the perfect amount of moisture without being oily.
A beautiful waltz is danced by a group of sugared flowers and a Dewdrop. Wear a summer floral dress during the winter! Add some tights and a cardigan to quickly make your summer dresses a part of your winter wardrobe too.
Finally, the queen of the Land of Sweets - the Sugar Plum Fairy - performs a grand pas de deux with her Cavalier. She has such a gentle and graceful character, and it is reflected in the pale pinks of this outfit. Add more glitter with some pumps and a clutch to make you feel more like a princess.
And in case you didn't notice, this pearl bracelet is the same one I used in the Clara outfit. In the version of Nutcracker that I have performed for several years, the Sugar Plum Fairy presents Clara with a tiara when she arrives in the Land of Sweets. When Clara all of a sudden finds herself back in her home with the Nutcracker, she still has the tiara on her head making it less of a dream and more real. I thought the bracelet could kind of represent the tiara.
I hope you liked this fashion inspiration post! Let me know what you think or what you'd like to see in some comments!
PS. As you know, I am a trainee with the Richmond Ballet, and I will be performing in their production of "The Nutcracker" starting next weekend. If you would like to experience the holiday tradition for yourself, you should come see the ballet! The show runs from December 16th through December 26th, and it will be performed at Centerstage. For more information about shows and purchasing tickets, please visit www.richmondballet.com!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
vest: charlotte russe.
satchel: forever 21.
I just realized that the outfit that I wore to the RVAFB meet-up last night is very similar to this outfit. Same colors, just switched the pieces around. Oops!
But the meet-up last night was so much fun! I was a little nervous about going because I haven't been blogging for very long, but I'm so glad I did. I've been reading many of the blogs based here in RVA, and it was exciting to actually meet the brilliant minds behind the computers and laptops they use to blog. Not only did I make more connections for the future of my blog, but I found myself making friends and becoming a part of the community that I am so passionate about.
I am not going to lie, I was particularly starstruck when I saw that Brian McDaniel of Dirty Richmond was there. As you may (or may not) know, I swoon over street style blogs. And Brian takes amazing pictures of the street style here in Richmond, and I am still in awe at all the well-dressed people in a small city like Richmond.
And since I am so new to this style blogging business, I had a lot of questions, and they were all answered with great advice. I soaked it all in, and it has really inspired me to really get this blog on a roll. I can't wait to see it grow, and I hope you all will begin to enjoy it more and more!
I will be sure to add a blogroll of all the local bloggers here in RVA so you can begin to follow them too!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
sweater: forever 21.
dress: charlotte russe.
boots: forever 21.
I found today's outfit rather quirky. But everyone needs a little quirk in their life every once and a while!
Tomorrow is December, I can't believe it! Where has the year gone? This year has seriously flown by, and I'm rather sad to see 2011 quickly come to an end. This year has been rather good to me, but it's not over yet! I will live up the last month of the year to the best of my abilities!
December also means Christmas! Christmas is my favorite time of the year - I love the festiveness that it brings to everything. Since I'm super behind on part 2 of my "fall fashion wishlist", I might have to change it to my "Christmas list"!
What's on your Christmas list this year?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
skirt: pacsun. (borrowed from my sister)
earrings: forever 21.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
It's so good to be back home and spend some quality time with my family and eat more food than I should. Today reminded me that we shouldn't take the things that we have in life for granted. We always search for greater things and reach for higher beings, but we should remember what we have right here in front of us. There's nothing wrong with searching for greater things, just remember to be thankful for what you already have.
Today also reminded me why I love autumn so much! Autumn colors are so beautiful. I got inspired when I saw my sister's mustard yellow pencil skirt, and she was nice enough to let me borrow it! The Baker's shoes I wore today were such a good deal! I received a coupon for 20% off and got them the same weekend Baker's was having free shipping on all shoes. I couldn't turn down a deal for a hot pair of shoes like these!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Show me what you wore for the holiday!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Thank you so much to Tai for being the first featured fellow fashion lover on my blog! I've been dying to interview him, but I had to wait until I got back home to Roanoke. Tai is one of the most fashionable people I know, and I had to share his style with all of you! I've always admired his attention to details and use of color. I asked him a few questions and if you are sensitive to profanity, please excuse his language...
Name: Tai Normand
Top 3 favorite brands: Zara, J. Crew, and Ralph Lauren (or as he called it "Polo Dolo Head-to-Toe-lo Swag")
Favorite/go-to article of clothing: Cheap Monday dark denim jeans.
Favorite fall trend: V-neck sweaters.
What inspires your style and the way you dress?: The shitty ass way other people dress.
Best fashion advice?: Slim the goddamn clothes down.
Hope you enjoyed Tai's interview and his style!
Monday, November 21, 2011
shirt + boots: h&m.
cardigan: forever 21.
Is it possible to have too much fun with color? I just love the colorblocking trend...
I got these amazing burgundy skinny corduroys when I went on that huge shopping spree a few weeks ago. I am absolutely in love with them. The color is fantastic, and they are so damn comfortable! They were quite a splurge, but I couldn't walk out of the Gap store without them.
I'm going home today for Thanksgiving break, and I am so excited to go home! I love the city and I love school, but I am so ready to see my family and friends. I packed a huge suitcase of clothes for the week, and people might say that I'm over packing but I just can't go anywhere without a lot of clothes. I am so indecisive about outfits that I have to bring numerous options to choose from. I'll have an idea of what I'd like to wear, but then I'll change my mind later. But that's how I come up with some of my best outfits, so I won't complain.
What are you wearing for Thanksgiving?