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Christmas Date #2- Joffrey Nutcracker at the Auditorium


I’m a fan of holiday traditions. My personal one is seeing the Nutcracker every year. It started during my semester in London with a Matthew Bourne adaptation (so good, highly recommend!) and has continued here in Chicago with the Joffrey Ballet’s presentation. This is now the second year my lady has come with. I love having an excuse to get all dressed up, go to dinner, and see a show. Bringing her with just makes the tradition even better.


The Joffrey always puts on a fantastic show with their Nutcracker. We’re fortunate to have such an amazing company here in Chicago and I’m super grateful to get to see them every year. This year was no different — amazing production!


Let me tell you about this dress. It’s a Dorothy Perkins number from that previously mentioned semester in London. I’d gotten invited to an art gallery opening which warranted a nice dress. And, of course, I hadn’t packed any nice dresses. So a few hours before the event, I ran out and found this. Last one, in my size, on the clearance rack. It may be from 2011 but it’s still one of my favorites for a night out. It ‘s served me so well.


Rocking another blanket scarf. This one’s form Leopard and Latte Inc! It proved gloriously useful for the show as the Auditorium can get quite chilly. It kept me warm, cozy, AND cute. It’s a win win!


And then, of course, proved extra warm when shooting this outfit. Chicago gets real cold. That dress is… not warm. at all.


And then of course the shoes. These definitely still need some breaking in. They’re a bit taller than their Valentino cousins. And by a bit taller, I mean they are definitely not the kitten heel of the original. Just as cute but with a little more “ow” in my step after a few hours.

Do you have a favorite show you like to see around Christmas? Or really any other time of the year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


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  1. J

    2014-12-29 at 3:18 pm

    Love the shoes!

    1. dannie54

      2014-12-29 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks so much! I’ve been trying to find excuses to wear them nearly every single day since Christmas.

      1. J

        2014-12-29 at 5:22 pm

        Ha! That’s exactly how I am when I have a new pair of shoes!

  2. Nellie

    2014-12-30 at 11:14 am

    The shoes are gorgeous, love them!


    1. dannie54

      2014-12-30 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks so much! They’re officially my new favorites.

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