Lifestyle, Uncategorized

A Day at the Ballet

This purse is from Charming Charlie last year! I bought it right after Christmas for $10! I haven’t been able to find a similar one to link but here are Dooney & Bourke ones to drool over in the meantime.

A recent Christmas tradition my family has started is going to the Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. It’s such a fun night getting all dressed up to go see the ballet. I grew up dancing so “The Nutcracker” has a special place in my heart, just hearing the music is so exciting.

Our new tradition started my freshman year of college and I remember seeing a poster they had in the lobby showing the amount of physical therapy the dancers get in a season. I had never realized that dance companies have their own physical therapists and I remember thinking, “Only five and a half years until that can be me!” Now, I’m two semesters into physical therapy school and there’s only two and a half years until that can be me!

Outfit details are coming soon in a new blog series I have planned!

As for the ballet itself, no matter how many times I see it I am blown away by the beauty of it. From the snow falling among the dancers at the end of Act I, to the way the skirts flow in Flowers, to the jumps in Russian, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy, the show is absolutely mesmerizing (although, after watching it for 15 years I know my grandmothers disagree!).

This was my first year getting champagne at the show and may I just say it was the biggest disappointment. I should have known, I’m not a fan of mimosas either (and it’s not the orange juice that’s the problem).

No day in Boston is complete without stopping for food! We went to Quincy Market to grab something to eat and I had to crab a piece of cookie cake from Maggie’s!

Let me know your favorite Christmas traditions in the comments!

xox,

Marissa

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Lifestyle, Style, Uncategorized

A Day in Boston

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Slaves are the cheapest they have ever been.  (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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My family and I took a trip to Boston the day before I had to head back to school after Thanksgiving break. It’s one of our favorite places to go so I figured I would give you a rundown of what we did.

Our first official stop was to get tickets to the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker for New Year’s Eve.  But on our way we found a Blackbird Doughnuts. I got the cinnamon roll donut and it was so good!

Then we made another unplanned stop…

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We found a Little Free Library! This was the first time I had ever been able to stop at one, I think I may have seen one driving down the Cape. I stopped and picked up a book called The Art of Dancing in the Rain, you guys will definitely be seeing a post up about that once I finish writing the second part for Tuesdays with Morrie!

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Then we finally reached the Ballet! I’m a little sad that I wasn’t able to look in some of the studio spaces (I know not to step on the marley with my street shoes!) but it was still social just to be in the building where they rehearse.

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After that we headed over to the Park Plaza hotel to make reservations for New Year’s Eve! I guess it’s been awhile since my sixth grade chess club days because my Dad and I were playing in the lobby and he beat me… in three moves.

We finished our day with dinner in the North End and a trip to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market to see the Christmas tree! I can’t wait to share our NYE adventure with you guys!

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Outfit details:

Earrings: Carolyn Blue Earrings from Starfish Project

Sweater: Vineyard Vines, here is a similar sweater with lots of color options but they don”t have any sweaters this color this year!

Vest: Printed Quilted Puffer Vest from J.Crew Factory

Jeans: Jeggings from Primark, before you judge the jeggings as long as you wear a longer top the world will never know!

Socks: Banana Republic Factory Store, here are some similar ones

Shoes:  8″ Bean Boots from L.L.Bean