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I grew up in a tiny rural town in Northern Michigan, and while I've lived in Chicago for almost ten years, there's still a small town girl inside of me that continually marvels at the panoply of events and opportunities available on any given night in the city. The Lyric Opera has always held a particular allure for me. Perhaps its because of the all the Romantic Era novels I read in college in which the opera always seemed the focal point of the social world--a place to see and be seen--that I've always thought of the opera as the pinnacle of a fancy evening out.
I've always wanted to see a well-known, well-loved opera, so when we heard that the Lyric Opera was staging Carmen this winter we jumped at the chance to see the show.
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|earrings||–||Charming Charlie (similar)|
|lip||–||Burt’s Bees (Sunset Cruise)|
|nails||–||Essie (Fairy Tailor)|
Like most Midwesterners, I love to escape the brutality of our winters. This winter marked my sister-in-law's 40th, and, happily, she was in to celebrate in a big way. The whole family decided a trip somewhere spectacular was in order, so we chose Hawaii.
In mid-January we packed our bags with bikinis and sundresses (well, I did, at least) and jetted halway across the world to the Big Island.
You may recall that the last time I featured this dress I emphatically declared that it was the perfect dress to wear to a nice, big dinner. I'm happy to report that I was right. A few weeks ago this dress got its chance for a night out, and what a night out it was. I took it to El Ideas, a Michelin starred restaurant in Chicago's Douglas Park neighborhood, for a night of decadence.
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|bracelet||–||The Limited (similar)|
|ring||–||family heirloom (similar)|
|earrings||–||Nordstrom Rack (similar)|
|necklace||–||The Limited (similar)|