|dress||–||The Limited (similar)|
|trench||–||Target (Altuzarra for Target collab, similar)|
|tights||–||Hue (similar pattern by Hue)|
|ring||–||Charming Charlie (similar)|
|clutch||–||Charming Charlie (similar)|
|lip||–||Burt’s Bees (Napa Vineyard)|
|nails||–||Vinylux (Cake Pop)|
I know this outfit just screams Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t wear it on the 14th. I spent my Valentine’s Day curled up on the couch with my husband. We got delivery and started playing Deus Ex together. We’re nerds. We love a nice, quiet Valentine’s Day.
But I did wear it the day after Valentine’s Day.
After my evening at the Nutcracker, I was lucky enough to be invited back to the Auditorium Theatre for the opening night of the Joffrey Ballet’s Game Changers. Stoked about getting such a nice invite, I immediately set to work putting together my outfit for the evening.
I’ve had this red dress hanging in my closet since Black Friday. I purchased it from The Limited (who have since gone under ::sadness::) and have been waiting for the right occasion to wear it.
I stopped in at Charming Charlie over my lunch break to sniff out some accessories for this bright ensemble and I landed on these chunky earrings. I just finished watching Gossip Girl on Netflix (loved the ending) and I’ve been gravitating toward more Serena van der Woodsen-esque styles lately. I love how she pairs sleek dresses with chunky, bold jewelry.
Its been so warm lately I was able to wear a light trench coat–a real treat in Chicago in February. I was also able to wear nice light tights rather than the super warm, ultra-opaque ones I’m usually sporting. Unfortunately, the ones I really wanted to wear, a floral pair I got at Loft last winter, tore as I was putting them on. Is there anything more annoying than that? Luckily, I keep a large collection of patterned tights handy, so I wasn’t out of luck.
Anyway, enough about the outfit. Let’s head off to the ballet!
I went with a new friend and we had a great time chatting away before the show in the gorgeous, gilded Auditorium Theatre.
Before long the lights dimmed and we were treated to three separate ballets, each with its own modern theme. Game Changers focuses on modern ballets. Tutus are replaced with minimal garments and traditional storylines are traded for artistic and emotional expression. It was a unique, moving, beautiful experience to watch.
The show started with Fool’s Paradise, which focused on beautiful lifts and shapes featuring multiple dancers.
As they danced, gold shimmered down behind them. The whole thing looked like a dream.
After a brief intermission, the second act (or period, as I called it, treating the show like a hockey game) began. The second ballet, Infra, is decidedly the most modern and abstract of the three. A digital projection shows figures walking along above the dancers.
The dancers acted out deep emotional scenes to a sometimes jarring, sometimes beautifully flowing soundtrack.
The final ballet was definitely my favorite. Called Year of the Rabbit, the ballet featured interpretations of scenes from the Chinese Zodiac set to music composed by Sufjan Stevens. It featured two solo artists dancing nimbly through through a set made up of other dancers.
If you’re looking for a fun night out, let me recommend Game Changers. It runs through February 26th, so don’t sleep on it!
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