Hello my frosted fairies! On Thursday evening I was whisked away to a whimsical wonderland filled with fairytale fantasies…
The Nutcracker is one of my favourite ballets and watching it with my mum was the perfect early Christmas gift.
I watched in awe as Clara twirled with a satin ribbon adorning her hair and a nutcracker doll in her hands. During the ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes’, the ballerinas dazzled us with their elegance, floating like soft snow fairies in the clouds.
We were then transported to the ‘Land of Sweets’ where marzipan meadows, sugar mice and candy canes are in abundance. The sugar-plum fairy’s costume glistened and glittered and the pas de deux brought me to tears… ♡
Today I thought I would share how I got ready for the ballet; from selecting my dream dress to deciding which makeup products to use.
Dainty Jewels & a Scent of your Dreams… ♡
A couple of years ago I was lucky to receive the most elegant ballerina pendant necklace from Ted Baker. Adorning the rose gold chain there is a dainty ballerina; the pink tulle skirt and Swarovski crystal embellishments are my favourite details.
The design reminds me of a ballerina figure that you would see gracefully poised inside a jewellery box. I like to wear this piece whenever I attend a ballet with my mum. Consequently, it brings back so many special memories.
Selecting your signature perfume is such a whimsical process as scent conjures so many memories. I always spritz Philosophy’s ‘Amazing Grace’ in the ‘Nutcracker’ edition whenever I go to the ballet.
With notes of muguet blossoms and musk, it projects a light, feminine aroma that makes me feel like an ethereal ballerina. The tulle skirt adorning the lid adds a girly touch, capturing the graceful elements of the fragrance.
Unfortunately, the perfume is no longer sold in this design but Philosophy still have their classic bottle and a new Christmas edition. The bottle looks so sweet with a pink fluffy pom-pom attached to the lid.
Choosing your Ballerina Ballgown…♡
Going to the theatre at Christmas provides the best excuse to wear something special.
I received this dreamy dress from Ted Baker on my 19th birthday last year and I adore it. The soft shade of pink, elegant cut and bow side details are so classic.
I decided to wear it with my pale white tights and I transformed into a wintry ballerina…
Winter Warmers & Pink Marshmallow Coats ♡
As you can probably guess, the overriding theme of this look is an abundance of pink and bows.
My choice of coat for the evening was my pink Miss Selfridge ‘Dolly’ coat. I purchased it last winter and it reminds me of something from the 1950s. I can imagine Audrey Hepburn wandering around Paris in a coat like this with its classic collar and circular buttons.
My ‘Cameron Street Jewelled Hope’ bag from Kate Spade is my favourite statement bag. I purchased it last Christmas and I wear it nearly every day. The bow and crystal detailing are so captivating and timeless. My wintry look wouldn’t be complete with my fluffy earmuffs from Accessorize and Kate Spade bow scarf in the shade ‘Rose Dew’ (similar.)
To match my baby pink dress, I wore my favourite cardigan from Ted Baker.
The rose-gold buttons are so chic and the scalloped detail goes wonderfully well with so many items in wardrobe.
I couldn’t leave the house without my cable knit gloves from Katie Loxton. The delicate pearls are my favourite and they kept my hands warm from the frosty night.
Ballet Slippers Tied with a Ribbon… ♡
Cinderella’s night at the ball wouldn’t be complete without her glass slippers and a trip to the ballet wouldn’t be the same without a set of ballet slippers…
I purchased this darling pair from ASOS (similar) a few years ago but I have been too scared to wear them because of their precious pale pink colour.
The satin ribbons remind me of a pair of pointe shoes and wearing them on Thursday made me feel like a ballerina…
Vanity Fairest ~ Makeup fit for a Sugar Plum Fairy… ♡
After cleansing my skin with the ‘Original Skin Makeup Removing Jelly with Willow Herb’ from Origins, I applied my ‘Multi-Active Day Cream’ from Clarins. I have been using this moisturiser for the past six months and it has made my skin feel softer and revitalised. The formula contains Myrothamnus which works to reduce the impacts of daily stress by keeping the skin smooth and radiant. It also attempts to diminish the early signs of ageing, restore radiance, hydrate and maintain younger looking skin.
My first base product is the Clarins ‘SOS Primer’ in the shade ‘rose.’ Alongside the CHANEL Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation, it leaves the skin with a flawless finish. The primer has ‘rose’ pigments which counteract fatigue and organic sea lily extracts which hydrate the skin.
Following foundation, I used the Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ concealer in the shade ‘Very Fair.’ Similarly to the Clarins primer, this product works to diminish signs of fatigue and works wonders on dark circles.
The Too Faced ‘Better than Sex’ mascara is one of my holy grail products.
Aside from the pretty pink packaging, I adore how it makes my lashes look as long and fluttery as possible. For my lips, I wanted to keep things natural so I decided to apply my Dior Addict Milky Tint in the shade ‘Milky Pearl.’ This product works as a lip gloss and adds a soft tint of colour. The formula is so creamy and feels silky soft on the lips. The milky pink shade would look divine over a soft pink lipstick or on its own.
Occasionally I like to add some shimmer to the inner corner of my eyes and this Lancôme Blush Subtil Creme Healthy Glow Blush in ‘Je’mappelle Rose’ is so lovely. The light pink and shimmery pigments double up as a highlighter and a blush. It’s the ideal shade to use if you want a simple, dewy look. The packaging is the sweetest and reminds me of a pink macaron.
To add a soft rosy glow to my cheeks I always reach for my Claudia Schiffer blusher in the shade ‘Peach Schnaps.’ It is very pigmented and I only need a few brush strokes for a strong colour.
Described as a “glow-giving apricot hue”, it is easily blended and leaves a soft velvety finish. The soft pink and gold packaging looks perfect on my vanity…
Too Faced ‘Candlelight Glow’ in ‘Rosy Glow’ is my favourite highlighter. I love to sweep the champagne shade over the high points of my cheekbones. It makes my skin look lit from within and I always feel like a glowing fairy whenever I wear it.
To complete the look I applied a light dusting of the Too Faced ‘Primed and Poreless’ pressed powder. The vintage baby pink and gold compact is so pretty but the powder itself is just as dreamy! You can apply it before or after using your other makeup products and it works to a create a smooth, airbrushed canvas. The powder is so finely milled that it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin.
The ballet was more beautiful than I could have envisaged. The costumes looked like something from a fairytale; each tutu was delicately embellished with sparkling Swarovski crystals that glistened and the younger ballerinas wore darling night gowns tied with satin sashes…
When I came home I changed into my pink floral spot pyjama set, tied my hair with a white ribbon and sat by the Christmas tree with my Nutcracker doll to channel my inner Clara. Drifting off to sleep I dreamt about charming nutcrackers, dancing snowflakes and sugar-plum fairies…
The programme I picked up at the theatre is something I am to going treasure forever.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my evening at the ballet. Please let me know if you’re going to see the Nutcracker this year and if so, what is your favourite part? Mine would have to be the pas de deux 🌸🎀🌸
lots of love