One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that there are so many fun things to do ALL THE TIME. I was talking with one of my friends the other day and had a realization about balancing life, work, and playtime. I am the kind of person that throws my whole self into whatever I do. I’m a super-Type-A-perfectionist, and I work really hard. But there is definitely value in not working all the time. After all, if you’re working all the time, you miss so many beautiful opportunities life has to offer! So the other day I took a day off work (this is revolutionary for me), and went to the ballet with one of my lovely friends, Jen! If you read my fashion post Falling for Black and White, you’ll remember her, because she took all the photos!
I convinced her to come out on the other side of the camera for our ballet-girl-date, hooray! We decided to make a whole day of our ballet adventure, and started off at one of my favorite restaurants in LA called Figaro Bistrot. I did another post all about how divine the food is (warning: only click that link if you’re ready to drool over some serious food porn). We got there during happy hour, aka the best hour of the day. We started off with two glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and a bread basket with all kinds of yummy breads. The one with rosemary in it was my favorite. I’m such a sucker for that herb!
We also got a cheese plate that made both of us drool. The bleu cheese was our favorite – it was a unanimous vote. We both took a bite of it and were SOLD. We started munching on our cheese and talking about how excited we were to see the ballet! The ballet we were seeing was Cinderella, and that is just such a fun story to see. I love rooting for the underdog, and for true love, so I would have been happy standing wayyyyyyy in the back just to get a glimpse of this ballet. However, Jen was able to get us tickets in the founders circle (read: the best seats in the house!) at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Can you say lucky ducks or what? Also, I believe this ballet was one of the lead ballerina’s last performances, from what Jen was saying. So not only did we have great seats, but we had great seats at a highly anticipated breathtaking performance!
I love ticket stubs. I have a glass jar in my apartment that has pretty much every ticket stub to every movie, play, show, etc, that I’ve ever seen. I’m definitely a sentimental girl, so I love to look through them and remember all the fun memories associated with each ticket stub!
But before we got to the theatre, we had to take advantage of some more of the happy hour food! We ordered the Mussels Gratin and while it was extremely rich, it was also delicious. Definitely not a dish I could have every day, but it was nice to have as a treat!
Jen’s favorite was the Calamari, which I’ve had before and would gladly have again and again!
I loved the Ahi Tuna Rollups. They had avocado, asparagus, cilantro and seared ahi tuna rolled up with cucumber and topped with sour cream and roe… all over a bed of arugula. How can you NOT love this dish?!
It’s safe to say were were full and happy when we left for the ballet. Jen snapped a quick picture in the restaurant before we headed out. I think one of my favorite parts of going to the ballet was getting all girly and fancy. I was finally able to wear one of my vintage dresses, and put on some dramatic red lipstick for the night out. Ecco Bella was nice enough to give me some of their lipsticks for free in exchange for me mentioning them in this post, which I’m very happy to do. In this photo I’m wearing a base coat of Merlot Lipstick, touched up with REDvelation Lipstick, and just a dab of Passion Lipgloss in the center. Layering the different colors of lipstick was a little makeup trick Jen (a former makeup artist) told me to make my lips look fuller! She also asked me to mention in this post that she was stunned at how long the lipstick lasted (as was I, since it lasted all night long!) and fully supports it as a makeup artist. Two thumbs up for Ecco Bella!
I love that all of Ecco Bella’s makeup is cruelty free (it’s gluten free and paraben free too)! Lately I’ve been looking into my makeup more, and want to only be putting makeup on my face that is good for me, and good for the environment. Check out more about my philosophy about skincare and beauty products. The fact that the colors are amazing, and it lasted more than five hours? Well that’s just an amazing bonus!
After we finished eating our dinner, it was off to the ballet! I’d never been to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion before, and was blown away by how beautiful it was! The elegant atmosphere definitely set the mood for the night.
When we took our seats, we watched a very contemporary version of Cinderella. I was thrilled by this because my dance background is in modern dance, so I love to see it incorporated with other styles. All the dancers were fabulous, and the orchestra was great too!
When the ballet was over, we came back outside and took a few photos. The courtyard was lit beautifully, and while it is definitely stunning and elegant at night, I bet it would be a great place to sit and have a casual picnic lunch during the day!
What a wonderful girl’s night with Jen! I’m so glad we took some time to enjoy the ballet, and take a break from the usual work grind.
It was so fun to play dress up before going out. There’s nothing that makes me feel like a princess more than slipping on a full length dress, a pair of heels, and doing my hair and makeup!
All the jewelry I’m wearing in this outfit is from my mum’s online jewelry shop called Vintage Jewelry Lane. I love vintage jewelry because so many of the older pieces have such strong craftsmanship and are built to last. I also find that vintage jewelry typically also has more intricate designs. It would be a rare day to find me wearing new jewelry when there are so many beautiful vintage pieces available!
The dress I’m wearing is also vintage – a lucky find at an estate sale going back a few years ago. This is the first occasion I’ve had to wear it, because it’s way more dressy than anything I wear normally. The sleeves are delicate and sheer, and the bodice has beading work all over it. My favorite part is obviously the sheer layered bottom though. I could twirl around in this dress all day! Especially wearing my go-to black heels!
I had such a fun time at the ballet! Sometimes it’s really great to just take the time for yourself to explore and do things you’re passionate about. I encourage you to look around your city and see what adventures you can find!!