Christmas in Clothes


So, The Nutcracker? Yeah. Call me an uneducated ditzy fool, but ??? I guess I was completely oblivious to the fact that ballets have NO TALKING in them!!!

“Hi. I’m Jenni. I can’t sit through two hours of nobody talking.”

I am a three year old.

This is payback for all of those times my children would not stop talking and we would play the “silent game.”

Those ballerinas were all, “Silent game this!”

Only without actually saying that.

Okay. Okay. It wasn’t completely silent. There was a live orchestra which was fabulous. I love an orchestra. I took my son down to the pit to watch them set up. That was my favorite part. And his, too.

I have taken my children to musicals all of their lives. I guess I just was not prepared for the ballet. This is odd, because my mother has been dancing since she was a child. Pointe and everything. Heck, I even took consistent classes for eight years (don’t look so shocked). My mother has since moved on to hip hop, but ballet has always been a part of my life. Of course, I had not gone to see it since I was a little girl.

There were parts of it that were incredible. So gorgeous and pretty. Truly breathtaking. It is amazing what some talented people can do with their bodies.

But in the future I will know.

I am too immature to go.


And yes, I am a total fraud in my ballerina dress (also worn here).

Silently sobbing.


This was what I was going to wear to the ballet.


I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that almost every single person was dressed up for the ballet. This is such a big difference from going to a play on Broadway, where only half of the people are in evening attire. This was my other favorite thing about the ballet. The ambience and the outfits.

Only I did not wear this to the ballet.

I wore this on Christmas Eve to host my family. Except, I was cooking all day, and I forgot to take my apron off until after dinner! So, apron + boots = disheveled crazy. Kind of like this post.

The skirt is my Emeline Skirt formerly worn here. And the top is my Peony Applique Pullover, previously worn here.


Let’s sidestep chasse’ away from the hot topic of ballet and move into a topic I am much more comfortable with.


And dressing like them.


I do not know why, but this outfit does remind me a bit of the little fellows. Perhaps it is the cheerful colors. Perhaps it is because I am surrounded by gnomes. Perhaps it is because I had just seen The Nutcracker the night before and I was delirious.

I paired my Anthropologie Threaded Tides Dress (purchased for $10) with my red cardigan from many years ago. I remember I first bought this cardigan, because it was called Guinevere and that is one of my favorite names in the world. It is like “Jennifer” (derived from Guinevere) only more pleasant to say in a lilting way.


The belt is a recent clearance purchase from Anthropologie called Layered Corset Belt. The boots are vintage from the flea market. The white sweater tights are from Nordstrom Rack. The earrings are from Modcloth.

What did you wear this week? Have you ever played the silent game? Are you “winning?”*

* Winning this game does not result from one being silent. Winning this game occurs the moment you convince someone else to actually play the game.

Tip: Don’t ever play against a ballerina.

* I shared this on The Pleated Poppy!

Random Outfits

Random outfits seem to be a common theme around here. The week of these pictures (about two weeks ago), I wore a dress covered in ballerinas, a dress belonging in a circus, and a cold weather outfit.



I had purchased this ballerina dress many months ago at full price. I had returned it almost immediately, because I was disappointed in the fit. It is from Anthropologie and called Bourgeois dress. It is showing sold out, but the sizing is way off. I imagine this dress will be able to be found when people realize this. I was about ten pounds heavier the first time I purchased this dress. I bought the large and could not get it to fit. Which is ridiculous. But it finally went down to almost 75% off and I knew I would regret it if I did not try it again. I repurchased the large, and low and behold, it fit perfectly! I am now a size 8. I think this dress runs very small.

I am wearing it exactly as the model. Okay, let me rephrase that. Not exactly like the model. I just paired the same pieces of the outfit shown together. The tights are from Anthropologie. They were originally $38 and I paid $10. The boots were also a sale find. I am really proud of this “clearance” outfit.


When I first started the week, it was cold in California. I cold not wait to get some more use out of my mustard Pilcro pants. (Which, admittedly are a little big. But I could not resist their fabulous price and comfort factor. I should have tucked them deeper into my boots. I apologize for the puddles of fabric). I paired it with an Anthropologie sweater that I purchased on sale for $37. The tank top was also a sale find at $15.



I love this outfit! I definitely feel like I could be shouting, “Come one! Come all!”

This dress is from Modcloth. It is called Anything Rows Dress. I love the fit and flare. The length is perfect. I wear a size 8 US and purchased the 12 UK. The sandals are from Anthropologie, last year. They were Tracy Reese Corchorus wedges.

I am wearing it with a PomPom necklace I purchased back in November. It is from Chelsie on Etsy.

I have found many ways to wear this necklace in the last few months. It also acts as a fun hidden Mickey.

In these photos, I represented a ballerina, a bundled up girl and a ringmaster. What have been your random outfits you have worn recently?

Have a great day!