I have waited 7 years for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” to go on tour and come to a theatre near me. Well, this past week that waiting was over!
Due to some interesting circumstances, I was able to attend opening night at the Pantages in Los Angeles. Oh boy. Now, I’ve seen the filmed production they released in Australia, and I’ve obsessively trolled the internets for photos of the tour that is out in North America, so I had a REALLY good idea of which dress to pull out of my closet for this event! Please excuse the photo quality, I often forget about photos when I’m at the theatre, I’m so excited about the production and caught up in the whirlwind that is opening night!
My dress is Eliza J, I picked it up at Nordstrom Rack last year sometime. Of course my shoes are my favorite Christian Louboutin simples that I strassed in 4 different shades of silver & grey crystals.
The Pantages is the perfect setting for this production:
The show plays in LA through the 22, then dances on down to Orange County to the Segerstrom Center (Which I know, because I have tickets for the 28th to see it there.), then leaves Southern California. If you are a Phantom of the Opera fan, go see this one! The costumes and the sets are BRILLIANT.
I know the critics have been not kind. Ignore them. The music is haunting and the power ballad, “Love Never Dies” is INCREDIBLE. The costumes are works of art, you can even see the detail from the “cheap seats”, which I know is not an easy task. The way the set ebbs and flows, you feel like you are in a working production part of the time. I loved it. I felt transported to the early 1900’s, Coney Island, and it was done very tastefully. It’s a unique show, but comes together beautifully.
Do you have a love of theatre? I do! What’s your favorite show? Mine will always be Phantom of the Opera, however I enjoy every show I’ve been privileged to attend!
So, I know I’ve been pretty adamant about the fact that I am not shopping much this year, especially from Kate Spade directly after the debacle last year. But I HAVE still shopped some.
Then last week I received an email that changed the course of my entire existence on this earth.
Barbie did a collaboration with Unique Vintage. Iconic outfits from some of my FAVORITE vintage Barbie dolls would be available in MY SIZE. What, WHAT?! My head was spinning.
I hopped online to browse the website, and I fell in LOVE. Luckily my husband ended up working this past weekend and instead of him coming home, we packed up and headed to LA to spend a long weekend. So you bet my Friday plans were a trip to Burbank and the Unique Vintage store. Oh. My. Goodness. Suburban Shopper, BBQ Barbie, After Five?! YES Please!!
I also picked up two other adorable gems, a Paris-themed dress and a cat skirt (because I am ultimately the crazy cat lady!). The prices are very reasonable, everything I purchased has pockets, and did I mention, I CAN DRESS LIKE BARBIE?!
The collection is available online Barbie x Unique Vintage , or in person at the storefront in Burbank, CA. The selection in store is not as large, but if you live in La, it’s worth a trip over there! Plus right down the street is It’s a Wrap, my favorite spot to find iconic looks from the big screen that I can take home! Like this HUGE HAT:
I forgot to check the tags before I tossed them to share what show/movie this was featured on, but I know I intend to use it for my very own Barbie look, it’s a perfect compliment to the Suburban Shopper dress! Also, see the detail on the zipper pull:
My adult life is complete! Prices range from $28-$210 for the clothing items and accessories start at $14. They even have classic Barbie shoes!
Excuse me while I go drool some more over my new pretty dresses and pack to go home and back to reality in the morning!
Until next time,
I know, we are nearly halfway through the month of March. It seems like 2018 is going to fly by faster than any previous year! I haven’t been posting as much, as I am at a bit of a crossroads. I’m not buying new Kate Spade (or rather direct from Kate Spade the company), due to the incident last year, but I don’t really want to change my blog name, or anything else online. I have stayed true to myself all the years I have been blogging, staying away from sponsorships that make ZERO sense, and hosting bizarre ads. I’ve never blogged to the stuff or money, but for the joy of sharing my style and mundane life with others! So, think may change a bit as time goes by, but I don’t see many of them. Just fewer new purchases and more Disney trips!
Some recent outfits:
Arlowe is still ruling the house (but is not allowed in the kitchen, which he lets us know is NOT OKAY)
I went to an Oscars party, and dragged a friend this year….
And we met Black Panther at Disney’s California Adventure Park!
Yeah, that’s the photo right there….utterly absurd and ridiculous looking! #nailedit
Until next time,
I know for many February brings Valentine’s Day, and if you are single it may make you sad. Personally I don’t put too much stock in it, other than it being a reason to send my girlfriends ridiculous cards, wear pink and red with wild abandon and embrace the glitter everywhere! My husband and I don’t go overboard, usually it’s a card and I cook dinner. Terribly boring!
Some recent outfits….as I’ve not even been keeping up on Instagram, we leave in 4 days for Walt Disney World and going with 4 kids and 2 parents is vastly different than going solo and meeting girlfriends! I hate packing lists, but I’m using one for this trip!
Obviously it’s a very mild “winter” out here in California, sandals and light cardigans have really been all I’ve needed lately. I drool over the beautiful coats I see on social media, but then remember cold hands and noses and am very grateful we live in California!
Very few recent acquisitions this year, I did pick up a few secondhand items, but I haven’t been moved to anything new. I posted last night on Instagram and Twitter about an awful experience I had with Kate Spade recently, and how sad I am so see their customer service decline in the way it has. I won’t recap it again, other than I have been contacted by the company. It makes me sad that one has to turn to social media instead of handling things quietly behind the scenes to garner a response to what was a frustrating and unnecessary situation. Alas, it is what it is. I will say I am trying to curb my consumerism, and perhaps this was what I needed to be more thoughtful about shopping.
Time will tell! I won’t be changing my blog name anytime soon, as my wardrobe is still full of Kate Spade. I may not use as many tags, and I probably won’t keep up with fashion week and new collections as much.
Expect many Disney photos in the near future!
Until next time,
Wait, it’s 2018?! WHAT?! December was so bananas for me, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ve seen some of my recent adventures. I started December at Disneyland, then hopped over to Disneyworld just before Christmas, Disneyland on Christmas Eve, and really haven’t sat still since! I’ll be back in Florida in less than a month, we decided to skip presents this year and take the kids on a trip instead. Planning for Disneyworld is interesting, but I am holding for a successful second trip.
Some photo recaps, although I’ve been very good so far in 2018, and haven’t purchased anything new. (I think I bought it all in 2017!)
Arlowe is still ruling the house:
I finished 2017 with one of the largest cakes I’ve ever made, complete with a gorgeous sugar cameo!
And then this last week I got to attend the opening night of Aladdin at the Pantages! Still swooning over the spectacular production!! Rajah of course had to attend!
I love random LA wanderers in photos! Adds to the essence of the city. My girlfriend took this, which was so fun:
If you can go see Aladdin? Go! The genie is amazing and the glitz and glitter is over the top fabulous! Visit the merchandise table, they have many things that you will NEED. I love the tote, a HUGE thanks to iHeart Radio for that bit of magic! Perfect for my travels this year!
How is it December? How did this happen? I’m not ready for it y’all! Although, I AM ready for 2017 to be over, as I hope 2018 brings better tidings for all!
December this year brought a special trip for me, at stay with girlfriends at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, along with celebrating special events AND sharing the chefs table experience with friends at the Napa Rose restaurant. Some photos….much amazing food, laughter and fun was had by all:
I recommend the Grand Californian sooo so so so so so much. Can I please move in?! Here’s my meal at Napa Rose (I have no idea what it all was, other than DELICIOUS. Huge shout out to Eric, for the most perfect wine pairings….not only perfect with my food, exactly my tastebuds. He is to wine what I am to deciphering brides! It’s magic!
If anyone ever invites you to dine at the Chef’s Counter at Napa Rose, go! I’m the worlds pickiest eater with some frustrating food allergies and I enjoyed every bite! It was absolute perfection. Already plotting my next seating there.
When at Disneyland!
I’ve posted a bit on Instagram, yes my family was affected by one of the fires in LA County this past week. Luckily our LA apartment came through unscathed and we are no longer under evacuation orders. We are blessed to have a second home, and I know so many others have lost everything. The winds out here have been utterly terrible! Praying they can contain everything and the weather will allow containment tomorrow.
Until next time,