Prints Charming

Last weekend the husband and I went to the Pennsylvania Ballet Fall Gala. This year, like many years past, it was held at the Union League in Philadelphia.

The theme of the gala was a black and white masquerade in reference to the first ballet of the season, Romeo and Juliet. A bit heavy handed in the theme department? Perhaps. (Like you do not recall watching Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, particularly the scene where under the influence of what I understand to be molly, Leo spots Claire at the costume rager thrown by Capulet.)

I happened to have the perfect Parker black and white printed dress since last year when I stalked it to the point of markdown and mentally earmarked it for this event. It just so happens that the dress perfectly fit the theme. I bought the steampunk masks from Beyond Masquerade.

Funny story: the husband had a bit of an issue tying his bow tie. To the point that we had to Lyft to our local Brooks Brothers prior to going to the event venue. As we were in our Lyft in Center City, I got a text from one of our friends who was also attending the gala, that he had to stop at a department store on the way for a set of cuff links. Apparently his were all packed up, as he is in the midst of moving.

Ironically, he is a pro at the bow tie and my husband has cuff links to spare. Men.

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On Pointe

The husband and I had a date night last Saturday night. We are members of the Pennsylvania Ballet and their season opener was Sleeping Beauty. After the ballet, we went for dinner and drinks at Butcher and Singer.

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I attended a high school where traditionally the females to wear full length gowns for Homecoming and Prom. I (as well as my little sister) experienced copious stress in the months before these social events when it came to finding a dress long enough. (Fact: I still have all of the dresses.)

A few years ago, I was searching for a dress for a friend’s summer wedding. I happened to see a full length Parker gown in a Cusp and decided to try it on. While the dress was a bit too formal for a vineyard wedding, I took note that it was long enough. Weeks later and after the wedding, you can bet that I tracked that dress down and bought it.

But that is not the dress I wore to the ballet. I found another Parker dress that was long enough, given I wear a low heel. Then I purchased that same style in two other colorways: black and white print and a black / gold. Ladies, if you top 5′-11″, your closet needs this dress. Thank me later.

dress (alternate colorway) // dress (alternate colorway) // dress (alternate colorway) // dress (alternate colorway) // heels (old, Loeffler Randall) // clutch // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // pearl cuff // green stone cuff // pearl earrings