It's cold outside, the snow seem to be stuck to our yard (hopefully, not for long). But it did not stop Anna and me from going to another little community theater this past weekend. Theater is on my mind lately. I just can't help it. I want to see them all. This time, we went to the Lakewood Playhouse which is about half an hour from our home, to watch Little Women - an American classic, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.
You, my North American readers and friends, are most probably familiar with the author and the novel, but I was not, and I did not know how Anna would take the story about "the olden days". (She is an avid reader, but she has a very specific taste in books.) But we both really liked it. Strong directing, some real good, passionate acting, touching well developed characters, good sense of humor and kind, compassionate outlook on life. All these together made it a perfect choice for a growing girl to see. And what about me? Well let's just say that I was reminded again that I need to bring a box of Kleenex with me when I go to performances. It really doesn't suit a grown, not so little woman to wipe tears with her sleeves.
I wanted to say that it was the first drama we've seen in the US (I loved visiting the Krasnoyarsk Drama Theater when I lived there), but Anna corrected me. Yes, Justin and I saw a wonderful Shakespeare's play last Summer in the park (Twelfth Night), and Anna was invited by her friend to see A Midsummer Night's Dream, coincidentally another Shakespeare's play, and I forgot all about it. Phew, we are not complete dinosaurs then!
It was perfect sweater weather (or stay at home weather, whichever suits your fancy), and for a little fanciness, since we're talking live theater here, I picked this sweater dress. It's by Chico's, and I bought it on clearance last year, for probably $30 or so. It was one of my very first dresses after a long practically dressless period, and I remember feeling naked when I tried it on. Of course the color is almost nude, so that might had something to do with it too. I remember feeling uncomfortable showing my knees, so I wore it only once about a year ago (look at the industrial photos of it HERE). Now I feel very comfortable wearing it. My knees did not change, but my attitude did. Wearing dresses on a regular basis helps. Blogging about it helps. If you, like me, got in the habit of wearing mostly jeans and pants, by all means, try a few dresses, they are such a wonderful invention (one of the perks of being a girl, really).
So what do you think about this color? Too blah? I probably wouldn't wear it head to toe, but in combination with some bright colors I think it's great.
I also wore my favorite clip-on earrings (so that is their proper name! I am always tempted to call them "clips" because it's so much shorter and it's exactly what we call them in Russian, so forgive my occasional slip of the tongue). I put them on the "wrong" ears this time, thinking that they actually sit much firmer on my ears this way. So it probably was the right way to wear them. On the wrong ears. But I think they actually work both ways (compare the two photos below).
Now on to Anna's outfit!
She also put her cozy on, and concentrated on her hair embellishment. I thought she did such a great job (and I noticed girls noticing her in the theater).
Can you believe how fast my little one grows? I still can't.
And for additional coziness, she picked this Old Navy pea coat a couple of weeks ago (her old coats suddenly got 3/4 sleeves this year, if you get my meaning - not so good for cold winter). Here, I photographed her back then - the leaves were still on branches, now they just clatter and clack in the wind... OK, that was probably a bit overly dramatic for describing winter in Seattle. But still. Brr.
Dress - Chico's (last year, clearance)
Ruana - thrifted
Boots - Born
Clutch - Cole Haan
Vintage clip-on earrings (can we please start calling them clips?)
Sweater, pea coat, jeans - Old Navy (sale)
Hat - gift from grandparents
Scarf - gift