I just adore the ballet. If you ask me, there are few things more enchanting than the sound of an orchestra tuning, the lights dimming in a grand old theatre, and the red velvet curtains raising to reveal a line of ballerinas pirouetting in their tutus like the most graceful creatures alive. As a girl, I used to dream of growing up to be a ballerina for the Royal Ballet. Alas, my ballet years came to an end at 16, but spending an evening at the ballet is still one of my favourite things to do in London.
After I posted a picture from The Nutcracker at Christmas, I bonded with Roberta Marquez (my favourite principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet) on Instagram over our love for… well, all the same things. A few weeks ago, she very sweetly invited me to come and see her perform in Giselle, one of the great romantic ballets.
Before the performance, Charlotte (my date for the evening) and I were lucky enough to have our very own tour behind the scenes of the Royal Opera House with Roberta. Entering the stage door and being able to see the ballerinas dancing around the rehearsal room, the company’s spectacular costumes and props, the makeup artists at work and best of all, Roberta’s private dressing room (complete with film star lights around the mirror and an entire wall of ballet slippers) was such an honour.
The performance itself was breathtaking, and Roberta dances so beautifully that it is hard not to fall in love with her just a little bit. As she twirled across the stage in that majestic theatre, it was like watching a dream come true.
Thank you, Roberta, for one of the most wonderful evenings of my life!
Love, Miss B xx
Friends who send surprise packages and confetti in the mail. Feeling giddy at the arrival of Spring. Daylight savings = hello long, golden evenings. Bunches of pink hyacinths and heavenly-scented white narcissi from the market. Filling every available surface in my house with spring flowers. Pastel manicures (specifically this shade of powder blue by Deborah Lippmann) + bright pink lipstick. Diptyque candles that smell like spring. Wearing lolly pink Prada heels to the office (just because). The joy of packing away the winter coats. Spring cleaning my entire place. Blue skies and bike rides.
Cambridge weekend rituals: brunch, bookshops and shopping at the farmer’s market. Gossip + red velvet cupcakes with my girlfriends. Playing tourist in Cambridge with Nicolette and Ali. Weekend walks through the colleges. The banks of the River Cam awash with a sea of sunshine yellow daffodils. Wearing this glittery Lulu Guinness clutch with everything. Jazz + bespoke apricot martinis at my favourite secret Cambridge speakeasy. Getting all dressed up for grand college dinners with the Clever Boyfriend. Ball skirts and shoes that make my feet look like presents.
Wandering the cherry blossom-lined pastel streets of Notting Hill. Ottolenghi desserts for lunch and treasure-hunting vintage jewels and tea sets on Portobello Road with Nicolette. Decadent dinner dates with my favourite girls. Pear bellinis and lobster everything at Bob Bob Ricard. Press for champagne! Lunchtime walks around Westminster in the sunshine. Much-needed primping at my favourite hair salon (that feels more like going to a fancy tea party). Rose petal macarons from Laduree. A rainbow of Manolo princess shoes at Liberty (that I can’t stop thinking about). Planning spring adventures to new European cities.
I hope you all had a wonderful March!
Love, Miss B xx
Chasing away the winter blues with an abundance of roses and small pleasures. Jo Malone Red Roses perfume on grey days. Pink boxes filled with new Agent Provocateur loveliness. The most delicious truffles from Charbonnel et Walker‘s charming little Mayfair boutique (available in the US here). Playing in the last of the autumn leaves in Cambridge college gardens. Hot chocolate dates at tiny cafes. Fuelling my RED Valentino addiction with this dress that makes me want to twirl. Nighttime walks beneath the twinkling Christmas lights of Mayfair. Window-shopping after dark + dreaming of a wardrobe full of Miu Miu heels. Afternoon tea at Laduree with my girl Aimee.
Decking the halls for the holidays + filling my home with festive sparkle. My new Louboutin heels that look like presents for my feet. Pink champagne and cocktail hour by the tree. The sounds of the Rat Pack Christmas album. Kate Spade cocktail rings + J. Crew crystal earrings. Curling up with tea and Gatsby on rainy evenings. Fairy lights + golden owl candles from Anthropologie. Wrapping presents. Wearing these sequinned heels to holiday parties. A shiny new bow purse from Kate Spade. Gingerbread men. Christmas movie marathons.
London all dressed up for the season. Festive sparkle and department store Christmas windows on Oxford Street. Sale shopping at Selfridges. Mulberry’s fairy tale pop-up at Harrods. Wandering through Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery after work. An evening at The Nutcracker (my favourite annual Christmas tradition). Old London glamour and the best lobster rolls in town at The Delaunay. Stella McCartney‘s Christmas lights (and this pink silk dress of dreams). Cristmas loveliness with family. Wintery walks around Mayfair. The glow of The Ritz at sundown.
I hope you all had a wonderful end to 2013!
Love, Miss B xx
Playing tourist in on the pastel streets in New Orleans. Flying back to New York and seeing an autumnal East Coast stretched out beneath me. Strolling the leafy streets of the Upper East Side. Afternoon walks in Central Park. Roasted chestnuts and rowing on the lake. Dreaming of a townhouse near the Park. Rainbows of roses on every corner. Pretending to be Eloise at the Plaza Hotel. Rainy days at the Met with Monet, Van Gough and Renoir. Dessert dates with new friends at Sant Ambroeus. Hanging with Katie Armour (the ultimate Matchbook girl) and Alfred the Pug in her UES apartment. Shopping on Madison Avenue (and buying half of J. Crew and Kate Spade). Brunch at Maison Kayser with Carly and Mackenzie.
Weekend treasure-hunting at the Brooklyn Flea Market with my BFF Nicolette. Sunday Lunch at the Wythe Hotel and lanes at Brooklyn Bowl. East River ferry rides. S’mores, grilled cheese and spiced chai at Smorgasburg. Autumnal walks around Nicolette’s beautiful Williamsburg neighbourhood. Rides on the carousel at Dumbo. Hot apple cider. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Chinatown dim sum and karaoke. Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre. Passing through Grand Central. Girl talk with Grace and Katie. A trip to the Coach archives and lunch with Keiko and Eliot at Rosemary’s. Shake Shack beneath the twinkling lights of Madison Garden. The Flatiron Building and all of New York’s beautiful architechture. The city all dressed up for the holidays. Teary farewells.
Back to England. Cosy weekends with my family in London. Longs walks through Chiswick Park. Jumping in autumn leaves. Pit stops at the Chanel beauty boutique in Covent Garden. Patent Miu Miu flats perfect for the office and brunch and walks in the park and everything in between. Burning this Diptyque Noisetier (hazlenut tree) candle every evening. Wearing vintage jewels from New Orleans. Talking about Christmas in the December issue of Red Magazine. Glittery nail polish. Hot chocolate at charming Cambridge cafes. Afternoons at the V&A. Buying myself big bunches of roses at the end of a long week. Feeling festive.
I hope you all had a wonderful month!
Love, Miss B xx