The Dream Behind the Nutcracker Suite


Skirt: Kate Spade.  Shirt: Milly.  Blazer: Vintage.  Shoes: Ferragamo. Tights: J. Crew. Bag: Kate Spade (Similar). Bracelets: Kiel James Patrick. Tory Burch–.
Belt: Raina c/o  Tuckernuck

There is always a hint of magic in the air whenever it snows. This week New England had its’ first snow fall. It was fitting for my trip to Boston on Thursday where I received a sneak peek of the Boston Ballet’s new costumes for Mikko Nissinens’ production of The Nutcracker. I was very excited to get an invite as The Nutcracker is one of my favorite shows to attend around the holidays.

Boston Ballet last introduced new costumes for The Nutcracker seventeen years ago. The latest designs are the vision of award-winning Robert Perdziola. Not only did I get to see the new costumes up close, but I also received a tour of the costume shop where talented craftsmen were at work setting thousands of Swarvoski crystals to Tutu’s, and stitching together the accoutrements of Clara’s fantasy. It was an amazing experience made complete by the privilege of sitting in on a rehearsal of the second act of the play. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to begin the holiday season.

The Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker will run from November 23 – December 30th. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at



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  1. Jordan Skiles on November 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Beautiful photos! Those costumes are amazing!!

    Have a great weekend!!

    xo, Jordan

  2. Kristina on November 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Every skirt in this post is beautiful! How fitting as adult tutus are now going casual on the streets. Nice to see them in their original meaning!

  3. Natali on November 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Oh wow!! Gorgeous photos, very surreal 🙂 You look great too, I like your blazer and bag!

  4. anoddgirl on November 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    wow beautiful costumes!
    lovely outfit and photos

  5. The Cardinal Planner on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    As a ballerina, The Nutcracker is one of my absolute favorites performances! It also happens to be the ballet that inspired my mom to enroll me in ballet lessons as a child so I have a soft spot for it. I saw it at the SF Ballet two years ago and loved it; would love to see it at the Boston Ballet one day as well. Thanks for the sneak peek of the new costumes! They're beautiful. I'm also a fan of your vintage blazer 🙂


  6. Katharina on November 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    what a wonderful, colorful post! i loooove the nutcracker, it´s like a dream!

  7. SHOP STYLE CONQUER on November 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

    love love love your outfit! and these photos are awesome!


    ♥ Ellen

  8. Countess Claire on November 10, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Wonderful costumes!

  9. Nathalie Van den Berg on November 10, 2012 at 1:55 am

    you look so good!

  10. sharon lei on November 10, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Wow. Those costumes are freakin' amazing!! The details are incredible. You look great too, hun! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    xx Love & Aloha

  11. Alyona Leonova on November 10, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Love your style!! And your blog is just amazing!!

  12. Lace And Tulle on November 10, 2012 at 4:59 am

    wow!! beautiful post!!!

  13. Kelsey Elizabeth on November 10, 2012 at 5:03 am

    What a magnificent opportunity. My little sister is a ballerina in training and might squeal when I show her these photos!
    You look lovely as always!
    Time Stand Still

  14. Brittany PC on November 10, 2012 at 6:08 am

    That is such a neat opportunity! The costumes are simply stunning.

  15. Christina on November 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

    The Nutcracker is my favorite ballet! I used to have a VHS copy of the Oksana Baiul Nutcracker Special. The costumes are amazing!

  16. Martina on November 10, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I love this ballet, must have been such a cool and exciting experience! Go you! x

  17. Ashley on November 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

    That Nutcracker! I would have run away with him!

  18. Kate Uhry on November 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

    What a fantastic post, thank you for giving us a behind the scenes tour. I grew up in Manhattan and each year my mother would take us to the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. I cherish those moments. Gorgeous.

  19. diane @ a spot of whimsy on November 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    oh my goodness, i am so in love with this post. the detail of the costumes you guys were able to capture leaves me swoony. i live in chicago and spend a lot of my free time volunteering with the Joffrey Ballet's Young Professionals Board, so dance and ballet (and the Nutcracker!) are very dear to me. I've only had the opportunity to see the Joffrey's costume department once, and it was so special. Thanks for sharing the Boston Ballet's, I can never get enough of gorgeous ballet costumes!

  20. Kiwi Fashion Blog on November 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

    These pictures are amazing! The costumes look beautiful and I love how you show us all the details close up! You can really appreciate the hard work on the sewers!

  21. Mary Ann on November 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

    What gorgeous costumes! I love that you posted this, Sarah. I auditioned for the Boston Ballet years ago, but didn't make it. I did live in Boston for a year, though. I love the detail shots as I am currently sewing costumes for a holiday show for the dance company I'm in. Thanks so much for posting these! 😉

  22. Grace on November 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Beyond beautiful photos! I love your skirt!

  23. Erin on November 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    You look festive but so chic! I love the print and the green blazer. Looks like an awesome trip.


  24. Classic Loving on November 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Ah! This brings me back to my grade school years- I danced with Boston Ballet when I was younger, and was in the Nutcracker as well. I miss it dearly.

  25. Hanny on November 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    You are so lucky to have seen all the costumes for the Nutcraker. Your outfit (especially the skirt) is so cute and goes well with the nutcracker.


  26. Adeola Naomi on November 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful pictures, amazing costumes and wonderful outfit you are also wearing!
    I like your skirt and blazer!

  27. Kathleen Lisson on November 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I adore that you are promoting the arts in this post!

  28. Modoholics on November 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Great blog!
    xxx Anaïs xxx

  29. Grace on November 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    What fun pictures! I can't get enough of your gorgeous green blazer!!


  30. Sam on November 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Loved this post and so jealous you got to do this! I miss tying on my pointe shoes…

  31. Anonymous on November 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Oh what an amazing experience, I love the nutcracker!

  32. Mere & the Mister on November 12, 2012 at 4:24 am

    You always have the most stunning outfits, and great hair!

  33. KimChicSisters on November 12, 2012 at 5:28 am

  34. Laura @ Chaotic Domestic on November 12, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Gorgeous photos. So good to see behind the scenes!

  35. Jess | the Jess Journals on November 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

    SO gorgeous!! I'm hoping to catch the New York City Ballet's Nutcracker this year 🙂

  36. Josefine Ploen Hultén on November 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

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  38. JennyScribbles on November 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    gorgeous costumes! so sparkly, thanks for the behind the scene look


  39. Anonymous on November 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    wow those costumes are AMAZING! such great detailing !

    XO Sahra

  40. Shannon Willardson on November 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I'm loving everything about that Kate Spade skirt right there!

  41. Alaina on November 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    You are so lucky! The Boston Ballet is my favorite, and I'm so excited to see their new costumes and sets this year!
    How were you able to view a dress rehearsal? Are you a Young Partner?

  42. ChicStreetChoc Eriel on November 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Very cute post!love this!
    that's amazing!Love your sense of style!!

  43. city on December 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    thanks for sharing.

  44. Jerseystitch on June 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    You are so amazingly pretty and sexy! And you look awesome in pantyhose! Gorgeous!

  45. Anonymous on February 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Really Beautiful thanks for share its interesting
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