Dress Rehearsal Magic

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Dressed for a bit of Dress Rehearsal magic at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  A new production of Bizet’s Carmen will be making its debut this weekend.  I attended the Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday with my mother.   It was magical.  The music, singing, scenery, and Lyric’s very own ballet troupe made this an unforgettable performance.  The Children’s Choir was also magnificent.   The choreography was spectacular and lifted this production to another level of enchantment. I have seen many productions of Carmen during my lifetime and this is one for the memory books!

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I am still in my cast, but have decided to crop the pictures and/or hide it behind the other leg in my photos as I am so tired of looking at it.   Besides the tedious and well hidden cast, I am wearing a navy blue column composed of navy blue straight leg pants and a navy blue layering tee.  Over these pieces,  I  layered a  gold asymmetrical tunic.   A blue faux fur wrap from Chicos finishes off the look (this wrap is currently on sale at a real-steal price of 29.99 marked down from 149.00).  I tilted the faux fur wrap to keep it in line with the asymmetrical line of the gold tunic and then secured it with a brooch.

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To accessorize this outfit I chose gold and blue pieces that worked with the colors of the outfit’s column.  A gold metal necklace with blue stones suspended from irregular oval-like links pick up the colors of the outfit and its asymmetrical feature.  The necklace was found years ago on sale at a clearance site such as Rue La La or Gilt.  I am not sure which as it was about 7 years ago when I purchased the necklace.  The brooch was an incentive gift from Neiman Marcus. After attending the annual Fall Fashion Show I purchased an outfit.  If you spent a certain amount ( I believe it was 300.00 USD) a free gift was offered.  At Neiman Marcus it does not take much to hit a 300.00 price point.  The brooch is very lovely and I do wear it frequently.

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The Opera Bracelet that I have featured on my right wrist was a gift from my mother. This bracelet tells the story of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute.  Each bead and each charm corresponds  to an event, aria, or character in the opera. My mother and I attended the Dress Rehearsal for the Magic Flute early last December and greatly enjoyed it.  My mother wanted to add another level of beauty to an already memorable experience by gifting the Magic Flute opera bracelet as a sparkling, charmed remembrance of the time we shared.

On the other wrist, I have a collection of gold tone metal bracelets and bangles.  A tassel bracelet designed by Rachel Zoe, a vintage gold tone snake wrap bracelet, and a gold pyramid bracelet.  All of these pieces I wore to Carmen… my Carmen opera bracelet will be here for Valentine’s Day.

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img_9110My mother presented the bracelet to me in a Lyric Opera tin. These tins were created during one of the milestone anniversary dates of the opera company, but I do not remember which one.  My late father, the Principal Percussionist for Lyric Opera (43 years), came home with several of these.  We treasure them as well as the other gifts that were collected along the way.  I do not know where my mother found the china jester doll, but he was sitting on top of the tin box and served as an overture to what I was to discover inside of it….my Magic Flute opera bracelet!

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