The Nutcracker Suite

Nothing says “Christmas” to me like The Nutcracker. The music, the costumes, the enormous Christmas tree – the season comes alive for me the moment the orchestra plays the Petite Overture and the guests arrive for Clara and Fritz’s family’s annual Christmas party. From the Dance of the Snowflakes to the Waltz of the Flowers, the ballet’s magic permeates the theatre and ushers in the most wonderful time of the year.

I went to the Houston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker yesterday. My friends’ daughter, Claire, was a party child in the first scene. She was darling in her yellow dress and white petticoats – I am so glad she got to perform on stage with a world-class company.

This video of the Royal Ballet’s Waltz of the Flowers is gorgeous, but I must say I preferred yesterday’s performance!

This is a picture from Houston Ballet – the costumes were ethereal and captured the spirit of the waltz:

Waltz of the Flowers

Dancers: Aria Alekzander, Natalie Varnum, Artists of Houston Ballet. Ballet: The Nutcracker. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

What says “Christmas” to you? Is there something you just can’t live without during the holidays? Please share in the comments!

 

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday 2013 Sign

I have been a small business owner since 2010. As an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot, I am able to give my customers and hostesses a personal styling experience at a time and place that is convenient for them. I can work my business around my other activities – teaching, traveling, blogging, and spending time with friends and family. I absolutely love being my own boss and setting my own schedule, and nothing makes me happier than a customer who is delighted with her new jewelry and accessories!

Today I will be supporting one of my favorite small, local businesses, Marlo Miller Boutique. Marlo has the most fabulous collection of dresses, jackets, tops, and tunics in Houston, Texas. I have been shopping her boutique for about six months, and I love everything I’ve bought from her. She carefully curates each collection in her store, from my favorite tummy-control leggings to the cutest tops evah from a company called Ivy Jane, making each shopping experience unique. I have ascended to a whole new level of cuteness since I started shopping MMB!

I hope you will think about shopping small businesses today, whether in-person or online. Behind each small business is a person who loves what she does and enjoys providing exceptional service to her customers. When you shop a small business, you get personal service from someone who is an expert in his industry and who offers clients something they can’t get anywhere else – a relationship that goes beyond the purchase of a particular product or service.

If you would like to support my small business, please visit my personal Stella & Dot website here. We have an amazing Black Friday Sale going on through midnight tomorrow. I am grateful for each person who buys jewelry and accessories from me – you allow me to share my best self with the world, and that is truly what being a small business owner is all about.

Disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot. This post contains a link to my personal Stella & Dot website. I earn commission on orders placed on my website.

Ready, set, gift!

Looking for an easy, inexpensive gift idea? Buy 2 of these and get the 3rd at 50% off. Perfect for everyone on your gift list! Fill the poufs with other little items (kinda like a stocking stuffer) or a Starbucks/Target/Amazon gift card and wrap it up with a pretty bow. Or gift your besties with friendship bracelets…or both!

ReadySetGift stella & dot

Click here to shop, then navigate to GIFTS and select Stock up and save on gifts! You will thank me later! ;)

Here are some suggestions for what you can put in a pouf – so cute!

Pouf with goodies stella & dot

Disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. This post contains a link to my personal Stella & Dot website. I receive commission on orders placed on my website.

Day to night in a snap!

Here are three pieces you need to take your outfit from daytime chic to evening glam!

Click here for more gorgeous options.

Disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. This post contains a link to my personal Stella & Dot website. I earn commission on orders placed on my website.

Going, going, (almost) gone!

It may be November, but we’re thinking about spring at Stella & Dot. We are retiring some of our best-selling bracelets to make room for our Spring Collection 2014, which debuts in January. These beauties are low in stock and will soon be gone. Priced under $50, these bracelets would make great gifts. Everything ships directly to you within 3-5 business days in adorable boxes, ready for gifting!

Pyramid Wrap

Liberty Bracelet

Spirit BraceletPyramid Double Wrap Bracelet $44.25

Liberty Bracelet $36

Spirit Bracelet $29

Disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. This post contains links to my personal Stella & Dot website. I make commission on orders placed on my website.

InStyle Gift Guide 2013 features our Zora Crystal Necklace!

InStyle Magazine named Stella & Dot’s Zora Crystal Necklace a must-have piece this holiday season!

InStyle Must-Have Necklace - Zora Crystal Necklace

This statement maker of crystal stones is the ultimate way to sparkle this season and the perfect piece for all your holiday parties. Zora’s versatility may surprise you: she looks great with a chambray shirt and a cozy cable knit sweater in the daytime and a little black dress at night. Lightweight and easy to wear, Zora’s gold tones and crystals draw the eye up to the face, which is always flattering.

I wore it with one of my favorite camis and tops from CAbi:

Zora Necklace and CAbi top

I finished the look with our Nancy Studs. The CAbi cami and top were from the Spring 2013 season, so they are no longer available. You can get something similar here and here. To see the Zora Crystal Necklace on my website, click here.

Could you see yourself wearing a necklace like Zora? What would you wear it with – something casual for work or dressy for a holiday party? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. This post contains a link to my personal Stella & Dot website. I make commission on orders placed on my website.