Monday, 16 September 2013

if we shadows have offended..

dress: new look // shrug: miss selfridge
brooch: hungry designs
bag: primark // shoes: asos
On Saturday, I was up bright and early to head to Leeds for the day. Earlier this year, I was rather lucky to receive a ticket to the Northern Ballet's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. I do quite often have to schlep up to Leeds for meetings, but have never had the time to be able to have a proper explore.

I went to my first ballet last year and really enjoyed it, so Alex did rather well when choosing my second (thank you for the awesome birthday present!) In the end she couldn't make it, but I managed to have a rather lovely morning of exploring the city (and the shops) and stopping for a coffee break at the Corn Exchange.

I really liked this outfit before I left the house. Admittedly, it hadn't been what I was planning to wear (I rediscovered the dress by chance in the wardrobe and had to make some pre-6.30am alterations to it, which I'm sure my neighbours were thrilled about) but I thought it fitted in quite nicely with all of the pretty layers and textures which seem to be in the shops at the moment.
I couldn't be more disappointed with this brooch, I put it on for the first time on this jacket and before I'd even got to the car, one of the horns had fallen off it. Obviously not the wonderful quality I'd thought it was when I reviewed it. I also realised I'd underestimated how warm it would be when I chose the fur shrug, thus spending most of the day too warm.

After a coffee and book break, I dropped my shopping bags off at the car (I'll take some "haul" photos for another post) and headed back to the Playhouse. From my amazing front row seat I could see everything which was going on on the stage, and I loved every minute of it. The Northern Ballet company seem to focus on the telling of a story with their shows, and I loved the modern take on what is one of my favourite works of Shakespeare. The performance was split into three acts and I was sad when it was over.

Afterwards, Lisa and I had another little wander around the shops (the matinee performance meant we were out of the Playhouse by 4.30 which was a little too early for dinner, but we filled our time with a mission to find her the perfect onesie, followed by a lovely dinner at Art's Cafe Bar. I had artichoke gnocchi, which was frankly amazing. And pink grapefruit juice, which is one of my favourite things ever.

All in all, a long but totally fabulous day in Leeds, which is somewhere I'd love to spend more time in the future. What did your weekend consist of?


  1. Great post! I love all the photos! Your dress is so pretty.I was only once to the ballet when I was six( nutcracker) but I only made it half an hour in befor choking on a lifesaver and being toted back out by my Mom. Ha! Perhaps I should give it another go...

  2. Sounds like a good weekend. I've never been to a ballet but its something i want to try. I was also shopping in Leeds on Saturday and i know your pain. I thought it was quite cool but every single shop i went in was boiling!
    I now have a new blog and I'd love it if you would take a look
    Thank you xxx

  3. Mmmm I've only ever been to the Arts Cafe once but they do the most amazing sticky toffee pudding, it's life changing! Glad you had a good time in Leeds :)

  4. Aw that's sad! The dino pin was so cute!

  5. Wow, that outfit is sooo pretty! I'm so in love with the dress. I've been to my fair share of musicals at the theatre, but I've never been to a ballet. (It's on the bucket list, though). Bet it was amazing :)

  6. I love seeing pictures of your trips! That badge, coat combo is awesome. Shame about the brooch!

  7. That dress is so pretty.
    NB was the first ballet company I ever worked with; love what they do. We went to see Dracula ages ago and it was brilliant.
    Love Leeds too and the Corn Exchange; have 2 pairs of lovely ear-rings from there many moons ago.
    Z xx