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I don’t know what you have on the calendar for this weekend and next week, but we have some tree buying, cookie making and decorating on our list. What I’m most excited about, though, are our tickets to the ballet.
You might be taking in a performance of the Nutcracker wherever you are - I’ve never seen it done better than they do at the Bolshoi, but the Washington Ballet’s DC version with cherry blossoms and George Washington is pretty charming as well. Last year we went to see El Cascanueces danced by the Compañía Nacional de Danza del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes at the Auditorio Nacional here in Mexico City and really enjoyed it - I highly recommend it if you are in Mexico City with kids in December.
This year we decided to swap the Nutcracker for a performance of Amalia Hernandez’s Ballet Folklórico de México in Chapultepec Castle. We’ve seen the Ballet Folklórico at least five times and I never get sick of it. It is just as beautiful every time. But I’ve never seen it in the Castle, so I’m pretty excited to try something new.
Here are my two options for whatever ballet you may be going to this holiday season. You may be thinking, “hey! that doesn’t really look like a maternity outfit!” Well, I have found that most maternity clothes [with a few exceptions] are pretty ugly, expensive, and make you look bigger than you already are. So, I propose paring a nice pair of maternity ponte leggings with a tuxedo jacket - there is no reason you can’t wear a normal size if you leave it unbuttoned. Just make sure you have a maternity tank or tshirt underneath that is long enough to cover everything. I have been living in a few different pairs of these slippers from Zara and thought the velvet ones went particularly well with Le Smoking theme. The slimmer crowd can pair a sequined skirt with a peplum jacket [I can’t tell you how upset I am that I am too big around to take advantage of this peplum craze] and an amazing pair of bow tie pumps. Accessorize appropriately and you will be set for an after-theater champagne cocktail - or piece of cake!