Monday, 11 February 2013

I felt like a princess :)

OMG!! I like literally have the best husband on the entire planet. Every single one of my sad little dreams he seems to make come true. Getting my name changed (My old name was not name it's a 14-tonne fucking title), having black square plates (don't ask me why), having a lifesize cut out of Miranda Hart in my kitchen... I'm serious. And ever since I was a little girl I wanted to go to the Ballet but I never told anyone because I was a little tomboy. I was the little girl in the class that spent her playtime having spitting contests with the boys and kicking ass. I wore cricket jumpers, t-shirts, boys shoes and jeans pretty much all the time - it took my Maa everything she had to get me into dresses. It wasn't until I was much older I became girly and like I said before it's only been a little while that I have even looked like a girl, much to my husbands benefit - 12-year old choir boy is not a good look... Wait that sounds really bad... Especially with all the pedo shit going around anyway... urgh... If I have offended anyone - SORRY! 

So yeah getting back to the topic: I have always wanted to go to the Ballet and one late night whilst on the phone to my husband in the many months that we spent 237 miles apart I told him this and the first chance he got he booked us tickets to see the Nutcracker and the Northern Ballet in Leeds.

Now, my husband is a 'mans man' if you will - masculine, strong, well-mannered, polite, stern, confident, persuasive, honest, he rarely ever swears, he admits error or fault, has big character and is very heterosexual (but will act a little camp to make me laugh) and Ballet is not his thing at all, he thinks it's pretentious, camp and weird  but just to see the smile on my face he was more than happy to take me to the Ballet.

Okay, sorry my thoughts are all over the place and I am not really making any sense, it's just I'm so excited! 

I will start from the beginning of our day...

We got up and even though we are Muslim we do absolutely love Christmas and we decided it would be cute to decorate the home a little - nothing crazy, just fairy lights and a little tinsel plus a few pink leaf things as makeshift mistletoe because I'm probably allergic to it (I'm allergic to everything) since the kids aren't coming and me and the hubby are a little miserable about it. 

So we went out and when we got back we did the house up and this is what it looked like:

Our wedding photos.

I made those snowflakes :B

This is Boxy and Coney :)

This is the lifesize cut out of Miranda I have.

This is a pole in my living room... It was boring so I put tinsel on it.

Again my snowfalkes and ESSSSHPEAKER with a tinsel bow...Buble was playing :(

TV... n/m to say...

Super cute pic my husband took of the skyline :)

My makeshift mistletoe... thats another wedding collage canvas.

Okay so by then it was about 6-ish and I thought it was a good idea to maybe start getting ready for the ballet... It took a while but here is the finished result...

I curled my hair using this Youtube tutorial for no-heat curls... Here's the link - it's such a good trick, my hair as you can see is long and curler/curling tongs seem to come loose so quick unless I use an entire can of hairspray and my hair HATES hairspray. Maybelline lipstick which I kiss-proofed (I'll tell you how if you're good!), my eyeliner was as natural as I could get it - I have massive eyes so makeup makes me look like some sort of Looney Tunes reject. My dress an M Butteryfly from a few seasons back - I love an excuse to wear a dress or dress up :) White jeans and a grey cardi with my black heels :) Simple and cute. I felt like a little princess.

So then we were off to the Ballet... It was a little rainy and I am not good at walking in 6-inch heels whilst it's raining, I'm not very good at it anyway. So all the way there I am smiling like an idiot and then we got to the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House... From the outside it's very unassuming and then you walk in and there is this very beautiful staircase, each stair is covered in this thick red plush carpet that is heaven if you are in heels ;) The Leeds Grand Theatre was built in 1878 - this year it celebrated it's 134th birthday, it took 13 months to build and cost just over £60,000. George Corson was the architect in charge but tbh I think he had a little thing going on with his assistant James Robertson Watson because the assistant had a big influence on the design of the building (or maybe he just was taking advantage of the fact that Watson had worked on multiple theatres and churches around Europe). I like the first one. It's a grade 2 listed building. We got into our seats in the (I think) Dress circle and settled down. The theatre has an approximate capacity of 1,500 and that night it was packed out and a little toasty to say to least...

Here is the view we had from our perfect seats:

The ceiling!!!
 You can't see it clearly but it is so damned detailed! It's just so beautiful! The chandelier is drop dead gorgeous! It's actually removable and lower-able (beautiful AND practical - my kinda chandelier), it was taken down for the Phantom of the Opera production as they wanted to use their own (WHY?!) and it was transported all the way to Birmingham and stowed there! The Chandelier is lowered down for cleaning and for that you can actually get into the ceiling - cool, right?

The staging was immense.

Okay... This isn't finished yet but hey! When it's done I'll edit it.

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