Gala Night

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This weekend, as a birthday gift from my mother, I attended a performance of The Nutcracker.  During the day out at the ballet I wore a mixture of Acqua Di Parma, Colonia (because I needed a “backup fragrance”) and Bouton, Gala Night (Bouton 1928).  I was hoping to only wear Gala Night, but it sadly had deteriorated too far to be reconstituted properly.  However, I do think I might have gather a good vague impression of Gala Night.

Gala Night was a floral scent for certain.  Created by George Button, for his company Bouton in 1928 it was packaged cleverly in a miniature grandfather’s clock as you can see from my photos.

It was perhaps a soapy smell too – somewhat clean and proper.  And, I have a feeling there may have been a somewhat strong note of lavender in Gala Night.  There may have even been a slight hint of musk…  Gala Night might have been a tiny bit sweet too.


In any case, I couldn’t find much online about Gala Night by George Button, for Bouton, except for what is mentioned of it on Cleopatra’s Boudoir.  Apparently Bouton was located in New York City and they also created colognes, toilet waters, dusting powders, bath salts, talcum and soaps.  I plan to be on the watch for more Bouton items.  I hope to one day know what Gala Night smells like for certain.

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The troupe that performed The Nutcracker this weekend was the same one I saw as a teenager.  It was also performed in the same beautiful historic theater.

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Waiting for the ballet to begin…

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To be perfectly honest, with the exception of the live symphony orchestra (they were inspired), I think the production I saw years ago was a bit better.  I remember the audience being ecstatic during the entire performance – yelling, clapping wildly and standing with some frequency.  This year, while the adult dancers in The Nutcracker were stunning and very talented, of course, many of them seemed to lack a certain emotional pull.  It was the younger stars that really stole the show, in my opinion.  Many of them had such vibrancy and presence.

And then there was the audience. To our left was a family with a little girl who clearly dreamed of being a ballerina someday.  She was raising her hands during the performance in imitation of the ballerina’s on stage and made many exclamations of delight.  Her courteous mother was determined to be polite and frequently tried to contain her.  But, they were far from annoying or rude despite her mother’s seeming concern otherwise – they made the ballet better with the innocent and sincere display of genuine joy and delig

To be sure, the real pill was the lady sitting behind me who used the seating we paid for for her beverages (without asking, of course), and decided to unwrap what sounded like a million candy canes in slow motion…  I did that thing where you turn your head around and act appalled to try to get her to stop.  She didn’t.  She had 500,000 candy canes left to open after all…

But, anyway, it was actually pretty fabulous. I mean really.  It was.  I was incredibly happy to be there. Every minute of it was a blessing and totally, completely fantastic.  Really.  A candy cane monster cannot ruin a very good version of The Nutcracker performed in a romantic, grand old theater.

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(I apologize for the somewhat fuzzy photos. I need a new phone and sadly, my phone’s camera is the only camera I could use politely.)

After the ballet my husband and I went out for dinner at an old restaurant located in a downtown department store.  Although the somewhat gloomy photos of escalators below make it look otherwise, the restaurant is actually lovely – dark, rich wood paneling, elegant furniture, a fireplace and perfect lighting.  It was a very nice evening…

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A pair of cuff links specially made for my husband by the Etsy store operating out of the UK, Kfiatek Gifted Hands.


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I also tried my somewhat minimalist idea of just wearing solids with an Hermès scarf all the time out…  I loved it. I should have started doing this years ago, of course.

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Reiss navy Tuscany coat, Hayden cream cashmere crew-neck sweater, Hermès scarf, H&M leather pants, and an old pair of black flats…
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I also wore a diamond and sapphire platinum ring from the 1920’s or 30’s.

Later in the evening, we went home to our son who was with a babysitter.  🙂  It was wonderful to return after a nice day out to such a great little person…

Earlier at dinner we came up with names for our next child (whenever we decide to have one).  I’m not “saying anything” per se, but we clearly will be favoring Gaelic names and flowers – like Zinnia for a girl.  So…

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