Seems everyone is geeking out these days

Even the highbrow-est of highbrow arts: the opera.


I’m at the newly beautified Queen Elizabeth blogging to you live as part of the Vancouver Opera’s Bloggers at the Opera night alongside Emme Rogers, Gus Digital and John Biehler.


Got a backstage tour of the set for Norma, ripe with weaponry, torches and piles of fake skulls. (Even half an hour before the show everyone back there was calm, cool and collected. So unlike being backstage at the plays we used to perform in theatre class.) Take a look at more backstage photos here.


My necklace? From a street market in Mexico. (Why I did not buy one in every colour, I do not know.)


My dress? Straight out of the 80’s.


My shoes? They’re Betsey Johnson.


The opera? Dramatic. And now a tad more geeky.

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  • Reply janettaylor November 29, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Ur shoes are adorable! Really girlie…

    Hope your having lovely weekend!

  • Reply janis November 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

    kelsey! that dress is AMAZING. you look simply beautiful. honestly, i think this is one of my favourite outfits of yours TO DATE!


  • Reply Couture Carrie November 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    You look divine, darling!
    Love your necklace and shoes!


  • Reply Teresa November 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    That dress is 80s Cyndy Lauper/Madonna gone right. Accessories from another country are the best aren’t they?

    I swear…I should hire you & Liv as my stylists

  • Reply Chloe November 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Great outfit. I love that necklace!

  • Reply Kelsey November 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Janet — Thank you! Such a busy weekend — Friendly Fires on Thursday, holiday party on Friday and the opera on Saturday. Love this time of year.

    Janis — Thank you! I wish I had an excuse to dress up like this more often. Thank heavens for the opera, huh?

    CC — I love bold accessories too (in case you didn’t notice)!

    Teresa — Accessories from afar are the best — so unique and so sentimental.

    Chloe — Thank you! I’m kind of obsessed with it myself.

  • Reply Bella November 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    You look stunning! The necklace is sooo pretty.

  • Reply The Starving Stylist November 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Kelsey! You look stunning in that dress! I love how retro it is but at the same time very modern chic! and yea you should have bought that necklace in every colour. . .it’s beautiful

  • Reply John Biehler November 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Kelsey, you were definitely the best dressed at the blogging table last night. Great to meet you last night!

  • Reply Melissa November 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Oooh, The whole outfit is great but I really love the dress and shoes.
    I wish my wardrobe had more interesting pieces like those.. and so the shopping continues!

  • Reply Niki November 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I can’t decide what I like more – the dress or your necklace! I guess it will have to be the cutest tie ever.

  • Reply Kelsey November 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Bella — Thank you! It’s so light too — not one of those necklaces that strangles you.

    Starving Stylist — A good excuse to head back down there and get more?

    John — So great to meet you too. I had a blast!

    Melissa — Happy shopping! Let me know what you find.

    Niki — Ha! I’ve always been a fan of a tie myself — I feel sorry for the loser otherwise.

  • Reply Lianna November 30, 2009 at 1:04 am

    You look fabulous! I love the way you put pieces together, it is so unexpected, but always ends up looking amazing. The necklace is probably my favourite piece, it adds so much personality!

  • Reply Fee-AMore November 30, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Woah, one word. Divine! From head to toe, you look gorgeous Kelsey!


  • Reply la flore et la faune November 30, 2009 at 4:11 am

    A great bloggy experience, love the way you hide your face : just like a superheroine, like Superanthology… Interesting. And superb tenue. Bravo.

  • Reply Jennifer November 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Awww what a lovely time you had!! Your dress was gorgeous, your necklace was stunning, and those Betsey Johnson shoes…sigh. Perfection. :) Gosh, I miss going to the opera. I haven’t been in more than a year!! :S

    PS. I’m sorry for being MIA lately. I am computerless and it was hard to borrow someone’s laptop during the holiday weekend. Sigh. :(

  • Reply Cafe Fashionista November 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I love the way you matched your necklace and shoes – the red offsets the black in the most sophisticated of ways. You look gorg! :)

  • Reply Kelsey November 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Lianna — it’s my favourite too. I want to wear that necklace every day.

    Fee-Amore — Ahaha! Don’t you mean from neck to toe?

    La Flore — Now you’ve got me thinking about what kind of superpower SuperAnthology would have. Hmmm…

    Jennifer — Tis opera season, mon amie. Go! Go! Go!

    Cafe Fashionista — Thank you! You’re right — black and red is the most sophist-o-twist of colour combos.

  • Reply adela November 30, 2009 at 10:54 am

    hey kelsey!

    that excerpt is from the inside covers of JPod.
    JPod itself is way less cynical and absolutely hilarious! And the book is based out of Vancouver, so all the places that the characters go to will strike a cord :)

  • Reply slk November 30, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Did somebody say perfection?

  • Reply Sidewalk Chalk November 30, 2009 at 11:44 am

    That necklace is so unique and intricate — I love the bead detail and the colors. You look smashing!
    – JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

  • Reply Irina November 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

    So how was the opera experience? Any more pictures?

  • Reply Beth November 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Those Betsy Jackson heels are awesome ;)
    And that necklace is amazing!
    Great post

  • Reply Midtown Girl November 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    You look AMAZING! Love the pop of color with the black and that dress fits you perfectly – gorgeous.


  • Reply Feelmore November 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Wow, Geek never looked so Chic! (hee hee)

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    Omg those shoes are adorable! very cool!

    and that is so sweet you thought of me after you watched Breakfast at Tiffanys, I always get people that tell me that and I love it! you wouldn’t believe what a nerd I am, I can quote the whole movie for you haha

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    OMG, you look stunning. I have a similar vintage 8os number. Why have I not worn it yet? Geesh.

  • Reply sofiasophie December 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    you’re absolutely stunning!
    the necklace is sublimes, and the shoes too!

  • Reply Alinka Johnson December 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Simply GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE IT!!!

  • Reply UnoCosa December 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Kelsey, i just want to say that the tulle on your dress simply took my breath away – and what a fun idea to blog live for opera ….

    btw: thanks for lovely words,


  • Reply Nicole December 2, 2009 at 5:36 am

    wow.. your outfit is absolutely stunning Kelsey! I love everything about it from the dotted tulle to your amazing necklace. and of course, your shoes, how could I not love those?

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