Postcard from Riga
What a way to start off dreary 2018 than with a trip to the Baltics! I know, not the usual sunny Stylecamp destination, and certainly not much opportunity to wear one of my two piece sets, but there are definitely some captivating reasons to visit this Art Nouveau haven, Riga, in Latvia.
Colourful streets of Riga
Christmas decorations in Latvia
The runway appeared out of nowhere as our plane descended through the thick fog, landing with a bit of a bump. We had arrived in Riga late on Friday night to happily discover that in late January, Riga is still very much in Christmas mode! Through the dense fog, the glittering Christmas lights along the riverside front were a welcome sight as our taxi took us the short drive from the airport into town, giving a flavour of cosiness to this wintry destination.
Latvian National Opera House
The next day, we were booked in to catch the matinee performance of 'At the Blue Danube' performed by the Latvian National Ballet at, where else, than the National Opera House.
Beautiful waltz music by Johann Strauss backs this romantic ballet about the choice between love and the stage. As always, ballet is mesmerising to watch, I particularly enjoyed the costumes and colour at the Viennese Ballroom scene.
At the Blue Danube - picture c/o the Latvian National Ballet
The theatre feels relatively small for a National Opera House but perhaps that's because it was originally constructed in its neo-classical style as the Riga German Theatre in 1863. It was packed to rafters with charming details, including the show-stopping chandelier with fluted floral sconces that hung impressively in the centre of the concert hall. During the intervals we wandered the grand corridors and stately refreshments' room, imagining what it must have been like for audiences of its time.
Grand details at the National Opera House
I felt a sense of Baltic glamour wearing Stylecamp's luxurious velour Lombard dress for the occasion, a midi length number with elegant split sleeves, which I teamed with my studded lace up ankle boots for a more casual appeal - a dress and boots combination I noticed a lot of the other glamorous ladies wearing. I love the chic longer length of this dress, which after the performance, I threw a chunky knit over to stay warm whilst exploring what else the city had to offer.
Wearing Stylecamp's Lombard dress at the Latvian National Opera
CHOCOLATE & GIN - 2 OF MY LOVES