We welcomed November by visiting a special place that is always in bloom. This was Elise's first time at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and my second which is a bit embarassing given our proximity to this extraordinary Boston landmark. Upon entering you sense you are in a magical space full of enchantment and mystery. Oh if these walls could talk! Would they reveal any clues as to who may have pulled off one of the greatest art thefts of all time?
Well I can assure you it wasn't us! We're too busy playing dress-up in this gorgeous dress by Soor Ploom. The delicate pinwhale corduroy in a subtle rose color is quite possibly the perfect combination for Elise's fair tone in the winter months. It is easy to wear and the gathered empire waist is perfectly precious for a little girl. What's more, this dress has pockets to keep her treasures close and hands cozy.
What is an outfit without a pair of Zimmerman Shoes? If you follow us, you'll know we're huge fans and can't really get enough of these beauties. The Milo boot in chocolate is a staple and they pair well with most everything we own. The chocolate nubuck leather is velvety soft. If you haven't already, do check out their new holiday colors of evergreen, cranberry and gold, oh my!
Guarded by its secrets, this museum prides itself on keeping everything intact just the way Isabella left it. And in a symbolic move, they have retained empty frames where the stolen artwork used to live. My favorite piece is without a doubt El Jaleo by John Singer Sargent. I could come here just to see it and leave satisfied.
The museum is incredibly child friendly and invites young visitors to partake in a scavenger hunt. Elise was given a map of the museum with thumbnail images of different works she was tasked to find. I was truly amazed by how excited she was to play and her ability to decipher which painting matched its picture in her book.
And while you can't wander into the museum's lush central atrium, you can sit on the edge and dream which is just what we caught ourselves doing.