• Siiri

Blogmas 2021: All Time Glam – Ball Of Winter Palace

When it comes to glamorous dressing I feel like we should go all out this December. From ballrooms and star gazing to cocktail parties and concerts there surely has never been a more fitting moment to enjoy what you wear than right now. Be it diamonds, velvet slippers, a dramatic hat or a red lip nothing should be off limits as we celebrate the end as well as the most sparkling season of the year. Therefore, I have put my most fabulous foot forward and created a series of beauty and fashion looks inspired by the most glamorous places, people and items under glittering

December stars...



"We were privileged to attend three glorious court functions. For the first, a great ball of three thousand guests which was given at the Winter Palace. Milly Sutherland and I donned our finest dresses. Mine of white satin was drapped in lines of classic simplicity and a tulle train held by a belt of real diamonds. (...) At Winter Palace the stairs were adorned by magnificent display of gold plate fixed to the walls. There were hundreds of footmen in scarlet liveries and Cossack guards in flowing robes who gave an impression of barbaric splendour. In the great ballroom innumerable chandeliers threw a glittering radiance on the handsome men and graceful women assembed there... With the entrance of the Imperial family to the inspiring air of Russian anthem - (...) - the ball took on the aspect of a fairy tale."

– Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan on St Petersburg in a book "Great Cities Through Travellers' Eyes" edited by Peter Furtado


BALL OF WINTER PALACE





Winter Palace, once a residence of the Russian Czar, is situated in St Petersburg on the bank of the river Neva. With numerous white colums, golden moldings and current bright, almous aquatic green background the palace's achitecture represents opulent russian baroque style designed by Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli in 1754-1762. However, since the building work was done Winter Palace has undergone a series of other construction work. Moreover, the palace's interior is largly in neoclassical style – a reminder of the days of Catherine The Great – with three storeys and 1500 rooms. Nowdays, Winter Palace functions as a museum.


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As long as I can remember I have been wanting to visit Winter Palace which in my imagination has formed into of a mysterios place filled with waltzing, golden magic and tragic loss in the depth of freezing cold winter...


When I was a little girl my grandmother visited St Petersburg and after the trip she gave me and my sister a book about Russia's famous buildings (amongst them a Winter Palace) as well as porcelain dools dressed like princesses of the imperial family. I also remember my mother telling me about the story of the last Czar and his family. Especially, the myth about Anastasia – the youngest daughter of Nikolai II – fascinated me thanks to the 20th Century Fox animation film "Anastasia" where an orphan girl Anastasia finds that she is the lost imperial princess. Still my favorite part of the movie is when Anastasia enters the empty Winter Palace which is full of memories and dim grandeur of the olden times.




Get The Look

This look is inspired by the fantastic balls of Winter Palace where the crème de la crème of the world is gathered under shimmering chandeliers adorned in diamonds and tiaras.


Base – Lumene Blur 16h Longwear Foundation shade 00 Ultra Light Kuulas / Lumene Blur Longwear Concealer shade Light / Lumene Matte Pressed Powder shade 0 Translucent / Lumene Natural Glow Bronzer shade 1 Artic Summer.


Brows – Lumene Eyebrow Shaping Pencil 3


Cheeks – Lumene Invisible Illumination shades Golden Twilight, Rosy Dawn and Pink Blossom


Eyes – Lumene Natural Glow Bronzer shade 1 Artic Summer / Lumene Invisible Illumination shade Rosy Dawn / NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette shade 5 and 15 / Lumene True Mystic Mascara


Lips – Lumene Nordic Chic Soft Touch Lipliner shade 4 / Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick shade 130 Intense Nude / Fenty Beauty Glos Bomb shade Fenty Glow



What places you have always wanted to visit?



Thank you so much for reading!


Siiri