A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Fairy Makeup and Hair

Hello everyone!

This weekend has been so crazy because I have been preparing for my company’s production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is so funny because I never imagined myself dancing professionally (on pointe no less) with a ballet company as one of my first gigs, however, ballet is the reason I fell in love with dance. More specifically, my “Barbie in the Nutcracker” VHS is what made me want to start taking dancing lessons when I first saw it at the ripe age of 6 years old!

I didn’t actually take dance until I was 10 (and my first year of dance was not ballet, unfortunately). But anyway, it is so funny how life presents these moments where everything comes full-circle. I am dancing as a demi-soloist, and dancing the roles as one of the lead fairy attendants to Titania, and a lead bridesmaid for the wedding in Act II. The company had a fundraiser performance for our full-length production this weekend, and I wanted to show you all my makeup and costuming I had for the fairy dance!

I used the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette to create this eye look, and the Ciate London Fierce Flicks liquid eyeliner pen. I LOVE how it turned out. My lips are Colourpop Lippie Stix in the color Lumiere.

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I used M.F.E.O. and Pooter in the crease. Then I used Faint on the center of my lid, with Hustle blended toward the Outer V. I added the colors Buns and Chip to deepen the Outer V. Then I added Sissy (a pink with gold flecks) as a topper to the center of the lid, and lined my lower lash line with it. I added the color Beem to the inner corner!

I didn’t snap a good image of my eye makeup because the lighting in the venue was so yellow and dim. However, this is a closer look at it.

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In the next set of pictures, I’ll show you more of my costume with the other lead fairy attendant. These images were from a performance two weeks ago (where I accidentally didn’t bring my eyeliner, but used the same colors). The lighting in the hallway was perfect for pictures.

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I love being able to wear my hair down for the fairy scene, and wear a flower crown!

And another one!

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6 year old Julia would have DIED to dance in this costume, especially with wings!

I am excited for this performance. It is the first time I will be dancing in pointe shoes in front of an audience in a professional ballet performance. It is coming up in June, and I am hoping to write another post in my bridesmaid costume and hair!

This summer is going to be filled with dance, movement, and progress, and I cannot believe it is all coming up so quickly. Also, the first half of 2018 is almost over – WHERE IS TIME GOING!?!

Let me know what you all think of my makeup and costume! I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Citrus, Ginger, Coconut Water – Spring Thirst Quencher

Hello everyone!

Lately, I’ve been switching a lot of my cooking products/products I eat to coconut-derived products. For example, I’ve switched my milk to unsweetened coconut-almond milk; instead of olive oil, I use organic coconut oil; and instead of bringing regular water to rehearsals and teaching, I’ve been making this coconut ginger citrus water instead! I want to share this recipe because it has changed the way I hydrate, and I’ve only been experimenting with it for a week!

When I dance a lot/exercise a lot, sometimes regular water (room temperature or cold) becomes hard to swallow. That’s not a metaphor – I mean for me personally water becomes really hard to swallow because it just doesn’t cut it with no electrolytes or anything to replenish the salts I lose through sweat. I’ve never been a fan of Gatorade unless I have a bad cold! I just can’t tolerate the sugar when I am burning energy because it leaves a terrible taste in my mouth.

Coconut water has A TON of natural electrolytes and salts you need to replenish your body, without artificial colors, flavors, or added sugar and syrups. Although coconut water plain is just as good for you, it is an acquired taste. When sweating, plain coconut water may not be the best option to drink because it’s a bit bitter, thick, and salty. This citrus and ginger coconut water quencher is sure to provide a better, more palatable flavor, and yummy hydration for everyday drinking.

This is not my original recipe, however, you can get creative and add as much or as little as you want! I found the original recipe here: https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/coconut-water-benefits/.

What you’ll need:

  • All natural coconut water (**I’ve used Vita Coco and Goya Coconut Water**).
    • Usually I use the regular 2-cup servings in the box you can get at the supermarket. Pictured is a larger coconut water, which may be more economical if you’re making this drink frequently.
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Regular filtered water
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Fresh Lime
  • Honey (if you want a little sweetness!)
  • A blender or NutriBullet

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What to do:

  1. Add 1.5 – 2 cups of coconut water to your blender
  2. Add 0.5 – 1.5 cups of regular filtered water to your blender (depending on how concentrated you would like the coconut water to be)
  3. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  4. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  5. Grate the ginger root and add 1/4 teaspoon or more of ginger to your mix (add more or less to taste)
  6. Optional Step: Add 1 tablespoon or more of honey for sweetness
  7. Blend!!
  8. Taste test, and adjust whatever more or less of whatever it may need. Or if you are satisfied, move on to the next step!
  9. Transfer to a refrigerator safe container, and chill. Serve cold!

It will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long – it is SOO good!). It is best served chilled, and over ice. You can add fresh lemon and lime wedges, or more grated ginger to the top for garnish if you are planning to serve this to dinner guests/friends. You can blend it with ice and make a healthy, quenching, slushy, or even add tequila if it is Taco Tuesday and you’re feeling like you want a healthy twist on a margarita!

I’ve found this recipe to be delicious with a little more lemon and lime, a little extra water (not too much though), and a little extra ginger. I’ve also found it to be delicious with, or without honey! I will definitely be making this a lot while I am attending the American Dance Festival, and will be making this for all of the shows I have coming up! (I’m performing in my first full-length ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream – in June).

What’s your favorite way to hydrate? If you try this recipe, or have another coconut water recipe, please share it in the comments! I would love to try it!

Xoxo

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Rockette Mini Intensive – I Was Invited!

Oh my gosh you guys! Life has been throwing me blessings on blessings this last month!

I’ve auditioned for the Rockette Summer Intensive (RSI) four times. I auditioned once when I was 16, once when I was 17, once when I was 19, and this year at age 22. I’ve been rejected from their summer intensive four times, and at this point I did not really think much of it because it is a VERY competitive summer program. I am not sure if this is true, but I believe I read that only 640 girls out of the 2,000 who audition every year earn spots for the summer. RSI also has a limited number of open spots because alumni who attended within the last 2 years do not have to re-audition, and have an automatic spot in the summer program available to them. Obviously, a lot of girls come back each year (because who wouldn’t want to dance with the Rockettes every summer?! Uhm, hello). Thus, it is very competitive and I didn’t expect to get in because I have been denied admission every year I auditioned.

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This picture was snapped in November 2017 when my dad took me into NYC to buy my first pair of La Ducas! ❀

Now although I was denied the initial summer intensive, by some twisted act of fate (or God working his love), I was invited to attend their “mini” intensive (RMI), which is a three day version of their five day summer intensive. I didn’t even know the Rockettes had a “mini” intensive available because it is not even listed on their website! Nor did I realize there was this opportunity for me! I can’t find much about RMI online, but what I did discover is that the mini intensive has less girls than the regular 80 girls for RSI. There is also no formal showing for RMI, I believe it is just a studio showing. However, I could be totally wrong because I do not know much about it and this is all assumption based on a few videos I saw online!

I am so excited I was invited I cannot contain myself! Unfortunately for me, I cannot attend because all of the mini sessions run concurrently with the American Dance Festival, so I will not be in the NY area to be able to attend! 😦 Of course the summer two HUGE dance goals of mine are finally tangible, they conflict. I guess that is just my luck!

Nonetheless, to have even been invited is really humbling. I’ve auditioned four times within the last six years, and now I finally have a small window of opportunity. This is the first time I was ever invited to this mini intensive, and I cannot believe they even asked me! All of my hard work seems to be paying off, and I cannot wait to see what life throws at me next!

It is so crazy to see these long term goals becoming reality. Im definitely auditioning again next year! I am so motivated to continue grinding and pursuing my dreams! Anything is truly possible!

xoxo

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Vegan, Delicious Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Hi everyone!

I’ve been trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, including changing what I am putting into my body. A healthy gut is essential for a healthy mindset, and I’ve been playing around with different recipes and types of food to sustain me. A few weeks ago, I decided to try to cook steel cut oats as an alternative to my usual go-to flattened rolled oats. I found an awesome recipe on Cookie+Kate on how to cook steel cut oats, so here is the recipe and what I did!

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Fun Fact: Did you know steel cut oats take longer to cook than rolled, flattened oats because the oat grain itself is cut in half? Thus, it is thicker and pointier than a flattened oat, and takes longer to cook thoroughly. Both types of oats derive from the same groat grain, however, flattened “quick” oats are more processed which is why the health food community prefers steel cut oats, as they are less processed!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup milk of choice: almond milk, cow’s milk, coconut milk, etc. (**I USED UNSWEETENED COCONUT ALMOND MILK**)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or unsalted butter (**I USED COCONUT OIL**)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt (**I USED HIMILAYAN PINK SALT**)
  • Any toppings you want! Fruits, nuts, seeds, syrup, honey, etc.

DIRECTIONS

Add the water and milk to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a skillet, melt the coconut oil and add the steel cut oats. Toast the oats for 2 to 5 minutes until they are fragrant. (I personally toasted mine for 7 min as I let my liquid mixture heat. I was not disappointed, and the oats smelled incredible).

Once the oats are toasted and the liquid mixture is simmering, add the oats to the liquid. Reduce heat slightly to prevent scorching, and cook for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Mixture should be thick. After 20 min, add the salt, and continue to cook and simmer for an additional 10 minutes (give or take depending on preference, or if you’ve doubled the recipe). Make sure to stir a few more times during the last 10 minutes.

Once the time is up, remove it from heat, transfer to a bowl, and get creative with toppings!

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For my bowl, I added two teaspoons of light brown sugar, a tablespoon and a half of organic maple syrup, frozen strawberries (that thawed on the hot cereal and were super sweet!), sliced banana, unsweetened coconut flakes, and flax seeds!

This recipe yields a lot of product, so make sure to let the oats cool completely in a covered pot before putting in a covered tuperware and storing in the refriegerator. If you don’t let them cool completely before storing them, they could form a layer of discoloration on the top of the oats. This is normal and is not bad for you, however, it may look unappetizing, and then you’ll have to scrape off the discolored part before reheating or eating cold. So to save yourself the trouble, and cover them and let them cool!

I also ate some left over the next morning and served them as cold oats. It was delicious! This recipe takes some patience, but the leftovers are great for busy mornings after! Also, toasting the oats beforehand gives them such a better flavor and creamier texture! It really is worth the extra few minutes!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and give it a try! How do you like your oats? Let me know in the comments below!

Xoxo

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Marshalls Haul & Try-On

Hello internet loves!

Yesterday was Saturday, and I officially deemed yesterday, “Treat Yourself Saturday”! I’ve been going through a rough time, and I decided to go to Marshalls and try to find some new sneakers, and new clothes for my summer at the American Dance Festival! Here are some of the awesome clothes/shoes I found while I shopped! πŸ™‚
SKECHERS KNIT AIR-COOLED MEMORY FOAM SNEAKERS

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These sneakers are ADORABLE. I love that they don’t have laces, yet they are snug and supportive of my ankle and foot. They are light weight, and would be great for treadmill running, exercise, and everyday running to and from my different jobs/rehearsals.
DANSKIN LEGGINGS

OMGosh! I’ve been DYING for a pair of Danskins ever since Jenna Dewan Tatum became a spokesperson for them (lame I know, BUT I love her, soo…). As a teenager, I bought Danskin shorts and yoga pants from Wal-Mart, but the Danskin line in Wal-Mart is not the same as the leggings you get from the online store, and these are the ones from the online store! They are high-waisted and long in length which fit my legs so nicely! The compression and shaping are great, and they are not see-through at all. I LOVE them! They also make the booty look good, so that is not a bad feature either πŸ™‚
CROCHET 90-DEGREE BY REFLEX ATHLETIC CAPRI

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Please ignore the stains on the mirror, they are paint and not makeup or anything. Just paint spots that won’t come off!

These are so cool, I had to buy them! Not only do they fit well, and are not see-through, they have this super cool design on them that is super unique. I’ve never seen athletic leggings like this before, and I had to have them. They were super affordable, too which makes it even better!
ACTIVE USA CROCHET BLUE OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOP

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I really need to update my actual wardrobe. As you can see, I buy a lot of athletic clothes, and a lot of my “normal” clothes I also use for class and rehearsal. I need more blouses for going out and looking like I’m not coming from the gym, so my best friend picked out this top for me. It is such a beautiful shade of blue, and the off-the-shoulder silhouette is very summery and flattering.

I’m so excited to wear all of these beautiful clothes and shoes! πŸ™‚ Marshalls is great for finding great style deals, and for buying cute and lasting athletic clothing that doesn’t break the bank. Marshalls also always has great deals on Skechers if you want comfortable athletic shoes at an affordable price tag!

Talk to you guys soon, xoxo

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