New Natalie Dancewear Dance Socks

Hello loves!

On Wednesday, I was on my way to rehearsal when my phone lit up with an Instagram notification! A few weeks ago, I entered a contest on Instagram with DiscountDance.com – the online retailer I purchase all of my dancewear and needs from. They were having a contest, and to enter you had to comment below their photo your favorite blog post from the Discount Dance blog, and why for a chance to win THREE pairs of the new Natalie Dancewear Dance socks!

Well, as I am walking down 8th street in the East Village NYC, my phone lit up with a “liked comment” notification, telling me Discount Dance liked my contest entry comment. At this point, I totally forgot I entered the contest two weeks prior, and thought it was nice of them to acknowledge my comment (I wrote a lot, and really liked the article from their blog). Five minutes later, I received another notification from Instagram from a tagged comment from Discount Dance, saying I was one of the lucky winners!!

Coincidentally, this summer I discovered Natalie Dancewear made turn socks, which I put on my birthday wishlist! I didn’t necessarily think those socks were going to be great because they had padding on the ball of the foot of the sock, but I thought they  would be interesting to try. I never ended up buying them or getting them as a gift, so when I saw Natalie made a new design for their dance socks without padding, I new I had to enter the contest! If I didn’t win, I told myself I’d buy a pair just to try whenever DiscountDance.com had a free shipping deal.

Related: See Birthday Wishlist – It’s My Jordan Year

Now, I have three pairs of these socks coming my way for free! I was so shocked I won, and I cannot wait to try them out! They remind me a lot of the Apolla Shocks socks, which are the biggest name in dance socks on the market right now, with each pair retailing about $30. I don’t own Apollas, but I know a lot of dancers and dance educators who do who love them.

The Natalie socks retail for about $11.00 a pair (but right now they are on sale on their website for $5.91), so I will definitely be writing a follow-up post about their wear, durability, and traction once I have a few weeks to test them out! Here is a link in case you want to check them out:

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This was one of the highlights of my week, so I just had to share it. I hope you all enjoy this snow day we’re having if you live on the Northern East coast, and if not, have a fabulous Friday anyway!

**This post is not in any way sponsored by DiscountDance.com. I entered the contest and was choosen by the decision of Discount Dance**

Xoxo

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Julia – You Got WHAT Pierced?!?

Hiya sweet things!

It’s Sunday night, and in my last post I promised to explain the new piercings I had installed in October. (See: October Blessings – Reflection) These piercings meant a lot to me for a multitude of reasons.

I won’t go into detail about the reasons because there are a lot of them, and some of them are very personal. However, I am excited to share my experience with you all because when I was doing research on the piercings before booking my appointment, I realized there was not a lot of reliable information about them available online. I hope my sentiments and thoughts on my experience help someone understand what it is like.

Back in August, I finally met with a reliable local piercer, and booked my appointment to have my nipples pierced! Yes – my nipples! I always played with the idea of having mine done since my freshman year of college, but never encountered a time where I could afford fine jewelry, the piercing itself, or the pain since I was a dance major and was always rolling around on the floor for modern dance class. I did my research, and found a local piercer with a reputable name. I met with her in August, she measured me (yes they have to do that!), and I looked through some catalogs for custom jewelry.

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All of my options from Neometal

I am allergic to nickel, and even the basic surgical steel bars they use for the piercing have some traces of nickel in them. To be safe and avoid an allergic reaction, I decided to splurge and order 100% titanium nipple bars (They were really expensive). I figured if I slurge now, I wouldn’t have to worry about changing them to prettier ones later on. Mine are anodized rose gold, and have threadless lavendar opal ends! THEY ARE STUNNING. Anyway, I ordered them from Neometal, and waited 8 long weeks for them to come in! Once they came in, I booked the first appointment I could make with my piercer.

My sister came with me, and let me tell you – THANK GOODNESS she was there. I was an excited, nervous wreck. Once I was in the room, I took my top off and the piercer cleaned and prepped the area for piercing. Additionally, you have to sit on your hands when you are pierced so you don’t flinch and mess up the piercing. No pressure, right? My sister held one hand and I sat on the other.

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Many people contemplating this piercing wonder about the pain. I have a high tolerance for pain, and I am not going to lie to you when I say this hurt REALLY bad. I mean, REALLY REALLY bad. My left boob was done first, and it felt just how you would imagine a 14 gauge needle going through your nipple would feel – AWFUL. They also have to leave the needle in before they slip the jewelry in, so the exchange of needle to jewelry is also a painful and awkward sensation since your body is in shock, and your nip is just chillen with a deeply punctured needle sitting in it.

The second one hurt even worse. The piercer said the second side hurts worse because once the first one is done, your body’s adrenaline drops because mentally we believe the pain is over. For me this was true, and the right nipple has been healing slower than my left one. However, I was also told from the piercer that is normal because we are not symmetrical beings.

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Anyway, afterwards I was given the aftercare – a sterile saline solution with gauze – and was told to spray the piercings 2 to 3 times a day and that’s it! Do not turn your piercings, and do not touch them! Mine only bled for the first four days, the first two days being thicker blood. Bleeding is normal, and I was told they could potentially bleed for the first two weeks. I was instructed to let the water in the shower clear the piercings off, however, if the blood was really bad, I was told I could spray the saline solution on a q-tip and gently try to clean them off.

If you wear the gauze in your bra for the first week, spray them consistently, and maintain your hygeine with daily showers, they will heal fine. I’ve had mine now for three weeks, and they are perfectly fine. I barely even feel them honestly, and after the first week, the residual piercing pain had almost totally subsided. The day after mine were pierced, I had to teach fitness, dance through a 3 hour rehearsal, and then teach dance at night. Even after all of that exercise and moving, they didn’t really interrupt my day at all, or my dancing, which is what I was most worried about!

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They start you with slightly longer bars to account for swelling, but after 6 months you can have them sized down to have a more snug fit. Full healing takes 9 to 12 months, and you’re free to change them whenever after a year. I don’t have a significant other at the moment, but my piercer also said comically nipple piercings can have oral contact after about 8 to 12 weeks. LOL thank you for the tip sis!

I am so happy with my piercings, and I just adore the way they turned out! The first week, I continuously peeped at them because I couldn’t believe I finally went through with it and had them done. They’re also super cute, and make me feel 1000x more confident. I love them and I hope if you’re contemplating this type of piercing, this post gave you some insight into the process and aftercare.

xoxo

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October Blessings – Reflection

Hi loves!

Remember a while back I mentioned October was going to be a really exciting month?! WELL – exciting doesn’t even scratch the surface. It was a whirlwind to say the least, and here is a rundown of all the amazing things I did and saw this past month!

1. Long2 Dance Company Rehearsals

I began rehearsing with Vanessa Long’s trainee company, and it has been so much fun! I enjoy Vanessa and our other director Zoe, and I feel like we have a strong group of women in our ensemble. Wednesday’s are CRAZY for me teaching fitness in the morning, running to LOWER MANHATTAN for three hours of rehearsal, and then running back to teach dance at night afterwards, but really either way, I end my Wednesdays fulfilled and excited for what’s to come – even though my body usually feels like it is on the verge of collapse. Peep the company sweatshirt 😉

Related: My First NYC Dance Job Starts this Fall!! (2018)

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2. My first month as a Certified Xtend Barre Instructor/TRX Training

October was also my first full month as a certified and paid Xtend Barre instructor! I taught a month full of my own classes, taught my first 75 minute barre camp, AND I was trained in a new class – Xtend Suspend (TRX). I’ve been preparing my Xtend TRX workout, and hopefully by December will be teaching the TRX classes at the studio as well! I really love my job as a fitness instructor, and my body has never been stronger.

Related: I am Officially an Xtend Barre Instructor!

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3. Dorrance Dance Event

Over the summer while I was attending ADF, I met a choreographer I LOVE – Michelle Dorrance! I hung out with her in her dressing room after a show she performed in, and she invited me to an INVITE-ONLY event being held in NYC sometime in October. It was so hush-hush, that she couldn’t tell me what was going to happen, and only told me I had to email her assistant and tell her Michelle invited me to be on the list to get in. This was back in July when I met her, and I went to that event on October 30. It turns out it was a private viewing of a piece they debuted in 2017 as a rehearsal for their season Gala happening the next day (Oct. 31)! It was incredible, and was held in the rotunda at the Guggenheim on the upper east side. I was surrounded by lots of dancers, artists, and dance patrons, so to be invited to something like this was truly a brilliant experience.

Related: I’m Back and Ready to MOVE!

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4. Halloween Activities

I met some pretty awesome people this month at different parties and events themed around Halloween. It is my favorite holiday, and my favorite season to be spooky, so I had a lot of fun dressing up and creating characters for myself. I also had a lot of fun being able to party with my good friends and let loose a little after so much hustling and working! Since I already posted a picture of my fortune teller makeup, I’ll show you some galaxy makeup I attempted to do for a party I went to with my best friend.

PS: That septum piercing in the photo below is fake 😉

Related: Evil (Mis)Fortune Teller Halloween Makeup!

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5. MY NEW PIERCINGS

Okay so number five is one of the BEST parts of October! I had two new piercings installed, and I am OBSSESSED WITH THEM! I love them so much to the point where I am actually going to make a whole post about them! 🙂 The post should be up sometime this week! I won’t tell you what I had done (it’s a surprise), but I will tell you I did a LOT of research before I had it done. And I feel like if I make a post or two about my experience, it might help someone else who is contemplating going for it too! Pictures are to come with the post, so stay tuned 🙂

This October had to be the best and busiest I’ve ever experienced. Between running to and from NYC, to modifying my body, to furthering my education and career; this month has been productive and exciting. I am so thrilled to finish out 2018 strong. And I’m SO ready for a new beginning with 2019.

Thanks for reading, xoxo

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November Fall Photos

Hi beauties!

Yesterday the foliage in NJ hit it’s peak! My best friend and I made sure we took advantage of the fall aesthetics before winter creeps upon us with a fun photoshoot. By next weekend, all of the beautiful golden and red leaves will have fallen off the trees and I will have to stare at barren forestry for the next 6 months. UGH. As the leaves die they are beautiful, but once they have fallen and are actually dead, everything turns gray for many months and it is so dreadful. And this daylight savings nonsense has me feeling some type of way with it being 5:30pm and PITCH DARK outside. Either way – I really like the vibe from all of these photos!

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My best friend and I go out multiple times a year and take fun photos of each other! It’s something we’ve always done and always have fun doing. I just wanted to share some of the images with you. I feel very introspective/introverted lately in the sense of not sharing my feelings with people as I figure out my own way to process what I need to. These images reflect those sentiments, and I decided to work a lot with my hands to abstract how I’ve been feeling.

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Confused, random, sleepy, happy, feminine, and grungy are all words I would use to describe my current emotional state and these photographs. Many of my most favorite images from these were taken when I wasn’t trying to make anything particularly beautiful, and it’s really amazing to see what my best friend decided to capture – purposefully and accidentally – and see what she thought was beautiful about these moments.

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We traveled to a nearby farm near rolling mountains and fields of dead corn stalks as one of our backdrops. There is something about setting sunlight which makes everything seem angelic and feel okay.

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I am so fortunate to have such an amazing best friend. Her name is Kelsie, and if you get a chance definitely check out her photography Instagram. It is at the handle @kdeckerpics. She is a phenomenal lady and artist!

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I hope you like these images because they bring me some joy! They remind me of all of the onlookers who gave us funny looks or car honks from where we were taking photos, and all of the funny moments trying to create a cool image.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday babes. Thanks for reading.

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Flourless, Eggless, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pancakes for your October Morning!

Hello beautiful internet readers! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Today I have another recipe for you!

My friend sent me a Snapchat the other day of these delicious vegan pumpkin pancakes she made. I asked her for the recipe, and decided to try them for myself!

The original recipe can be found at The Big Mans World website, but I doctored it a little bit to fit my needs.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 cup rolled oats (I used flattened quick oats and it worked well!)
  2. 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used coconut milk) **I found this recipe needs an extra 1/4 of milk, making the final ratio a 1/2 cup of your milk of choice**
  3. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used organic)
  4. 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice (or you can mix equal parts cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to create your own)
  6. 1 tbsp of baking powder
  7. 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  8. 1 tbsp of sticky sweetener of choice (I used maple syrup, but you can use honey or any other syrup)
  9. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (totally optional but totally worth it)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the dry ingredients and blend them together. I did this first as it created almost a flour-like base for all of my wet ingredients.
  2. Add all of the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and blend together. I used my NutriBullet, but if you don’t have a blender you can use a hand mixer or stand-up mixer. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 3 to 5 minutes, and use an oil or fat of choice to grease a heating skillet. I used coconut oil because I love it, and find it keeps my pans greasy better than a vegetable oil.
  4. When the pan is hot, use your 1/4 cup to measure out a 1/4 cup of batter and pour into the pan. You will need to move the batter around to flatten it out a bit.
  5. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side for a more traditional pancake consistency.  The original recipe says to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, and when I did this for my first pancake it was a little too wet for my liking still. Cooking the pancakes for a bit longer per side gave them a traditional pancake shape and consistency. When I saw the edges turning golden brown I knew to flip them. **Make note when cooking longer not to burn them**
  6. When done, plate them and serve with your favorite toppings, fruits, nuts, etc. And don’t forget your coffee!

Voilà! You can now enjoy healthy, vegan delicious pumpkin pancakes!

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If you have any leftover pancakes, individually wrap them in foil or plastic wrap and store in the freezer! When you are in a hurry in the morning, you can take them out of the freezer and let them defrost for a few minutes and eat them cold, pop them into the toaster and toast them like bread, or reheat them in a skillet!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I hope you try it for yourself! They are so delicious and easy to make, and also super filling/satisfying!

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Hope you enjoy the spookiest day of the year!!

Happy Hauntings!

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