July 2019 Happenings!

Hi everyone!

I turned 24 this past week, and I can’t believe I already made another 365-day trip around the sun. This was the first time I was home for my birthday in two years, and it was amazing to be home with my family and close friends. I share the same birthday as my mom, so to be able to be home and celebrate with her, my grandma, my siblings, and my father meant a lot to me!

A lot has happened since I last posted! Remember in my last post how I mentioned I was going on an audition? Well, your girl was invited to join the company she auditioned for, and tomorrow will mark our third rehearsal together for the summer! It’s very exciting to think I am starting with a new performance group (based out of NYC), who has such an important mission that is near and dear to my heart.

Related: May 2019 Life Update

This specific company is dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders, and de-stigmatizing mental health. As someone who considers herself a recovered anorexic, and someone who struggled with anxiety her whole life, joining this team of artists means THE WORLD to me. I am so excited for our season. We have so many amazing projects lined up for the summer and fall!

Related: How Dance Helped Me Survive Anorexia and Literally Everything Else

I leave for Joffrey Italy in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!! I literally CANNOT BELIEVE I AM GOING! I prayed for a year for an opportunity to dance and travel, and last minute went to the Joffrey audition, and then was accepted into the Italy location! Life is so funny with the way it works! I can’t wait to travel, train, and experience Italian culture right on the Mediterranean.

Related: Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive

Another cool thing I did recently was get another piercing! I wanted my septum pierced for a while and decided to pull the trigger and go get it done a week and a half before my birthday. This way, it would have a whole month to heal before I leave for Italy. I LOVE how it came out! The piercing is a titanum horseshoe because I can flip it into my nose to hide it. I had it anodized rose gold to match my nipple rings ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha. I adore it, and it’s been healing well. I can’t wait for it to heal completely so I can wear cute clickers and other jewelry.

Related: Julia – You Got WHAT Pierced?!

I’m feeling really optimistic about the future, and my coming adventures in Italy and NYC. I’ve been working and trying to enjoy my time home before I jet set off for four weeks to train. 24 is already giving me great energy, and I can’t wait to see where I am next year when I turn 25 (that is a SCARY number oh my gosh).

I hope I can write more, and at least make a post or two while I am in Italy! If not, I will definitely be posting when I get back to the states and after my NYC intensive. I hope you all are enjoying your summer vacations, travels, and adventures!

Xoxo

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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: Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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