Favorite Christmas Gifts from 2017

Hello everybody!

I was overwhelmed this past holiday season with the generosity from family, friends, and some of my students! I received so many amazing and useful gifts, and I want to share with you all some of my very favorites! Here is my list of top gifts, in no particular order!

  1. Bloch Warmup Booties
  2. IT Cosmetics Best Seller Makeup Set
  3. Jaclyn HillxMorphe Eyeshadow Palette
  4. Beats Wireless Headphones
  5. Kate Spade Purse and Wallet
  6. “Meet Me at the Barre” custom wine glass
  7. Dunkin Donuts gift cards

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The Bloch Warmup Booties and Beats headphones were gifts from my fiancé, and they are amazing! the booties keep my feet muscles so warm, and the headphones are an amazing replacement to my old Samsung Gear Circle (which broke).

Additionally, I’ve been DYING to try the IT Cosmetics product line, and my mom and dad bought me this set to try all of the IT Cosmetics’s best sellers. Their CC Cream, Brow Power Taupe brow pencil, Rose Tinted Lip Treatment, Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder, and their SuperHero mascara are all new favorites of mine! The CC cream is one of the best foundation creams I’ve ever tried! The beautiful brush is translucent and reflects rainbow colors – I LOVE IT.

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My fiancé’s parents bought me the Kate Spade, which I’ve always wanted a Kate Spade purse let alone a whole matching set! I love her stuff, and I am so excited everytime I put my purse on!The “Meet Me at the Barre” cup was from one of my ballet students, and it is literally so perfect! It was handmade by a small private business and I love how thoughtful and clever it is.

My Jaclyn Hill palette was a gift from my fiancé’s brothers, and I AM OBSSESSED. I never really wanted the Jaclyn HillxMorphe collaboration, but since receiving it, it is the palette I never knew I needed! The colors are diverse and versatile, and it is fun to play with to give my makeup some pops of color!

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Finally, the Dunkin gift card(s) I got from my fiancé’s other brother, and I have a lot of them from my dance students. They must know me very well because I always teach with a cold brew on hand for my long nights! ❤

These were some of the many amazing gifts I received. What were your favorites this past holiday season? Have you tried any of the beauty products I received? How do you like them?

Until next time, xoxo

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Rockette Holiday Spirit

Hello everyone!

Today marked my official last day of finals, so I am home free for the next five weeks! I am so excited, I can’t believe I don’t have to pick up another textbook for over a month.

I’ve been keeping super busy the last few days – moving into my bedroom at home, cleaning my bedroom out, decorating with my mom for Christmas, wrapping presents, Christmas shopping, and working at my retail job! Yesterday, also in the Christmas spirit, I was able to buy my audition ticket for the Rockette Summer Intensive (RSI). For those of you who don’t know what the Rockette Summer Intensive is, it’s a week-long summer program at Radio City Music Hall where girls can train with the Rockettes for a week and learn Rockette repertoire, and at the end of the week they perform the repertoire for family and friends at a theater in Manhattan. I auditioned in 2012 and did not make it because I was too sick to be dancing (I was suffering from anorexia at the time), so my audition was a bit of a flop. So I decided to give it another go now since I’m in college, a lot healthier, and a way better dancer than I was four years ago. 🙂 I’ve always loved the Rockettes, and for those of you who don’t know much about the Rockettes other than their famous, synchronized kickline, here is a little backstory.

***Disclaimer: All of the information presented below was part of a research project I did on the Rockettes for one of my jazz classes during my freshman year of college***

The Rockettes are an all-women’s dance-troupe that performs annually at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. They started in 1925, when a man by the name of Russell Markert formed a troupe of female dancers in which he titled the “Rockets” down in St. Louis, Missouri. Showman at the time, S. L. (Roxy) Rothafel brought Markert’s group of women to New York City in 1932, where on the opening night of a new theater, a venue titled Radio City Music Hall, the Roxyettes (as they were newly named after Roxy), performed along with 17 other dance and performance acts. From this point forward, the Roxyettes would soon be able to call Radio City Music Hall home permanently. In the midst of the 1933 holiday season, Radio City Music Hall presented The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular for the first time ever on stage. This new show featured the Rockettes (now changed from Roxyettes), a living nativity scene (live animals included), and a journey with Santa Claus himself.

There’s a little back story for you all, and if you click on the highlighted link in the text above, it will bring you to some vintage footage of the Rockettes I also used in my project! If you haven’t seen the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, I suggest you see it one day! My favorite part is obviously the athletic and beautiful dancing done by the Rockettes, however, there are many magical moments throughout the whole show.

Today, after I took my last final (which was an online final), I decided to watch one of my favorite movie-musicals Chicago. I love everything about the Broadway show (which I’ve seen in NYC), and the 2002 movie, and all the movie made me want to do is dance! The only thing I am sad about for my winter break is that in the next five weeks I won’t be dancing much at all. But it inspired me to make this post telling y’all about the Rockettes, me registering for my audition for their summer program, and sharing some holiday gift ideas for the dancer in your life or a lover of the Rockettes! All of these gifts can be found at the Radio City Music Hall online store.

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Fun Rockette-themed gifts for the dancer in your life!

The first of the three items pictured is a Rockette makeup gift set. It comes with a compact with the same design as the beautiful packaging (which is in the 1920s art-deco style just like Radio City Music Hall), and a tube of  lipstick in the classic Rockette-red hue. As a dance and makeup lover, this is actually something I am considering buying for myself. I want to wear a Rockette-red shade of lipstick when I perform, because who doesn’t want to feel as glamorous as a Rockette when you’re up on stage?!

Buy it here: Rockette Makeup Set

The next item pictured is just a basic women’s tee-shirt in my favorite color (purple of course), and the word ROCKETTES down the side in a metallic print. It is such a cute shirt, and I think any Rockette fan or dance lover would love this as a gift. It’s also simple in design, so it’s a neutral option if you aren’t sure about what shirt to buy for someone (and the Radio City Music Hall online store has plenty of cute Rockette apparel).

Buy it here: Rockettes Tee Shirt

Lastly, the final item is a Rockette plush doll. Okay this is a little young for me (a 20 yr old), but I think it is super cute and cuddly looking! For younger or older girls, I think this would be something super fun to have in your room on your bed nestled between all of your pillows!

Buy it here: Rockette Plush Doll

I’ve obviously had dance on my brain, and even better yet the Rockettes and Christmas! I hope if there is a dancer who loves the Rockettes in your life, or a lover of the Rockettes in your life, you go peruse the Radio City Music Hall online store for some fun holiday gift ideas. If you can make it into New York City to see the show, I also recommend doing that!

Are you auditioning for RSI 2016? Are you seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or have you in the past? Let me know!

 

 

Holiday Shopping Help for Girlfriends

Hey everyone! As the T.V. and news will not let us forget, the holidays are coming and approaching very quickly! There is a lot of stress that comes with the holidays, and buying gifts for others can be stressful and really overwhelming! When in a relationship, it is hard to know whether or not to buy the family members of your SO gifts for the holidays. I have been with my bf for over a year now, and last year I bought him and his siblings presents. This year, I am going to also buy his parents presents. I had no idea what to get them, but I’ve been brainstorming and now I have a lot of gift ideas I want to share with you all to help you guys and gals with your own brainstorming! Here is a list of gift ideas for all of the people in you and your SOs life!

Your Boyfriend’s Mom

Buying gifts for your SOs mom can be a little tricky. Does she like jewelry? Does she have a hobby she loves? Does she drink alcohol? Here are some ideas to help get your SOs mom a cool, but meaningful present.

  • Pandora charm
  • Gift certificate to a nail salon (if you can get her one to her favorite nail salon, that’s a bonus!)
  • A pretty wine glass
  • Her favorite perfume
  • Bath and Body Works gift certificate
  • Alex and Ani bracelet
  • Wine glass accessories: Wine markers (those are really cool), wine glass tags, etc.
  • A gift certificate to her favorite store
  • A bottle of her favorite wine or alcoholic beverage
  • A gift card to Barnes and Noble if she likes to read
  • A recipe book
  • If she has a Kindle, an Amazon gift certificate
  • A case for her E-Reader
  • A gift certificate for her and her husband to go out to eat

Your Boyfriend’s Dad

Okay dads are even trickier than moms, especially when they aren’t your parents! If you know your SOs parents pretty well, this won’t be too difficult to narrow down a choice. But a lot of the time, shopping for older men is really stressful.

  • Gardening tools
  • A six pack of his favorite beer and a beer stein
  • Distillery kit/Home brewing kit
  • A new leather wallet
  • A watch
  • A picture frame
  • Golf tees, golf club covers, golf balls, etc.
  • His favorite cologne
  • New running shoes
  • An armband to hold his phone or iPod while he exercises or does yard work
  • A new rake or shovel if his old ones break
  • A tool he needs to replace (like a screw driver, saw, hammer, etc.)
  • Barnes and Noble gift certificate
  • A case for his E-Reader
  • A gift certificate out to eat for him and his wife

Your Boyfriend’s Older Little Brother

This is also tricky because he is too old for toys and you are probably tight on money and can’t afford to buy new high-tech things he would enjoy. Never fear, here are some things he might like.

  • Gas certificate to a gas station
  • AutoZone gift certificate
  • Barnes and Noble gift certificate
  • Amazon gift certificate
  • iTunes gift certificate
  • Lottery tickets and his favorite candies
  • A new movie to watch
  • Gift certificate to the local movie theater
  • New earbuds or headphones
  • (If he is old enough) His favorite beer
  • Sweatshirt/sweatpants/pajama pants
  • Cool socks, a beanie, and tech gloves (the ones you can wear and still use your phone)
  • His favorite cologne

Your Boyrfriend’s Older Little Sister

Maybe I’m biased because I am a girl, but I think it is so it is so much easier to shop for teenage girls than teenage boys!

  • Aerie gift card or pajama set
  • Perfume
  • Bath and Body Works body sprays and lotions
  • Victoria’s Secret gift card, perfume, or pajamas
  • Alex and Ani bracelet
  • Pandora charm
  • Clothes
  • Makeup – Ulta gift card, Sephora, Urban Decay, etc.
  • Nail polish, nail art stickers or pens
  • Nail salon gift certificate
  • Socks, a winter hat, and mittens
  • Leggings and a new sweatshirt

Your Boyfriend’s Little Brothers

Children are easier to shop for because they love getting new and cool toys!

  • Board games
  • Lego sets
  • Soccer ball
  • Street hockey equipment
  • A mini trampoline
  • Deck of cards and playing chips
  • Toy cars
  • Age appropriate books
  • A disposable camera and a photo album
  • Nerf anything
  • Slippers
  • A new movie to watch (like the new Spongebob movie)
  • Basketball

Your Boyfriend’s Little Sister

Little girls are super fun to shop for because there are so many types of fun toys for little girls nowadays.

  • Board games – like Pretty Pretty Princess, Candy Land, or Twister
  • Barbie dolls, Barbie clothes, Barbie accessories
  • Dress up costumes, tiara, and a wand
  • A disposable camera and a photo album
  • American Girl dolls or accessories
  • Age appropriate books
  • A cute outfit to wear for the holidays
  • Pajama set
  • Jump rope
  • Chalk set
  • Beading kit
  • Loom kit
  • Costume jewelry/age-appropriate jewelry
  • Bubbles and bubble set
  • Uno

As you can see, there are many options available to you for you to choose from to buy as gifts this holiday season for your SOs family! I love shopping for all of the special people in my life during the holiday season, and I hope you find this list helpful when trying to plan your naughty and nice list this year! Much love to you all!

Cheers!

The Holidays are Upon Us!

Happy Thursday WordPress loves! I can’t believe this week is almost over already! I feel like my semester is literally flying by me, and guess what else? I see my boyfriend in 21 days from today! WOOHOO!! I haven’t seen him since Labor Day weekend, and by Thanksgiving, we will not have seen each other for 56 days! That is insane, and I hate thinking about the long stretches of time that pass between us where we can’t be together. Fortunately for us, however, I am pursuing my two undergraduate degrees and he is still training, so we have a lot of work to keep us busy and keep the days flying by like usual!

By the way, I did mention above I am pursuing two degrees! I just added my second major in general psychology and I could not be more excited! I will graduate in the next year and half (which is on time) with my degree in dance performance, and my degree in psych. I will get two BA’s in the time it takes most students at my school to earn one, and I am proud I’ll be able to accomplish this without having to stay for an extra semester!

Furthermore, as the title of this post states, the holidays are upon us! Not only is Thanksgiving three weeks from today, but I will also see my boyfriend in three weeks! Then, three weeks after Thanksgiving, he will be home for Christmas!! That is the shortest time between periods of seeing him since he left for basic training! I feel so exhilarated knowing my window of time now is short between finishing this semester, and being reunited with the love of my life.

Also, since Christmas is a little over six weeks away, I’ve already been brainstorming gift ideas for presents! Not to mention, I just bought a present for my boyfriends two little brothers. I’ll be purchasing his mom’s, his dad’s, and his oldest younger brother’s presents soon too. I will also be buying my love his Christmas gift soon as well, but I’m getting him something that is expensive, so I am waiting to order his gift until my direct deposit goes through! I LOVE Christmas and like to go all out on my gifts to everyone, but I have to remind myself sometimes I am not Mrs. Rockefeller, haha.

Additionally, I have to shop for my own family’s presents, so I will be making a lot of purchases within the next two months. I am trying to get the bulk of my shopping done early (preferably before Black Friday) because I’ve worked in retail the last five Black Friday’s (this year will be my fifth consecutive Black Friday working), and I know stores tend to mark up their merchandise at the start of the Christmas shopping period. The last few years, I’ve waited until after Black Friday to begin my Christmas shopping, and I’d end up spending about $400 in presents within a 2.5-3 week period. I think I have finally learned from the past, and I am going to try to spread my spending out as much as possible.

There is so much to do within the next three weeks, and I can’t believe this part of the semester is here already!

Have you began shopping for Christmas yet? Who are you shopping for? Let me know!