Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Get the Ladies: Strip Clubs and Dolla Bills


Overheard while trying on the above dress at Guess: Phone conversation coming from the guy in the adjacent dressing room.

"Yooo how you doin'?  I'm at Guess trying on some jeans."

"$100 denim, you know how I do!"

"Designer everything, it's my LIFE!"

*inaudible conversation, and hangs up.*

"Throw it up, throw it up, strip clubs and dolla bills...."

"STRIP CLUBS AND DOLLA BILLS!"

"Hey, hey!  Is this shirt good quality, like, will it rip in the wash?  I see a thread hanging, can you get me a better one?"

"Throw it up, throw it up, I still got my money."

"Damn, these jeans are fly!  I gotta be lookin' fresh for the ladies you know."

"But wait, there's a stain!  I can't be having no stains on my shirt."

"These jeans tho.  Damn!"

"Strip clubs and dolla billlllllllllsss!" 

Meanwhile, I am trying my hardest not to laugh in the room next door.  It was difficult.

Here's what I got from this: if you want to impress the ladies, get yourself a pair of Guess jeans, and belt Rihanna songs at anyone who will listen.  You'll be looking fly.



Friday, April 18, 2014

10 Things Learned in a Week of NYC Dance Auditions



As some of you may know, I have been auditioning quite a bit lately.  As in, 7 shows in 4 days this week.  I managed to pick up a few tips along the way, which I will be sharing with you today!  Whether you audition yourself, or just want a peek into the life of a professional dancer - read on.

1.  Arrive early.  Like, ridiculously early.  10:00am call?  Get there at 7:00.  No, really.  On Friday, I had a call a 2:00pm for Flashdance.  I arrived at 12:15, and was #90 on the list.  Not 30 minutes later, the monitor said we would be starting early, as in around 1:00.  It happens - and you don't want to arrive "on time", only to find out you missed the call.

2.  Bring ALL of your shoes.  Jazz, ballet, heels, heel taps, flat taps, character - etc etc etc.  Sometimes, they will give you more shoe options, or tell you to wear something different altogether - it's better to be prepared and have everything just in case!

3.  Bring multiple outfits.  Maybe not your entire dance wardrobe, but it's good to have options.  Leotards, crop tops, shorts, skirts, tights - take one of each!

4.  Bring your makeup, hairspray, bobby pins, and a hairbrush.  You know, the basics.

5.  Snacks are important.  You can't dance on empty!

6.  Hydration is too.  Wataaa

7.  Warm-up completely before the audition starts.  For me, that means a complete vocal warm-up at home, and as much of a dance warm-up as possible.  Then, I finish my dance warm-up once I arrive (2 hours early!) at the audition.

8.  Don't take it seriously.  Well, not completely at least.  I see people get their hopes and dreams crushed everyday just because they were cut.  You can't let it get to you, because the casting director's choice is not personal (unless you insulted their mother or something).  It can be as simple as they might be looking for a brunette, and you happen to be blonde.  So no matter how amazing you are, there is no way you would have gotten the roll - and it has nothing to do with your talent.  Remember - I can never be a Rockette.  Too short.  Wah. 

9.  Make friends!  It is so much easier to deal with the pressure if you make friends with the other dancers.  In only a few days, I made a handful of new people, ran into old friends from highschool who also on the audition circuit, recognized people from shows I've seen and made friends with them too!  It's nice to see familiar faces.

10.  Have fun.  At the end of the day, we dance because we love it - and that is really what the directors want to see anyway.  So have fun, dance, and DON'T FORGET TO SMILE!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Want Free Stuff?

black cat bed under covers

If you are a regular reader of Undeniably, me, you may have noticed that posts have been a little scarce lately.  Last week (or the week before?) I addressed why here.  The full truth though?  I think I am in a blogging slump.  I love my little blog, and would post everyday if I had something interesting to say!  I was tweeting about this predicament earlier, and one of you replied, "quality over quantity" - which is absolutely perfect.  I want this to be a blog of posts I am proud of, not things I threw together just to get content up.  So that's why nothing interesting is going up right now, because my mind is drawing a blank.  As soon as the creative juices start flowing again - you'll know!

Anyway, since this is technically a "lifestyle" blog, it seems fitting that I should fill you in on some things that have been going on with said "life".

-  The dance company I direct has their first competition this Sunday!  I am all sorts of nervous and excited.

-  I'm in the process of doing a massive closet clean-out.  Some things may end up in my shop, so keep a lookout.

-  Also in the process of a massive apartment clean-out.  Anyone in the NY/NJ area want free stuff?  Hit me up.

-  Oliver is up to his usual antics.  His new thing is sticking his paws into the jar of q-tips and cotton balls while I'm out, so I come home to a bathroom floor covered in them.  He's cute though...so it's OK.

-  I am just getting over some sort of sickness - coughing/runny nose/grossness.  Hopefully will be 100% by the weekend.

That's all.  Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Moments in March


Even though we are already a week into April, I figured it wasn't too late to share some of my favorite Instagram moments from March.  It was quite the month, though I am glad we are now finally into the warmer weather!

1. Lights from the Imagine Dragons concert.
2. Pre-concert selfie with my brother!
3. Cute little letter from one of my students - why are they so cute?
4. Got my adorable Oliver mug from the mug swap.
5. Snacking on mango and strawberries...and matching my accessories to them.
6. Practicing calypso jumps for my dance reel.
7. Manhattan across the river.
8. Oliver being a silly boy under the covers.
9. blah.

What was your favorite moment in March?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Outdoor Lunch Date Outfit

It is finally, finally starting to feel like spring!  *knock on wood*  I put together an outfit to wear for an outdoor lunch date with my girlfriends - something I've been doing a lot lately, minus the outdoor part.  Soon though, if these sunny days decide to stay!

A pair of white skinny jeans just screams "spring", they are a fresh alternative to your standard blue denim.  The flowy top adds a carefree feel to the look.  Gold and jewels are the accessories theme: earrings, hand bracelet, and sandals.  Finish off the outfit with a neutral handbag.  You can bet this is the outfit I am re-creating next time we go out!

Speaking of spring, I have been up to some "spring cleaning" this week.  However, it is only a project because I have let my place fall into an unfortunate state of disaster the past few weeks.  I finally couldn't stand it any longer, and busted out the cleaning moves.  I'm still in shock:


Real cute. 

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