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Modern Retro from eShakti

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 / ,

When it comes to clothes, there are few things I love more than a good print.  A few weeks ago, eShakti reached out to me asking if I would like to pick something out from their site.  I had actually already heard rave reviews of them from my mom, who has purchased a few dresses and loved them.

I chose the Illusion Eyelet Abstract Print Dress because of the pattern - I have nothing else like it in my closet!  My favorite thing about eShakti is that everything can be customized: measurements, skirt length, sleeve style.  It was so nice to be able to just type in my measurements and not have to worry about whether the dress would fit or not.  My funky size makes it almost impossible to buy clothing online.

Anyway, I love the modern-retro feel of this dress, it was just begging to be paired with some big sunglasses!  So I can pretend I'm a 50's movie star.  Yep.

Dress: c/o eShakti
Heels: Lulu*s
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta
Clutch: eBay
Earrings: Lydell NYC
Bracelet: Charming Charlie

I'm Going to Dance with Derek

Monday, August 11, 2014 / ,

So life.  It's funny.  I feel like I have been so far away from this little blog lately and I miss it, though I can't complain about what has been going on otherwise.  As you may (or may not) have noticed, Undeniably, me went through a design makeover, and my posts have been scarce lately.

Working 7 days a week last year allowed me to take these past 3 months off - yay summer! - and shift my focus back to my own work.  With the extra time I've been going to about a million auditions, castings, etc. and actually start doing what I want to do.  It's been fun, and I am excited to see where this year goes!

Now that my everyday life has changed, this "lifestyle" blog is going to have to change with it.  It seems likely that there will be more "what-I'm-up-to" type posts (if I'm up to anything entertaining, that is).  I'll keep the fashion coming too, because dressing up is fun.  Since I really have nothing more to say here, I'll leave you with a summary of what's been going on lately to kick things off.

1.  Performing my friend Jessie's choreography at a dance festival in Central Park.
2.  Weekly brunch adventures.  This almond french toast (which tasted like Christmas, btw) was from Ciao For Now in the East Village.  Highly recommend.
3.  Getting my hair and makeup done for a fashion shoot with Suguru.  Real model status?
4.  Scenic shot of the Rhode Island coast while filming a music video.
5.  Hotel selfie.  I ended up travelling to teach a jazz dance intensive and was treated like a complete VIP.
6.  Shooting music video #2 in Midtown.
7.  Saw only the most amazing dance company.  I'm convinced they are all superheros.  We stuck around after the show and managed to meet them all and talk dance.  Persistence pays off people.
8.  DEREK HOUGH.  Enough said.  Only the highlight of my week year life.  We made a deal that I'll be dancing with him one of these days.  So look out!
9.  With the USA Cheerleaders at a West Point fundraising event this past weekend.

Basically it's been a little busy, and a lot crazy.  But definitely fun.  What have you been up to this summer?

Hazy Midsummer Afternoon

Saturday, August 2, 2014 / ,

Dress c/o Sheinside / Charming Charlie Long Necklace / Statement Necklace c/o Oasap / Joyce Leslie Elephant Bangle / Alex and Ani Mermaid Bangle / American Eagle Pearl Bracelet / Go Jane Heels

I absolutely love the casual boho vibe of this black crochet over-dress.  While it can be worn during the day with flats or even as a swimsuit cover-up, I chose to take it out at night recently with friends to our favorite waterside lounge.  Anything no-fuss is a keeper in my closet! ...Because I'm lazy.  Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

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Say hello to Kallie, one of my favorite blogger friends!  Her blog, But First, Coffee, is a little bit of everything good.  It's my go-to for drugstore beauty reviews, delicious cocktail recipes, and honest writing in her "Sunday Talks" series.  Also, I'm convinced she's the prettiest person on the internet, so there's that.

1.  Your blog is one that has a definite sense of community about it.  Did you go into blogging with that goal in mind?  Firstly, thanks, because that's a serious compliment. But, I did NOT go into blogging with that in mind. I had NO idea there even was a blogging community until I got into it.  I'm so glad it exists, though, because it has been one of the best parts of my blogging journey.

2. Lazy weekend, or a fun activity-packed one?  Oh boy, I'm a big believer in balance so I think you need both. But, if I had to pick one over the other, I'd pick one with some fun activities packed in.

3.  What is your favorite song of the moment?  Andy Grammar "Back Home"

4.  Something you are looking forward to this summer?  Working part-time (I'm a teacher, so I'm just doing the summer school thing this summer which is less than half my normal hours).  This will give me time to relax, tackle some big projects around the house, and have the time to take on some bigger blog posts I've been thinking up.

5.  Any advice for new bloggers?  Understand the importance of the blogging community, connect with other bloggers and take time for real, personal interactions. Also, always choose quality over quantity.  In the long run, I believe readers are more interested in high quality, well done posts rather than a mediocre post every day.

Stop by and visit Kallie at But First, Coffee

Linking up with Lauren

I'm Happy, Damn It

Sunday, July 20, 2014 / ,

Happiness.  It's what I want.  It's what we all want, I think.  But why is it so hard to come by?  I've been working on creating my own happiness for the majority of this year.  It comes and goes, but I'm hoping it's here to stay for a while now. 

I'm sitting in a random coffee shop on 34th St, discovered by being accidentally early to an audition and in need of some way to occupy my time for 30 minutes.  The "organic coffee" sign caught my eye, and I was thrilled to see only one person in line ahead of me.  Further thrilled that a small was only $1.91, and then ecstatic to find that the coffee tastes amazing.  As in, good enough that I had the urge to run into the street and tell people about it.  Which I didn't, not that anyone would have looked twice anyway.  I sat down by the window to watch the tourists fumbling around enjoying themselves, not noticing that I didn't close the lid on my coffee properly.  I bring it up to my mouth, and proceed to spill a decent amount all over my leg.  I looked down and stated, "well that's no good.", and laughed. 

After processing the moment, I was completely surprised by my reaction.  On any given day, it would have been "F%*&", followed by crankiness at the loss of such good coffee.  What is wrong with me?  For two days now, I have been obnoxiously happy for no good reason.  Why?

I stopped thinking.  Usually, I am perpetually trapped inside my own head: What I should be doing, what I haven't accomplished yet, do people like me, am I making all the right choices, it goes on and on forever.  When you're in a constant state of "not good enough" - everything you do seems insignificant.  What might be amazing to someone else, is just a check mark for me, and then it's, "what's next?".  Yes, the drive is there, and it gets stuff done, but the mental heaviness becomes extreme.  Slowly, it creeps, until one day you're just so overwhelmed everything seems hopeless. Super healthy, right?

Earlier this week, I came across a quote by one of my favorite people, Jordan Bach.  If you don't read his blog - do. Anyway, he said, 

"Change your thoughts and your feelings will change, then your attitude, then your behavior, then your life."

A simple statement.  But it resonated with me, and everything just clicked.  Spend enough time putting positive energy out into the universe, and it is bound to come back to you.  People sense it, and are drawn to you.  Even in a city of assholes. 

To be honest, this isn't a new discovery for me.  I have put it into practice before - but life happens and it's easier said then done sometimes.  I get so caught up in my career, the next project, reaching that unattainable level of "success".  Working so hard only to be rejected.  It's tough.  When all I really need to do is just let go, and find my inner peace.  Do something for someone other than myself.  Dance for the joy of it, not in a desperate attempt to book a job.  Love without getting hung up on if it's reciprocated.  Stop being afraid of failure.  Don't overthink.  Just be a human and live.  

So that's what I'm doing.  I smell like coffee, and my leg is probably burned.  But I'm going to dance, and I'll be happy about it. 

My Typical To-Do List

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / ,

This person^ has an awesome life

Guys, my life is odd.  Last night I started writing down my to-do list, when it struck me how hilariously ridiculous it was.  The fact that I legitimately need to do all of these things for work is bonkers...but I love it.  Enjoy.
  • Memorize commercial script
  • Put together 6 minute tap dance
  • Edit dance reel
  • Choreograph mime interpretations to "Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen
  • Practice yoga
  • Rehearsal in Central Park
  • Master 22 ways to tie a sarong

I better get to work, the sarong looks like it could be a challenge.

*On a side note:  I am performing at the Check Us Out Dance Festival this Saturday at Summit Rock in Central Park.  5pm, if anyone in the area is bored and would like to attend.  Event is free, find more info here.


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