$100 J Crew Giveaway

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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After a day of travel and recovery I am home in sunny LA.  What a week I had in Minnesota with my 2nd family and I had forgotten how much I love being in the studio with those kids.  I am one lucky lady to have amazing people out there who value my work and allow me to create and choreograph on their kids. You can check out my instagram for pictures of the week and competition results.

Enough about me, lets get right the juicy stuff! A group of awesome bloggers have all pooled together for an amazing giveaway for a $100 J Crew Gift card that can be used in store or online.  Spring is around the corner and it’s time for a closet update! I’m drooling over this Midi Skirt and as always this baggy knit tee is catching my eye. Why don’t I wear clothes that fit me you ask? A baggy tee is simply the way to my heart but this Weather Coral Blazer on the other hand is to die for too! Decisions decisions my friends and now its up to you! Enter below!

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One Year Older And Wiser Too

Posted on: February 19, 2015

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In many ways, 23 was a bittersweet year for me.  Many life changes and amazing career opportunities coupled with personal growth and challenges. Looking back it is always interesting to see what really matters at the end of it all and what moments made an impact on me. If I could assign a motto to live by as my new 24 yr old self it would be to “be brave”. Show courage and step into the unknown bravely and confidently knowing that god is on my side with the many people I love. Be brave and jump head first into the deep end trusting that I can swim. Be brave and stand with strength when my career screams rejection. Be brave.

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At Home With the James: Valentines Waffle Bar

Posted on: February 17, 2015

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We decided to spend our Valentines Day in this year and just enjoy each other! I also had to leave the next morning at 6 am so a late night out wasn’t an option! I picked up all of our favorite toppings and we topped our waffles how we liked! Perfect date night or party idea!

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Our favorite spreads! There was syrup too (duh). Ever tried almond butter on a waffle? Delicious.
IMG_1728Blueberries, Raspberries, Chocolate Chips, Whipped Cream, & Pecans! Strawberries would have been perfect too!

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Another valentines down, infinity to go.

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New Artist Round Up

Posted on: February 12, 2015

 Hi all! Not sure if I have mentioned this before but if I wasn’t a dancer, I would’ve been a musician.  I have no idea if I am musically inclined since I jumped into dance as a baby but music affects me almost more than dance does.  Dance doesn’t happen without music first.  Without the hard work of the artist, dance doesn’t mean a whole lot.  I’m so affected by lyric choice, instruments, and overall sound.  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites as of late. Some aren’t exactly brand new, but new to my favorite playlists!

PicMonkey Collage1. Jack Garratt. 2. Chet Faker. 3. Purtity Ring. 4. Of Rust And Bone. 4. Laura Welsh. 5. Vaults. 6. Lewis Watson. 7. Son Lux. 8. Laurel.

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Braids Braids Braids

Posted on: February 9, 2015

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After the Grammy’s last night all I wanna do is chop my hair! How cute was Katy Perry? Kim K even chopped her locks! I’m in love with braids and I find it tough to braid thin, medium length hair so I’ve been scouring pinterest for cute braided styles. I think I was a gypsy in my past life because I love a messy braided look.  Effortless and still looks “put together”.  Who doesn’t love that?! Especially on a monday when the last thing you wanna do is spend time on your hair! I’ll admit I struggle at braiding and my poor future children will probably look to their dad to braid their hair but practice makes perfect! And who doesn’t love a good beauty inspiration post?!

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So I’m not A Size 2

Posted on: February 4, 2015

IMG_1664I boasted at the beginning of the year that this would be a space that I can be honest and real. Today I begin to write from that deep part of me that I am scared to let anyone see.  I’m not a size 2. My waist doesn’t measure 25 inches around, I have a large rib cage, and broad shoulders. I’m also a dancer.  Does that surprise you with what I just told you? I don’t how many times I’ve heard that “dancers have perfect bodies”.  Many do but guess what world?!  I am not one of them.  I don’t fit the dancer mold and I’ve battled that idea for years.  Chances you’d look at me and say “athlete yes, but dancer I’m not sure”.  I don’t know when the perfect dancer mold was formed but it only fits about 2% of the world and unfortunately that 2% all lives in the dance world. I keep telling myself I am going to do this my way, just the way I am, but that thought often slips when someone looks at you and says “work harder at the gym”. What that person doesn’t know is anything about me.  What can you possibly know by just looking at me? My “look” doesn’t show you that I work hard, I exercise, I obsess over good music, I love deeply, I laugh a lot, I sing terribly in the shower, I love taking class, and I love to eat a good meal. Sadly my “look” will determine what auditions I am sent to or what jobs I book and I have to be ok with that.  This is an internal battle I deal with all the time and I am no master of those negative thoughts but it’s a start. I refuse to let the dance world ruin me or turn me into something I am not. This is in no way to shame those 2% that are lucky with great genetics and probably work hard for their bodies.  I can only speak for me. And I will only speak for me. “You are amazing, remember that.”

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Wear It: My Favorite Online Retailers

Posted on: February 2, 2015

You guys I am really into online shopping these days.  No packed parking lots or annoying sales associates. Thought I would share with you some of my favorite pieces!

PicMonkey Collage11. Piper & Scoot. 2. Free People. 3. The Oxford Trunk. 4. ASOS. 5. Steve Madden. 5. Rouche. 6. Forever 21. 7. Kortni Jeane 8. Urban Outfitters

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At Home With The James: Corner Nook Gallery Wall

Posted on: January 29, 2015

IMG_1621We have been sprucing up the apartment lately and adding some new decor.  We have this corner nook that I have been dying to decorate and it’s finally done!

IMG_1622Most of the prints I ordered from Etsy and then a few others are easy and handmade.  The cardboard looking squares are just thank you cards folded in side out and then I traced what design I wanted. Super easy!
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I found a few of my favorite black and white pieces of scrapbook paper and hung those too! I used washi tape to hang most of the prints as well and 3m command strips for the rest. The J is from Michael’s and just painted the color we wanted! 
IMG_1623It’s my new favorite part of our home and it’s been so fun to see how our personal style changes as we get older.  I love decorating our little space!

Love Never Fails, Map of Brazil, Black & White Abstract DotsCarl Sagon Quote, Gold Feathers: Target, Photography by Chantel Marie, Antlers: West Elm.

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Booty Rolls

Posted on: January 27, 2015

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Yes you read that right. Booty rolls. Hair whips. Crop tops. High heels.

I made a goal with the new year to take at least two classes a week that are completely out of my comfort zone. I’m pretty comfortable in a hip hop class but ask me to be girly or whip my hair and I shrivel like a raisin.

Not saying that the only classes out here are sassy and girly, there are many styles, but if I am going to start auditioning I should learn to get comfortable in any setting. Since I am indeed a girl, being girly may be something I should be comfortable with, don’t you think?

Scary right? But I think it’s kinda fun. Who knows if I am making a fool of myself in those classes as a little white girl but I’m going for it. Thankfully, I’m still an individual and can make choices about what I allow myself to do. So no, I’m not saying because I live here I have to be whipping my hair all the time but I do need to push myself.

Jumping into a contemporary, jazz, and some hip hop classes I usually can hold my own but i’ve taken some classes lately that have really put me out of my box….I branched out and took class from a teacher I wasn’t familiar with and everyone around me was equally amazing.  I secretly just wanted to sit in the back and watch. The level of talent out here is insane!

What’s that quote about living outside your comfort zone? if you know it please do share because it needs to be my motto!

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10 Things I’ve Learned in LA Traffic

Posted on: January 25, 2015

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1. There are no laws. Ok maybe not that dramatic but in the handbook it says to follow the flow of traffic at all times.  Welp… if the flow of traffic is going 80 then you betta keep up!

2. Merging is a near death experience.  Motorcycles are allowed to drive in between lanes and come flying up behind you at any moment.  Imagine trying to merge and some motorcycle comes zipping up in your exact merge spot!

3. Everyone believes they are more important than you.  They’ve got somewhere to be and of course they need to get there faster than you.

4. Find an audiobook or soothing meditation music.  If your going to be sitting in your car for at least an hour at a time you might as well make it useful. It’s the perfect time for choreo music search and some car-ography.

5. Cops will stop you for talking on the cell phone but didn’t seem to notice the land rover next to me flying by at at least 85.  goodness even I know that’s over the speed limit.

6. When a really expensive car drives by I secretly hope for a celeb citing. It has yet to happen…

7. We now measure distance in time rather than miles.

8. A great pair of shades is required. Thank you Target.

9. Somehow I am always amazed that there is traffic at 6 am.  Why is everybody up?! A drive to the airport for an 8 am flight is impossible!

10. I’m getting used to this LA commute just like I got used to the Minnesota winter.  Its a love hate relationship.  A necessary evil if you will. If it means great class or new adventures i’ll take it!

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