This have been super busy for me this month. I’ve been hoping to keep to a consistent posting schedule, but sometimes life gets in the way (stupid non-blog life). For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been working part time at a dance studio, and this past weekend we had our annual dance recital. It’s a busy week of rehearsals, and especially for me because I have students dancing, I’m dancing myself, and I MC the whole event. So there are a lot of hats I have to wear… and since this years theme was Masquerade, I wore a lot of masks as well. The morning of my dress rehearsal I watched a YouTube makeup tutorial from one of my favorite YouTubers, Desi Perkins. She did a “sandwich” eyeshadow technique with gold and black shadows. It inspired me to break out my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette for the first time and play around. Many of my costumes this year wear gold and black, so the shadow look worked perfectly. (more…)
Dance recitals are not just for little girls any more! Dance is such a fun way to get a workout for people of any age. If you’re an adult who is doing a dance recital or any type of stage performance for the first time, or you’re a teen who wants to make the leap from little girl stage makeup and try something a little more grown up… then this is the look for you!
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If you’re spending your time getting your kids school bags ready, it’s easy to forget about your own bags. So why not take a minute and organize your gym bag… or, if you’re like me, your dance class bag. Here’s what I keep in mine…
This weekend was my dance studio’s annual dance recital. It is an exhausting weekend where I dance, help out with the kids, and MC the show. Luckily, in all the confusion, I managed to snap a few Instagram pics from my weekend of sweat and sequins….
The weekend starts with Thursday night and a stage rehearsal. It’s the first time we do our dances on stage… but without the pressure of our costumes. This is the little corner of dance shoes that became my sanctuary that night…
This year I got a chance to wear my DIY Rhinestone Tap Shoes again… (more…)
Starlets embrace Glamour every day, but if you’re ever feeling like skipping your makeup… here is a fun little dance number that will inspire you to breakout the makeup, courtesy of The Dolly Sisters….
Remember: Beautiful Faces come from Vanity cases!
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Today is the first day of Spring… it hardly feels like it here in New England, but the hope of warmer weather is highly anticipated. A new season is a great time to set some goals for yourself. I got the idea from one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere, which posts a list of goals for each season. I tried this last Summer and I was surprised at how many of my goals I reached. So I thought I would share with you some of my goals for this Spring…
Get outside more. I’d love to walk or jog outside daily, but in New England that’s not always possible. But this winter has been so bad I plan to get outside for some sun and fresh air as often as I can.
Stretch daily. I take dance classes weekly and June is our big recital… my dance teacher has added splits to my Jazz dance, so I’ll be focused of getting more flexible until then.
Try this Sesame Noodle recipe with Buckwheat or Soba noodles instead of pasta.
Make an Easter Brunch complete with Mimosas
Try this Grilled Vegetable Salad recipe
Make mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby on May 3rd… and of course treat myself to a new hat.
Have a spa day. I used to take Saturdays as a beauty day, but then my life got so hectic and I stopped. I’m longing to have a whole day dedicated to a home facial, mani/pedi, bubble bath, and some fashions mags… maybe a chick flick to round out the day.
Try orange lipstick. It’s out of my comfort zone, but I’d like to find a shade that works for me.
Visit a flea market. I’ve never been to one, but I’ve always wanted to try it out to see if I can find some cute vintage finds.
Learn more about photography. I don’t know if I will have time to take a class, but I’m going to start with tips from other blogs like Pretty Shiny Sparkly, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and To Vogue or Bust.
Post every weekday. I have been focused on moving Everyday Starlet from blogger to wordpress and redesigning the site, but I plan to get back to posting content regularly.
Make YouTube videos. I’m planning to add some beauty advice/technique videos to Everyday Starlet. I have some ideas in mind, but if you have any that you’d like to see just leave me a comment below.
What are your goals for Spring?
We all know the first think a movie star does when getting ready for a film role is to get in shape. So if your life is a movie, you should be in shape for it. That’s why today we will talk about how to get in shape like an Old Hollywood film star. Now first I want to mention that this will not be a lesson in how to get as skinny as possible, I much prefer my starlets with some curves. I also do not believe in working out to look like someone else. I think every woman should be the healthiest and most gorgeous version of themselves that they can be.
I will also skip all of the reasons why working out is important… you can get that list from any fitness magazine… and I will spare you the lecture about how you need to make time for fitness because I think we all know that by now. I also will say that I truly believe the philosophy that the best exercise routine is one that you will stick too. So if you already have a workout plan then great! I would like to offer some advice about some possible ideas to mix it up. Heed the advice of my favorite current day throwback glamour goddess Dita Von Teese:
Hula hooping class. Keeping fit is easier with variation. My regime: pilates, ballet, dressage & now hooping! I’d like to try fencing next.
— Dita Von Teese (@DitaVonTeese) September 22, 2013
One thing I find extremely important is to find a workout that celebrates being a woman. I’m fine with weight lifting… after all Marilyn did it. She had a weight room in her home and jogged before it was trendy. But I also encourage you to find some exercises that help you appreciate your womanly form.[caption id="attachment_594" align="aligncenter" width="334"] Photo Via http://getrealliving.com[/caption%5D
Every good workout routine should have a balance of Cardio and Strength Training, and definitely include some stretching. Here are some suggestions to spark your interest. Choose some from each category, and mix it up so you don’t get bored….
Running– this is your most efficient go to cardio. Marilyn did it to keep her curves under control. Great calorie burner but can be hard on your joints. Be sure to wear proper footwear.
Swimming- If you have a pool and live in sunny weather, (or if you’re wealthy enough to have your own indoor pool, in which case, let’s be friends) then this can be a fun and inexpensive way to workout. Just be sure to wear a swim cap (they may not look pretty but chlorine green hair looks worse, and you can always take it off seductively as you get out of the pool.
Bike Rides/Leisurely walks- These are easier on your joints and can be fun on a beautiful day. I love going for long walks alone with just my thoughts. I find it brings out my creativity.
Tennis- If you have a partner and access to a court, there is nothing more glamorous than a sport that encourages you to wear a skirt.
Hula Hooping- This has become very trendy, but it is such a pin up inspired workout. Especially since it will whittle your waist into a gorgeous hourglass figure.
Dancing- Ballroom (especially Latin and Swing dances)/Tap/Jazz- Ballroom dance teaches you how to work with another person. So it’s perfect for couples 9plus you get to work out in heels). Tap and jazz classes are great workouts as well and can be fun. This is the perfect workout choice if you would like to turn the movie of your life into a musical.
Horseback riding- Another activity that can be expensive unless you have the access. But you will feel of Elizabeth Taylor doing it you may just be moved to buy some new diamonds and get married… again!
Fencing- if it’s good enough for Ms. Von Teese then it should be good enough for you!
Ideally you want to work your core because the goal is of course hourglass sass…
Ballet- this exercise celebrates grace, balance, and lean muscle. It is the perfect woman’s workout.
Pilates- based in ballet, Pilates is the ultimate in core workouts and is great for someone who finds ballet classes intimidating.
Yoga-it’s popular for a reason. You can gain strength and balance as well as get a great stretch. There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from, so do your research before attending a class so you’re sure you have the class that suits your needs.
Belly dance- I personally believe that every woman should try this once in their lives. Nothing celebrates the female form like belly dance. It’s known for being a good core workout but the intricate arms in this dance make it good for the upper body as well.
Free Weights- not the most feminine choice but still a great way to get stronger…. again, Marilyn did it. I suggest focusing on your own problem area. Try to build areas you think may be small, and tone areas you’d like smaller. Rumor has it, Lana Turner thought her butt was too small for her hips, so she did daily exercises to build a bigger butt. And Marilyn famously did bust exercises every day because of her fear of sagging. You can find great exercise ideas on Pinterest.
Golf- Great mind/body/focus workout and, since you’ll be surrounded by mostly men, it could be a great place to find your next leading man.
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