Fall-Proof Your Pout

Fall is finally here, even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet in New York City. That being said, we’re officially transitioning our dewy, bronzed summer look into a sophisticated cinnamon hued palette. With falling temperatures (forecast permitting), however, comes dry flaky skin. If you’re like us, the worst part about dry skin is what it means for lips. Chapped, cracked, peeling, discolored- none of it is even remotely cute. Furthermore, dry lips can make or break a look, regardless of whether you opt for lip color or not. Fear not, dear readers, a luscious, hydrated, plump pout is within reach during the colder months. And the best part? It only requires two products, although we’ve also included some other fave finds to finish off your look.

Fall Make-up Bag

The secret to Fall-proofing your pout? Step 1: exfoliate, step 2: lock in moisture.

Step 1: Lush Lip Scrub

Popcorn 25g
  • This vegan lip scrub is good enough to eat- literally. With ingredients including sugar, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and salt you can buff away dead skin cells while moisturizing your pout. Once you’re finished, simply lick it away! While Lush offers a range of flavors, our favorite is Popcorn- which packs a buttery punch.

Step 2: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

 

 

  • One of my favorite finds of 2017 is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. My dog approves too- every time I have it on, she goes straight for the mouth. Not only does it taste and smell great, however, it also transforms your lips overnight. I’m such a fan that it has since replaced my everyday chapstick. My lips have never felt better. If the lip mask is too heavy for your tastes, they also offer a lighter Agave Lip Balm.

 

Complete the Look

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Study Guide: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at BAM

This week, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returned to New York City to present Bausch’s “Café Müller” (1978) and “The Rite of Spring” (1975) as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2017 Next Wave Festival. Running September 14-24, seeing this program in this venue is particularly exciting, given that it was this program that Bausch presented at BAM for Tanztheater Wuppertal’s 1984 New York debut. While all performances are currently sold out, here are some things to consider before, during, and after the performance if you were fortunate enough to procure a ticket.

Before the show:

During the show:

  • Pay attention to gender roles and the interaction between genders
  • Keep an eye out for repetition and the effect that it produces in “Café Müller”
  • Consider the functionality of each performer in “Café Müller”
  • Stay in the audience for all of intermission

After the show:

  • Compare your notes to Brian Seibert’s NYT review. If you’re curious to know how the pieces were received in 1984, check out this one as well.

 

Fresh Finds for February

Fresh Finds for February

 

Regardless of your Valentine’s Day plans, everyone wants to feel a little luxe and romantic in February. Especially if your current plans revolve around a night making sweet love to some chocolate and a bottle of wine alone on your couch like yours truly, it can help to feel like Grace Kelly reclining while you do so. And nothing will make you feel more like Grace Kelly than a beautifully designed product. A product that will look good while making you look good. Check out our picks below:

Tocca fragrance
nordstrom.com
Confession: I spend a lot of time at Sephora. For some reason, I feel like any money I spend there doesn’t count, like calories you don’t add yo your calorie tracker (hint: they never happened). With the amount of time I’ve spent there, you can bet your a** I’ve tried on every fragrance in their catalog. Every time I go to buy perfume, I tell myself I’m going to branch out, but nothing can beat Florence by Tocca, so that’s the only perfume I’ve ever gone home with. It wears beautifully, makes itself known without making an Axe like statement, and is supposed to make me smell like a “Parisian sophisticate”. An earthy floral, this perfume should be stocked in your purse stat. Bonus: The rollerball comes in beautiful gold and olive packaging.
Hourglass is one of my favorite finds from the past year. Of my Hourglass finds, this compact is by far my favorite. I’ve had a hard time finding a natural looking highlighter. Most of my other attempts revolved around sticks or liquids, which were either too harsh or too gummy on my skin. This compact delivers a subtle healthy glow through blush, highlighter, and a bronzer. It’s my one stop shop in the morning to sculpt a dynamic look, even in the middle of February when it’s been approximately 5 months since I last saw sunshine. Bonus: You’ll want to show off the beautiful, marble look case.

Givenchy makeup
barneys.com
This lip color comes in a pink leather case that looks oh so chic. It also, plumps, moisturizes, and delivers custom lip color by reacting to your skin’s Ph. The color is sheer and your lips, but better. Additionally, if you’re anything like me, your lips are a hot mess by now so it pays to have a lip balm that you actually want to wear.

Cheese Fried Eggs

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As a dancer, I love nothing more than starting my day off with a protein packed breakfast. As such, my go-to is a delicious, nutritious (and not to mention cheap!) plate of eggs. For some reason I developed an aversion to runny yolks and scrambled eggs at some point during high school so that’s left me with the meager options of egg white omelets or two fried eggs over hard. While omelets are easier to get creative with, people generally don’t like to mess with fried eggs. I’m hoping to change that today. Cheese fried eggs made me excited for breakfast again, and could not be easier to make. Happy munching!

Recipe:

Olive oil (I use a spray but oil from the bottle will work as well)

2 eggs

Cheese of your choice (My favorites are shredded parmesan, crumbled goat cheese, and shredded cheddar)

Preheat and grease pan. Sprinkle cheese to thinly cover bottom of pan. Crack eggs into pan and fry until the yolk reaches your desired consistency.

Bon appétit!

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Note: Feel free to get creative with it! I like to add avocado at the end or sauté some mushrooms before adding the cheese and eggs #yum

Studio to the Street: Outfit options to beat the summer heat

Studio to the Street: Outfit options to beat the summer heat
It’s 90 degrees out. You’ve just finished an hour and a half class. Your hair would scare even a troll doll and your makeup has been either sweated off or reabsorbed into your skin. But you have a reputation to maintain-you’re a dancer, a modern day Margot Fonteyn. So what’s a girl to do? All this summer we’ll be posting outfit ideas that you can pull on sweaty and pull off gracefully.
Today’s pick has us dreaming about a tropical vacation while remaining perfectly suited for city life.
Staycay

 

Exhibit A: Black Crop Top
Crop tops help to show off the abs we all work so hard for and allow a slight breeze to reach your overheating core. Black has the advantage of hiding the sweat. Bonus points: you just might be able to get away with going bra-less with this one.

Exhibit B: Breezy Shorts
The shorts pictured are admittedly relegated to dreamland given a dancer’s budget, so use them as a guideline when assembling a similar outfit. Look for something high-waisted for a flattering silhouette and opt for a bold print to liven up the outfit.

Dolce&Gabbana white shorts
$825 – matchesfashion.com
Exhibit C: Supportive Shoes
As dancers, our feet are our children. We care for them, invest in them, spoil them. As such, comfortable footwear runs high on our lists of priorities, especially when the weather is beautiful and we want to walk everywhere. My summer shoe of choice are Birkenstocks- I even wear them walking around my house, I love them so much. Judging by how many of my friends already have at least one pair in the closet, I’m probably preaching to the choir here.

Birkenstock shoes
nordstrom.com
Exhibit D: Dance Bag, Upgraded
I know the tendency with dance bags is to go for something big, shapeless, and washable, but the easiest way to pull an outfit together is through the addition of a nice bag. I’ve been using a leather bag for the past year and have suffered no ill effects. It also encourages you to be pragmatic about what you carry with you, instead of lugging your entire leotard collection around with you. Just make sure to remove the things that need to be washed or aired out once you get home (keeping the bag unzipped helps too).

Michael Kors handbag tote
$315 – italist.com
Exhibit E: Hints of Gold
Nothing says summer like beautiful, gilded accessories. Incorporate some delicate pieces into your look to pull it all together. Don’t go for anything too heavy since the shorts are bold enough. If you are wearing a high necked crop top like the one listed above, skip the necklace for today. We’re aiming for a max of one sartorial focal point per body region.

Mirrored lens sunglasses
kreweduoptic.com

Sonix iphone case
$35 – shopbop.com