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