A Tiny Splurge

A Tiny Splurge

Recently, I shamelessly had my make-up done in the lobby of an Equinox with a friend a. so I could look b-e-a-u-tiful at work for once and b. because it came with the promise of a 20% off coupon. Turns out, I’m a bigger fan of Bobbi Brown than I realized before and have zero impulse control when it comes to a discount with an expiration date. Cue one of the biggest orders that I’ve made online in a while and one that I’ll be paying for for another couple of paychecks. But hey, #noregrets, right?

 

Included in my purchase was the Intensive Skin Supplement & Hydrating Eye Cream (have to start fighting wrinkles early, amirite?), Instant Full Cover Concealer (truly better than sleep), Skin Foundation Stick (just the right amount of coverage and somehow it magically matches my skin tone), and a corrector (because I always carry two large tote bags under my eyes and need a way to camouflage them). Bonus points: I got to make my own skin care sampler set for free, so it’s totally justifiable, right? Right?

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Lemon Garlic Scallops over a Bed of Greens and Tomatoes

Lemon Garlic Scallops over a Bed of Greens and Tomatoes

For some reason or another, Friday night I was hit hard with a craving for scallops, despite the fact that I had never before prepared that protein. Additionally, I’ve been trying to maintain a vegan diet for at least 5 days a week, for environmental and ethical purposed, but have given myself two days of wiggle room for those inevitable cravings. Thus, when this craving hit, I counted it as a cheat day and riffed on some online scallop cooking methods. that I found I found the results quite enjoyable- I hope you do too!

 

Lemon-garlic scallops over a bed of arugula, sprouts, and tomatoes:

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup sprouts
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sautée shallots, diced, and garlic, minced, in melted butter. Add scallops and cook for a few minutes on one side until opaque (shaking pan every 30 sec). Flip scallops to sear on other side.

 

While scallops are cooking, prepare a bed of arugula on a clean plate. Nest sprouts on top of arugula. Sprinkle quartered tomatoes on top of greens.

 

Once scallops are fully cooked, transfer them to bed of greens, Squeeze lemons into skillet. Mix lemon juice with remaining butter, garlic, and shallots to create sauce. Drizzle sauce over plate to serve.

Bon appétit!

Summer Time at Lincoln Center

Summer Time at Lincoln Center

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I remember the first time I ever visited Lincoln Center. I was in middle school, living in the mountains and  traveling to New York for the first time with my drama class. The weather was starting to get warmer, seeing as it was an end of the year pilgrimage, and the city bursting with verdant foliage. It was that time of year that I had my first introduction to Lincoln Center. And I thought that it was one of the ugliest landmarks that I had ever seen. The austere buildings and jeweled interiors struck me as dated and cold. I lamented the fact that the US lacked a true Bolshoi Theatre or Palais Garnier.

 

Years later, and after having visited both the Bolshoi and Palais Garnier, I could not disagree more with my younger self. A glamorous, palatial theater would look gauche against the New York City Skyline. Lincoln Center has a quiet dignity and grace that serves as the perfect counterpoint to the spirit of the city that I now call home. It’s a sanctuary, yet not an escape, from the every day. You go there to exhale and consider the experience of others, to open your mind and your heart and your soul, but not to forget the world outside. It’s architecture ensures just that.

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

A Case for the Museum

A Case for the Museum

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Trite as it may sound, dance is art in motion. Classical ballet is the closest mere mortals come to the aesthetic ideals set forth by those Greco-Roman sculptures which inform our collective concept of beauty. As dancers, we stand to benefit immensely from an understanding of where we fit in the world of the arts and how our bodies act as extensions of those ephemeral moments turned eternal that comprise a painting, sculpture, or photograph. There’s a reason some of the greatest choreographic works are either directly inspired by the visual arts or call to mind some particularly great works. When choreographing Apollo, Balanchine turned to the reliefs on ancient urns for inspiration. Dancing Swan Lake this Spring, I could not shake the stereotypical image of Madonna and Child from my head as I held my wrists crossed over my tutu, imagining my tears rolling off my cheek and over my right wrist.

Without an understanding of art, épaulement lacks context, emotions are flat and two-dimensional- in short, our own art loses its color. As such, why not indulge in the museum? Spend an afternoon wandering its halls, taking in and internalizing the frozen human emotion that adorns it walls. Trust me, it helps bring joy to our practice and roots dance in a language that all can enjoy.

 

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
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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