Thursday, August 10, 2017

Belly Dance Beach Photo Shoot

Time to get glam! Last month I had a new set of belly dance pictures done. Since I have some new costumes and a new hair color (hello purple!), I decided it was time to acquire some photo documentation on both aspects. I grabbed my costumes, my makeup, and the talented photographer, Chris Yetter, and we headed to Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor, Washington. It was really fun to shoot on the beach, and especially appropriate for the mermaid costume. As we were shooting, we were acquiring some bystanders, but the more the merrier. Although, it was definitely hot outside! Hopefully, I was able to pull off looking fancy and fabulous, rather than hot and sweaty. But I'll let you be the judge of that. Below are some of my favorite shots from the shoot.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Piscos and Pilgrimage in Peru

I'm blessed to have just returned from an amazing 16-day vacation in Peru. My days were filled with touring ancient ruins, sipping on pisco sours, experiencing exotic cultures, and one epic four-day Inca Trail hike. Here are some pictorial highlights from the trip!

Andean Highlands, Peru

Arequipa Cathedral, Peru

Arequipa, Peru

Caral, Peru

Caral, Peru

Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Canyon, Peru

Santo Domingo Convent, Lima, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Colca Valley, Peru

Inca Trail, Peru

Larco Museum, Lima, Peru

Huaca Pucllana, Lima, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Ika, Peru

Nazca, Peru

Huacachina, Peru

Sacred Valley, Peru

Floating Islands, Puno, Peru

Uros Floating Island, Puno, Peru

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Unicorn Beauty Roundup

If you've been anywhere near the Internet lately, you know that unicorns are having a moment. Unicorn lattes, unicorn toast, unicorn headdresses. Pretty much unicorn everything. Which is certainly fine by me, since I'm pretty sure unicorns are my spirit animal. I'm also pretty sure that my favorite aspect of the unicorn trend is the rise of unicorn-inspired beauty products. Since they typically involved oodles of shimmer and sparkle, they make great additions to a dancer's beauty arsenal. Here's a roundup of some of my favorite unicorn beauty buys.

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Supernova

This highlighter in prismatic lavender is my to-go. I'm addicted to wearing it on my cheeks for both general everyday use and performances. It creates a beautiful shimmery sheen that can't be beat.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Unicorn Tears
Another prismatic wonder. I love swiping this on over a deeper lipstick shade. Paired with the Milk Makeup holographic stick, it's a duo that has magical written all over it.

Nails, Inc. Unicorn Nail Polish Duo
Why stop at just your face for holographic makeup? Why not add holographic nails as well? This cute little nail polish duo can accomplish that for you in no time.

Tarte Magic Wands Brush Set
There's been a whole host of unicorn makeup brushes pop-up on the web recently. But Tarte gets my pick for quality. These brushes don't just look cute with their unicorn spiral handles and brightly-colored brushes; they also do a great job with makeup application. They are unfortunately sold out on Tarte and Sephora, but you might be able to snag a set on eBay!

Glow Cult Cosmetics Unicorn Oil
Because everybody could use a little more glow in their life. Use as a highlighter, or add a few drops to your moisturizer or foundation to get a lit from within look.

Lime Crime Chromatic Press-On Nails
I'm wearing these press-on nails right now as I type (yup, that bottom picture is me). These were simple to apply and so far have been durable (I'm a week in). You can file down the length to whatever size fits your style. Great for when you're short on time and don't have an hour or two to do a full-on manicure, followed by sitting around and waiting for paint to dry. Just glue and go!

Mod Bath and Body Unicorn Dreamer Sugar Scrub

If I had to guess what a unicorn smells like, this would be it. This sugar scrub starts out as a gentle exfoliant and melts its way into a heavenly lather.

Rose Garden Apothecary Magical Unicorn Whipped Soap
This is another lovely smelling product. I love the light-as-air soft texture of this soap. Every time I use it, it feels like an indulgence. Almost as good as eating dessert, only this indulgence is calorie-free!

Anni Pretty Unicorn Food Mac the Unicorn Bath Bomb
A warm bath is a great way to destress, restore tired muscles, and indulge in some self-care. So why not do it unicorn style with this macaroon inspired bath bomb?

Miss Violet Lace Mermaid Shimmer Oil
Okay, so this one is technically mermaid beauty. But hey, we are accepting of all magical creatures on this blog. I love applying this shimmer on my arms, legs and torso before performing. The brand does also carry some unicorn-inspired items as well, in case you're interested.

Any readers with a favorite unicorn beauty product? If so, let me know! I love discovering new beauty products!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Lunaria's Moon Over Manhattan

Back in March, the company I dance with, Lunaria Dance Theatre, put on our first full-length production, Moon Over Manhattan. It was pretty intense leading up to the show, with tons of both group and personal rehearsals. Additionally, we were also working on creating and prepping our costumes, sets, and props. But in the end, all that hard work paid off! Collectively, we feel pretty pleased with how the show turned out. We've received some great reviews and kudos from the audience and local dance community, which feels pretty darn good. Thus, this month's post is a photo celebration of our show. Photos by Greg Holloway.

P.S. Want to learn more about the Lunaria company members? Check out this post