It’s A New Year.. What Makes YOU Fierce?

It’s a new year and one of my favorite words is FIERCE!  It ignites my passion.. my desire to be strong.. my wish to be fearless.. my ambition to persevere and my goals of being unforgettable!

A year ago in February, my Grama passed away.  We were very close & I loved her with all my heart.  She was one of my most special people: my cheerleader, my mom, my voice of reason, my greatest sounding board and LOVED to watch me dance!  While I was back East for her funeral I stumbled upon a ballroom dance studio I had NO IDEA existed a few blocks from my home in LA.  I contacted them while in NJ (I swear Grama sent me to them) and the rest is history.. I fell back in love with dancing because of the owners Katie & Erick (below) and the wonderful instructors (the events & other students are just a bonus).

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I started dancing at 10 yrs old.  I taught, performed & competed all throughout school.  I turned professional at the age of 19 and continued my career until 26.  I taught ballroom at a Fred Astaire studio from 22-24 yrs old.  I lived my dream of being a dancer and performing professionally all over the country.  But I hadn’t ballroom danced in about 15 years (even just for fun).

Dancing has ALWAYS been my heart, my love, my joy, my passion.

When I retired I couldn’t figure out how to enjoy it for fun.. so I gave it up.

Last February I walked into the studio (shaking & heart pounding – thinking WHAT AM I DOING? I can’t do this anymore!) I was greeted by one of the sweetest guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting (or dancing with) and I haven’t stopped smiling yet!   In a year I have lost 25 pounds.. bought a dozen glittering gowns.. danced & sung more songs then I can remember, laughed uncontrollably (while dancing), felt like a princess (more than once) and entered my first EVER competition in December.

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I am FIERCE!  I am having the time of my life.. inspiring others to dare to try something new.. sharing my joy, reminding others talent SHOULD be shared and hoping to become awesome in TANGO (my worst dance, in my mind) by this years end.  I am  not giving up!  I have over done it and injured myself multiple times last year.  But I’ve kept going. I can’t remember as much as I would like to or as quickly as I used to, BUT I AM FIERCE.  I feel good.  I’m graceful.  I’m happy.  I’m taking chances.  I’m NOT giving up!

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What is it that you would LOVE to try this year?  What lights a spark in your heart? What do you do and no matter how hard you try, you can’t stop smiling (this is a problem for my TANGO).  Do that!  Try that!  If it scares you a little, it means there is a WONDERFUL treasure awaiting you on the other side.. it’s wrapped in a gorgeous package with a tag on it with YOUR name.. “YOU ARE FIERCE“.. It’s just waiting to be opened.. discovered.. shared.. and ONLY YOU can unwrap it!

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Remember, DON’T let anyone or anything STOP you.. especially when you soul is whispering to you.. listen to it!  It’s usually IMPORTANT.

Please share your adventures & journey with me!  I can’t wait to hear what makes YOU FIERCE!(because you are)

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Intentional Beauty

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We are almost at the end of January.. Oh my goodness, where does the time go?

Two questions: Have you chosen a word for your intention(s) in 2015?
Have you taken steps to fulfill it this month?

My word of the year: #SHINE2015
And yes, I’ve been using it all month!

(Thanks for the inspirational image @charityideas. Check out her blog here.)

Sparkle for those over 30

I don’t know about you.. But I love SPARKLE!
My eyes are drawn to sparkly things & sparkly people.

But what is the difference between glitter and sparkle?
The main difference is if you are over 30 and not going to a party, you may want to ditch the glitter for every day.. But sparkle.. That’s another story.

Sparkle in makeup is more of a shimmer. I tell people it’s like looking at glistening snow.
Accessories, nails, makeup, personalities.. Sparkle can be the perfect addition to your style!
Glitter is small pieces of metal-like flakes and they aren’t as flattering or camera friendly as subtle sparkle (plus you’ll find traces of glitter for days).

But how do you choose products and know when it’s too much?

Let’s start with some of my favorite picks…

Makeup:
I love Merle Normans mineral makeup. Has a light sparkle that flatters & diffuses light.
Bare minerals eyeshadows. They blend like a dream into each other & add sparkle to the eye.
Buxom lip gloss. Not too sticky, but a great blend of shine & sparkle. Perfect alone or to layer over lip pencil or lipstick.
Nars blushes. I adore these products. Most have that subtle sparkle to give your cheeks a flushed glow.
MAC cream liners. Some of these liners have bits of sparkle in them. MAC also has eyeliners with sparkle in the pencil. They are both so subtle but eye enhancing.
Mineral eye liners. My favorite long lasting eyeliners are mineral powders. I find a eyeshadow with a bit of sparkle, wet my liner brush & apply. They last all day without moving.

Stay away from products with pieces of glitter in them or heavy frosted shades.. Just think color with a bit of a glistening glow.

Nails:
Anything goes right now. Nail color is hot.
One of the biggest trends is layering sparkle over colors or tipping nails with a new twist on the French tip. Choice a color and paint the nail or tip the nail and follow with a coat of crazy glistening glitter. That’s so popular right now.
Idea: Start a board on pinterest just for nails.
Here’s mine: http://pinterest.com/michellebouse/nailed/

Hair:
BLING! Was popular for awhile. Tinsel is tied into hair for a sparkling addition. We
Loved choosing colors to highlight the hair.

Of course sparkly headbands and pins never go out of style.

Accessories:
The first accessory I grab is a scarf with sparkle in it. Necklaces, earrings, wrapping bracelets all are great ways to add sparkle to your outfit.
Use a brooch for a scarf tie, a top button on a jacket, hair accessory or added to bracelet wrap. Be creative. Just remember: you want to sparkle, not be one big rhinestone.
Play with some of the subtle additions in your makeup and pick an accessory to enhance not distract. Let me know what works for you!

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