Thursday, 28 January 2016

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style



Ever felt like you don’t have any idea what is stylish and what is not, throwing on the safest combination of clothes from your wardrobe to simply be dressed. Rather than get frustrated or insecure that what your wearing doesn’t work as an outfit. i am talking to the the guys as much as the girls here.  recently i have been going out and asking friends and acquaintances what they think about style and also putting forward the interesting question ‘ do you feel stylish?’ More interestingly many people i talked to, don’t have a clear sense of what style is and this arises before they can answer whether they are in style or not. The second is that from those who felt they understood style as a topic, couldn’t fathom how to bring this concept into their lives practically. Lastly, the topic that comes to light is wanting to look good but not loose their individuality to a preconceived idea that we must wear high end brands like Versace and Chanel to be stylish. In this article we will look at a definition of style and how everyone including you can develop a sense of style without loosing your identity. In fact with these tips you can feel more sense of self while engaging personal power through informed choice about the way you express yourself in all aspects of life.

 

In the broadest sense style for me is making choices about the way you present yourself, with awareness of how you feel, how you want to impact others and what you need to wear practically to get things done.

1. Build awareness of the choices and influence.

By becoming more aware of the points below, you can better understand some of the influences that should be considered while choosing what to wear. The best thing is only you can answer these for yourself, helping you to define your personal style.
  • Becoming aware of how you feel on any given day and choosing an outfit that brings the most to this.
  • Consider the types of clothes that attract you and the ones that don’t feel right when you wear them.
  • Being aware of what you need to do during the day and the tasks this involves. Be it practical and getting dirty or in the office with a boss you have to impress. Changing if need be to suit the task at hand. 
  • What impression do you want to leave behind in different situations during the day and how can you use your outward appearance to achieve this. 
  • Do you want to fit into the crowd or standing out, the choice is yours.

2. Experiment outside your safe comfort zone, you might just surprise yourself. 

Try out many of the typical styles and see what you feel fits and what doesn’t. Trying out things that go beyond your taste limits quickly inform you where you want to be. Avoiding altogether could mean staying always safe within a basics range you go for each and everyday. Not to mention you might just surprise yourself with what looks good and what feels good. More often than not we like somethings but not others, mixing is good for the individual. After all you are the one wearing the clothes. Why not mix it up a bit wearing punk one day and demure office suit the next.

3. Style is more than clothing it’s about expressing your personality. 

How can you do this if you don’t know, are in hiding, don’t like who you are or are very critical. Be good to yourself and celebrate the great things you like about yourself, accept the things you don’t like and can’t change while getting proactive is getting rid of the ones you can change. This is a great way to boost confidence while creating more awareness of aspects of your character and body that will help later in clothing choices.

4. Choices with expression. 

Sometimes its useful to be part of a crowd, moving inconspicuously. At other times you want to stand out in the room with a clear message to the people around you about who you are and what your purpose is in that moment. Most of the times its great to simply go with the flow of how we are naturally, not thinking about it too much.


i Have at least 7 different versions of Isolde, ranging from training dancer, to teacher, to performer to business owner and then there is me when i am at home chilling out on the sofa. Style is about choice of how people see you, empowering the individual to define themselves in a world all about image, persona and knowledge. Wear the clothes don’t let them wear you!


Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/ignite-style-world-colour-color.html

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Crazy work loads and tip for proper planning in small businesses...






Last summer i found that i wasn't enjoying the biggest aspect of my work anymore and wondered how administration had become so important when i used to be a professional dancer. Running a small self employed business to enable me to work with dance.  I still am a professional dancer in title and can find the funny side now when people ask what you do during the day, as if the classes magically organize themselves. The realization was prompted by these questions and so tightly packing my schedule that i didn't have enough time to eat until late at night, let alone do all the calls that were expected of me. It left me wondering about the moment the meaning of my job changed and whether its a sign of the times that it takes more for a small business to run than in the good old days.




Constant touring during my early years as a dancer also made the administration side a lot simpler to handle. If I covered arranging tour dates, my own promotion, the accounts and dance training there was a sense of fulfillment and my working day while full was done. Adding projects, collaborations and starting a tango school in Utrecht meant that suddenly there was a lot more to do and not enough money in the business to pay for more staff. Its a difficult time for any small business, do you take the gamble and pay someone now knowing that if they are good at what they do they will boost business income within a short time frame. Or do you keep going as you are due to inability to imagine or trust a setup with more than one person. Now my work includes the following list and realistically its far more than one person can do well by themselves.
  • Answering at least 30 emails a day to keep on top on the inbox.
  • Book keeping and accounts
  • Creation of projects and concepts
  • Practical teaching, performing, DJing etc
  • The preparation in training, music preparation and choreography not to mention the ongoing work put into creating clear lessons with an emphasis on thought out didactic clarity making way for a transparent and accessible learning process. Argentine tango is not a difficult dance to learn, it just takes practice.
  • Maintaining and developing the STUDIO Cielito. More than a dance space its been created to give affordable space for dancers, movers and theatres makers. More again in the idea of mutual promotion of many different types of organisation that fall under the cultural banner, through space sharing and collaboration.
  • Maintaining a high level of promotion through up to date websites, use of social media, flyers and design to name a few.

Is it time to gamble?

I went with making the running of my business more efficient and clarifying the processes that would enable someone else to take over the things i am less good at or prefer not to do given the chance. So maybe a gamble is in the future but there is also a possibility to close the gamble gap through efficient procedures and planning, further education in weak areas  like growing in the awareness and people skills needed to make a more informed choice about possible people to bring in as staff later.
With this realization and decision, i began a process of working behind the scenes to simplify and clarify the way my business was running and how i wanted it to move forward into the future. Many small business's will recognize that often when starting small its good to have a clear business plan, branding and promotion plans. But while these are important, they get lost in the process of building and getting out there with your product or service. Its only later when a business is either failing or so successful that the administration work load is excessive due to inefficiency and often outweighing the income to support it. I am just in this process now, my business is successful but the amount of work behind the scenes is crazy and doesn't translate into as many clients as it should. Getting rid of the haphazard way of doing things while implementing procedures and planning that can  enable me
 
 to work more efficiently each day. Also making the processes clearer for handing over to someone else. Due to lack of time i have also had to reduce the amount i am doing in the coming months to give time to this back end process. For any small business not at one of the extremes and presently overworked (not sure this exists, smile), i would strongly suggest to do the business planning while you are small and more simple to manage. Continually update your plan with new projects and services, letting it grow as you grow. You define yourself through it giving you more clarity in bringing possible clients to your business.

At risk of sounding self absorbed, the last thing is probably the most important thing and that is to work on is myself. The more i know myself, my skills, my weaknesses and my special gift. The better i can determine who to bring into my team, searching for someone who have a special gift that strengthens mine, filling in for my weakness's and more importantly adding their own strengths. This could be one person or multiple people creating more of a team feeling. While the present is clarifying, the future is open for the imagination and opportunities that may present themselves.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Make tango history and upload!


 


Introducing 10 tips to find great tango on the web


In this day and age the internet and all things social media are opening up some interesting options for niche groups like Argentine tango lovers to share and bring new information to the surface. Many tango dancers resist all things modernized in the upkeep of the old ways and the charm that comes with them. While i too must confess to being in love with many of the social and practical etiquettes of tango, i am also loving the new information at my fingertips. Like the old black and white videos of people dancing in prehistoric tango times or the up and coming dancers doing their first promotion videos.

Much of tango history has gone uncatalogued making it harder for those who would like to spread informed and widely respected information about Argentine tango. Whether about how tango was danced in the early days with the stories of that time, or indeed techniques every student should learn to become a good dancer. We each have our ideas on this, but with time some of the best resources have diminished with the ageing of orchestra leaders and notable dancers who were around in the good old days when Argentine tango was forming and being shaped. With the natural cycle of life and ageing come the deaths of some of our most renowned maestros and the generations that have witnessed a lifetime of tango and its evolution. Prompting a wish amongst the many Tangueros out there to preserve some of this knowledge in the shape of video interviews, documentaries, articles, and online resources making this information available to the world.

We can actively take part in our Tangos history by becoming active in uploading old footage and publicizing the new dances being created. Below is a short list of some of these new fountains of knowledge, in no particular order.


Tip 1: TENGO UNA PREGUNTA PARA VOS por Pepa Palazon,


A video series where Pepa interviews many of the worlds best known tango dancers. Getting their take on all things tango. Search the above title in youtube to find a huge number of video interviews. Including Julio Balmaceda, Gloria y Rodolfo Dinzel, Milena Plebs. (spanish)
http://www.youtube.com


Tips 2: The Youtube search


Type any of the following words in together and you will find a whole wealth of old videos of everything from D’arienzos dramatic leading of his orchestra in the 1940s to black and white movies of some of the first tangos ever recorded on film. search terms to try: tango orquesta, 1920 tango, 1930 tango, 1940 tango, golden age tango. (various languages) http://www.youtube.com


Tip 3: Todo tango website


Probably one of the best known tango website resources out there, giving deep and informative information about dancers, musicians and all things tango. If you understand spanish then its well worth checking the spanish pages and each language has a different amount of information available. I found the rap sheets on the orchestras useful in getting a feel for how all the different musicians interrelated and through this how the end result we hear today came to be. (Spanish, English, German, Portugese) http://todotango.com/


Tip 4: Tango.info site


This is very basic in the way it looks but if you are interested in no fuss information it provides a great source of information laid out in a utilitarian but easy to understand way. (various languages due to user content submission). https://tango.info/

Tip 5: To tango net


This site has some great articles about everything included in the tango genre http://www.totango.net./


Tip 6: Cyber tango site by Cristian mensing


An incredibly useful site with listings such as links for journals around the world, articles, books, websites and blogs for more information about tango. Its a great resource. (english) http://www.cyber-tango.com/e/art_e.html


Tip 7: Articles and book by Christine Denniston


i found her articles and website when i first started dancing and in want of more knowledge. With easy to understand and informative writing style, this is a great place to start reading about tango history. (english) http://www.history-of-tango.com/


Tip 8: Tejas tango dictionary


A great regularly updated tango glossery of terms explained. (english) www.tejastango.com/terminology.html


Tip 9: Argentine tango videos net


This is a website dedicated to videos old and new, http://www.argentinetangovideos.net/

Tip 10: Tango and Chaos


Read stories of recent times in Buenos aires with Tango and chaos website - (english) http://www.tangoandchaos.org


With the new information coming to the surface all the time it enables us to further research argentine tangos murky beginnings and hopefully write with a more informed approach than the regurgitation of tango histories out there. Many containing the same play on words, vocabulary and factual information. Wanting to offer my students a history of tango on my website at one time or other, i was also culprit of this. With the continual new information we have a very natural record being created like never before. There are many ways to be an active part in the history of tango, come and join in the fun.


Other articles in the dance genre:

'A Vision of Tango'

'Abundant obsession', Argentine tango

Why we love Pilates (and you should too)

Friday, 22 January 2016

Photography of living ice

Today I had the urge to clear up the garden ready for spring and the beauty of the almond blossom trees mixed with magnolia and the evergreen fresh green of the bamboo. When i entered the garden there were lots of plant pots and buckets laying around since the last storm. I started to turn them over to get rid of the water, with the hope of stacking them up in a tidy corner again. Only to discover beautiful ice creations falling out to the paving stone floor. The little wonder was that there were plants growing inside the safety of the ice.

Not wanting to miss this wonderful opportunity i instantly got the camera and started to play wit other things lying around in the garden. The first pictures are simply of the tine plant that was hiding in the ice. The others are a combination of crab apples, duck egg shell found half buried, moss and periwinkle flowers.

I love the cold weather for taking pictures, if you look around hard enough there is always something interesting and unusual with ice, snow or frost. Harder to get clear well lit photos through, due to overcast and grey light conditions. 


 




















Like to see more photos? Then check out the link below:

Black and white photos with a splash of colour by Gine Maie

Little acts of kindness while….




Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness




Lately I have been working behind the scenes trying to update knowledge on all things design and in particular choosing a great colour signature for my business branding. While reminding myself of some color palette basics like the difference between a tone, a shade and pure colors. Not to mention primary, secondary and tertiary color schemes and the subtle and very useful difference between them. Allowing a lot of choices as an informed user and combiner. Whether looking at how to combine colour in a website or your latest outfit. The effects of colour on our psychology and on those around us huge. So why not ignite your world with a little informed colour wearing and make monochrone outfits a choice for the right moment rather than a safe must. Coschedule blog gives a very clear idea of the possible color use in marketing, and the same can be applied to our outfit of the day. Here are some tips for using color in your fashion choices.




There is a thing line between love and hate

 When looking for two colours to bring together, there is a thin line between the colours that work together and the ones that clash. I love to use a monochrome colour scheme adding another colour that makes the whole outfit pop. A monochrome colour palette includes one color with all its shades and tones. Then adding accents of a contrasting colour make an outfit elegant without looking like a rainbow. Another trick used a lot in the eighties is peacocking with all one colour like black and then having one other colour that is made stronger by the contrast of the two you have chosen.

 

 

Skin tone 

Are you aware that all of us have a base skin tone that can be warm cold or neutral? This has a big effect on the colours we look good wearing. Warm skin types look good in gold jewelry while cold skin types look better in silver. With accessories its good to choose the colors that suit your skin tone. If you like gold but have a cool skin tone why not look at a rose gold variation which has a cooler colour or if you want to amp it up a notch why not platinum jewellery which is being called the new gold. For warm skin tones, be aware of the different types of gold varying from rosegold to a more red gold, these can be used subtly with outfits to bring both modern and classic accents. If you don't know your skin tone you can check is out here with a great wikihow article.






Hair colour 

This is super important, especially if you are dying your hair different colours. First of all choose a hair colour that suits your skin tone. This is the biggest reason hair colour can make people look strange. Each time you dye your hair a different colour, you need to change your clothing colour scheme to suit.  If you are one of the few not experimenting with hair colour, then it makes things a bit easier. Your wardrobe choices can keep on one line and it makes shopping much easier.

 

Eye colour 

Blue eyed people are often encouraged to  wear blue clothing to bring out the colour of their eyes, but there is a whole range of things we can do with eye colour. Its a more subtle part of our colour scheme when you consider how noticeable skin and hair can be from a distance. But up close and personal eye suddenly become a big draw. I would suggest to consider the mood you want to create before looking at colours. Eyes that pop in terms of the outfit are great when you want to be out there and noticed, but what if you want something more relaxed. With hazel eyes you have a choice of how they pop eg more green or more brown. All eye colours have the dominant overall colour and smaller ones e.g blue eyes can be sky blue or more grey. Dark eyes can be more dark green or blue black. I have hazel eyes and most often choose to accent the browns and golds in my eyes, accenting the green for a different clearer look when wanted.





Don't be too swayed by fashion  

In the end the colour range that suits your skin tone, hair colour and eye colour won't change. Mostly there is a good shade in a the range of a fashionable color scheme that will work for each individual. Personally i wouldn't go for a fashionable color palette at the expense of looking too pale due tot he color not working for me.
 

Dressing for a color blind partner and friends

This is something more to be aware of. Many men have part colour blindness, so if you are dressing up for a date or loved one make sure you have a sense of their sight capabilities and also a sense of their taste. Ok we don't want to loose ourselves to someone else's taste but its not great to knock people over with it either. So when deciding clothing for a date or evening out with friends, try to get  a sense of what is appropriate for the occasion and help to create the desired atmosphere.



Office clothing and culture

These are other situations to be aware. Office culture nowadays in relation to the accepted clothing is so completely different where ever you go. In the good old days it was simple, dress to impress with a suit or skirt blazer combo. Nowadays its a matter of researching the company culture of the place you wish to join or be aware of the place you work in and how the general populace choose to dress. For interviews i would always suggest dress up a look slightly more if in doubt rather than less, it gives the impression of taking the interview seriously. In hte case of being at work in a steady job, ask yourself what the company culture regarding clothing is and how you like to dress with this in mind. If its super relaxed with jeans and t-shirts and you come in with a suit, its a very strong statement whether you are aware of this or not. Great clothing choices can not only make you look and feel better about yourself. But they can help you make friends in the office, impress the boss and draw clients into your work.


There is a lot we can do with color awareness and bringing this extra information to the choices we make when choosing outfits, interior decoration or anything else for that matter. Use colour to suit your mood and see how different choices can bring out different aspects of your character and how to apply this to work or chilling out with friends and loved ones.



Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
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Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
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Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
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http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html



Monday, 18 January 2016

Little acts of kindness while….

Today was a glorious day of surprise snow, seizing the moment of sunshine and clear weather to embrace the new found cold and look for beautiful photographs. Putting on the warmest clothes i can find and enjoying the wild sort of photographer look i managed. Helping me to get into the mood of photographing my immediate world. Being present in the moment and enjoying not caring what the world thinks of me. Something i dwell on too often, which also results in me trying to make others as comfortable as i can manage. Only to find i can’t keep it up, and now a relief to let go of.

i am walking finding my first subject, the new park wall stroke fence i find actually quite ugly but somehow with the white snow and the brightness of the day i find there is also beauty in its shape. Next come trees, ducks and water shots with the many romantic bridges in the Maxima park. What struck me in one moment is that i get so caught up in my work that i forget to be in the moment, enjoying what is there rather than trying to continually shape and improve it. As i finished all my photos and the memory card i decided to head back to the warmth. On my way back i saw a mother with two children, trying to get one on her back. as i passed i was smiling and enjoying their fun. they couldn’t manage to do it so i helped the little girl onto her mothers back. It was so sweet to see. Not only had they made me smile but i had made them smile too, giving them a further possibility to enjoy their fun. With one little act of kindness we were all warmed from the inside, oblivious to the cold.

So i am normally not writing on a sunday but find it a wonderful opportunity to invite each of you who read this, to first become present with the space, people and lives going on around you. Second to be open to one little act of kindness and see what comes your way. Third to be open to doing a little act of kindness, that will be sure to warm you through and through.




 


 


 

 

 


  







 

 
 


Saturday, 16 January 2016

My first thrift shop adventure



A friend told me about the great finds she bought at a thrift shop a few weeks back and when i was passing one a couple of weeks ago i decided to go in and take a look. I have to admit to having a bit of a barrier about going into these places because while i like the idea of recycling and using things, i didn't think much of the quality a few years ago when i looked in a charity shop. The idea of getting rid of almost new quality things to a place that will sell them at a good price to others and make money for a good cause is great. I have supported this over many years dropping off bags of unwanted things, always finding it easier than simply throwing nice things away. Having found the quality wasn't great before i didn't bother to check out more. I have to also admit a bit of a snob in me associating these places with a feeling you must be desperate to shop there. This is more an association from school where there were always jokes about charity shops and poor people to put it nicely. But going, exploring and seeing the change in these shops was a wonderful surprise. Lovely quality items at a great price. You get a bargain and the shop gets money towards a great cause.

My favorite thing about this new experience is that i have the feeling of finding a creative treasure trove within which the artist in me comes forward. Since moving to the Netherlands i have missed some of the things that don't fit into the highly specific and stylized way of decorating houses, wearing clothes, making restaurant interiors and much more. Even the plants are designed, or this is my feeling anyway. While i love style i thing there should be space for an individual to add their own flair to the mix. For myself i love real wooden furniture, stylized pieces with a bit of wild thrown in.

This experience also made me realize that new isn't necessarily better particularly with this new fashion for fake wooden furniture and endlessly consumerist attitude with buying and getting rid of really great pretty much new things. I am also a culprit of this. With this new fashion of heightened consumerism the quality of things are going down while the price seems to be the same or higher.  have been going almost once a week to a local thrift store finding beautiful things to fuel my artistic license into playing. Not to mention the amazing piano which has given me no end of joy in these last weeks. Playing music by Ludovico Ienaudi and relearning Beethoven's Moonlight sonata late at night in my dance studio.

I strongly suggest the following people search a thrift store out (if you haven't already done so):
  • Vintage clothes lovers
  • Quality furniture searchers. Especially if you have some basic skills with sanding, varnish and painting.
  • Artist in search of... materials, paints, wool, canvas's, picture frames, odd suprise things you never thought to search for but are the finishing touch to a piece you have been searching for. 
  • Small business wanting to get basic furniture for offices and other business type setups. 
  • Interior designers and decorators who want to find interesting things to tweak a final look.
  • Book worms may get lost and come out arms full of books.
  • Mad hatters beware, find the right thrift store and there are hats galore, sorry for the rhyme couldn't resist.



With some love and care there are some beautiful additions to my home and wardrobe waiting out there, not to mention the endless amount of things to get creative with. I realised on my first visit that the quality is in many cases higher in a thrift shop than in some highstreet shops. Not to mention the beautiful things people have brought back from which ever they used to live in or visited on holiday. With a discerning eye you can cut through the things of no value and unique items you can't get anywhere else in hte place where you are living.

Just remember if you are thinking to search a thrift shop (charity shop) out, they are not all made the same. Many are great, some are not. Some have a huge choice in clothing whiles others specialize in office furniture.

Happy exploring!



Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
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http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Friday, 15 January 2016

Black and white photos with a splash of colour by Gine Maie

Newest photos from photo shoot today. Some lovely photos that didn't make the cut for latest website and promotions. Thank you to Gine Maie who photographed these for me.  Getting prepared for the new elegant clothing for dancers and anyone who likes simple beautiful clothes that flatter and move.














 Check out our store with a great range of individual clothing brought to you from Isolde's journeys. With a new collection of handmade items coming soon, Cielita store is a great place to check out.


Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Beauty tip for keeping those winter days at bay


 

For many of you lucky people you are in your summer now, but us northerners the wonderful winter months are upon us. Whatever the season there is always something we can do to not only help the external beauty but also you internal exquisiteness. 

 

A winter treat, short routine to bring a warm glow


With all the changing between warm cozy houses and the fresh outdoors, its important to look after your skin. The warm dry air inside matched with the cold dry air outside robs your skin of its much needed moisture.





Gather together:
  • a massage oil like almond or peach, or simple olive oil. Different oils promote different qualities, almond oil and apricot are great for combination skin.
  • a small towel and a larger one
  • a trusted moisturizer, The body shop good moisturizers designed for different skin types.
  • moisturizing body wash
  • exfoliating cream: st.Ives apricot scrub is a great one for sensitive skin
  • an exfoliating brush with natural fibers like sea sponge.
  • something to tie you hair off your face and neck.
 The type of products you use depends on your skin type, use trusted brands you know won't cause skin irritation and allergy. If anything on the list is new for you then search out advice on what is best for you to use.

The routine:
  1. Tie you hair up so no loose strands will get close to the skin. If you have a chance do nice things for your hair before continuing with this list. Dirty hair will rub against the skin later and possibly ruin some of your work here.
  2. Take the natural exfoliating brush and move it in circles on your dry skin. This is a great for exfoliating the skin while improving circulation and getting rid of dead skin.
  3. Take a shower and use the exfoliating cream on your face and neck. If you like you can use the brush for the body here too. 
  4. Use the moisturizing body wash on your body leaving your neck and face free.
  5. Directly after your shower get the natural oil and work into all areas of your of your body including the face and neck. Massaging the oil into the skin. If your hand can't glide over the skin you probably don't have enough oil on there. The dryer the skin the more you will use, as the skin simply laps up this new moisturization. 
  6. Get the smallest of the two towels and make it wet using water at a comfortable heat for holding but warm enough that you feel its warmth seep in. Find a relaxed place to sit or lay down with some soothing music, place the towel onto your face and neck creating as much contact with the towel as possible. Relax for 10 minutes, you can repeat this if you like with a newly warmed towel. 
  7. Once you are done, take the second dry towel and rub all the excess oil from your body. This step is great for the circulation. The better the circulation is underneath the skin the more it promotes healthy skin on top. 
  8. Moisturize your body leaving your neck and face free again. Put something on to keep warm.
  9. Take the wet towel and make it warm again, gently massaging you face and taking excess oil away. 
  10. Use a moisturizer for your face and neck, you can add your normal eye cream if you use one. Give this time to dry which can be helped by gently patting your eye area with your finger tips. Avoid rubbing the sensitive skin areas as this can cause more harm than good.
  11. And you are done. Feel free to make this a bedtime treat adding candles for a relaxing mood, heating up the oil to body temperature before using a candle oil burner or pimping it up with things you do in your normal routine. Adding a face mask can also be a great addition.

When i make time for little routines like this the results are super quick. Whether you want to improve skin condition, relax or be good to yourself this is a simple formula you can tweak to make it your own. Little rituals like these helps to bring a little peace in this hectic world.


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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

5 fantastic dances to improve your fitness, which fits your personality type?

Ever wondered why some people tango and others do rock and roll? With a few exceptions that like to mix it up, many people get attracted to different dances. What brings people to a dance in the binning and what keeps people training once they have started? Well I am not sure i have the answers to this but to have a little fun, I have listed 9 dances below and their personality types.


Bohemian thinker / artist

Argentine tango is a mixture of introvert and extrovert. Both for show and social, in full view and danced for the couple alone. Scientists and artists looking for a way to communicate, usually finding hard to do this in every day life. It appeals to the masculine mind with its geometric concepts of lanes and line of dance, circles and angles for turning and much more. Sophistication and trampery in one foul swoop, not to mention the more commonly seen variations in dance couples, men leading men, women leading women gives tango the title Bohemian dance of the group.

Party animal

Salsa - generally extraverted unless you see the natives dance (people dancing a long time to a high level), then it can be slow and sensual. Salsa tends to attract the younger generations who like to party but want something more than simply bouncing around. Full and curvacious, even men will discover hips in this dance. Culture and modern music mixed in a party atmosphere with bright colours and vivacious music filling the whole room,  think carnaval. This dance is queen of the party.

 Sorceress / magician

Flamenco - dramatic outward appearance and a lot more going on inside, strong rhythmic movements. Masculine and feminine mixed together with energy and purpose. Traditional feel and dress exuding the best of old times in performances that make your hair stand up on end. The duality of the masculine and feminine found in this dance rarely seen so equally standing side by side make this the dance of those who want to explore their inner power and expression enabled by the play with live musicians. Making this dance the one divine connection of all things.

    Hippy fest

    Folkdance or Balfolk - high energy, fun with simple movements compared to other dances. Great for getting everyone up on the dance floor, its the social animal of all the dances listed here to the point of attracting all those who don't want to go mainstream. Cross culture sharing, hippy hugging and live music create lots of great sharing experiences with this dance.

    Chilled out groover

    Swing - with different moves set groovily in the 1920s-1940s jazz scene. Golden oldy or nostalgic young one who likes to get a feel for the richness of a whole range of different dances included in this genre. This dance brings lots of great historic references together with the dance that is still very actively danced today and increasing momentum by all accounts. This dance is king of chilling out and variety.

    Please take this as a little fun, i love dancing and think every dance has its charm. 

    Liked this? then it would be great if you share you dance personality, even if its not the dance you actuality dance at this moment. I often wondered at the personalities of different dances and there are so many that aren't on this list. i made a shortlist this time but maybe another time its nice to broaden it out. i hope you enjoy.


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    Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question



    Where is the line between wearing too much and not covering enough. Probably easiest way to answer this question is to ask what you want to bring to an outfit. Modest and sophisticated for the work place or sexy club outfit. The choice is yours. What intrigues me is where this imaginery line is and how to make more informed choices about what we wear and in this case how much. I am sharing this topic because in the last days i have seen so many women wearing things that look like underwear in public or frumpy clothing that hides all signs that there is a beautiful women under there. It may sound like i am a prude but i have you know i am the first to try a low backless dress, low cut top or short skirt. But i like to look sexy rather than arriving as if i didn't have enough time to dress myself. Deliberate wearing of an outfit also means you can cross a few borders. But for now here are my tips for helping to make an informed choice.

    1. If you can see the outline of your hand underneath a shear dress or top, then you should definitely consider wearing something underneath. Well designed underwear for the out there girl or strapless top for the more conservative women out there. Boob tube type tops are great in these situations if you like to find something inbetween. 
    2. On the experimental first try out mission you have everyone heads turning, and not necessarily in a good way. Take on board what people were noticing and make some changes. While peoples opinion about your clothing choices shouldn't rule you, there is something to be said fr outfits that do everything you want them to do while leaving those around you comfortable. I think there is an art to this. The easiest thing in the world is to wear something shocking.
    3. Wearing a transparent top? then check what else you are wearing. If you wear the top with a short skirt and stiletto heels you might be taken for something you don't want to be. Combining a sexy top with straight leg jeans and heels can be a classy way to add a sexy aspect to your outfit. 
    4. Personally i love the avant garde outfits from the runway and would also love to try out the more wearable ones on the street. Most people can't handle this, so keep in mind that just because you see it on a runway or in a performance setting of some sort, it doesn't mean its suitable for the street or casual parties.
    5. Sexy doesn't mean exposed, often the contrary. Add a little mystery to an outfit and you get a load more heads turning without making people feel uncomfortable about looking and even enjoying. 
    6. If its see through now, know that if a photo is taken there will be even more showing. Choose how far to go now rather than regret the photo online everywhere later. Its a funny tip but with the social network and photo culture we have today its not long before one embarrassing photo becomes public knowledge.
    7. In the end, comfort is the most important thing. If you have a great outfit that is making you uncomfortable its probably doing more harm than good. How can you shine when you are worried about what you are wearing?
    In the end you are the boos, the decision is yours. Make sure its a decision and make the most of what you have without going overboard to the point of over exposure. See below for more style tips and fashion articles.



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