Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts

Thursday, 3 November 2016

10 Quick Surprising Tips About dancing

 

As a professional dancer i have picked up quite a few little tricks over the years. Usually because i made a whole handful of mistakes and endeavor not to repeat them. Here are 10 quick tips to help dancers whether beginning students, experienced dancers or professionals (probably you have your own).

Build body memory. For each simplified basic movement of the dance or movement activity you wish to improve in. In the end a good teacher can simplify anything you need to understand, but you can't fudge the repetition needed to make a movement become learned.

Increase body awareness. With body awareness its a much quicker process to learn any movement based activity. Without it you can spend years trying to make changes that either will take longer to happen or your body simply won't understand on an intrinsic level.

Find your learning style. Become aware of the ways you learn best e.g. visual, kinesthetic, audio etc. Use the ones you are strongest in while translating to others you are less good in. The translation process makes the learning more profound. For example, i learn visually and kinesthetically but when i first started to teach i had to structure things in a verbal way for my students. Especially with questions but also to relate to the many students who aren't able to learn from a simply visual perspective. I found by making this translation of dance into words i learned a great deal myself too and continue to enjoy this new found learning style.

Give yourself time to find the learning space. Many students arrive at the start time of the class.  Totally understandable with the busyness of most of our lives. But it often results in feeling rushed, not something that promotes learning. With a bit of careful planning you can give yourself 5 minutes to acclimatize before the class starts by arriving a bit earlier. This 5 minutes is great for letting your brain become ready to learn.

Warm up before classes and social dancing. Sometimes it feels silly but warming up the body is really important. The more the activity asks from you, and this is personal, the more you should prepare yourself for it. When you are warm you also most better and more fluidly. The chances of one of those dances you will remember is much higher.

Learning is forgetting. Keep in mind that to learn something and take it in at a deeper level we often need to see it several times. Similar to body memory but for the brain. Let yourself forget things as part of the learning process.

Make sure your clothes don't hold you back. Depending on the type of activity you do, make sure your clothing allows for the movements you want to do as well as keeping you sufficiently covered. There is nothing worse than trying to do something and finding you either can't do it or don't want to as it leaves you exposed.

Take time for your own translation. Particularly for partner dancers but also for students who take a lot of classes. Its useful to take 5 minutes by yourself to put all the things you have learned into your own words and understanding. You can take a step deeper to try and link other things you do as part of your activity into this and check it with a trusted teacher or more experienced dancer. I always invite my students to check ideas with me and also tell them when its possible but not my personal approach or maybe i don't have the answer due to it being outside my expertise or comes down to a choice for the student i can't answer for them. After all i am not a guru but a dancer.

The first time you learn something sticks with you forever, or until you do a lot of hard work to change it. The first time we properly learn something we take it into our memory in a more profound way than the second and third times. Its good to make sure that you understand it correctly this first time and that you are getting quality information. This way you will avoid many bad habits that form due to misinformation. Secondly the amount of work it takes to change this first memory once made.

Ask your teachers why. If your activity is anything like Argentine tango then the question why is a good one. In tango everyone and anyone can teach, with a huge range in abilities to dance and abilities to teach. There are good dancers and terrible teachers, good teachers and terrible dancers and everything in between. The question why tends to cut through the crap. If they can give you a solid and clear reason why, then they probably know what they are talking about. If not then you can think on this. Just be a little aware of the difference between question about a step or subject being taught and questioning the teacher themselves. The second one is unpleasant on the receiving end and feels as though you are being asked for you credentials as a teacher. This is likely to close up most teachers making this a moot point. Active learning is essential to efficient learning and becoming more proficient. Its also rewarding and personally i find it gives a lot of enjoyment.

I hope these were useful. Try them out and if you want more information post a comment below. It would be great if you can spread the word about our new blog using some of the buttons below.We will regularly be posting information about dance, health and a little on Argentine tango.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Finding my niche...Holistic style concept: don't let your clothes wear you!!!




 In a personal message a couple of days ago a reader from this blog asked me a really good question. Why have i set up a blog talking about fashion, style and tips for these areas when there are so may already doing this? While i had an answering feeling i wasn't able to directly put it into words until now. While i started the blog as an experiment, finding my way in social media and putting a lot of the things i was learning into blogging. I found that i do indeed have a message that has gone through my work, social and personal life in the last years. Holistic style is a concept i haven't seen anywhere else, although i see many making similar connections. Holistic style is my ongoing message to the world and is an underlying current in many of the articles i write on this blog. I want to empower the individual by giving knowledge and experiences freely. Create more through sharing than holding everything in for myself. so what is Holistic style?

Holistic style is about empowering the individual to think past the outfit into the realms of personal expression and the choices we have. Looking at how we, many of us use clothing as an unconscious barrier for protection with wishes to hide, to be clearly seen and through this hiding, be age appropriate, to fit in with others, to not fit in with others or simply cover up our body with something so we don't get arrested in the street. The list goes on.

Healthy acceptance of the things we can't change and feel less happy with while being proactive with the ones we can do something about. Ok, you can't change your basic build, but with more education and awareness of health, fitness and the inner workings of our mind and troubles that go with this we can open up many choices of how we want to present ourselves to the world. Choosing our barriers, bridging the gap between inner world and how we wish to be seen. Lastly image in an ever increasingly important topic in todays society. With the emphasis on photos, infographics and everything visual. The way we present ourselves through demeanor and style is important. You know when that person who is in your opinion sightly weirdly dressed walks past wearing what looks like every piece of clothing and jewellery they own, you are making a decision and assumptions about who they are. Or that business person who has gone for the power dressing option of wearing a suit, but in actual fact he looks like every other clone to walk into an office becoming invisible. People see the suit and not the individual making a mockery of the idea of power dressing.  Own the suit, bring forth your personality and conquer, ok not advocating war here but a little living in your own skin is a must for all who want to avoid being used by your own clothing.  Don't sit back and let your clothes overpower you, make choices, take control and let the inner beauty shine through.






 


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

Style tip: accessories galore
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/02/style-tip-accessories-galore.html

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/reasons-you-develop-sense-style-fashion.html

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



Friday, 5 February 2016

Style tip: How to Sit gorgeously

This style tip goes further than clothing into how to use the lines of your body to bring elegance to any outfit you want to wear. While trousers make sitting with your legs apart more acceptable, lolloping around will not impress that boss who we want a job from, the cute guy sitting across from us or make people feel at ease accept when you are in your own home watching tv. I hope you don't mind that i am a little blunt with some of the explanations.

Which of these three pictures directly below look elegant to you?


Common mistakes include:


  • Leaving legs falling open, I call this the take me now position.
  • twisting legs into strange positions, often makes legs look short and fat becuase there is no beauty lines for the eyes to follow.
  • fidgeting and moving around a lot, implies to those around that you are not focused or disciplined to stay still.
  • leaving oneself exposed  unwittingly, often by resting one leg at right angles to the one left on the floor.
  
Picture 1: top leg is twisted, Picture 2: bending down with legs open, Picture 3: both legs are twisted

Suggestions for elegance


Pictures of elegant leg positions that will make you look elegant, flatter your legs and show a confidence through a simple gesture in your body language.
 


 



Picture 1 directly above brings the knees together for a more relaxed look.

Picture 2 is a nice crossed leg position without twisted legs giving a flattering line and shape to the legs.

Picture 3 is an elegant take on crossed legs taking the feet to one side creating a diagonal look on the legs. This is also much more comfortable for the hips for most people meaning you can stay comfortable longer.

Picture 4 is great if you don't want to cross legs and keeps both legs using your hip joint in this position more naturally. humans weren't designed to sit preferring the laying down or stand positions.

Picture 5 is a variation on 1 with the free leg going to the front rather than to the side.

Picture 6 is an elegant position for picking up something from the floor, especially if you have a short skirt or dress on. It helps to avoid indecent exposure or at the least exposure you didn't want to make.

I hope this helps. This article is not meant to take us back into the dark ages with women walking around with books on their heads. But if we want to wear clothing successfully some of those great tips from the old days still apply.

For more style articles see below, want to know more about a particular topic then write to me and you could very well see your question answered here in Chic Loca blog. We love to hear from you.



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

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/reasons-you-develop-sense-style-fashion.html

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
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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

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
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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

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



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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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

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Why We Love pilates (And You Should, Too!)




Pilates is such a great exercise system both holistic and hands on. Its often underestimated as yet another class you can do at your local gym. But it can be so much more in terms of fitness, health, a great figure and not to mention great for dancers. Find out what Pilates can do for you and some great links to professionals near you. Find out the great things it can do for your health below.

The top 6 reasons you should include Pilates into your daily routine:


  1. Increase circulation and relieve tension - Great for when you have been behind a computer all day and your circulation is sluggish due to inactivity. 

  2. Improves posture - For those style conscious people who love to wear nice clothes. The better you look and feel about your body the more you can make out of the things you wear.

  3. Enhances body awareness - In this day and age of computers and technology, people are loosing the sense of moving in their own body. Sound strange? Building up greater body awareness can help to improve core body strength and movement. Not to mention make  dance and movement activities fun while technique is quick to integrate.

  4. Improves muscle tone - working with the core muscles of the torso as a central focus for powering the arms and legs. Giving a powerhouse for controlling the multiple movements we do in everyday life. With the right muscles toned and active it also decreases the likelihood of injuries. 

  5. Improves breathing practices and energizes - The Pilates system uses a thought out and deliberate way of breathing during exercises. Consciously used doing particular types of movement for different effects. Many people these days don't have good breathing practices. These would be to breath efficiently using the stomach and lungs each time you breath in and out. We get into habits like not breathing through the nose or short shallow breaths. Breathing slower and deeper energizes the body while being more efficient. 

  6. Great for people with mobility problems - many exercises are done on the floor, sitting in chairs and using other props for help and support. You don't need to be a dancer to try this, in fact quite the opposite applies.

     

     

     My personal experience and your, build up some knowledge about yourself


    I have mixed a number of pilates exercises into a daily routine which keeps my body toned and working effeciently. I have to admit to off times where i don't practice, but always feel the difference when i get back into the flow of regular practice. My body loves it.

    For me its important to find out what you need from a daily or even 2 times weekly workout. Manageable sessions that can be repeated are key here. Important factors can include:

    • Strength
    • Flexibility
    • Build
    • Proportions of the body.
    • Movement Activities hobbies or work.
    • Health issues or weaknesses in the body



     

    Taking the above list and using myself as an example:


    • Strength - I am very strong in my legs and strong in my core muscles. weak in my arms and neck.
    • Flexibility - I am super flexible in my lower back, less in my upper back, not naturally flexible in my legs while arms and shoulder blades are very flexible.
    • Build - I am tall, with long legs and arms, medium shoulder width and hourglass figure.
    • Proportions of the body - I have longer legs than my torso but have a balanced proportion, with a long back.
    • Movement Activities hobbies or work - I am a professional dancer for my work, i like to learn other dances and movement forms to a high level including pilates, yoga, kung fu amongst others, fashion and posture are important to me as they bring an extra quality to how i look and feel.
    • Health issues or weaknesses in the body - I am super flexible in my hips and have to watch for injuries when exercise. Health issues around digestion and dizzyness due to an operation I had on one of my ears affects me from time to time.


    Find the answers for yourself:


    How to find out where you are stronger and weaker? 


    Think back to times when you are lifting things, this should give you some good answers. Otherwise check with a health specialist like Pilates, dance, or health related teaching/practitioner. This information can help to tell you where you need to work on your strength and where you should maintain your current level.

    How to find out your areas of flexibility?


    Do some simple stretching exercises and be careful of your bodies limits. Again ask a dance teacher or other movement professional for some exercises if you are unsure which ones to use. This information can help to tell you where you need to work on your flexibility and where you should maintain your current level.


     What type of build and body proportions do i have?


    Body build is often a bit difficult to know offhand. Ask some people around you what they think and find people in the street who match how you see your self and then ask where you would but their build on the scale of things. There is a lot of great information on the web about build and proportions so maybe give google a try. Otherwise get in touch with our contact form, i am happy to help. For proportions get a long mirror and ask yourself 2 questions: 1. Is my body longer than my legs or vice versa, 2. what are the general lengths of my arms, legs, torso in relation to the size of my head.

    This information can help to tell you where you about your body, how to work with posture and also how the length of the body often shows the things you can work on. Longer limbs usually need core body exercises and movement control/awareness while being naturally graceful. Shorter limbs often get more tension and need to work with relaxation. These are gross generalisations. Its difficult to describe the complexities of proportions and body build here and its always best to get expert advice in person.

    If you find some funny things out, please don't worry. When we really look at ourselfs we reallize we are a bit strange looking and beautiful. Keep in mind everyone who does  this will probably feel the same. You are unique and beautiful, don't forget it.


    Why are my health weakness's, work and hobby activities important?


    These allow you to keep in mind important factors that you should keep in mind while exercising. Any health problems of weaknesses you might have should be taken into account when trying Pilates or any other activity alone. Notify your teacher if doing a class. In places where you body is weaker do less repetitions and lower level intensity exercises to build up the strength in that area. Too much can lead to injuries, take care of yourself.

    The movement things we do for work and hobbies are useful bits of information. It tells us how fit we are, whether our body is used to moving or not and the types of movement it knows in its body memory already. A more movement active person can often learn things faster and take more intensity while those less used to moving need a little more time to build up on knowledge and intensity.

    Couple your growing knowledge with a great exercise system like Pilates and you are made for life. If Pilates doesn't workout then try one of the other great ways to exercise and experiment until you find one that is right for you.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment

When assembling an outfit its important to think through the different layers and the things you will be doing while wearing your latest choice. Sound funny? Well some pre-thought on this might save you hassle later and keep you always looking good whatever you are putting on or taking off.

When I talk about layers it refers to the different layers you can put on and the different combinations possible. For example outside you have one look with coat, scarf, boots and trousers, but if it get warm and sunny you loose the scarf and coat, is your outfit still working for you? Are you warm enough? Adding a few thinner layers can help with situations where you are not sure if you will be warm or cold. You can always get rid of these later and don't take much room up in your bag. Does this new combination in your style work colour, texture and combination.

Even underwear is often forgotten, have you realized that different shaped bras and briefs create different shapes in your silhouette? While this article is mainly aimed at women it goes for men too. The layers underneath have a direct effect on the ones above. If not then take notice the next time you are getting dressed. Underwear although almost never seen can make or break and outfit.

Second check point is the practicality of an outfit. A clothing choice should live up to the practical requirements you might have until you change. If you are going on a long hike you definitely don't want heels or clothing that restricts movement, on a date you would wear something that makes you feel relaxed and attractive. The other alternative is changing for every different activity which is possible but a lot work.

Lastly the feel of an outfit is addressing how you feel in it and what image or unconscious reactions do you get from other people. The reactions you want from other people is a good thing to keep in mind when deciding what to wear. We have a great power to decide many aspects of how we are seen by others, too few of us really use it and even fewer use it to bring out the best of themselves. Rather than be ruled by the 'good style choices' we made. An example of this is when you see someone walking down the street in absolutely beautiful clothing that might or might not combine, but its elegant and sophisticated. See the problem, the clothes were wearing the person and the person who had taken all that trouble to find beautiful things remained hidden. Wear your clothes and don't be ruled by them.

There is a psychology behind this too. While many of us want to be seen we might not be ready for it. Fighting tooth and nail to put up bounderies and hide. Using too much make up and overbearing clothing choices, or worse simply not caring at all.

For myself i tend to approach an outfit in on from the end result needed or desired if i need to be more effecient while working with a specific look. This then decides the choices about underwear, accessories and layers which work well toward this goal. If i have time and no particular look in mind its fun to build from the underwear up, especially if you are going out. Its nice to take time for the preparation, going with what you feel to be the right thing for that moment, changing if need be. More on this topic another time.

Winter fashion meets Indian accessories and dynamic colours


 


The style tips above can be the difference between getting a job from an interview, a second date or generally just feeling good in your skin. Bring together awareness of layering, activities of the day and suitability, lastly adding the projected image you want to bring when out and about. Make a choice about how others see you and empower yourself today.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Did you know ... fashions trends

I am busy researching ideas and designs for my new collection of clothing for dancers and anyone wanting something a little special for their wardrobe, be it sexy dress for a party or elegant clothing that moves effortless for dancers. Including the important detail of fitting well but not shifting around. Just because we move, the clothing shouldn't have to. The process of designing clothing is interesting unto itself. How does a collection come into being and why, what are the choices that make the final outcome. I hope to share something of this process with you. The final outcome being showcased in february 2016.

For me the first step was to decide why i am designing a collection and to what purpose. The answers to these questions came very quickly as they were the underlying reason for beginning in the first place.

I have always been interested in creating clothes that flatter all shapes and bring out the personality of the person wearing them, and not the other way around. Too often you see clothes wearing the person who is somehow lost in the mass of fabric and whatever else is going on with an outfit. I love the idea of bringing a collection that enables me to educate people that they are beautiful and can wear clothes to bring out their uniqueness, shining like the sun. Secondly as a dancer i have experienced many mishaps with clothing moving around as you are focused in your dance. Mostly you can unceremoniously pull it back into the correct position but sometimes a bit more of you is exposed than intended. I am designing clothing that if specially fitted to the dancer will stay put. Allow extra freedom in not worrying about clothing and simply enjoying the dance. Not only this but elegant clothing that is both sexy and comfortable, with a twist on classic designs adding flavour. There is also a possibility to take an item from our basic range and add all sorts of extras to truly make it your own and unique. Its uncommen to have this much choice at an affordable price. This is the aim for the NEW addition to the Cielita Loca store which until february is offering unique clothing at great prices.

Principal aims are:

  • Elegant clothing that stays put and flatters
  • With Options of elegant of hip chic, something for everyone
  • Clothing that is fitted and accentuates movement, great for dancers
  • Combines well with other designs in the collection or great basics you have in your wardrobe.
  • Influenced by great classic fashions with a twist of modern design. 
  • With attention to detail on the back as well as the front, with dancers the back is all you see when you dance.
  • Fabric with be great to touch offering texture for the outfit.
  • Extra options of choosing fitting and additions to basic range for individual touch.

 

 The research continues...

 

 




I find myself looking back in time when i research.  i love the idea that when i design something it incorporates the best of the old while adding a new twist making contemporary and modern. Probably more important is wearable and making the person feel at home decorating their body with something that makes their personality shine.









The images i have in my head remind me strongly of the 1900s, with their long lines, high waist and use of detail to accentuate a woman's figure creating elegance and sophistication. Buttons and fascinator hats galore. Taking details like buttons, a high waist that ties in with current fashions and the chic use of fabrics to create designs that incorporate a flavour of the 1900s fashion. Combining it with the dress length more commonly found in the 1950s, with shorter options if people want it.

The history of fashion plays such a big part of what is current in vogue today. Fashionistas forget this too easily. Part of the strength of todays fashion is drawn from the greats of yearsterday and beyond. For me they will always be an inspiration and power to include. So many concepts of politics, style and the social factors that were important in shaping an era's style concept give greater significance to the things we wear now. A dress is not simply a dress but a representative of times past, while capturing the modern times.

Stay posted for the new collection or visit Cielito's home for more information on workshops, tango and all new activities happening at our studio in the New year.

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Friday, 25 December 2015

Tokyo street fashion, inspired Starwars and imitating Manga?

Japan has always been a fascination for me. Its a country with so many different cultural rich points that intrigue. Taking one aspect in particular for this article. Japanese fashion has and is continuing to leave its mark on the fashion world far away from the small countries own borders.  Be it with more historical styles like the kimono or the strong images portrayed by samurai and geisha alike. Unique and strong fashion style that clearly stands out on its own. Even Japanese cloth is something to be treasured, everything from beautiful silk to dynamic prints. Recently i have entered the world of Manga and found to my amazement that this cartoon style has inspired a whole new generation to create a bombastic fashion of their own. Manga is a uniquely detailed cartoon form with lifelike human portrayals with many additions of fantasy. Manga has been one of many influences of an ever changing street fashion world in Japan fueled by history, politics, economic abundance and in this case an art form. 

There are many different styles to be seen in the street fashion of Tokyo. Its more than just clothing but fashion and beauty mixed into various degrees of avante garde street fashion. Some such styles are Lolita in its various forms (gothic, sweet, classic, punk, kodona), Gyaru ( alternative name Ganguru), Kogal, Bōsōzoku, Decora, Visual kei in all its variations (cult party kei and angora kei to mention a couple). See Wikipedia for a full description of these street fashions from Tokyo, Japan. Fruit magazine run by editor Shoichi Aoki has followed the changes of Japanese street fashion since 1997. Shoichi Aoki has made quite a name for herself in this area. Going further into into street fashion i found one style that stood out for me as being slightly disturbing, and surreal while in many cases being beautiful at the same time. Harajuku style is a way of life, with head to toe makeup, often fake hair additions or wigs and a way out combination of colour, print and style. Harajuku is a district of Tokyo which is where the fashion gets its name. See below for a photo presentation of manga cartoon pictures, general japanese street fashion and the Harajuku style fashion you can see frequently on the streets of Tokyo today.

Manga art (cartoon art form)






Japanese fashion



 



 




 





 

     

 



 


Remind you of the latest Star wars movie? I suspect that Japan's street fashion and style culture in general has been the inspiration for many a strange and inspired costume. Whether these styles are extreme or just up your street who is to say. But whats clear is you can see influences in what some might call mainstream fashion. Its both interesting to acknowledge and grow more knowledge of the extremes which often open out area for experimentation and finding our own unique style. See below for Fruit magazine cover, if any of you are interested for a truly informed opinion, seek out Shoichi Aoki. I hope you have enjoyed this post.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Little black dress

Is the little black dress really all its cracked up to be? Pop culture would have us believe that its the first line defense against everything and once we don the little black dress we instantly step into sexy heaven.

But what about the many people who shouldn't wear black due to the aging effect it has by highlighting shadows and lines on the face. For others the tone is very important, for myself i look great if its a charcoal black close to my face but black black is too austere making me look very pale. There are brown blacks, blue blacks to also add the the list and of course coming from New Zealand there are the all blacks but that is another topic entirely.

Colour aside, other great things to consider are the features you would like to accentuate and the parts of your body you feel less happy to show. Its not about hiding but effective choosing a dress that works to bring out your confidence by working with your body image and what you have to work with.

There are two rules i learned from an old teacher of mine that have stuck with me since the day i heard them. The first was 'if you've got it, flaunt it' and the second is that there is a small list of attributes one can show. If you want to be slutty (excuse the language) show it all, for elegance show maximum 2. This small list would be cleavage, back, tummy and legs. 2 treasures that will last me a life time, i hope you find them useful.