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

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