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Best Yoga Outfits Everrrr

This pullover tells you how I feel about life -- WearMeGear Carpe Diem! Seize the day, not to be confused with Carp diem (fish of the day)

This pullover tells you how I feel about life — WearMeGear Carpe Diem! Seize the day, not to be confused with Carp diem (fish of the day)

As a full-time fashionistah, I like to incorporate thoughtful styling into all my outfits.  This includes my leisure and activewear.  Yes, I admit it. I am that girl.  During a yoga class, a friendly stranger has commented, “Your pullover matches your yoga mat.”  Ahhh, very perceptive.  And while on travels, “Hey cool sneakers.  They match your backpack.  That’s tight.”  I was a lil’ bit embarrassed by that one.

Right now, I’m crazytown about having just the right Yoga wear.  Yes, Lululemon is de rigeur but I’m talking about indie, creative, unique objets d’art to wear to and from and whilst juicing post-downward dog.  I found many beautiful clothes and accessories on Etsy and I thought I would share them with you.  Sharing is caring.

 

Grace and Lace ombre legwarmers because sometimes it gets cold when you are doing Restorative.

Grace and Lace ombre legwarmers because sometimes it gets cold when you are doing Restorative.

 

Always looking for ways to stave off the evil eye -- Hamsa leggings from Grizzy Love

Always looking for ways to stave off the evil eye — Hamsa leggings from Grizzy Love

 

Harem pants are tough but when the shape isn't too baggy and it has the most brilliant pattern, I encourage this fashion risk taking in your active wardrobe. These ones are from Labhanshi

Harem pants are tough but when the shape isn’t too baggy and it has the most brilliant pattern, I encourage this fashion risk taking in your active wardrobe. These ones are from Labhanshi

 

For those times when you can't resist a little pop and lock. Gotta Dance tank top from Enter The Sun

For those times when you can’t resist a little pop and lock. Gotta Dance tank top from Enter The Sun

 

Are you just happy to see me or are those elephants on your leggings? These hand-dyed batik leggings from Baganus are sooo one of a kind.

Are you just happy to see me or are those elephants on your leggings? These hand-dyed batik leggings from Baganus are sooo one of a kind.

 

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January 28, 2014   1 Comment

Countdown to Beyonce “Mrs. Carter Show”

Beyonce Vogue 2013

High fashion B so pretty in Vogue 2013

Hmm, not sure that I know anyone that isn’t kind of, sort of, obsessed with Beyoncé.  And if you told me otherwise, I would serve you some talk to the hand, “Girrl, you be craaazy.”  My Ticketmaster alert did not go off because, duh, I forgot to set her as one of my favourites.  Sometimes I can be such an imbecile *wink* but I didn’t waste any sad faces when I found out her shows were sold out.  With my sunny disposition, I had a profound belief that if there’s a will, there’s ALWAYS a way.  Trust. (the secret)

Beyonce Countdown

Beyoncé says Hipsters love Countdown. “Me and my boo and my boo boo riding…” obviously my favourite lyric

Mentioning my lack of Beyoncé tickets at the lunch table, my friend S was all about it.  Step 1 Find a concert partner in crime accomplished.  A few weeks later, in a follow up chat we decided we should probably be putting more effort into finding tickets.  Then as luck should have it, new tickets were released.  Step 2 Get tickets close enough to see B booty shake, hair flip, sweat, etcetera, etc.  A done deal.  Such are the spoils of fate.  Never give up!

Perhaps you want to brush up on your hip hop – See 47 of Beyoncé’s Absolute Best Dance Moves on Buzzfeed.

Beyonce tour

A month away until Beyoncé’s tour lands in Toronto. I am too excited. Are you going?

Les Twins

Les Twins – Kind of obsessed too with those zany French brothers Larry and Laurent who are reknown for their new-style hip hop

Beyonce Cafe Nervosa

Last summer, the Carters were spotted at Café Nervosa in Yorkville. If you like Italian, this place is always good for a cozy chic atmosphere and delicious food.

 

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November 17, 2013   No Comments

Dance, Pray, Love

I have always been a dreamer.  An optimist.  Ever hopeful.  Always thinking.

But in all honestly, I have not always put fearless gusto into all of my endeavours.  Like many people, I have been the biggest obstacle in pursuit of my dreams.  For quite some time, I have harboured a secret desire to tour the southern region of Andalucia in Spain – to dance my heart away and to make a pilgrimmage (the camino) to Santiago de Compostela.  In an expected twist of fate, I also have the opportunity to visit Copenhagen Denmark, the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson.  After much thoughtful marination (as in I’ve thought about it soooo long, the idea has soaked into me like a piece of chicken, marinated in soy sauce), I will embark on my trip this Spring.   

Dear readers of The LC, I would love to take you with me, however, I need to take this journey to rest and rejuvenate.  Upon my return, I promise to share the highs of my adventures and hopefully my shared stories will stir up your own internal wanderlust. xo

Feria de Abril in Seville. During the festival, everyone dresses in traditional garb. Flamenco, bullfights, fireworks, partying. Me divertido mucho!

I like long walks on cobblestone streets in flowy skirts and gladiators. Marbella is Spain's answer to St. Tropez.

The Little Mermaid statue erected to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen. My mom let me watch the original Aesop fable! I remember having to concoct an alternate ending in my mind to save myself from despair. I cried for days. Super-tear.

A penny for your thoughts. I like to sketch. Lacroix Virgin Notebook

What the heck! Since I'm already over-sharing, my potential wedding dress. *lol* I'm putting it out there (the secret).

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May 1, 2011   No Comments

Jai Ho Dance Sequence

Jamal & Latika dance their love: The Dip is a very impressive dance move. Trust.

The change in weather has put a serious damp on my inclination for socializing.  In the mood for nesting, I will periodically stay indoors in lieu of venturing out to the all-night dance party.  I had been putting off watching the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire for some time (confession: the trailer made me cry).  Once, coming home on a long-haul flight from London, I was suddenly woken from my slumber by the gentleman seated to my right.  A seemingly cool guy in his 40’s, clad in a black leather jacket, he was sobbing uncontrollably to the tune of A.R. Rahman’s Jai Ho (far superior to the Pussycat Doll collaboration).  He hurried to the washroom.  I assumed to dab his eyes and compose himself. 

The story set in Mumbai, India weaves the tale of poor chaiwallah (tea server) Jamal who emerges from the impoverished city slums to compete on the television show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’  Directed by Danny Boyle, the film is a gritty depiction of the hardships of the slums as well as an inspired love story.  I enjoyed it and somehow I managed to keep the teardrop tsunami at bay.  The film ends with a Bollywood style dance sequence – I would like to learn this choreography one day (just in case).

Watch it:  Slumdog Millionaire – Jai Ho Music Video 

Nicole Richie in a House of Harlow head dress. Part of the dance fun is the oufit.

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September 12, 2010   No Comments

Bringing Back Paula Abdul, Cold Hearted Snake

"Ooh Ahh, look into his eyes! Ooh Ahh, he's been telling lies." Oh Paula of Forever Your Girl, wherefore art thee?

Walking along Queen West with my dance poppet I, we passed through many construction areas as many buildings are undergoing the makeover of re-gentrification.  I told him that the scaffolding reminds me of Paula Abdul’s ‘Cold Hearted Snake’ video, which for its time was extremely provocative.  Miss Paula circa ’80’s could do no wrong.  I mean, she was the Rihanna of the day, she dated Arsenio Hall, choreographed her own dance numbers and she was doing group ‘heavy breathing’ and ‘spirit fingers’ while Britney was still a Mouseketeer.  Everyone I knew had memorized the lyrics to every song on ‘Forever Your Girl.’  I played Straight Up and Opposites Attract over and over until I had to use a pencil to unwind my cassette tape.

On our next adventure to karaoke, I will definitely peer pressure gently influence my friends into singing this song.  I foresee the hipsters going craaazy.  Some styling cues that I will take from the 80’s and bring into modern 2010:

Gi-normous bow headband. If you're going to do Cold-Hearted Snake, you have to go ALL THE WAY authentic.

Free People East Meets West body-con dress. Great for extra limber Bob Fosse style choreography.

Patricia Field Spy Gloves. This is a great stage move: tipping your hat on the profile. The crowd will eat it up.

And now to relive the salty goodness that is Paula Abdul’s Cold-Hearted Snake, please click on the link below.  You will be singing it for days:  “He’s a lover boy by trade, He don’t play by rules, Ooh oh, Girl don’t play the fool now.” (After all these years, I still remember the words.  Oh deep engrained cellular memory!)  There are countless amazing moments in this video, you may have to watch it twice (gliding across the floor in knee pads, mesh top with tassles, Paula being lowered from the scaffolding, simulated sex positions, etc, etc).  Enjoy!

Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted Snake Video

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July 10, 2010   No Comments

Flamenco Fantasy Dance Sequence

Gaga for Ruffles: Still sooo obsessed with Stella McCartney's take on spanish senoritas.

In the thralls of a new relationship with Flamenco, I am excited for the day when I can wrist-twist my delicate fingers into a tiny fans and waves like it’s not a thing.  When learning a new dance style, the first few months are perhaps the most arduous; when we strive for perfection but one’s body is unwilling and unaccustomed to contorting in such dramatic ways and clumsy feet cannot move quick enough to the tempo of a fancy escobilla (footwork).  My poor knees are feeling the brunt of my foot stomping and intense cardio.  But I am ever optimistic for the day that I take my dancing to the next level.

Academy of Spanish Dance (401 Richmond Street West) offers various dance lessons for the amateur who takes the courses for personal interest to the Fame-esque professional dancer who are seeks to add another talent to their belt.  Here, Studio Director Esmerelda Enrique, in between tempo’s and contra-tempos, quick steps and arm movements, shares through comedic dramatization and charismatic story-telling, the history and passion that should be invoked while dancing.  She shares her vision with her students, “Dance is a creative expression.”

In my fantasy dance sequence (puh-lease, you know you have one too), I would do an Eastern influenced dance-fusion medley.  One which would combine a Jai-Ho introduction as I recently observed a very delightful lady-boy, well choreographed, Bollywood inspired production in Thailand, Egyptian Bellydancing perhaps with a touch of modern Shakira and finally me doing some sort of Flamenco solo, followed by a very sexy Samba, dragged across the dancefloor (with a partner of course) to Sergio Mendes’ “Magalenha.” 

Please feel free to co-opt any of my ideas, as I do intend to inspire dreaming with the LC and I hope that you put your own special twist on said medley.  If you haven’t given much thought to your fantasy dance sequence, perhaps you should.  You never know as one day, you could happen upon a series of auspicious events: 1) an open dancefloor, 2) a bright spotlight, 3) your favourite dance song and 4) a crowd screaming your name.

Trendsetter Alert: Suri Takes Seville in her flamenco outfit.

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April 21, 2010   No Comments