The other day, I was grabbing a tea to go when I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between two girls in line behind me. One friend said to the other, “Oh, how is Jen? Is she still with that guy?” The girl paused for a moment then said, “She’s not.” When pressed for more information, she squashed the topic by saying, “I don’t want to tell her story. It’s not mine to tell, you know?” I love that.
Gossip doesn’t always have to equate to meanness. It’s simply talking about other people’s business. Even if there wasn’t any drama behind their friend’s breakup, it’s her story. I will be honest sometimes I’ll catch myself telling other people’s stories. “Did you hear she got a new job?” “She told me she’s chopping off all her hair!” “He has been crushing on that girl for months.”
What’s better than decorating for a holiday soiree? Decorating with delicious food for a holiday soiree! It just so happens that some of the tastiest treats come in hues of red, white and blue. Coincidence? Nah.
For my 4th of July celebrations, rather than getting crafty with crepe paper and other non-edible centerpieces, I am all for decking out your digs with festive delicacies.
Layered jars filled with sweets are one of my favorite decorative dishes to serve (and eat!) at July 4th parties. The individual mason jarred sweets are easy to make, look beautiful, are fun for guests to indulge in and taste so good!
Traveling through the south this summer has been so much fun. The one and only drawback? My hair sometimes resembles that of a Chia Pet. Luckily, I’ve made friends with some sweet Southern belles who shared their tips for keeping their locks tame and under control in this sticky, steamy weather.
If you’re facing a similar hair fight this summer, read on for some easy styling tricks that actually work.
How did you get into the business of dance?
I started dancing when I was 18, which is late compared to most professional dancers. I was in college at UC Berkley when I met a group of street dancers. I thought, “I want to do that.” So I did and I loved it. I started uploading my dance videos to YouTube. My channel caught the eye of an agency in LA. They approached me about representation so I went for it. It was a slow build but it was great.
And now you are now working with NappyTabs! How did that happen?
I took their class about four years ago. That led to me assisting and now, doing choreography for them.
What is your favorite moment so far of the MOVE Tour?
It’s cool getting to watch from the lighting pit. I love turning to the audience to see how they engaged and excited they are. Their faces light up. It’s really cool!
Hey guys! I am extremely excited to announce the issue I did with Women’s Health is on stands right now! The magazine did a great job in getting my truth across their glossy pages. All the time I get questions from fans about my supposedly-strict diet regimen, what type of cardio I do and for how long. Honestly, that’s just not my jam. I don’t want to be tethered to those types of routines. I want to participate in this wonderful life with fun, happy energy and delicious food. These qualities, I believe, do not come from counting calories or clocking hours sprinting on a hamster wheel.
Although I do share some of my most effective moves, this article isn’t just about attaining a dancer’s body — it’s about having a dancer’s mentality. There’s so much more to the benefits of dance than a taut tush. The elated emotional charge you get from letting yourself go, moving your body freely while expressing how you feel in a positive way… that’s what makes you feel like a dancer! And when you feel good, you look good. They really do go hand in hand.
Being on tour has been a perfect opportunity to collect inspirations and ideas for my new home. When I return to LA in a few months, I’ll begin to fill my blank space with furniture and accents. My goal is to select pieces that have personal meaning or remind me of a place I visited and admired.
New Orleans definitely got my design wheels spinning. I was in constant awe of the city’s approachable opulence. The blend of French, Spanish and African influences create such a dreamy, elaborate environment. It’s something I would love to recreate in parts of my grand manor… I mean, my house.
I took tons of pictures for my mood board of cast iron railings that decorate the balconies in the Quarter. I’d love to find an antique or vintage inspired one to hang on a wall, use as a headboard, or maybe cover a fireplace I also took pictures of the gas lights and lanterns, which would be beautiful in any backyard.
Speaking of the yard, NOLA’s lush, elaborate gardens got me thinking about my own. I’m into the idea of incorporating sculptures into the landscape. Also took note of the large pots and abundance of hanging plants.
What city inspires your interiors?
Lately, my work clothes are my workout clothes — and I’m not complaining about it! I love being comfortable, of course, but I also love the look of a dancer-on-duty. Just because we are dressed to sweat it doesn’t mean we can’t be inspired and on-trend, right?
My MOVE dancers and I are all about leggings with personality, loose racer-back tanks and bold bandeau bras. I love the juxtaposition of a lacy, feminine bandeau underneath a manly muscle tank or tee.
Maintaining high energy may come from within, although it has been proven that certain colors such as red, orange and hot pink can boost our confidence and vitality. It’s science, people! Why not rock bright and exciting training shoes to kick things up a notch?
Part of my personal dance uniform includes a flannel or denim button-up wrapped around my waist. It comes in handy if I don’t have time to change before running an errand or meeting a friend.
Here are some of my favorite style picks for dancers on the go, or anyone who just wants to dress the part!
When I’m on tour, I take the few days I have off very seriously! I like to eat, drink and do as many things as the city we’re visiting has to offer. Last week in Austin, I definitely did just that.
I started my morning at Hillside Farmacy, a quirky restaurant that supports local farmers for their farm-to-table feasts. The space used to be a pharmacy in the 1950s, hence the name. They cleverly use vintage prescription bottles as salt and pepper shakers! The original rich wood cabinets, artsy murals, tile work and crystal doorknobs create an authentically-worn-in warmth. My fried egg sandwich (avocado, aioli, sprouts, fried green tomato) was off-the-charts delicious!
You know all those barbecues and backyard parties you’ll inevitably be attending this summer? I’ve got the perfect dip to bring along that will not only be a crowd favorite, but a healthy alternative to some of the other snacking options. It’s seriously just as delicious as your Aunt Helen’s magical queso dip!
We all have busy lives to keep up with, places to be and things to do. It’s easy to lose touch with people you wish you could see more often. Every so often a random person will pop into my head for no particular reason and I’ll think fondly of them for a moment and then move on. You know when that happens? You think, “Oh, I like them! I should call them soon.”
Yesterday I received a text from a friend I haven’t spoken to in almost a year, not for any reason other than life got busy and we haven’t crossed paths. “Thinking of you! Hope all is good!” was all she wrote. It made me so happy! I responded, “I think of you all the time! Miss you.” It was a short but sweet connection that reminded me of one of the many wonderful people in my life. I might not see or speak to her often, but she is there.