LIFE ON POINTE Episode 15

Exactly one week from tomorrow, I will be taking my Advanced II exam.

This week was incredibly tough, I’m not going to lie. I’ve been totally stressed about this exam. I always get nerves for an exam, but never like this, where I’m at the point of asking myself “Am I ready?”

I needed to get out of my head, which was incredibly hard for me, even with some support from my friends and family and teachers. I was talking to one of my friends and she suggested I may have been overworking myself and beginning to burn out, which, as you can imagine, is a terrible thing to have happen right before your exam. I took her advice and followed my gut and took Wednesday off. Thursday, I came back ready to work and felt so much better. Sometimes you need to take a step back and not think about it for a moment.

Tomorrow, I am going back down to LA (very early, might I add) to have a full rehearsal for this exam. Wish me luck!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

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February Favorites

 

Hey guys! I hope your February has been a spectacular month! Today, please leave a comment stating the things you’ve been loving. I love interacting with you guys in the comment section and getting suggestions and recommendations from you guys! Okay, let’s get into the monthly favorites!

The first thing I’m going to talk about is the O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face. This was sent to me in a FabFitFun box and is a “natural non-abrasive exfoliant with brightening agents.” When I first used this, I was thrown off because it’s a liquid in a spray bottle. Nonetheless, I tried it out, and I cannot get enough of this. I use it at the end of every week since I first used it to exfoliate my face. I love how gentle it is and it’s quite satisfying. I was shocked by how much dead skin was on my face and after I use this, my skin feels baby soft and I love it.

The next thing is this Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle leave-in conditioner spray. This came in a birch box (which, by the way, will never be ordering a birch box again.) that I ordered and I have been really enjoying this product. You all know that I only brush my hair after I wash it because my hair frizzes so badly. I have found that putting this in my hair before throwing it up in my usual ballet bun helps so much. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth but is not greasy, which makes me very happy. It also smells really nice, which is always a plus.

Keeping on the string of haircare products, this is the Marrakesh Oil Argan & Hemp Oil Therapy. I’ve been using this non-stop throughout late January and all of February. My hair is so dry (even though my roots produce a crap-ton of oil) and breaks really easy, so a hairstylist suggested an oil. I was looking for different kinds when I found this in a FabFitFun box. I put this in my hair wet and dry only on the lower half. A little goes a long way, which makes me really happy. It gives my hair a healthy shine and makes it look so smooth and beautiful. When I curl it or straighten it (which is pretty rare), I’ll add this to add extra shine. Not to mention, it smells of caramel and vanilla and all things delicious. I love this stuff so much.

The next thing I have been using non-stop throughout February is the Buxom Mascara in Blackest Black. This mascara is hands down one of my favorite mascaras of all time. I got it as a sample a while back, and now, I have the full size. I love how it gives me length and volume and holds the curl of my lashes all day without weighing them down or being clumpy. If you hate clumpy mascaras, I highly suggest the Buxom Mascara. What I love about it as well is that the wand has a thousand tiny bristles and get every bit of your lashes. It’s the mascara I always go back to.

Going into accessories, there have been two real standouts this month. The first is this necklace by Jook&Nona. I got this in a FabFitFun box in December and it’s beautiful. It’s great quality and goes with everything. Plus, it says “happy” on it, so overtime I touch it or see it, I’m reminded to be happy. This watch has also been a stand out. It’s a Style&Co. watch I got from macy’s a long time ago, and it goes with everything. I normally only wear it when I have somewhere to go (as in meetings etc.), but lately I’ve been wearing it non-stop.

The last item are these pair of heels. If you know me at all, you know that I love me some heels, and the higher, the better. These are six inch mesh and suede heels that I wear nonstop and am totally head over heels in love with. I wear them constantly. To my surprise, they are very comfortable because of the high platform and I’m very comfortable with the thickness of the heel itself, meaning it’s not too skinny. I love these stilettos and how great they look… to my dad’s absolute horror.

That concludes this week’s monthly favorites! I’ll leave the video down below for you all if you’d like to check that out. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope it is helpful to you. Please leave me suggestions for blog posts and videos in the comment section down below! I’ve been running out of ideas…

I love you all! See you Sunday for Life On Pointe!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Life On Pointe Episode 14

 

Hey Guys!

This week was the first week doing my Monday-Thursday schedule since my teacher had her baby, so believe me when I say my body is achy and sore!!! With my exam coming up, I’m not going to lie, I’m feeling a bit stressed out. Doubting thoughts of “I’m not ready!” and “I’m going to fail” have swarmed through my head this week. It was an intense battle, but I think it’s safe to say that I won.

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

How To: Sew Your Pointe Shoes + Tie Your Ribbons

Hey guys! I have finally got around to filming a very highly requested video. One person in particular asked the proper way to tie your ribbons, so I just added it in there.

Really quick before you watch the video, here are some things you will need plus some suggestions on how to make it easier. Hope this helps!

Things you’ll need

  • Embroidery Thread or Dental Floss
  • Needle
  • Seam Ripper (in case you make mistakes)
  • lighter or matches
  • Scissors
  • Marker or Sharpie

TIP: You can use either embroidery thread or dental floss, but I much prefer embroidery thread as you won’t have to re-sew your shoes if they break.

Also, marking your shoes as L (left) and R (right) will help you remember which shoe is which.

I hope you guys find this helpful! If you guys have any questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you out! Love you guys, and I’ll see you Sunday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 13

This week was so much fun! I was in such a good mood by starting off the week by having a great class on Monday. I carried that energy throughout the week and really focused on straightening my knees (last week’s correction given by Mr. Pegler). I also got to teach this week which was so much fun! I feel even more solid this week than ever before and I’m really proud of how I performed this week.

Also, I got my exam date in! My exam will commence March 6th 2017, and I have to tell you, I am so nervous at the moment. Pray for me!!!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 12

“Straighten Your Knees!”

That was the major correction of this week’s episode. Then my teacher at home and myself got sick and didn’t have class at all. Don’t worry though, I’ve been exercising and working on my technique.

I love you guys! Give it a thumbs up and I hope you enjoyed it!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Dance Bag Must-Have’s!

Hey guys! Today’s topic is about the things that never ever EVER leave my dance bag. These are things geared more towards injury prevention and things that help muscle soreness, not necessarily things like Pointe Shoes and Ballet Flats, you know what I mean?

The first thing that never leaves my bag is Arnica Gel. This helps with bruising and soreness, and I use this quite a bit. Not going to lie, I bruise very easily, so I apply this to my rib cage and back right before partnering. Bruised ribs are a normal occurrence for me, no matter who I’m partnering with.

I also use Arnica Gel for sore muscles. If my shins begin to hurt or my calves start to cramp, I’ll put this on during class. After I get home, I will put this on any sore area of my body (i.e. hip flexers, quads, hamstrings, etc.) and it helps so much.

The next thing I use is called DMSO, which I like to refer to as “horse cream.” Let me tell you a little fun fact: this product is actually used for equestrian horses and race horses and helps with a horse’s sore muscles. About a year ago, right before my exam, I pulled my hamstring, and my teacher (Jana) was talking to her dad about it. He mentioned using DMSO on his shoulders (I believe) and how it helped with sore muscles. We decided to try it out, and he got me a bottle (to which I am grateful).

As soon as I used it  I could feel an immediate difference, and I’m talking IMMEDIATE. It has a slight icy-hot feeling and a cooling sensation, but it immediately relaxed my muscles. It doesn’t necessarily numb the pain, but it definitely helps with it. And yes, in case your either curious or worried, it is okay for humans to use. Just be sure to wash your hands after use.

KT tape is magic. I mean, I don’t know how it does it, but it helps your muscles relax. I’ve used this on days when my achilles and ankles were stiff and sore, and it helps so much. When I had shin splints, I use this, and it works its magic. I have no idea how, but it works. I use it quite a bit, and I actually need to get some more.

Pink Ankle Length Leg-Warmers. You’re probably thinking, “DUH!” but not even kidding, I wear them every single time. My lower legs are actually really sensitive to the cold, and tend to hurt and ache when they are cold. I wear the leg-warmers until my blood is flowing and they are really warm and then I take them off. If I have an extra achy ankle or shin splints, I wear them all the time. Keep warm, guys! Especially right now. I say (light) pink because it blends better with your tights.

Toe Spacers. It might sound weird, but if I spread my toes apart, you could probably fit an extra toe in between each one. I know, it’s disgusting, I kind of hate it. I have these teeny-tiny, thin silicon tabs that I made out of those toe cover-things (so technical, right?!), and it helps my toes stay in alignment. Fun fact, they actually have these little separators right here. In between my big and second toe, I use square shaped ones, since my toes are thinner that the bottom and get ridiculously thicker at the top. My toes will often be in immense pain from being out of alignment, so if you have a similar problem, I highly recommend trying out toe spacers. They’ll feel weird at first, but you will get used to them, I promise.

Cross-balls are so much better than tennis balls, guys. Invest in cross-balls because they get in there and do the job. In between classes/exercises, I roll out my feet to get all the kinks and cramps out and I find that my feet don’t feel as stiff. You can, of course, use it to roll out any other part of your body (i.e. hip flexers/gluteus, hamstrings, calves, etc.), but I use it mostly for my feet.

Another stretch-type thing (again, such technicality!) is a yoga block. I place the ball of my foot on the edge of the block and straighten my knee, and this stretches out the calf intensely, which is great for me because the calf stretch does absolutely nothing for me anymore.

Lastly, this contraption is a hand-held roller. Now, honestly, before I got this, I used a rolling pin. Yes, a rolling pin. Make it work, honey, make it work!!! You can find this in the yoga section of target, and it is so much more dance-bag friendly rather than a foam roller (which sits in the corner of my bedroom waiting for my return). I use this a lot to roll out my quads and calve especially, but sometimes I use it on my upper-back and my hip flexers.

Alright guys, that’s it for today’s blogpost! I hope you guys enjoyed it. If you have any friends who are in dance or might be interested in fitness at all, share this with them please! Thanks very much for reading! I love you all very much, and I’ll see you guys Sunday for Life On Pointe!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose