LIFE ON POINTE FINALE: SUMMER EDITION

Hey guys!!!

It’s over! Four weeks ago, I was waiting outside the studio, imagining my fourteen year old self walking in and meeting new people, discovering a new studio, and being taught by new teachers. After taking a quick walk down memory lane, I walked in, greeted my teachers, hugged my friends, and felt like I was home.

Now, it’s the day after the entire intensive ended, and wow, where did the time go? In that time, however, I really am so proud of how much I’ve improved. I am so excited about going back, but I’m also really happy to have a break and to be finally home.

I did overstretch the top of my right foot during the last partnering class when my foot folded under me and sent me to the floor. I feel a lot better now than I did yesterday as I performed ‘Jumping Girl’ by Balanchine from his ballet ‘Who Cares?’ solo, but it’s still bothering me, so this week I will be nursing my bruises, blisters, and VERY minor injury.

This week felt so amazing, starting off the mornings right with either yoga, pilates, or posture & placement. Classes with the master teachers was so amazing, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot on how to evenly spread out my energy and not waste so much of it. We alternated between pointe and variations and pas de deux, where we worked with former professional dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After lunch, we had character or contemporary.

This week, I felt really good, and when my Dad came to watch, he filmed some clips from classes. I watched a few of them, and I was really happy with how it looked. Even though that day I felt extra weak and started my period right before the next class (every ballerina’s worst nightmare), I was proud of how I danced despite how I felt.

Thank you to everyone who helped send me here, to the incredible Los Angeles Ballet Academy for an incredible time, to my grandparents for hosting us, and to my parents, who made this entire experience possible. Thank you to all of you who have watched and read and kept up with these episodes, for supporting me, and making me feel so incredibly loved. I love you all, and I’ll see you Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Morning Routine | Summer Edition

Hello everyone!
I am so excited to bring you all my morning routine. It doesn’t really change season to season, so this routine is pretty standard for every single day. For the summer, I am away and living in LA for a month for my summer intensive training, so rather than starting work right away, I’ll be leaving for my intensive classes. Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s begin!

When I first wake up in the morning, it’s usually at 5:30 or 6:00 A.M. and I’ll start by shutting off my alarm and oddly the first thing I do is check my emails. I don’t know why. After shutting off my phone, I’ll turn on some worship music and devote an hour to spending time with God and reading the bible. At the moment I have been reading a lot of Daniel and Matthew, however I’ve also been reading a proverb daily. Starting my day with Jesus is so important and I find a huge difference in my mood and perspective if I don’t spend time with Him.

Around 7:00 A.M. I’ll make my bed and head into the kitchen to make my vitamin cocktail, if you will. I use the Isotonix products and they are so great. My morning cocktail includes the Multi-Vitamin, OPC-3, Calcium Plus, and Advanced B-Complex to give me some extra energy. Once I chug that down, I will make some breakfast and a pot of coffee. This particular day I made cheesy-scrambled eggs and sourdough toast. I would’ve done avocado and put the eggs on top, but I ran out of avocado and I was really sad about it.

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After breakfast, I’ll go into the bathroom and do my skincare routine. I use the Skintelligence line and mix it with the Lumiere Di Vie Serum Concentrate, which helps reduce acne, the Lumiere Di Vie Eye Cream, and the Timeless Prescription Anti-Blemish Lotion, which I mentioned in my June Favorites.

After I take a quick shower and get my hair out of the way, I will sit down and do my makeup. I applied my custom blend foundation (link to my second favorite foundation), my Motives Creme Concealer in Peach to my blemishes, my LaLa Liquid Foundation under my cheekbones for a glowy-bronzed look, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector to my cheekbones, the Motives Luminous Loose Powder to my t-zone, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette to set my bronzer and highlight, the Motives Pressed Blush to the apples of my cheeks, the Pure Cosmetics Nude Palette (literally the same exact as the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette) to my eyes, the Motives Fiber Lush Mascara to my lashes, the Motives Kohl Liner in my waterline, my BareMinerals Brow Powder and the ABH Clear Brow Gel, and my BareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip Color in Boss to my lips.

I will then take a look at my fragrances and today I picked one of my favorite every-day scents, the Philosophy Pure Grace scent, which smells like fresh morning air mixed with clean laundry. It smells so lovely.

I will then get dressed, and this was my outfit of choice. I will also put on my accessories of choice and then I’m good to go! As I said earlier, I will either start school or work (depending on the day) or, as I am a part of a summer intensive trainer, will leave for training.

That’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this blogpost. If you would like to watch the routine, the video is linked down below! I love you guys very much, and I hope you have a beautiful rest of your week!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 3 | Summer Edition

Partner: Gabe Salazar 

Hey Everyone! I cannot believe we are 3/4’s done with this intensive! In some ways, it has flown by, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been hard and long days.

This week, we had a mix of yoga, cardio, and pilates all in the early morning as our warm up, and I have to say as I’ve done this every day for three weeks, it’s gotten so much easier. It’s still hard, but it isn’t as painful, the soreness isn’t as prominent, and I actually feel stronger when I do it.

For ballet classes this week, I did have a day where I sat out. I was having incredibly sharp pains in my stomach and every step I took was so painful. I did do a bit of contemporary that day, but it still was prominently painful. I did learn a lot by sitting and watching, but when I did dance, I learned that I use way too much energy in certain movements that don’t require as much force or energy. It helped me dance from a place of relaxation rather than horrible tenseness in every muscle, and I wasn’t as tired at the end of class.

We had character for two days, and to be honest, it wasn’t my favorite. I found myself a bit bored, although I did do the movements which our teacher said was nice.

We had contemporary for the rest of the week, and it was amazing. The teacher had us improv the entire class, and then she gave us tasks to use in our improv. We had to create letters using our bodies, and we came up with some pretty cool stuff. We got paired up for “duets” that were not meant to go together, but there was one particular couple that was so amazing, I actually cried watching it. It was so beautiful, so moving, and somehow so in sync with each other; keep in mind that they’d never seen each other’s pieces as well. UGH!!! I actually have chills thinking about it.

Pas De Deux on Friday was really hard! Our teacher was different, and his combinations were so much harder. At the end, he told us we were going to do a flying fish from the ground. I wasn’t able to capture the full thing, but I started on the ground, and my partner’s job was to pull me up and “throw me,” all while I jumped. I would be in the air for a split second before he’d catch me, and he did, which, we were both impressed that we nailed it. It was terrifying at first, but once we got the coordination, made the eye contact, and rode the same wavelength, we nailed it four more times.

We had four variation classes as well, and we learned the Tchaikovsky Variation from the Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, which is my favorite variation of all time. We also learned the Sylvia Variation, which is all relevés and hops on pointe, which was actually really painful. My toes were so numb after that variation, it hurt more that when my feet were in the shoes.

This week overall was a fun week, and I hope you enjoyed watching this episode! I love you all, and I’ll see you next week for the Summer Finale!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 20

Happy TWENTY episodes of Life On Pointe!!!!

Today’s episode showed me doing a ton of fouetté turns. I’m really working hard to get to 32 (nicely and consistently) by the end of 2017. I can do that! Right?

I am also in the process of learning and perfecting the Black Swan variation from Swan Lake. It’s quite a tricky variation with a lot of crazy turns and fancy arms and upper body work. It’s a very regal and elegant variation while still being quite flirtatious and a little bit wicked.

I hope you guys enjoy the episode! Twenty episodes… wow!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

April Favorites 2017

Hey guys! I hope you guys have had a great April! It’s that time of the month again where I chat you guys through the thing I’ve been loving during the month. Let’s get started!

I haven’t put down my new BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Bo$$. I love the texture of this liquid lipstick. It’s easy to apply and the color is stunning. It wears well and lasts on me about 1-2 hours before I should reapply. It is by far the most comfortable liquid matte I’ve ever tried.

You guys know that blush isn’t really my cup of tea, so when the BareMinerals Ready Blush in French Kiss turned out to be my go-to blush this month, I was kind of surprised. I was really into the pink cheeks this month, probably because my looks were a bit bolder than usual. The blush is pigmented, beautiful, and is very wearable with many different looks.

I sadly am at the last bit of my most favorite Motives Long Wear Liquid Concealer, so I had a Sephora gift card and picked up a Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I’ve heard so many great things about this concealer, so I picked one up to see why it has been so hyped. It is exactly as it sounds: radiant and creamy. It so creamy and so easily blendable, and it’s brightening, which is great for under the eyes. Definite win for April!

I don’t know if you all know this, but I have incredibly dry lips. They crack and hurt and after trying out a ton of different chapped sticks, I started getting discouraged. My mom introduced me to the Miracles Natural Soothing Ointment and after trying it out for a couple of weeks, it has helped hydrate my lips so much! Plus, who is going to go through this whole tub? It’s huge! What I really love as well is that it doesn’t taste like anything and there is no scent. It feels like a balm on the lips and has worked wonders for my lips.

Next is this little tub of Tuscan Honey Glycerine Hand Therapy. My friend gave me a little goodie bag after my exam of travel size products of different things, and I put them away in my drawer of body lotions and other products. My hands have been super dry lately, so when I found this in my collection, I was excited to try it out. It smells delicious and feels so good on the hands. It’s got this whipped texture and feels like butter (without feeling greasy, of course). I’ve been using it non-stop and I’m about to get a big thing of it and add it to my collection of go-to products. Thanks Renée!

So I love accessories, and I especially love dainty jewelry. I’ve been wearing these Francescas pearl earrings since I bought them back in March. They are lightweight and delicate, and I love the slight edge it brights with the drop being on the backing instead of the front. They go with literally everything I own, whether it’s a yoga pants and t-shirt day or a formal little black dress occasion.

I’ve also been wearing these Francescas diamond drop earrings which are also very delicate and lightweight. Like the others, they are incredibly versatile. I love how small the drop is and how you can’t feel it at all. They’re those kind of earrings that don’t demand a lot of attention, but when the light hits it at the right angle, it looks really beautiful. They are some of my favorite earrings ever and I will be wearing these a ton more in the future.

That’s it for this blogpost! I hope you guys find that some of these products can work for you and I hope you enjoy it! Question of the day: What are the products you’ve been loving this month? I’d love to know!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 19

Happy Sunday Everyone!

So on Easter Sunday, I ended up banging my head pretty strongly on the stage due to ill-planning of a particular movement I’d done in my special dance. On Monday, I went to class with a headache and I was directed to spin very carefully, or, in other words, don’t do a triple pirouette and be careful if you do a double.

Tuesday morning came and I got hit pretty badly with allergies and also my period (oh, stop it. Y’all know I’m open about this). I felt fine at the beginning of this class, but as the day progressed, I got worst and worst. I went to my second class of the day with Ms. Jana, and I was so lethargic and sick, both myself and Ms. Jana thought it best for me to stay home and rest.

So that’s why this week’s episode contains footage of only one class. I guess one can’t help catching severe allergies or a cold, right?

I hope you all had a great week! I love you all, and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose