Friday, November 30, 2012

I have a fashion soul mate. And a Showcase tomorrow!


Tomorrow I'm dancing a Tango/Rhumba fusion dance in Marcel's dinner/dance showcase.  Twice a year a cooperative of independent ballroom instructors host a dinner dance/showcase.  Although I'm a competition girl to the core, I enjoy dancing in showcases because they allow me to draw on my creative/dramatic/artistic side.
One of my many LBD's, crochet lace  cardigan from  T.J. Maxx.  Adrienne Vittadini silk scarf; Lia Sophia 'celestial' necklace. This was yesterday's outfit.
Unlike competition dance, showcases aren't about dancing perfectly, or dancing "syllabus" steps; they are about Performing.  I enjoy being part of the creative process of finding music that really moves me and giving my input into the choreography.  I'm an amateur and I don't actually create the choreography, but I do have ideas (lots of ideas) about how I want a dance to look and feel.  Marcel helps transform my ideas into  dance.  I'm enjoying this dance more than dances I've done in the past because I have had a great deal of input into the choreography....more than I ever have in the past.  I know I drive Marcel a little crazy sometimes with my showcase vision....he tells me I'm like the hungry kid who's eyes are too big for her stomach.  I'm always hearing music/songs and telling Marcel that I want to dance a showcase to  this song or that song.  Many times I have an image in my head that, to me, fits the way the particular song moves me.  My conversations with Marcel often sound something like this: Me: "I want to dance to this song" Marcel: "What would you like to do?"  Me:  "I don't know, something dramatic and fun"  Marcel: "What is dramatic and fun to you?" Me:  I don't know, that's your job.....just make it fun...let's do some flashy thing here".  Marcel rolls his eyes a lot when I attempt to articulate my vision of a particular dance.  I usually don't have a problem articulating  my thoughts or ideas, but when it comes to dance, I don't have the fully developed dance vocabulary when I need to apply it to a specific dance context.  See, I'm a competition girl...but I like to "get my showcase on".
I'm thankful that my instructor indulges me.  We torment one another quite a bit while working on showcase numbers, but the final product is a dance that really reflects me.
The song I've chosen is Joe Cocker's arrangement of "Unchain my Heart".

The venue for the showcase in really lovely; its housed in a beautiful parks department wedding/banquet hall nestled in a wooded park.  
A delicious meal is always part of the event, and there is a glorious dessert table.  About 125 people attend and pay $65.00 a ticket.  You better believe when people are paying that much for a single ticket that I'm going to work really hard to give then a dance number that is entertaining.  My dance is a little sexy, a little sassy, a little dramatic.  

 Oh, lord give me strength and the discipline not to over indulge at the dessert table.

Several months ago I posted that I had to make a decision to stop performing in showcases, because usually there is a major competition hard on the heels of them.  It takes considerable time to choreograph a show dance and that takes time away from competition practice.  After the Christmas showcase, I have six weeks to prepare for the Indiana Challenge Ballroom Competition.  This is my favorite comp and last year I placed 1st in my division (against 22 other couples and after many preliminary elimination rounds) in the American Smooth Scholarship dance.   This is the comp that has my heart!

I was going to skip the showcase, but in the end, I couldn't do it.  Last May, I did not participate (for the first time ever) in the showcase.  It was so hard be part of the audience and not do a number.  
So, here I am....still slightly yucky (but much better) with bronchitis, dancing in the showcase.
Did I mention that we just started working on our dance three weeks ago.  Yesterday, we were still figuring out the choreography.
Today's practice went well.  Let's hope tomorrow will be divine.

Now, on to the outfits.....this is another Lia Sophia necklace that I wore with Friday's outfit.

I love the delicate lacy design of this cardigan

  
Black suede knee boots, J.C. Penney; black dotted tights, Kohls
Isn't the braided scarf fun? The tutorial can be found here.

Lia Sophia ' Jodi's Baubles" necklace
This is a thrifted sweater (Elaris, purchased at The Closet Exchange) that I wore today.  I wore it with yet another LBD.  I don't have a good picture of today's outfit because I was wiped out after my two hour showcase practice session.  My hair was a wreck and I just didn't look picture-worthy!

Pretty pocket detail.

I had another store credit at The Closet Exchange.  I love this shop because they have the most incredible clothing.  One of their frequent contributors is  my fashion soul mate (FSM), because she is the same size as me and brings in her high end clothing in bulk.  I don't know who she is, but I can usually tell which pieces were hers.  I wish I could just go to her home and dig through her closet!  The shop ladies now tell me when my FSM makes a big drop off.....Here's what I took off of her hands today.....

The cognac boots are Donald Pliner Italian leather.  Pricey and buttery soft.  There are in like new condition and not pricey for me; I paid $27.00 in store credit for them.  The green Fornarian boots are not quite as 'split pea soup' color in person.  They're a softer, more subtle green, yet they are still bold.  The appear to have never been worn, but I can't wait to wear the heck out of them. 


I don't know who made this satiny little retro looking dress and I don't even care.  I just love it so and had to have it.  5 bucks.  How can such "pretty" be had for so little.

Well; dear readers, I must get to bed and get some rest...tomorrow is a big day!



18 comments:

  1. Have fun tomorrow Lisa! How awesome is that your consignment store knows you so well that you have a FSM. Great finds!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Hi Alice, I will have fun...hopefully I won't make too many errors; we just finished our choreography yesterday!

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  2. Good luck! Sounds such fun! And those boots ....what can I say! X

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    1. Thank you. Yes...the boots had to come home with me.

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  3. You make dancing seems so exhilerating.
    Some great buys in the shop. Can you tell me what a consignment store is, I am not sure we have them in the UK.

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    1. People can take their gently used clothing to a consignment store and the sore will display and sell them for you. The store usually takes about half the profit. Consignment stores are very choosy about the clothing they will accept. The clothing has to be washed, in perfect condition and on hangers; it has to be ready to put on the sales floor. I love the "Closet Exchange" consignment shop because the clothing they take in is impeccable and its very fairly priced.

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  4. Enjoy the showcase...sounds like it will be a lot of fun for you. Your photo of the baubles necklace looks very similar to one I own.

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    1. It was fun! I really like this necklace, Heather and I bet you love wearing yours too.

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  5. Beautiful clothes. You have good taste.

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  6. I think that I would swoon if I opened your closet (and jewelry box) doors, dear Lisa. I always love the beautiful pieces you find and sport, and especially enjoy how you put them together.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery (bronchitis is so brutal!),
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Yes, Jessica...bronchitis is brutal, but I'm slowly recovering.

      I am very blessed to have the things I have...and now most of it thrifted. In my retail shopping days...I was never happy with my wardrobe. I just couldn't find things that I loved. Now, its so easy. There are so many thrift shops and consignment shops within the 15 mile radius of my hometown..that its easy. And so much better than retail.

      Thank you for the compliment, Jessica.

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  7. Oh, those green boots make my heart sing! How fabulous!

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    1. Me too Sheila! My heart was singing when I picked them up!

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  8. Sweet deals on those gorgeous boots. I had a huge store credit at one of my fave consignment stores recently, and enjoyed shopping and paying nothing :)

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    1. I love it when that happens! It makes me not feel so bad about getting rid of things that I wasn't using; I don't feel like I just threw money away on pieces that didn't work out.

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    1. Yes it is...but that's the fun of it too!

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