I have curves. I've struggled to dress my body to flatter my pear shape. I've finally learned to work with my dangerous curves. I finally accept that this is MY shape; I've made peace with my body. I encourage other pear shaped ladies to accept and love their shape; it is a beautiful, classic womanly shape.
I'm also a ballroom dance lover. I'll share what I've learned about dressing for dance, competition, ballroom glitter, sparkle and glamour.
Today was dance lesson day. Its always a challenge to dress for a day at the studio and errand running before and after. Pants are not comfortable to dance in when practicing technique and learning new concepts.
Workout clothes are fine if I'm not doing other things before or after, but those days like today, where I have other errands to run, I need to look a bit more pulled together and yet have freedom, flexibility and coverage when I dance.
I change a number of times today before settling on a navy blue Max Studio flared skirt and a navy blue Ralph Lauren tee. It was breezy and in the 60's so I topped it with a thrifted Dress Barn white denim jacket that is surprising soft and non-constricting.
.....and my ever trusty Lia Sophia jewelry. This piece is called 'Waterlily'
Lia sophia earrings. I have these in matte gold also and I reach for them all the time.
After the studio, we stopped at the wondrous Albanese Candy Factory, which is a candy factory and wholesale candy store. Much of the candy you buy comes from Albanese...including Gummy Bears!
This place is like a modern day Willie Wonka's chocolate factory! This is the chocolate fountain. The chocolate fountain is surrounded by a large display of candy and gifts and it soars up to the top of a vaulted ceiling. The first time I was here, I was checking out the display, unaware of the fountain above me. I heard what I thought was water running and asked my son..where is that noise coming from. He pointed to the fountain and said "its a chocolate fountain mom!!!!"
This place is magical and HUGE. All kinds of novelty items hang from the ceiling, like this lovely giant sunflower.
A small view of one of the candy counters....
The place is always packed...I just happened to snap this photo when the area was clear...in the blink of an eye, it was filled with patrons. There is a real party atmosphere here.
The factory is behind the selling floor and customers can watch the candy making through viewing windows but photos and video are not permitted.
Needless to say...we walked out with far more candy than we intended to.
And now....yes, more dance photos. These are the last of the Indiana Challenge 2013 photos (my February comp). I just received them today and I'm pleased overall. As usual, there are many things I see that need to be improved. Hey, did I ever mention that I really love ballroom dance?
American Smooth Waltz. You can see the wrap on my injured left leg. I am still struggling with it; I wear a leg support now when I dance. Healing is slow, but it has improved.
This is silver Smooth Waltz.....a higher skill level than the Bronze level in the previous picture.
Silver Smooth Tango
Silver Smooth Foxtrot. Remember when I first posted this dress and wasn't sure if I was totally sold on it. I love it.
American Rhythm style
American Rhythm. I have to be very blunt for a moment; dangerous curves indeed.....Yikes!
East Coast Swing
My favorite dress
Marcel made the lineup for top ten teachers. Out of 100 teachers present; he made it! He's number 10!
Thank you for indulging me!
I hope your weekend is going well.
I'll be out of town for training for several weeks for my new job in May. I've compiled this capsule of pieces to take with me. The dress code is business professional for the first day and business casual for the rest of the week. I think this will cover it all, including activities after the training. I'll be choosing items from my own wardrobe that are very close to these pieces. The major difference will be that 90% of mine have been thrifted!