Welcome to my home! This week's dinner party will be hosted at a quaint little home in California where the trees are orange, the sky is blue, and the food is fresh. After dinner we can take a walk around the lake or just sit on the dock drinking creamy hot chocolate. Just click on the links for recipes, image credits, and shopping information.
The amazing photographer Tom Huynh and I took a walk around downtown yesterday so that he could play around with his new iPhone 4 camera. He is accustomed to photographing the most beautiful women so I definitely need to watch America's Next Top Model to get some Tyra tips before our real photo shoot happens.
I couldn't help but smile! It was so weird just staring into the camera and not smiling.
I am hoping to get in the studio with him some time next week for a photo shoot with his "real" camera. Also, see the photos Tom took of my fellow dancers here.
Remember my friend, Stephanie, who made me Nutella filled croissants? Well, she recently told me about eShakti, and I am in LOVE! The site has the cutest dresses and for a mere $7.50 you can customize all you want. I am always on the lookout for dresses with sleeves and longer hem lengths so this site is a dream come true.
Check out their take on my new favorite kind of dress- the mock two piece. So flattering and perfect for the office or a night out with the girls.
Have you ordered from eShakti?
Have you ever gotten something custom made from anywhere?
Loving the bright kelly green contrasted with the deep brown. Photos from Cynthia and Josh's wedding (I went to high school with the bride) taken by one of my favorite photographers, Susan Yee from En Pointe Photography (with whom I also went to high school).
I also love the street signs, which are actual streets in Sacramento, where we all grew up.
I love that their engagement photos carried on the green theme.
There's a number of things I did as a kid that I have always wanted to do as an adult. I call it my 18 After 18 list. Because I don't have children and also because adulthood is so, well, adulty, I was shocked at how many cool things my adult self has yet to experience. This list begs the question: Why did I stop being a kid?
My 18 After 18 List:
~Go to the zoo
~Watch a movie at the drive-in
~Go ice skating
~Carve a pumpkin
~Travel to France
~Watch Saturday morning cartoons, alone, with a bowl of cereal
~Blow bubbles in my milk
~ Practice my signature just to, you know, practice it.
~Drink a 7-11 Cherry Supersized Slurpee
~Take a tour of an ice cream factory
~ 3 way phone call with my best friends
~Have a birthday party with a theme, presents, and live entertainment
~Visit a real castle
~Dress up for Halloween
~Go to Apple Hill
~See a professional basketball game
~Horseback ride on the beach
I tag everyone that wants to do this to make their own 18 After 18 list.
Let me know if you've done it so we can be 18 After 18 buddies!
And here's a Dancing Branflake 18 After 18 button to use on your blog post (you know, if you want).
I am guest blogging today over at Little Girl, Big World while Ashleigh is on a mini vacay. The post is about a very Branflake moment that makes me smile just thinking about it. See it here.
PS... What happened to tonight's dinner party? It will resume next Friday. I have some very special things planned.
The Crocker Art Museum performance was set in two parts. For the first part the museum asked us to be human pieces of art and do slow movement installations throughout the museum. There were thousands of people attending this opening and they all loved taking pictures of us as we slowly moved in fancy dresses and heels.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the dancers of Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theater:
Part II: We took the stage and it was incredible!!!
It was such an honor to be a part of this amazing event. I spent a pretty penny in the gift shop so that I could remember this experience forever (you know, puzzles, shirts, post cards, and totes). Thank you to all who came and supported me. It was a magical.
All these photos were done by Tom Huynh. I am excited because Tom and I will be doing a photo shoot together soon and even though he is incredibly shy he has also agreed to a Dancing Branflake interview where he will give tips on how to photograph and how to be photographed. I can't wait!
Yesterday's post about "Desire to Take Flight" spurred an incredible amount of many amazing comments. I really need to post them as part of a quote series or something. You guys are so inspirational!
This piece, which is a quartet, is the hardest piece I have ever had to perform and I love that I have an opportunity to fully extend myself just like the title implies.
If you want to see "Desire to Take Flight" in person we are performing it this Saturday in Davis, CA. Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theater and three other dance companies will be presenting choreographic works in a performance called Dance As Is.
And tomorrow I'll be posting photos from the Crocker Art Museum performance. They are incredible!
I am currently learning a work entitled "Desire to Take Flight". The story behind it comes from the choreographer's two birds who, after years of being in a bird cage, finally figured out how to pick the lock from the inside and open their cage door. What did they do with their new found freedom?
They just sat on top of the cage. That's it. It makes me think about freedom and what we do to get it and what we do when we finally have it. When we have opportunities do we take them and fly or do we stay near our comfort zone?
I say today we take a risk and venture to new possibilities.
In celebration of the recent rain:
I love these photos taken by En Pointe Photography extraordinaire, Susan Yee. Susan and I went to high school together and when we met up (ahem, from Facebook), I soon discovered that she is seriously one talented person and has even been featured in bridal magazines. Amazingly enough, there are talks of me doing a photo shoot with Susan. I can't wait!