Jazzhand, Sequins and Thoughts on Being a Dance Director

If you follow me on instagram you know I am the drill (dance) team director at the Jr. High where I teach. It threw a sequined, glittery, sparkly wrench into my life in which I "knew" (ha!) what I was doing. Its October and things aren't slowing down, which I have embraced and I'm just going to follow where the tasseled dance boots take me! 

 Here are just a few thoughts on being a dance director;  

1. Going back to Jr. High is my nightmare. 
TEACHING Jr. High is one thing. Students come, sit (we rarely sit because "i'm a fun teacher"), learn, leave. There is little room for drama or to detail the inter workings of the Jr. High social system. Sure I catch the occasional detail from a passed note or a confiscated cell phone but for the most part I come out on the other side of my day fairly unscathed. I now am in charge of 20 girls in which the sit, learn, leave model does not apply. Enter drama. Enter flashbacks to chunky Doc. Martin sandals and Abercrombie and Fitch (this is the part where my mother, I'm sure, would like you to know she never bought me anything from A&F and the very few pieces I owned were bought with my own money) and the drama that accompanied those special fashion trends. Praise the Lord I am no longer in Jr. High AND cell phones with cameras didn't exist in 2001. Amen. 

2. Call Your Mom and Thank Her. 
I mean it. Right now. Call your mom and thank her for all she did for you and your extracurricular activities dance or otherwise because WOAH, they rock. Dance moms get a bad wrap because I would not exist right now with out my dance moms I would have spontaneously combusted into a glittery cloud of smoke and sequins by now if it weren't for them. 

3. Being involved is FUN. 
My director in high school was a whole lot of words that don't bear repeating (although I will say that he was dannngggg good at his job). I wasn't exactly enthused about taking the job because my memories of him directing or more accurately dealing with teenage girls weren't pleasant. To my surprise I am having a lot of FUN and genuinely love it... it also keeps me off the streets soooo win/win I guess. 

4. Big Bows
Lets be honest, I really just do it to have a legit reason to wear a huge bow to school. 

This would be the point where if I were really being thorough I would include a picture from my dance/drill/colorguard/twirler days but alas they are all neatly packed away in a closet which if I entered I would not return in one piece so "none for you Glenn Coco" so sad. 


Ps. Two Mean girls quotes in one post. Nailed it. 


I'd Rather be Watching Gilmore Girls

Favorite Movie? Can't pick one for my life. 
One meal I could eat for the rest of my life? Yep, can't choose. 
Favorite Book? To Kil..Fahrenheit...Gone... Nope can't make me choose for a million dollars?
Favorite color? All of them? 
Any other ice breaker questions that are asked at functions that are meant to "help you get to know the other people" don't have answers, but I do have one that I can whole heartily answer with out wavering in the least. 
Favorite TV show? GILMORE GIRLS. 

My mom and I watched the show religiously. We cried during the last episode. I still quote the show on a daily basis (favorite being Coffee, Coffee, Coffee and Oy vey with the Poodles), and obscure references may have helped me on more than a few more tests than I would like to admit. Once I filled an entire wedding card with quotes from the show... from memory ("Congratulations are for the groom, best wishes are for the Bride"). Yes, I think I have a classic case of Fan Girl. 

Lorelei Gilmore is my spirit animal. Rory Gilmore is the reason I like a good cup of joe (and coincidentally may be on the verge of needed an intervention). Dean made me believe in love and have extremely high expectations of great boyfriends (Reese, i'm still waiting for my car!). Jess made me want to be with a boy who writes notes in the margins of a book, but walks away in a leather motorcycle jacket ("Cause if you're gonna throw your life away he'd better have a motorcycle!"). Logan made me want to steal a boat and plant an avocado tree. Lane made me want to hide things in my floor boards. Sookie made me want to be a chef (something I'm still kinda not over). Luke made me believe in the good guy. Ms. Patty made it ok to play with the line of what is considered "appropriate". Kirk made me feel second hand embarrassed in the best way possible and Paris made me want to simultaneously punch her in the face and give her a huge hug. 

Life in Starshollow was, and still is because it lives on on the interwebz and on my shelf (in the form of all 7 seasons I own on DVD), grand. 

I'd Rather be Watching Gilmore Girls

Sidebar: Jared Padalecki's cousin was my senior Calculus teacher and pretty much the only reason I am not still in High School trying to pass math. With that said I am, and always will be TEAM LOGAN, but Dean/Jared is a REALLLLL close second. If you are Team Jess... I just can't go there. Call but doesn't speak? Runs off when he says I love you? I just can't.

And Lorelei's love life? If you are not Team Luke forever and always you can just move to Woodbridge. Although Christopher is still pretty swoon worthy . 


Fall Tunic

Although I missed the trend that was the mullet (I rocked a killer bowl cut) I hear its tag line was something similar to "business in the front and party in the back". The mullet's iconic tag line reminds me of the tag line I am giving this outfit-- "summer on top and fall on the bottom". If you have read any other posts from Texas (or Southern for that matter) you know we don't get real seasons around these parts and so we live in the in-between and so do our wardrobes. Tunics basically fit the bill for the in-between wardrobe. 

The downside to tunics are they are caught in the middle of a debate that has pitted fashion lover against fashion lover-- are leggings really pants? For the record I think they are*. 

*when you wear them with with these awesome tunics. 


Utility Vest Two Ways: Weekend

"What up weekenddddd", this version of my Kim Possible vest basically screams it which come Friday at 4:15 I'm all for. Since weekend here in deep South Texas don't dip below 80 until at least November 1st jean shorts and a tee are still considered fall apparel, but I do like to "fall up" my weekend wardrobe much like my work attire so on goes the vest. Long necklace, favorite strappy sandals and i'm outtie to run errands, meet up with friends, save the world with a Naked Mole Rat, whatever.

Have I adequately convinced you that you need a utility vest? Cause you do. K cool!

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Utility Vest Two Ways: Work

This vest makes me feel like Kim Possible and I am totally ok with it.  So ok with it in fact that I am styling this utility vest two ways this week. I am well aware the Kimmy was rocking the early 2000's cargo PANTS (which you can bet your bottom dollar I had... in two colors), but this vest and Ms. Possible's pants have one thing in common-- POCKETS, lots of pockets. And if there is anything I love more than a good late 90's/Early 2000's saturday morning cartoon comparison it is pockets. 

For me work is a fairly casual affair for me so this chambray dress a là target is a staple in my wardrobe but I needed to fall it up a bit to match all things pumpkin being sold about town (ooey-gooey pumpkin bars at Williams Sonoma the other day. I die.) My Kim Possible utility vest and booties did the trick. 

On a hair note and a early 2000's note... I don't know how I did the two polo shirt posed collar thing with my hair cause I get real hot and all like "MY HAIR IS EATING MY NECK" when I wear two collars now (not popped of course... still in the process of burning all those pictures).  So in a braid those little blonde babies went.  Also I think Andy Cohen would be really proud of my half braid half side pony thing I'm working lately. 

Kim Possible, Pumpkin, Double Popped Collars, and Andy Cohen... so yeah that just happened. Also shout out to the Naked Mole Rat, cause duh he was the coolest part of that show.

Double Also... you're welcome

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