The point of this post…
My main passions (beyond the Love of my Life and my family!) are Martial Arts, and living a happy, healthy Life (with animals around! 🙂 ) I care about taking good care of myself as I get older – internally and externally.
Fashion was my career for over a decade, and I LOVED it. By the age of 23 I was managing over 200 people in Cosmetics and Fragrances in a massive NYC department store – serious fun, and serious education! By 24 I had forayed into ladies footwear, where I’d stay and grow for many more years – here and overseas.
But while I know those worlds intimately, and cherished that time, I feel like those topics are wildly saturated these days. When you do Fashion Trend Analysis, the concept of “fast fashion” and obsolescence isn’t novel… But I have so much “new” to share on here that I can’t seem to disseminate it quickly enough!
So I’m shifting my focus a bit, and hope that’s okay – I know that “newness” will be covered in spades by some AMAZING bloggers out there. I’m so grateful to all of you who read and enjoy – I love connecting with the larger Universe, and appreciate the kind support. ❤
I feel like in many ways I am a dichotomy – a proverbial oxymoron, as it were. I blame my zodiac most of the time… Scarcely a disservice to other Gemini – we all know just how multi-faceted we can be!
Because of my, er, celestial classification I have a habit of taking on seemingly highly opposing activities (boredom is a kiss of doom for us!):
- Figure Skating —> Takekwondo
- Classical Ballet —> Hapkido
- Ballroom Dancing —> Ninjutsu
- Hip Hop —> JiuJitsu
- Aerial Yoga —> Kumdo
In my own mind, of course, EVERYTHING is a dance.
Still…not all of my sports are focused on grooming the way many of my childhood ones entailed – Martial Arts? Looking pretty is the last thing on my mind! I didn’t grow up to be a glamorous girl – I admire those who are, absolutely – but glam won’t work for me on a daily basis.
I am far too active to maintain a quotidian routine of lipstick and updos. I strive for “natural.” I want to enhance, not hide. I want to look the same when I wash my face at Night (lest my other half wonder what happened!) 😉
Having been trained to perform most of my Life, I was bombarded with notions of grace, beauty, polish, and sophistication very early on. There are worlds revolving around skincare, makeup artistry, hair design – if you haven’t been exposed to it, you’d be wowed! Those things mattered enormously in the sports in which I was predominantly trained in growing up. You wouldn’t dare take the ice without your “war paint,” or the stage without the proper bun and shimmer!
As a result, I know a TON about those arenas – makeup artistry was essentially required for my sports. I was drawn to it as a child because it was openly creative and there really wasn’t a “wrong way” to do it. It also took a lot of skill to pull oneself together and, most importantly…
Grooming boiled down to taking your performing sport and competition seriously (not to mention the judges taking YOU seriously at the same time.)
At the root of all that, skincare was therefore a big deal – my mother always told me that the canvas matters the most (painting over a blemished surface is much more of a challenge, and means you forego “natural” in pursuit of a hard-to-obtain perfection.) So, I also know TONS about skincare too, and am often asked about my own regimen. Having good habits starting early will make a big difference down the road and I’m incredibly thankful I don’t appear to be 37.
As an athlete, taking care of our skin is vital – we are often covered in sweat, rolling on mats, or using communal equipment at a gym / school / dojo etc… So unless cleanliness doesn’t matter, we have to be a bit more mindful.
I also L ❤ VE being a woman, and I care about aging as gracefully as I am able (I probably own every product known to man! 😉 ) I will never run about in complete shambles, and when I am going out somewhere, I will pull it together! I love Fashion and I loved working in the field – I can’t say I don’t miss it! And I love womanly things – gowns, pencil dresses, lace, stockings, glitter… So while “badass” and “edgy” work…so do sexy and beautiful.
When I’m training, though, I’m probably going to be a ruffled mess…so I always felt like “If you can’t handle me like [this], then I’m not for you!” I mean… I used to live in a town where people would say, “you should wear your hair down when you workout! You look so different! It’s much prettier!”
For me personally, the gym is for working out, staying fit, pushing my limits – not impressing anyone with looks…or anything else! Superficial doesn’t fit in my scheme of things – I’m there to work, and to do something kind for myself. There is always room to get dolled up later.
The great news? Most of my friends are furiously hardworking – whether in their career, Martial Arts, extreme sports (rock climbing, for one, blows me away!), lifting, or seriously skill-perfecting sports like shooting, I am always in awe, and ever-encouraged to learn more.
I’m blessed and thankful to be surrounded by supportive people who could care LESS if my hair is a mess, and I’m purple-cheeked and sweating. Even if we are doing different activities, there is always respect and support.
I need to make a point to also say that the support of my other half is huge. He inspires me every day with his work ethic, talents, eagerness to learn, and his phenomenal heart, among many other things. ❤
The point is…going forward, my posts will reflect more of this aspect of my Life (a huge part of it!) than they have in the past. As much as I am asked about my skin, and the “outward”…I am also asked on a regular basis about what I do for sports, what my routine looks like, what my nutrition consists of etc… I feel like I can be most helpful in this way.
I love to inspire, I LOOOOVE to encourage, and I find that there is strong community in sharing… So that’s my plan for now. 🙂
As always, many thanks – I love the wonderful comments, and I appreciate the time all of you take out of your day to spend a moment with me.
XX ❤ X