This weekend while at Erewhon, I stumbled upon this tiny glass straw made by Foods Alive. Did you know that we use over 500 million straws per year? Cut down on your plastic use and purchase one of these straws. You can find them here. Plus, they come with a handy cleaning brush. Or if you would like a free one, just email me through my contact me page here and send me your home address and we'll send one out to you. I've teamed up with Foods Alive and they've donated a generous stash of glass straws to Spot LA. Enjoy!
While getting my schedule of spring dance performances together, I came across Alex Israel's Jacket for LA Dance Project. I thought this collaboration was intersting and I wanted to learn more. I got in touch with the LA-based artist to learn about the jacket and here's what Alex had to say. To support LADP click here. Enjoy!
Benjamin Millepied and LADP approached me about doing some kind of collaboration. As the conversation evolved, they asked if I had any ideas about making something like a multiple or an edition that could be sold to generate funding for their programing. I immediately thought of the idea of designing an LADP "team" jacket--like a high school varsity jacket for the dancers to wear, and for the patrons to wear out of support for the company. The idea seemed to accomplish two things at once: the jackets would be sold to raise funds, and the jackets would help brand and support the company whenever and wherever they were worn out in the world.
Designing the jacket, I looked at a lot of high school varsity jackets for inspiration. I wanted to be sure to include an embroidered "Est." date, the company's logo, a couple of arm patches, and block lettered text on the back. For one arm, I created a palm-tree patch as a nod to the city of Los Angeles. Everything fell into place, and the color scheme derived from the company's signature colors: red, black and white. At Benjamin's request, out of respect for animals, we decided not to go with traditional leather sleeves, but instead to make the jacket and sleeves both out of wool. The word that seemed most appropriate for the back of the jacket was "DANCER," as first and foremost, the jacket was designed with the members of the company in mind. Each jacket has a small hand-signed tag sewn into the lining. They are made right here in downtown LA.
Oh how I love a great protein bar. I found out about these barre bars while at Jacobs Pillow. Its "a real food bar developed by two professional dancers" from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. If you want to get your hands on some check out the site here. Enjoy! PS, my favorite flavor is Pirouette Cinnamon Pecan.
This is what it all starts with - A simple black leotard. Also known as a LBL or Little Black Leotard. Its so simple yet so versatile. At first glance you might think for Ballerina's only but hip-hoppers, flamenco dancers, and Jazz Funkers have all been known to wear one. Just one small piece can lead toward a life full of sweat, emotions, tears, tuition and hopes and dreams. Check out Discount Dance Supply and KD Dancewear for some of my fav LBLs.