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Capezio Review — 1

Dear readers,

I am so excited to be presenting you with a review of some lovely Capezio dance gear I have tried recently. Enjoy! 🙂

First up…

Leather Juliet Ballet Flats

Firstly, I know that some of you are big on how products are packaged and some of you are not so concerned with all that. I am usually not altered one way or another by packaging and I didn’t think I would be mentioning it in a review, but I have to say, I squealed a little when I saw the most gorgeous little Capezio boxes that these ballet flats come in. OMG. I think it actually did impact my immediate impressions. Speaking of which…

Immediate Impression:

Very nice.

Straight out of the packaging, the general feel of these ballet flats is SOFTNESS. Everywhere.

The outer is a light creamish pinkish coloured leather. And the leather is super soft.

Inside is lined with a soft brushed polyester/cotton fabric that creates, yes, more softness. They have heel and ball-of-foot pads on the inside as well that add to a shoe that was obviously designed and made for comfort. SOFT comfort!

Another important first impression  –>  PRE-SEWN ELASTICS! Loved this feature. Obviously that is not going be perfect for everyone as our elastic length needs all vary, but it worked for me.

How they fit and feel:

Taking all the above in consideration, it makes perfect sense that when I first slipped my feet into these flats it felt like my feet had slipped into really comfy slippers or socks. Not ballet slippers, just regular comfy, nurturing, relaxing slippers.

The heel comes up a little higher than other flats I have worn. This doesn’t really feel either here nor there for me. Doesn’t change the level of comfort  at all. It’s just something I noticed that was a little different.

A feature I particularly love about these shoes is their diamond gusset which makes the arch of the shoe hug the arch of your foot. Arch hugging is the bomb! It feels awesome when a shoe hugs your arch but more importantly you can see how much you are working your feet when you can see that arch clearly. So it’s really a wonderful tool.

So they feel great.

I fit their size 8.5 in length and their M (medium) width.

I have a very narrow foot and am always surprised when a ballet shoe fits my foot. So I was very surprised when I tried these shoes on. Especially seeing the only width choices were medium and wide. I was a bit worried about that but these fit like a glove.

How they look on (are they stylin’?):

Yes! I absolutely reckon they’re stylin’. I think the combination of the diamond gusset and the super soft fabrics they have used, create a really fabulous looking shoe. I mean anything that shows your foot off to its best ability will look good.

How they perform:

These shoes felt really good while working in them. There were no places that became irritated or sore. The soft and comfy theme continued. And I continued to love the arch hugging support.

I did notice that my feet became quite warm in them. Not hot. Just warmer than I am used to. I think this is due to the soft inner lining fabric. This wasn’t something that would stop me from wearing them, but I did notice it.

Do I recommend them?…

I highly recommend these shoes if you’re looking for a super comfy shoe that helps you feel what your feet are doing.

The only downside I can see to these shoes is that your teacher might really push your feet hard because they will be able to see exactly how hard you’re working them, and how much harder you could be working them. But then you will only improve, so that downside is really an upside.

The Capezio Leather Juliet …

You can find these ballet shoes here: Leather Juliet

Ultra Soft Transition Tights (style 1916)

Immediate impression:

Pink. Soft. Nice thick waistband. A generally nice first impression.

Seriously, they look really really pink when you first see them. Much pinker than my photo shows. But they don’t look that pink when you put them on.

How they fit and feel:

I have pretty long legs. I tried the long/extra long size and they covered my length just fine. They feel really comfortable on. Very soft. And the thick waistband doesn’t cut into you. I love this.

They fit and feel good on and as you would expect when purchasing ballet tights.

How they look on (are they stylin’?):

They look good on. They lose their very pink colour and become more of a white colour. The fabric doesn’t do anything weird as it stretches.

So I suppose, yes, these ballet tights are “stylin'” as much as any ballet tight can do.

How they perform:

I love it when I don’t notice anything about tights while I’m working. If I finish my class and I haven’t had to think at all about my tights, then that to me says they are good tights.

These are good tights. They didn’t itch, the crotch didn’t drop, they didn’t catch on themselves as I moved in and out of fifth position and my sweat didn’t show up.

Crotch drop and sweat? Damn, ballet tights are the height of glamour aren’t they?

Do I recommend them?…

Yes. Definitely recommend these tights. Nothing bad or wrong about them in my experience.

Capezio Ultra Soft Transition Tights…

You can find these tights here: Ultra Soft Tights

Camisole Leotard

Immediate impression:

Lovely! This leotard is black with a light pink trim. The black is a nice good quality dark black, rather than a faded black. It feels soft to the touch, has a moderate leg line, a full front lining and some lovely decorative detailing on the back.

How it fits and feels on:

I love the way this leotard feels on. It feels soft and smooth with plenty of stretch. The straps didn’t cut into me, nor did the leg line.

It fits the way you would want a leotard to fit. No awkward surprises. No straps falling off my shoulders. The length was appropriate.

Even though they call the leg line medium, this is the lowest leg line I have used so far and I really liked it. I’d like to go even lower as I really like the boy-cut/50’s fashion look.

I also found the double front lining very secure. I really liked that element.

How it looks on (is it stylin’?):

I love the look of this leotard. As I said above, I really like the leg line. I like the smaller straps too, and I LOVE the back — I like the lower line of the back as well as the decorative detail.

I also like the colours. The black and pink is a bit of a modern mix and I like that.

Yes, I believe this is a stylin’ leotard!

How it performs:

This leotard was great while working. It didn’t become lose. Nothing on it became irritating. The straps didn’t cut into me. The leg line didn’t ride up where it isn’t wanted. It coped with my load of sweat.

I really liked how soft the fabric felt on me while I was working. Ballet is such hard work, it’s nice to wear something soft and smooth while doing it.

Do I recommend it?…

Yes, absolutely. I definitely recommend this leotard.

The Capezio Camisole Leotard…

You can find this leotard here: Camisole Leotard

Hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I have enjoyed these products.

xxx Zoë

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Seriously. Shake it Off.

YOU ARE AWESOME.

YOU ARE JUST RIGHT.

YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Don’t worry about what other people say. Just be you. ‘Cause that’s what the world needs. Just you being you.

And to back me up on this concept I’ve recruited my fan-girl-crush Taylor to share her awesome words of truth.

P.S – Check out the video. It’s the outtakes of Taylor with the ballerinas shooting her video and it’s fabulous. I especially love seeing the ballerinas at the end of the clip shaking it off. Such a gorgeous pick-me-up.

Advice from Taylor:

I stay up too late, got nothing in my brain
That’s what people say mmm, that’s what people say mm
I go on too many dates, but I can’t make ’em stay
At least that’s what people say mmm, that’s what people say mmm

But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music in my body and it’s gonna be alright

‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

I’ll never miss a beat, I’m lightning on my feet
And that’s what they don’t see mmm, that’s what they don’t see mmm
I’m dancing on my own (dancing on my own), I’ll make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go)
And that’s what they don’t know mmm, that’s what they don’t know mmm

But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
It’s like I got this music in my body saying it’s gonna be alright

‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Hey, hey, hey, just think while you’ve been getting down and out about the liars and dirty, dirty cheats in the world you could have been getting down to this sick beat

My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She’s like “oh my God”, but I’m just gonna shake it
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won’t you come on over, baby, we can shake, shake, shake

‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Big thanks to Taylor for having a personality independent of what other people think of her and for just generally rocking.

Take care everyone.

Bush xxx

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Bush's Knock-Offs (a bit of fun)

Dear gorgeous readers, dancers, friends and fans,

Remember when I did this?

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This was something I wanted to do more of. Actually I wanted to make a photographic series out of them.

After thinking about this for ages and ages, I’ve decided to stop fretting about the what-if-I-fails and just have a go.

It will be a photographic series of knock-offs. Bush Ballerina knock-offs of professional ballerina photos.

Basically I’ll choose a photo, acquire the needed costume, props, setting etc., and then click, click, click. Magic! Hopefully they will be like the ones above only much better.

I’m so passionate about this idea that I’m prepared to actually hire the theatre in town to take photos where a stage in necessary etc. AND last week when I was the (big) town we go to to shop, I saw there is a COSTUME SHOP that has opened up. OMG! Help me now. How will I resist!? LOL

Okay anyway, so back to project Knock-Offs, I would love your input. If you have a favourite photo of a ballerina, I’d love to see it. You can pop it to me in the comments here, pop it in the comments on the facebook post or email it to bushballerina@gmail.com

So damn excited about this. 🙂

Bush xxx

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Progress pics for the blog fans…

There are a couple of new pics over in the Photos of BB page. They are already on twitter and facebook, so I apologise for the cross posting, but I wanted to load them here for progress mapping.

One of them is a coupé photo, which I know some of you will be interested in. Here’s the link…
Photos of BB |
http://bushballerina.com/photos-of-bb/

I have been informed that I need to adjust it slightly. A little lower. But overall I am happy wi my progress. I think I’m starting to understand visually, where things should be more.

I’m really happy about the progression.

🙂

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Dancing in the Rain. For Reeelz!

I’ve been thinking a lot about how not to think during ballet. Yes, I do see the irony. I had a great conversation with my gorgeous sister the other day. Together, we analysed how to not analyse. Yes, it’s genetic! Haha! But I think it really worked. I came away from the conversation with some new ideas of how to get out of my head when dancing. Sort of like practising mindfulness while dancing. So grateful for that beautiful conversation as I have been feeling really defeated about it all and almost like it wasn’t worth pushing on with. Thank you, sister! ❤

Still working on the confidence part, but I am doing just that ‘still working on it’, and hoping that after a while it will all come together.

Then, the other day, my daughter captured these photos while I was in class. Was an amazing class. Quite serendipitous, actually, as at the end, this massive wall of rain came up from the valley and hit the studio (aka verandah). And I didn’t stop dancing. I just kept going, in the rain. Was beautiful. In fact, you could say that as I was feeling the rain on my body, I was taken out of my head. I was JUST FEELING. And I felt myself fully fall into the movements and music. It was the most dance fun I’ve had in forever.

So note to self — more dancing in the rain!

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Thanks for the well wishes for my daughter. Y’all are lovely. And she’s picking up. Yay!

BB

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BB's Best 2013 Moments in Photos

Thought I’d post my favourite moments of Bush Ballerina’s 2013. It has been a tough year for my family in many regards, but it has also been a great year for learning, growing, adjusting and loving. Experiencing difficulties doesn’t mean that NOTHING good is happening around you, it can just make it harder to see the good stuff.

So here is a creative recap of some of my favourite moments. Some of the good stuff.

Hope you enjoy…

My first interview, over at Fine Fit Day …

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Bit of creative fun for a photo competition. (How did I NOT win that one? ;) ) …

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Recreating my fave Polina photo (except in Polina’s she is en pointe and on stage)…

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Doing ballet while the family swam in the river. LOVED this moment…

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Letting go of my fear of striking a ballet pose in public (with people watching)…

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Touching the floor finally! Well done BB!…

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 Ballet at the top of our mountain. Beautiful moment…

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 Does anyone else have any of there favourite moments of 2013 that they want to share? I’d love to hear/read/see them. :D