Czech Fashion Magazine

Kevin and I made it into a Czech Men’s Fashion Magazine. Needless to say, I’m pretty thrilled!

For Men

Czech photoshoot

Oh my, who are these lovely lindy hoppers? Katja Završnik and Peter Winqvist Loggins

Katja Završnik and Peter Winqvist Loggins

Pamela Gaizutyte and Juan Ignacio Villafane
Pamela Gaizutyte and Juan Ignacio Villafane


“Top swing dance teachers from around the world showing their best pieces from swing era. For Men Magazine May 2015. The magazine text says: swing, sexy, cool as shit and so on…”

Photographer: Matej Tresnak Photography

Tie the Perfect Bow

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve tied a bow and then had a friend retie it. Honestly (*nods head). I’m not even upset by it, just slightly befuddled. Until now (*valiantly thrusts arm into the air)!

Thank you Modcloth for showing me how to be a better woman (*hint of sarcasm there – did you catch the whiff?)! Favorite part of the video: the awkward shuffle-away at 0:45 sec. Second favorite part: learning to tie a bow.


Dance Shoes: Aris Allen

I recently ordered some new shoes from Aris Allen and I freaking love them. I just got the brown high heels and they are super comfortable. How many pairs do you own? Click on the images to go check the shoes out on the website!





Baltimore Based Swing Dance Footwear Company Releases New Line of Women’s Dance Shoes for Spring 2012 Season

Baltimore, MD – (March 7, 2012) Due to overwhelming demand, local swing dance company Aris Allen has added more than 14 new styles of women’s shoes to its varied line of internationally recognized footwear.

“Our loyal customers have been champing at the bit as we worked to release an even wider variety of vintage-inspired shoes for today’s swing dance enthusiast” states Gay Santelmann, product developer and CEO.

The new assortment of shoes includes styles such as the 1940s 3-Buckle Dance Shoe, as well as a low heeled late-1950’s Shoe with Ankle Strap. Aris Allen has also developed some of its customer favorites in several new color combinations that fit in well with this season’s upcoming trends.

Response from swing dancers all over North America, as well as international customers in several countries including France, Germany, Australia, Italy, and the UK has been more than favorable.

Alongside the array of new shoes, Aris Allen has made room for gently worn footwear at its retail location in Curtis Bay, MD – many of which have been showcased by celebrities and featured on tv series such as Dancing with the Stars. Many styles from past seasons can be found for up to 70% off, along with an assortment of swing dance apparel.

In its efforts to encourage young Baltimore-area dancers interested in swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Charleston, Aris Allen is also offering free pairs of shoes to customers touting a student ID when visiting the store.

About Aris Allen:
Founded in 2004, Aris Allen features the best in shoes, clothes and accessories for dancers who practice Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Balboa, Charleston, Boogie Woogie, Collegiate and Varsity Shag, Blues, West Coast, 6-count, 4-count (you name it), any and all forms of swing dancing! Visit Aris Allen’s retail site at for more information.


Februhairy 2012 Review

What a month of hair!! Thank you to all of the people the checked in daily and for the sweet note you sent me.

Here’s a recap of all the things you saw during this past month!


Day 1 – Sock Bun 
Day 2 – Front Swirl (a favorite!!)
Day 3 – Marilyn Curls 
Day 4 – Faux Pin Up Bangs
Day 5 – French Twist
Day 6 – Edgy French Braid 
Day 7 – Victory Bun 


Day 8 – Rihanna Inspired 
Day 9 – Alternative Braid 
Day 10 – Pin Curl Updo
Day 11 – Mermaid Tail Braid
Day 12 – Quick Twist 
Day 13 – 1940s Pin Up
Day 14 – Fun Bun


Day 15 – Pin Up Bandana – accessory
Day 16 – Victory Rolls (this is a favorite!)
Day 17 – Sponge Rollers  
Day 18 – Vintage Vixon
Day 19 – Twist and Pin
Day 20 – Color Bug hair color
Day 21 – Elegant Fauxhawk


Day 22 – Scarf Wrap Tutorial – accessory
Day 23 – Fishtail Braid
Day 24 – Roll it Up!
Day 25 – 1940s Reverse Roll Hairstyle 
Day 26 – Not Your Average Ponytail 
Day 27 – Mohawk Monday!
Day 28 – Milkmaid Braids

Day 29 – Five Strand Braid

Day 27 – Mohawk Monday!!

I declare that it is Mohawk Monday!! I am rocking one today. How about you?

I love them and think everyone should wear one at least once. Here are my favorite mohawk/fauxhawk tutorials:

Elegant (from Day 21), which is great for medium/long hair.

Great for shorter hair:

Great if you have 30 minutes and a friend:

Yes, this looks rather time consuming, but it’s so pretty! I’m guessing if you have thinner hair, you could instead just make little buns/pin curls up the back and then curl the top to get a similar effect. What do you think?

The original inspiration:

Which one is your favorite?

Day 26 – Knot Your Average Pony

Yes I am sampling heavily from The Beauty Department, but they have so much great stuff!! Just check out this spiffy way of spicy up your pony tail.

photo: angela+ithyle/ post designed by kristin ess

Some days you just don’t wanna. For those days, we made you this! Seems like we’ve been seeing pictures of this lovely look everywhere. It’s definitely an easy, gorgeous spring/summer ‘do. Here’s how to get this very uncomplicated knotted ponytail:


-light holding styling mousse
-small clear elastic
-large bobbypin


1) Apply a light holding styling mousse all over from roots to ends for texture and seperation. Hair can be damp or dry. (If it’s dry, be sure it’s a light holding mousse or you could end up with a strong holding mess.)

2) Separate the hair over your shoulder into two pieces. The piece from the back should come forward and down (see photo).

3,4) Using your girl scout skills, tie hair into a simple knot.

5.) Secure the two ends together using a clear elastic. Once it’s in there, slide it up underneath the knot to conceal it.

6) I like to throw a bobby pin in there for extra security.

7) Back comb the ponytail a little for texture and then comb through it with your fingers to settle it.

Tip: Once the steps are complete, tug on it and mess it up a bit. This look is better when it’s a little disheveled!