Sharing is Scary Part 2: “Solo” in Progress

Happy Friday fabulous readers!

As promised, I’m continuing to work on and share dance performance and choreography. In this post I’m featuring the first rehearsal footage of a brand new piece I’m working on. This solo, untitled to date, is being performed by yours truly at the moment. I have always feared sharing a piece when is it still very much in progress, because things will change, be added or taken away, and people don’t always take well to seeing mistakes. However, I want to keep working on this piece and I feel like I will be more motivated if I have an audience to share it with. This is also helping me overcome my reservations and hesitations of sharing my original work.  (the link is at the bottom of the post… in hopes that you will read the post then watch the piece!)

 

With this piece being in progress, I thought I would talk a little about the many aspects and pieces that come together to begin work on a piece of choreography, at least as it applies to me. Each dancer and choreographer has their own process and method of working, so do not define the “choreographers way” as what I’m about to talk about… this is just my way.

 

MUSIC

Music is an important, but not totally crucial aspect for dance performance. Many pieces are done with and without music, sometimes the dancers know the track before getting onstage, other times it may be a game of chance. Some choreographers prefer not to use music with lyrics, not wanting the movement or the audience’s perception of the movement to be affected by the preexisting tone of the music.

Personally, I like to choreograph with my music already chosen. I don’t mind pieces with lyrics, but I’ll usually look for one that will compliment the style, movement and “story” of my dance. Often, when I hear a piece of music, I can already start to see the movement come to life in my head… this is how I know it’s something I want to work with. However, it’s not always the first piece of music that ends up fitting for a piece of dance. For this solo, I had chosen a very different piece of music, one that was very personal to me, and would fir well with the track for “Shaded Blue”… but at this time I was not motivated as I should be, to choreograph to it.   The piece I ended up choosing, “Elements” by Lindsay Stirling (check out her site and music!), found me. It came on a co-workers Pandora Radio station on day and I was hooked.  I could feel the creative juices starting to flow and I wanted to start creating right there in the middle of work… I know this was a piece I had to work with.

 

MOVEMENT

I like to create and set movement that is comfortable in my body. If I’m working on a piece for myself, or without a particular performer in mind, I will create using movement that highlight my strengths and show my body the way I want. On the other hand, if I’m setting movement on a particular dancer(s) or working with someone specific in mind, I will choreograph to highlight their strengths, while staying true to my form and style. For example, the opening solo to “Shaded Blue” which was specifically designed for Emily! I’m not at all adverse to making choreographic adjustments in the future, to make any piece a better fit for the dancer.

I have a tendency to pull from the variety of styles 

 

STRUCTURE, FORM, FUTURE

Some choreographers have a piece already mostly set, either in theirs heads or on paper, then the rehearsal process is just getting that out onto actual dancers. Others prefer to create as they go… maybe having definite points or movements that will happen as a given time, but the rest come together like a puzzle as they work. I am a little of both I think, depending on the piece. “Shaded Blue” was 90% written out on paper before I ever set foot in the studio with it and dancers. While changes and adjustments were made throughout the process, most of it is as I originally set. This new solo, on the other hand, is very much coming together each time I get in the studio to work.  While I have some ideas for the overall look and direction of the piece, I don’t always know what’s coming next… so much of my rehearsal time, right now, is playing and seeing what comes out.  The rehearsal process will be for another post… Yay, something to look forward too!!

In my head, this piece is a sister piece to “Shaded Blue” (premiered in the last Sharing is Scary post). watch it again! While “Shaded Blue” was more so movement for movement’s sake, this solo is a little more aggressive and the character is troubled. There is more tension on the stage and she is always looking off to something else… something just off stage… something she can’t have. The movement is more angular and sharp and I actually love the silhouette look I got in the studio! The music adds to the driving element, while being light and easy to listen to… and believe me, I listen to it a LOT!  the first week of working on this piece, I listened to the track every day on my 45 minute train commute, just to get it in my body and lear the music, phrasing, and character.  

When this piece will be finished… performed… with or without “Shaded Blue” is beyond me.  Right now I’m working on it so I can keep creating and to have something special to share with you all!  I would LOVE to reset Blue with this piece when it’s done… but I also don’t want to rush myself so I truly create something I’m proud of and enjoy.  (“Shaded Blue” is by far my favorite piece of Modern/Contemporary dance I’ve done… so this new one has a big sister to live up to)!!

And on that note… I should fork over the link to the new piece and let y’all see it for yourselves!  Here it is “Solo” 2014.  Please feel free to share, like, comment, etc!!  I love your feedback and support!  

 

Love always,  Christiane 

 

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Take Off, Hey Let’s Go Flying: Airport Adventures!

How many airports have you been through? For someone who did very little air travel until being a young adult, my list is growing quickly… Roughly 7 different ones to date… And I am always surprised at how different they all are.

Being from Atlanta GA, I am used to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (the worlds busiest airport- beat that!!) so needless to say, anything else seems very small and quiet. When I fly to New York, I prefer to go through LaGuardia verses JFK, it’s just cozier. And Will Rodgers Airport on OKC- with it’s one terminal and 24 gates- is by far the smallest I’ve ever been in.
While sitting in the St. Louis Lambert Airport, I noticed how much each airport reflects the culture and people of its location, while serving as international hubs for people from all over the world.
At LGA people are cold and things move fast, and JFK is just flat out confusing… just like NYC. In Atlanta it’s a friendly but strictly business attitude- especially when going through security, and in the Mid-West there’s a more cozy friendly slow paced vibe. Here people are more inclined to chat and wish you safe travels and a good day. I’ve come to love flying and passing through these various ports because I get to see the people and experience a taste if different cultures.

What do I not enjoy about air travel? The TSA security. I know it’s important but boy-oh-boy is it stressful. I’m always worried I forgot to remove my bail clippers or eye drops from my bag and they will be confiscated. Or that the one time I’m running late for a flight will be the time the security line is crazy long and I get stopped to have my bag checked. Hence, I’m always very early! To date, as I’ve yet to have a major problem while traveling, I still enjoy it. The exhilaration of taking off and getting to look out the window still thrills me. I spoil myself by always flying Delta direct to my final destination. The mobile app, which lets me check and adjust my seat is the best thing ever- I now always go for a window seat. The more I fly the more little tricks I learn to make the flight more enjoyable.

What are your favorite flying moments? How many airports have you traveled through? I’ve yet to do overseas or cross country… But I’m sure it’s not far off. Comment below, share with friends, like just because you can, and follow the blog if you like reading personal stories and observations.

Carpe diem!

Love always, Christiane

Christiane, what the hell

are you doing?

that’s what I’m asking myself at the very moment… at 12:21AM on a rainy thursday night… sitting on my bed… exhausted from working 12 days straight at both jobs… but really wanting to write a post before bed– get back into this.

So here I am, with my candles and fan and throw pillows and Winton Marsalis Pandora radio.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve discovered that the universe really does work in mysterious ways. It has a way of putting a thought in your head and promptly making that thought come true. If you are aware enough, of yourself and surroundings, you see this and can truly enjoy the little special things that are thrown your way.

This has been on my mind because I’ve had 2 such events in the past month or so. 1. I was watching one of my favorite movies “The Devil Wear Prada” with the directors commentary on and all they could talk about were sections of the BOOK that they had to leave out of the MOVIE but that they really liked. So of course- it made me want to read the book. Two days later I’m at Goodwill on 181st and what do I find on the bookshelf but a hard back copy of “Devil Wears Prada” in great condition and half off! I couldn’t believe that I had just wised I had the book… and now I do! (it’s very good BTW. A different post coming soon about all my summer reading).
2. I work a job where I interact and get to know hundreds of people a week. But some people, some of the evening studio regulars, I know well… and of course when I haven’t seen someone in a while I start to wonder where they are. Cut to the actual story- I was backing up my iPad last night and deleting extraneous photos when I came across one of a member and I with our matching Swatch Watches (long story) but I realized I hadn’t seen her in months. I’m at work tonight, less then 24 hours after seeing that photo and thinking about her, and who walks in but Heather! I couldn’t believe it! We were able to chat after class and it was so great.

These small happenings and others make me wonder… and here I go getting all hypothetical and wishy, but that happens when I’m writing at 12:3am… Maybe the universe is watching out for me on a grander level. Maybe if I put out there enough positive thoughts and loving wishes that it will hold on to them and deliver them where they should go?
Do we believe this stuff? I didn’t always, but I’ve come to more and more. Sometimes things work out and happen in a way that’s more then chance Maybe all is not lost… just different.

And before I get anymore ambiguous or philosophical, I’m gonna change tracks fast.

I spent the better part of an hour of work tonight trying to figure out if there is a way to change the title of a BLOG on WordPress. Sense I’m no longer at MoMA and I’m living in (not traveling to) NYC, I wanted to make the initial title something more relevant.
I thought about starting another one and hoping all of you, my lovely followers and readers, would transition over… but that felt a bit like giving up on this one. So I’m not, BUT if anyone out there has any advice for on the topic, please share!

I don’t know how Blogs get tons and tons of followers and comments and shares. Of course, this blog is mostly personal, but I’d love to expand my audience and work more on writing a variety of posts on different topics, some more personal then others.

I’d call that a goal… and look! There’s 2 posts in 2 days! I said I’m back and I meant it.

Remember to follow, comment, like, and share. I’m on Instagram @cadance13
I’d love you y’all to check it out!

Till I write again- sweet dreams (and if you’re in NYC- be dry!)
<3always Christiane

Last of the Love Songs- a different post

Hello lovely, beautiful, handsome, and all around awesome blog readers and followers!

I know I’ve been away for a while again… And I will be back with a traditional blog post about life and adventures here in NYC… With fun pictures!

BUT this short post is a little different… Hence the title!

My roommate, Kyle Lacy, who also happens to be my best friend and my boyfriend all in one, needs our help.

He is an incredibly talented rising artist– musician singer songwriter producer actor etc… And his latest project is to record and produce a new EP Album featuring 8 or so brand new songs.

However this is not an easy thing to accomplish, requiring time and funding… Well, that’s where we come in!!! 😀

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Of course being the awesome girlfriend that I am, I want his music to reach as many new listeners and supporters as possible so I’m sharing it with all of you and hopping you will share it too–

He has started a Kickstart campaign to get backing for this new project and every little bit helps. There are also some Awesome gifts in return for supporting.

SO- if any you or your friends would like to hear the demo tracks, watch the promo documentary video, and maybe contribute a dollar or two to this new project

follow the links below and see what you think!

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For details and info on becoming a project backer:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kyleandrewlacy/kyle-lacys-new-ep

For the demo tracks:

http://soundcloud.com/kyle-lacy-1

For a direct link to the promo video:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=meUrbk7Ff9g&feature=youtu.be&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DmeUrbk7Ff9g%26feature%3Dyoutu.be

Any help or sharing is welcome, but please keep it positive. 🙂 And thank you all in advance!

And look out for more posts coming soon… I mean it this time!

<3always,
Christiane

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Ps: he came shoe shopping with me… Isn’t he wonderful!!?!!! ❤

Lights up in Washington Heights!

Hello beautiful dedicated blog readers! I know it’s been forever sense my last post, but life has been crazy and I’ve been running all over the place. This evening however, am in my new apartment and I finally have some relaxing down time and reliable Internet!! (Yes, this is a BIG deal)

So I’m hoping to entertain you with stories and pictures from the past few weeks as I truly made the transition to LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY!!!

To recap, when we last caught up I was still sleeping in a basement, working just 4 days a week, waiting for paperwork to be processed, and embarking on a new (sort of) relationship.

Well, in short now I am living in a lovely 3rd floor walk up apartment with windows, working a very long and solid 6 days a week, not dealing with and pending paperwork, and more in love and committed then ever to a very special person.

But a lot has happened in between… And here we go!

I was the first roommate to move in… And what did I do? After personally moving almost all ov my belongings in one day via trains, which took about 5 trips from Queens to the Heights and back… I slept on the floor for two nights and cleaned the entire apartment… Yes that’s right and it was rough-

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But so worth it. One, because I’ll be living with 4 men… So you know, start REALLY clean. Second, I would feel comfortable bringing in the new bed, clothes, food, etc knowing the kitchen counters had been Clorox-ed and the shower bleached.
Did you see that in the previous line…. New BED! And it’s amazing

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Kyle and I went out and shopped around, making decisions together and getting one we both liked and could afford. I, of course, went all out with pillows and coziness… And I regret NONE of it! It feels so wonderful to come home after a day at work to a room with a good fan and bed and food.

The other roommates are arriving one by one over the course of the month and, as they are all buddies from OCU (and I’m the odd ball out) I’m getting to know them and such.

Then speaking of buddies, I took a long weekend off work and traveled out to Bellport, Long Island and the Gateway Playhouse to see Kyle perform in “Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story”.

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The show was so good, and I really enjoyed getting out of the busy city. I could actually hear crickets at night and walk calmly down the side walk.

On dark theater days, Kyle will come into the city for a few days to spend some time at the apartment. The first weekend he stayed we made breakfast together-

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And dinner-

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Then we went exploring in out neighborhood and found this–

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Yes that’s the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge I believe. This park is gorgeous and huge! Looking forward to getting my running back, especially now that the weather is cooling off again.

Basically I’m living the opening number from the Broadway musical “In the Heights”. But really though! Look up the opening number and actually listen to the lyrics and that’s my life!! Pretty cool.

What else, work is going well, now at 6 days a week. Which yes, is a lot, but I really enjoy going to work and as I work the evening/closing shifts, I have the whole first part of my day to do as I please. Recently I’ve been getting to the studio early and taking a Pilates mat or yoga class before getting cleaned up and clocking in. I’m really working in my core, flexibility, and tone… And yes, I know you’re thinking “well why are you not just taking more dance classes!??” And the answer to that is relatively simple… I don’t have tons of money right now… And I was more interested in having a bed to sleep in every night then class. But also, as an employee I get free classes… So why not use it!?!??!!! Plus it’s something new for my body and it helps me to do my job better– if I can help to recommend a class from personal experience guests are usually happier.

So that’s the job front… There has been talk of a possible promotion, but that’s still in the works and goes way over my head, to corporate, so it takes a whole anyway. But still, it’s a good sign.

So yes… That’s really where things stand for now. All that with many Target runs in between… Like really though. But on one of those trips we got a coffee maker and mugs, so my life is now complete!

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And if you can’t really tell, I have begun using Instagram… Sometime I’ll release my username and y’all can follow me… OR just ask for it in a comment here 😀 Eventually I’ll get FB updated as well! But one social media at a time, y’all should feel special for being the first ones.

I could ramble on… But I should go to bed. Christiane, it’s early… What the heck are you going to bed now for?? I know that’s what everyone’s thinking. Well, because I was up at 6:30 this morning for work and worked till 5:00 this afternoon… but ALSO because Kyle will be coming in from Long Island about 3AM and someone will be getting a call to let him in the building.., so may as well get a jump start on the rest. I’m excited thought because he will be staying here in the city for about 2 weeks between show tours, so we will be able to spend time together and explore the city together!!

So, until next time… Which I hope will be shorter then last time… Remember to like, comment, and share!

<3always, Christiane

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West Side Stories

Hello everyone!

I know this was already published… But something didn’t work with the app and it didn’t stay posted… So it’s not really a new post… However, more news and pics will be coming soon!!

So once again it’s been a while and this should be an interesting post.

Before we get into the most recent events, I have to wrap up Rain Room!!! That’s right, RR had a lovely midnight closing after one of the longest 2 weekend days I’ve ever experienced. Honestly, the closing of this exhibit was very bittersweet. I equate it to doing a 3 month run of a show– everyday you get up, put on your costume makeup and hair, and head to the theater. You work with the same cast members and occasionally you have an understudy step in. You get to know your cast members (coworkers. If you are not following the parallels) on a very personal level, you have inside jokes, lines said at certain times. And all day long you are performing side by side for 1000s of people, most of whom you may never see again. Some of your audience members appreciate your work, others could care less– the ones who give you a standing ovation verses the once who leave at intermission!

Anyway, after it closed we all went out to a nice bar in midtown, had some drinks, and talked late into the night about silly RR moments and future plans. I had a realization while enjoying a good gin and tonic (keepin it real Mom)- that these people were more then just my coworkers, they have become my very close friends. Sense coming to NYC I’ve been doing everything on my own mostly because I didn’t know a lot of people, but realizing I had built long term friendships with these people was a really great thing.

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And that’s the final curtain

Well for Rain Room stories that is. But sense I’m staying in New York, I have decided to keep this blog running. EXCITING!!!! I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?!?!?

I’ll probably be posting less often, really depending on what the future holds. 🙂

Moving on with more recent events-
I’m going to use the plot and themes of the title show (yes! That’s right– West Side Story is a famous broadway show) to help me talk about recent events. Or at least try 🙂

As Maria loses Tony just when things begin to look possible for them both… I lost the Apple job… Gone so fast in one gun shot, one phone call…

Yes that makes it sound very dramatic but the lady I talked to said they did like me and what to stray in touch in case a position opened up later, I said OK… Can’t hurt.

The death of Tony hints at bring both sides together in a way… Losing Apple has encouraged me to ask for more hours at the yoga studio (which I still love…and I got more hours!) as well as seriously pursue an internship with a technical theater company of sorts. I have an interview next week! (Shout out to Rex– think for the introduction)

Amongst all this work drama… What about home?

Well, my wonderful hosts on Astoria let me extend my stay so I cold continue looking for a place to call home… And…
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“There’s a place for us/ somewhere a place for us/ hold my hand are we’re half way there/ hold my hand and I’ll take you there…”

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Well, there is now an US… And NYC is that far away place where we are finally able to meet and start over with a life that is ours to explore.
I know, that sounds so poetic… BUT REALLY THOUGH–
There really is a place for us, and the paperwork is being processed right now!!!

I’m very excited about what the future, near and further away, has to offer. I’m really looking forward to furnishing, decorating, and organizing my sections of this apartment as well as working and hopefully finally feeling settled and financially stable enough to really begin pursuing dance classes and auditions.

So here’s to fate and love.

Remember to comment, like, and share this blog!

<3always, Christiane

May you be truly happy

So, I know I just posted, but New York living 101 wasn’t really a post full of fun personal stories and daily events… Well, this post will hopefully make up for some of that! It’s been an action packed week and there is so much to tell and plenty of pictures!! (It’s been a crazy hot week… Like hot humid and sunny).

Lets start with last Sunday- Mother dearest flew into LGA and we embarked on 4 days of craziness.
After dropping off our bags at the house we set out for Union Square and Loemanns!

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Mom was really excited 🙂

We explored and walked a LOT… I wanted to give her a more real look at New York. We did lunch at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, it was (again) so good! Then we ended up walking up to Bryant park because I wanted to show her where we would be taking yoga in a few days. It was here that the trouble started… The lights of Broadway can just be seen from the edge of the park and of course mom found them. And so we went exploring in Times Square. I am so on my way to becoming a true New Yorker… I almost could not stand trying to get about with all the slow people! Bt it was fun and bright and beautiful. We found some shows we wanted to see– Phantom of the Opera and mom decided she would try to get tickets while I was at work the next day. After a long day of exploring, we came home to enjoy a cup of tea and sleep.

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MONDAY! Up bright and early we headed out to catch the train into the city for another day. I pointed Mom in the direction of Broadway while I set off for work. After successful getting tickets for Phantom and doing a little exploring of her own, Mom took advantage of my MoMA staff tickets and came to explore the museum.

We splurged on dinner out and had a true night on the town!! The. Of course…

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we got in line for the show.

And finally got in and settled.

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The show was amazing!!! Words can hardly describe how excited I was. As the music began to soar and the chandelier started to rise I could not hold back tears. (Last time I saw Phantom the chandelier had technical difficulties and the beginning was a little disappointing).

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Aaaahhhhhh!!!! Who is that with the chandelier from Phantom of the Opera???? It would be ME!!!!!!
And Mom! 🙂

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After the show it was home again home again to get some rest for another busy day.

Tuesday began with yoga in the park!

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A light breakfast, and back home to do laundry and grocery shopping. That evening while I was working a special event at the Rain Room, Mom ran over to the Broadway Theater to see Cinderella… Last minute… And she got second row center seats! On my end, while working this posh event for high paying members, the Rain Room decided it was tired and shut itself off in the middle of everything. 😦 this was slightly stressful and embarrassing but everyone took it very well and we had things back up and running and still managed to get over 400 people through in 2.5 hours!! Great night with great staff and members!

Wednesday was a LONG day with a 7:30am breakfast meeting (which was frustrating, but not something I want to discuss in this post), then 7 hours at work, and finally…

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That’s right! Mom got tickets again and we went to see Cinderella. It was fantastic! After the show Mom and I did something I’ve never done before- waited in line at the stage door to get signatures of the cast members! (Be ready for lots of pictures… Then this post can get into the more personal stuff, promise!)

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Yup, that last one is me and Laura– the lead actress… Cinderella!

On Thursday, after coffee and a short walk through Astoria Park, it was back on the M60 and LGA for Mom to get back to ATL.

And now onto more personal events… Lots has been going on, don’t even know where to begin!

Jobs– I got a new job! Working hospitality at a really nice yoga studio in the West Side. I walked in to the studio to ask about membership and employment, then after talking to the manager, I got hired on the spot! To date, I’ve done 3 days of training and am planning on doing one moe before starting my closing shifts. Thank you ACN for all the background and training 🙂

I have also applied to work at the Apple company, to date I’ve been through 2 rounds of interviews with one more round to go if I hear back from them. I am being considered for my top choose store, in the West Side (feeling a theme here?)! I’m trying to stay very positive about this process, I’m very hopeful for this job. Things have been going well so far!

Rain Room has been going… Interestingly… To say the least. The lines have only gotten longer- for example the general admission wait this morning at 10am was 9 hours! Crazy, I know!! With the heat, people, and newly enforced restrictions in the room… Some things about the job have gotten more stressful, but we are all supportive of each other and had less then a month left.

I can’t wait to start looking for my own housing.. Although I’m holding off just a little until I know more abut Apple, so I’ll know how financially well off I will be or if I need to look for other things. So of course I’ll keep you updated with news as I get it!

Now, you may be wondering about my status, where did that come from? Well, actually it’s something from yoga class in the park last Thursday. During our ending shivasina (sorry about the spelling) our instructor told us to think of various people, people we knew… people we didn’t… People we loved… People we didn’t… People near by us and those far away… Those that encourage us and those that hold us back… To send to them all thoughts of being truly happy.
There were a lot of people I was thinking of during this time, a few more then others for various reasons… Readers and people who know me well can guess and figure out what persons I’m talking about.

I’ve been feeling a little lonely recently. I recently realized I really don’t socialize much now that I’m in the city or ever have plans with friends. I really don’t feel like I have many friends that I can just crash and hang out with… Much less someone to come home to or wait up for and talk with after a long day. I also think I’m in need of hugs! Really wanting my own space and for it to cool down (or for me not to have to work outside all the time)… You are just always sweating. If and when I have my own place/room, I’m really hoping to get a kitten and have someone to cuddle!!

Well, I think that’s it for fun and exciting things happening up here in NYC with me. I’ve been running and enjoying yoga, working full time hours at MoMA for the next month and adding in the studio. I’m looking forward to getting into a solid routine and begin taking dance classes soon. I finished reading Sherlock Holmes and am now working on The Secret Garden… Think I would like to reread The Geography of Bliss or Eat, Pray, Love next. Finished my 750 piece puzzle today…

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Not to mention, Happy July 4th!! I’m very very sad and disappointed that I missed running in the worlds largest 10k this morning– The Atlanta Peachtree Road Race. I am so proud of all my runner friends who were out there this morning. I heard the weather held off just enough for it to be a good run. Love you all and hope you ran well!! I got up at 5am this morning before work and went on a honorary run!

And on that note, I’ll sign off. Will be heading up to the roof with my roommates soon to see if we can catch a glimpse of some NY fireworks from across the water.

As always– comment, like, and share the blog. Thank you all for following and reading!

<3always,
Christiane