Tessie's Little Black Book: Consign 49

 www.consign49.com

www.consign49.com

Who: 
Consign49

What:
11th Semi-Annual Consignment Sale Event (Spring 2018 Event), which is a huge resale pop-up event featuring nearly 15,000 new and gently used clothing and home decor items brought in by over 150 members from the community.
 

 www.consign49.com

www.consign49.com

Where:  
Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fairgrounds: 2075 Glenn Hwy Palmer, AK

Why: 
The Consign49 Spring 2018 Consignment Event brings you great finds on new and gently used brand name and designer clothing, accessories, shoes, home décor, furniture, and so much more!  Rack up amazing savings while supporting members of the community.  Admission is free, major credit cards are accepted and dressing rooms are provided!  Also, support local boutiques and businesses who will have featured spaces in our boutique section and vendor row. 
 

 www.consign49.com

www.consign49.com

When: 
April 5th - 8th

Wednesday, April 4th: Presale (requires a pass)
Thursday, April 5th: 9am - 8pm
Friday, April 6th: 9am - 8pm
Saturday, April 7th: 9am - 8pm
Sunday, April 8th: 9am - 5pm, many items HALF PRICE

 www.consign49.com

www.consign49.com

How?  
If you have high-quality items going unworn or unused, take this opportunity to do some spring cleaning and join Consign49 as a consignor in an upcoming event.  All you do is price, hang, and tag your items and drop off the day before the event starts.  Unsold items can be picked up after the event, or left to be donated to a local charity. Consignors receive a check within 10 days after the event.  To register, go to http://www.flashconsign.com/Consignment/Online?ran=25&sleID=688 or visit www.consign49.com for more details.

 www.consign49.com

www.consign49.com

TESStimony:
I have had great experiences as a Consigner with Consign 49 - the timing of the events (winter + spring) works out well for cleaning out my closet, the consignor rates are exceptional, and the payment turnaround is awesome.  Signing up and entering inventory of items I am consigning is super user-friendly and I love that I can log-in and check on what has/hasn't sold during the event.  I also love that I can decide which items I would like to have donated if they don't sell.  I highly recommend consigning with Consign 49 as well as checking out the event to shop!  It's eco-friendly and fun!

Keep up with all things Consign 49 via their website: www.consign49.com  + facebook: www.facebook.com/consign49/ + instagram: www.instagram.com/consign49/

Tessie's Little Black Book: Vixen Fitness Class at Studio Pulse

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Who:
Stephanie Wonchala - Owner of Studio Pulse Center for Dance + Director of Pulse Dance Company

 images: Kerry Tasker 

images: Kerry Tasker 

What: 
Vixen Fitness Class

Class description from StudioPulseAK.com:
Developed by studio owner Stephanie Wonchala, this signature Studio Pulse class (formerly named Burlesque Body) is popular with adults! You will sweat, grind, twerk, jiggle, and stretch into the most confident version of your body. This class is ideal for anyone looking for an extended, intense warm up and sexy floorwork. Emphasis is placed on HIIT exercises and easy-to-follow dance combos done to booty-poppin' music. Focus then shifts to sensual movement and developing the strength and agility required to execute intricate moves with fluidity and grace. Floorwork can be tough on knees, and knee protection and/or legwarmers are highly recommended. Choreography varies to incorporate elements of neo-classical burlesque and erotic dance, and new routines are introduced every 2-3 weeks. Wear workout, yoga, or stylish dance attire - whatever you feel fierce (and won't overheat) in. Bare feet or clean indoor sneakers for the first half of class, option to wear heels in the second half of class. Music may be explicit; this class is not recommended for anyone averse to floorwork or high impact. Perfect for anyone looking to feel empowered by moving the body their mama gave 'em. Water bottle highly encouraged.

Where:
2422 East Tudor Rd. Anchorage, AK  99504

 additional information @  www.studiopulseak.com

additional information @ www.studiopulseak.com

Why:
Empower yourself by moving + shakin' what yo' mama gave you! Who run the world?! Y-O-U!  

When:
6:30-7:30pm Wednesdays
 

 additional information @  www.studiopulseak.com

additional information @ www.studiopulseak.com


How?
Drop-in for a class or punchcard and/or call Studio Pulse Center for Dance at #907.677.8573 with any questions! *Hours of Operation are during class instruction times*

TESStimony:
Your girl, Tessie - has never been great at choreographed moves. ODB at the club aka free-style shaking is one thing, but even as a cheerleader, the choreography was not my strong suit.  What I love so much about Studio Pulse is it's a true extension of Stephanie's spirit: kind, inviting, motivating, passionate, and fun!  I took around three Vixen Fitness classes right when I moved back to Anchorage, and even with being a bit behind personally on the choreography, I never felt intimidated or like I was holding the class up.  Stephanie is an INCREDIBLY skilled and accomplished dancer and choreographer - with no ego.  Her love for dance and desire of bringing dance to our community and a part of people's lives is so apparent and contagious, I felt nothing but empowerment and joy during Vixen Fitness (and honestly any other class I have taken at Pulse!)  There is a true FITNESS aspect to the class as well so get ready to WORK + (T)WERK!
I absolutely encourage you to give Vixen Fitness a shot next Wednesday.  Try something NEW!  The classes build on each other with choreography and we all know practice makes perfect aka it's best done in a dedicated series - but try it out first, and see why I was so excited to go back for more and PROMOTE with this photo shoot!!! ;) 
 

 image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

 image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

 image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

image c/o: @PulseDanceAK

Keep up with Stephanie, Pulse Dance Co., and all things Studio Pulse via their instagram: @pulsedanceak + website: www.studiopulseak.com

Style Profile: Sarah Lewis

I've never met Sarah in person, but I was instantly drawn to her inviting, honest, and kind spirit via instagram!  I have a highly curated list of under 25 people I follow on social media, and when I received a follow from "The Bright Change" (now @sarahlewisco) I was so intrigued by such a lovely and beautiful handle! 
THE - BRIGHT - CHANGE: adding such light, ease, and comfort to something (change) that can be seen as an intimidation.  Sarah's feed is full of beauty, truth, travel journeys, strength, hope, and encouragement.  It has been such a pleasure to connect with Sarah from across the globe and just as God / the Universe do - I feel like you connect with the right people at the right time who are following similar paths and have similar light and love they are projecting out!  I am so excited to share Sarah's style profile, the first ethical fashion based style profile on the blog...
E N J O Y!  xoxox

 image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Name:
Sarah Lewis

Location:
Geneva, Switzerland - for now ;-)

Occupation:
I’m studying online to become a holistic health coach, but still working full time.

Decade in Life:
20’s

 image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Describe your personal style:
I think I went through a period where my style was simple/minimal/chic with a lot of black and neutrals. I still love that, but now I feel I am transitioning back to the style I had when I was 17. I think I am going back to what I naturally gravitated towards and loved before I thought I should look a certain way (for work, to impress etc.). So I would say my style is going back to a kind of boho chic and feminine style, with hippie vibes, flowy dresses. But I will be more able to express that when Summer comes around J

Favorite color and print to wear:
I love black, blue, white and colorful ethnic/floral prints.

Go to outfit for instant confidence and sophistication:
Winter: thigh high boots, skirt, large sweater and faux shearling rider jacket

Summer: flowy dress, basket bag, sunglasses and raffia slip-ons

Year-round: yoga clothes and ethical Veja sneakers (+ Patagonia puffer jacket)

Signature scent:
I love a good woody/spicy fragrance. Think sandalwood, cloves, cedarwood, patchouli with notes of citrus and fresh flowers.

 image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Most coveted piece in closet:
Stella McCartney bag (but it’s actually my sister’s) & vintage denim skirt.

Most lusted item you don’t own:
A Stella McCartney bag that would be my own.

Favorite places to shop:
I like to shop in small boutiques that have a good selection and not too many choices (& preferably ethical/eco-conscious), I also like to shop in vintage stores or second-hand stores that have carefully selected their clothes. But most of the time I’ll shop online and look for gems from eco/ethical brands.

Favorite season and why: 
Summer, because minimal clothing is required. I can just slip on a nice dress and be good to go.

 image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

I never leave home without:
iPhone + earphones, a book (or audiobook), a notebook and pen.

I feel most beautiful in:
A dress.

Fashion Icons:
Jessica Stein, Rachel Bilson, Parisian women.

Five classic essentials you think every lady should own:
1- A little black dress
2- A good pair of jeans
3- Yoga clothes that are nice enough she can stay in all day long
4- Something that she feels beautiful in and suits her body type
5- A go-to accessory (whether it’s a hat, sunglasses or a necklace)

 image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Favorite bands/artists
My two favorite types of music I always go to or come back to are: folk/folk rock/soft rock music & mantra/new age music.

Some of my favorite artists are Jack Johnson, Tracy Chapman, Caamp, Jay Jagdeesh, Noah Kahan, Bon Iver, Snatam Kaur etc.

Ethical brands worth checking out: 
A few I ethical brands have been loving lately-

Yireh (US, HI)
Harly Jae (Canada)
Warriors of the Divine (AUS)
Folk Tribe Clothing (AUS)
Ekyog (FR)

Favorite instagrams to lurke:
@karlycakess & @tuulavintage for a good dose of inspiration.

Trend you wish never happened:
I think too many trends in general and fast fashion.

I honestly think that if we knew ourselves and our style a little better and invested in our own unique style more than in trends, fast fashion and all the damage caused by the industry wouldn’t have come this far. I’m not one to judge and I understand that we often go for trends to experiment or towards cheaper fast fashion pieces because of our budget. I have been a victim of fast fashion myself. But when you look at it from another perspective, I think fast fashion costs us more. In every possible way. We buy “cheap” clothes (made in poor countries by women or children, in terrible working conditions) that are unfortunately not good quality and only serve a trend. Those pieces last us a season - if that! But if we invest in well made, high-quality clothes that fit us well and our style and that we can keep, wear and love for several seasons and even several years, we actually save money in the long run.

 image c/o: @sarahlewisco

image c/o: @sarahlewisco

Advice to those establishing an eco-conscious personal style:
One mistake we might be tempted to make when making the shift is to get rid of all our non-eco-conscious/ethical pieces and get only new clothes from ethical brands. But actually, the first step is to use what we already have and use it as much as possible.

Keep up with Sarah and her alluring and inspirational lifestyle via her instagram: @sarahlewisco & her website: sarahlewis.co

How to Deal: Missing People You Care About

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Sometimes in life, we experience endings in things we didn't expect or desire to ever have an end date.


I'm talking about job losses, breakups, pretty much any situation that causes a major shift in your life that was out of your control and something that wasn't your decision or that you personally had much say over. 

These times are oh so difficult on both sides - and can come with great loss including no real closure, especially with so many people you care about that were impacted due to the shift.  

After my relationship ended, of course, I had people and animals I loved and cared deeply about that I really didn't get to say "farewell for now" to and ohhhh it's a big part of daily aches and tears in the healing process of change.

I never expected to be so "deep" and "personal" on my blog but at the same time, I'm pleased to share my heart and situational shifts in my life in hopes it can help provide for those experiencing similar changes and painful times in their lives.

My dear friend and Life Coach, Leah Hart, shared a Light Projector Excercise for Empaths from the Insight Timer app with me. If you haven't heard of Insight Timer - it is a free app filled with thousands of free guided meditations and has a timer where you can create your own meditations. 


This particular meditation/exercise is from Contributor, Trevor Lewis.  It's under 10 minutes and has helped me immensely in projecting love and goodness to the people I care about and miss deeply daily. 

Trevor describes the exercise:
"We suffer as empaths when we are only in receptor mode, we thrive as empaths when we step into healer mode.  We need to keep our spiritual energies in motion and this technique is both a protection exercise and a healing exercise that keeps the energy moving through us in ways that many popular shielding exercises do not.  This exercise is the number one visualization that I share with anybody who picks up energy from other people.”

Step 1: Start off by grounding.  Imagine roots coming out from your legs going deep down into the Earth.

Step 2: Connect up to the Divine allowing the energy to fill up your whole body.

Step 3: Project out to the people around you.

With this exercise I envision the Care Bears when they are all lined up, holding hands, projecting out love all around them.  When I am having times of sadness where I miss people and wish I could reach out or hug them, I turn that moment into connecting down, connecting up and projecting out - sending all the love and blessings to those people - just like the Care Bears!

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Check out the "Light Projector Exercise for Empaths" by Trevor Lewis on the Insight Timer App next time you are missing loved ones you care about or desire to project light and love into the world!  
https://insighttimer.com/