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Winter Favourites

Winter Favourites

Energetiks dancer Layla shares some of her winter favourites with you:

Hi everyone! This year's winters has hit us Aussies a lot more unexpectedly than usual. With record low temperatures, snow in Queensland and ‘The big Cold’ taking over south east Australia I thought it was perfect timing to let you all in on my winter favourites...

Most Importantly I have been making sure I rug up in warm clothing! While I’m in the studio a definite everyday is my Energetiks leg warmers. Not only do they make me feel a whole lot more trendy than just my average leotard, it allows me to target certain areas that I feel need be kept warm. I tend to get achy knees during the cold so I can fold my leg warmers up so they just cover my knees, which keeps them extra warm and keeps me pain-free. Another handy winter warmer is the new Street to Studio pull over from my favourite Energetiks range ‘Edge’. From the moment I saw it I loved it, it's so versatile. If you feel yourself starting to heat up just roll up the sleeves and knot the bottom which also gives you a new look.

Leg warmers... aka knee warmers in this case!

Leg warmers... aka knee warmers in this case!

In my Street to Studio Energetiks Pull Over!

In my Street to Studio Energetiks Pull Over!

In class: the leg-warmer squad ;)

In class: the leg-warmer squad ;)

During winter it is also important to keep your motivation up. The sun may not be shining but keeping good spirits can keep you on the road to success. My winter inspirations have been Misty Copeland, Brooke Lockett and Julie Kent. Misty Copeland was promoted to a principal artist of the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American women to achieve this. She is the author of her own book ‘Life In Motion, an unlikely ballerina’.  This book would go perfectly on a rainy day covered up in blankets by the heater and will really boost your inspiration. Another winter inspiration is Brooke Lockett, she is a Coryphee with the Australian Ballet and coming back from reconstructive knee surgery. For anyone dealing with injuries be sure to follow Brooke on instagram for some definite inspo. And finally, the beautiful Julie Kent retired this winter. She has been a principal artist with the ABT for many years and also appeared in the movie Centre Stage. Julie is an amazing inspiration she has achieved so much throughout her wonderful career.

Here are some of my other winter favourites, comment yours below!

1. Hot Soup (here's one of my favourite recipes!): 
White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale.

Image: blog.fatfreevegan.com

Image: blog.fatfreevegan.com

2. Long drives                                                 3. Falling asleep to the sound of rain.

Image: http://24.media.tumblr.com/b5fd31cd14ce6e208d70f6c6ea811ce7/tumblr_n1ode0s2y71t0h040o1_500.jpg

Image: http://24.media.tumblr.com/b5fd31cd14ce6e208d70f6c6ea811ce7/tumblr_n1ode0s2y71t0h040o1_500.jpg

Image: http://www.superbwallpapers.com/photography/rainy-window-21311/

Image: http://www.superbwallpapers.com/photography/rainy-window-21311/

4. Fire places                                                  5. Chai Lattes

Image: http://cdn0.stocksy.com/a/atV000/z0/122610.jpg

Image: http://cdn0.stocksy.com/a/atV000/z0/122610.jpg

Image http://cf.dineanddish.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Chai-Tea.jpg

Image http://cf.dineanddish.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Chai-Tea.jpg

6. Boots                                                      7. The new Minions movie

Image: http://s2.favim.com/orig/33/boots-cool-fashion-photography-shoes-Favim.com-265030.jpg

Image: http://s2.favim.com/orig/33/boots-cool-fashion-photography-shoes-Favim.com-265030.jpg

8. Warm Baths with cups of tea

Image: http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2014/05/bath-time-beauty.html

Image: http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2014/05/bath-time-beauty.html

Hope you're keeping happy and warm, wherever you may be! :)

 X Layla

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