November 30, 2012

Time Out From Revision To Say "Hello!"

Hello lovely readers!

I wanted to take a few minutes out from my exam revision to say hello, and wish you all a wonderful start to this weekend, which is extra special in that it marks the beginning of the magical month of December!

November 21, 2012

Podium Etiquette

Scanning through the endless photo albums available online which are cropping up seemingly exponentially as we advance through the Grand Prix season, there is always one thing that shocks me on the images. What gives with non-gold medal winners, who look like their world just ended?

I thought the subject of podium etiquette merited an albeit short, post, because it has such an impact on on-lookers, whether at club-competition or international-star level.

November 19, 2012

A Crystal Cuff: Skating Buys & How To Make One Yourself

Hi there guys and gals. Today I want to write a short post, to show you some awesome sparkle I picked up a couple of weeks ago, and that would be perfect for skating events! Admittedly I have no skating-use for things that twinkles any-more, but I am still quite obsessed with anything Swarovski. Who says you can't wear full on bling to school, right?!

In terms of actually buying the same item, this post is going to be more useful to UK readers, but the idea of the item I bought is easily DIY'ed, for extra rink-side sparkle!

November 17, 2012

How To Choose A Custom Skating Dressmaker

A month or so ago, Jeff over at LA-Skate-Dad asked me if I had any tips for choosing a dress maker. As soon as he enquired on this subject, I knew a blog post should be written, at some point, to discuss this oh-so important subject. And here we are!

As previously discussed in numerous other posts (such as: Lets Go Figure Skating Dress Shopping!) one of the options open to you guys, whether you're a skater or a parent looking to kit out your little ice star, is the custom made dress. So what qualities should you be looking for in a dress maker, and how do you go about finding one? Read on my pretties!

November 6, 2012

Knowing When To Withdraw From Competition

I managed to view the unfortunate accident which occurred between Adam Rippon and Nan Song this weekend at the Cup of China 2012 today, and I can only imagine the latter's regret and pain (physical and otherwise) at having to withdraw following the head-on warm-up collision in Shanghai.

Song was eventually taken to hospital, and kept overnight for observation having been diagnosed with a concussion. Obviously there was nothing he, or anyone, could do about this situation, and all that was left to do was to rest up, heal, and set his sights on future events. This case was a straight-forward one: he had no choice but to withdraw from the competition. But many other times things aren't so clear cut, and a skater must make a choice between being potentially detrimental to his/her health, or missing out on an event they've worked hard to shine in. So, how do you know when to withdraw?

November 3, 2012

Mending This Broken Skater: How Pilates Changed My Life

The idea for this post came to me during my pilates class two weeks ago (and yes, this is me, just now, finding the time to finally do something about it!). It's a subject very dear to my heart, and one I want to talk to you about today due to the high number of injuries that occur in the sport of skating. If there was some sort of "pilates ambassador" title, I'd have it. It's simple: pilates changed my life.

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