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The 12 days of Polemas! The Christmas list of a poler!

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So it’s that wonderful time of the year! The time of family and friends, sitting around the fireplace laughing, and of course gift giving. Personally I’m not big on receiving expensive gifts, as many people, I’d be happy with just some baked deliciousness. I do however love to give gifts! I love making gifts, I love buying gifts (I love shopping, even Christmas shopping). So how about that pole dancer in your life? What on earth can you get her? Well here’s my list of top 10 gifts for a pole dancer!

10. Pole Cleaner & Cloth

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An inexpensive gift that can easily be personalized, a great make it yourself gift! Pole cleaner is really just rubbing alcohol, it helps with stick and gives your pole a nice shine. We clean our poles consistently, especially when were using them. Go out and find a microfiber cloth (pink is always preferable, or perhaps purple! Find out your polers favorite color). Get a neat bottle, doesn’t have to be black, maybe there’s a white one and you can decorate it with different paints or stickers. Or I’m sure because it’s around Christmas time, you could even find a Christmas themed bottle!

9. Wrist Bands

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These are the wristbands from my home studio, 3sixty dance and fitness! These helped my wrists immensely when I was having problems with them while on the pole. I didn’t think they would help much but honestly my wrists haven’t hurt since, I can’t tell you why, it might just add that little bit of support I needed while building the muscles. Also helps a lot when trying to avoid pole burn on your wrists!

8. Leg Warmers

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Not only fashionable but great if you’re living in Canada! Even in the winter my pole studio has its air on, because lets face it, even in the middle of winter when you start your spinning you’re getting hot. But when you first get there, it’s freezing! So these are perfect as a Christmas gift.

7. Alethea Austin’s Sexy Fundamentals and Floorwork DVD

Floor work is a very important part of pole dancing, it’s a sexy transition that splits up your routine. Not everyone is naturally talented at it though, and so this DVD is a great Christmas gift to help that poler in your life get her floor work down. It’s actually the only DVD I know of that covers floor work. If you know of others, let me know in the comments below!

6. Spa Day

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It’s self explanatory! There’s no secret here, after a night of hitting the pole hard it feels like your muscles have been beaten to a pulp. Walking down stairs is the biggest feat of the day, sitting is even painful. We’ve all been there, where we’ve pushed ourselves too far. A spa day is our answer, a gift certificate to a local spa would be a perfect Christmas gift for that poler in your life!

5. Dewpoint

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I have praised this product before in my post HERE . It is literally a life saver in Canada which is why its up here on the list. I don’t think I’d be able to preform a single thing if it weren’t for this miracle worker. Available on Amazon.com for Americans and Ebay for anybody, this is probably one of the most used items I have in my pole bag. So if it’s winter and you live in a cold climate, get the ultra formula of this stuff because you will have no regrets!

4. Gym Bag

The reason this is so high on the list is because it’s from one of my favorite artists, Leen Isabel. She does the pole dancing adventure comics, and this is definitely one thing I’d love to own. I love showing people the pride I have in pole dancing, I’m not ashamed of it at all because I understand the incredible strength and dedication it takes to do it. And those who think otherwise, who call me a stripper, well I educate them and dare them to try and lift their own body weight in gravity defying moves!

3. Pole Attire

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Pole dancing clothes! I love shopping, I love online shopping, and I love shopping for clothes so I am consistently keeping an eye out for clothes that would make good clothes for a pole photo shoot. The rope like clothing is the best because it looks sexy but still allows you to have the grip necessary to preform moves. There are tons of sites that cater to pole dancers so go put a wish list together girls!

2. Pole Membership

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One of the only things I dislike about pole is the fact it’s such an expensive obsession, I mean, hobby. Don’t get me wrong, it’s completely worth it, pole makes me very happy but debt makes me unhappy, so this would be one of the best Christmas gifts you could get a poler. But like I said it’s expensive, so if you can’t dish out the cash, giving a poler a little bit of money towards her pole-tuition is something she would be completely grateful for (or he, I do know some male pole dancers)

1. SHOES

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Pleaser Shoes & Boots

So normally I would put the membership at number one but I’m in love with shoes, so shoes came first. There are so many sites with great shoes, including Pleaser Shoes & Boots! Which is a great site for ordering in bulk because it’s wholesale, so get some pole girls together and order, or you know, if you’re a shoe-holic like myself, an entire order for yourself! But there are plenty of other sites that sell excellent pole shoes, or (usually) a local sex shop sells these sexy boots.

So that’s my top 10 list of Christmas gifts perfect for a pole dancer/fitness enthusiast! If anyone wants to get me anything off the list, I won’t fight it! I normally don’t like receiving gifts but I’ll make an exception for some of these! Of course I’m joking… or am I… Anyways enjoy your day, I know I will, it’s pole day! Which means to my home studio tonight! Until tomorrow my loves!

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The wonderful weekend!… is over…

Merry Monday dear people! Or not, like I said last week, Mondays can be a pain if you work a Mon-Fri job. But hopefully you’re nice and awake and getting ready to go. Even though it’s a Monday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it like it’s a Saturday. Keep a positive outlook on it! For me, I just remind myself that it’s only 2 days until I get to go to the studio!

So this weekend I had my friends baby shower, her baby is due right around when my little one was born. We’ve been friends for years so I found it pretty funny when she told me her due date.

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This is the cake I made for her shower, turns out fondant is a pain in my… you know… to work with. But the cake was delicious and we had such a blast and her boyfriend showed up and he’s pretty funny.

There was delicious food, good friends, music, and of course the mother to be, looking tired but I wish I could look that good when I’m tired.

We also played a hilarious game, I was crying because I was laughing so hard. And of course there were lots of adorable presents.

So I’m crossing my fingers that my grip for my legs comes in today, I’m really hoping to start practicing my holds and cross ankle releases. Which right now feels impossible on my chrome pole, my cold chrome pole, with my dry Canadian skin.

Short post today so I’m going to leave you with another delicious recipe, and keep an eye out tomorrow for my cool down routine.

Now if you’re like me, cooking dinner every night for the hungry mouths that live in your house, coming up with a main dish is work enough. So today I’m going to give you a recipe that is a quick and easy side dish to go with that delicious pork, or chicken, or ribs.

Parmesan Garlic Orzo

I love orzo, it’s so quick and easy, I can also trick my daughter into eating it because she thinks it’s rice!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 tbs of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic in melted butter until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir orzo into garlic mixture and mix in Parmesan cheese, milk, salt, black pepper, and parsley.

See, simple, quick, and trust me it’s delicious.

 

So again keep an eye out tomorrow for my cool down routine, and I thought I’d share the pillow I recently sold locally.

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More pillows soon to be sold on my etsy shop, as well as a special Christmas treat for the passionate poler! Until tomorrow mes amours!

A poleitical post, because it’s the only type of politics I like

Did you catch that typo? GOOD! It was meant to be there because Monday was a super exciting day. Not only was it the day I got my new pole but it was also the day that I got my brand new purple Poleitical Clothing shorts!

1461783_10152056552047464_2004758349_nAren’t they sexy! And isn’t my cat ridiculous, it was a ‘if I fits I sits’ situation, but Méla is relatively small so fitting isn’t too hard for her.

This isn’t the first time I’ve ordered from Poleitical Clothing either, I’ve also acquired the black version of these shorts and I have to say they are probably one of the most comfortable shorts I’ve worn to pole. They breath easy, they’re light and tight, and they’re high enough to give you lots of room for grip.

I sent them a thank you yesterday because one of my favorite things about this company is the hand written notes that come with your package. And no it’s not one of those “hey look they sent us a hand written note, oh wait, that’s blue printer ink in a hand written font” No no, these are legit ‘hand written with a pen and even include your name’ notes! The fact they take the time to do that with all the other orders they have is one of the main reasons that I’ll keep ordering from them, I love the love that’s put into it!

Now I was also lucky enough to get to ask them a few questions and even get a speedy response so as I could include it in todays blog. Continue on below because I just adore these two girls, they are just that energy that you would love to have around you all the time!

Left: Danielle Right: Courtney Photo Credit:  George Grigorian of Poleagraphy

Left: Danielle
Right: Courtney
Photo Credit: George Grigorian of Poleagraphy

I noticed that it’s two of you that run the company, are you two pole friends or just long time friends, maybe both?

We actually did not know each other very well before we started the company! We are both students at The Pole Garage in Santa Monica, CA – we met through a Facebook group for students of The Pole Garage and started chatting about how much we wanted t shirts with “Keep Calm and Pole Dance” on them – next thing we knew, we were meeting at a Starbucks and plotting our venture! Courtney comes from a background in the fashion industry, and Danielle comes from an acting and art background, so the partnership really plays to our individual strengths! 
 
Are you both avid pole dancers/fitness enthusiasts? If so how often are you in a studio or at home working on it
 
We both LOVE pole. Like, obsessed, watching-videos-all-the-time, stalking-the-internet-for-new-moves obsessed. But, our lives are busy, so we try to get into the studio once or twice a week. Courtney does have a pole at home, but Danielle no longer does (she’s looking forward to getting a new one!). 
 
I’ve also noticed on your fb page it mentions that you were started in 2012, is that just the fb page or are you running a fairly young company?
 
We are a fairly young company! We did start in mid-2012, and our official debut of our shorts and tanks was at the 2012 California Pole Dance Championship, in October of 2012. We’ve grown steadily, and we absolutely love seeing orders come in from all across the world! The Pole Community is so tremendous – we’re very lucky to be a part of it! All of our artwork is original, as are our logos and tag lines – we have such a blast dreaming up fun ideas for our line!
 
What is the furthest country you’ve shipped to? (or any really random countries you would not have expected to get orders from)
 
Oh, wow…We just shipped an order to Monaco, which was a new country for us, but we have shipped almost everywhere but Asia (hey, Asia – call us!). We’ve got a lot of fans from Australia and all over Europe – France, Germany, England – and we’ve shipped to Brazil, Russia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, South Africa…it’s so amazing to see the response from so far away! Thank goodness for Google Translate! 🙂 We’re just now branching out into wholesale, too, and we’re excited to see the response!
 
I’ve seen some photos of your booths set up, what’s the next convention you’re planning on attending if any?
 
We are based in Los Angeles, CA, so most of the shows we have sold at are centered in the city. We are still deciding on whether we’ll be doing Pole Show LA in January, or Pacific Pole Championships in March, but ultimately, we’d love to branch out and make it to Pole Expo, especially since it’s in Vegas – very close to LA! We’ll definitely get the word out if we can swing Pole Expo – it’ll be all over our Social Media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – we’re very big on interacting on Instagram – the pole community on there is amazing), and we’ll do a newsletter blast, too!
 
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A special thanks to you ladies for taking the time to answer my questions, I loved hearing from you, and you can expect to hear from me soon because I have my eyes set on the Poleitical Clothing tote! I need a new bag to bring to pole!
 
For someone like myself looking to start a pole line of items (Not clothes, I’ll leave that up to these girls because they’re doing a fantastic job) it really gives me a glimmer of hope that I may be able to get somewhere some day. They’ve accomplished so much from starting in 2012 it really is amazing, hard work and a dream can pay off.
 
This is one of the main things I’ll be selling in the upcoming weeks. Pole pillows, they’re incredibly soft and cuddly. So keep an eye on this blog for updates on how you can get your own Pole Pillow!
 
 
Front and Back view

Front and Back view

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Poleitical Clothing 
 
 
 
Adieu mes amours! Until tomorrow!
 

It’s here! It’s finally here!

Okay well I only had to wait less than a week but you know that irritating scenario when you order something right before the weekend and Saturday and Sunday are lazy jerks that don’t count as business days!… Well I had to wait extra long because of that. So what was 4 days really felt like 4 months to me. It was pretty much like my Christmas when they delivered it.

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Now obviously I have to move the coffee table, also not pictured is my dining room table which also has to get moved, but really I look at this as more exercise! It probably does very little but every little bit counts.

So I have plenty of room, I can even preform the spiral without kicking anything so it’s the perfect spot. My only problem now is stick, if you live in Canada you know how dry and cold it gets as winter approaches. Which in turn makes your skin dry, which as a pole dancer is probably one of the worst things that could happen.

I attempted the thigh hold  and I just slid right on down the pole, my legs had zero grip! I recently purchased a leg/limb grip called Dew Point Pole Dance Grip. Once it comes in I’ll give you a little review and tell you just how well it works in a cold Canadian environment. I also ordered hand grip from X pole, which I’ve used before, it works well enough. It does help but again it’s supposed to help your hands with being sweaty and having no grip, which isn’t the problem here, the problem is having no grip from dry skin.

Scorpio Pillow

I’ve finally started my work to open my Etsy shop, it’ll be a lot of pole related items (obviously). But you know this blog is directed not only at pole dancers/fitness enthusiasts, it’s also directed at the polers who are parents. So I think I may be including some kits toys as well, plushies more than anything.

I’ll also be designing some clay figurines of certain moves like the Scorpio and ayesha. But those will take a little longer to make.

Sorry to cut this post short today but I’ve got a lot of errands to run so it’s a miracle I got it up in the first place. Until tomorrow mes amours!