• Five For Th$rty

    As a stated a few weeks ago via Sing On Stage Again here on LLM, I have decided to put on a little recital for my 30th birthday AND since we’re a little less than thirty days away from this crazy idea of mine, I thought is was about time to give you the full details :)

    Five For Th$rty

    The event is being called “Five For Th$rty” and will be at the Oceanside Museum of Art on Sunday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m. I will be performing five songs at this time in a very “VH1 Storytellers” kind of setting = just me, a mic, and San Diego’s very own [insanely talented] Cris O’Bryon on the keyboard. I am also encouraging my guests to donate $30.00 per person to the museum as a birthday present to me. Thus, I will not only be checking off one of my lagging 2014 to-do’s but will also help raise some funds for a non-profit art organization I care so very much about.

    “I’ve definitely learned that if you really want something, just go for it, no matter how much it scares you.” – Bethany Mota

    I’m sure I am forgetting some sort of detail but since I need to get to practicing, that’s it for now! I really do hope you can attend and help make my thirtieth year the best one yet. OH! And P.S. – there will also be wine, because . . . well, what’s a birthday without some wine ;)

  • Bing Crosby Opening Day

    Originally, me and D were supposed to attend today’s inaugural Opening Day of the first-ever Bing Crosby Season at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. However, we are both dealing with such CrAzY schedules at the moment = thus we decided it was far better to work than to play. [Dang adulthood!] Anyway, since I had already shot a #stylecrazed look for today’s previous planned festivities, I thought I would still share it with you. I mean it IS kind of too cute not to ;) RIGHT?!

    Bing Crosby Opening Day

    Hat: Anthropologie / Glasses: Prada / Dress: Anthropologie / Pearls: Vintage / Pumps: DSW

    I sometimes feel like I was born in the wrong era . . . because most of the things I love in life are either vintage or are of a “vintage” nature. For example, when I was in New York City a year ago, I found this very hat you see before you in an Anthropologie store. I plopped it on my head and instantaneously fell in love with it. Did I necessarily know where I would wear it? Umm, no. I did not. Although, I rarely do :) but you already know that by now, don’t you!? Lol. Once D told me about the new fall season at DMTC and that it was being dedicated to the late, great Bing Crosby, I knew a retro-inspired look was a must. SO, I took the hat I purchased for no apparent reason and paired it with this navy dress, a strand of long pearls, and my T-strap pumps. It honestly was pretty effortless and that’s always makes for the best kind of outfit.

    I really like the retro look. My regular clothing, I like to always keep it classy and I like to kind of be more dressed up more of the time. I’m not really someone you see in sweatpants a lot.”Aly Raisman

    I hope those of you WHO are lucky enough to experience the fun at DMTC today have an absolute blast – I will be spending the rest of my day daydreaming about racing ponies and tasty cocktails!

  • A “Giants” Disappointment

    Today, I find myself wondering how Mr. Tony Bennett left is his heart in San Francisco.

    A "Giants" Disappointment

    See, #meandD have just returned home from the Bay area. We went on this short, three-day trip, so we could watch our beloved Royals play in Game 4 and 5 of the 2014 World Series. It was actually my first time staying in the city. Other than that, I had only driven through from the airport on my way to Napa Valley. I was excited to say the least – not only to watch some history happen but to also explore a place I had never really been before.

    We arrived Saturday, between noon and one, and met up with our friend, Joe, who was also flying in to partake in the best fun the MLB has to offer. From there, it was an afternoon filled with baseball talk, some lighthearted Giants banter back and forth, and consistently pinching ourselves. I mean we were about to attend a World Series game after all!

    Game 4 started fine. We sat around a good bunch of Giants fans, took in the breathtaking views, and enjoyed America’s favorite pastime. Our Royals even took the lead for a bit :) it wasn’t until we decided to leave during the 7th inning, however, where our so-far-so-good travels started to unravel. Something changed as the opposing team took the lead and I no longer felt safe in the city by the bay. First, it started with a few rude comments as we made our descent down the AT&T Park ramps. But once we made it outside, the three of us entered a whole new world, where every #takethecrown-loving soul was on their own. The crowds got rowdy, the demeaning trash talk started to flow, and the scariness began. ALL because we wore blue. The plan that night was never to go straight back to the hotel room. We had places to explore and good food to eat. But the Giants fans made that decision for us, making us feel un-welcomed and in harm’s way.

    Wasn’t this just the same stadium a few short hours ago that honored their injured Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium in 2011?!

    The rest of the night I was heartbroken. How could another team’s fans be so classless? At Kauffman stadium, we would NEVER treat an opposing team and it’s fans that way = win or lose! AND we were spending a lot of money in their city to be there for baseball, and up to this point, we were happy to do so. Needless to say, I had trouble sleeping that night and the next day, I woke up feeling just plain weird. Would it be okay to go somewhere for breakfast? Could we safely see the city? All I had was Royals gear in my suitcase. SO, we didn’t explore. We hung out in our room and got ready for Game 5. I wasn’t even outside our hotel more than 5 minutes before a lady [cancel that] woman in the cross walk told me I needed to “get the F out of here.” It made Game 5 a very wearisome experience. I just kept my head down and didn’t even feel like I could cheer for my own team. How sad is that?!

    “True sportsmanship is . . .

    Knowing that you need your opponent because without him or her, there is no game.

    Acknowledging that your opponent holds the same deep-rooted aspirations and expectations as you.

    Knowing that, win or lose, you will walk off [. . .] with pride.

    Always taking the high road.

    And always, always, always being a good sport.” ― Lorii Myers, No Excuses: The Fit Mind-Fit Body Strategy Book

    Long story short = I will NOT be back to San Francisco for another sporting event. And please do not tell yourself for a second, it’s because of the losses. It isn’t. I mean I am a Royals fan after all. We more than know how to handle defeat. That wasn’t the case. It’s how ugly the Giants fans treated my counterparts and myself. How soon they have forgotten that before 2010, it had been 56 years since their last championship; much longer than the Royals have waited. They also have seem to space the fact that they TOO were a wild card team this fall. I’m not sure where all this rude entitlement comes from, but it has left an awful taste in my mouth that I soon won’t forget. Being in your town was not worth the stress. I am proud and loud Royals fan, but my life is more important than a game. Maybe this is why most of the nation is cheering for our team? A wholesome group of individuals. Well, whatever the reason is [in closing] I want to leave you with this: all of our body’s blood flows blue . . . until a little oxygen hits it ;) GO ROYALS!

  • Sing On Stage Again . . .

    As we entered the last quarter of 2014, I discovered myself reviewing my yearly “to-do” list and suddenly realizing I wasn’t as ambitious as I was when I made originally created it. I mean some areas were without question approved upon or ARE definitely happening . . . for instance, The Design Stylist is currently working on the infamous Homebird Upholstery website I’ve only been pining/talking about for almost two years now. [Yes, it’s hilariously sad on my part!] ANYWAY, one bullet point was left untouched = Sing On Stage Again.

    Oy.

    This was a BIG goal for me this year, and frustratingly enough [up to this point] it hasn’t happened. Sure, I’ve drunked-ly sung kareoke a couple times in the past few years, but that doesn’t really count in my opinion. SO, here’s my big announcement. Can I get a drumroll please? After much soul searching and quick planning, I’ve decide that in 45-days time, I AM going to perform a little recital for my 30th birthday. I’m calling it “Five For Th$rty” :)

    Sing On Stage Again . . .

    Why “Five For Th$rty”?

    As some of you already know, I was a double-music major in college. Yep, I have two degrees: one in Musical Theatre and the other in Music Business. AND, I am not doing anything with them! I guess that’s pretty much the norm nowadays with people and their areas of degree study. But that was never MY plan. Then again, never was divorce at age 27.  [HA!] Honestly though, I don’t know what to say past that point. Once I settled in San Diego, music was never the same for me. So, I inevitably walked away from it. I know that’s being incredibly vague and unarguably frustrating to you [my readers] I guess it’s probably time for me to finally disclose how my marriage fell apart four-so years ago, but I need more time for it’s dictation. Today is NOT the time. I will, however, promise to write about it next month; mostly to get it over with ;) but it will also help make LLM make so much more sense. Now where was I? Oh, that’s right. Why “Five For Th$rty”? Well, admittedly enough, I found myself missing it – the art of song! Plus, it’s my thirtieth. Why SHOULDN’T I do something memorable and just for me?! And that’s how it came to be, folks. Simple as that.

    I will be performing five songs for the big 3-0!

    “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” – Martin Mull

    Stay tuned for more details in the month of November [in case you’re interested] I will also be disclosing at that time as to WHY there is a dollar sing in the title. Until then, here’s one YouTube video of my singing. Enjoy!

  • Style Crazed: FWSD14 – Night 5

    This is the last of my Fashion Week San Diego 2014 breakdowns. Please don’t be too devastated ;)

    Style Crazed: FWSD14 - Night 5

    Glasses: Andrews Optical / Pearls: Zhulia / Top: Vintage / Handbad: Kate Spade New York / Pants: Victoria’s Secret / Pumps: Rebecca Minkoff via Saks Off 5th

    For the Finale Runway Night, my style inspiration was the lady of ladies herself = Coco Chanel. Why? Well, for one, she was always flawless in her fashion. And two, Night 5 was all about gowns, jewels, the avant-garde,and couture ― everything Coco embodied! Thus, I reached in my closet for this vintage piece my friend gave me years ago [it’s an oldie but a goodie] paired it with winter white, tuxedo pants, and called in a favor for some “loaner” pearls from my gal pal, Zhulia. The rest was easy! I played off the top’s glitzy tones, coordinating its brown hues with my frames and its yellow shine with my handbag. I completely lucked out with my shoes! They were already in my closet and just happened to match it exactly! As a result, my entire ensemble harmonized with the theme effortlessly and THAT made this #stylecrazed blogger VERY happy. On a different high note, let’s talk about the catwalk! I really believe a woman can never have too many sheath dresses, ESPECIALLY when they are by Salwa Owens. I love how the embroidery has a resemblance to the current Altuzarra line at Target and yet has an overall feel that is completely its own in placement and design.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    The whimsical/fabulous dress you see below made my eyes go WOWZER! Dulce Alexandra = you are perfection. This might just need to be my OMA Museum Ball dress next year!

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    I’m not usually one for pant suits, but this patterned number by BJASHI drove me wild! PLUS, the accessories were fun too.

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    I have long admired Jessica Faulkner‘s work but have yet to make a purchase. That’s about to change! I must have this two-piece short ensemble! It’s unique, short, and feminine. If only it came with the umbrella too :)

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    (Photography by aDallo Photography)

    “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” ― Coco Chanel

    I still cannot believe FWSD 2014 is over! I had an absolute blast and look forward to attending this entire shindig again next year. Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog postings . . .