To round off the craziness that was last week, I ALSO decided to attend Adult Swim Saturdays at Dive Dayclub at the unparalleled Harrah’s Resort Southern California.
I believe the more important question is “WHY NOT!?”
Yes [sure] there had been a couple of wildly crazy days in our schedule. HOWEVER, since the rest of our year is looking about the same, I figured this might be my only opportunity to attend this summer’s festivities. SO, I went for it! Originally, my plan was to get a group of my favorite gals together to enjoy/split a cabana and its bottle service. I honestly tried to coordinate it a couple of times, BUT as soon as a couple of “I’m busy that weekend” texts started rolling in, I quickly felt defeated and, well, unmotivated to do so.
As a result, I accepted our friends, Ryan and Randy’s, invite to their cabana this past Saturday and brought along my girlfriend, Madmade Designs, to enjoy a hot afternoon filled with adult libations and D.J. dance party music. My ability to finally realize that I don’t have to plan everything left me with a pretty astounding epiphany. I’m growing. A couple of years ago, I would have been hell-bent on organizing a get-together of this magnitude, fighting anything that got in my way, BUT I’m starting to discover that it’s okay to not do EVERYTHING. That’s a huge breakthrough, people ;) if I do say so myself.
“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.” – Nina Dobrev
Anyway, there’s still two months of Adult Swim Saturdays left for YOU to enjoy. If you haven’t been yet, it’s like a Vegas dance club . . . only it’s during the day at a pool with half-naked people. You can read more about it on last year’s post. I’ll try to share some more pictures with you tomorrow :) as soon as Dive Dayclub posts them. Later Gator!
The morning after the ESPYS, we got up early [both of us not feeling so bright at 5:00 a.m.] to make the drive back to San Diego from L.A. in order for us to still attend Opening Day at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Traffic was [thankfully] pretty non-existent at that hour, so we made it home in awesome time. In fact, D was even able to squeeze in a nap.
A couple hours later, our good friends, Matt & Leslie, arrived at our house, so we could all take the Coaster down together to Solana Beach for the free “race day” shuttle.
From the moment we stepped onto the train platform, I was completely flabbergasted as to what I was seeing. I honestly don’t know how else to put it, but it was like a slutty pandemic had swept the closets of the other women attending Opening Day. Now, I’m not talking about tight fitting dresses. I only WISH that was the case! No, I mean like Lawrence of a Labia [lol] like one wrong move and we ALL got to see the whole farm for free. Sorry to be oh-so blunt :) but people, it was seriously what I was seeing.
Anyway . . .
(Me & D with our friends, Ryan & Kim)
Remember how last year we had such a tough time at the beginning of this day? Well, I’m happy to report that this go-around was much smoother. It wasn’t completely free of kinks, BUT we did manage to find our seats in ample time with smiles still on our faces. So, in comparison to last year, I definitely consider that a win-win. The rest of the day was filled with good company, champagne flutes galore, and lots of laughter. I even managed to win some extra bucks, basing my bets only on the horses’ names I liked :) it drove D crazy [haha!] but I still won three of them just the same!
“If you treat your wife like a thoroughbred, you’ll never end up with a nag.” – Zig Ziglar
I know I already said this on Thursday’s #stylecrazed post, but I do really love getting dressed up for events like these. There’s just something special about feeling like a lady – to wear a fascinator in your hair, adorn a nice dress, and stand tall in a pair of good-looking pumps. I absolutely adore it and hope we can make this day happen each and every year. SO, mark those calendars, Matt and Leslie ;)
As I begin to write this beautiful Friday morning, I have to start by saying that I am TIRED! Because . . . you’ll see ;) by the end of the day Tuesday, after you’ve read today’s, Monday’s, and, well, Tuesday’s blog posts, I guarantee you’ll know as to why. #meandD have been BUSY. I mean it’s been eventful in a very GOOD way, but MORE hectic than usual, all starting this past Tuesday.
I was out running errands. Actually. To be more precise, I was in a Trader Joe’s checkout line, checking my email on my phone [shocker] when I received a message from D stating that we had an opportunity to go see the ESPYS the very next day in L.A. I felt a LOT of emotions standing there with my groceries – stress, excitement, confusion; BUT, since I knew as well as D that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I did what we always do = JUMPED FOR IT!
The next day [one dog sitter/hotel confirmation/suitcase/car ride later] we were walking into the entrance of the ESPY Awards. That’s right! The REEED Carpet. D sported his killer, Ted Baker, maroon tux and I wore my little black dress. Only this time, I accessorized it with my new Miu Miu cat glasses, a couple of Hermes bracelets, and a pair of maroon pumps. You know :) so I could tie our two outfits together. Anyway, the Red Carpet was definitely everything you would believe it to be. It was red [ha!] adorned with celebrities, television personalities, paparazzi, etc. D totally owned it. In fact, so much so, that when some of the general press shouted from the bleachers, he even yelled back, “Thank you! You’re welcome! It’s been a great year.” Don’t you just love his zest of life!? HILARIOUS.
Now, I, on the other hand, was a bit overwhelmed. See, I’ve been working really hard lately on being more present in my day-to-day life. So, while I was trying to take everything in, I dropped my phone, gawked a little too much at celebs [HECK] I even had a “Jennifer Lawrence” moment and tripped on my own shoe. But as soon as we got inside and I got a couple of cocktails down, it was smooth sailing. Maybe not “Hollywood” smooth, but nevertheless, I was calm.
The rest of the evening was absolutely surreal. We sat in row X and were just right of center stage. Drake was a phenomenal awards host and I absolutely LOVED his three musical performances, ESPECIALLY #sterlingneverlovedus. But I wouldn’t say those were the best moments of the 2014 ESPYS. Nope. Hands down, there were two: Michael Sam being awarded the Arthur Ashe Award AND Stuart Scott accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Both speeches were extremely moving and left me with the challenge of trying to keep my composure. I was a little surprised that ESPN didn’t do more to highlight Tony Gwynn’s passing :( but they obviously didn’t ask me.
After the show commenced, all of us ESPYS attendees headed down the street to L.A. Live for the After Party. AND let me tell you, it was an INSANE production. There were drinks, food, and celebs as far as I could see. We had an absolute blast = including a brief chat with Michael Sam [such a nice guy], D fist bumping Clint Dempsey, and me saying hi to Cougar Town’s star, Josh Hopkins. Yea, like I said before, it was ALL VERY SURREAL. So, why don’t I have any better pictures than the Old Spice Photo Booth above?! For one, I figured I would have gotten in trouble for having my camera and didn’t want it to be confiscated because I made a poor decision. And two, listen, these are human beings [just like you and I] trying to enjoy themselves at a party. I didn’t want to bug them. However, if you are dying to see some pictures, you can always head on over to my Instagram. Shhh . . .
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan
Yes, our time at the 2014 ESPY Awards will definitely be an event in our life together we remember for years to come :D tune in Monday for more about our crazy few days!
The occasion has come once again for the ladies and gents of San Diego County to break out their finest hats, because TODAY is Opening Day at Del Mar. And I could not be MORE cheerful about it. I adore days like this – taking time for fun, getting all dressed up, not to mention, the wonderful company I will be keeping. Yep, it’s events like these that overfill my cup with such #instanthappy; thus, making me look as if I have a hanger STUCK in my mouth [haha] BUT enough of that! Let’s talk about my “race day” fashion.
First off, is there anything cuter than wearing a fascinator in your hair?! It finally dawned on me as to WHY one should want to marry into a royal family. It’s not the power or the prestige or the good you could possibly create for humanity. Nope. It’s so you can wear a cute, miniature hat on your head all the live long day ;) I kid! I kid! Well, sort of . . . ANYWAY, after last year’s experience, I figured I would make a hat this go-around. My girlfriend, Leslie, and I really talked about it. BUT, since we’ve both been so busy lately, I decided to go down the same route as before, with a solid purchase from Etsy. I read somewhere or heard from someone that Monarch butterflies are going to be the next fad in a designer’s world. Consequently, when I stumbled upon this beautiful headgear, I decided to jump in front of that curve and make a statement.
Now, the dress was a different story. At the beginning of 2014, I discovered a shopping site called Sheinside.com. Their prices were unbelievably inexpensive, but their reviews were no bueno. However, since I was falling head over heels for multiple of their items, I decided to go ahead and be ballsy, using the security of PayPal to complete my purchase. And you know what? I’m glad I did. All of the items I ordered fit to a tee, AND at $30 or less per garment, how could I possibly go wrong!? I mean sure. According to the reviews, some people never even received their package. And by the same token, mine DID take a couple of months to reach our doorsteps. Also, not to question, who knows how long these low-priced articles of clothing will last. I figure though, as long as I get a couple of wears out of each of them, it was money well spent.
Okay, onto the last order of business: my shoes. I actually already owned these DSW beauties and was elated to be able to pair them with yet another outfit. They had just the right hue of purple to match some of the flowers on my dress. As a result, my entire ensemble for these festivities was a pretty painless endeavor. In fact, it almost feels kismet. The fascinator + the dress + the shoes = they are ALL perfect compliments of one another. And none of them were planned to go together. That RARELY happens in fashion. As you know, wardrobe takes effort. Although, I am NOT saying I don’t welcome these sorts of cawinky-dinks every now and again. I actually wished they would happen more often. Lol.
“There are other things that I could do, but there’s really nothing that I love as much as horse racing. – Chantal Sutherland
SO, what do you think of today’s race day threads? Any tips on how to pick a better look next year? I’m always open to suggestions, folk. In any event, I better get a move on. I’ve got to get ready for “the turf to meet to the surf” :) I’ll hopefully see some of you ponies in Del Mar!
As a foodie, I am ALWAYS willing to try new things. Therefore, when I stumbled upon “pea shoots” at our local Trader Joe’s store a couple weeks ago, I was quick to buy. Let’s just say it was a purchase well made ;) as it turns out, they are INSANELY delicious and taste EXACTLY like a pea. BUT, that isn’t even the best news yet. Nope. I am happy to report that after some handy-dandy Google research, I quickly discovered that they are ALSO chalk full of vitamin A, C, and folic acid. In fact, pea shoots have seven times MORE vitamin C than blueberries. How awesome is that?! Anyway, I am currently trying to figure out multiple ways to incorporate these babies into some of my favorite recipes, starting with my Crunchy Tuna Salad. I actually stopped making this about a year ago, because, well, there is about null nutrients in iceberg lettuce. AND, since I’m attempting to eat healthier each and every day, it didn’t really contribute to the cause . . . until now.
Directions: In a small bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, combine pea shoots, tuna, and cheese. Add mayonnaise mixture. Toss to coat. Stir in wonton strips. Serve immediately.
“A well-made salad must have a certain uniformity; it should make perfect sense for those ingredients to share a bowl. – Yotam Ottolenghi
This dish is healthy and light = the perfect summer salad [if I do say so myself] :) CHOW!