Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Eat|See|Hear Blogger Meetup

Attention SoCal bloggers: I have a fun free meetup in the works and I want YOU to join us.
Let's hang out, grab some food, and catch a screening of (500) Days of Summer under the stars!

Eat|See|Hear is a company that produces those awesome outdoor movies each spring/summer. Complete with food trucks and live music, it's quite the outing. I figured it'd also make a great setting for a group of bloggers to get together and have some fun!

Here are the details:

Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6PM to 11PM 

MEET UP: Arrive at 6 to mingle, grab food, and settle in (we'll have a reserved area, details to follow)
SEE: (500) Days of Summer starts at 8:30
HEAR: Live Band starts at 7
EAT: Food Trucks available all night
WHERE: Santa Monica HS Memorial Greek Amphitheater
BRING: A blanket and/or a low-sitting chair and some beverages and snacks for yourself (optional)
RSVP: To me ( by Saturday May, 3

The best part? Guests of the meetup will get in free! In exchange for free entrance, I just ask that you write a post about the night mentioning Eat|See|Hear. I'm a friend of the creators and since they're generously donating free tickets, I'd like to give them some link love in return.

Hashtag of the night: #EatSeeHearBloggerMeetUp
Be sure to follow Eat|See|Hear on their social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Feel free to invite your blog friends, just have them RSVP with me so I can add them to the list.
And if you have any questions at all, please let me know.

I hope to see you there!

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

One of my favorite bloggers, Setarra of Quaintrelle, has a new linkup that takes place the last Friday of each month called #ResidentTourist Link Up. The goal is to be a tourist in your own nook of the world. Fun right? I may be a few days late but wanted to join the party, so today I'm blogging about a local adventure I took last week to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve!

Antelope Valley is in Southern California, but about a two hour drive from where I live so I'd never been. I'd heard about the poppies - California's State Flower - and always wanted to visit so each year but they are only in bloom from mid-March to mid-May when the conditions are right. This year we had a few days of rain, and for our constantly-in-drought-region, that was all the poppies needed to spring up all over.

These images don't really do the flowers justice, but the poppies were so beautiful and plentiful!

Be sure to check out #ResidentTourist Link Up! And if you live in SoCal, a trip to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a must. With the rain we got this weekend the conditions are expected to be even better than those I experienced.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Old Navy Errrything

Old Navy Outfit Old Navy Striped Shirt and Distressed Jeans Old Navy Floral Necklace Old Navy Outfit 
Top / Necklace (similar) / Jeans / Shoes

Good ol' Old Navy has been on the money for the last few months. And I have a habit of buying then needing a second opinion. When the verdict is nay, I go to return the items with no intention of buying new pieces, yet end up walking out with three new items for every one returned. #moneytrap

The other day I was dressed - unintentionally - in Old Navy from head to toe. I legit live in the distressed Rock Star jeans and the comfy flats are in constant rotation amongst the 58675 other pairs I have from the store. The top is new and I adore it because it can be dressed up or down. I actually wore it to work the America's Got Talent red carpet the other day. Oh, and the necklace. I instantly fell in love and I don't even like yellow. It was just that cute. Unfortunately ON doesn't sell jewelry online but you should definitely check your local store. This must-have bling is so fun for spring/fall!

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America's Got Talent, Season 9 Red Carpet

Yesterday I hit the red carpet to talk about America's Got Talent Season 9 with the stars of the show. Among many topics, we talked about the what it takes to impress the judges, how it's rough to reject contestants, and the brand new AGT Golden Buzzer which allows each judge one save this season.

Heidi Klum on the red carpet
Heidi Klum
On what talent she looks for: "Weird is good but they have to be talented. There has to be something to them that makes me want to stand up and give them a standing ovation."

Howie Mandel - AGT
Howie Mandel
On being the first judge to use the Golden Buzzer: "I'm very passionate about who I saved but the idea is we only get to use it once a season. Hopefully I'll use my charm and charm some of the other judges into using their Golden Buzzer moment."

Howard Stern - AGT
Howard Stern
On the hardest talent to perform: "When you're a comedian you've gotta come up with jokes. That's tough. That's real tough."

Nick Cannon - AGT
Nick Cannon
On dealing with rejected contestants: "I'm there to be a therapist at times, to let everybody know that it's not the end of the world. It's only a television show."

Mel B. - AGT
Mel B.
She only did a few - if any at all - interviews then rushed off the carpet. Womp womp.

This Saturday Nautical By Nature and I are heading to a taping of an audition. It should be fun! Although I'm worried I'm going to feel really bad for everyone who gets cut. Even if they have no talent, I'm a sissy with people's dreams getting crushed! I'd clearly make a lousy judge.

AGT returns Tuesday, May 27 at 8/7c on NBC. Make sure to tune in.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Fashion Travel Essentials

Spring Travel Style

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I love to travel! This year I've already been on a cruise, have trips booked for NYC and Philadelphia, as well as a weekend getaway to San Francisco in the works. But the only downfall of vacations is the packing, and repacking again and again. I'm always over packing for fear of leaving something behind that I may need. But it doesn't have to be that difficult. The key is to make a list of fashion travel essentials that are versatile.

Enter the Joules vacation shop. A British-based clothing site that provides affordable shipping and free customs charges, Joules has a bunch of adorable pieces. And the vacation shop is a great resource for your travel needs. Among my favorite items are my personal travel essentials for Spring/Summer.

1. Simple Dress: Pack a dress that doesn't wrinkle. You can wear it for a nice meal or a casual tour.
2. Lightweight Hat: If you're like me, you hate applying sunblock. You'll need a hat to shade your face.
3. Practical Shorts: Bring shorts that are the right length and won't ride up while walking around.
4. Comfortable Shoes: A lot of walking means sore feet. Prevent extra pain with practical shoes.
5. Basic Top: You may have to wear a top more than once, so pack a basic, comfy one to repurpose.
6. Go-To Swimsuit: Even if water isn't anticipated, have a suit that you feel confident in just in case.

What items do you have to pack when going on vacation?

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Joules. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gwen Stefani, New Coach of The Voice

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Perez Hilton and TMZ reported that Gwen Stefani is stepping in to replace Xtina as a judge of The Voice Season 7!

Seems those rumors of Christina Aguilera not returning to the show due to her pregnancy were spot on. When I worked The Voice red carpet with the judges and Carson a few weeks ago, they were tight-lipped on the return of the show's most outspoken star. But is Aguilera skipping a season or gone for good?

With the recent announcement of Pharrel joining the cast, it makes sense for Gwen to sign on as well. They've worked together on previous records (ahem mega-hit “Hollaback Girl”), are friends, and Gwen made an appearance at Pharrel's Coachella set last week.

So what do you think about everyone's favorite Orange County girl joining the cast of The Voice judges? She certainly has the talent and experience to coach hopeful singing talents.

Check out previous The Voice posts:
On The Red Carpet With The Voice
On the Red Carpet With the Top 12 of The Voice Season 6

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Glitter Champagne Bottle Tutorial

You know that saying, "it's about the journey not the destination"? Nah. I'm going to help you get to the desired destination without some of the unnecessary steps along the way. This glitter champagne bottle tutorial is to help you avoid the mistakes I made. So let's jump into it!

Materials: bottle of champagne, Mod Podge, sponge paint brush, glitter
Cost: About $20 for Mod Podge, adhesive spray, glitter, and sponge brush
Time: No real prep, application is about five minutes, drying is recommended for several hours

Application Method

Step 1
cover champagne bottle with the glue, stopping near the top to allow for cork removal

Step 2
pour glitter all over the bottle

Step 3
 let glue dry - Mod Podge claims only 15 minutes is needed, I recommend at least an hour

Step 4
spray bottle with adhesive glue

Step 4 is where I went wrong. After the glitter and glue are dry, you still need to seal the glitter to avoid flaking. Instead of the spray, I followed a tutorial that suggested re-applying a layer of Mod Podge. Big mistake! That actually started stripping all of the glitter off and made the process much harder than it needed to be. But lucky for you, I have the solution to missing glitter should you need to apply more - step 5.

Step 5
mix glitter and glue, apply with sponge by patting (not brushing)

The glue will look thick, but that's OK it dries clear.

Let the bottle dry overnight to be safe, and voila! Your glitter champagne bottle project is completed. Are you singing "throw some glitter make it rain" in your best Ke$ha voice? Because I am...

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