Saturday was the 2nd annual Blogtopia event at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach hosted by Project Runway's Nick Verreos, second season "Project Runway" winner. I texted a photo I took with Nick to my mom, Alice and she freaked out apparently because she's a huuuuuge fan of his. lol She said she has a picture of him and Mondo Guerra pinned on her Pinterest page. I created a Pinterest momster. Nick was very friendly and funny. It was 100 degrees and I was having a bad hair/body day and was looking a little too casual for a beauty/fashion event. Nick and his cute partner complimented my funky DTLA Arts District bag and black pj looking black top. Being a newbie this was my first experience with this type of event, not new at blogging but networking. One of my new Instagram/blogger friends turned me on to it and I'm happy she did. The event promised food, freebies, and fun! There were swag bags, and food and drink from some mall favorites like California Pizza Kitchen, Stone Oven Grill, Hot Dog on a Stick, and Cinnabon. Everything was delicious especially the StoneOven gourmet sandwiches and California Kitchen salads. I have a funny story about California Kitchen, sort of. Around 15 years ago there once was this shady little store in Buena Park, Ca that received shipments from New York. (WINK, WINK)I would see the truck rolling up. They sold everything from soon-to-be-expired beauty products, household items, and clothing. Well, I hit the jackpot one day when I ran into stacks upon stacks of $10 black GAP pants with $50 tags still on them. I hit every GAP store in SoCal with my stacks of black pants exchanging $500 worth of clothing at a time while getting the evil eye from GAP employees. When they questioned me about the pants I would say they were for my work uniform at California Kitchen that I didn't need anymore and when the owners of the shady store asked me I gave them my made up job at California Pizza Kitchen story. I wasn't about to snitch and bite the hand that clothed me! I had every GAP top, khaki pant, short, skirt, sweatshirt, bag, and shoe available. I would pair everything with my vintage felt 1940's Mexican jackets.
There was a load of cool sponsors at the event that included some nice coupons I'll definitely use this Fall from Bath & Body Works, The Limited, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Windsor Fashions, and the LA County Fair coupons from T-Mobile.
Here are the Windsor girls presenting some new Fall fashion trends. I like the look on the far right the best. Nick kept us all entertained throughout the event with his funny observations and call-outs. Aquarians are known for their friendliness and quirkiness. I hope there's a Blogtopia 15!
Smashbox did a makeup demonstration, Pandora had a giveaway, The Limited does wardrobe for the show "Scandal", and Car2Go promoted their car rentals.
I had a purse and lip reading. She wanted to look in my bag. lol I was like I'll pull everything out out myself. The reader said I was a leader and liked doing things alone. The latter part is true. I like doing stuff alone because people are too slow for me especially when I'm traveling and out exploring. I'll ditch a group if they're slowing me down. If you hang stay home! lol She said I'm nurturing and caring. I said I have Cancer rising and a pug mom.
Looking forward to more Blogtopia14 by reading other blogs and social media posts about the event and keeping up with what our muse Nick is doing!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Once in a while I'll come across an unusual freebie. Last week I came across a funny one, funny because it was a "No One Will Ever Believe You" Bill Murray bumper sticker. Um, ok......? Then I thought of Bill's sense of humor and figured it had something to do with one, two, three.... six-degrees-of-separation type fan encounters with the comedian. You can read about some of these encounters on the Bill Murray Stories facebook page. Living in LA, where you run into a lot of celebrities, I paused and thought if I had a Bill Murray story. All I came up with was the time my mother and her ex-husband ran into him at the old Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. They caught a glimpse of him as he was leaving his suite because they had the room next. That's all I got. I vaguely remember my mom keeping some sort of Bill Murray souvenir from the room. Ha ha! Maybe I can start a The Greatest Bill Murray Souvenirs ever collected facebook page. To request your own bumper sticker go HERE.
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Friday, September 5, 2014
I'm happy to have been given the opportunity to listen to Grammy award winning- Train's newest album, Bulletproof Picasso. I've been a fan of their funny cameo filled videos and catchy eclectic tunes, tunes like "50 Ways to Say Goodbye." I have that video pinned on my Pinterest music board that I listen to over and over again. Bulletproof Picasso doesn't disappoint either. I like all 12 tracks. They follow Train's fun, original, upbeat, and catchy, made for movie soundtrack- sounding-style. I always look forward to their videos. And speaking of cameos, super-popular-on-Instagram actor Danny Trejo is featured in the "Angel in Blue Jeans" video. They get cool points for that. Train will be performing live on the QVC channel on September 5th at 5pm ET. I'm looking forward to watching the band perform and talk about the album. I've listened to it around four times trying to pick out my top favorites but I like them all. The album keeps rollin' from start to finish-the kind of inspiring songs I like to listen to while driving and working out. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon. "I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own."
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I thought my mother was a water critic until I was introduced to Arthur Tweedie at his Water Blog. Here he is giving a Water Seminar: MAXION Technology I'm learning about the NEW cost effective PUR Ultimate 11 Cup Pitcher with MAXION™ Technology and thought about the importance of refilling my own glass bottles while laughing at Arthur Tweedie's antics on his Water blog. He really has a way putting things in PURspective. I think mother would approve. #contest
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
ec34fc179a296e2627501b4afb7fbca02be717d1171e3de153 I got the opportunity to try Green Mountain Fair Trade Coffee for free because I'm a BzzAgent. I was really impressed with the Three Continent Blend sent to me in my kit. It was tasty and flavorful. I enjoy the full flavor and richness of South American coffee. I really enjoyed this one and finding out the story behind it, about being Fair Trade certified made me enjoy it even more. Gave my cup of coffee a little soul- gave me good vibes. Kelly Clarkson makes a good fair trade spokesperson. She went on a trip to the Andes in Peru to see and learn first hand the impact of fair trade coffee in the communities there. By farmers receiving a fair price for their coffee, communities benefit. They are able to invest in education and programs that empower women and children. Here is her travelogue. She's spreading the message through music making an impact about Fair Trade coffee at a time when only 38% of consumers are even aware of what it means to be fair trade certified. It's nice to see the great impact it is making on farmers and communities there. Now when I shop for coffee I choose a coffee that is good tasting but is making an impact as well.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
I got the opportunity, compliments of SheSpeaks and Lancome, to try Lancome's DreamTone, a customized skin tone correcting serum, available in three tones-fair, medium, and dark. It corrects dark spots, uneven skin tone, and color imperfections. Unlike other serums I've tried that are usually greasy, and stinky DreamTone feels rich and luxurious with a pretty light scent. My skin immediately felt and looked quenched, creamy, even toned and glowed instantly. My mid-40's are coming up so I have to be diligent in my daily skin routine including staying out of the sun! I promised to share a #bareselfie of myself after using DreamTone. This is the picture I chose after my "Grey Gardens" photo shoot.(headband LOL) Check out all the fun @LancomeUSA #bareselfie pics over at Instagram and Twitter. That's the funnest part of campaigns besides trying out new products. You can also see and read more selfies and testimonials on the Lancome DreamTone link above. This one's a keeper! Lancôme DreamTone retails for $98 for a 1.3 fl oz. bottle and is available for purchase at Lancôme.com and department stores nationwide. Made in France.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
I got the opportunity to try Kashi's NEW Hummus Crisps for free for being a BzzAgent. I tried all three flavors of Kashi Hummus Crisps and my favorite was Sundried Tomato, Basil, and Feta probably because of the cheese. It was interesting trying hummus in chip/crisp form. I've been eating authentic hummus for over 20 years and love it. I also liked the Caramelized Onion and Sea Salt Olive Oil flavors. The flavors were light and natural and healthy tasting. The crisps are nice and crunchy. My BFF and I ate my first entire bag in 10 minutes at the beach! They are also great dipped in lemon-Y hummus. Kashi has always made excellent products, interesting and healthy too.
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