Friday, October 24, 2014

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday I took Nina to Long Beach to her first interfaith blessing of the animals event at Rosie's Dog Beach. I subscribe to Justin Rudd' newsletter. That's where I find all these cool dog events to take Nina. Long Beach, CA was named top dog-friendly city in the U.S. by Dog Fancy.
I think that's community activist and organizer Justin Rudd in front of the procession. He just flew in from Kenya from a service trip. There was a nice variety of interfaith representatives there. I just missed the Buddhist rep that was there last year. Interfaith leaders for this Sunday's Blessing included: * Fr. Michael Reardon, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church * Rabbi Steven Moskowitz, Temple Israel * Bishop Chris Carpenter, Bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection * Ryan Grabill, Sound House Church, lead pastor * Rev. Ava Park, The Goddess Temple of Orange County, founder and Presiding Priestess * Jesse Oakes, Parkcrest Christian Church, family ministries pastor
Nina got smudged in the belly by the Priestess, Rev. Ava Park. She looks scared of the Roman Catholic priest. I think it was the olive branches he was holding and blessing her with. The Rabbi and reformed Catholic Bishop were really nice. He, the Bishop, mentioned Nina's Pham's dog who was effected by ebola. There was a funny moment when one of the young cute Christian pastors began to speak. A duck in the crowd started mockingly quacking loudly... waaah...waaah...waaah...waaah. Everyone laughed.
There were farm animals, exotic animals, reptiles, birds, and cats in their Sunday best wearing pearls and bow ties. Pugs! A lot of dogs. Someone brought cute little hedgehogs. The sick and smaller animals were blessed first. The service animals were blessed. We all stood in line for our individual blessings. I've always wanted to go to the blessing of the animals at Olvera St. but this is better at the beach during sunset. I liked all the interfaith leaders and multiple blessings.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Introducing Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert

My first impression was right on. After seeing Mary Lambert for the first time in her "Secrets" video and on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen last week, I thought to myself, "She's a flaming Taurus!" I looked her up on Wiki to confirm my impression and her birthday is the same day as mine! We share the same Taurus birthday! Taurus women are known for their voices, sensuality, strength, love of food, and keeping it real. I was instantly hooked on her music after listening to her new song "Secrets" for the first time. Talk about "keeping it real!" It's a very freeing and catchy song you can listen to over and over again. Every song is equally addicting.... "Chasing the Moon," "So Far Away," "Wounded Animal, "Rib Cage," "Heart on my Sleeve," "When You Sleep....." She gets cool points for her version of Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl." I still get teased over my excitement of getting water thrown on me by Rick Springfield while he was singing "Jessie's Girl" at my first concert at twelve in northern California. "America" opened up for him. Ha! You might remember Mary from her performance with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, at the Grammys while "Queen Latifah memorably married 33 same-sex couples." She was nominated for two Grammy awards for "Welcome To The Age of My Body." I like that Mary's voice and music sound authentic. Lately so many new female artists try to sound 'folksy' singing in weird fake baby voices. What is that? It drives me batty especially in commercials. Men do it to. Another reason her voice and songs sound authentic is because they're inspired by personal events and struggles in her life, about self-empowerment and beauty standards. Mary says, “I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards, and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice. It's easy to paint a pretty picture and tell everyone to love themselves, but it's way more complicated than that. There is so much shame and guilt in our society, and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We're all facing battles. We've all had someone who has hurt us, so let's talk about it. I believe vulnerability is what will save the world. I wanted to point the lens at myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. This song is my dirty laundry, and that's actually really freeing. Now I can walk around with accidental pieces of bagel in my bra and eat it anyway.” You can find Mary's music at iTunes and Amazon. You can check out Mary's official website HERE or find her at Facebook. *Disclosure statement: I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Martha Stewart Living October -Costuming with Honeycombs and Streamers

My double cover Halloween issue of Martha Stewart Living had a few things for Halloween that caught my eye I thought were creative and simple. I've always liked paper honeycomb balls and streamers. They're convenient for pop-up parties I give from "Houseparty" and "Orgullosa." I never would have thought of using them in costumes as fun hair fasteners and pink streamer wigs. "To replicate the look on the left, remove the cardboard backing, open the ball up, and secure it in place with bobby pins. For the look on the right, trim the cardboard bases of a few flower fans so they conform to the contour of your head, then secure them in place with bobby pins." Studly Punk-ins "The hardware store provides plenty of inspiration for punk rock pumpkins. Thoughtfully placed nails, brads, wire, spikes and safety pins become glinting mohawks, and piercings."

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Jessica Lange First Face of Marc Jacobs

Bravo Marc Jacobs for making Jessica the first face of your brand! I adore her! What a surprise seeing her in this months Allure magazine and in ad representing Marc Jacobs. I loved her in "Sweet Dreams" as Patsy Cline. It's a movie I can re-watch over and over again. In "Sweet Dreams" with Ed Harris as Patsy Cline. 1985 In king Kong 1976

Free Smithsonian Museum Day at MOLAA

Sunday was Smithsonian's free museum day and I chose MOLAA, The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Ca. I was there last at the Frida Kahlo exhibit during Mother's Day. They had some interesting exhibits featuring Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo, an "adult only" section by humorous artist Nahum Zenil and the moving works of photographer Manuel Carrillo. There was a nice variety of Latin American and Mexican artists including a Siqueiros lithograph. Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo's "Fantastic Voyage to Key West" 2013 oil on canvas, "Ovo" acrylic on embroidered silk "Anatomy of a Thought for Birds" , "Women of One Hundred Years of Solitude" 2007 "Neo-mexicanism, literally new Mexicanism, is a critical tendency is Mexican figurative painting of the 1980's. Departing from the cultural movement of the 1980's known as Mexicanism-an attempt to unify the country after the Mexican revolution Neo-Mexicanism deconstructs tired and fabricated identities including set gender roles and the exported facade of political and cultural stability in Mexico. At closer glance, Neo-Mexicanism's folklorish veil is subversive; artists undermine popular icons and transcend nationalist imagery to convey a message of disillusionment in figurative painting and self-portraiture." Top row: In the distance-Javier de la Garza, Manuel Carrillo vintage camera, "Huicholes" 1995 by Ismael Vargas. Middle row: "Zapata's Dish 1987 by Monica Castillo, "Heroic Voice" 1970 by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Untitled 1990 Salvador Salazar. Third row: "De la Sierra Morena" 1995 by Betsabee Romero, "La Grandjeu" 1990 by Salvador Salazar. There was a magical realism exhibit dedicated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The oil on paper mache piece is "Man: The Element of Water by Laura Hernandez 1997, The oil on canvas is untitled and by Rodolfo Martinez. I'm the purple Grimace-lion with butterfly wings thingy. MOLAA's Festival de los Muertos runs from October 25-November 2. CLICK HERE for the schedule of events.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Favorites 2014 and GIVEAWAY!

Fall in California arrives around Halloween or when we officially 'Fall-back' at the end of daylight savings time, Nov. 2. September is always our hottest 'summer' month of the year. When the days are shorter and darkness comes early I tend to spend more time in bed in my PJ's snuggling with my pugs with a new book and a drink on my nightstand. I can count on Tide to keep my sheets (as well as the dog bedding) fresh and clean and keeping us comfy. My pug-boy Oscar used to love it when I put fresh right out of the dryer sheets down on the bed, mine and his. He would roll all over the comforter sniffing the fabric softener feeling the softness of the bedding. I pull out my favorite pom pom shawl and Day of the Dead boots in preparation for all my Dia de los Muertos festivities. My stale jean jackets, sweaters, leggings, Halloween themed Disney sweatshirts and scarves come out needing to be refreshed and reset with Ultra Downy April Fresh for the new season. Once I had one of those colorful embroidered Guatemalan bags and I left it on my car and a neighborhood cat spritzed it really bad. I thought I was going to have to throw it but I soaked it in Downy first and miraculously the Downy scent replaced the strong odor. I didn't think it was possible but it did the job. Fall is also Snuggie season. Time to pull my blue Snuggie, jersey, and flannel sheets out of the linen closet. They also need to be refreshed and reset. I'll be anxiously awaiting my favorite Fall series, American Horror Story "Freak Show" in my freshly washed Snuggie and comfy PJ's treated with Bounce Outdoor Fresh Dryer Sheets. My Starbuck's knockoff hot apple cider and pumpkin bread will be perfect on premiere night, October 8th on FX. GIVEAWAY TIME!!! What is your favorite thing about Fall? Leave a comment for a chance to win a trio of full sized P&G Fabric Care products- Tide Original, Ultra Downy April Fresh and Bounce Dryer Sheets Outdoor Fresh. Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with One2One Network and P&G. The opinions are my own.

Monday, September 29, 2014

My New eSalon Hair Color Subscription

As someone who colors my own hair I got the opportunity to try eSalon's personalized hair color service. They quickly shipped my customized order straight to my door. I filled out my profile at and decided to go with a dark brown copper tone. I uploaded my picture to the website and told them my concerns I had about coloring my hair. My hair is slowly turning white rather than grey and harder to take color especially around my temples. Once, while I was 14 one of the nuns at my Catholic school told me I was lucky I had raven black hair because one day it would turn snow white! I had no idea what she was talking about, now I do! My eSalon box was extra long because I ordered extra accessories, like the tool kit, that included a timer, hair clips, coloring bowl and brush. I wish I could have ordered a protective cape but they were of out of stock. I really liked the digital timer. It came in handy. And I liked the stain remover wipe too. It worked well. They hair clips were heavy duty and I'm sure I'll have them forever. What was interesting about this system was the double application coloring. The first application was specifically for my roots and the second for the rest of my hair and ends. This provided better and longer coverage. I noticed the color around my hard to color temples nicely stayed put for a few weeks. It was actually enough product for two hair coloring sessions. The results were more even and thorough than other coloring products I have used. My overall experience with esalon was positive and convenient and I'll be ordering from them again. I'd light to eventually try the lighter copper shade. If you'd like to try eSalon and receive 50% off your order click this LINK. I tried this for free because I'm a BzzAgent.
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