Friday, September 28, 2007

A better look (29 of 30)

Ok, so I told you I got my hair cut, but the photos I posted don't really show the length. So here are a couple more that show what I got going on. Of course, it will never look this good again. This is right after I got it done and came home. No blow outs look as good as a salon blow out. I would get one every week if it didn't cost $40 a pop!
Anyway, I'm very pleased with my hair and I'm glad I took the plunge and got bangs. Tonight I will be washing it and wearing it naturally curly....and I'm a scared to see what it will look like.
I'll keep you posted!

In our hood (28 of 30)

Guess who was in Costa Mesa last night....

Britney Spears!

She was hanging out at Club Sutra, which is kind of funny. That place is full of posers and wanna be hot shots, mostly fake boobs and hair extensions. I don't think there is a more superficial place to hang out in Orange County.

She would have had much more fun at Pierce Street!

I love my husband and the Foo (27 of 30)

On Monday night, something incredible happened......

I got to see the Foo Fighters (my favorite band.)


In concert.

In a venue that only held 1300 people!




My amazing husband surprised me with tickets to their CD Release show, which I had heard about and tried to get tickets to, but was shut out. It was Monday night at The Music Box in Hollywood, and it was a night I'll never forget!

I had a rough start to my Monday, still trying to recover from the wedding on Saturday. And the after party at Durty Nellies. And the after, after party at our house. I felt like I needed at least 2 more days of complete rest. But, work beckoned, so I had to drag my feet through it.

After work I had my tap class with Fi, so I dragged my tired ass off to tap. I could have easily crawled into bed and gone to sleepy sleep, but I had high hopes that tap class would wake me up a bit. I had to get pumped! I was going to see my absolute favorite band, live!

So I went home, splashed some cold water on my face, put on a little mascara and I couldn't help but smile when I realized what I was about to go see.

I wondered if I was getting too old for this....back in the day I would go to a show every night of the week if I could. I didn't care where it was. Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego. I just wanted to see live music and absorb it all, as much as possible. And now here I am, hours away from going up to Hollywood to see THE FOO FIGHTERS, and I could barely muster a "woot woot."

Yes, I worried if I had past my prime of this kind of I have to be an adult now and be in bed by 10pm because I have to work the next day? And the next. And the next.

Well, good news. No, I don't have worry. It's all good. Yes, I was soooo tired, but as soon as we got into the venue, I was raring to go.

I couldn't take my eyes off the stage (because I was tripping out at how incredibly close Dave Grohl was going to be to me.) (I mean to us.) (Ah, who are we kidding. To me!)

The band came on at 10:45pm and put on one of the most incredible shows I have ever seen. Lemmy (from Motorhead) came out and did a song. One of the roadies came out and did a Dead Kennedy's song. Dave said "screw the set list, let's have a jam session." Yea, it was un-fricken-believable.

Dave Grohl is a god. Plain and simple.

There is no one than can argue otherwise. No one in their right mind, that is.

They played a few songs from their new cd (which is fantastic! Go buy it now!) but they also played a lot of their other songs, the ones everyone loves. One of the things that I love about them (among the millions of reasons) is that they changed them all up and made them so fricken metal! Dave was headbanging and letting it rip. Taylor was hitting the drums so fast his arms looked like trails of lightning. The light show was old school Metallica-esque and I was officially in heaven.

I'm bummed they wouldn't let me take my camera in there, but what I saw is burned into my memory forever. I've seen them 4-5 times in concert before, but this was a whole other experience. Matty and I rocked out and sang our lungs out for the whole show and knew that this was SO worth being tired at work tomorrow for.

Before we headed out the door to go home, we purchased special vouchers for $10 from the merch booth and were then given the new Foo Fighters CD, Echoes Silence Patience & Grace. It's another kick ass gift from the Foo to us.

As if my husband isn't the most incredible, loving, funny and caring man already...he goes and does this. How did I get so lucky?

I Do! (26 of 30)

Last Saturday was Shirley and Brandon's wedding, and it was SOOOO fun! I love these two people and it's been so fun to watch them fall in love and get to this point in their lives.

I was a bridesmaid, which was an honorm and was giving a speech, so had been majorly stressing over that, but it all worked out great. I got some laughs, which can be hard to do, and also threw in some sentimental stuff. I tested it out on my fabulous sister Lexie as she did my hair for me that morning (thank you Lex! It looked awesome!) She's got a natural gift that girl! Anyway, by the time I was done, I looked up and she was crying. I think when it comes to weding speechs, that's a good thing.

All the girls got ready together and that's always fun. I was considering getting my make up done, but to be honest, I just didn't want to risk going to the MAC counter and Nordstrom and having them put too much on or have them running late etc. I thought it would just be easier to do it myself, and I was right.

We all had so much fun, and it was awesome to see two people so in love get married and begin their lives as husband and wife. Everyone had a kick ass time, and my bangs rocked it out all night long!

I did it (25 of 30)

I forgot to give you an update on which hairstyle I went for (does anyone even care?) I love all the styles, but I went with the first one. I cut some layers and touched up the blond, and I love the outcome.

I was hesitant about getting bangs, especially having curly hair, but I just couldn't resist. I've worn my hair straight since I got it cut, so I don't know what it will look like natural, but hopefully it will still work.

I don't know why I'm yellow in these photos, I look like a Simpson! Cell phone camera's have a mind of their own!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Haa haa just kidding (24 of 30)

Looks like Miss Maya was just toying with our emotions. She is coming back to the SNL stage after all. In a statement released to NBC, she says ''It was an agonizing decision, but ultimately, I feel I made the best choice both as a mother and as an actress. I couldn’t be happier to be returning to SNL.''

Hmm...why the sudden change of heart? Ahh, who cares. As long as she's coming back:)

Sad to see you go (23 of 30)

According to Entertainment Weekly: "Maya Rudolph is not returning to Saturday Night Live for an eighth season. NBC was told of Rudolph's departure on Sept. 24, just five days before the show’s season premiere. While no official reason was given for her exit, a spokesperson for NBC says, ''We wish Maya nothing but the best.'' (This means SNL is down to two funny women: Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig. No word yet on whether any new cast members will be added later in the season, but the rest of the '06-'07 cast will be returning.)

During her seven seasons on the show, Rudolph built a wide repertoire of characters, from Wake Up Wakefield's awkwardly hormonal teen host Megan to Bronx Beat's irritable housewife Jodi. Of course, we'll miss her gift for sublime celebrity impersonations the most. So Beyonce, Whitney, Oprah, Donatella — sleep easy tonight. As for the rest of us, we'll always have reruns."

Monday, September 24, 2007

The healthiest she's looked in a while (22 of 30)

How cute is Nicole Richie as a Mommy to be? Loves it!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Before and After (21 of 30)

Just another reminder that these women don't wake up looking takes a village. I'd love to have that village every now and then..

It’s easy to look through magazines and forget how much work goes into making celebs and models look perfect. Even the diva herself JLo looks like an ordinary woman without her makeup. Without foundation and mascara these “celebs” look like just another girl. Penelope actually looks like her eye color has changed. Amazing what a ton of make up can do!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Strap on (20 of 30)

I have just stumbled across a genius idea. Unfortunately, it's not mine. But none the less, I need to share this with anyone that wears high heels.

It's called HeelStrap and it's a gizmo that slips onto the heel and back of any strapless high heel to transform it into something more stable. I know, I needed the visual too. Check it out here.

The website describes it best: "Eliminate that annoying heel slapping and discomfort of stepping on your pants. HeelStrap's one size fits all design works with just about any strapless bridal shoes, high heels, mules or your favorite slip-ons."

Didn't I say it was genius?

Oh Happy Day (19 of 30)

Today I get to do something I absolutely love to do...get my hair done! This doesn't happen very often as it's expensive but I'd say about twice a year I indulge in a little hairapy. As most of you know, I can never do the same thing twice because I get so bored with my I'm still trying to decide what I want to do this afternoon.

I was thinking about cutting it, but the last time I did that I was so totally traumatized that I don't think I have the gumption to do it again. Maybe some bangs will quench my thirst for something different? But I have been growing them out for so long and they almost (finally) at the same length as my hair. To cut them now would mean starting all over again. And that is almost enough to make me cry.

It's just so hard to get a new style with curly hair. I wish I had straight hair because then I would have so much more flexibility. I wish I had straight hair so much that when I'm considering what kind of new style I want, I always choose the smooth and straight ones instead of the curly ones...I guess you always want what you can't have.

Here are a few different styles that I'm considering. Of course the blond ones are just for fun, I'd never actually do it. Matt would kill me. But I think I can kind of almost pull it off!

Which is your favorite? I'm still torn....although all are nice, it's not quite enough for me. I'm thinking I like "A" the best, but maybe with some blond pieces here and there. It needs to be funked up a bit. I'm actually just setting myself for disappointment because my hair rarely looks like the magazine tear out I bring it. It has nothing to do with my hairdresser, he's awesome. It's the styles I hair is obviously not the same texture as "A" but yet I still want to do that. It won't look like that, but do I care? No. And really, how often am I going to blow dry it straight? I always have such big intentions thinking "I'm going to blow dry it straight 3 days a week" and then it happens about 3 times a year. It's just so much work!

I'll let you know tomorrow what I end up going with. Until then, suggestions are welcome.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Joe Schmoe (18 of 30)

What if celebs didn't have all that money to burn, the trainers and make up artists, the stylists and managers and let's not forget the talent. Without all that, they'd be regular peeps, working at a bank or the drug store. And they'd look like normal people do.....

Monday, September 17, 2007

When are you going to have a baby? (17 of 30)

I never realized what an inappropriate question that is until it happened to me. Over and over again at, of all places, a baby shower. It seems like an innocent enough question, and for the most part it is. Except it's usually followed by, "come on, you guys have been married for a year now, let's get a move on." Um, thanks for the pep talk. I'm working on it, ok? Thanks for reminding me that it hasn't happened yet. But it's ok, I know people that are asking are doing so from a good place. It's because they care and are interested. And how could I find fault in that?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dancing brings the people together (16 of 30)

I'm a big fan of So You Think You Can Dance and am bummed that it's over until who knows when.

There have been rumors circling around the internet about whether or not dancers Lacey Schwimmer and Hok Konishi were more than just friends, after they were spotted together looking cozy at The Grove mall here in Los Angeles.

Well, it seems they are in fact hooked up and dating! Lacey confirmed their relationship to Access Hollywood, although reluctantly. “What? Wait. Wait. Where did you get that information from?” she said. “Alright you caught us.”

Friend and fellow dancer Lauren pretty much gave it away while being interviewed during rehearsals for the "So You Think You Can Dance" Tour by saying, “there is Hok and Lacey, I think they are official and I think they have been official.” Way to keep it under wraps!

Lacey says that going back to last season, Hok “was actually my brother’s friend before he was ever my friend.” And Hok says the relationship between the two dancers, who were never paired, developed slowly.

Ah, young love. It will be interesting to see how they handle touring together. I would love to go see the show but it's on a Wednesday in L.A. and no one is ever up for that. Oh well, maybe next time.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Baby on board?(15 of 30)

There's a little birdie flying around saying that Jennifer Lopez is preggers....with twins! I hope this one is true since she has made no secret about wanting to have a baby.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Looohoo Serrr (14 of 30)

It seems Kanye West wasn't too pleased about not winning any awards at the MTV VMA's....check out his hissy fit here.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Foo Tastic (13 of 30)

Now THIS is how you do a live performance.

These boys have never disappointed and have always rocked it out in their live performances. Every time I have seen them I have left feeling on top of the world. Dave Grohl is a genius and no one can sing, play guitar and chew gum all at the same time like he can.

They have a new album called "Echoes Silence Patience & Grace" coming out on September 25th and I can't wait! Not only to hear what new musical brilliance they have created this time, but also because a new album means a new tour...and that makes me a very happy girl:)

It was painful to watch, but I couldn't look away (12 of 30)

Did you catch the train wreck that is Brit Brit attempting a come back? was bad. My sisters and I were so excited to see it all go down because we had faith in our girl. When it first started, and they flashed Brit, we all screamed like little kids at a New Kids concert (wow, I'm really aging myself huh?) But as the scene unfolded in front of us, we knew she would be raked over the coals for it.

The song is hot, there is no denying that. But the performance was shiteous. From the still bad extensions on her head to the barely there outfit that was too tight to the boots she could hardly move in to the "no-one's home" expression in her eyes. She looked dead inside and couldn't even muster one hair toss that could give me hope.

She lip synced the whole thing, which I expected. But when she couldn't even remember to sing over her own track, I have a hard time defending her. She just had this kind of dazed and empty look on her face and you could see that she wasn't feeling it. In fact, she looked like she wasn't feeling much of anything. It could have been a number of things. Drugs? Alcohol? Nerves?

She looked out of it, confused and unaware that she was on the MTV stage trying to make a come back. There were times that she was slow...behind the music and dancers and lyrics.

Gone are the days of her prancing around a snake around her neck, with the stomach that could bring a man to his knees and moves that made up for her average voice. No one ever claimed her as the best singer in the world. But as far as a performer....Brit could bring it. She commanded the stage and her energy could be felt in the last row.

But last night left everyone cold and unfortunately, not surprised. To be honest with you, I feel bad for her. The press is ripping her apart because she crashed and burned big time. I think she should have skipped performing live and just release the song with the video, which is hawt and is more "old" Britney.

Poor Brit, it seems like her come back wasn't what she had hoped. Maybe this will make her realize that her life is a mess and she needs some help to piece it back together. And when she does, I will support her by going to her first concert back. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a come back story.

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Dark Side of Oz (11 of 30)

I almost forgot to blog today. Matt, Shirley and I at Shane and Fi's enjoying our Friday night and it dawned on me that I had to say something. I can't fail at Jesse's 30x30 already. Especially after saying it was a weak ass challenge.

So here it is. We've had a good night so far and now we're sitting down to play a friendly game of Cranium while listening to Dark Side of the Moon and watching Wizard of Oz at the same time. You know how it works.

Ok we had to step outside for a smoke break and watch a little flight of the Conchords on the laptop. But now we're ready. Shane has the CD on pause and we're about to release the madness of Wizard.....are we ready for this? Is this going to totally blow my mind? I've never seen it this way...even though I have attempted it before...I guess I always did too much prep work. You know what I mean...a beer or two or five. A handful of smoke breaks later, I'm distracted and the sun is coming up and I hear the birds chirping and I figure it's a good time to get some sleep. So Pink Floyd is stuck on pause for 7 hours and Dorothy never makes an appearance...

But that was then, and this is now. And here we are. The music is playing, Matt and Shane are arguing about color they want to be. Shirley is telling them to land the plane. Fi is being her amazing and beautiful self, all the while reading the first clue. The guys are discussing possible answers. I think they are going with process of elimination. (man, Pink Floyd is incredible. I know I love them and their music, but I always forget just how much I love them until is flowing out of the speakers. It totally seeps into your subconscious and floods your senses.)

They guys got their question wrong, now we're up. But the movie and the music is tripping me out...I feel submerged in sweet nothingness. I feel weightless and peaceful and.....oh crap, Fi is acting something out and I'm supposed to be guessing...Bob Dylan! Yes! I saved my ass on that one. (They don't make music like this anymore....incredible.)

Ok, I should get back to the game....

Let me end by saying this. There is nothing in this world like having best friends that are incredibly rad in every way. It's a feeling I hope everyone feels because there's nothing like makes you feel like your listening to Dark side of the moon while watching Wizard of Oz at the same time....

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Double take (10 of 30)

My nephew is going to be here soon. His due date is October 3rd, and I can't wait!

Check out how much he looks like his big brother when he was a tiny baby.

The 3-d photo kind of freaks me out since it's a photo of the inside of Mama's belly....and in that belly there is a baby...a real baby.

That has to be so weird. To feel a person moving around down there?'s like that movie Aliens!

I'll keep you posted on his arrival:)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

I'm a lucky duck (9 of 30)

Sunday, September 2nd marked Matt and my 1st wedding anniversary. Yea us!

I can't believe how fast the time just flew by. Was that really a whole year ago? Wow! It seems like just yesterday that every minute of my day was consumed with wedding details and stressing on the time line and the music etc.

But it was so worth it. If you were at our wedding (which most of you were) you know what I'm talking about. It was a party to rememember! A beautiful night to celebrate with our family and was just the best!

Our first married year has been better than ever could have imagined. Life as Matty's wife is wonderful, blissful, fun, exciting, fufilling and all the rest of it. I found the most amazing man and even though we are totally different, we're the same person.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe it.

I'm one lucky duck to have a man so incredible.....