Friday, September 12, 2014

The Dude

Eventful week....had so much fun at the other night at The White Russian rooftop party at Siren Studios that a friend of mine produced - personal appearance by none other than Jeff Bridges himself, promoting a new White Russian/Kahlua commercial. (one of my favorite actors hands down) So cool to see THE DUDE in the flesh and more so to watch him with others and actually see how nice and down to earth he is. Sadly I didn't get a picture, but my friend who worked at the event was ever so lucky. Needless to say, there were many quotes from The Big Lebowski being thrown around throughout the evening....and "I haven't had a white russian since college"  was repeated by pretty much everyone I talked to. To top the night off, we got a nice little photo bomb from Andy Dick - it's been awhile since I've seen that guy out in about, stirring things up per usual....
Meanwhile....I can't overlook the recent Dwight Yoakum concert (or the pics we took with him, hanging out on his tour bus before the show, and our autographed posters - no big deal!). It's fun to 'know people' at times like that - being from TX I have a love and appreciation for country music, and Mr Yoakum is the reeeeal deal. He's in the Johnny Cash, Willie, Waylon and the boys caliber....obviously some of my friends back home were a little bit jealous! So fun seeing him live and getting the chance to talk with him behind the scenes. What a genuine nice person. He and Jeff Bridges should hang out if they don't already :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

...and the Sundance Kid

Labor Day weekend was such an amazing time visiting Park City, Utah, to see our friends tie the knot.... I've been going through post get-away depression since yesterday. The destination wedding was held at the Sundance Resort - a place I might not have known to visit, but am so glad we had the chance to experience. The resort was created by Robert Redford, (a favorite actor since childhood thanks to my mom and aunt) who bought the land back in 1969 ~ it has a special charm I felt like I could live there permanently without ever leaving the property. There are Robert R quotes throughout the resort about how Sundance came to be, along with old framed pictures from his films like Butch Cassidy&the Sundance Kid and The Horse Whisperer.  I love the mountain vibe almost as much as the beach... the log cabins, rustic decor, stone wood burning fireplaces, crisp cool & clean air, the sound of a creek outside your cabin window...ours had a porch with scenic view too:) I love when people have weddings in cool places - while enjoying the festivities planned, you also get to have your own vacation time to explore. We wished we had an extra day to visit the town of Park City itself, but the resort was just to hard to leave in the short time we had. From horseback riding, mountain biking, taking the ski lift to highest mountain top, hiking to waterfalls, dining, live music at the owl bar each night...there was plenty to choose from to keep us entertained...not to mention the welcome BBQ, the wedding day itself, and the farewell brunch the following morning. Everything was so tastefully done...very much my style with the bride in a lace gown and Stevie Nicks playing right before she walked down the aisle, surrounded by mountains and pines. It rained lightly most of that day, but the sun came out just in time...
One the wardrobe front, it was nice to be in cooler weather after the LA heat! I got this awesome knit crochet dress for the wedding that I didn't even get a full length picture in. It was dark grey, chic yet elegant, and turned out to match my dudes suit pretty perfectly. I wore my vintage velvet maxi dress (that I scored in Austin, TX) to the rehearsal/bbq...and other than that was pretty much living in my latest obsession - Rag&Bone distressed denim jacket :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Comic Con Craze

...this past weekend I experienced the hyped nerd-fest known as Comic Con for the first time ever  in San Diego. I never thought too much of going (even though Halloween is my favorite 'holiday' and I love dressing up when the opportunity arises) but when my closet-comic loving boyfriend expressed the idea of 'checking it out'...I was intrigued. A friend of mine also happens to be a colorist for Image comics so it was cool to get the hook up on the convention and finally understand what this 4 day event was like. For us, just one day roaming the booths and panels was plenty - but for some people it's a camp out all night to be the first in line type of deal. (insanity).  I mean -some people plan all year which character they're going to dress up as, and it's a total moment of glory when a random stranger asks if they can take a picture alongside. It's possibly the best people-watching ever...the seriousness in these adults as they walk around in batman, mortal kombat or avengers costumes. You really see it all. I mean, Willow and Labyrinth were 2 of my favorite movies growing up - fantasy has always been in my blood you could say - but I don't think I could bring myself to this level of dorkum. The high point (at least for the bf) was meting the Howard Stern staff and getting personalized autographs - I told Jon Hein I was a somewhat new listener and he said pretty soon I'd know them all too well. Of course 'jump the shark' was written on my signed photograph. My favorite part might have been that first sip of Jameson and ginger I ordered at the dive bar we hung out at after 3 hours of walking the comic isles. The gas lamp district was package and the over-stimulation was in full almost don't even need to go inside the convention center since there is so much entertainment on the blocked off streets alone. What else...ok, I did love the Darth mobile, and the Gollum statue was pretty creepy/cool too.
We stayed the night with a friend after Comic Con in Ocean Beach  and woke up the next morning to thunder and lighting - something that we never get to hear in so-Cal. It was cool having brunch on the water and watching the downpour...kind of eerie watching the surfers and the feeding frenzy that happened post thunderstorm. Guess all the rain really stirred up the fish so the birds were going nuts nose diving into the water while meanwhile dolphins swimming around the pier it was hard to count them all. Also - fun fact-  ocean beach pier is the longest pier on the west coast - we of course had to walk to the end and take pictures. The sun even came out too....