Saturday, January 16, 2016

Stella McCartney Autumn 2016

This was the coolest event in LA I've been to in....maybe forever. God Bless this city on nights like this! Why write about it when Vogue breaks it down here perfectly....
"Leave it to Stella McCartney to have the foresight to pick Amoeba Music for her Pre-Fall 2016 presentation. What better venue than the iconic independent record store in Hollywood to showcase her ’70s-inspired designs and celebrate all things that the fashion brand has always kept close to its heart: live music and a good party. The shop remained intact with its endless rows of CDs, records, and DVDs and was set up to look as if the clever Stella McCartney vinyl art was always meant to reside alongside albums and posters belonging to the likes of the Sex Pistols, Lil Wayne, Blondie, Misfits, Janet Jackson, the Doors, and Grateful Dead. Guests such as music powerhouses Ringo Starr, Anthony Kiedis, Dave Grohl, Beck, Kim Gordon, and Mary J. Blige seemed completely at ease in the music store’s space, and they mingled with other familiar faces in the crowd, among them Kate HudsonAmber Heard, Chelsea Handler, and Katy Perry. The aisles of records and CDs—somewhat relics of a bygone era—felt alive and fresh last night, thanks to McCartney’s infusion of fashion, food, drinks, arcade games, and, of course, live performances by an eclectic lineup of musicians including Dhani Harrison, Pink, Brian Wilson, Johnny Depp, and Marilyn Manson. Wilson played the Beach Boys hits “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” and “Surfin’ USA,” only to be followed by a surprise performance by Depp and Manson, who took the stage together to open with “The Dope Show.” Of course, not far from anyone’s mind was David Bowie, whose songs echoed from the store’s speakers throughout the evening."  (VOGUE)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

YES! (Christmas Tour)

Two days before leaving to both of our home towns for the holidays (making the rounds), my dude drove me up to the hollywood hills, walked me out to a lookout point under the stars, made up a story about going out there to see a new Jim Morrison plaque - but instead got down on his knee, opened a little box with a little light shining down on a shimmering ring, and asked me to marry him!! Definitely the biggest surprise of my life. I about died - shaking knees and pretty sure I said 'Oh My God' about 10 times before saying YES/helping him to stand back up! We took one 'selfie' which is now probably my favorite picture of us to date. The next night my best friend came over with a bottle of Veuve to celebrate, which made everything feel that much more real. Getting engaged made going back home that much better, having the chance to celebrate with our family and friends who have given us so much love and support along the way. I always had a calm feeling about him, Jack, my I knew this was it, he was the one. They say you just know and I see now it's true. Yes! Perma-grin still in full effect :)

FIRST STOP - Phoenixille, PA
Exploring nearby town Chesterville in the rain, seeing the house Jack grew up in, stopping by to see our favorite cemetery (where we think we should be buried one day), engagement dinner with my family-to-be, strolling through Valley Forge/hiking through the thorn bushes we accidentally got stuck in, eating too much of the best pizza in PA (nutella included), small town bar hopping, Christmas day celebrating, Jack winning the annual ping pong tournament per usual, wine every night and the trip ending in a teepee at a house party with the old high school crew. Also, most important and not pictured -  sleeping past Noon every-single-day. 
The wine consumption continued every day, quality time with my mom, celebrating post-Christmas at my cousins all the girls+Jack, whiskey on the rocks with dad, my best friend from high school's birthday where all my old besties reunited for the first time in years, running the track at the Jr High school near my house, drinks by the fire with my lifelong friend and her husband, and to end the trip - BBQ at one of the best, original spots in Dallas..........

Home sweet home. So nice after a long day of traveling on NYE to have your friend/neighbor invite you down to her place for a home cooked dinner...more red wine...dessert, and of course champagne at midnight. She also broke out a vodka bottle that you can only buy in Mongolia (where she is from) - which we had to open and sip on. The potato was sin the bottle, pretty cool. We made it about an hour past midnight before it was time to crash...with our new adopted cuddly addition, Pablo.