Thursday, February 28, 2013

Awards Season


L.A. doesn't mess around when it comes to fame.  This town takes its celebrities personally, and nothing brings that to the forefront like Awards Season.  (That's what we have here instead of "winter.")

In the post-Oscar's L.A., people are either elated that Argo won and f*** the Academy for not nominating Ben for Best Director they are all snobs anyway and did you see how he kissed his wife (best couple ever!)?  Or they are pissed that Jessica Chastain didn't win best actress and this Jennifer Lawrence girl doesn't deserve all this attention it's just because she's young and hot and who does she think she is talking sh*t on Meryl?

It's LOVE him or HATE him.  I want to BE her or I can't even stand to LOOK at her.  They are the PERFECT couple or I KNEW it wouldn't last.  All of this based on what she wore, what he said in GQ, and what Perez told Carson on the radio.

Awards season is a city-wide emotional roller coaster out here.

Like I said, L.A. takes her celebrities personally.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Things

I know I have been quiet lately, but that's how life is sometimes, and since this blog is a [really public] extension of my life, it's quiet here sometimes, too. 
To be honest, the last few months I've felt a little lost -- like I've been going through the motions of my daily life without really knowing whether I liked where I was at or where I was headed.  The not-knowingness really caught me off-guard and I needed to take some time to re-evaluate, and to think about what I truly want and how to get there.  It's so easy to follow the path in front of you, and sometimes that's the right path (I'm not announcing any big changes over here!).  But I still think it's good to follow it intentionally -- to realize what your options are (and realistically, what they aren't) before you forge ahead.
There's all this serious "what-am-I-doing-with-my-life-and-who-am-I-anyway?" over-analysis going on in my head.  (So much angst.  Just call me Dawson.)  I have no answers, and frankly, I'm annoying myself and I'M SO OVER IT.
So let's not dwell, friends.  Shall we talk happy things instead?
A list of the things that have been making me happy lately:

Polka dot pants.  And breaking out the bike in February.


And more skiing.

Memories of Vegas.  And TopShop.

Flowers on the dining table to remind me of spring.

The Most Ridiculous Grocery Store Item Ever.  (Thank you, Albertson's, for bringing this matza-themed toilet seat cover into my life.)

Shopping for art to put on the floating shelf I just ordered for over the couch.  I'm digging this pretty little L.A. number by Albie Designs!

This guy.

Hope you have a happy day :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Valentine's Day

This was our 8th Valentine's Day together, and probably the most stereotypical one to date --
complete with roses, chocolates, wine, and a dinner date.
I usually eschew all of that typical, cliche romance,
but this year, it just kind of happened.

And it was lovely.
Sometimes you just need a cheesy date night, you know?

(Plus, I got to re-wear the Payless heels I bought for Vegas.  Win!)

P.S.  We had dinner at the new Venice restaurant, Barnyard, and it was delicious!  I would highly recommend it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Best Night Ever

No, really.

Last night was the Best. Night. Ever.

It started with a cocktail party under Endeavour.  Pretty sweet.

We got our free passed aps, a pic with the space shuttle itself, and I was ready to head out.


Out of nowhere, we scored some amAzing tickets to a pre-Grammy's concert and of course we were like um HECK YEAH WE'LL HIT UP THAT AMAZING CONCERT IN OUR WORK CLOTHES.  DUH.

Right place, right time.  Wrong clothes.  But to Hollywood we went, dressed like corporate suckers.

We pulled into a parking lot on Hollywood and Vine, and in the process, cut off the host of the concert,  In his Escalade.  Because we're shitty LA drivers.

And then once we were inside, we just kept flashing our wristbands, and they kept opening the red ropes for us, and I just kept laughing like whatttttt is going on???  And then we saw the most amazing performances ever.

Like Estelle.

And Black Eyed Peas.

And Alicia.  Ohmygoodness Alicia!

I just kept looking around, wondering if anyone else could possibly understand the state of shock I was in.  This was certainly not how I thought I'd be spending my Thursday night.

And so I took a video (what? yeah.).

I'm counting this as my birthday celebration :)

P.S. M.C. Hammer was there!  We're basically old friends by now.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

San Francisco

This year, San Francisco was recognized as both The Best U.S. City to Live In and The Happiest City in America (7th Happiest in the World).

I'm feeling a little homesick for that foggy, hilly, jewel of a place.

Sometimes I wonder if leaving was the right decision,
but if I've learned anything in the last 26 (almost 27!) years,
it's that there are no right decisions;
there are just the decisions you make.

What you do next is the important part.

San Francisco, you will always be my home,
the place my heart is tethered to,
no matter where I am.

And so I will celebrate your successes, too,
even if they are mine in spirit only.

Cheers to San Francisco,
the City by the Bay!