Oh yes, Depeche Mode have announced the title of their new album AND tour! Last week, they held a press conference in Milan, Italy and announced that the new album will be entitled Spirit to be released in 2017, followed by the Global Spirit Tour next summer. Currently, only the European dates are available, which I’ve listed below. I seriously considered going to the London show (tickets are still available for the pitch/general admission), but that would be too difficult to pull off with Dominic still in school. I’ll just have to wait until the US dates are announced to have my shot at seeing my all-time favorite band live. Most dates for the European leg have already gone on sale, so cheers to the lot of you who already have tickets!
Earlier this month, I attended a couple of days of Fashion Week San Diego. Because I’m still going through and editing the Saturday runway and Sunday trunk show pictures, I thought I would share the outfits I wore on those days. For the Saturday runway show, I tapped into my inner-rock star and wore sleek pleather leggings, a sheer trench coat and a Sex Pistols t-shirt with the sleeves cut off, along with my MIISTA “Eva” pumps. For both days, I carried one of my favorite purses, which is an “oldie but goodie”: the Bodhi safety-pin clutch. I fell in love with it when Kelly Framel of The Glamourai wore it oh-so-long-ago (my post about it here, and one of her posts here).
For the trunk show, I wore jewelry made by one of my favorite designers of Fashion Week San Diego, Pashn by Survi. I met Survi at last years FWSD trunk show and purchased the gorgeous pendant and ring, pictured below. I was so excited to see her expand to clothing and to then chat with her again at the trunk show. I feel a sense of pride knowing independent designers who I’ve connected with are growing their brand and showcasing their talent!
I also knew I would be walking around at the trunk shows, shopping and meeting all of the talented designers. While my shorts and shirt felt dressy, wearing flats kept me from having tired feet. Additionally, I’m so excited that it’s cold enough to wear tights! I wore these Berkshire Sheer Diamonds tights to really dress up my shorts and to also add some extra texture to my outfit. They have a control top for extra support, so these tights would not only feel comfortable, but also look great with any skirt.
I’ll be featuring other patterns of Berkshire tights in future posts. If you like what you see, Berkshire is offering Any Second Now readers a 15% discount on all of their products until 12/16/16 by using blogger15 at check out on their site at eberkshire.com!
(Photo 1 taken by Nihan of Style with Nihan; Photo 4 taken by Deon Chen)
FTC Disclosure: I received product in exchange for a product review for Berkshire. Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.
Last month, I attended a special blogger private preview party of Stroll’s new location! I had a great time celebrating with owner Katie McCarthy and my fellow San Diego Style Bloggers!
Stroll is located in Little Italy and it’s a great new space that they share with Craftmossphere. Prior to the brick & mortar shop, Katie used to own the fashion retail truck called Stop Shop and Roll (post featuring her truck here). After trying out this venture for a year, she opened Stroll in its first location back in 2014. At the end of September this year, Stroll re-opened in its new location, just a few blocks down, still on India Street. I took a few pictures of the festivities, which included bites, sips and more importantly, shopping! I bought a great new dress there, which will be perfect for fall, and I’ll be sure to put up an outfit post featuring it soon.
Be sure to head over to Stroll in their new location for some fantastic boutique shopping!
2360 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
The new location is lovely, with everything on trend!
The mules were made with an infused bourbon. So delicious!
I felt like a boho butterfly with these wings by Craftmossphere!
(Photo taken by Rhea of Sew Stylish Rhea)
The first 10 bloggers received a fantastic gift bag, which had a beautiful plant from Craftmossphere (below)!
Bloggers Gonna Blog: It was great to celebrate with old & new blogger friends!
Left to right (top): Lindsay of Affordably Accessorized; Brittany of Pennies into Pearls; Ashley of Ash Poppe From Wear to Where; Nihan of Style with Nihan; Devon of Seventeen Dresses; Rhea of Sew Stylish Rhea; Lilia of Curls and Fashion
(Photo courtesy of Lindsay of Affordably Accessorized)
When I went to KAABOO, I wanted my outfit to be comfortable, easy, but still put together. I decided on a simple black & white palette. I wore my Stan Smith sneaks, although I was a bit apprehensive because it was an outdoor festival. I was surprised at how well they held up, and even with the crowds, they didn’t even catch a single stain (although someone did spill some beer on the right shoe, which wiped right off). With the weather so unpredictable (like high temperatures in mid-September), I opted for shorts and a light long-sleeved shirt.
How amazing is my Sugarzuly cross-body purse? It was absolutely perfect for a festival setting to hold my essentials, and it provided some color through the Huipil fabric.
Our Bags are made out of 100% Huipil and Upcycle Huipil. A “Huipil” is a cotton weaved fabric wore by the Maya women in my country and Central America . Many women today still wear this outfit as a tradition to their Maya descendant. As they have hand-woven their clothing on a back strap loom for centuries and pass along the tradition through the years. – Sugarzuly
Outfit: Downeast Basics shirt; Ann Taylor LOFT Scallop Jacquard Riviera Shorts; adidas Originals Stan Smith Luxe Cork shoes from Size.co.uk; Cross-body purse c/o Sugarzuly; Bonlook “Keiko” prescription sunglasses; unknown brand fedora & choker
FTC Disclosure: I received product in exchange for a product review. Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.
(Photos 2 & 3 taken by Janice Gutana)
I was introduced to Sugarzuly at one of my favorite stores in Carlsbad, Wysh Boutique. They are having a little in-store celebration tomorrow to ring in the Fall season! Be sure to stop by because they have adorable clothing, jewelry, home decor and they carry a variety of Sugarzuly bags!
300 Carlsbad Village Dr #117, Carlsbad CA 92008
As I mentioned in a previous post (here), Angi and I won single day passes to KAABOO. Sadly, Angi couldn’t make it due to a work/travel assignment. Although she tried her hardest to make it happen, alas, it just wasn’t cost effective for her to create time for a break from her out-of-town commitment. Luckily, my best friend Janice was free and jumped at the chance to see one of her favorite artists live: Lenny Kravitz. I was anxious to see Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, Third Eye Blind and Aerosmith, which is already quite the line-up! For the most part, it is difficult knowing you may not see all of the acts you want to because of the way the shows are scheduled, but because it’s known as “The KAABOO MIX-PERIENCE”, it should be understood that you just have to get to what you can, when you can and you just have to get creative to ensure the best use of your time.
I want to also express wholeheartedly that I had a phenomenal time. This was my second festival ever (my first was The Rewind Festival, post here), and it was amazing! I’ve read some negative reviews this year because of what happened after The Chainsmokers set was completed. Apparently, due to noise ordinances, the “Encore” portion was scheduled to take place indoors. Because of the limited accommodations, many of the people who wanted to see Ludacris followed by Steve Aoki couldn’t get in, and a near riot happened. I also read that a lot of people couldn’t get in to see Sarah Silverman as a part of their “Humor Me” comedy club. I remember the line was pretty insane as we were leaving the Aerosmith show. Because we chose to make the most of this experience by purchasing a parking pass and arriving incredibly early (12:30 pm), we enjoyed a leisurely tour of KAABOO prior to it becoming crazed and crowded. We also decided that Aerosmith would be the last act we would see before heading home, where we took the back-way and completely avoided any traffic. This is why we were so surprised to hear about how insane the night had become just after we left.
Overall, the food was wonderful, the mix of artists was fantastic because I don’t think I would have ever been able to see any of the bands I did in such a short amount of time, and for us, everything went without a hitch. There was plenty of areas to chill out between the shows, and I liked the “Hydration Stations” throughout to provide much-needed water at an outdoor event, along with several areas to charge any portable communication device (phones and tablets). I had gone to the San Diego County Fair earlier this year, and the Del Mar Racetrack was completely transformed into a hip alternate universe, which I’m sure was the whole point! I would love to attend KAABOO again next year, and maybe upgrade myself to the VIP experience.
To make the most of documenting my experience, I broke up this post into three parts: The Food, The Music, and Everything Else. I hope you enjoy my recap!
I should have taken pictures of the inside of “Posh Nosh” because not only were there seated areas with tables, but comfy cushions to really get that lounge experience. Arriving early in the day allowed us time to walk around and get to know all of the food choices.
Of the food inside “Posh Nosh”, we opted for one of my favorite restaurants, Sausage & Meat. I’m not the biggest fan of slaw, but add bacon to it and I’m sold! This was the “2 Eggs, 3 Balls, Slaw” combo meal and it was definitely the heartiness we needed before tackling the day.
Outside of “Posh Nosh”, there are many places to grab a bite to eat. After seeing the Gin Blossoms and during Third Eye Blind, we decided on the Lob Mac at Wicked Maine Lobster. I swear, that’s an entire lobster tail in there! It was better than I can describe, so shall I say it was wicked good?!
I ended my KAABOO food experience with a Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake from The Milk Bar. Not only was it absolutely delicious, the crew was so much fun!
I have always wanted to see Gin Blossoms because one of my all time favorite songs is “Hey Jealousy”. By sheer coincidence of scheduling, they were moved to Saturday and I feel that the universe was aligned for this moment, and it was everything I hoped it would be. “Til I Hear It From You” and “Found Out About You” were also great live, and they are a fun band to watch. Check off another one from my concert bucket list!
I think the picture above should give an indication of just how crowded it got right around 4pm. As we ate our Lob Mac, we enjoyed the many hits of Third Eye Blind. I think this picture was taken during “Never Let You Go”, and I was so happy that I also got to hear “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life” live.
Truth be told, I’m a novice when it comes to Collective Soul. That did not stop me from wanting to see them, so this is where Janice and I split-up. She wanted to catch all of Lenny Kravitz’s show, and I got to witness live the only two Collective Soul songs I know: “Shine” and “Better Now”. I’m infinitely glad I did, and my hubby was a bit jealous that I caught their show. “Shine” is even better live!
Even after arriving a little late, I still got to catch songs like “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, “Fly Away” and “American Woman”. Great set!
It’s not often you get to witness greatness, and one should acknowledge when that happens. Aerosmith are rock legends, and it had been over a year since they played live. There are moments where you need to make a choice, and although The Chainsmokers are wonderful in their own right, there was just no contest when it came closing out KAABOO for us. “Walk This Way” was worth the price of admission alone, and everything was icing on the cake. I am truly not worthy.
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort!
It’s that time of year when ghosts and gobblins of all ages come out to play: Halloween! LEGOLAND® California will be presenting their “Brick-or-Treat Party Nights” and festivities start this week and run every Saturday until October 29th 2016. They will have extended hours from 5pm until 9pm, because we all know Halloween is so much better after dark!
My family will be heading out to enjoy all of the excitement on October 22nd, and I’ll be sure to post pictures of our ghoulish fun! If you haven’t purchased your tickets, get them at the link below:
What’s Next at LEGOLAND® California in 2017!
Being a LEGOLAND® blogger affords me some cool perks, like being one of the first to find out the latest and greatest on what’s up next at LEGOLAND® California! I attended a press conference last month along with my sister, Rholnna, as my photographer.
Thank you to LEGOLAND® California for always providing the perfect provisions, especially at 9am!
General Manager of LEGOLAND® California, Peter Ronchetti, spoke to us about lots of exciting things for 2017!
The LEGOLAND® Hotel will be expanded to include new LEGO® NINJAGO™ rooms that will replace the Kingdom rooms because they are preparing to open a new 250-room themed LEGO® Castle Hotel. Ground breaking will begin in 2017!
LEGO® Star Wars Miniland will be expanded to include LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Displays, which will include six scenes featured in the first 30 minutes of Star Wars™: The Force Awakens!
Surfer’s Bay will open at LEGOLAND® Water Park, giving guests an opportunity to ride a wave!
Here’s to an exciting 2017 at LEGOLAND® California Resort!
At the end of August, I attended the ZIUR Designs Fall 2016 Fashion Show at the lovely Porto Vista Hotel in benefit of Give Clean Water, an organization whose mission is “to provide a sustainable clean drinking water solution to every person in Fiji.” The evening was hosted by Leilani Angel of Style Sorbet, with co-hosts San Diego Style Bloggers Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic and Tiffany of Glitz and Glam by Tiff.
The show featured clothing by Oeas Villatoro (there’s a cape dress I’m in love with), along with ZIUR Designs jewelry and their newest MAN Collection. The evening started off with a cocktails and a trunk show, followed by the runway show. I had fun spending the evening hanging out with Lindsay of Affordably Accessorized, which was most apropos to close out National Accessory Month!
Give Clean Water is currently using a filter made by Sawyer Products called the Point One Filter. The filter attaches to a 5 gallon bucket and removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria like salmonella, cholera, and E. coli. and 6 log (99.9999%) of all Protozoa such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium. – From the Give Clean Water website
The filter was amazing and I even drank the filtered water myself!
I purchased one of each Water Drop bracelets by ZIUR Designs, where 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Give Clean Water!
That. Denim. Cape Dress by Oseas Villatoro! *swoon*
Statement jewelry by ZIUR Designs
Fantastic pieces from ZIUR Designs and their MAN Collection along with beautiful clothing by Oseas Villatoro
With Paulina, Tiffany and Lindsay
My outfit for the evening: Pre-owned Hermes scarf from Portero; Pre-owned dress by Natori from Refinery Resale in Las Vegas; Dior Saddle Bag from eBay; “ANGYL” pumps by YRU (no longer available)
I was definitely channeling Carrie Bradshaw with my Dior saddle bag (although that’s a Seabreeze and not a Cosmo)!