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July 24, 2014

DSC04168 (2) (1280x1280)While in Palm Springs, I was able to sneak in an outfit post of a very casual summer outfit.  Although it was a little too warm to keep the hat and sweater on all day there in Palm Springs, it was still a great comfy outfit to wear while traveling home to San Diego after a wonderful weekend.  Besides, there’s no point in covering up such an awesome t-shirt, right?  The combination of my cute little tee and fantastic clutch (which converts to a cross-body with an add-on strap) made everything…pop!

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IMG_2611 - Copy (1280x1280)Outfit – H&M hat; Fossil sunnies (my hubby’s); Choose Your Own Short Phrase Ladies Notebook Paper Graphic© – T-Shirt c/o 9th & Elm; Forever 21 shorts (very old); Cotton On cardigan; PopJunki bag by BagJunki (bought with an add-on strap); “Berici” shoes by Aldo; Timex Originals Classic Round watch c/o Timex;  Vintage Scooter Necklace c/o Lavishy; London Tube Cuff c/o Designhype; Hashtag & @ sign rings by Wendy Brandes (from the “Swear Rings” set); Cosmic Spiral Ring from Emerging Thoughts (sold out); Cassette Tape 4s iPhone cover from eBay

(Thank you BagJunki for featuring my picture on your Instagram and Tumblr!)

FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Weekend in Pictures: Anniversary Get Away To Palm Springs

July 22, 2014

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A couple of weekends ago, my hubby and I had a lovely little get away to Palm Springs.  The first time we went as a family was back in 2011 (post here).  This time it was to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.  We didn’t have a set plan on what to do or where to go, other than Deon’s scheduled tee time (of course).  If you’re wondering, I slept in while he played, then hit Downtown for a little shopping.  We winged it the entire weekend and simply aimed for relaxation.  The result was one of the best little mini-breaks we have had in a long time, filled with good food, good shopping (we even found a record store), and of course alone time with the love of my life.  Could anything be better?

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Our cute little room at the Days Inn Palm Springs.

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How beautiful is the Escena Golf Course?

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Art representing life…

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My hubby’s first time eating escargot at Lulu California Bistro.  I’ve had it before, so I knew what to expect.  I think the jury is still out for Deon on the whole edible snail thing!

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The “Best Bloody Mary Ever”, a Ruben sandwich and Patty Melt at Peabody’s Café.  The food was definitely delicious, and that Bloody Mary was pretty good, too!

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We spent quite a bit of time in here…our haul in an upcoming post!

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Our final breakfast in Palm Spring was at Rick’s Restaurant (and across the street is Rick’s Desert Grill).  Forgot to take pictures because we were getting ready to hit the road!

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One of my favorite pictures of the two of us, taken at Hair of The Dog English Pub.  Can’t you just feel how relaxed we are?  Such a fantastic weekend!

Want “Somethingood?” Listen to Chromeo!

July 15, 2014

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A few posts back, I explained that I discovered a really great band, DIIV through our five-year-old son (post here).  Believe it or not, Dominic actually helped us discover another band even before DIIV, and it was by watching Yo Gabba Gabba.  On a segment called “The Super Music Friends Show”, Yo Gabba Gabba usually features awesome bands like The Killers, Jimmy Eat World, The Faint and The Shins.  We discovered Chromeo performing a song about washing hands a couple of years ago, and loved how funky it was.  We thought about going to their show last year, but didn’t know enough about their discography yet.  Deon heard “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” recently from Chromeo’s newest album White Women and we have been listening to them for over a month now.  Not only did we download the album on iTunes, we also have this fabulous album on vinyl.  Note:  Deon won’t let me open the record until he sets up his Technics. Darn!  and just this week, I purchased tickets to see Chromeo at Soma here in San Diego on October 10th.  If you haven’t heard anything yet from Chormeo’s latest album, here is a little taste of my favorites from Spotify.  Enjoy!

 

Chromeo Tour Dates 2014Top photo is from “The Chen Listening Station” as posted on Instagram (basically, my record player in our bedroom).  The second photo is tour list from Chromeo’s official Instagram.

Doin’ Time in the Moonshine Jungle

July 9, 2014

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It’s been crazy trying to get regular posts up because of my family’s busy schedule.  For instance, Deon and I will be spending our anniversary in Palm Springs this weekend (where I’ll be shooting some outfit posts).  In the meantime, the next two posts will be music related, starting with concerts we’ve been to in the last couple of months.  Following the Boy George concert in April, my husband and I attended a Bruno Mars concert at the Hollywood Bowl in May.  Then over the 4th of July weekend, we saw Sublime with Rome as a spur of the moment date night.  Both of these recent concerts were favorites of my hubby, and most likely concerts I may have not attended on my own.  But that’s the wonderful thing about being married: you get to experience things you may not have because you want to be with the person you love.  I’m so lucky that Deon loves music as much as I do, because these were absolutely fantastic shows.  What concerts have you attended so far this year?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Pharrell in concert 2014

Pharrell Williams opened up the show…with a very special guest.  He said “Would anyone like to see the Queen of Awesome?”  This confused many people in the audience, until we heard the first few words of the song.  Awesome doesn’t begin to describe the performance.  Check out the brief video below!

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 One of the highlights of the evening was when Bruno Mars played a medley of songs they used to cover when he played smaller clubs and bars.  One of the songs was “Your Love” by The Outfield, one of our all time favorite songs.  These tickets and the whole weekend were already a birthday present for my hubby, so hearing that song was like the concert was personalized for him.  Then the show ended with fireworks. So perfect!

Bruno Mars Setlist Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA, USA 2014, Moonshine Jungle

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I really like the shirt I got for Deon.  I got a different one, but I think I’m going to find that one and get it in my size!
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What a fun venue!  Neither of us had seen a show at The Mandalay Bay Beach!
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Our silly drunk selfies!

Absolutely Fabulous: The 2014 San Diego County Fair

July 2, 2014

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It’s that time of year again for The San Diego County Fair, and this year’s theme was called “The Fab Fair” featuring all things Beatles.  Of course that made me happy because it meant lots of British references, and I’m all about anything that brings me closer to the UK!  It took two days with my family and one day with a friend/co-worker to get through the San Diego Fair this year.  As it happens every year, we were able to partake in the sights, sounds, rides, games and of course the fab food.  Next year, I’m going to take my family on a Tuesday to take advantage of “Taste of the Fair”, where some food vendors offer a sample portion of one of their menu items for just $2, which is worth the price of admission itself!  I spent just $10 on food that day and was able to sample five different items.  I hope the pictures speak for themselves of what a great time we had at this year’s fair.  The San Diego County Fair is open until July 6th, 2014, which gives you just a few more days to enjoy one of San Diego’s finest traditions, including the 4th of July!

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Inside “The Fab Fair Experience”.  It was a wonderful, musical feast for all of the senses.

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This was an awesome interactive display of Abbey Road!

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Old school records, speakers and a display on how records are made.  So nice to give the younger generation a wonderful musical education!

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“A Hard Day’s Night” is one of my favorite Beatles albums.

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One day, we will take Dominic to England to experience everything my husband and I have.  I know he’ll love it! (Crossbody purse by Bagjunki)

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Food and fun await!

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My boys at The Transformers display through Chevrolet.  Bumblebee has always been my favorite.

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My hubby is so happy to know our boy is growing up a daredevil and will ride pretty much anything with him!

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Dominic said, “Dada, help me kill zombies!”

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Our little snake charmer!

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Prizes we won each other: Deon won Dominic the minion, Dominic won me the donut, and I won the “Coon-munk” for Deon (we didn’t know what to call that cute cross between a raccoon and chipmunk)!

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Dominic was ready to try some awesome fair food…

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But none of us were brave enough to try the Triple Decker Krispy Kreme burger!

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My first two dishes of the day: Deep Fried Cream Cheese with sweet chilli sauce and a Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Melt.  The deep fried cream cheese was fantastic and everything I hoped it would be, but the pulled pork sandwich left much to be desired.  Oh how I wanted it to be good!

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Next on the menu: Deep Fried Birthday Cake and the Spaghetti & Meatball Sandwich.  The spaghetti sandwich was quite good.  I think I was hoping the deep fried birthday cake was a cake pop dipped in batter and deep fried…hmmm, maybe a new recipe I should try out?

 

Meet Me at the Corner of 9th & Elm!

June 27, 2014

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I was recently introduced to a great site called 9th & Elm (Handmade, independent, or otherwise cool™”).  If you are a regular reader of Any Second Now, you know I’m in full support of anything and everything independent and local, so 9th & Elm is right up my alley!  The founders of 9th & Elm, Clay and Elly Bethune, started their site back in 2013, wanting to provide their members with fashionable clothing and accessories that they have curated from some of the best handmade and independent designers.

I spent many an hour marveling through the fantastically fashionable items on 9th & Elm, and found three items that I fell in love with (all pictured below).  I can’t wait to share with you the fun outfit posts for each of the items, which I will post up in the next few weeks.  Since the weekend is coming up and July 4th is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to shop handmade and independent on 9th & Elm!

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This bracelet reminds me of my father, who was in the US Navy (and matches my tattoo).  It almost looks vintage!

Tan and Black Anchor Arm Party Bracelet

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This t-shirt is hand painted by the designer.  You can choose whatever phrase you want, and I chose what was pictured on the site. Cute and funny!

Choose Your Own Short Phrase Ladies Notebook Paper Graphic© – T-Shirt

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I love this Stripe Chiffon Dress because it can be dressed up or down.  It looks great with sandals, as well as heels and a blazer!

 FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product and site in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

What Not to Share: Internet Safety

June 24, 2014

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As a blogger, I share a lot of who I am online.  Although I love sharing who I am through music, fashion, hobbies, interests and travels, there are things that I keep private for the sake of myself and my family.  Sam, an Infrastructure Engineer from SingleHop (“a leading global provider of hosted IT infrastructure and Cloud computing“), asked me to think of things I would never share online.  From my list, he provided some sound advice, which I have provided below.  For more information regarding different types of secure server offerings, you can visit SingleHop’s site here.  Thank you Sam and all at SingleHop for inspiring me to write this post about online safety and allowing me to share it with the readers of Any Second Now!

Things to Avoid Sharing Online

Phone Number

This is a favorite data item requested by forms on the Internet. It is often an optional item, but sometimes it is a required field. Your phone number is another way to access other information about you, especially when sites use two-factor authentication to verify your identity. Reverse phone directories can show the name and address of someone with a particular phone number. It also can be sold to telemarketers so you’ll get those annoying phone calls about vinyl house siding during your dinner.

With the growth of smartphones, a phone number becomes as important as a social security number. With only your phone number, you’re able to purchase items through your phone and even access some of your financial accounts. Your phone number could be used to purchase products that are later returned for cash or credit.

Home Location/Address

Keeping the location of your home secure should always be a priority. In the hands of cyber criminals, your address can be used for identity theft and lead to big financial losses. You may think you are dealing with a secure site, but so much is stored on cloud hosting these days. Security breaches are not that uncommon and it is not worth the risk. If an address is required, but the site seems suspicious or unsecure, call to provide this information rather than typing it in.

Frequent Locations

Be wary when ‘checking-in’ to certain locations on a regular basis. This can include your home, your child’s school or favorite park, or even your place of work. If you provide a distinct pattern of behavior, it does not take very long for someone to be able to figure out where you will be at any given time.

That being said, sharing your location at all can be risky. This means you need to be careful when posting pictures online, as well as textual information. Make sure if you are posting information about school events for your children, or your workplace, that you make sure not to mention too many specifics. It would be so easy for someone to find your child solely from a photo of an awards ceremony which has their picture, school name, and full name listed on it.

Putting It Together

These examples supply a lot of useful information by themselves. By the same token, you should be wary when anyone you’re talking to online tries to work questions about such things into the conversation. What you really need to remember, though, is that when these bits and pieces are all out there in the cloud, they can be combined by someone to get a clearer picture of where you’re at and what your vulnerabilities are. Make sure that any sites you use have are encrypted and use secure servers to store their information, which will make them less susceptible to hacking.

(Top photo courtesy of Uknowkids.com)

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