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Smells Like Global Spirit!

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It has finally happened:  Depeche Mode announced the American leg of their Global Spirit Tour!

I got my tickets yesterday through a special fan pre-sale where we were given a link on Facebook.  It was then up to us increase our chances of getting tickets earlier in the day by purchasing the album or sharing our referral link, where those who clicked on the link allowed the referrer to better their place in the queue.  I felt it was successful because it allowed those of us who are truly die-hard fans to get their tickets before the mad rush of the general sale this Friday.  I also didn’t have high expectations for my seats because I’ve seen them so many times that I just need to be in the building (if you’re wondering, this tour will make it the 11th time I’ve seen them live).  Lawn tickets are an affordable $35, and I will be seeing my Basildon Boys on October 6 with my husband and son!


Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour – Fall 2017 North American Tour

August 23    Salt Lake City, UT    USANA Amphitheatre
August 25    Denver, CO            Pepsi Center
August 27    Detroit, MI            DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 30    Chicago, IL            Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

September 1        Uncasville, CT        Mohegan Sun Arena
September 3        Toronto, ON            Air Canada Centre
September 5        Montreal, QC        Centre Bell
September 7        Washington, DC        Verizon Center
September 9         New York, NY        Madison Square Garden
September 11    New York, NY        Madison Square Garden
September 13    Tampa, FL            MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 15     Miami, FL            AmericanAirlines Arena
September 18     Nashville, TN        Ascend Amphitheater
September 20    Austin, TX            Austin360 Amphitheatre
September 22    Dallas, TX            Starplex Pavilion
September 24    Houston, TX            Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented
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September 27    Phoenix, AZ            AK-Chin Pavilion
September 30    Las Vegas, NV        T-Mobile Arena

October 2        Santa Barbara, CA    Santa Barbara County Bowl
October 6        San Diego, CA        Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
October 8        San Jose, CA        SAP Center
October 10        Oakland, CA            Oracle Arena
October 12        Los Angeles, CA        Hollywood Bowl
October 14        Los Angeles, CA        Hollywood Bowl
October 21        Seattle, WA            KeyArena
October 23        Portland, OR        Moda Center
October 25        Vancouver, BC        Rogers Arena
October 27        Edmonton, AB        Rogers Place

I Said Don’t Stop, to Punk Rock

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Happy New Year to you, and I’m starting off the new year with an outfit post!  I can’t recall exactly where, but I know I’ve mention that my style seems to lie somewhere between classic, chic and punk rock.  It’s kind of like those Reese’s commercials from the eighties when they would argue “Hey, you got your peanut butter in my chocolate/No, you got your chocolate in my peanut butter”; I always have to add a little punk to my classic outfit, or add a little chic to my rocker one.  I love this article from Complex called “Know Your Rights:  A Complex Guide to Punk Rock Style“.  I think I own every piece in that guide and wear them anywhere and everywhere, from the office to the concert hall.  Truth be told, I did not read the article prior to putting together my outfit for this post, and wore two of the mentioned pieces together: a bomber jacket and leopard print.  Now that I think about it, I want to take each of the pieces mentioned in the Complex article and create outfits around them, since I have them all!

I believe I own ten bomber jackets (and counting), and this one from Shimmer is one that I intend to do a DIY patch job on very soon, where I’ll be adding patches from my favorite bands to every inch the fabric real estate of the jacket will allow.  As an FYI, I bought that jacket because of the fact that two of the patches are indirectly tied to Depeche Mode: the Union Jack patch because they are British and the Route 66 one because they did a cover version of that song.  Before the additional adornments, I wore my jacket to a few concerts and this photo shoot with my sister at The Observatory North Park.

Although I know many bands have performed there, I’ve only seen Blondie at The Observatory (so far).  I’ll have to check out their concert calendar to see who else is playing.  Another FYI:  I saw George Clinton and Parliament in Los Angeles a few years ago, but I did not see them when the pictures were taken.  But I did include a couple of pictures when I ate at the West Coast Tavern (which is connected to The Observatory), prior to seeing Blondie live with my friend Angi.  Debbie Harry is definitely a style icon, and I featured an image of her in a post about my love for vintage rock t-shirts (here).  I mean, check her out in the picture I captured below, rocking fishnet stockings at age 71.  I only hope to be that cool in 30 years!

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Outfit: Distressed t-shirt by G Mini, Eunina Jeans and choker c/o Shimmer; C’Est Toi jacket purchased from Shimmer; CHARLES by Charles David over the knee boots (old); Kate Spade purse (old); “Keiko” Rx sunglasses in Roxy Noir by BonLook

(All outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao. West Coast Tavern and concert photos by moi.  Post title from the song “Rapture” by Blondie.)

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Last Christmas: Farewell George Michael

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I absolutely cannot believe it.  I have to say goodbye to yet another favorite artist in 2016: George Michael passed away on Christmas Day.  I truly thought we could escape another passing in 2016, but alas, it was not to be.  I was looking at pictures of the record collections of some people who I follow on Instagram, when one of them mentioned that he was sad that George Michael had passed away.  In disbelief, I exclaimed what I just heard to my husband and rushed to the computer.  Instantly, my fears were realized and George Michael was gone.  At that time, information was scarce, but it soon came to light that he passed in his sleep due to heart failure.

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I came to know about George Michael when he was in what I first heard about Wham! UK.  I remember going to The Warehouse at Plaza Bonita (a former chain record store), asking for the newest Wham! UK song.  The person behind the counter answered, “We don’t have Wham! UK, but we have Wham!  Is that the same?”  He handed me the seven-inch single, which was Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (pictured above).  I was 14 at the time, so I just smiled and paid for the single.  My mom bought me and my sister the Make It Big album, and soon Wham! was everywhere.  I never saw Wham! in concert because I don’t recall them ever touring in San Diego.  I also don’t recall the exact moment when I heard that Wham! dissolved, but I did purchase their last musical effort in the US called Music From the Edge of Heaven.  I’m Your Man is one of my all-time favorite songs, and the album itself is quite wonderful.  I still listen to it to this day over both Fantastic or Make It Big.  In my senior year in high school, I distinctly remember missing out on seeing George Michael live because the concert sold out very quickly.  One of my classmates said that he had concert tickets and went to retrieve them from his jean jacket pocket, only to see that his mom washed his jacket and with that, his tickets.  I’m happy to report, that has never happened to me.

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I finally saw George Michael in 2008 with my sister, Rholnna, and best friend, Janice.  It was a fun night filled with hits from his days in Wham! to his own amazing music.  I remember thinking, “I just want to hear I’m Your Man, Father Figure, Hard Day, A Different Corner and Careless Whisper and my life will be complete…”  My wish was granted and I got to hear all those songs live, including so much more.  Prior to the show, a band of friends dressed in 80’s gear roamed around the arena and asked random people to “Pose With George”.  Silly me obliged and here is my only picture with George Michael from his concert (and the set list below).

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It was also memorable because not only because of Mr. Michael himself, but because it was a day after the announcement of same-sex marriage being legal in the state of California.  During the show, he said something to the effect of “I heard a lot of you ladies were able to get married yesterday!”  My mind instantly traveled back in time, and I recalled my friends and I having discussions about George’s sexual preference due to the Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go video because although we all had his pictures up on our walls, there was always a question about his sexuality  in the back of our minds.  It got even more confusing when the I Want Your Sex video came out, hearing that he was dating the girl who was staring in the video with him (Kathy Jeung).  No matter what the circumstances are or what swirls around the gossip columns, I always want my idols to be happy because in the end, they will continue to do what they love, which means I get to enjoy a wealth of their artistry.  I mean, David Bowie released an album right before his untimely death at the beginning of this year.  I worry about my idols and I think that’s why this year has been difficult.  I care about the music so much, but I never forget that there are people behind the hits with emotions and lives to live.

I have read a couple of things that give me such mixed emotions about George Michael: how he was recently afraid to face the public due to his weight gain and then news about his quiet generosity.  I’m saddened by the fact that George became recluse in his last days because he was nervous about how he would be perceived by the public.  I know we all have an image of him, but it was his voice and musical talents that have endured over the years, and that’s what I will remember about him most.  I also find it heart achingly lovely that he gave so much to so many charities and people over the years.  I read recently about how he gave a large tip to a waitress who was upset about her debt and that he donated a generous sum of money to a charity at the same time annually.  One charity even stated that they would not have been able to stay afloat had it not been for George Michael’s financial backing.  These are the instances that make the images in those posters on my walls when I was a teen come to life.  This is what makes me ache and cry over their passing.  Last Christmas will be a bittersweet testament to the sadness of lost love during an otherwise joyful holiday season, as well the loss of a beloved artist.

Farewell George…

(Top image is the “Cowboys & Angels” 12-inch single.  All pictured items are from my personal collection.)

Kick Out the Style, Bring Back the Jam

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I’m so excited that it’s finally Fall, and I can wear sweaters, coats, boots and more importantly: LAYERS!  Although the weather was a bit up and down throughout October, I still wore a sweater to see one of my favorite bands from the 80’s, Tears for Fears.  My sister and I have been waiting for them to tour again, because we just seem to keep missing them.  Thank goodness they decided to end their tour with two dates in the San Diego area, and we were lucky to get tickets to their sold out Saturday October 8th show at Pechanga Theater.

I have been wearing more and more comfortable clothing to concerts because it just makes the night so much easier to handle, especially since I really like to stay standing and dance my heart out!  Overall, this is a very basic outfit consisting of a sweater, leggings and sneakers.  The criss-cross on the sweater meant I didn’t need a necklace, but I still added a few other details to keep my outfit stylish, like a fedora, bold ring and cute purse.  Although comfy, I still like to feel dressed up enough because you never know who you’ll meet…like maybe one of the band members after the show!

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Outfit:  Lush sweater & ring (c/o) from Wysh Boutique (original post here); Girlfriend Collective leggings; Rebecca Minkoff purse; Stan Smith by Adidas with cork soles from Size.co.uk; Lookmatic glasses; Unknown brand fedora

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Yes, that would be me, my sister and Rob, all meeting Curt Smith after the show!  He autographed my records (below).  Unfortunately, we did not get that same chance with Roland Orzabal.  Maybe next time?

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“Head Over Heels”

(Outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao.  All other photos & video by me.  Post title: Lyrics from “Sowing The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears)

I’ve Got The (Global) Spirit!

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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 2017followed 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!

May 5 – Stockholm, Sweden – Friends Arena
May 7 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
May 9 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
May 12 – Nice, France – Stade Charles-Ehrmann
May 14- Ljubljana, Slovenia – Dvorana Stožice
May 17 – Athens, Greece – Terra Vibe Park
May 20 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Štadión Pasienky
May 22 – Budapest, Hungary – Groupama Aréna
May 24  – Prague, Czech Republic – Eden Aréna
May 27 – Leipzig, Germany – Festwiese
May 29 – Lille, France – Stade Pierre-Mauroy
May 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Telia Parken
June 3 – London, United Kingdom – London Stadium
June 5 – Cologne, Germany  – RheinEnergieStadion
June 9 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion
June 11 – Hannover, Germany – HDI Arena
June 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Letzigrund Stadion
June 20 – Frankfurt, Germany – Commerzbank-Arena
June 22 – Berlin, Germany – Olympiastadion
June 25 – Rome, Italy – Stadio Olimpico
June 27 – Milan, Italy – Stadio San Siro
June 29 – Bologna, Italy – Stadio Rentao Dall’Ara
July 1 – Paris, France – Stade de France
July 4 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Veltins-Arena
July 6 – Bilbao, Spain – BBK Live Festival
July 8 – Lisbon, Portugal – NOS Alive Festival
July 13 – St. Petersburg, Russia – SKK
July 15 – Moscow, Russia – Otkritie Arena
July 17 – Minsk, Belarus – Minsk-Arena
July 19 – Kiev, Ukraine – Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
July 21 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy
July 23 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania  – Cluj Arena
(Photo courtesy of Depechemode.com)

KAABOO 2016 Day 2 Recap

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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!

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THE FOOD

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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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!


THE MUSIC

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GIN BLOSSOMS

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!

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THIRD EYE BLIND

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.

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COLLECTIVE SOUL

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!

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LENNY KRAVITZ

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!

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AEROSMITH

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.

Janice and I roamed around KAABOO prior to it getting uber-crowded, and took advantage of everything they had to offer in terms of sampling food, photo ops and areas to chill.  One of our favorites was an area called “Indulgences”.  Inside, they offered spa services, retail mini-boutiques, and places to relax and not only recharge your body, but your phone as well!  Between shows, we stayed there to cool off and hydrate.  During a gap after seeing Third Eye Blind and before seeing Collective Soul, I went back on my own before joining Janice at Lenny Kravitz.
 
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There were several areas for fun photo opportunities.  No one ever accused us of being shy!
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 Outside of the music, prominent everywhere was the art.  This was one of my favorites by artist Lauren YS called “Feed Your Head”, which was her take on “Alice in Wonderland”.  Simply breathtaking, especially due to its sheer size.
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 Another favorite rest area outside of “Indulgences” was the Cox Live Lounge.  There was a non-alcohol refreshment bar, plenty of seats and a place to charge up our phones.  We made our mark on their Gigablast mural.
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Our final stop was at the FM 949 booth.  I wanted to capture a picture of us with a KAABOO sign, and after signing the banner, we closed out our night.
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Many, many thanks to Discover SD and Delicious Buzz for the opportunity to win passes to attend KAABOO.  Until next year!

Fashionably Late: Catching Up on 2016 Events!

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I know I’ve been very laxed when it comes to my blogging lately, and I apologize!  My son has been away at his grandparents in Las Vegas for the last two weeks, so I have to confess that I’ve been catching up on some much-needed sleep.  But now to get caught up on my blogging, I’m posting about events that I missed over the last few months.  I’ll also be putting up my concert catch up posts and I think I’ll be all caught and ready to put up my newest posts about recent events and product reviews!


DANCE DANCE RESOLUTION – 1/31/16

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My husband and I were invited by Delicious Buzz to attend the “Dance Dance Resolution” event presented by the international travel company Gogobot San Diego and a local non-profit organization, The Seany Foundation.  It was held at The Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club & Storage and although it was quite the storm outside, it was a fun night of food, drinks, dance battles and pug kisses by Chole (with her mommy Heather of The Stylish Bisou).


THE BEAT CLOTHING SPRING FASHION SHOW – 2/21/16

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Back in February, The Beat Clothing stylist Astrid Montalvo invited me to check out her fashion show in Carlsbad.  Unfortunately due to some scheduling issues, my niece, Mei-Lin and I missed the actual fashion show, but I got to photograph some of the lovely models afterwards, and Mei snapped a picture of me with Astrid!


LATINO FILM FEST FASHION SHOW AT FASHION VALLEY – 3/18/16

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Bloggers were invited to attend Fashion Valley’s 2nd annual “Celebration of Fashion” runway show for the 23rd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival.  The event was emceed by Paola Hernández-Jiao and Abelardo Rodriguez and featured men’s and women’s fashion.  My favorite was the fringed skirt by Scotch & Soda, featured in the video above.  Look at that swing!


BERRY BEST CHOCOLATE FEST – 3/19/16

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My mother-in-law had a booth for Bathologie, one of her direct sales companies at The Berry Best Chocolate Fest at Liberty Station, so I took that opportunity to hang out with my son and enjoy the festivities.  Rather than all of the wonderful chocolate, Dominic decided he actually loved the Belgian waffles from the Marcel Waffle Truck.  I wholeheartedly agree!


RECORD STORE DAY 2016 – 4/16/16

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 I spent Record Store Day this year at Record City in Hillcrest with my friend Rob and blogger friend Laura of Laura Neuzeth.  This was probably the most organized RSD I had ever been to, and I think I found a new spot for every RSD from now on!  The trick is to get there incredibly early (I got there by 5:30 am and there were still people there before me) to ensure you get your choice of what you want.  They didn’t have everything that I wanted from “The List” (post about it here), but I did come away with an awesome haul!


SPRING FLING EVENT AT GO GIRL SPA – 4/23/16

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Also back in April, I attended the “Spring Fling Event” at Girl on the Go, a night spa in the Golden Hill area.  I enjoyed the free cocktails, hanging out for a bit with Tatum from Love Tatum, and then I purchased a little something from Style on the Go.  Of course, since the Marcel Waffle Truck made an appearance, I had to bring something home for Dominic!