Phoenix Fashion Week is THIS WEEK!

Phoenix Fashion Week is this week, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Either join the runway shows live on October 18, 19 and 20th at Talking Stick Resort, or get all of the front row action and livestream the 3-day event at PhoenixFashionWeek.cleeng.com and at the following links:
Livestream Day 1 – http://bit.ly/LiveStreamDay1
Livestream Day 2 – http://bit.ly/LivestreamDay2
Livestream Day 3 – http://bit.ly/LivestreamDay3
In addition to watching the livestreams of the runway shows, be sure to check out my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for behind the scenes footage of each day’s events.  See you on the runway at PHXFW!

Shoe Thrill Celebrates 6 Years in Downtown Chandler!

Living close to Downtown Chandler means local shops and businesses are just a hop, skip and jump away!

Shoe Thrill is known for “Comfort and Style Elevated”, which means they offer a vast array of shoes that are both comfortable and unique.  Dansko is a part of their curated selection of shoes, and I can attest to just how great they look and feel because I own a pair myself (post here)!

Here is all of the information on their Saturday soiree:

SHOE THRILL:  6th YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Saturday October 6, 2018
10am-6pm

11 W. Boston St. Suite 2
Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 275-2898

Facebook: Shoe Thrill
Instagram: @shoethrill

They will have refreshments which includes food and local seasonal beer. Along with a free gift with purchase, you can also get a $50 gift card for purchases that day of $200 or more!  Plus, there will be great sales, a raffle for free shoes, and a Dansko 2018 trunk show and 2019 spring preview!

Come and shop local with Shoe Thrill this weekend, cheers!

(Photo courtesy of Shoe Thrill)

Phoenix Fashion Week: October 18-20 2018

I am beyond excited to share a new partnership with Phoenix Fashion Week, the Leading Fashion Industry Event in the Southwest! I love their mission of bridging the gap between national & international designers, premier retailers and top fashion media.

Over the next few weeks, I look forward to sharing some of these talented designers with all of you as I join with PHXWF as a Cox Media LiveStream partner.   Save the following dates for the LIVESTREAM of Phoenix Fashion Week’s runway shows and behind the scenes: October 18-20, 2018!

PHXFW has created a Fashion TV Docu-Series currently featured on the COX – YUR VIEW CHANNEL in 21 cities nationwide.  This Docu-Series features fashion shows, model searches and behind the scenes on how they have built a successful fashion week.

Below is a link to the PHXFW 2018 Emerging Designers, and stay tuned for more posts about PHXFW, leading up to the runway shows at Talking Stick Resort!

PHOENIX FASHION WEEK 2018 Emerging Designers

Transitions To Another Place: We Moved to Arizona!

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Life can take you through many changes, and my family has gone through several in the last few months.  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted because of those changes, which includes a move to Arizona!  Yes, you read that correctly, my family and I have moved to Arizona, Chandler to be exact!

I’ve actually been to Arizona three times in my life, two include trips to Downtown Chandler due to a management training with a company I worked with previously.  It’s quite funny because we now live a stone’s throw from the very hotel I stayed at in Historic Downtown Chandler.  In fact, my husband and I recently attended a wedding of friends we used to work with in San Diego, and the two people who I attended the training with both asked me if I went back to Murphy’s Law, where we went quite a few times during our stay!  During our first week in Chandler at the beginning of August, my husband, son and I had a late dinner there after furniture shopping, and I had the Bangers & Mash again, which was as delicious as I remember!

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The reason we are now living in Arizona is because my husband got a fantastic job in Tempe, an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up.  Prior to leaving San Diego, my husband and I discussed several places to move, and we settled on Chandler due to its proximity in “The Valley” (which includes Metro Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale), and also due to affordability.  Even with the heat (the highest was 118 degrees when we arrived), you really just can’t beat the cost of living out here in Arizona.  A big bonus is that Dominic’s school is walking distance, which makes for easy mornings!

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I will admit, I miss San Diego very much.  In fact, I’ve already been to San Diego twice since we moved out here (back-to-back weekends).  But I am finally getting acclimated to the heat, which I’ve heard has been the hottest in a long while here.  Aside from the heat, I’m enjoying getting to know Chandler.  It has grown so much since I was last here nearly 10 years ago, and I’m allowing myself to get a little lost here with the confidence that my GPS will always guide me back home.

If you still follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you’ll see my adventures have pretty much involved food, and a little shopping.  I hope to soon include more fashion and events here in Arizona.  I’ve got some catch up posts from when I was still in San Diego, but I will be back on schedule with weekly posts.  One of our first big concert adventures here in Arizona will be at the Comerica Theatre to see Nine Inch Nails.  Although I’m thrilled to be seeing NIN with my husband and son (a first for each of them), I’m so very excited to finally see The Jesus and Mary Chain, a favorite of mine since the 80’s.

Stay tuned for all of our new adventures and thank you again for following along.  Cheers!

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(Photo courtesy of Comerica Theatre)

(Part of the title post is a line from “New Life” by Depeche Mode)

Pardon The Interruption: Family Matters

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I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and I have so much to catch up on!  But as you know, life happens and this has been a more difficult month than usual.  Although my birthday happened earlier this month, which was wonderful, a couple of other more personal things also happened.  As the eldest between myself and my sister, my responsibilities to my family kicked in and family always comes first in our household, so it’s been a very trying month, both emotionally and physically.  Things are finally a little more back on track, so I’ll be posting about events that I’ve attended recently, along with a few reviews, so stay tuned, and thanks again for all of your support!

(Image courtesy of First Baptist Columbia)

Atlas World Fresh Market Grand Opening in Poway

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A couple of weekends ago, I attended two events in one day.  The first was the grand opening of the Atlas World Fresh Market in Poway.  It is an amazing supermarket with everything from a deli, to a juice bar to an incredible Food Hall.  I roamed around several times, taking in the variety of foods from all over the world, tasting samples and enjoying their fresh Juice Bar.  I called my husband to let him know we needed to come back, not only to grocery shop, but to enjoy everything this amazing store has to offer, especially their bakery!  Thank you Atlas Market for inviting me to your spectacular grand opening.  My family and I look forward to returning again and again!

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I have never seen so many kinds of honey, including actual honeycombs!

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These are all made fresh in their Juice Bar!

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My refreshing pineapple drink, so delicious!

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The samples were so delicious, including their breads and Turkish coffee!

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On my next visit, I’m going to be having a little something from their Bakery.

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I’m pretty sure my husband would not know what to do with himself at the meat & seafood counter, or even the deli!

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Looking for spices?  Look no more!

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This Food Hall was so amazing. My family and I need to come back and try everything!

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Congratulations on your new store and thanks again for inviting me to your Grand Opening!

Elastic Wonder’s Kickstarter Project Revisited: The Affordable LeggingShoes™!

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Last year, I posted about one of my favorite designer’s, Idil Vice, Kickstarter campaign asking for support of her version of the Pantashoes through her company Elastic Wonder (post here).  Well, after a few months of trial and error, Elastic Wonder has returned with the LeggingShoe™!

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“The LeggingShoes™ features a very soft sheen and an elastic waist band. The LeggingShoe™ is made in the U.S.A.

Our Stiletto shoe has a 3.75″ “ice pick” heel and once it’s covered with our spandex, it can be wiped with a soft clean cloth.”

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The Elastic Wonder Kickstarter campaign has been updated to include only the LeggingShoes™ with 7 ways to contribute.  In fact, there is an “Early Bird” special where you can get your own pair of LeggingShoes™ in your favorite color at a great price if you participate soon.

Let’s help Elastic Wonder get to their goal to ensure these fantastic LeggingShoes™ are funded and manufactured!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/legging-panta-shoes/we-give-you-the-affordable-leggingshoestm-aka-pant?ref=474891&token=cb406a43

Catching Up: Spring Soirée at Kate Spade La Jolla

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The day after the Kia Classic, I attended a Spring Soirée event at Kate Spade La Jolla, hosted by Conni of Art In The Find and Vanessa of Vanessa Balli.  It was a lovely day for shopping, along with savoring yummy sips and treats.  I’ve always adored Kate Spade because of the brand’s quirky, one-of-a-kind accessories and handbags, along with their the gorgeous classically retro clothing line.  I own quite a few Kate Spade pieces (here and here), one of my favorites being the Goreski “Look Out” Glasses Bracelet (here).  If you get the chance, get to a Kate Spade store to check out their latest collection, including the classic Sam collection of handbags.

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Isn’t this AMAZING? These are gift boxes and bags!

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I think Bjork would love these…

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I need a Sam handbag in my life!

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With beautiful soon-to-be-mommies, Conni and Vanessa (photo taken by @inkysnapper)

Catching Up: Kia Classic 2018

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Back at it again, and I’m catching up on events as it’s been quite the busy few weeks!  If you follow my blog regularly, then you will know that my husband, Deon, is not just a fan of golf, but he is an amazing golfer as well, winning eight amateur tournaments.  Every now and again, we get the chance to attend a professional golfing event, and this year our first one was the LPGA Kia Classic in Carlsbad.  Deon’s favorite golfer is Paula Creamer, but we missed her as we attended the second to the last day of the event.  We ended up following Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko for the bulk of the time we attended and we got to see Michelle Wie get interviewed after her round was finished.  Check out the amazing picture Deon captured below!

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The tournament took place at Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club and made me appreciate my hometown even more because I feel like I’m discovering time and time again that San Diego is simply one the prettiest cities in the world.  It was lovely to walk around with Deon as he is so knowledgeable about the sport, and he’s definitely in his element when he’s on the course.  Here are some pictures I took at the event, and I know you’ll agree that this course is absolutely gorgeous, as was the day.  Cheers!

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Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson 

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Until next time Kia Classic!

(That’s Deon walking on the left in the striped golf shirt)

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Our complimentary custom caddie bib t-shirts: Of course Deon chose the Paula Creamer shirt and I opted for Lydia Ko

T.G.I. FUNKO: Ready Player One

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As mentioned in a post earlier this week, Ready Player One is finally out!  For today’s T.G.I. Funko, I’m featuring the first part of my RP1 Collection.

Above, we have the “High Five”.  They are the Gunters who made it to the top of the scoreboard first in the contest to win control of the OASIS and the creator’s fortune.  Below are the exclusives of Parzival and Art3mis from Hot Topic, GameStop and Walmart.  I actually just finished completing the entire set of RP1 Funko Pop! vinyl figures and will feature the rest of them in next week’s post.  By then, I will have seen the movie with my family and can offer a little bit of insight to how I feel about the book adaptation and how it translated to the big screen.

If you want to check out all Funko has to offer, remember to click on the banner on the right (or here)  to take you to their official shop.  Cheers and T.G.I. Funko!

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