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A Fun Night Out: The Murder Mystery Company

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I’m always looking for and thinking of fun things to do with my friends and family that are bit out of the normal dinner or amusement park.  I recently had the opportunity to experience a night out with The Murder Mystery Company at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Downtown San Diego.  I had always heard about The Murder Mystery Company, but didn’t truly understand what exactly what it was about.  So I thought it would be a fun way to celebrate a date night out for my husband’s birthday!  The Murder Mystery Company hosts several events throughout San Diego and there are different themes.  The event we attended was “Midnight at the Masquerade” where guests are encouraged to don attire appropriate for the theme:

The rustle of silks and feathers under muted conversation was probably the last thing heard by the tragically and unexpectedly deceased at the Annual Billionaires Club Masquerade Ball. With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which partygoer is guilty, bring this crime to justice, and save the party!

Attend the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball and help get this soiree back on track by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away! Evening wear, ball gowns, Venetian masks, suits, and tuxes are what to wear to this high class night of masks and murder. Get ready for a glamorous evening of mystery, intrigue and, murder.

There are several different types of tickets to purchase including General Admission and Early Access (the price differential allows earlier access).  We had the Gold Circle Access, which includes preferential seating, a “Mugshot Momento Set”, and 30 minutes early access.  All ticket levels include the show and a three course dinner (drinks not included).  We really liked our seats because we were right in the middle of the action, directly in the area where most of the improv takes place.

To have the most fun, you have to participate.  Each table has a person who will be directly involved in the action, meaning they will play an actual character in the mystery that will need to be solved by the end of the evening.  There are books at each table with clues for your table’s character, and the “money” at each table will be used to purchase clues from other tables to help solve the mystery.  Tables have “investigation” time where your table can interact with any other table or their characters, and each table has a scribe who will ensure your clues are documented.  At the end, all tables turn in their “whodunit”, and the winning table gets bragging rights for solving the mystery.

We really enjoyed the direct involvement of the improv actors, who never break character throughout the performance.  As I mentioned previously, you will have the most fun if you are active with your table, and get up and really roam around to get the definitive clues you need to solve the mystery.  I won’t give away too much because it’s really something that you have to enjoy for yourself.  Deon and I already know from this experience that it makes for a great date night, but I think it would make for a great “Girls/Guys Night Out” or even family night if you have kids who are old enough to participate.  I’ve included some pictures from the evening, including our “mugshots”.  Thank you to The Murder Mystery Company for adding a great alternative for a night out in San Diego!

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Are you ready to play?

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The awesome improv cast of The Murder Mystery Company!

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How do you like these mugs?

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I wore my fabulous vintage opera coat that I bought from La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received complementary Gold Circle passes to attend a show.  Although I did receive complementary passes as a courtesy, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Fashionably Late: January 2016 Events With San Diego Style Bloggers

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I guess I’m doing fairly well with documenting events lately, especially since I’m only two weeks behind in posting them (yikes)!  I attended a couple of events to help support my fellow San Diego Style Bloggers: Girls Night Out at La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique and the 2016 Style Refresh Party at Bliss 101.  I’ve got a couple more events to catch up for January, which I will post up before the end of the week.  In the meantime, please enjoy my recaps of these fun events!

Girls Night Out With with Tiffany of Glitz and Glam by Tiff at La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique


Gorgeous model/blogger Tiffany hosted a Girls Night Out at La Femme Chic!


La Femme Chic is located in Solana Beach, and they specialize in combining high-end chic with affordable pieces.  You can find lovely Chanel and Christian Dior purses next to well cared for Madewell and H&M items.  My kind of consignment store!


All of the displays in La Femme Chic are so gorgeous!


I found my opera coat!  I fell in love with the ones Carrie Bradshaw wore on “Sex And The City”, and I have been looking for something similar to what she wore on the episode “Anchors Away”.  I found that gorgeous vintage one picture above, and at such a great deal!

2016 Style Refresh at Bliss 101, Hosted by San Diego Style Bloggers

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Bliss 101 is located in Encinitas, and they specialize in all things having to do with art, home and body.

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Bliss 101 helped to host San Diego Style Bloggers (SDSB) for a meet up.  They provided sips and snacks, in addition to a DIY project!

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Our DIY project: a decorative lamp made with re-purposed wine bottles!

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SDSB Event Coordinators Jen of Sprinkles on Sunday and Kali of In Spades; blogger Aylin of Stylin’ by Aylin; and SDSB Local Business / Designer Spotlight Contributor, Devon of Seventeen Dresses.

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A mix of bloggers and patrons all participating in the DIY project.  And I finally got to hang out for a bit with Laura of Laura Neuzeth; it’s been awhile since I have seen her!  

Thank you Bliss 101 for a wonderful evening!

Fashionably Late: April 2015 Events

I think I’ve finally caught up on past events, and can post more current events for May & June.  Thank you for bearing with me as I get back into my blogging schedule.  Who knew my this time of year would be so busy…and it hasn’t slowed down yet!

Have a great weekend, cheers!

Your Spring Wardrobe with Madewell UTC and Laura of Laura Neuzeth (April 11, 2015)

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Always a joy to see Alessandra of Alessandra Gonzalez and our hostess for that day, Laura of Laura Neuzeth!

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Themed Brunch at Vocabulary Boutique with Kali of In Spades (April 19, 2015)

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Such a pretty and very yummy table set-up!

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Dominic says hello, too!

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With boutique owner, Cecelia, the hostess for the day, Kali of In Spades and Ashley of Array of Style

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Me & Dominic and Dustin with Ashley, Cecelia and Kali

Cupping: A Caffeinated Performance by Mostra Coffee

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I’ve been incredibly busy lately, so I’m playing catch up with some events that have happened over the past few weeks.  Recently, my sister and I attended a “Cupping” session with a local coffee company called Mostra Coffee.  Since the location of the session was in the Rancho Bernardo area, it was easy for my sister to meet up with me prior to her going to work.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, except that maybe it would be like a wine tasting, but with coffee.  What we got was a fabulous coffee experience.  I discovered Mostra Coffee through their Instagram account, and learned about the cupping session on their Facebook page.  The pictures below tell the story of our experience, and if you’re a coffee fanatic like me, the Mostra Coffee cupping session is a must. Have a great weekend!

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We all start off with the ground coffee first, smelling the coffee to distinguish the different aromas.

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Hot water is added to each bowl, and we “slurp” the coffee to see if it brings out more aromas or other flavors.

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This is a flavor wheel.  It helps those of us who are novices to coffee tasting (like moi).

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After trying the coffee hot, we then were able to try to their “cold brews”, which surprisingly altered the taste and brought out even more flavors.  I loved the Guatemala because it was deep and rich like a French Roast.

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After the tasting, we were treated to a siphoning demonstration by Mike, master roaster.

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The coffee used for the siphoning was the Guatemala beans, and it was blended with a wonderful Teavana tea called Toasted Nut Brulee.  After adding a bit of cream to this blend, it tasted like dessert!

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The cupping session took place at the Abnormal Wine Company in Rancho Bernardo, right next to where I work and across the street from where my sister lives.  If you would like to attend a cupping session by Mostra Coffee, you can do so by checking out their Facebook page and you can also find out about their events by going to their official site.  FYI – this is a Filipino owned company, and they hope to introduce coffee beans grown in the Philippines!