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Spread Inspiration: #LiveAGreatStory


There are moments where I become overwhelmed thinking about life and how what we do everyday affects others.  I’ve been listening to a lot of John Mayer lately, and moments like that make me think of the song Bigger Than My Body.  As a mother, I know everything I do and say affects my son.  He looks to me and my husband for guidance, and I want to inspire him to do great things, because this is the life you get, so live it in the best way you can.  We all have something important to say, and we should all remember that as unique individuals, we can inspire by telling our stories.

Live A Great Story is a San Diego based apparel company that aims to “Spread Inspiration” through its clothing and create a movement.  A percentage of their profits for their tanks and tees goes towards their “Story Fund”, reinvesting in those choosing to make a difference in their communities.

In addition to their line of clothing, Live A Great Story also has sticker and button packs to help spread inspiration anywhere and everywhere.  For Any Second Now readers, they’ve created a special discount code: by entering the promo code ANY2NDNOW at check out you will receive a 30% discount when purchasing through www.liveagreatstory.com.

Be bigger than your body and get out there.  Remember there is a whole world may not yet know your story, so make it a great one!




Outfit: Live A Great Story tank top (c/o); Say What? cardigan; Madewell jeggings; ASOS Dark Star sneakers; Kipling backpack; Unknown brand fedora; “Exciter” Depeche Mode necklace by Little Treasures by Mir; Warby Parker “Simone” in Tea Rose Fade


Cousins + sisters + sisters-in-law = family

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.

Girls Night Out With Aall In Limo & Duran Duran!

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Don’t we all have that group of friends we can do anything with?  For me, it’s my sister, my cousin Regi and best friend Janice.  They were all in my wedding, and we have gone to many nights out together, and most of them have been concerts.  Imagine my delight to be able to surprise my girls with a limousine ride to see Duran Duran in concert, courtesy of Aall In Limo & Party Bus!  Originally, there was to be six of us going, but sadly my friends Kim & Ian were not able to come, due to a mix up with their tickets.  So they left the bottles of champagne for us enjoy, which we did.  The limo was fully stocked with glasses and cold water for the ride there and back.  Our driver, Mike, was so awesome, ensuring he had a designated place for us to meet up at the end of the show.  Already excited for the concert, my girls and I agree that going to a show like this is definitely our favorite way to travel.  Thank you again Aall In Limo & Party Bus for a memorable night!


Ready for our girls night out!


Janice and Regi had no idea we would travel to see our favorite band in such style!


A little pre-concert music in the limo because we were able to plug in our cell phones directly to their stereo system!


Clean Bandit opened for Duran Duran, and they were great!


A shot during “Pressure Off”


“Rio” anyone?!  It goes without saying, Duran Duran sounded absolutely amazing in concert! 

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The obligatory “concert selfie”!  I’m wearing the “DELETE” shirt by Patty Palazzo and her brand, Punk Masters (check out the many shots of Duran Duran in her shirts here).


With my sister, Rholnna, in post concert bliss.  We finished off the champagne (and chased it with water).  I recorded “Hungry Like The Wolf” live and included the set list below.

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

DAISO Japan’s Newest San Diego Store

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I held a contest recently to win a deluxe gift bag in celebration of the grand opening of DAISO Japan’s newest San Diego location in Kearny Mesa (original post here).  Here are the pictures of when I attended the event with my good friend Audrey.  Needless to say, we absolutely adored the new location, marveling at its size and amount of product!

Also, if you haven’t looked back on my first post about the contest, I had to select a different winner because the original winner did not pick up the gift bag at the grand opening event after being notified.  The new winner is Judy, and her prize was just sent and is now on its way to her!

In the meantime, if you haven’t gone to one yet, I highly recommend going to a DAISO Japan and exploring $1.50 heaven, cheers!

IMG_7919 (2) (1280x1280)Taiko Drummers!

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IMG_7924 (2) (1280x960)So. LARGE!

IMG_7926 (2) (1280x1280)Cute little succulents, for a great price!

IMG_7938 (2) (1280x1280)Is it possible for me to try them all??

IMG_7934 (2) (960x1280)What a crazy line to the register!

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DAISO collage 1Thank you DAISO Japan for inviting me to your wonderful grand opening and thank you SO much for my very own lovely gift bag!

FTC Disclosure:  I received a gift as a thank you for holding a contest and for attending the grand opening, but not for the post.  Although I did receive a gift, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

DAISO Japan Grand Opening in Kearny Mesa & Deluxe Goodie Bag Giveaway!

Daiso_Orange_FaceI’m SO excited!  DAISO Japan is opening a new location in Kearny Mesa, and they have a grand opening celebration happening September 12th & 13th, starting at 10am!  If you are unfamiliar with DAISO Japan, they are a bright and cheerful retail store who’s mission is to help customers “find surprises and fun!”  Their stores are filled with lots of Japanese based items where most of the prices start at $1.50.  I’ve been to the Mira Mesa location more times than I care to count, and I can easily lose track of time because they have so many adorable yet useful items.

IMG_1794 - Copy (960x1280)Inside of the DAISO Japan Mira Mesa location, pretty isn’t it?

In addition to goodie bags for the first 100 customers who present a receipt for that weekend and other fantastic prizes DAISO Japan is giving away during their grand opening, I’m also giving away a deluxe DAISO Japan goodie bag filled with items from their store to one lucky local Any Second Now reader, who will receive their prize at the grand opening!


  • Input your information in the Rafflecopter widget in this post for one entry.
  • For an additional entry, post a blog comment in the “Comments” section below.

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on this blog on September 9th. 

Cheers and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

(Edited to add on 9/22/2015:  For transparency, the original winner, Ronald D. did not respond to the initial and subsequent emails sent, and did not pick up his prize at the grand opening. I randomly selected another winner and have contacted Judy L. as the new winner!)

Girls Night Out with Sassy City Chicks August 12!

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(I posted this on San Diego Style Bloggers, and wanted to post it here as well, since it’s this Wednesday!)
Looking for something to do on Wednesday night with your girls?  Check out Sassy City Chicks Girls Night Out event on August 12, 2015.  Here’s the best part: we have 25 tickets to give away!  It’s first come, first served so follow these instructions below to get your complimentary ticket!
Redeem a ticket by using the code SHOPSD
Click on the SAN DIEGO button and enter the code.
A complimentary ticket option will then appear!
August 12, 2015
Parq Restaurant & Nightclub
615 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

“Bride & The City” Brunch at The W San Diego August 9th

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Calling all brides-to-be:  The W San Diego Hotel will be hosting a lovely brunch at 10am, followed by the Elle Bridal Boutique Fashion Show on Sunday August 9th, 2015.  I’ve always found these types of events to be very helpful when trying to plan for a wedding because there’s SO much to manage regarding one of the biggest events in your life.  Why not gather as much help and information as you can get, directly from experts?

If you’re interested in attending, tickets can be purchased at the following link:  www.thewsandiegohotel.com/brideandthecity


Foodie Fever: Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill

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I’ve been to a few great places to eat recently, and I attended one of my first restaurant openings at the end of April.   I went to the media preview prior to the grand opening of a new restaurant in the Hillcrest area called Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill, along with Zach, my good friend and fellow food enthusiast.

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The restaurant is quaint and casual, and our choices for the day were very visible upon entering, both on the board and in the refrigerated display case next to the register.  There is such a wonderful variety of options to have your very fresh seafood served up: from tacos & burritos, to grilled in either a salad, sandwich or plated with rice and vegetables.  I opted for one of the house specialties, which was the Crab Mac n Cheese, and Zach had the Ahi Tuna in a Cajun crust and soy glaze.  The Crab Mac n Cheese was so creamy and had crab in every single bite.  The Ahi Tuna was seasoned perfectly and was absolutely tasty.  Zach and I had a great time and we each thoroughly enjoyed these amazingly fresh selections!

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IMG_5412 (2) (1280x1280)Thank you Delicious Buzz and Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill for the invitation and I will definitely be back with my family and friends to enjoy the rest of the menu!

Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill

3650 5th Avenue, San Diego CA| (619) 295-9590

Instagram: @Fresh_CatchSD | Facebook: FreshCatchMarketGrill | Twitter: @Fresh_CatchSD

(FTC Disclosure:  I was offered the opportunity to attend this event as a courtesy, but not necessarily for the purposes of a review.  Although I received a courtesy meal for myself and my guest at this event, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.)