Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Japanese Food Affair

Well, well, well, what do we have here?  What's all this fancy food?  I had a hot date with my boo and 2 other chicks, and I wrote all about it on my food blog, Dirty Nana

But the real question is...what did I wear?  That's almost as important! 

I popped the tag on my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target dress and paired it with some polka dot tights, a vintage Fendi bag, and my red bottom booties.  The dress was great for this type of event, except that I was so scared to spill red wine on me.  Luckily, no accidents happened!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Love is the the Hair

It isn't too often when a group of ladies get a chance to get their hair styled in one of San Francisco's top salons, so when it happens, you can expect LOTS of photos.  From selfies to pro portraits, Wella's Love is in the Hair event at J. Roland Salon provided the perfect space for single ladies to mingle, get a 'do done, and take a pretty portrait for their online dating profile.

Not only was the salon just gorgeous, but these ladies were just glowing with excitement and beauty!  They were welcomed with a spread of delectable breads, fruits, and cheeses, and also had a selection of wine to help them wind down before their evening of pampering.

Ladies one by one had a turn in a stylist's chair, and they could choose from a menu of hair styles.  While I saw many women with luscious curls and waves, a few women went with the sleek look.  The Wella products really worked for the many different hair styles that ended up in front of the camera.

When the salon owner, Mr. Roland himself, asked me if I wanted my hair done, I could not refuse!  It's so fun when you can mix business with pleasure.  I allowed him to do which ever hair style he wanted, so he went with a fishtail braid.  This was perfect since none of the ladies chose a braid for the evening, so this was a good time to show some versatility.

Roland worked with such precision and it felt so nice to have my have my hair braided by someone else for once.  I'm the one always braiding everyone's hair!  He first curled my top layers and let them set, and then worked the fishtail on a side ponytail.  After, he let the curls down and totally trashed the fishtail, which I though was really cool!  He whipped around the braid, loosened it up, and just went for a fun and messy look.  It was a pleasure to sit in his chair.  

Afterwards, it was time for my close-up.  I wasn't quite prepared to do any photos this evening, but after a quick touch up, it was time.  

But first, let me take a selfie!

What was so unique about the photographer of the evening, David, was that he had this cool vest with a tablet that showcased each photo after he took it.  That was great for making sure you got the perfect shot.  

So here's my profile photo!  Even though I won't be using this on a dating profile, it's always nice to have another photo of yourself, especially if it's not a selfie!  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I'm so excited to be speaking at POSHFEST!

WOW!  When I got the email about speaking at POSHFEST, you bet I was honored!  I'll be sharing the stage with some very fashionable ladies and the topic is one that I know so well...getting great deals on Poshmark!

Here's what's on the agenda for Day 1:

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.  |  Posh Smarter: How to Find the Best Deals First (and Brag About Them): Learn to get the best deals on the best items through negotiation, searching strategies and utilizing the new PoshMatch features.
If you're going to be there, I'd love to meet you!  Don't be shy....say HI! and let's brag to each other about the great deals we've scored!  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DIY: Zombie Costume

If you're looking for a cheap and easy costume to do for Halloween, try out this zombie costume tutorial that I did a few years back for M.I.S.S. OmniMedia.  In all actuality, I created this costume for my daughter because she wanted to be a zombie since she's totally obsessed with the Michael Jackson Thriller video.  We're almost the same size, so I was able to wear it too for these fabulous photos!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

National Wing Women Weekend Beauty Bash with Benefit Cosmetics

I haven't had a ladies night in a long time, so this last weekend was long over due.  In celebration of National Wing Women Weekend, I had the pleasure of working a Beauty Bash at Benefit Cosmetics in Berkeley to pamper some lovely single ladies and their BFFs.

But before the party started, I had to make sure my wings were on point.  I came in a little early to get pampered myself and try out the new They're Real Push-up Eyeliner.  Plus, my brows needed major help and I've always wanted to visit the Benefit Brow Bar.  Cheena helped me out and when she asked what I wanted to do with my brows, and I had no idea, she mentioned a brow tint......what?  Tint my brows?  It was a must try!
After a clean up wax she put on the tint.  I just had to capture a selfie looking like that!  On fleek!

 Here's my look after the tinted brows and the make-upper.  And another selfie...this time with Simone!
Another great thing about the event was that they were applying these cool Flash Tattoos.  I've always loved temporary tattoos, and when they're metallic it's much more fancy than the usual. 
I put the benefit "b" around my calf.  
I know....it's a weird mix.  

I love how Kendrea put the arrows around my collar bone.  Such a good idea.  
Earrings: Melody Ehsani
Moving on to the party....it was so fun!  The ladies that attended were so excited to get pampered.  I welcomed them all with a glass of champagne as they sat down for a complimentary brow wax or lash tint. 

After their service, the ladies met with another bene-babe to get a make-upper, and I could tell that they all loved the products.  I mean, who wouldn't love Benefit?  There are just so many benefits for using their products, from the lovely scents, to the amazing features, to the oh-so-cute packaging. 

The champagne kept flowing all night and there were even little heart-shaped gummies for a little sweet something. 

Overall, it was such a fun girls night out.  It's so nice to be able to go out and get pampered and just have a great time with other ladies. The women all left with at least one product, if not more.  What did I come home with?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Run This: 5 Miles to Dip in the Ocean

With all the plate lunches that I’ve been eating while on vacation in Hawaii, I made sure to fit in a longer run.  My training called for a 5 mile run this day, and since I haven’t been totally keeping up with it, I decided to make it happen.  To sweeten the deal with myself, I packed along my slippahs in my Atmos fanny pack and wore my bathing suit bottoms so I could dip into the ocean after. 

I threw on my Concrete Runners tank to represent for the crew and hit the streets in 82 degree weather.  I ran along the Ala Wai Canal again and this time towards the Waikiki  Aquarium almost to the end of Kalakaua Ave.  I swear, each time I thought about how crazy I am to run in this heat, I would just think about how sweet jumping into the ocean would feel after I accomplished my goal.  That was probably every minute!  It was good to see other runners too doing their thing.  It helped to motivate me and also make me feel like I’m not the only crazy one.

I ran passed the tourist traps again and this time all the way to Fort DeRussy, where I planned on ending my 5 miles and celebrating in the water.  It wasn't quite at 5 miles yet, so I had to do a little more running in circles and down a little pier to make my mark.

Right at the 5 mile mark, I stripped off my tank and shorts, took off my shoes, and made a photo opp before jumping in the water in my sports bra and my swim bottoms.  Damn, that was hella liberating.  It felt so good to reach my goal and have the most amazing reward after. 

After, there was no need to put my clothes back on.  I took a long walk along Waikiki Beach after to cool down some more.  If every run could end in the ocean, I would be running a whole lot more!  Maybe one day…

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Run This: When in Waikiki

I was hella excited to go to Hawaii this time around.  Sure, I’ve been plenty of times before, but this time was different because I’m collecting miles.  I was so excited to add to my collection that my running outfits were picked out before I even packed a bikini. 

For every trip, I’ve wondered what should I collect?  Shot glasses? No, I can’t even take a shot.  Snow globes?  Yea right.  Then it dawned on me.  Since I’ve been using the Nike Running app, I should collect miles!  I only started using the app last summer, so I wasn’t on this tip the last trip in the spring.  But now, there’s no stopping me, especially since I’m also training for another 2 half marathons coming up.

For my first run, I woke up early the day after landing and decided to do a 3-mile tour of Waikiki.  I outfitted myself in a Beyond Walls tank that I got from the Mission I’m Possible launch at Urban Outfitters in San Francisco, my new Nike visor (only $6.99 at the Clearance Outlet!), and my Atmos leopard fanny pack that I got at Foot Patrol London.  I only brought one pair of running shoes, my Gyakosu Lunarglides, so I had to make sure that everything somewhat matched the shoes.  

My hotel, Coconut Waikiki, was right on the Ala Wai Canal, so I took that almost to the end of Kapahulu Ave.  I even stopped at a small garage sale and picked up a vintage track jacket for $1.  Good thing my fanny pack was roomy!  I ran through a few side streets and then down the pier.  Perfect photo opp.  Then the course continued down Kalakaua Ave., and I spent the remaining 2 miles dodging tourists and wondering why I was running in 81 degree weather!  But nonetheless, it was a good run.  My pace was better than I expected it to be, at 9’14”, and my fastest mile was less than 9 minutes!  I was pumped to be out in Hawaii!