Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm a Lucky Duck

 See this guy above? That's my brother Ammon. 
He surprised me this year for Christmas with a trip
to NYC to go to fashion shows & to play in the city with him. 
I was beyond excited! 

Ammon, Carlo, & I had the best four days! 
We always laugh, spaz out, and create a million memories when we are together. Ammon went out of his way to make me feel special & spoiled all week long. We went to the Broadway Billy Eliot, ate at the most fabulous restaurants in the city, ate Carlo's famous ribs, shopped, went to the Guggenheim museum, I met more of Ammon's friends & most importantly I was finally able to meet Carlo's brother! Although half of the time I was freezing to death, we never stopped having fun.

The highlight of the trip was, of course, the fashion
I know people think I'm bizarre for how interested I am in all things fashion related, but I can't help it.
So, from people watching in the street---to models & fashion shows--to after parties--
I had my fill of fashion!

Marc Jacobs has always been one of my absolute favorite designers. He is so talented & so inspiring. 
When we were at his show I got chills, as cheesy as it sounds, I totally did. 
It was amazing, like a dream. Being surrounded by it consumed me.
After the fashion show we went to the private after party. 
A sit down dinner with Marc Jacobs & Robert Duffy, their closest friends,
& key people on their teams and in the industry.

The party was amazing. Beautiful. The Scissor Sisters played live. 
All was perfect & I was still pinching myself. 
I had the opportunity to meet the designer himself.
"Marc, I'd like to introduce you to one of my good friends...this is Mari"
I practically passed out! 

Luckily, I kept calm & had a short but amazing conversation with 
Are you dying? Cuz I am still dying over it!!!
It was, without a doubt, one of the best nights of my entire life.

That's the condensed version of the trip. It was wonderful & I still can't believe it happened.
I feel so LUCKY!!
Thanks to my big brother Ammon, I was able to have one of my life-long dreams come true. I love you Amms, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Amms doing my hair for the fashion shows...I love the expression on his face! Such concentration!

The Marc Jacobs after party

shopping in SoHo

Look at his cute Bow-tie!

After Party Dinner

Guggenheim Museam

We take a pic in Times Square every time I come to visit, it's a tradition!

More of the after party

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

a place pretty to rest our heads

 This year for Valentines Day Chris & I are giving each other a gift that keeps on giving. A new bed! We are overdue for a new mattress & since the one we want is a bit pricey, we decided to have no gifts this Vday and instead get a bed. 
Call us old & boring, but we are pretty excited about it. 

I have been trying to decide what new bedding to get! Below are the ones I've narrowed it down to, I like all of them. I like them by themselves, I like them mixed together (all of those lovely sheets mixed with the solid quilts!).
Give me your vote, tell me what you think would be cute together. 
I want your help! 
I love the idea of an all ivory bed, I also love throwing in color & mix 'n matching.
Decisions, decisions.

and the sheets.....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I heart my job

The best part about my job? The people. Hands down. They are talented, funny, creative, and inspiring. I love how everyone is unique & brings something completely different to the team. Outside of work they are a second family.  Last week the Irvine Anthro Team & the Newport Team joined forces and threw a big bash. We had reps of AG fly in from NYC ( know, the most amazing denim brand out there?)  & 160 RSVP's...a fashion show full of spring looks and key AG pieces, a champagne bar, waiters carrying trays of lovely goodies, and a DJ. The event was a blast & it was so great spending time with all of the lovely ladies from both stores. I have had the privilege of working at both stores & getting to know the girls (and guys!) at both. I LOVE them all. (Of course I forgot my camera, so these are pics from others & my cell. ) The night was great & the event was a huge success. What can I say? I love my job.

These are photos of the current anthro window display, inspired by fashion & art.
They are made from paper & hangers, that's it. Amazing, right?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Seeking New Music!

I am tired of my current playlists. I
love it if you would comment with 5 or 15 of your favorite songs to work out to! 
(you may also add non-work out music if you so wish:) ) 
I am trying to keep my goal of working out a minimum of 3x per week & music is what gets me through it! 
Please help! Share your tunes!