Meet n Greet

How cool is this! Let’s all “show ole Danny some love”! Plus it really is a great blog site to ponder, think and wonder .. Thank you Danny for creating this fun activity! Happy Friday, Y’all …

Dream Big, Dream Often

Ok so here are the rules:IMG_7051

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?
  6. Call the mayor of your hometown and have him pronounce this weekend as the official weekend of the “Dream Big Meet n Greet!”  This might take some persistence, but don’t you dare give…

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You Is the New Kid

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “______ is the new ______.”

The rule:

Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase:

“_____ is the new _____.”

This daily prompt is an interesting but a tough one.  I have tried to apply few of my favorite blog postings but came up with some eccentric titles like:

“Clear is the new Be”

“Figured is the new To”

and “You is the new Kid”.

I actually like “You is the new Kid” for couple reasons.

First, I am in the midst of changing my profession from fashion to digital marketing.  I do feel like a “kid” who is learning and acquiring different sets of skill so I can transition them towards to my new career path.

Secondly, I am not afraid of getting old, however, I am afraid of being irrelevant and being out of touch with the world.  So like a kid, I am eager to learn new information about anything to empower myself mentally.

How to be 50: How to Accessorize

I love it .. Great advices from Charlotte! I do love my scarves!!!

How to Be 50

By Charlotte Latvala

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Just to be clear:  How to be 50 is not a fashion blog. Truth be told, we get a little anxious when talking about our appearance. We would rather be sitting down with a nice cold glass of Pinot Gris and reading Persuasion for the fifth time.

However, talk about it we must. Because at 50, certain changes occur. Waistlines expand while other body parts deflate. There’s a certain trick to dressing the ever-evolving middle-aged body.

That trick is called “accessories.”

Accessories exist for one purpose and one purpose only: To pull the eye away from wrinkly necks, lumpy backs, and cleavage that’s more matronly than eye-popping. Here are the basics:

  • Scarves. The most figure-friendly piece of cloth since the toga; scarves can drape, disguise, and otherwise hide any body part on any given day. We at How to be…

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I Don’t Need To Hear Your Business, Especially In the Bathroom …

I have an addiction, I simply can’t live without my mobile phone.  My phone helps me organizing my life from day break to dawn.  Without it, I will twitch and shake uncontrollably like an addict.  I admit it, I need my phone just like I need my two cups of coffee first thing in the morning.

However, I think there should be unwritten phone etiquette imposed in our society for people who can’t stop talking in restaurants, coffee shops, bars and especially in the public restrooms.

It grosses me out when I hear people talking on the phone in the bathroom stall.  You can hear other patrons flushing toilets, passing gastric sounds, and pissing sounds splashed against the urinal.  I definitely don’t want to hear any of these noises if I am at the receiver end of this phone conversation.  It is simply gross and rude.

It is bad that we have to endure people talking incessantly in the movie theater or on a flight, but now public bathroom?  It is also sad that the conversation between these people usually isn’t urgent.  It is typically about, “… what did you have for lunch? (okay, is it really necessary talking about food when you are doing a number two)”, “… yeah, I can’t believe Lakers lost the game (sheesh, any one will lose the game after they smell your funk)”, and “… what are you doing later?  (hmmm, I am definitely not going to shake your hand that’s for sure)”.

At the end of the day, I really don’t need to know about your personal business so please keep the conversation to yourself and have some courtesy to other people surrounding you.  Hang up your phone and focus!!  This isn’t the time or place for you to multi-tasking.  Now, where is my phone?

Diet Mountain Dew – Wednesday’s Lyrics

This was my go-to song when I first moved to NYC about three years ago.  It was a tough transition for me leaving California to New York, so the chorus lines from this song resonated with me at the time.  I wasn’t 100% convinced that NYC was for me, plus Lana Del Rey’s lush voice made this song more dramatic for me.  Here’s the Wednesday’s Lyrics event created by The Broken Spine.

“Diet Mountain Dew”

You’re no good for me
Baby you’re no good for me
You’re no good for me
But baby I want you, I want you,

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we’ll be in love forever?
Do you think we’ll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now low down and gritty
Do you think we’ll be in love forever?
Do you think we’ll be in love?

Baby put on heart shaped sunglasses
Cause we gonna take a ride
I’m not gonna listen to what the past says
I’ve been waiting up all night

Take another drag turn me to ashes
Ready for another lie?
Says he’s gonna teach me just what fast is
Say it’s gonna be alright

Let’s take Jesus off the dashboard
Got enough on his mind
We both know just what we’re here for
Saved too many times

Maybe I like this roller coaster
Maybe it keeps me high
Maybe the speed it brings me closer
I could sparkle up your eye

How to be 50: How to Appear Successful

I am obsessed with Charlotte and her witty, humorous, and cynical blog, How to Be 50, about mid-life and introversion … So please enjoy her funny commentary about life in general ..

How to Be 50

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By Charlotte Latvala

By 50, you’ve figured out who you are, where you’re going, and how to get there.

Except that you haven’t. (Don’t feel bad. We at “How to be 50” are experts at being middle-aged and clueless.)

However, even if you have an empty checking account, a comatose career, and no discernible talent or ambition, you can still fake success with the best of them.

Don’t believe us? Try this:

  • Name drop. It’s a well-known fact: Celebrities only hang around with successful people. Local newscasters, third-string quarterbacks, and lawyers with cheesy TV ads count. If you’ve ever breathed the same air as one of these gods, make it known!
  • ID a couple trendy restaurants in your city and imply that you’re a regular. (“The smoked Filipino eggplant is to die for!”) A few Yelp reviews will give you all the information you need.
  • Use the word “my”…

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Most Stylish San Franciscan II .. According to Moi

When I lived in San Francisco, every month I featured a most stylish San Franciscan from the industry and we chatted about trends, beauty, life style, and fun stuff about San Francisco.

Rudy
Rudy

Rudy has been a long time great friend of mine and works at an established luxury department store in the city.  Here is our shenanigans about style icons, fashion dos and don’ts and more:

Rudy
Rudy

Describe your style:  Dandy and eclectic

Rudy
Rudy

Fashion icons:  Jackie O, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, and Gloria Guinness

A fashion piece/item that you can’t live with out:  My Hermes scarf

Fashion dos:  Do put effort into what you wear everyday and own it

Fashion don’ts:  Don’t think wearing less clothing makes you look sexier

Your biggest fashion faux pus:  A green pleather safari style jacket with a belt

Your must-haves:  A good fitted dark denim jean, one gray blazer, cashmere sweater, a good pair of RayBan sunglasses

Your signature look:  Vintage leather loafers

Beauty products that you can’t live without:  Kiehls daily facial wash and honey almond scrub, La Mier moisturizer cream and Jo Malone fragrance

Keep it or Lose it:

Pleated pant – lose it

Aviator sunglasses – keep it

Flip Flops – lose it

Speedo trunks – keep it

Thong – lose it

Crocs – lose it

Rudy
Rudy

Shoulda Woulda Coulda

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Shoulda Woulda Coulda.”

Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.

Sneaker Shoes
Sneaker Shoes

I should never judge a person based on his or her choices of shoes.

Just because he is wearing a black tailored made suit with brown braided sandals, it doesn’t mean that he is not a honest businessman.

Just because she is wearing a knee length pink Ugg with a bright sun dress, it doesn’t mean that she is a vegetarian.

Just because he is wearing the latest sneaker with a loosely fit jogger, it doesn’t mean that he is a douche bag.

Just because she is wearing her Louboutin with a tight skin black dress, it  doesn’t mean that she is popular with men.

I should never judge a person based on his or her choices of shoes, but I did.  I have been in fashion industry for many years, and trained to be critical with a person’s appearance, from head to toe.  Automatically, my eyes always zoom to the feet first and noticed what the person is wearing down there.

Birkenstock
Birkenstock

However, I do love my newly acquired Birkenstock because it is comfortable and actually paired back well with my jogger and fitted tee.  Just because I wear Birkenstock, it doesn’t mean that I am not stylish or fashionable.  Shoulda, Woulda, and Coulda …

California, San Francisco, Drought

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Free Association.”

 

Gold Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Gold Gate Bridge, San Francisco

This Daily Prompt was from early January this year but I thought it was fun to create a post based on this challenge.

So the rule for this prompt is to write down the first words that comes to mind when we say . . .

. . . home.

. . . soil.

. . . rain.

Here are my own “words” come to mind when I read this list:

Home – California, I grew up in Los Angeles, went to school in Santa Barbara, and lived most of my adult life in San Francisco. Currently I reside in New York City but still tell people that I am Californian at heart.

Soil – San Francisco, I spent all of my adult life living in San Francisco.  This city taught me about friendship with people I adore, showed me the courage to love, allowed me to make mistakes along the way, and grounded me to be a better person.  So San Francisco was like “soil” to me, it nourished me and let me grow.

Rain – Drought, this one is obvious, since California needs rain desperately, the whole state is in a serious drought right now.

Ferry Building, San Francisco
Ferry Building, San Francisco

Wednesday’s Lyrics

I cry like a baby, on cue, every time when I hear this song, “For Good”, from the Broadway show, Wicked, The Musical.

Many years ago, I lost my partner, my best friend and my confidant, unexpectedly due to some unforeseen circumstances. During my grieving process, I stumbled upon this song and the lyrics resonated with me.  It made me realized that people did come to our lives for a reason, to help us to learn, and we all could become a better person.

So, I like to share the lyrics of this song, “For Good”, and participate in Wednesday’s Lyrics event, created by The Broken Spine for my #blogging101, assignment #13.

“For Good”, from Wicked,  The Musical:

I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most, to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you..

Like a comet pulled from orbit , as it passes the sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good