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My View From The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

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Yesterday, on the always kind invitation of MTV, I was able to attend the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. I’ve been very lucky to be able to attend the VMA for the past few years so I am always grateful for the opportunity. Sure, this year’s show didn’t have as much bang as last year’s show but, in all honesty, it’s a blast to be able to attend these shows in person. I worked the red carpet before the show got underway and was able to talk to a few of the VMA attendees … here are some of the photos I snapped yesterday:


I got to talk to the cast of the US version of Skins and shared with them how much I love the original British series … they promise me that the US version will be as gritty as the original and they seemed confident that fans of the original series will love their version. We shall see. I also got to talk with Alan Ritchson about his work on Blue Mountain State and as Aquaman on Smallville. He was such a sweetie, very funny and kind … he promises more fun from the second season of BMS, I cannot wait!! I also got to meet Dina Deena Nicole Cortese, the newest castmember on MTV‘s Jersey Shore. She was very sweet, still humble and promises is more fun to watch than Angelina Jolie Pivarnik (who was cut from the show for season 3). All in all, I had fun on the carpet and at the show itself. MTV is always so good to me … I have to send out lots of love and many thanks to Tamika for taking such great care of me this year. I tend to have really great experiences at the VMAs and I am always thankful to be invited to the party.

Tonight David and I have big plans to stay IN and relax. He is home from Vegas, our travels are finished for a while … it’ll be very nice to just decompress. Hope your Mondays are going well!!

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All Shook Up

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On Friday night David, his family and I were welcomed guests of the new Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis which is performed nightly at the Aria Hotel and Casino inside CityCenter in Las Vegas, NV and we had THE best time ever. The folks at Cirque du Soleil are always so kind and generous to us whenever we want to see one of their shows and this time was no exception. Because we were celebrating David’s dad’s birthday and because he is the biggest Elvis Presley fan ever, it was just a no-brainer that we would all convene in Las Vegas to see the show. The folks at Cirque du Soleil (and Ann especially) made sure that we all had the best time ever for David’s dad’s birthday:


The show itself is a Vegas must-see. Viva Elvis tells Elvis‘s life story thru his music but in only the way Cirque du Soleil can. The emphasis of the show is on the music of Elvis Presley but the Cirque-style performances are just insanely entertaining. There is a portion of the show that features trampoline work and I was left with my jaw on the floor … it was just incredible to see live. I was also impressed with the portion of the show where fire was utilized in the performance … each number was unique and inventive and gives the classic music of Elvis Presley an exciting shot in the arm. I’ve enjoyed many Cirque du Soleil shows over the years and Viva Elvis is only the latest fave for me to add to my list. If you are an Elvis fan, you MUST see this show … it’s like Elvis Heaven. We just had the best time ever. After the jump, check out some of the fun photos we snapped at the show and more … More »

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Viva! Las Vegas

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Yesterday evening David and I made our way to Las Vegas, NV to meet up with his parents and siblings for a fun birthday weekend celebration here for David’s dad’s birthday! Because David’s dad is a huge Elvis Presley fan, we thought it would be fun to have the family assemble here in Vegas at the new CityCenter complex on the LV Strip, the vibrant new entertainment center of Las Vegas and the home of the fabulous new Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis:


We are staying at the amazingly swank Vdara Hotel & Spa and are LOVING every single second of it. The place is totally state of the art and the amenities are just amazing:


We were all a bit tired upon arrival so after we settled in, we stepped out for a delicious extended Thai dinner at Lemongrass inside CityCenter before calling it a night.

Tonight, we will be seeing Viva Elvis and then will be dining at Sage. The best part of this entire trip is that we don’t even have to leave CityCenter at all. I’m not the biggest fan of Las Vegas but the amenities here make that fact a non-issue … we have having a blast! Happy Weekend!!

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L’ Shana Tova

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Last night David and I met up with our friends Emma and Josh for an impromptu dinner at Greenblatt’s Deli in West Hollywood, CA to celebrate the Jewish New Year:


We supped on delish matzo ball soup and brisket and had a fun time just hanging out. Both David and Josh are Jewish but neither of them thought it was worth celebrating the New Year last night … it was up to Emma to bring us all together and I’m so glad that she did. Last night was really fun.

This afternoon, David and I fly off to Las Vegas, NV to meet up with his entire family so that we can celebrate his dad’s birthday in Sin City. We have big plans to see a couple of amazing Cirque du Soleil shows and just enjoy the city. While I’m not too eager to get on a plane again so soon, I am very excited that we will be spending some time with David’s family. Wee.

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‘Blues’ Brothers

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Last night David and I met up with Darion for a fun dinner date at Baby Blues BBQ in West Hollywood, CA so that we could catch up and say our farewells before Darion takes off to Japan with his father for 12 days. While it was a bit chilly out last night, we had a great time together suppin’ on delish BBQ:


I can’t even tell you how happy I am that Darion and his dad Tim are headin’ to Tokyo. I’ve always wanted to visit so I’m really looking forward to living vicariously thru Darion’s fun trip. Despite the fact that I am SO over flying around in airplanes, David and I will be meeting his entire family in Las Vegas, NV tomorrow night so that we can celebrate his dad’s birthday. We have a few fun things planned in celebration so it should be a blast. After this quick trip, I think my travels will be finished for the year.

No plans for today … just prep for Vegas and a bit of reading. I’ve gotten so behind on my reading that I’m trying to catch up. Happy Hump Day!

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Swatch Out

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Let me tell you about my Labor Day … it was full of a whole lotta nothin’. Since David had returned from his quick trip to San Francisco on Saturday and I returned from Detroit on Sunday we were both happy to lie low all day yesterday. For the most part, we just lazed about the house reveling in the fact that it was a quiet holiday. I did manage to run one errand last night tho, just to get out of the house. While I was home in Detroit, I found a bunch of vintage Swatch watches that I had left in my bedroom in my childhood home:


Naturally, all of the batteries in these Swatch watches had died ages ago … so I took them to the Swatch store on Hollywood Blvd. to get all the batteries replaced. As you may recall, Swatch was doing free battery replacements a couple of weeks go but I was happy to pay to have my old watches refreshed with new batteries. Now I have a few more Swatches to wear :) Yep, that was the exciting highlight of my day yesterday.

I was home in time to watch some TV and was able to do a bit of reading … ’twas a nice, quiet day.

Tonight, David and I are meeting up with Darion for dinner before he and his father head off to Tokyo, Japan for 10 days. I can’t EVEN tell you how jealous I am of Darion’s trip … but I’m glad he and his dad are going. I’m counting on living vicariously thru him via his Twitter while he’s on holiday. I hope your shortened work week is off to a nice start … Happy Tuesday!

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Detroit Lurve

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Yesterday was my last day back home in Detroit and I decided to make it a quiet one … I hung out with Sarah and Mark for the first part of the day and then with my parents the last half of the day. Mark snapped this cute photo of Sarah and me right before we said out goodbyes:


Then I chilled with my folks until it was time to say goodbye. My flight home was very uneventful yet very posh … gotta love those free first class upgrades, I’m tellin’ ya. Bank those Sky Miles, y’all … they eventually add up and pay off in a big way.

Unfortch, I ate too much on the plane and arrived not feeling so hot … David was a doll and brought me hot Starbucks and then got me home, safe and sound.

It’s Labor Day, y’all!! That means if you’re in the US, you shouldn’t be working :) I hope you have a fantastic day wherever in the world you may be :)

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Down By The River

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After spending some time with my parents yesterday, I met up with Sarah and a bunch of her friends so that we could all celebrate her birthday at J.B.’s Wharf in Wyandotte, MI … that’s right folks, we had ourselves a Downriver soiree on the banks of the Detroit River. Here are a few fun photos that were snapped last night:



After much eating and some drinking, we made our way to a little karaoke bar that was nearby to take the celebration to a whole other level. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not but a group of us, me included, got up to serenade Sarah for her birthday … naturally we (attempted) to rap Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg. I don’t know that we were good but we did have fun. It was really fun getting to see the gang all together again … and I’m certain that Sarah had a very fun night out :D

Today is my last day here in D-town … I’m planning to brunch with Sarah and Mark, dine with mom and dad and then fly my buns home. Delta, my FAVORITE AIRLINE ON EARTH, alerted me to the fact that my new elevated Sky Miles status has gotten me another First Class upgrade for my flight home … so I’m actually looking forward to the flight home :D

I’ve had a great time here in Detroit, much love to all my Detroiers for showing me a good time. I’ll be back soon! XO

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Chuck E. Cheese, A Fun Bloodbath & BFF Birthday Lurve

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Yesterday was a bizzy day for me here in my beloved Detroit … I was on the run pretty much all day long. After I finished up with work, I made my way out to Novi to do a bit of shopping at one of my old haunts Twelve Oaks Mall, where I found this totally kickass Diesel watch:


I know I’ve been in a CRAZY obsessed Swatch watch mood lately but I just couldn’t resist buying this watch. You can’t really tell but it’s a huge watch with lots of fun neon green accents. I love it!!

After my wee shopping excursion, I met up with Tracey, Zakiya and her BFF Toni at Chuck E. Cheese so that we could have a belated birthday party for Z’s recent birthday. Needless to say, a good time was had by all:


The girls had a blast, Tracey and I got to catch up … ’twas a very fun evening.

Last night, I came back to Sarah’s and we went out to see Machete. After the jump, find out what I think of the film … More »

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Detroit State Of Mind

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Last night Detroit, MI played host to one of the biggest hip hop concerts that ever was as hometown boy Eminem and NYC’s Jay-Z played the first of their Home and Home Tour shows at Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team) in downtown Detroit:


The whole night was just beyond huge … I’m having a hard time processing everything that went down because A LOT of shizz went down in Detroit Rock City last night. After the jump, check out photos of Jay-Z‘s concert set as well as Eminem‘s closing concert set which included guest performances by Drake, D12, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre — additionally, you can read a report on last night’s show from the Detroit Free Press and check out a couple videos from last night’s fun … More »

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