Very sadly the time has come for David and me to say goodbye to the beautiful island of Maui, HI. Because we have to be on a plane in a few hours (and it’s only 7AM here right now), I will only have time to share with you some of the photos I snapped yesterday at our dear friends Marissa and Ryan‘s GORGEOUS wedding ceremony. David, who was in the bridal party, got to spend the entire day with Marissa as she got ready to say I Do and he managed to snap a few fun photos from her bridal suite as she got ready:
As beautiful as these photos of Marissa‘s Carolina Herrera dress and bejeweled Christian Louboutin shoes are, they really do not do these beautiful pieces justice. To be honest, the dress and the shoes did not really come alive until Marissa was wearing them. As for the wedding ceremony, it was honestly THE most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I’ve been to many beautiful weddings but the breathtaking ocean backdrop with the setting sun was absolutely awe-inspiring … More »
Yesterday was another glorious day here on the beautiful island of Maui, HI. Because David is in the bridal party, he was bizzy all day with a bridesmaid brunch and then the wedding rehearsal. That gave me LOTS of time to hang out by the pool and work on my tan. Jason and I lounged about all day long in the pool, by the pool, in the pool, by the pool … we had a glorious time. Afterward, we did a bit of shopping nearby and then went back to our rooms to dress for the rehearsal cocktails/dinner evening activities. As you can see, I ended up getting a bit more color than I was actually hoping for:
Meh … it’s been ages since I’ve been able to get any sun color at all so I’m not complaining. My nose and shoulders are a bit tender, but with David to rub soothing aloe gel on me, it doesn’t hurt all that bad at all.
The rehearsal evening was just stunning. Marissa and Ryan went all out for their guests. After the jump, check out a few photos from our amazing evening last night … More »
Yesterday morning, I was able to finish my day’s work in time to meet up with a group from Marissa and Ryan’s bridal party so that we could go snorkeling off the coast of Maui. I had never snorkeled before so I was VERY excited about the trip. We all piled into a few cars and made our way to the marina for a day of fun I will never forget. Here is a group shot of all of us plus the amazing crew of the Trilogy II, who took very good care of us all day long:
I’m an OK swimmer but being out in the Pacific Ocean for the first time is a bit daunting … so I went the boogie board route to snorkeling and had the best time ever. Humans aren’t meant to see the underwater world up close and personal and, yet, we’ve managed to figure out a way to do so. I saw the most amazing, most colorful fish ever … we even got to see a small octopus! I was just completely amazed by the whole experience. I’m so glad I was able to make the trip, it was just amazing.
The rest of the day was spent sunning ourselves by the resort pool and then we made our way to dinner and drinks afterward. It is just paradise here and I am loving every second of it. I can’t wait to finish work today so I can get my cookies down to the beach for some more relaxation.
Here is a fun picture of our hotel room key which features our friends Marissa and Ryan on it:
As you can see, they pretty much run the island of Maui :) And they are going to become husband and wife tomorrow :D David, who is a bridesmaid in tomorrow’s nuptials, has a lot of duties to take care of today … I, on the other hand, do not … and I can’t wait to get back to maxin’ and relaxin’. Happy Friday the 13th, y’all! I hope it’s a lucky one for you!
At last … David and I finally made it to Hawaii! We were due to fly out of LA at 5PM but the flight got pushed back to 10:40PM, then it got pushed up to 8PM, then back to 10:40PM. To be safe, we made our way to LAX Airport early just in case the flight left at 8PM and we ended up having to hang out there until, you guessed it, 10:40PM. Because the flight is 5 hours and Hawaii is 3 hours behind Pacific Time, we landed at 1AM local time … but to us, it was 4AM. I will say that I met a very nice Pink reader at the airport upon arrival … she cheered me up considerably. Unfortch, her name was a Hawaiian name I couldn’t even pronounce so I can’t give her a proper shout-out … but it was my extreme pleasure meeting you last night :) It’s been … trying … but we are here and it is beautiful:
The lanai of our hotel room (YES, we have a lanai) faces the garden courtyard with the ocean in the distance … I can hear the native birdlife outside right now … it’s amazing! I can’t wait to wrap up my day’s work so I can get outside and enjoy this beautiful island. The wedding people are going snorkeling today but I’m not sure I’ll have my work done in time to go :( Ah well.
The one thing that keeps rolling around in my head, especially since I just rewatched the entire series in the last few weeks, is the episode of Jem and the Holograms where they made an episode set in Hawaii. The Misfits, that troublesome rival band, even had a music video for their song Misfits in Hawaii:
Hahahahaha!! Don’t you love it! Here’s hoping our short time in Hawaii will be a superfun one … Aloha, y’all!
Last night, in between laundry and packing for David’s and my trip to Maui, HI later today, I managed to find some down time so that I could watch Batman & Robin. I’ve been on a bit of a Batman kick lately and I started rewatching all of the Batman films … last night it was time to watch the worst movie of the bunch:
As a huge, life-long Batman fan I was really excited when Batman & Robin came out in 1997. I even talked myself into loving the movie so that I could see it a few times in the theater much like I did for the previous Batman films. But watching the film again after all these years, ugh, I can’t even stomach it any more. Batman Forever is pretty bad but Batman & Robin is worse … and it’s all because director Joel Schumacher is a hack. He completely ruined the Batman franchise but putting out these really stupid movies. I can’t even go into all the annoying things about B&R but the one thing that struck me most of all was the writing … some of the lines uttered by the actors in this film are downright idiotic. I was actually insulted as I watched Batman & Robin again. I just thank the gods that A.) Tim Burton managed to start out the franchise right with 2 great films and B.) the Batman franchise is now in the hands of the very masterful Christopher Nolan. I will never forgive Schumacher for ruining the Batman franchise … the less said about his shitty work, the better.
And with that off my chest … I can now look forward to my trip to Hawaii!! David and I fly out in a few hours and we’ll be in Maui by tonight. We have a very full wedding schedule so I’m not sure how our days/nights are going to play out. It will be really fun to hang out with all of David’s NYC friends … and, of course, we are very much looking forward to celebrating Marissa and Ryan’s wedding on Saturday. I’ll be working as usual during my trip so you’ll deffo be hearing some Alohas from me :D
Yesterday I managed to hit a few sales at the Beverly Center in order to pick up a few things for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be jetting off to the 50th State ahead of our dear friends Marissa and Ryan’s wedding on Saturday. I wanted to find an awesome Hawaiian print shirt to wear to the wedding rehearsal dinner so I went in search …
… I ended up finding a shirt (not this one) that was marked $40 but was on sale for $12! In fact, all the fun Summery stuff I found was so cheap … it was a great shopping trip. I need to do all my packing tonight and then … we’re off! I’ll be working as usual on this trip so no worries there. I actually can’t wait to get to Hawaii already … I am so excited :D
Yesterday was (finally) an absolutely BEAUTIFUL warm and sunny day here in LA so I had to get out of the house, open up all the windows and sunroof on my car and get out so that I could enjoy it. I’m telling you, LA has been cool and gloom for most of the Summer so it was a real relief to enjoy a traditionally beautiful Summer Sunday for once. As the sun began to set, Darion and I trekked down to Manhattan Beach so that we could hang out with Josh and Emma … and freeze with them in the colder temps. Actually, it wasn’t that cold but since Emma decided to let Darion wear Josh’s parka so that he could keep warm we decided to have fun with it:
We talked about going to see a movie but we ended up just eatin’ and drinkin’ together. It was really fun.
Today I begin to prepare for David’s and my upcoming trip to Hawaii. Our dear friends Marissa and Ryan are gettin’ MAUIed next weekend and we will be heading to the 50th State on Wednesday. I’m really excited for our trip … neither one of us have ever been to HI so we’re really looking forward to gettin’ leied. Happy Monday, y’all … and Happy 08.09.10 Day!
Last night David and I met up with our friend Jordan and a big group of his friends for a night of theater at the Hollywood Bowl. We attended the 2nd of 3 performances of the Broadway musical Rent which was directed by actor (and Rent alum) Neil Patrick Harris:
As you very well may be aware, this cast of Rent is made up of theater veterans and pop stars to create a new Rent world. The show is predominantly kept intact but the updated production was changed a tiny bit here and there to accommodate the larger Hollywood Bowl stage. As a purist, I did bristle a bit at some of the changes but as a big Rent fan, I welcomed other very smart amendments to the usual production. After the jump, check out some photos from this incarnation of Rent and find out what I thought of the show … More »
For the past few weeks I have rekindled my intense love for industrial music and have been missing the countless hours I used to spend at City Club, my fave Goth/Industrial club in Detroit, MI … and after 4 years of living here in LA, I decided it was finally time to go out and check out the industrial scene here in town. I heard that Das Bunker was the best industrial danceparty in LA and I’ve been keeping my eye on their events to find the right time to visit. Last night they hosted a History of Industrial Music party which was DJed by ex Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna (among other DJs):
I figured checking out this party would be the best way to get a feel for the place. So … I put on my combat boots and made my way to the club. I am so glad that I finally decided to check this place out … the scene is pretty cool and the people seem very cool. IMHO, a goth is a goth is a goth … the dress is the same but it’s all about the vibe and the music of a place for me. Das Bunker reminded me a bit of my beloved City Club but nothing can replace it in my heart. Still, I’m glad I now have a place in LA to go to when the spirit moves me:
I had a total blast … I can’t wait to go back. I’m certain that none of my friends here in LA (David included) would enjoy the scene but I love it … and miss it. Last night was superfun … I deffo will be going back soon.
Tonight David and I are meeting up with our friend Jordan so that we can all head out to the Hollywood Bowl to see the new Neil Patrick Harris-directed production of Rent! We are all very excited to see the show. I’ve tried to stay away from reviews of last night’s opening night performance but I hear they have been positive … I can’t wait to see for myself!
Baskin-Robbins, America’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop, is featuring Pink Bubblegum ice cream as its Flavor of the Month this August. Ice cream enthusiasts everywhere can satisfy both their candy and ice cream sweet tooth with Baskin-Robbins’ whimsical homage to everyone’s favorite bubble-blowing treat. Baskin-Robbins first created Pink Bubblegum in 1970 as a tribute to bubblegum lovers everywhere. It features vanilla-based ice cream turned pink with bubble gum-flavor along with candy-coated real pieces of bubble gum, making it a treat that’s double the fun! It will be available during the Month of August, while supplies last. “Baskin-Robbins and the color pink have been synonymous for decades. Our Pink Bubblegum ice cream brings together two iconic products — ice cream and bubblegum — into one terrific combination,” said Brian O’Mara, Vice President, Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “Pink Bubblegum is the epitome of fun and the ultimate summer flavor. It reminds us all to enjoy the fun of summer while we can!”
I can’t even tell you how excited I was to get to Baskin-Robbins last night … unfortch, the store I went to did not yet have August’s Flavor of the Month. I asked if they had Pink Bubblegum and they told me that they did not. I asked why not since it is the Flavor of the Month and the girl behind the counter pointed to a poster and said, That is the Flavor of the Month. I told her the poster was for July and we are now almost a week into August and she just looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Thankfully, I was able to sate my ice cream hunger with a couple scoops of Pralines and Creme but still … I was bummed that I couldn’t enjoy the Pink Bubblegum that I wanted. David rationalized that we’ll just have to visit another store soon ;)
Ah well, David and I had a great ice dream date so all in all it was win/win.
I’m not sure what the plan is for tonight but … I’m thinking dancing. We shall see. Happy Weekend, y’all! Make it a fun one!