Friday, August 28, 2009
Do you ever wonder if the current style is "ugly"? The 80's were a dark time in fashion in my opinion. I'm no style consultant or historian, so that is purely opinion, and one that I firmly, FIRMLY, stand by. I'm not comparing our current fashion era with the 80's. I actually really like the current fashion trends for the most part. Those cute little leather ankle booties - I've got a pair. Those great rugged moto leather jackets - I've got one of those too. Skinny jeans - check. Gladiator Sandals - amen. All things metallic - oh baby. But some trends I see I just wonder, "Is ugly the new style?"
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Speaking of feather boas, we need your help for some great ideas on future Gazette editorial topics. Do you know of any great local histories you'd like to see us cover? Any interesting neighbors we should know about who's story we should share with the world? A local charity you're involved with that's serving local needs? Let us know, we want this to be your local magazine for your reading pleasure!
Which brings me to the final point: we will be at the Mission Viejo Reader's Festival this September 12th along with jukebox hero Henry Winkler (the Fonze) and suspense super-writer Dean Koontz. So come out and say "hi!"
On My iPod: We're actually listening to the Glasvegas Pandora station
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
While there doesn't seem to be a consistent "method" to maintaining our sanity around here, our chosen strategy this month includes:
- chocolate crossiants,
- Bad to the Bone BBQ, and
- Kings of Leon
And I'll leave you with this tasty morsel; a completely spontaneous -yet thoroughly awesome- picture:
One day this little guy will become a dangerous brute and a threat to smaller life forms everywhere (including us), but for now, isn't he the sweetest?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Each day as The Gazette creative team feasts at our parking lot picnic table oasis we look with awe at this house up on the hill. But it is so much more than a house - it is a mystery. We have yet to see any signs of human life - "Boo" Radley, are you in there? So if this is your house, and you are having a backyard soiree any time soon, can we please come, too? Amy will bring the chips & dip.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Today I'd like to post a shameless endorsement. This one's in memory of Billy Mays, may he rest in peace. This all-smiles, "it really works!," endorsement [cue smile sparkle] goes out to Pura Vida Day Spa in Laguna Niguel. The spa is our next-door neighbor here in 3 Flags Center and are a blast to work next to (our quirky center boasts an eclectic mix, with a wig shop flanking a South African Food Store and a Music School - needless to say all our neighbors are a blast to work next to). The other day Pura Vida had an open house and lured me into their store with the enticement of free mini taquitos and a complimentary microdermabrasion treatment. Get my face primped while feasting on Fred's Mexican Food? Yes please.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away...well this little apple went to the computer hospital yesterday. But don't worry, Mac is going to make a full recovery. And just in time for press week, too!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I love movies. I especially love movies where characters burst out into a song and dance number mid-scene. I can't help it, I was raised on musicals. I blame my mother for it. Whoever said, "you are a product of your environment" was right, and I'm exhibit A. So when Joseph Gordon-Levitt as angsty Tom Hansen, clad in a sweater vest and puma sneaks, breaks out into dance to the tune of You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oats, I knew I was going to love 500 Days of Summer. I had no doubts about loving it when I saw the trailer; I had no doubts about it when me and my friends decided to see it this past weekend; I had no doubts about it when I bought the ticket; But once we got to preview number three in the theater and it was another "indie flick" trying to be the next Wes Anderson, I began to worry. There's only ONE Wes Anderson. No one will ever match The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore. That's his style. Get your own. I actually blame it all on Juno. I think I was the only person who didn't like that movie. I understand why everybody liked it and it wasn't that bad, but now the theaters are clogged with actors trying to be Michael Cera and Ellen Page, with films that are trying way too hard to do self-loathing, under-achieving, awkward, normalcy. So I was worried I was going to have to sit through one of the said wanna-be films.
Friday, August 7, 2009
One of our favorite blogs to read for inspiration here at Gazette HQ is Shannon Leith's "Art in Everyday Life". She posts daily and the abundant quantity of posts is only rivaled by the quality of what's posted. Did that make any sense? What I'm trying to say is her blog is awesome. She is one of the most amazing photographers I know and we have often used her to shoot our magazine covers. [note: This upcoming month's cover will feature her photography!] You know those girls that you want to hate because they're beautiful and nice and smart and funny, but you just can't because they really are as great as they seem? She's like that when it comes to art. Not only is she an amazing photographer she also does Doodles, Graphic Design, Crafty things, and one of our favorite artforms: the polaroid. Tonight you can catch some of her polaroid photography over at local OC gallery Hibbleton, as a part of the show "Instant Gratification: a Polaroid Party". The show starts at 7:00 and it will be going on weekly on Thursday-Sunday throughout the month of August. It is a mourning of the extinction of the Polaroid 600 Series camera in this digital age. A vigil to commemorate the late great artform of polaroid pictures. Several Polaroid 600 Series Cameras will be available, fully loaded, for guests to chronicle the party through their eyes. Wear your best shirt, bring a comb, check your teeth and say cheese to celebrate the end of a golden and vignetted era.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday night's sold out No Doubt show was rock steady. After playing 52 shows on their reunion tour, four of which were in Irvine, they still rocked their hometown: the incomparable County of Orange. My family and I made the short trek over to the Verizon Ampitheatre and anticipated a magical evening. Openers The Sounds and Katy Perry got my sister (Gazette writer, Gracy Wilkins) and I on our feet dancing. And then the lights went low, the moon rose up and Spiderwebs blessed my eager eardrums.
I'd been waiting for this moment all summer! Since I first saw them perform in 2000 on their Return of Saturn tour (remember the pink hair?) with Lit and The Black Eyed Peas (pre-Fergalicious) I have kept wanting more. I mean it's Gwen Stefani, guys wants to date her and girls wants to be her. She is gorgeous and amazingly talented! The band's energy was unbelievable... I can't wait for their next album. The set closed with my favorite song, Sunday Morning, off of one of my favorite albums of all time: Tragic Kingdom. What a great night to spend with Orange Countians and one of the OC's greatest bands. Nothing gets me more excited than hometown heroes; well, maybe Kevin Bacon... but we'll save that for another day.
On my iPod right now: Limbeck's Home is Where the Van is
Monday, August 3, 2009
So if you haven't already found one in your mailbox or picked one up around town, the latest editions of The OC Gazette are available now! I'm starting to feel like the boy who cried wolf when I say, "it's our best issue yet", but you'll believe me when I tell you it includes an interview with the NBA's unofficial bad boy, new LA Laker Ron Artest; a guide to some of our favorite local artists involved in the summer art festivals, including Matt Collins’ musical coffee tables; a look at the new 'green' Surfrider Foundation Headquarters; a behind the scenes tour of KLOS' Breakfast with the Beatles with Chris Carter (formerly of Dramarama); a list of local OC events for the month of August, a profile on Boogie Box Fitness, the newest dance workout craze from Orange County natives Dede Barbanti and Kathy Lamm where you can dance off 1100 calories in ONE HOUR; and a spotlight on CIELL Cycling, the amazing new state-of-the-art cycling studio in Ladera Ranch. See? I was right wasn't I? Not only can you find all of this in our most recent issue, but you can also find some awesome online exclusives at www.theocgazette.com including an interview with LA Laker Sasha Vujacic on what it's like to be a reigning NBA champ, and a local wine tasting guide for the month of August. So pick up a copy at any of our rack locations, or visit us online to check out the magazine that is ever dedicated to everything local in Orange County, The OC Gazette.
On my iPod right now: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's The Line
Plus: Check out our Entertainment writers', Jill and Gary of TourBusLive.com, latest pictures from the No Doubt show at Verizon Amphitheater last night by clicking here!