#MERCHMONDAY: Anti Running Running Club

What.  Up.  Fam.

Hope yinz had a great weekend!  I was busy running around the insanity that was ComplexCon down in Long Beach, CA.  I have v. mixed feelings about that whole scene, but we aren’t here to talk about that right now.  Let’s focus on #MERCH because it is #MERCHMONDAY.

Last week I was gifted the following fire – an Anti Running Running Club t-shirt.  Like are you kidding me?  You know I don’t run, so this is the perfect piece of #MERCH for me.  Yes, I understand it says “running club,” but like it’s anti.  It makes sense to me so that’s all that matters.  Major shout out to the good people at @nevernotbootleggin and especially Hector for this one.  THANK YOU.

#MERCH RATING

Quality: It’s solid!  It’s a Gildan tee and those have always held up nicely for me.

Design: Those of you familiar with this logo and design should already know it’s a “bootleg” version of the Anti Social Social Club.  I’ve always been a fan of the look of that brand – it’s super recognizable but also clean.

Cost: This one was a gift, but it does retail for $30 which is pretty average for a t-shirt.  Definitely worth it.  Buy it here!

I also customized my own piece of #MERCH, courtesy of the JanSport booth at ComplexCon.  Check it on my IG.

Until next time.

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If You Feelin’ Like a Capricorn…

…go and brush your shoulders off.  -Blue Ivy

Can we please talk about how many epic Capricorns there are?  I feel like within the past few weeks when a celebrity’s birthday has appeared on my Twitter timeline, I’ve been blown away by how dope they are.  They clearly have always been a Cap, but I feel this year it’s more in my face.

Let’s take a look.  Oh, and I may be biased because I, too, am a Capricorn.  The very last day.

December 22 – January 19

What are the characteristics of a Capricorn, you ask?

Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac, is all about hard work.  Those born under this sign are more than happy to put in a full day at the office, realizing that it will likely take a lot of those days to get to the top.  That’s no problem, since Capricorns are both ambitious and determined: they will get there.  The Capricorn-born are extremely dedicated to their goals, almost to the point of stubbornness. Those victories sure smell sweet, though, and that thought alone will keep Capricorns going.*

And don’t try to tell me with the new shift in the moon or whatever the heck happened that a new sign was added and I’m now a Sagittarius.  Nope.  Definitely a Capricorn – a natural goal setter who needs structure.  And clearly stubborn.

A friend, who is also a Capricorn, brought to my attention that we end the year and kick off the new one!  Never thought about it like that.  Pretty kewl.

Okay, back to the list – in no order of importance:

  • Betty White – LEGEND
  • Michelle Obama – just amazing
  • Calvin Harris – smokeshow
  • John Legend – actual Legend
  • Denzel Washington – I mean.
  • Diane Von Furstenberg – fierce
  • Bradley Cooper – babe
  • Eddie Redmayne – baby face cute
  • BLUE IVY – Beyonce’s child
  • LeBron – the King
  • Gabby Douglas – Olympic extraordinaire
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – thank you.
  • Muhammad Ali – incredible
  • Liam Hemsworth – boyfriend
  • Pitbull – Mr. 305
  • Jim Carrey – hello, he stars in my favorite movie Dumb & Dumber

So there you have it.  A whole list of epic people.  There are more, but the above are folks who really stood out to me.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to get some work done so I can go drink steins and eat sausages with my friends later tonight to celebrate.

Talk soon, yinz!

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*Source: astrology.com

 

TBT: Miss Mandy…

So many of you may know about our annual 4th of July trip to Catalina.  For those of you who don’t, I highly suggest you watch the video below.  I mean, even if you are aware of the trip, you should still watch it.

We are boarding the beautiful Miss Mandy once again this weekend – leaving early Saturday morning and returning on Monday.  Fourteen, yes 14, of us will be on board, and I just really cannot wait.  The weekend will consist of lots of Coors Light, Coronas, epic music, comedy courtesy of The Donald, and most importantly good company.

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Major shout out and thank you to the Trojan family for organizing this every year and allowing a bunch of rowdy folks to get on your boat.

Alright, no more typing.  Watch below!

Oh, and it’s #SocialMediaDay.  Every day is honestly social media day but today is the day it’s being celebrated on social media – how ironic.

#MakeAmericaGreatAgain

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It Went Down In the Denim…

I know I promised this post Monday night, but #fail on my part and it’s here two days later.  There has just been a lot of things happening fam.

So for a quick recap of this past weekend —

#DenimDenimDenim | On Saturday night about 35 of us rolled deep in denim for our annual denim-themed event where we all dress in denim (obviously) and bar hop in Long Beach by way of Big Red (a double decker giant red bus).  I purchased my outfit that morning (see below) and in addition to denim, I had to rep the late Notorious B.I.G. as it was his birthday.

One word to describe the night?  Reckless.  Seriously it was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in a while and definitely my favorite denim to date.  I won’t get into exact detail of our shenanigans (that’s actually the name of one of the bars we went to), but let’s just say everyone was loving each other and the beverages were flowing.

Long Beach Pride | Then bright and early Sunday morning, I woke up to be part of the annual Pride celebration in downtown Long Beach with my good pal Chaddy boy.  I’ve never been to such a thing, but it was truly great seeing everyone so accepting of one another and PROUD to be who they are.  It was a long (& hungover) day, but it was all worth it, especially to see Chad so happy.  #HappyPride #hearts

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While it doesn’t seem like much, a lot was going on over the weekend not only with my plans but in the music world as well.  Stay tuned for a post coming soon (not putting a day on this in case I #fail again) featuring new music.

Hope yinz are having a good week!

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#InternationalWomensDay

“To all the ladies in the place with style and grace”
-Notorious B.I.G.

Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all of the women in my life.  Seriously, I’m so #blessed to be surrounded by such positive, hardworking, and inspiring ladies.

I’d love to introduce you to some of them :).

Karen Civil & YesJulz

4yr Karen CivilWoah.  Talk about boss ladies and motivational women.  I’ve been following these two on social media for quite some time now – Karen Civil longer (and have had the pleasure of meeting her a handful of times) and have learned so much from them.  Both making moves in their own ways, they have taught me about a strong work ethic, never giving up, following your passions, and asking for what you want.  Seriously, I go through most of my days thinking, “What would KC or Julz do?”  Karen is more private on social platforms but having heard her speak at women empowerment workshops and brunches, I really find myself connecting with her.  She felt there was a bigger world out there for her other than her small New Jersey hometown, so she got offered a job at Beats by Dre (no longer works there) and moved to LA.  I believe she’s also in her fourth or fifth year of living out here – I’m entering my fifth :).  And not only that, she truly built her brand from the ground up and is just so epic.

YesJulzAs for YesJulz, who I’ve been mentioning a lot lately, she is way more open about her life.  It’s nice to see a well-known figure share the ups and downs.  She is #NeverNotWorking and her goal of bridging the gap between cool and conscious is definitely something I vibe with.  Thank you both.

Drabik, Jilly, Jamie, & MeagO

Jilly and DrabikThese are my girls from Westminster College who helped make my four years there so special and wild.  While we were all very close in school, I truly feel we are closer now, and we are all over the place.  Drabik is about to start that married life in September, and I am honored to be part of her big day.  She’s also crushing it in the business world and her sarcastic ways give me life.  So flirty.  Jilly (get sillayyy) always brightens my day.  And I can’t wait to see her in September at Lindsay’s wedding and for another epic life happening ;).  MeagO is crushing it in NYC!  Seriously, she’s taking the PR world by storm, and I’m so proud you followed your dreams and moved to New York.  And it’s an extra bonus when she has to fly out to CA for work and adds on a few extra days to hang with me.  And Miss Jamie.  I had the honor of being in her wedding in October.  I’m inspired by your organizational skills and hard work ethic, and you are truly one of the most thoughtful people I know.  And so pumped for you that you got a new job.  Exciting stuff all around!LOL

Natalie, Natalie, & Natalie

NataliesThis is not a joke.  I grew up with three lovely ladies named Natalie.  I went to preschool and onward with one, 1st grade and onward with another, and then the other Nat came into the picture in the 3rd grade.  We all go way back, and it’s honestly like no time has passed at all when we see each other.  One is a very successful lawyer who is my boo/BFF, the other is a nurse saving lives in San Francisco, and the other is doing her thing as a mental health therapist in the Burgh.  I love these three so much.  They are the perfect mix of sarcasm, peppiness, and intelligence.
Hope to see yinz sooner than later!

Mom, Aunt Donna, Grandma, & Aunt Anne

These four women are my life!  Without going into essentially another blog post, these ladies have shaped me into who I am today.  100%.  From their hard work ethics, kind hearts, loving nature, to hosting a gathering to their talents in the kitchen and more, I can only hope to be a mixture of all four when I grow up!  No, I don’t consider myself completely grown up yet.  ❤  And PS – I need a group picture!!

My South Babes

Ithe girls know I’ve highlighted these ladies before in posts, but I can’t say it enough.  They have made and are making my time in California SO epic.  From inspiring me by their studious ways in grad school at USC to teaching me how to be dedicated to a project or passion to finding the good in everyone to making me laugh so hard I nearly cry to embracing one another for our weirdness (a requirement for this group) and more, I am so so so grateful for all of you.  And although now some of you are no longer in CA and one is about to head east, I can’t wait until we are ALL reunited again.

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So happy International Women’s Day to all the fierce and fabulous ladies out there.

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The Best Birthday

Finally!  My birthday recap is here.  I really think that this year, my 27th birthday, was my favorite by far.  I’ve had a lot of epic birthdays from surprise trips on Miss Mandy to droppin’ it low at Greystone Manor.  But something about this year was extra special.  And seriously none of my birthday celebrations would have happened without the help of my friends.

Let’s do this via a timeline:

WEDNESDAY 1/13
My best from the west arrived in LA!  I haven’t seen Bre since last May when she moved back home to Philly, so you know I was too excited to see her.

THURSDAY 1/14
My girlfriend Sydney arrived at Agatay for what would be the start of a pretty raucous evening and weekend.  I bought tickets for Syd, Bre, and I to attend YesJulz‘ first-ever LA party.  Who is YesJulz?  She’s a 25-year-old bo$$ chick who lives in Miami and is #NeverNotWorking.  Seriously, that’s her motto, and if you follow her on Snapchat (#YesJulz – you should really follow her if you don’t), you would see she is always making moves and empowering those around her.  Definitely one of my inspirations.  The party was downtown LA in a warehouse.  The three of us were definitely the only sober people in the whole venue.  We proceeded to make our way to the very front.  I’m talking basically on the stage.  I had to see YesJulz up close.  Cut to epic DJs, a Hit Boy performance (he’s produced songs for Kanye), followed by a complete surprise guest… Wiz freaking Khalifa.  A true #californyinz moment.  Please just watch the video below.  Words won’t do it justice.  And he premiered his new track, ‘Bake Sale,’ with Travi$ Scott, which dropped today!

We made it back home around 2:30am, showered off the smell of sweaty people and booze and went to bed around 3am.

FRIDAY 1/15
My alarm goes off at 6:00am, and I was nearly in tears due to lack of sleep.  I think that’s a worse feeling than being hungover.  If you’re hungover, you can go grab a spicy chicken sandwich (#6) from Wendy’s and you’re good to go.  But if you got just a few hours of sleep and have to be somewhere like WORK… well then you’re sort of screwed.  Anyways, I made it to work and was actually quite productive.  Plus I took a half day, so I guess I’m just being a little dramatic.  Syd, Bre, and I hung out and napped for the remainder of the day into the night.  Mac and Wally came over to chill.  And then I got the best surprise I could have EVER asked for.  Megan came home from dinner, walked into the house, and KYLIE APPEARED.

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I started crying!  Videos to come.  It was truly the best.  We popped some champagne and called it a night.

SATURDAY 1/16
IMG_0002Saturday was the big day!  What started as a silly thought in my head came to life.  I threw myself a Drake themed birthday.  A BIG MAJOR HUGE thank you to Bre, Kylie, Sydney, Mac, Megan, and Wally for all of their help in setting up and cleaning!  Having all of my favorite people helping me throw a party in honor of my favorite artist was the best feeling.  Love yinz!  ❤

After I told people I was hosting a Drake themed party and they rolled their eyes and chuckled at me, everyone would ask, well what does a Drake party entail?  My answer:  Etsy.  From cupcake toppers to banners to balloons and even my outfit, they have everything Drake.  See to the left.

Shout out to all of the wonderful stores and sellers on Etsy who supplied my Drake party with all of the props and goodies.  And my outfit!  I would highly recommend these stores for the goods listed below.  Quick to deliver and respond should you have any questions or special instructions.  Thanks again!

Teenage Sleaze

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(cupcake topper words only – Bre did the Drake heads)

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Oh Shiny Paper Co

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GIRLBYE

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SUNDAY 1/17
Shout out to Bre for hooking it up once again with four tickets to the Laker game on Sunday against the Houston Rockets!  She doesn’t even work there anymore and is still getting us tickets and good seats.  Bre, Kylie, Joe, and I ventured to the game – thanks for driving, Joe (and happy half birthday today).  Although the Lakers lost, my Snapchat was winning because I witnessed magic between two G.O.A.T.S.  See below.

MONDAY 1/18
OMG.  If you’re in LA or if you ever visit LA, you must try and secure reservations at Bestia.  Located downtown, this was some seriously amazing Italian food.  It was pricey but worth every penny.  Thank you Parker for hooking it up!  We went to celebrate Nick’s birthday.  Squaaaaa.

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TUESDAY 1/19
My real birthday!  I did go to work – womp womp.  But Chad made my day extra special and had decorated my entire cube on Friday after I left.  It was so very sweet of him – thank you, Chaddy!  Now after this whole weekend of partying, I truly wasn’t in the mood to do anything crazy or even leave my couch that night.  So Megan, Mac, Joe, and I ordered sushi takeout and did exactly that… didn’t leave the couch.  Anne and Freddie also came over with some Prosecco – thank you!  My favorite.  Check out more pics below from the weekend.

The talented Nick, whose birthday we celebrated on Monday, is going to edit a video of me from the whole weekend.  So stay tuned for that.  Thanks again, Neek!

Truly from the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank all of my friends and family for making this birthday so special.  From Chad decorating my cube to my girls making my silly little Drake party come to life to my mom having ordered from the East Coast two dozen cupcakes for my party and so much more, THANK YOU.  And thank you for the gifts (Pelke – that OVO owl card was too thoughtful), messages, letting me play Drake music all day, and accepting my obsession.  I am so grateful to have each and every one of you in my life.

Now Drake does have a lyric about being 28, so until next year!

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What a time…

I realize I’ve been MIA for about the last week, but that’s because I’ve been doing hoodrat things with my friends.  JK.  Sort of.  I have been out and about, so now I have lots to share with you!

Let me show you through pictures and videos… and some words. 🙂

FRIDAY | 12.4

 

Ventured to 2nd Street in Long Beach with Chad.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I thank Chad for making sure I’m never hungover.  We ended the night with In-n-Out.

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY | 12.5 | Happy Birthday, Chad!

Lots of things to celebrate on Saturday, December 5!

  • Chad’s 27th birthday
  • the birth of KimYe’s second child, Saint West.  Not the best name choice, obviously, but it’s not Jesus West, so I’m cool with Saint
  • the grand opening of Drake’s Los Angeles flagship store for his OVO brand.  I still haven’t gone yet, but believe me you’ll know on all social media channels when I do make the trip

 

 

Before celebrating Chad’s birthday, I went to the Kings and Pens game at STAPLES Center with none other than Uncle Freddie.  While the Pens lost, 4-3, it was a really good game!  Thanks for the tickets, Susie. 🙂

 

 

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I rushed home after the game to get ready to head back down to Long Beach.  For Chad’s birthday, we went to this delicious Mexican restaurant called Lola’s.  After dinner, we went on a Duffy boat ride in Long Beach and cruised around the marina and canals of Naples.  It’s so beautiful during the Christmas season!


SUNDAY | 12.6

Chad and I spent the day in Santa Monica.  I don’t have any pictures from that, but just know it was filled with Christmas spirit and holiday [window] shopping.  We ended the night with Thai food and being sloths on the couch.

MONDAY | 12.7

Admin Retreat

 

 

No work for me!  On Monday our administration team took the day off to go on a retreat.  We went to lunch and then enjoyed an hour-long boat cruise around the Long Beach marina.

 

 

 

And Monday night, two of my roommates, Megan and Rachel, and I went out in downtown LA!  I rarely venture there since it’s outside of the South Bay ‘bubble.’  But I’m definitely glad I did!  YOLO.

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UESDAY | 12.8

The best night ever!  Parker, Sydney, and I went to see The Weeknd at his Beauty Behind the Madness tour.  So so good.  Seriously, that man* is so talented.  He sounds the same if not better as he does on the radio.  Honest even.  Watch the quick video I compiled from Snapchat below. 🙂

*The Weeknd is one person.  Not a band.  Not a group.  A ‘he.’  Not ‘they.’

Alright, off to more fun things!  Time to get my food and drank on with Mackle Meg in Los Al and then up to Santa Monica – living that YOLO life.  Megan just text me that, so I found it very appropriate to include in today’s post.

Happy Friday, yinz!

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Hold Up, Hold My Phone!

Good news, people!  And especially to you Drake fans.  Drake’s OVO brand is getting a FLAGSHIP clothing store in none other than Los FREAKING Angeles!

And when does it open?  This Saturday, December 5!  Where you ask?  130 N La Brea Avenue, LA  90036.  It’s probably a blessing that Chad’s birthday also happens to be on Saturday and that I’m going to the Pens-Kings game or else you know I’d be lining up bright and early.

And if you can’t ever make it to the store, you can still buy all OVO merch here.

Watch the videos Drake just recently tweeted below!

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FRIENDSgiving

Thanksgiving.  Thanks.  Giving.  I have a lot of thanks to give, but I really wanted to focus on what, or should I say who, have taught me so much in  California in this post.  Obviously I am extremely thankful for my family and my friends back east, but I wanted to highlight a group of people who I have had the privilege of getting to know over the past four years.  These people have taught me so much, whether or not they’ve realized it.  While it’s hard enough to move to a new state, let alone across the country, these people have made the transition so much easier, and for that I am grateful.  I also am pretty sure I take a part of each of these people with me every day.

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Megan – Megan was one of the first people I met when I moved out here (Bre, who you’ll meet later on, introduced me to her).  This six foot blonde has taught me so much about living life in the moment, seeing even the tiniest bit of good in all people, and kindness.

 

 

 

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Sydney – Also another friend who I met through Bre (they went to college together on the East Coast, and now Sydney lives in CA).  I am thankful for Syd’s down-to-do-anything attitude, she’s always the first one to offer to help clean up or ask what she can bring to any function, and her love of concerts and hip-hop music is everything.  It is so refreshing to have someone like Sydney in my life!

 

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Danielle – What is it I’m thankful for about Danielle?  Her positive attitude, she’s always the first one to ask how you’ve been, and her ability to find laughter in pretty much everything.  And the fact she’s not ashamed to peace out of the bar when she’s super tired or hungry no matter what the circumstances.

 

 

Wally

 

 

Sara – I am thankful for Sara’s level-headedness, especially when some of us can get out of hand, her intelligence, and her passion and love for dance – something that we both share.  #NOGU

 

Mac

 

 

Mackenzie – Mac’s smile immediately lights up a room, as does her energy.  I am thankful for her go-getter attitude, constant positivity, and she will always be your biggest fan and cheerleader.

 

 

Rach

 

 

Rachel – Rachel is my newest roommate of Agatay.  In the very short time I’ve known Rachel, she has probably been to more places in Los Angeles than I have in my four years of living here.  I admire her for that and wish I had more of a ‘let’s just go!’ mentality.  Her love for the environment and wanting to create new, healthy (and delicious) food dishes is also something I value.

Chad

 

Chad – Chad works with me at The Guidance Center, and to say I’m thankful for him is an understatement.  He makes every day at work one million percent more enjoyable, honest even.  He is one of the most thoughtful and caring people I know, and I admire his love for bettering the environment and taking care of all animals – truly, he has taught me a lot and has the biggest heart!

 

 

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Kylie – While I only lived with Kylie for a short time before she moved back east about a month ago, I have probably spent the most time with her.  Kylie’s soft-spoken nature has taught me that you don’t always have to be the loudest person in the room.  She ALWAYS has a smile on her face.  And I admire her commitment and passion towards anything she sets her mind to, whether that’s running, meeting a work goal, or going above and beyond to make someone feel special.  I also admire and can share her East Coast mentality.

 

 

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Bre – What is that I’m thankful for about Bre?  Well, she was the first person I truly clicked with just a few months after moving here.  I admire her planning skills – whether it’s for work, a birthday party, or something as simple as organizing a happy hour, Bre makes sure everyone is in the loop and on time.  But what I admire most about Bre is that she is the least judgmental person I’ve ever met.  I can tell her literally anything without fear of harsh judgment or embarrassment.

 

Squad

Parker and Nick aka squad – These two have given me so much life in the time that I’ve known them.  Their love for rap music and concerts is so refreshing, and I’m so grateful I have these two to share my obsession with rap and concerts with.  I also admire Parker’s super hard work ethic and Nick’s extreme rowing and video editing talents.  The squad is poppin’.

 

 

the purps

 

The Purp – Aside from Anne and Freddie, my real family out here, the people who lived at the Purple House truly became my second family.  Thank goodness Bre found them on Craigslist.  They welcomed me into their home, treated me as a roommate, and some of the best memories I have living in CA are from time spent at that house and with those people.

 

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Love you guys so hawwwwd in the paint!  Looking forward to way more adventures and learning from you all along the way. 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, eating and drinking their faces off, and of course taking the time to appreciate everyone and everything around you.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 11.6.15

WILD WEDDING WEEKEND

Last weekend two of my dearest friends from Westminster College got married!  While it was freaking freezing, everything from hair and makeup to 11 of us bridesmaids to the ceremony and reception ran so smoothly.  And the bride, Jamie, looked beautiful!  I flew back to Pittsburgh for the celebration and am so happy I did.  It was truly wonderful seeing so many familiar faces from Westminster.  Some of these people I haven’t seen since college – way too long!  Thank you to Ande and Jamie for letting me be a part of their special day!

Pictures and a video below. 🙂

And obviously I got the DJ to play ‘Hotline Bling.’  Once played, my good pal Garrett (also from Westminster) and I hit the dance floor to show off our moves.


Kendall Jenner Celebrates 20th Birthday Looking Fierce

On Monday night, supermodel Kendall Jenner celebrated her 20th birthday just as I celebrated mine – with all of her closest celebrity friends… I wish!  But really, everyone was there.  And by everyone, I’d like to highlight Drake was in attendance.  The dinner took place in Hollywood at a restaurant called The Nice Guy.  I have to check this place out.  Not only do mad celebs frequent here, but the menu does look pretty tasty.

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In addition to the whole family, Tyga, Jaden Smith, Nick Jonas, Hailey Baldwin, Justin Bieber, and Ruby Rose were in attendance.

Can we talk about Kendall’s outfit though?  It’s everything.  From her messy hair (I would look like I rolled out of bed) to the plunging black skin-tight jumpsuit designed by Sergio Hudson.  I die.

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LA Has a new anthem

Hot off of his upcoming album, which drops on November 13, Ty Dolla $ign gives us a single, more like an anthem, simply titled ‘LA.’  And who else would make a song about Los Angeles even more epic?  Well, Kendrick Lamar of course.  Listen to the track below.  Looking forward to the whole album!

Have a wonderful weekend, yinz!  I will be doing hood rat things with my friends.
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