Thursday, June 29, 2017

Living Room Live - W San Francisco

I have always loved the W chain of hotels. They are definitely my style, hip and sexy. I received an invite to the Living Room Live event of hosted appetizers and drinks with a local DJ. I was allowed to bring as many as guests as I could and I now have a life outside of work so I RSVP'd and invited friends.


I haven't been to the W, not have I stayed in this hotel. I have had a room at the Newark, California location. That's nice. And have definitely had a ladies' night out there. It was nice to have our own area and some team members came to say hello. 





Mitzi, my food blogger friend, and my Instafriend, Julia, were able to join. Mitzi couldn't stay for the entire time and took off after enjoying that ranch with their delicious chips and took her photos. Follow her Instagram accounts (@mitzifood, @mitzidrinks). Julia and I continued our evening at the beautiful St. Regis hotel on the same block. 

We sat in oversized chairs near the fireplace and was provided wonderful service. We had the Purple Daze cocktails in honor of pride and the lobster nachos. But the sun-dried tomatoe flavored popcorn was my favorite. I had two of those little trays.


 


 
 
It was nice to add to my log of hotel experiences. Stay tuned for more! Hotels have been booked in New York City, Paris and soon in Champagne for September of this year. Very excited!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stella & Dot Fall 2018 Collection - July 18th

Here is a teaser of the new Fall 2018 collection by Stella & Dot! Gorgeous, right? Do you think your friends would love it too? Book a trunk show with me and earn an average of $250 in free jewelry and additional pieces at half off. OR, sign up and be a Stylist on my team and you can earn your investment back at your business launch trunk show!


I just had a shopping Summer Soiree at my house this past weekend. My friends with Rodan & Fields and Lularoe came by as well. We had a good time with my neighbors, time on my balcony enjoying my view and many bottles of wine. I opened up wine bottles I have been holding onto and was happy to crack them open and share with these ladies. Men were there too!







Balcony time

Dogs welcome.
 And the wine!

Giornata in Paso Robles. Visited the tasting room for my birthday last year. So good!

Field Recordings
Jacob's Creek
Toulouse Vineyard & Winery - 2007 bottle. I remember going to the tasting room and buying this on our way down from a spontaneous trip to Mendocino.

Chateau Ste Michelle - One of my favorites and have been to the winery several times.
Bummed you couldn't make this event? Please visit me at the Tennyson All American Festival at the Mt. Eden Mansion and Park on Saturday, July 1st from 10 am - 2 pm. I will have a table of jewelry for you to check out! Also, any orders will be entered into the Mystery Hostess Trunk Show where you could win the hostess rewards (average of $250 in free jewelry plus 4 pieces at 50% off!).  The event will have jumpers for kids, food and refreshments, face painting, bungee run basketball, live entertainment and more! Come support local businesses and interact with your community!

Can't make that event either? Shop the Mystery Hostess Trunk Show to enter. Winner will be drawn on July 11th and announced via my Facebook page.

Looking forward to what this Summer will bring. What about you?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wedding Planning Update

It just happens to be my last bride's wedding anniversary this past week! Happy Anniversary, Fatima & Tim! It took place at the beautiful Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California.

I have been quite consumed opening and trying to keep a new business adventure, Dirty Water, keep afloat. A few responsibilities have shifted and I have goals that I am kicking into high gear: #goalby40. I am looking to gain more experience and saving money for that 2 bedroom 2 bath condo on the beach in Maui. I am determined to make that happen.

What would you do on that island? 

I am an Event Planner and am doing well with my Stella & Dot business. I am planning a wedding for September 2017 and June 2018. I have also an On Call Banquet Server at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California to gain event experience from a hotel perspective. Maui is a common wedding destination. I'd fit right in, don't you think? I will also be going back to Maui in October for the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. I love researching venue, food and this gorgeous island.

As for the two weddings on my hand, here is what's happening:

September 2017 Wedding
I was recommended to the Bride by my former colleague, friend and my future Paris travel partner post wedding. I had an initial meeting with her at a local Philz, recapped our meeting by updating an Excel workbook of tasks that need to be completed and a timeline. My Bride and busy executive was consumed as a female Partner at a firm. (GO women in business!) I didn't put too much pressure on her but with being three weeks out, work needs to get done. Majority of invitations are out, existing contracts have been reviewed, a site visit was done, rehearsal dinner venues have had site visits and inquiries sent, bridesmaid dresses options have been researched, etc. There is so much to do!


June 2018 Wedding
"I immediately thought of you!" How sweet it was to hear that I am trusted with such an event. Of course I said 'yes!' My Bride is in Southern California but would like to have a 120-person affair in Northern California. We scheduled a phone call to discuss her wants, do not wants, ideal budget and next steps. A proposed budget and how it should be spent was prepared with a recommended budget, how to cut costs, etc. As the Bride has not narrowed down a city or area of Northern California, there are so many options! I have a few in mind but have also visited venues in Sonoma County. Photos to come soon!


Today happens to be their four-year anniversary. Lots of love in June.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Selfie Day - June 21, 2017

We've all done it. There's even a category and album that Apple automatically puts your selfies in. How many do you have? I currently have 403 on my phone. I'm so vain, right?




Well, don't be ashamed, it's Selfie Day on Wednesday, June 21st. Rock those selfies!



As a Stella & Dot Stylist, it's my job. I make money off of my selfies because I take pictures of how I wear the jewelry I'm selling via social media and possibly during live trunk shows. It's easy. Even with cute dogs. That is Gizmo. My long time buddy, now 14.






I have a few friends that are Roman Fields reps and tomorrow, for every selfie posted via Twitter with no makeup and use the '#RFgonaked' hashtag, one dollar will go to BuildOn. I'm down. Post a pic, unfiltered and give yourself some self love promo of you all natural. You'll be happily surprised how many compliments you'll get. Own it. You're beautiful.




Will you participate? Have fun with it! We do!



Monday, June 19, 2017

#StillInIt 2017 - Week 8

Week 8 of 8 of the Bodybuilding.com's fitness challenge with Dymatize. Again, I made very little progress. I stopped drinking with the exception of maybe three days, I switched up my workouts and made it a point to get up early to make it happen and I feel like I ate better. But still, not that much progress. What's up with that? Frustrating.

Monday
Abs, Back & Cardio



Tuesday
Arms & Cardio

Thursday
I started a new part time job and I had to drive into work. I would get up at the same time but I didn't hit the gym.

Friday
Being tired from working a double on Thursday, I took the day off. I had planned to take After pics the next morning.



Saturday
Abs, Legs and Cardio
With After pics not showing any progress, I pushed even farther at the gym. It felt good.





Sunday
Chest and Cardio
I felt those booty moves from the day before and felt I deserved a fun evening with a friend.






Thursday, June 15, 2017

Raising Funds to Find a Cure

HELP A GOOD CAUSE!

My friend, Carmelita, will be participating in her FOURTH Team Challenge Half Marathon in Napa, California on July 16th with monies funding to find a cure for Crohn's and Colitis. Last year, she raised over $5,000. This year, her goal is to reach $6,000 and she is 48% there!



Carmelita is a rather new friend of mine but we immediately hit it off when I met her at a Veuve Clicquot event at Dirty Water where she won a magnum! Since then, we have donated a gift certificate to a golf tournament benefiting children, she has attended other Women Wednesday events and other fun events around the city. We became Facebook and Instagram friends and this woman does it all. She's a professional, constantly traveling and enjoying life and doing good for this world. It's an honor to have met her and I would like to support her efforts. Read more about her story here:



I am donating 10% of sales from her online Stella & Dot trunk show. Please make your purchase by July 2, 2017. We have items on sale, you can earn Dot Dollars with purchases of $50 or more by June 19th and there are specials to take advantage of when you spend $50 or more. Please shop here:


Thank you for your consideration and cheers to Carmelita!

Bond Bar for Women Wednesday



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Three times here and always a good time. The first time was having a birthday luncheon out on the patio with Bevo after a long walk on the beach. The second time was after hiking Purisima Trail with friends. And this last time was with my sister for her birthday weekend. 

What should we get? 

#ALLTHEBEER

My friend John of Mujicians Brewing Company always gets all the beer at a brewery to try them all! Why choose just three? Why choose beers you think you'll like? Tasting beer is just as fun as wine tasting. With so many breweries popping up, I assure you, they're not all Bud Lights (thank God). Some won't taste like you think they would. I enjoy being shocked with a unique scent and an unexpected flavor or color. I am no expert on the topic but I can tell you you'll have fun if you get 'All The Beer!'




I told Nelson that this should be addition to his food truck.

My sister, Melyssa, has never experienced this and we received a tray of all the local beers on tap. The Filipino in her thought we had to finish them all. Nope, just finish what you like. We took beer menu, wrote down what we thought we tasted and put in order which were our favorites.

The results:
Our favorite - HMB's Apricot & Passion Fruit Belgian Blonde. 5.5% ABV. 20 IBU.

Melyssa's #2 - HMB's Kolsch. 5.1% ABV. 21 IBU.
My #2 - HMB's Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. 7% ABV. 23 IBU.

Melyssa's #3 - HMB's Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. 7% ABV. 23 IBU.
My #3 - HMB's Daily Ritual Coffee Blonde. 5% ABV. 16 IBUs. Because it was soooo weird!

Other notes were that the Honey Ale was like nothing. It was the Bud Light on the tray. The Honk If You're Heffy from El Granada, CA was 5.4% ABV and a Bavarian wheat beer. It smelled of rotting oranges and the finish was not pleasing. Sorry, Honky beer on the tray.

My sister ended up going with a pint of our favorite, the fruity Belgian Blonde. Sadly, she couldn't finish it and I did. It's good!

Frank, our Server, was awesome and attentive. He also delivered a pretzel with melted cheese, two crab sandwiches and  my Jameson just like I like it.




After the flight of beer, I wanted a picture in my Kauai Island Brewing Company sweatshirt near their sign. Clearly, the beer and whiskey has kicked in. 

Take 2


 

Cheers! And remember, order ALL THE BEER!