Fan Art Fridays: Happy 23rd Birthday, Nick Jonas!

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If you knew me back in middle school, you’d know that I was one of those overly-obsessed “Nick chicks.” I was about 13 years old when I found out about the Jonas Brothers, and I loved Nick Jonas’ curly hair so much that I would dream of growing old with him and running my fingers through his hair when his curls turned gray.

Don’t judge me! Even Demi Lovato admits that he had the best Jo Fro!

Now that I’m older and I realize that I’m not actually going to marry a celebrity, I’ve calmed down about Nick, but he still has a special place in my heart—even though he doesn’t let his curls grow out anymore.

Nick Jonas turned 23 this week (September 16th), so I decided to dedicate this week’s Fan Art Fridays to him. This sketch of Nick I found on Deviant Art captures his curls just the way I like ’em.

View the original here.

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California Day 4: Shopping, ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ & The Golden State Cafe

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L.A., L.A, baby …

– The Jonas Brothers

Day 4 in California was the day I’d been waiting for—seeing Bradley Cooper and Andrew Garfield at a live taping of The Late Late Show with James Corden!

But before the show we went shopping at Ross and I found this cute LBD that comes with a scarf for $6.

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I could not leave without it.

Then my mom, aunt, and I went to the Dollar Tree next door and I went a bit nail strip crazy. I’ve never seen so many brands in one store. Kill me next time.

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We were due at CBS Studio City at 3pm, so we arrived at around 2:30 just in case we got stuck in traffic. And guess what?

There was no freaking parking. So we had to pay money to park at The Grove a few minutes away.

Anyway…

We stood in the blazing sun for almost 40 minutes before they let us into the waiting area. At least 1iota was nice enough to give us umbrellas and bottled water. Still, I have a lovely tan line the shape of my flats on my feet from the sun.

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But honestly, it was totally worth it! James Corden is so cool and weird, and Bradley Cooper danced for us, and Andrew Garfield let his hair out of the man bun (as you probably saw on the episode), and I was so happy to have been breathing the same air as all these Hollywood people….

Gosh, Bradley Cooper’s dancing though. *swoon*

After the show I took this photo with my dad by the water installation at CBS.

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And then we went to The Golden State Cafe for burgers, fries, and grilled chicken. I was served an enormous bowl of fries that I couldn’t finish, so I took it back to the hotel.

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Thank you James Corden and 1iota for making my trip to California amazeballs!

Stay tuned for day 5 tomorrow!

California Day 3: Hollywood Walk of Fame, Wattles Park & Pool Time

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Could be New York, maybe Hollywood and Vine …

– Hilary Duff

For Labor Day in California, we spent some time on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I wanted to find Sandra Bullock’s star but my parents and aunt got tired of walking before we were anywhere close.

Cue photos with Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Mariska Hargitay, and Carol Burnett’s stars:

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And then I was teased with a glimpse of the Hollywood sign on the way back to the car. I still can’t believe I didn’t get to go up there 😥

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Then we had a somewhat failed attempt in the Hollywood Hills at the Wattles Park and Mansion. Since it was a holiday, it was locked but the gardens were open.

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We also saw a pomegranate tree. My mom picked one, and we didn’t actually open it until two days later. (It didn’t taste very well).

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When we got back to the hotel we came to the conclusion that we deserved a bit of pool time.

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There was a cute kitty near the deeper end when we got there. I scared it away by getting too close with my phone.

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The water was too cold for me, so I settled with just dipping my feet in.

Stay tuned for day 4 tomorrow!

 

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Gigi Hadid in NYC During Fall NYFW 2015

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Hope you’re enjoying the last few days of NYFW! Gigi Hadid took advantage of the nice weather on September 10th to sport a bright orange romper and studded sneakers.

Both the weather and the start of NYFW were definitely cause for a vibrant celebration. She looks super cool and super colorful with those sunglasses as a nice added touch.

I’m sure the original items (marked with *) will sell out soon, so here are some alternatives below!

Romper:

1. Planet Blue, $140.00 *

2. Punch Clothing, $161.00

Sunglasses:

3. Designer Seven, $88.00

4. Amazon, $105.00 *

Sneakers:

5. Nordstrom Rack, $59.97 *

6. CL Shoe Store, $150.00

California Day 2: Shopping, Hammer Museum & More Shopping

Los Angeles, Los Angeles, don’t ever let them change you …

– The Bird and the Bee

Since I screwed up real bad the day before with the whole walking to the store thing, my mom and my aunt vowed to never again walk long distances for the duration of our trip.

My dad decided to drive us to the mall complex after finally hearing about our fiasco when he woke up the next morning.

First we stopped at this gem of a grocery store called El Super. WHY DO THEY NOT HAVE ONE OF THESE ON THE EAST COAST?! THE PRODUCE IS SO CHEAP!!

After buying wayyyyy too much food for the fridge in the hotel, my mom realized she needed a knife to cut the fruit so we went to the 97¢ store to get one. I also ended up buying some nail polish because the nail strips I was wearing were already coming off.

Kleancolor Nail Polish in the shade Silver Lining

Kleancolor Nail Polish in the shade Silver Lining

Then we went over to Kmart where I found this lovely top for $5! They charge tax on clothes in California though. :/ So it was like $5.50.

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After we went back to the hotel to drop our stuff off, we took a trip to LA to visit the Hammer Museum. As soon as we got there, my dad and I went crazy on their awesome spin top chairs. (My aunt refused to sit on them, and my mom only sat for like one spin before screaming her head off).

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We walked around the galleries and then my parents enjoyed a game of ping pong. I was terrible at it.

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Then we tried to visit the Getty Museum but the parking lot was full so we went back to the hotel. Before heading to our room, we asked the friendly bus driver on the street nearby how much the bus costs.

$1.10 guys. NEW YORK MTA, GET IT TOGETHER!

My mom, aunt and I decided to let my dad take a nap while we went to the Shops at Montebello on the bus. I bought these Seventeen brand oxford shoes at Sears. I love them so much! They’re like sneaker boots, if that makes any sense. So comfortable too!

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Stay tuned for day 3 (Labor Day) tomorrow!

California Day 1: Walking to the Wrong Store Location in Montebello

Last week I went to California with my family! I’ve decided to document my 6-day trip with a daily blog post of my adventures. We stayed in a hotel in Montebello, and visited Los Angeles for the majority of our sightseeing trips. Here’s what we did on day one!

Hoped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan …

– Miley Cyrus

After a long flight and a long wait for the rental car, we made it to our hotel to find that our room wasn’t ready. So, to kill time, we went to the Domino’s Pizza place in Montebello because by then it was already 6 p.m. New York time and we hadn’t yet eaten anything since breakfast.

Cue the pizza pig out.

(Side note: Check out this ginormous fish in the hotel lobby’s fish tank!)

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After the pizza we decided we wanted to fill our mini fridge with some groceries, but my dad had already dozed off and my mom was too scared to drive as a tourist in California. So we went by foot. The walk was only supposed to be 20 minutes long, so my mom and aunt agreed to it.

We stopped at Starbucks for free cups of water. The Starbucks in Montebello has a drive thru! Whattttt!

The scenery in Montebello is so gorgeous. Everyone has such beautiful shrubs and gardens.

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We even saw a lime tree!

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So after 20 minutes of complaining about the crappy pathway we had to walk on to get there (the concrete was severely damaged by tree roots), we finally get to the last turn on the Google Maps directions.

But instead of the supermarket we ended up at the supermarket warehouse, which doesn’t sell to the public. Oops.

My mom and aunt were so pissed. We tried waiting for the bus to go back but it never came. Until we started walking again.

Figures.

Anyway, we found a cute kitty in the Starbucks parking lot on the way back to the hotel.

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The time difference caused me to fall asleep at 9 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. California time. #Jetlagged.

Stay tuned for day 2!

Gallery Mondays: Hope Gangloff @ Susan Inglett Gallery

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I stepped out this morning at about 7:45 a.m. and it was 60 °F.

Fall is definitely upon us.

This painting by Hope Gangloff reminds me of the weather that’s coming to NYC soon. It just makes you want to curl up on a chair with some tea.

I saw this painting back in May at the Susan Inglett Gallery. What really intrigued me about this painting is the newspapers on the floor and the way the letters jump off the page.

That and the fuzzy green slippers.

I think I could stare at Hope Gangloff’s paintings all day. The lines are just gorgeous in absolutely every single one of her paintings. They make the paintings look so real and yet so animated all at once.

See more of the images from the exhibition here.