Abby.

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I have had the hardest time concentrating this week. I recently found out that my beautiful baby girl, Abby the Bernese Mountain Dog aka Abby Airmail Equus Calhoun, will need to be put to rest. If I was allowed to keep her around, she would have turned 12 on August 23rd, a date that also would have marked my Mother and Father’s 64th wedding anniversary (had my father still been alive). On top of that,  this craziness in France, and all the unnecessary shootings are exasperating my melancholy state of mind. The cruelty of people can be so overwhelming to a sensitive soul like mine.  To add to things, we are wrapping up the final episode of season 8 at work and MSM starts a new job on Monday. Just a lot of endings are hitting at once. And I’m not good at endings. In fact, I’m terrible with them.

 

I’d like to focus this blog post on Abby, my devoted fur daughter who has brought so much love and joy to my life. I remember the very first day we picked her up from the airport (she was born on a farm in Oklahoma and sent to us). I opened her crate door and gazed upon the most adorable rollie-pollie curly-haired puppy I had ever seen. And she was eating her poop! This habit, I am embarrassed to admit, never ceased. I wont get into those stories even though they are funny to me, to avoid potentially offending someone who is reading this.

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Abby’s baby photo. I have more but sadly they are all in storage. This one is printed out! Rember when people used to print their photos?!

Baby Abby was so beyond adorable. I can picture her laying flat on her side in her Ex-pen during the training months, jerking from puppy dreams of running in fields and eating treats (and poop :P). One year, when Abby was about 3 or 4, I had invited company over for dinner. I set up a beautiful french cheese spread, about four pounds of exquisite stinky cheeses paired with fruit and crackers. When the doorbell rang, I exited the room to greet my friends. When we walked over to the cheese spread, Abby had eaten THE ENTIRE THING. ALL FOUR POUNDS of cheese! She loved to run in the yard and she adored stealing her (Shih-Tzu) tiny big sister’s toys and burying them because if Abby couldn’t have them, either could Daisy! Abby had a wonderful full life. She experienced camping in Joshua Tree, fishing in Bishop, and hiking in Orange County, Los Angeles, Ojai, and Pismo. She lived at the beach with a 180 degree view of the pacific, and inland with beautiful foothills as her backdrop.

Berners are incredibly affectionate and Abby is no exception. In fact, she really is basically pure love. One of her favorite things is being with her people. She sits on our feet and sleeps or grabs our hands and insists we pet her. If we stop for a beat she tosses and turns and pushes our hand back for more petting. She loves to lick our faces (hopefully not after poop eating) or stare right at us, with her face an inch away from ours, and burp  “I love you”. She adores cuddling on the sofa during our favorite TV shows or movies. At night she used to prefer sleeping on a cool surface, usually by a door so she could protect her pack. For some reason as she aged, and this is one of my favorites, she crawls into bed at night, lays next to me, and sighs.

When Abby was four, along came her brother Stanley. Stanley has been like a remora shark to Abby. He follows her everywhere. I’m very worried for him now. What will he do without his sweet sister?

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Sibling love.

When Abby came into my life I was married. I had a lot to offer her- a father, a yard, a house with a dog door, time, money, and, of course, love. A ton of love. When my marriage ended my whole life shattered. Everything I knew had suddenly and drastically changed. Everything I dreamt for the future could no longer occur because the players in my game of life had changed. I was on my own, ungrounded,  and feeling like a failure. As I worked on rebuilding my life I did okay with the pups and always appreciated and reciprocated their support. Eventually, due to finances,  working a zillion hours a week, and not being able to afford a house with a yard (or an apartment that allowed dogs over 20lbs),  I chose to re-home them for what I thought would be a temporary three to six months. I did this, despite being the person that ALWAY got on a soap box about how giving up your pets is basically synonymous with murder and how only losers and A-holes do it. I could rationalize my choice because I had every intention of bringing them home soon. I wasn’t giving them away, I was temporarily fostering them so they were in a better place while I was getting re-situated. Despite rationalization, re-homing them even temporarily was heart breaking.  I had sold my home in OC with thoughts of buying in LA not knowing I was fooling myself because there was NO WAY I could afford a home up here at that time (in a safe neighborhood). I am happy that for the past year my fur kids have had a great home with a family that loves them, a small yard and a dog park close by that they visit often. They are very happy and healthy. It’s a three-hour round trip commute to where they are now but I’ve been going every other month to visit. And I pay for all their medical expenses, grooming, and food. I still love them. They are still mine in my heart. But I am also sad because I haven’t been able to be with them on a daily basis. It has been extremely difficult.

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In December, due to a degenerative neurological issue in her spine, Abby began to lose the use of her rear left leg. This progressed to both rear legs. Now Abby’s pain has gotten worse, pain meds are no longer working, her back legs are no longer functioning at all, she soils herself daily, and she can’t move- I am beyond devastated. I am having ethical issues regarding putting her down, but I also know it will take the pain away from her and can kind of wrap my head around why its more humane to put her to rest. It hurts that  I will never be able to bring her home. I like to think she IS home. In her new home with her new mom and dad. But its hard to accept that. She’s eleven. She was basically eleven when they got her. She’s my dog and I’ve missed her every day I haven’t been with her this year, but at least previously I could get in a car and go see her or have the foster parents send a photo. I am SO grateful that MSM surprised us this past Christmas with a five-day trip to Carmel, where I got to snuggle with Miss Abby and Stanley. We cuddled, and played, and hiked, and ran on the beach. It was so amazing and beautiful and I can not express the amount of gratitude I feel for having those last few successive days as a family with her. Of course I’ve visited her often since then, including a full weekend last month, but that time in December was the best because it was extended and it was when she was mostly healthy.

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Vallentyne Photography I’m so grateful that we did a photo shoot with Heather Vallentyne. Everyone with dogs should do this!!!
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Vallentyne Photography Abby as a teenager. She loved to run on the beach.

 

I love you my sweet Abby girl. May you rest peacefully in heaven, eat all the stinky cheese you desire, run in the grassy fields, and bury your big sister’s toys. I hope Daisy is there for you and will help you through. My heart will always be with you. It’s so hard to let go.

 

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My game plan for dealing with all these endings:

  1. A yogi once said, of his broken gem collection, “Those things were for my joy, not for my misery.” I have been learning meditation, and I think I need to take the day on Saturday to meditate on this. My good friend Dave told me, regarding dealing with a passing pet;  “Nothing and no one lasts forever. Rather than focusing on the loss, focus on how grateful you are for the time you had with the pet, and all the good things about her”
  2.  Do not attempt to push away the sadness, ride through it. To ease the pain I will pamper myself with a massage and/or mani/pedi.
  3. I will focus on present happiness with a ballet class and/or a walk on the beach with MSM.
  4. I will honor Abby’s life with a ceremonial dinner and toast.
  5. I will have an Annual wine and Stinky Cheese pairing party in honor of Abby.
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I’m so grateful that I got to spend the weekend with my Abby last month. We snuggled and talked. She couldn’t play much, but we were happy to be wtih each other. 

Loss is always a reminder that life is too short. I need to take this time to take a chance and do some things that I’m normally too afraid to do. Its time to focus on career growth, where I want to go, and who I want to be. So often out of the pain of loss comes a new beginning that usually leads to something good. Can you think of something you currently love that you can trace back as ultimately starting from a loss? I bet your answer is “yes.”

xoxo

QJ

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WTF is Erewhon?

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ALL PHOTOS ON THIS POST WERE TAKEN FROM EREWHON’s WEBSITE and GOOGLE IMAGES

I know that some expensive things are just frivolous and a waste of money, but everyone should have a list of non- negotiable items that are just worth the extra dime. Mine, for sure, include hair stylist, hand bags, shoes, and food.

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This photo of the original Whole Foods triggers a rush of memories for me. I can picture the entire inside layout with clarity! Fresh apples and veggies and some amazing home made dried fruits…..

26 years ago, when I was just a young student in Austin, every Sunday, no matter the heat or the rain, exhaustion level, or exams, I would head over to the this tiny little grocery store to support my local organic farmers. In attempt to minimize my carbon footprint, with my expandable crochet grocery bag over my shoulders,  I would hike the 3 mile trek across Guadeloupe to the original Whole Foods.  At the time Whole Foods was a small eco-friendly food co-op. I was always greeted by a friendly staff and the food here ALWAYS surpassed the products at the other local options (HEB and Ralphs). Not only did everything taste better, it even looked better. More natural. Over the years Whole Foods became a national brand, and I continued to support it, partially out of habit and partially out of nostalgia. I do still believe the food from Whole Foods tastes superior to other grocery stores- though I think they, on some accounts, they are on par with a much more affordable “Sprouts Market”.

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This weekend MSM took me to a  “new” (to me) grocery store with the most peculiar name; Erewhon. (pronounced Eh-ro-whan). This place either a. transported me back to 1974, when things were just more fresh and less stuffed with preservatives or b. seriously sells better food. I mean I thought Whole Foods was the top of the crop but I, apparently, was wrong. Whole Foods is no longer the king of my grocery world. I just ate some cherries (from Erewhon) that tasted AH-MAZING. Honestly I can’t even describe it. They just tasted different. More like I remember cherries tasting years ago. The house-made hummus tastes like we flew to Israel and grabbed it off a local’s table. How can food taste so different?? So fresh and, for lack of other words, “real”? I’ve been trying to read more and more about GMO’s and organic farming and the information I’ve found has been all over the place. After eating the food from Erewhon I’m definitely siding with the anti-GMO group. There most DEFINITELY is a difference. Yes, the Fagé at this market is 2$ more than at Whole Foods and without a doubt tastes the same, but the produce, meat, poultry….anything not processed FAR surpasses that of any other store. These items seem even tastier than the products I’ve gotten at the local farmers market. Astonishingly enough that I’m actually writing about it.  They have some interesting mildly processed items, such as no salt added Kimchi or a healthy toxin-free  (low fat, low sodium, but somehow still tasty) pizza crust made with added spirulina. I have to say, I will definitely be returning to Erewhon. It is well worth the extra dollars. Only potential downside? If you want to blend in with the new Venice clientele, make sure you style your hair and don a nice designer piece. Everyone that was shopping here was really beautiful.

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A photo of Gwyneth Paltrow at outside Erewhon. Yep, beautiful people shop here.

WHAT THE HECK TO WEAR TO EREWHON:

As I mentioned above, one designer piece and a nicely coiffed do is perfect. Mainly what I saw here was high end Alo yoga wear, Stella McCartney Adidas, and a couture handbag.

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This is the perfect outfit for the high-end grocery shopper. That “I’m casual but rich” look. Yoga wear is still big on the west side of LA as an every day look, especially on weekends. 

On a side note….things have been a crazy whirlwind with my career. All good things. Wrapping up Season 8 of Regular Show and trying to figure out whats next on the horizon….so i’ve been very focused on that. More blogging to come though!

Stay strong ya’ll! Hope you had a festive Forth of July weekend and that you have more fun with your freedom this coming weekend!

TGIF

xoxo

QJ

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Serious Summer Fun

 

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Just a quick blog RE post… my fellow blogger, Monica, had the brilliant idea of posting a list of places to order cocktails out of a golden pineapple! Check it out here: Gisele Chic.

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I’m obsessed. Nothing says classy sassy summer fun like a gilded pineapple filled to the brim with proverbial ambrosia! There are, according to Monica’s list,  five places in Los Angeles that partake in this ingenuous idea. I plan on visiting each and every one of them this summer, and will blog about it (including what to wear while embibing, of course). Peruse the rest of her blog as well. She’s a genius!

Tootles for now!

xoxo

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The Ingenue.

This weekend I had the honor of meeting a very sweet young but enterprising fashion designer, Chloe Selby. Though most of our discussion was about ingredients in a “make your own smoothie”, and how strawberries, mint, parsley, and spinach obviously do NOT make a good combo (duh! What was I thinking?), we did touch on blogging and fashion and our dreams. It was so refreshing to meet someone young and unaffected. Despite our age difference, Chloe did not mind staying engaged in conversation. Even though she is sage beyond her years, Chloe reminded me of the innocence of youth and how its okay to not only dare to dream, but to work towards a dream. I fear that as we age, we loose faith in the universe and we loose our ability to dream. Loss after loss, we acquire an attitude of “whats the point?” and eventually just stop dreaming all together. Lets not let this happen to us. No matter how many nay sayers you meet, and no matter how old you are and how many adversities you’ve faced, don’t let go of your dreams. And if you’ve grown out of some dreams, write a new list. Start small and work towards big.  Not every dream will end in disappointment. It just wont. And when some do come to fruition, embrace the moment and celebrate!

If any of you have read The Fountainhead, you’ll remember Howard Roark’s attitude towards learning all the the details of a job before being able to master overall production. Along with her obvious passion, I was very impressed with Chloe’s respect for learning the art of sewing, pattern making, and the rest of the ingredients that make up fashion design. I also adored her Jacqui Aiche necklace. Anyone who has an appreciation for Jacqui Aiche has appreciation from me. This fille will most certainly make it to the top. I look forward to following her blog and seeing her creations. Check her out yourself: Chloe Selby Style

Craziness at work ensues this week, but its all fun! Danielle sent a few summer pieces, all of which were totally unflattering for my body type and extremely expensive. Like my smoothie from above, this is not a good combo! Boo! Still looking for that perfect number to go with my SW buff highlands (see previous post),  I decided to rebel and pick a few pieces myself. Staying in line with my resolution, I wanted to pick just one piece that was affordable, current, and could replace something else in my closet. These are the three I ordered, hopefully one works:

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I love this little dress by Tularosa. The color is so feminine and I feel like it would be a great pair with the SW boots. The cut may not look good on my shape. Its hard to tell by the photo. We shall soon find out.
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This is a little sexy for work (obvi!), but MSM and I won a trip to Kauai and I feel like it would be perfect for that. I’ve always wanted a deep V dress. Again, may look horrible on my shape but its worth a shot! Like I said earlier- dare to dream!
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This third one by Riller and Fount is super casual. I can wear it to work for sure, with a denim or leather jacket over it if needed. It could also look cute with the boots. Also not for sure a flattering cut. We shall see when they all arrive tomorrow.

 

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I almost chose this one instead of the previous. And it is possible it could be more flattering. Though the off the shoulder thing has not been fabulous on me…..So I went for the former.

Meanwhile, I’m obsessing over these shoes. I have no idea why, since they look like orthopedic shoes for the elderly. I think because they look so cute when Danielle outfits them on her blog, AND because they honestly look comfortable. My ballerina see these and think “clouds!”. They are very hip right now and I can wear them even with a mini dress. Extra bonus? MSM will be SO pleased I’m not in heels and we can walk for miles on our dates!

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See? Totally cute once outfitted and on! They don’t look orthopedic here at all. Danielle’s wearing the wedge version, which is more of a no brainer to me. I adore them. Sadly they are sold out….

What do you all think? Yay or Nay?

PS In case you missed my on-camera television debut, check out The Shahs of Sunset “Lights, Cameras, Kaftans” here!! See if you can find me at the Four Season’s event😉.

xoxo

QJ

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I am Pippi Longstocking….

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If you say it fast its funny!

Nothing has brought me into a rush of nostalgia like the intro to Pippi In The South Seas. MSM launched our memorial day weekend with a surprise viewing of this film. The minute the title credits were done and the story opened in Pippi’s house I literally felt like I was hit on the head with a flash of memories. I’ve never realized how much I loved Pippi. I remember the house as if it were my own. Every detail. Where the kitchen table was, what the wallpaper looked like, Old Man (her horse), the amazing dirigible that Pippi created from her bed, Pippi’s strange sense of fashion, Annika and Tommy….the list goes on. Embraced by the warm familiarity of “home” and pacified by the soothing sound of the projector purr (yes, it was real film shown via projector!),  I sat on the edge of my seat (albeit somewhat because the chair was very uncomfortable) and enjoyed every moment of the story. At the conclusion of the film I literally could not stop myself from crying. I didn’t want it to be over! It was as if, for that 90 minutes, my father was still alive. I subconsciously remembered what it felt like to be able to dream with no worries, to live without thinking about it. I remembered being 8 years old and building forts out of pillows and blankets and my parent’s huge library chairs. How I built my own dirigible and flew over the 7 seas looking for pirates. What happens to us that we lose that sense of magic? I’d like to read more on the subject of the “adolescent brain”. Is there a way we can slow down the degeneration? Or resuscitate it once its gone?

Following the movie was a pizza and ice cream party. The ice cream sundaes, vanilla striped with strawberry or fudge sauce, were individually housed in those little opaque plastic receptacles with tear off tops that I haven’t seen since, I’m pretty sure, 1982. You know, the ones that come with a mini wooden spoon? Now, if you are familiar with my blog you know how much I enjoy time travel, and this “trip” surely did not disappoint.

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What can we learn from Pippi:

A. Anything is possible if we just believe in ourselves and our own strength (I’m pretty sure Disney movies try to teach this as well).

B. If something goes wrong never worry at all because no matter what, a solution is just around the corner.

C. Some things may look mundane, but it’s really a disguise. There is something special in everything, we just need to think outside the box.

D. As long as you have family (close friends included), you have everything you need to make it.

E. Memories are malleable. Don’t be subjected to a negative past. If you don’t like the story, change it.

F. Enjoy the little things. Don’t forget to smell the roses.

G. Singing a ditty makes everything more fun.

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This event was thrown by Cinefamily. Taken directly from their website:

The Cinefamily is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films.

The Cinefamily’s mission is to reinvigorate film culture by fostering a spirit of community and a sense of discovery.

Like campfires, sporting events and church services, we believe that movies work best as social experiences. They are more meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others.

The Cinefamily was founded in 2007 by brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham and Hadrian Belove, founder of Cinefile Video. We currently average 14 shows per week, many of which are enhanced with special guests, live music, dance parties, potlucks and other kinds of social fun. Over 65,000 patrons visit the Cinefamily annually.

If you are interested in learning more regarding show times and events: Cinefamily Website

WHAT THE HECK TO WEAR TO A THROW BACK MOVIE

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Gigi (Hadid) has seriously impacted LA. Everyone is wearing these Adidas. I’m so happy I got these black and white ones first, while everyone else was wearing the solid white with green back! Top: Theory  Shorts: Milly  Bag: Chloe  Shoes: Adidas
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I love the detail in the back of this shirt. It adds a little something to an otherwise boring black top. The fit is also quite flattering. And the bonus is its super comfortable.
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I First saw this Chloe bag in a photo of Danielle and I just loved it. I had no idea how functional it was also going to be. Its lightweight and fits just enough. Its three compartment interior makes it easy to stay organized and avoid the bottomless pit of other bags. 

In a rush today. I’ve been slammed at work and I’m helping set up for a benefit at the studio tonight. Have a great weekend everyone! Work hard, play hard!

xoxo

QJ

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The key to procrastination.

This season of Regular Show is down to the last six episodes and I currently have been procrastinating my episode builds via an obsessive amount of on-line shopping. And by “shopping”, I mean “cart filling but not purchasing.” My fashion fairy godmother (and educator), Danielle, has been MIA due to a her “pregnancy brain” leaving me to my own devices. Or shall I say “vices”? I’m actually proud and a bit impressed with my will power. Despite filling to the brim numerous on-line carts, I have not subjugated my wallet to a bunch of (probably) stupid, albeit designer, clothing purchases. Who knows the underlining cause of my distraction, but luckily Danielle has been responding to my various texts containing pictures of clothing she “does not love”. I have been true to my New Years resolution regarding toning down the major fashion purchases, and learning to use what I already have.🙂 I admit, though, it has NOT been easy.

The following are some things I’ve had a particularly difficult time walking away from:GucciJKT

  1. The Gucci silk bomber varsity jacket. I am seriously obsessed and can’t let it go. OMG why do I love this so much? Is it that it reminds me of The Pink Ladies in Grease 2, and the “bad-assedness” of Michelle’s Pfieffer’s character? grease-2-pink-ladies-JacketOr is it a nostalgic pull from a time I wish I could have visited for a time-travel vacation, the 1950’s, when high school boys would drape their “girl” in a warm and loving varsity bomber? VarsityBomberJacketMy obsession with finding an affordable alternative to this 3500$ jacket lead me to a close second. I’m on the fence about it, but I feel like its cute?

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    I feel like this is a close second to the Gucci dream jacket and comes in at a MUCH lower cost of 350$. It also comes in the vibrant green as well. This Maje version is currently sold out but hopefully more are coming soon!
  2. Sexy layered mini skirts. This has been the biggest distraction. I’ve been preoccupied with finding the perfect girly summery skirt that I can dress down for work but “sex up” for date night. Honestly I have found nothing and when I asked Danielle she sent me a long sleeved drop waisted mini dress. Cute, but not at all what I was looking for. I especially want to pair said skirt with my buff colored Stewart Weitzman Highlanders.
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    Why is it so hard to find a summery skirt to wear with these? I’ve found no reference photos on Pinterest either. They are mostly paired with jeans. Also, am I crazy thinking I can wear these in the summer? I mean it gets chilly here at night…..

    Here are some ideas I have had, but in the end were either too expensive or, if affordable, looked cheaply made and like nothing special. This hunt may warrant a visit to Elise Walker during her summer sale.

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    I thought this white skirt from Forever 21 was feminine and pretty for the boots. Danielle said “no.”
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    This pink layered skirt and top seemed nice at first but then as I looked at it more, the love faded….

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    I love this skirt top combo. The feminine silhouette with the layered skirt is perfectly juxtaposed with the geometric design. This unique outfit is exactly what I’m looking for and I’m willing to bet would look amazing with over the knee boots. Except the price point at over 1k/piece is a bit beyond my reach.
  3. The Morkie. Ok, I know you don’t just buy a dog online and call it a day. Contrary to some opinions, they are not accessories. However, with my babies living all the way down south with no prospect of returning home, I just keep begging MSM for a tiny little love baby. MorkiePuppy
    I mean at under 20lbs it seems any apartment would take one of these stupidly cute fur babies. Alas, I know he’s right in saying “no” (for now). Despite them not being at home, I still care for my four leggers with monthly visits and bill paying. I need to wait until the time is right. Meanwhile, I can still look right? morkiebannerI mean look at that face! Heart melting isn’t it? His name will either be R2, Navin, Henry, or Cruton.

If ya’ll have any ideas for skirts that would look feminine and pretty with my over the knee boots, please paste a link in the comments below.  With the holiday weekend rapidly approaching, maybe something extra special will be on sale!!

Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!

xoxo

QJ

QJ

 

 

Narcos.

 

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Whats not to love about an event with adorable dogs, great food, lovely people, and interesting speakers? Netflix has outdone any other FYC events I’ve attended.

Well, another FYC event has come and gone. This past one was for the show Narcos, which MSM watches religiously. Actually,  MORE religiously he watched Battlestar Galactaca– if “binge watching” is considered “religious”, but he does very much enjoy Narcos and I wanted to take the opportunity to treat him to something special.

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Narcos is about the life (and death, at some point) of Pablo Escobar. The show is in Spanguese with English subtitles. They claimed it was all Spanish, but I can tell there is some Portuguese thrown in. Impressively, actor Wagner Moura (who plays Escobar) immersed himself into a Spanish speaking village for three months in order to learn the language (his first language is Portuguese)  and embrace that which was indigenous to Pablo Escobar, the Cultura and enviroment that potentially made him into the man that he became. I mean that is dedication! The panel for this event was Moura, his supporting actor, Boyd Holbrook (DEA cop), and the two show creators/producers Jose Padhila and Eric Newman. It was fascinating to hear how much prep work went into the show. They planned from the get-go to use real stock footage as a coup to aid the viewers into believing the story, because without it, “Escobar’s story is too hard to believe.” It was also interesting to hear how the director is very supportive of improv-ed lines, how he felt these lines are what make the characters feel more real and not “acted”. I enjoyed watching the screening of Ep 1 (there was no pilot) on the “big screen”. Its safe to say this show is feature quality. Obviously Netflix does not cut corners on production, nor on their events.

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The story telling and camera work on Narcos is remarkable  but the real reason the show  will get my Emmy vote is Netflix REALLY knows how to throw a party😉. I say this in jest, because of course it takes more than that to get an Emmy vote, but WOW Netflix! I mean WOW. SO classy. Its not hard to make the venue, Paramount Theater lobby and patio at Paramount Studios, look amazing. Though not ostentatious, it is nothing short of stunning.The fountains, the lighting, the arches, and the architecture is old world and humbling, in a comforting way. It amazes me that this theater has held in its halls some of the most incredible actors and actresses. The Golden Era starlettes who had less entitlement issues and more excitement about the process of film making. This night, the patio and lobby were nicely decorated with tailored small table rounds holding simple floral arrangements. Heat lamps were strategically located to keep us protected from the unseasonably chilly air. Buffet tables, small and various, were displayed about the patio. Suit-clad butlers carried tray passed hor devours. The food, from  Bomba’s through  Bandeja Paisa all the way to the Churros, was exquisite! Though it seems obvious, it was genius to serve all Columbian faire. I had never had Columbian food before. I didn’t even know it existed- other than coffee, of course. It was a nice lesson in the cuisine of a South American country other than Mexico.

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The desert buffet was a festive mix of columbian specialties, strawberries, donuts, and brownies. I loved that Netflix thought of providing something for everyone. For our meal the had vegan and vegetarian options as well. So thoughtful!
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I’d like to introduce you to Bomba, a DELICIOUS mix of mushrooms and who knows what else? Who cares?! They were fantastic!

The people at this event were as elegant as the venue. Seemingly friendly, cultivated, and polished but with no air of superiority. MSM and I enjoyed conversations with music producers, DJs, and pod cast producers. It was a fantastic arrangement of industry professionals.

What the heck to wear to an event at a theater on a movie lot:

Other than being with MSM, the food and the actual screening, my favorite part of the evening was taking a photo with the DEA dogs on the red carpet!

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Jacket: Joie T shirt: H&M Skirt: Helmut Lang Bag: Chloe Shoes: Sole Society by Juliana Hough 

As we left the studio lot, in vein of Stephen Spielberg, I made a wish on the gates of the lot. As did his, I hope mine come true!

Overall, well done Netflix! I’ve been wanting to work with you on new content since 2008. If you treat your employes with a fraction of the love and attention you give your productions and events, I hope one day I get an opportunity to be on your team!

xoxo

QJ

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