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The Real Audience Experience

Have you ever watched a talk show and wondered what it’s like to be in the audience of one of these shows?  I have.  So I decided, “what the heck? let’s give it a try” so I signed up to be in the audience for the talk show, The Real.

The Real

I love empowered outspoken girl bosses so it was only natural that I chose to go to The Real.  I love that the show features a diverse group of successful women who aren’t afraid to voice their opinions.  Also one of the hosts is an Asian American woman, Jeannie Mai.  There weren’t and still aren’t that many asians or asian females represented within the mainstream media so its really cool to see one standing the test of time and evolving with each project she takes on.  So rad and inspiring!  Also, Jeanie used to host the show “How Do I Look?”, a wardrobe and makeover show, that I watched religiously.

Me and my mom with Jeannie! 🙂

The Process

Once you submit your request to be an audience member, you get an email from the show’s staff confirming the location, date, and arrival time.  Once confirmed, you pretty much just show up on the day of taping.  The show’s staff have the whole process streamlined really well so you just go from one step/area to the next.  You’re taking part in their process so you’ll need to be able to just go with the flow and honestly, it was kind of fun not knowing what was next, it’s like a surprise every time.

Filming Day

Once you arrive at the meeting place/audience holding area, you go through security and check-in.  There is a backdrop with some props where audience members can take pictures. Here’s a group photo of me, my mom, and my friend.

Here’s an OOTD shot.  It was a hot day and I figured the studio would have some AC running so I decided pair my cami with a light moto jacket that I paired with black skinnies and some croc embossed oxfords.

After about 30 minutes or so of waiting, taking pictures, and chatting, we walked over to the studio.  I recently went to Universal Studios and went on the studio tour so it was pretty neat to be walking around down there amongst all the hustle and bustle of television and filming activities.

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Warner Bro’s Studios

Once we all were seated, we were given the safety rundown by the studio’s firefighter.

Studio firefighter giving the audience the safety rundown

We were seated in the front row right behind the cameras so that was pretty cool.  All the hosts had to look in that direction so it was like they were all talking to me lol

The show had a “hype” woman who’s job it was to keep us all amped and engaged.  There were some male audience members so she had them dance for their significant other for prizes which was pretty funny especially when Ginuwine’s Pony came on in the studio.

Also, there’s a big “Applause” sign towards the front of the stage and you pretty much have to clap every time it lights up as well as before and after breaks.  Make sure you pay attention because you don’t want to be that ONE person who’s filmed not clapping and ruin the shot, oops!

I had attended a game show in the past with a group of friends and they had us check in our phones before entering the studio so we weren’t able to get any pictures inside the studio.  I love that The Real encouraged us to take pictures.  I was even able to get a shot of me on stage with the mic, woohoo!  Watch out world, Cat Eyes and Candy takes daytime?  I wish!  lol

 

The Audience Experience

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience.  There’s just something unique about watching a show on TV then witnessing it all happen live and seeing what happens behind the scenes.  Unless you’re used to being on set and in a studio, you’re probably going to feel a little out of your element but don’t fret because the unknown can also add to the fun and excitement of it all.

If you’ve never gone to a taping of a show, I would recommend trying it at least once; it’s such a unique experience.  Plus, you get to see yourself on TV later!  “Look ma, I’m on TV!”

 

 

 

 

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Girl Boss

What is Success?

Success was always defined as following a certain path; graduate from high school, go to college, get a degree, get a job, climb the corporate ladder, make more money, etc. the list goes on and on.  It’s engrained in everything we do and see, televisions shows depict upper middle class families making over 6 figures, advertisements and social media tell you what you should look like, how you should dress, what you should eat, which curling iron or makeup product to buy, etc.   Not to mention your family/parent’s definition of success for you.  It’s kind of crazy how we often unquestioningly allow all of these things to influence us and help shape our ideas of success. What does success truly look like to you?  What happens if your ideas around the topic of success changes?  Is what you are doing putting you on a path to move closer toward your definition of success?

Entrepreneurship

After a decade of working in the corporate world, I’ve taken a leap into entrepreneurship.  EEK!  It’s super exciting but also very scary.  If you had asked me a year ago what my career was going to look like, I probably would’ve said something in the professional corporate world…basically continuing on the path that I had been on during most of my adult working life.  Change and the unknown are scary things for a lot of people and entrepreneurship does not have that same type of stability as traditional corporate jobs but hey, the greater the risk, the greater the reward right??  Eek.  Again, scary but also super exciting!

If you are contemplating entrepreneurship, one of the biggest obstacles in your mind is probably the financial aspect of it.  If so, I’d recommend you go through the exercise of figuring out your current daily net, then determine what your daily net would be if you lived below your means (yes, cut out all the extra stuff you don’t actually need), this will give you an idea of how much money you will need to generate on a daily basis so that your daily net is net positive or at least net zero.  Pursuing new endeavors doesn’t necessarily mean that the new endeavor will be your only source of income; you can pursue those new endeavors and still utilize your existing background and experience or even take on completely unrelated jobs with low entrance barriers as a means to generate income.

Think outside the box, try something different, get creative; who knows what you will be capable of?  It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  When you find something that you are passionate about and know what you want to do or what you need to do, you will do whatever it takes to make it work.  Hustle harder, I’m rooting for you!

Girl Boss

I’ve always had a passion for fashion and a love for handbags so I’ll be Girl Bossin’ (or at least trying to) in those realms.  I have a lot of ideas and I am super excited about working to turn those ideas into reality so I can share them with you.  It’s still in the early stages and I have a lot of work to do so more information to come!  Also, I’m excited to tap into my creative side and will be working on making enhancements to Cat Eyes and Candy.

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Round Sunnies

Black Hat

Tees

Plain White Tee

Graphic Tee – “Girl Gang”

Sassy Graphic Tee

Black Shorts

Top Handle Handbag

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Chain Bracelet

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Black Grommet Sandals

 

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Free MAC Lipstick, really!

Makeup Lovers Rejoice, Free MAC Lipstick Babes!!

MAC cosmetics is giving away free lipstick tomorrow, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in honor of National Lipstick Day!  $17 tube of MAC lipstick heck yeah!

There’s no catch or fine print, simply show up at your local US MAC store or retailer to get a free full-sized tube of lipstick, while supplies last.  Set your alarms and be sure to get there early as I’m sure there will be long lines at MAC tomorrow.  Enjoy babes & you’re welcome! 😘😘

What’s your favorite MAC lipstick color?💄👄💄

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Super Bloom: A Sea of Yellow Flowers

So there was a lot of buzz about Anza-Borrego in the media due to the Super Bloom, I had never been before so I just had to go check it out and I’m glad I did!  There was a lot of unique and beautiful scenery, I mean how often do you see normally desert areas covered with green plants and colorful flowers?  It was surreal!

What is the Super Bloom?

A super bloom is a term used to describe an explosion of wildflowers that exceeds the typical spring blooms.  Annuals (flowers) are often short-lived due to the harsh desert conditions, so the seeds lie dormant and only sprout when water washes the protective coating away from their seeds.  Since Southern California has gotten so much rain this winter, the super bloom is expected to be the best it’s been in over a decade!

The Drive

Honestly, the drive there was one of the best parts.  It was neat to see normally rocky or sandy areas covered with green plants, it was like the land before time or something.  There were a lot of neat areas along the way with desert plants that look like underwater coral, giant boulders, and plenty of flowers.

The “Super Bloom”

With all the hype, I thought I was going to see a sea of bright colorful flowers but the truth is a lot of the flowers were really spread out so you had to really look for areas where the flowers were more concentrated if you were looking forward to getting that great super bloom selfie that you’ve been seeing all over the web.  There was a lot of bare patches of dried mud amongst the flowers but if you got the picture from a certain angle, it just looks like you are in a sea of flowers and it looks almost unreal.  There were a lot of yellow and orange flowers when we went, we were hoping to see other colored flowers like purple and red but I was told that the flowers all bloom at different time so it’s possible that the other colors hadn’t bloomed yet.

 

Road Trip Fun

I love road trips; nothing beats exploring new places, checking out new scenery, and listing to good music and having great conversations!  All in all, I had a really great time, it was relatively close (~2 hour drive), I got some fun pictures out of it, I got to road trip with my honey, and felt like I was in a scene from the Land Before Time during certain parts of the drive, what’s not to love?!

 

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Nashville Murals

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If you are in Nashville and are looking for some photo opportunities, be sure to check out the murals around town.  I love it when towns have murals because the murals give you a glimpse into each neighborhood’s essence.  During a trip to TN I was able to get a couple of shots with the  “I Believe in Nashville” mural and the turquoise and white striped wall by Draper James which is directly across from the “I Believe in Nashville” mural.  Please note that there are multiple locations for the “I Believe in Nashville” mural so if you are trying to go to a specific one, be sure to look up the address beforehand.

A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory photo in front of the “I Believe in Nashville” mural.

Of course I had to get a few shots by the Draper James striped wall.

I’m a sucker for jumping shots so I had to get one in during my Nashville trip.  😉

A candid of me and bae 🙂

The Outfit

One of the things I always do before picking my outfit for a certain day or event is checking the weather beforehand.  I want to feel comfortable in whatever I wear and that is hard to do when you aren’t dressed for the weather and are freezing because it is too cold or sweaty because it is too hot.  The weather was sunny with some clouds so I decided to go with a cami that would look good alone or paired with a jacket.  I decided on the velvet moto jacket because it was lightweight and I could easily stuff it in a purse or tie it around my waist.  I paired the cami moto jacket combo with some back knee slit skinnies and a small black crossbody bag.

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Satin Cami

Best Night Ever Mauve Satin Top

Knee-Slit Skinny Jeans

Practice Makes Perfect Black High-Waisted Skinny Jeans

Moto Jacket

Like Lovers Rusty Rose Velvet Moto Jacket
Blank NYC Backhanded Olive Green Suede Leather Moto Jacket
Tough Girl Black Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

Heels

Cassia Black Embroidered Lace-Up Heels
Angela Black Suede Lace-Up Heels

Black Crossbody Bag

Chanel Wallet on Chain Quilted Lambskin
Saint Laurent Classic Duffle Toy Bag Python Embossed Leather
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Gold Necklace

 Ettika Cutting Edge Gold Rhinestone Necklace

Aviator Sunglasses

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Stylish Beanies, A Windy Day Hair Solution

 

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I fell in love with this embellished beanie as soon as I put it on.  To be honest, I had my doubts when I first saw it hanging amongst the other winter hats adorned with it’s giant pearl and gold toned balls but I had never seen anything like it before so I knew I just had to try it on and I am glad I did because I love it!  A stylish beanie, who knew?!?

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Beanies are a great way to tame your hair and stay stylish on windy days…or days when you just don’t feel like doing your hair.

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It was especially windy when I went to the Nashville Parthenon.  Do these images look familiar?  It’s probably because you’ve seen it before!  It is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

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Beanies aren’t just for the fellas’ anymore; ladies, you can rock them too!  Beanies aren’t just for winter either, they are great all year round!  There are so many styles of beanies, thick ones, thin one, in addition to countless colors, patterns, decorations, and embellishments; there is a beanie for everyone no matter the season or what your style is or what type of vibe you are trying to achieve with your look.

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Not sure where to start on your search for the perfect windy day hair solution?  Well, I did all the hard work for you.  I recently did a post of my top 7 winter hats (READ HERE) where you can find some cute and stylish beanies for any season or if you simply want to cut to the chase & get your own then click  SHOP HATS NOW

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Top 7 Winter Hat Styles

Living in San Diego, we miss out on all the fun things that come along with seasonal changes like transitioning to winter clothing.  I may not need heavy coats or gloves in San Diego but I can definitely do some hats and beanies for winter!  Make sure you pick a style that you feel comfortable in because hats are eyecatching!  Be sure to strut your stuff and rock that hat!

I am feeling hats and beanies at the moment and am excited to share my top 7 favorite winter hat styles!  I am also looking forward to styling some outfits and looks with some of these hats 🙂

 

Wide Brim Round Porkpie Hats

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Wide Brim Fedora Hats

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Beanies with Pom Poms

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Jeweled / Bedazzled Beanies

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Jeweled / Bedazzled Knit Headbands

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Cap with Pom Pom

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Fur Caps

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Salvation Mountain Roadtrip

I’ve always seen pictures of Salvation Mountain and just assumed that it was going to be really far from me but it’s actually just a few hours away!  About an hour away from Palm Springs & totally driveable!  The drive is actually kind of serene and tranquil especially if you are driving on an off day.  I love passing through the windmills and the Salton Sea, the views are breathtaking.

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I knew that Salvation Mountain would be very bright and colorful so I wanted to wear something contrasting so I would pop a bit more in the pictures.  I decided to go with a long dark grey maxi dress with black floral print.  I paired the dress with a pair of black moto boots, a black wide rimmed hat, blue/green mirrored sunglasses, and my absolute favorite python embossed handbag.  There’s just something about dark maxi’s for fall that remind me of a fall harvest so it seemed appropriate, lol.

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Moto Boots and a Girly Dress

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Dresses are just so girly, so sometimes I feel the need to balance the girly-ness with contrasting dark edgy pieces; it also adds a bit of mystery and sass to any outfit.  How cute is this casual floral dress?  I love the layered flared sleeves that sway in the wind and make you feel all dainty!  To be honest, I was going to go the traditional route and pair this casual girly floral dress with some cute tan ankle boots for a causal cali boho-y western vibe, but my friend suggested that I pair it with a leather jacket.  I was hesitant and sceptical at first because it didn’t look right when I visualized it in my head but when I tried it on and added these black moto boots, I loved it!  I mean what says edgy more than moto boots?  Am I right?  Motorcycle or “Moto” boots for short are just so bad (the good kind of bad) & I love it!

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Don’t be afraid to mix it up and experiment by pairing seemingly opposite or mismatched pieces to create your own unique look that helps describe who you are and your unique style.

 

Check out my recent article on my favorite fall boots, which are stylish and affordable! Click Here, Read Me

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Top Boots for Fall

Stylish and Affordable Fall Boots

When one thinks of fall, one thinks “sweater season.” The boot is just as essential as the sweater is to your fall fashion wardrobe.  Living in SoCal, it never gets cold enough to wear knee high boots so I tend to go towards the ankle boots.  Maybe you live in the colder areas that actually have seasons and want a pair of knee high boots, there are boots to fit every type of style you’re rockin’ or any weather conditions you live in.  I love how easily boots can transition from season to season; especially if you get a beautiful brown boot that ages to perfection! Rock those bad boys during festival season in the spring and rock those same babies when fall comes around.

I love cute boots but it seems like I can never find any cute ones that don’t cost hundreds of dollars.  So I scoured the interwebs and found these cute, stylish, and, best of all, affordable boots for your viewing (& shopping) pleasure, enjoy!

 

Knee High Heeled Boot
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The knee high heeled boot for those going for a sexier sultry vibe.

 

Knee High Low Heel Boot

 

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The knee high low heel boot for those going for a preppier look.

 

Mid Calf Boot

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The mid calf boot for those going for a bit more refined look than the casual vibe.

Ankle Heeled Moto Boot

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The ankle heeled moto boot for an edgier / rocker vibe.

Ankle Heeled Boot

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The ankle heeled boot for those who desire to a trendy casual look.

Ankle Low Heel Boot

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The ankle flat or low heel boot look is great for those going for a relaxed, casual look.

 

Ways to Cut Costs on Cute Fall Boots

One of the easiest ways to cut costs and still get cute stylish boots is to go to retailers or websites that sell past season items at significantly marked down-prices.  A couple of examples of these types of stores are Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc.  Another option is outlet malls which also carry past season marked down items.

Because the items at these stores are usually from a few seasons ago, you should try to avoid items that were so overly trendy at the time that now they’re obviously past season.  The best way to avoid this budget shopping pitfall is to pick more timeless and classic pieces.  This can include the color (hot neon colors were really big 3 or 4 years ago, if you wore that today and weren’t at a rave, you’d just look ridiculously outdated :X Sorry!!), prints, design elements /embellishments, frills (think fringe, beaded fringe, ruffles, etc.), a particular cut or style (gaucho pants, cargo shorts, pucca shell necklaces…you get the point).  To avoid this, stick to neutral colors such as black, white, navy, brown, grey, and splashes of color like red, royal blue, bold yellow, etc. to add some color in your life.

Another way to cut costs on cute fall boots is to get faux leather or faux suede boots which gives the appearance of real leather or real suede except at a fraction of the price.  Another added benefit of the faux leather and faux suede options are that they are animal friendly!

There are boots for every fashionista at any budget!