Thursday, June 29, 2017

photo diary: camp eb, my 30th birthday party

*this is going to be such a braggy post and ya know what- I deserve to brag about this so here we go, haters.*

Guys.. I have news. I'm 30 years old. 

So many people have been like "damn, you're 30..." with a scary face, but I've been looking forward to this for a few years. There have been so many boring birthdays and milestones, I've been waiting to do something epic to celebrate my existence on this earth. 

[Also, this is gonna seem really morbid... but for whatever reason, from a young age, maybe 14 or 15, I have fully believed that I would not make it to 30. I've told everyone I know that, assuming it would be a helpful thing to know at my funeral. When I was walking home alone from the bar 20 minutes before turning 30, I thought "this is it. This is when it happens."]

BUT I MADE IT Y'ALL! AND WE CELEBRATED. 

My birthdays are normally full of blacked out people, via bar golf, party buses, etc... this time I rented out an entire campground that slept 200 people, and had a homemade adult summer camp all weekend. I planned it all myself, starting in October of last year, with helpful ideas from everyone attending. Anyone who wanted to come pitched in $70, and checked in to CampEB. 

Here's what we had: 

There was food. I ordered catering from Moe's and Famous Dave's for dinner, then we cooked our own basic brunches and lunches. 

There was a relay race. Four teams of 12 competed in flipper races, sack races, Drunk Waiter, and finding paper clips in a pool of pudding.

There was a "photo booth" made with balloons I ordered from China, a painted thrift store frame, and my green screen base. 

An insulated fanny pack and color changing cup for everyone at the check-in table!

A Snapchat filter that they said was "promoting excess drinking" so it only worked for a night, and a convenient camp map. 

A birthday cake that I didn't wait to eat. 

A pinata I was really good at

Essential camp activities like tug o' war and crafts like tie dye and friendship bracelets.

Some Bubble Ball battles

Of course, there was alcohol. We ended up going through five kegs, countless bottles of vodka, and over 500 Jello shots that my mom made. 

A Lip Sync Battle, which was my favorite part of the whole thing. Watching people perform without worrying about talent is so much fun and the perfect way to boost energy and confidence. FIVE STARS, HIGHLY RECOMMEND. [We also had the FANTASTIC DJ Image on Friday night!]

Dad's dance moves were in full effect. 

And finally, there was a final pic that perfectly captured the weekend. Not everyone made it late night, but we the few made the most of CampEB.

Okay, fine. I'll show you the video my brother made. We had set up a geofilter Snap story, and at the end of the weekend there were 45 minutes worth of snaps that he edited into this work of art, full of my best looking self: 


As someone who loves the outdoors, it was my perfect weekend, only missing some sort of water activity. Some of my friends were way out of their comfort zone, others took a plane to get there, one even took a plane and a $100 Uber ride. Goodness, I'm really not deserving of all of that... which is exactly why I made it a thing that anyone would want to do, birthday or not. Now they're wanting to do it again, and we just might have to.

Also, there needs to be some sort of therapy for after events like this or weddings happen. After months of planning and the event over in what feels like minutes, it's hard to cope with! Luckily there's a chance we can do this all again. Start sucking up now if you want to be invited.

love,
elizabethany

Thursday, June 22, 2017

video: playing the floor is lava with kip moore

Confession: "The Floor Is Lava" is my favorite game since beer pong. It's hilarious, even when you play it virtually.

So I knew I had a couple seconds to talk to Kip Moore [after watching him be SO ADD during his performance that it made me feel normal] and decided to see if he played the game.

Answer: he doesn't. While he refused to play, he did have a response that made it absolutely perfect and further proof that country artists live like normal ass people.


Another normal person story: He took an Uber to the station, and then another Uber all the way to his Baltimore hotel.

If you ever get the chance to see him, do it. He's hilarious and crazy talented.

love,
elizabethany

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

these are all the dresses I tried on for my bff's wedding

I have two major problems in life: Shopping and making decisions. 
My best friend decided she wanted to let us all pick our dresses for her wedding, and even the color we wore, within a palette. When she dubbed me her Maid of Honor, I pretended like I was going to help out all of the other bridesmaids by ordering and trying on a ton of dresses, but it was a totally selfish act. I just wanted to try on ALL of the pretty dresses, in the comfort of my own home. 

The beauty in places like LuLu's and ASOS is that they have beautiful dresses, for fairly cheap, and free returns. I literally ordered 17 different dresses. I never planned on sharing these pics with the world, but I figure it could help you out if you're planning a wedding or looking for a dress. This is most of them: 



The "transformable" dresses in the top right two- you could change up the way the top was in infinite ways. I really like the satiny one, but it would have shown every lump in my body in pictures, I think.
Here are some links to the dresses that are still available/that I can find: 


It was from ASOS, when they were having a sale, so I got it for about $80. It's currently $119.

The TFNC brand on there has a lot of really pretty kind of matching but not totally dresses. I'd recommend it. :)

As for the finished product... I'd say we all did pretty damn good. I wish I had a better pic of everyone's dresses at the moment.

Now I have my birthday party and WHAT THE HELL WILL I PLAN FOR AFTER THAT?! 

I'm sure I'll figure something out... I guess. 

love,
elizabethany

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

interview: aaron carter still brings the party



True life: Aaron Carter and I had a handstand contest this past weekend. We'll get to that later, though.

For a few months, I've been trying to get him to come into the studio for something... anything! His new music is surprisingly great, and rivals all the other "current big names" right now. Really.

We finally booked a pool party and it ended up raining all weekend because OF COURSE IT DID. After punching things and trying to make sure those things weren't my coworkers, I made sure we brought the outside in to our Southwest Soundstage downstairs so we could still take advantage of him. Cue the frozen drinks, Hawaiian food, beach balls, etc.

When Aaron got there, he was a dream to work with [and no- it wasn't the frozen drinks that brainwashed me]. He was enthusiastic, helpful, talkative, fun, and showing me a bunch of things he was working on... all BEFORE we brought anyone else in, started the interview, etc. He was just genuinely excited to be there and showing off his new music.

The people came in, we talked about each of our recurring dreams, some records he set back in the day, and how that music was "him performing someone else's work." I asked him who beat Shaq then... turns out it was some dude in his 30s named Josh Schwartz. Damn.

It's pretty obvious/known that Aaron has been through some s#!* in his life, so we touched on that, how he's staying positive now, and how it's fun to shove all of his awesome beats in his haterade-filled family's faces.

Check out the ENTIRE event, with the interview [although lacking audio for the first minute] being first.
Other highlights: a flip at 12:40, and a 2017 remix of I Want Candy at 23:05



His energy is so contagious in all the best ways! I was feeling high on it for the rest of the weekend, for sure.

Or maybe it was the high of winning the handstand contest against him. Really. Proof is in the Instagram.

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And just in case you haven't listened to any of his new stuff, this is the current single:


Welcome back, Aaron. It is SO lovely to have you and to have met you and to make another one of my "never could have even dreamed this would happen" mindblown preteen moments.

love,
elizabethany

  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

interview: niall horan talks manchester, tough times, and how his guitar gets him through

Niall Horan [formerly of One Direction but we don't really say that anymore or something] came in to the studio and as expected- it was silly.



Girls had been going nuts on Twitter, getting 1200 RTs in a few hours just to get a pass in.. they were messaging me trying to get his hotel or dinner plans, and one even jumped in front of my moving car to get my attention and win her way in.

Note to anyone ever trying to win: Jumping in front of a moving car is not winning. You will die and lose.

Luckily I didn't kill anyone that day. Or any day, I mean.

He came in to join the Kane Show live, then answer a few more questions with Toby and me. Intern John put him on the spot by asking how you describe what the song "Slow Hands" is about if his girl's dad is asking. It got awkward.

It wasn't nearly as awkward as when one mom blurted out that she had made her daughter, who was there, while listening to R Kelly's album.

Toby and I asked him about the first time he picked up his guitar [it was his brother's but his brother never played], the toughest time in his life [realizing his life would never be normal again] and his thoughts on the event in Manchester earlier this week.

Here's the entiiiiire thing: [The explanation of the song happens at about 5:10, the R Kelly word vomit convo starts at 17:44.]



And a clip of the Manchester convo for easy access. You're welcome.



Being a human who is really good at facial expressions and getting caught in them, I mostly enjoyed this look that I relate to when your boo is telling a completely made up story but you don't wanna interrupt or call them out so you try and keep quiet:


It's fun making little girls scream.* And talking to people who are already a big deal but are kinda starting over again.

love,
elizabethany

*only females can say something like this.