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.


*only females can say something like this.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

photo diary: i planned my bff's bachelorette

Some people say "you'll only be a bride once," but the only thing I know for sure at this point is that I'm only gonna be a Maid of Honor, for my lifelong best friend, one time. I've gotta go all out! 

I've been planning her bachelorette party for several months now, and of course I was like "OMG this is gonna look so cute and I'm gonna take so many pictures and it's gonna be such a good blog." Then real life happens and I live in the moment and I forget about work and well- I have crappy phone pics again. 

Crappy phone pics > No pics... and this first one is pretty damn good to be honest.

This is our semi-new trademark pose, which was obviously perfect for this.
Kelly and I used to carpool to gym every day for like a decade or something. We've been through a lot of life changes, struggles, moves, and everything else life throws at you, but never fought. Her first kiss was the first love of my life [in preteen years] and I didn't even start a slam book against her. That's real friendship. 

Now she's engaged to a man who lets her stay young and happy, what we've always said we'll always be... and it's time to celebrate that!

As a lover of everything 'Merica and red, white and blue, I knew that had to be the theme. I've seen some for "Red, White, and Bride," but that doesn't even make sense. The bride is white, ya stupids! I went with "Red, BRIDE, and Blue," had her dress in white, the rest of us in red and blue. Because she had people coming from literally every corner and coast of the US, we went with a fun place in the middle: Austin. 

I've never had to plan something to suit a diverse group of unknowns and holy bleep, I'm glad I'm only doing this once. In the end, I figured the best way to do a little bit of everything and keep the bride happy was to have an awesome party house to hang at one day, and city activities planned for the next. 

AirBNB is the best way to go, and I found some lists of suggested houses on the Google machine, and ultimately decided on this "MANSION IN BUDA," complete with a pool, game room, and beds for a solid 14 people.

It wasn't the cleanest house you'll ever step in, but the owners sure know how to throw a party. Look at this addition/game room/club!

Opposite side views. Be sure to note the "Sex Beds" on the bottom right.

The pool had tons of rocks to jump off of, perfect for a group of gymnasts.

As for decor, I bought a ton of balloons, lanterns, a pin the peen on Willy game, and other little things from this party store straight outta China. I ordered a few months in advance so they came with plenty of time, and the balloons were only about $1-1.50 a piece, even for large letters that said BRIDE. I bought a helium tank once I got to Texas, but turns out those tanks aren't strong enough to make the foil balloons float, I guess. PINTEREST FAIL. I also splurged on some coozies from etsy, and didn't catch the spelling error until Kel saw them. Go figure. 

I also created a pretty simple Snapchat filter that I had activated for a few of the locations I knew we'd be at during a certain time. [Click here if you wanna see/download it]

Now, the bride loves her some water hangs, and Austin was perfect for that. We started the weekend [after they made a stop in Waco to visit the home of Chip and Joanna] at Barton Springs Pool. I am SO JEALOUS this place doesn't exist near me. It's a fresh, clean, natural spring with huge lawns surrounding it, and even a diving board. No picture did it justice. 

Dinner was at a nearby food truck park, because Austin, then a house party full of real Beirut, air hockey, pool, and dancing under a disco ball.

Day two was spent by the pool before heading to the city. In 2017, one must visit as many murals as possible for the most shareable pics. I found a list here, starred them on Google, and made the rounds. The two most famous [i love you so much and Austin] were a little outside of downtown, but worth it. 

We had dinner downtown before heading to a pedal tavern, which took us to the tiniest bar in Texas and a ton of other bars that are perfect for a group and/or anyone with ADD; They have games and food and dancing and the best of all the worlds. If you saw my Snaps, that's good. You saw the party. This blog will not. 

It was a Bachelorette party with only a little bit of cheese, a noticeable theme without being obnoxious, and as much of the bride's favorite things and people as possible. If it were mine, I would have had way more peen and obnoxiousness, but I tried to remember what I learned before. 

And now, I can breathe a little. Kinda. For like a week until I need to put all the finishing plans on my 30th birthday party that happens one month from today.


Monday, May 1, 2017

photo diary: hosting the redskins draft day pre-party

On Saturday, I got to host the Redskins' Draft Day Dash party for the second time, and I was a giant fangirl the entire time. YOU KNOW I'm a die hard Redskins fan who even followed them to London just to watch a tie... and in college, I had a Redskins kitchen with two posters- Santana Moss and Clinton Portis.

Those two players were the ones who shared the stage with me this weekend and I was geeking out. Of course I told them about the posters, and I stuttered the entire time I was trying to talk. I was shaking when I took the selfie... and the moment Santana put his arm around me on stage, I nearly fainted.

courtesy of

The best part was when I told the entire crowd of ~3,000 people that the guys made me scream extra loud last night. Accidental sex joke for the win.

After I was done geeking [and when everyone started running which I absolutely do not do], I went inside the stadium for the Draft Day party and ended up in the swanky suite section where other players were walking around.

Cue more fangirling for DJ Swearinger and Josh Doctson.

And in case you didn't know, you can also take a tour of the locker room, kick field goals, drink, party, etc as a normal human being with free entrance if you go to this annual party.

I'm still kinda geeking out just looking back at all of this. I assume I'm close enough with Clinton and Santana for them to come to my birthday party in a month, right?! Cool.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

what i'm wearin: coachella 2017

I've been to plenty music festivals before, but Coachella is different than most of them. I'm typically worried about how much I drink and how silly I get... but at Coachella, it's about how you look and who you're with.

Before I share all of the things that I saw, let's get to the important stuff, shall we?!

I ordered these pieces while drunkenly going through ASOS clearance one night... knowing they were "Coachella-y" but having no idea what I'd do with them. The night I was packing I accidentally threw them on together and was real into it.

-velvet crop top: ASOS
-lace tie skirt: ASOS
-combat boots: JustFab
-shapers undies: Target
-peekaboo tat: Amazon
-necklace: F21
-heart sunglasses from Santa "Because love, elizabethany!"

For my make-up, I wanted to go real metallic-y. I found the eyeshadow with the most glitter and did a silver/blue smokey eye, with silver and black liquid eyeliner, and blue shadow on the bottom lash. I saw on Pinterest that "everyone at Coachella would have the lip line" and thought it was ridiculous, but ended up loving it. That's the same eyeliner that is on my eyes. 

-eyeshadow: Urban Decay
-eyeliners: NYX
-mascara I swear by: Stila Extreme Lash
-lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede in Amethyst

This was my "basic Coachella" outfit, but I loved it. It's a little bit sexy, a little bit grunge, and another excuse to not wear a bra.

-bodysuit: ASOS
-jorts: Express [I had to order two sizes up from my usual jean size]
-belt: Boohoo
-booties: I forget. Probably JustFab or Target
-necklaces: F21 and Amazon

My make-up was a lot darker than Friday because in my mind it made sense for Saturday to be for the sultry. Also, rhinestones were a must each night. I thought I would like putting more on... over my eyebrows, in a design, who knows... but ended up keeping them simple.

-Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes
-NYX lingerie in Embellishment 

I planned all of my outfits ahead of time, but brought a few extras just in case. This top was an extra, but I liked it with the bandana, which I learned by day two that unless you want painful lungs the next morning, you should have a bandana handy. 

-patched jorts from Forever21
-top from F21
-combat boots from JustFab
-bandana from Amazon

No matter what, I wanted a LOT of color for Sunday. We'd only be there during the day, it was Easter... color was needed. I used my Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay palette for a teal and purple eyeball, and eventually did a semi-ombre lip with two different Liquid Suedes from NYX. 

A lot of people ask me how I do my eye make-up, and honestly, it's ALWAYS the same formula... normally 3-4 colors... I put a dark one above the crease, a bright one inside the corners of my eyes, a medium shade on the outside corners, and then one final color to blend it all. No real science to it... and most of the time I use my fingers until the blending color.

After MONTHS of looking for ideas on Pinterest and shopping and ordering and returning, I'm pretty proud to say I only copied one outfit, and I probably only spent about... $150ish on everything. I also gained a new love of bandanas.... it's gonna become a regular thing for me, I think.


Friday, April 7, 2017

what i'm wearin: my vegas acm outfits

So, I went to Vegas again...... 13 months ago, I was terrified of Vegas. I thought if I ever went, I'd never come out alive. Somehow.... I'm alive... or something like that. 

It was ACM weekend again, with Nashville taking over Vegas... but we still got to live the Vegas nightlife. More on everything that happened later. Right now, it's all about what I wore because I spent ENTIRELY too long and too much last-minute-shipping money for me to not show you. 

Of course, I didn't get pictures while there because that'd be silly.... so we're checking out high quality mirror selfies, y'all.

Believe it or not, we actually got out of the hotel by 11am one day. We hit brunch then the neon sign museum! Turns out it was 48 degrees and I was not at all prepared for this, but I enjoyed this outfit too much to buy a souvenir hoody to be warm.

-Express jeans, always
-Target sandals that I destroyed on day one $24
-choker from Amazon

NIGHT ONE: The station event/concert All Star Guitar Pull
I knew I needed to be a little toned down, but wanted to mix in some trendy, and brought a few options out there. Then our power went out because of a wind storm so I had to pick the dress that didn't require ironing.... just required shaving in the sink with a bottled water. 
If I were getting married any time soon, this would have been purchased for any one of those events leading up to it but lolololol that's not happening. I'll just wear a white dress for the hell of it.

-dress from F21 last year's clearance $25
-shoes from DSW clearance $20
-earrings with a fake pearl and gem from H&M $1

I threw half my hair up for an added *angelic* touch. Is that the vibe you get from that style like me?!

NIGHT TWO: A concert, a bar, and a sleep walk
[Side note let's not ask about the sleep walking thing... if you're lucky you heard about it on the air.]
I've never in my life worn anything like this.... never felt confident to do so. Like a lot of girls ladies [WTF DO I EVEN CALL MYSELF] I don't like my boobs, so why show them?! Well, why the hell not?! These bodysuits have a way of bringing out your sexy, inside and out. Add in some lace up jeans and vodka and I was on my way to be the queen of Vegas for the night.

-bodysuit from ASOS $9
-Express jeans [sale $40]
-heels from Charlotte Russe ~$20
-F21 necklace $11

-you can't see make-up details, but I mixed a purple that matches my hair and black sparkles, because Vegas

NIGHT THREE: A beach concert and a club
How the hell do you dress for so many different kinds of places in one night?! Well, a dress. And another night of not wearing a bra has me questioning if I have changed into a completely different person and when it happened..
This is the most comfortable piece of clothing I own. 

-dress from Boohoo $15
-same shoes from DSW
-I had some big ol' gem earrings but they broke that night while racking up a $20k bar tab... but like I said, more on that stuff later. *sparking your curiosity*

It's silly that I can't find so much of that stuff on the websites anymore... but that's what happens when you shop clearance and I am not sorry for that. If you like something, lemme know, and I'll keep an eye out for similar things and let ya know. ;)