Monday, April 20, 2009

Runways, Rainbows, and Roller Skates

This is what my weekends have consisted of for the past month and a half. I've had a show every weekend since the end of February. They have filled up my weekends, but it's been a lot of fun. I already posted some stuff from the Albert Chloe and the Gateway Bridal shows so here's the rest. I love, love, love my fashion show friends. They all are beautiful and fun and such a blast to work with.

Best Kiteboards

with Paris, Kristy, Patty and Liliana

Monster Cirkus

with Autumn, Jessica and Valerie.

This show was at the Gallivan Center and featured a lot of the bands that play at Desert Rocks in Moab. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on before and during the show- fire dancers, arial ballet, crazy face paint, music. Interesting show.

Lunatic Fringe Show

with Patty, Julia and Jessica

This was a benefit show and I'm sure it was an awesome one to watch. There were different elements involved (Earth, wind, fire, water), intense costumes and makeup, and lots of crazy impressive dancing. That picture with all the garbage is actually the dress I was wearing and attempting to "roller skate" in. It didn't turn out quite how it was supposed to but still looked cool. Patty, Julia and Jess were all "Fire Girls" and I was "Daughter of Mother Earth" signifying the rebirth of the Earth.

SLCC Raw Couture Show- "Fashions Through the Decades"

SLCC Fashion Institute does a fashion show every spring as a final project for the Design classes and Fashion Show Production classes. I think this is the 8th year I've done this show. It's one of my favorites because of the girls in it. I've worked with them forever and they are amazing, both on the runway and off. The bridal ensemble in this show was gorgeous. The pink dress... All I will say about that is that it required a lot of tape. The 80s stuff was great because it's what I grew up in. And thank you to my parents, who are there every year in the front row.

Brighton Bikini Bash and Skiathong

Easily the most unusual show I have ever done, which is actually saying a lot, this was a blast. Brighton had a beach party to end the season and we had to do a beachwear fashion show. The runway was made out of snow and surrounded by pool lounge chairs. We wore suits by Rusty and Nappi and sported stuff from Etnies, Smith, Skull Candy, Natural Light, Thirty Two, Burton, and a few others. It was actually pretty warm and a lot of fun. And yes, Jessica and I are hula hooping on a snow runway in swimsuits and flip-flops. I love my life.

And this week...

Things I am liking this week

1. Indian food. Delicious. I forget how much I like it until I eat it again. Jeremy and I went to Bombay House on Saturday with some friends and it was fantastic. My #1 recommendation is India House on 80 something and State. It looks like a total dive but the food and the service is amazing.

2. The gym. It only happens every so often that I get back to this gym addiction. Right now is one of those times so I'm trying to take full advantage of it before the novelty wears off. If I had the time, I would spend a couple hours there everyday. Once I start seeing results I'm hooked. I'm crossing my fingers that I can keep this up.

3. Natturday at Brighton. Swimsuits in the snow sounds like a terrible idea, but it was a blast. The weather decided to cooperate and it turned out to be a pretty warm day. We did a fashion show on a runway made of snow in bikinis and flip-flops. Sounds cold but it actually wasn't too bad and it was so much fun. Good food, good times.

4. The SUN! This should actually be #1. I am beyond thrilled about the rise in temperature over the last few days.

5. Spray tan parties. In preparation for the bikini day, some of my work friends and I got spray tans. I went with two of the funnest girls I know and we spent a couple hours spraying and drying in a gogo dancer's kitchen. We thought dancing, leaping, singing would speed up the drying process. Most entertaining evening of the month. I guess you had to be there, otherwise it just sounds weird. And a plug for Maristy... She is an awesome airbrusher. If you're a fair maiden such as myself, go see her. You'll be a hot bronzed goddess in no time.

6. Lose It! App on my iPhone. This app keeps track of your calories, sets your limits for whatever your goals are, figures in exercise, and makes my life simple as far as anything food related goes. I'm hooked. Best. App. Ever.

7. Silly string. Except when the can is almost empty and it starts spraying little tiny pieces that are impossible to get out of your hair.

8. Tax returns. Even though I won't get to do anything fun with it because it will go directly to school. At least it's an investment.

9. My dad on Facebook. My family all uses Facebook to chat with Nick. Phone calls are hard but he can get online almost every day. It's been great to talk to him so much. My mom uses her account to keep track of all her "Marine family" and to talk to Nick. I know my dad uses her account to chat with Nick, but I didn't think he had his own. Today I logged on and had a friend request from... my DAD! It made my day. I know he is anti Facebook, Myspace, blogging, pretty much anything that displays your whole life for the entire world to see, but it looks like he has cracked. And even if it's for the sole purpose of chatting with Nick while he's in Iraq, I am stoked that we are now Facebook friends.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Things I Learned This Week

Things I learned this week...

1. If you want to start eating healthier, I do not recommend trying to do it around Easter. The best candy comes out at Easter time. I'm trying to keep track of what I eat. It's been good and bad. Good because I know what I'm putting in my body and how much I should be exercising to compensate for it. Bad because I feel guilty adding the Cadbury Eggs and delicious Gummi Bunnies to my food log. Whoever invented calories in on my bad list. In my next life, all things candy will be calorie free.

2. If your dress weighs 15 pounds and is covered in 3 bags of spray painted garbage, and you have 12 pounds of bamboo and flowers pinned to your head, don't attempt to roller skate. You would think that would be a given. Tell that to the people who asked me to perform a roller skating maneuver on a runway that was 4 feet wide (my dress was easily 6 feet wide) in 13 seconds. Did I mention there were 3 stairs involved? Somehow we somewhat pulled it off, but it was definitely not the scene that the brains behind this operation had in mind. In case you didn't already add this up...
Huge dress+garbage+head dress+narrow runway+roller skates= D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R

3. I wish I could tell you that I had learned any factual information on Aspartame. I can't. We don't do diet drinks in my family, or anything with artificial sweetener. There was a big debate on Sunday about the pros and cons of both sides of this argument. Jeremy found a 100 page article on the issue but hasn't had time to read it yet. I'll let you all know what we find out. I will say that for me personally, I feel like I'm doing something bad every time I drink something diet. I might as well be hiding in the corner giving myself a ridiculous haircut.

4. Running is the best way to start my day. Unfortunately, in my neighborhood there is no way to avoid running uphill at some point. Uphill should never be done at the end of a 4 mile run. I already learned this last year but I was reminded today. I'm sure it will be burned into my memory for a while since I won't be able to move tomorrow. It's going to be a painful day but workout soreness is one of my favorite feelings.

5. There are people you can live with and some that you can't live without. It's important to know the difference. I'm learning.

Hopefully I'll have good news to report on my next post. Cross your fingers, even though you don't know what you're crossing them for. Much appreciated.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

In Like A Lion, Out Like A... Bigger Lion

Someone forgot to tell the weathermaker that it's the end of March. March is supposed to mean SPRING! Unfortunately, not the case in 2009. It's still snowing. This is not okay.

This is my March 2009 in a nutshell. Or a snowball, which seems more appropriate given the weather conditions of late...

Friends, family, shamrocks, dinners, fashion shows, baby showers, birthdays, snow, kiteboards, dancing, space heaters, books, Eggo waffles, Girl Scout cookies, goodbyes, babies, pictures, running, spring wardrobe change (prematurely).

And the best things I have been told or overheard lately-

**I don't want a drink because they make me pee my pants. And when I pee my pants you get mad at me. Don't make me get a drink because then it will make me pee and then you will get mad and then I will get sad and then you will feel bad. That drink will make everyone sad, Dad.
-This sounds like Dr. Seuss. It was a little boy in Smith's. I had to leave the aisle so he wouldn't see me laughing.

**That's impressive. You have a perfectly symmetrical breast.

**F***in Edward won't bite her neck and it pisses me off.
-This was a text and is much funnier when you know the source.

**Ashley's like a freakin boy scout. Always be prepared.

**I want my little paw in your big paw.
-Another little kid to her mom. Pretty precious.

Happy birthday to Brittany, Tandra, and Jeff A.!