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i went to the lululemon warehouse sale and lived to tell about it.

15 Sep

A few weeks ago, someone RT’d a tweet that mentioned a Lululemon warehouse sale taking place in Los Angeles.  I added it to my calendar and made a mental noted that my morning of Friday, September 13th would be spent at the LA Convention Center.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get up at 4:30 am that morning to get in line with the rest of the fitness population of Los Angeles. I got there around 9, stood in line for 90 minutes, and realized I would still have a good 3-4 hours ahead of me. I cut my losses and went and enjoyed the rest of my day. It was a SPECTACLE there on Friday. I enjoyed the tweets of @bretturig who was dragged to the event with his wife and was sort of poking fun at the absurdity of all of these people waiting in line for clothes they sweat in.

I pretty much gave up any hope of scoring any sweet deals, but then I saw that one of my friends from law school had waited 15 minutes (at 5:30 p.m.) and walked away with a ton of cute stuff. I was going to try again.

On Saturday, I had my afternoon relatively unscheduled (after my spin class, that is), so I stalked the warehouse sale twitter account (@lululemonWHUS), and as soon as they said the wait was under an hour, I bolted out of my apartment and walked to the sale. I stood in line exactly one hour before I headed into the sale. I spent about 90 minutes perusing the racks. Some of the items weren’t THAT discounted, but as time wore on, the deals get better.

Day 2 prices.

Day 2 prices.

My best deal was the Vinyasa Before You Vino Bag for $29, a couple of cute crops (the pink ones were $9), a Fast Track tank in black, and the Puri Tee Short Sleeve shirt. I also grabbed a few things for my mom and a friend or two.

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On Saturday, I managed to snag 12 items for $300. I’d call that a success. The 12 items were:

– Gym Bag

– Warm-Up Jacket/pull-over (2)

– Fast Track Tank (2)

– Power Y Tank in Blue Laceoflauge (1); for a friend

– Pink Crops

– Amped Crop in Blue w/ Yellow Stripe

– Boogie Short (Pink)

– Puri Tee Short Sleeve

– V-neck tank

– Cream colored yoga pants

I am NOT a huge shopper. I would rather go to brunch and laugh over mimosas or go hiking than go shopping, just about any day, but I have been in the market for new workout gear. I use workout gear just about every day – and sometimes more than once. And now that I am teaching spin twice a week, I feel like it was time to upgrade my workout wardrobe.  Seriously, I was wearing old Nike shorts that I’ve had for 5+ years that sag when sweaty. TMI? Probably.

Anyway, the event was fun. Lululemon did a pretty good job of carrying the elements that make the in-store experience into the convention center – they had women on kangaroo jump type shoes, people doing yoga, break-dancing demonstration, and a DJ bumping some great beats. They also had people come around and take pictures of people standing in line so they could write a “goal” down and have a picture taken with it.

I like lululemon because I have had great experience with the quality, and look. Before this sale, I have owned exactly 4 lululemon items: a tank, a pair of shorts, a running skirt, and a different tank I bought for spin purposes.

fav tank + shorts. [seriously my fav things to wear running].

fav tank + shorts. [seriously my fav things to wear running]

running skirt convert on my first 20 miler.

running skirt convert on my first 20 miler.

spin tank.

spin tank.

After my success on Saturday, I decided to monitor the Twitter account on Sunday. Since I live so close to the sale, I really didn’t have a reason not to go if there was no wait. Around 5:30 I walked back in. To my delight, I found that tanks were now 5 for $50. I also scored a super nice rain jacket for $19 (I know it never rains here, but maybe I will travel sometime to a place where it isn’t always sunny and gorgeous), a pair of bright yellow crops (good for body pump/lifting) for $9, a few running skirts for $9 (one for me and two for my mom), and a few tanks for friends. Lulu success Pt. 2!

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(I got more than what is pictured here, but you get the idea…).

I am not a lulu fanatic – in fact, much of what I have read about the company is unnerving and a little weird. (Remember the “Lululemon Murder” in 2011?). Some of the company’s ideology borders on cultish. That being said, I think some elements of the company’s marketing strategy is genius – they really have figured out the whole “aspirational brand” idea, and I love the fact that they offer great community events like free yoga, running clubs, and race support during local races. I also get that part of their marketing ploy is to make you feel empowered or inspired when visiting their stores, but I like the fitspo mantras and the fact their employees have vision boards and stuff.  A location is opening in Westlake Village near my parents’ home…and my fingers are crossed that a DTLA location is next!

Anyway, I had a great time scouring for deals this weekend and now look like a semi-legitimate spin instructor/”fitness professional.” Also, I signed an e-mail “Yours in Fitness” today…but that’s a story for a different day.

The rest of my weekend was spent trying to compensate for the overly girly activities of going to a sample sale 3 different times for cute workout clothes. I saw the Dodgers win the only game of the series against the Giants, watched them lose while drinking (grossly warm) beer with Armita at Public School 612, and drinking wine at Barnsdall Art Park.

Did you go to the Lululemon Warehouse Sale in LA this weekend?

Thoughts on the brand in general? 

 

could I be any more LA?

30 Aug

I realized the other day that I was “so LA” when I was out to dinner with my friend/neighbor/walk-to-work buddy Peter and his new roommate, Fadi, at Sugarfish (the best sushi I’ve ever had).  My schedule this year is really laid-back (#3LFreeL or #3LOL will be used a lot in the next year), so I have a lot of time to do fun things and generally be obnoxious.  In between bites of halibut, Peter asked me what I had planned for the next day.

This was my response: “Well, in the morning I’m going on a #SOULDate with my friend Katherine.  We met through each other’s respective blogs and became friends in real life. And then later that day I’m meeting a law school friend in Malibu to do some snorkeling.” It then dawned on me…I could not, if I tried, be any more “LA.” HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. Whatever, LA is the best.

Sugarfish was incredible.  I am new to delicious sushi. I only really realized I liked it in the last few years – I used to be weirded out by the idea of eating raw fish, and before that I didn’t even like COOKED seafood.  I ordered the $30 fixed-price meal called the “Trust Me.” All of it was delicious, but the halibut was my fav.

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The next morning, I set my alarm for 7 to make it to Soul Cycle in Santa Monica to meet Katherine for the 8:30 class.  I left at 7:35 and got there an HOUR later, walking into the class a solid 10 minutes late.  As heartbreaking as that was, I enjoyed the class and liked the instructor, Molly, a lot, although she’s no Laura Crago (mine and Katherine’s fav ever). Katherine and I grabbed coffee after and she filled me in on super important (not sarcasm) healthy living blog gossip.

Although I joke about my LA hobbies (spinning, blogging for two) I love the fact that my blog and social media obsession has allowed me to get to know people and make real friends! Katherine and I have gone spinning together at least 4-5 times now and have definitely become friends in the process.  One of these times we’ll take a photo together – but post-spin is never when I am looking my greatest. Anyway, Soul Cycle is the best.

After our spin fest, Katherine and I parted ways and I drove down PCH a little to meet one of my law school budz, Taylor, at his parents’ house.  He has all kinds of weird hobbies, the latest being spear-fishing.  Since we both don’t have Thursday class, I jumped at the chance to snorkel/be in the water while he tried to kill some stuff.  Multiple victories were had:  I fit into a wetsuit made for a tiny child, I saw a bunch of fish and MULTIPLE seals, and Taylor did not puncture me with his harpoon. Yay!  The visibility wasn’t awesome as the day went on so no fish tacos were consumed, but all in all it was great to be out there!

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I left the ‘Bu and headed back to DTLA where Loyola was having its first “Turf Club” of the year. Yes, I went to school by choice when I didn’t have class, but it was because they were literally giving out free beer.  And, as my friend Ross pointed out, they weren’t keeping to the prior “two drink” minimum.  Beers were had and “networking” was conducted.  A win for all!  Also – HUGE upgrade on my law school’s part for switching from Coors Light to Golden Road’s Hef this year for a beer option.  Clearly my priorities are in order.

source: instagram.com/loyolalawschool

source: instagram.com/loyolalawschool

Other “LA” things I’ve done recently include seeing the Dodgers lose (sadly) to the Red Sox last Sunday, and going on a run to U$C with my running group.  Although I didn’t go there, running a couple of laps around their track is pretty magical. Eww did I just say that?

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My status as an annoying social media…enthusiast was revealed today when I went to pick up a package for my subscription-box obsessed roommate. (She’s on vacation and has 4 boxes of loot waiting for when she gets back. Everyone has their vices.  I am not judging).  Anyway, there was a package for me too – my own bag of loot c/o Klout!  KIND bars sent me a bunch of bars to sample and INCREDIBLE high-quality incase brand headphones.  I will never use earbuds again for anything other than running.

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That’s about all the news I have. I’m off to sub a spin class in a couple of hours and then beat the heat by (probably) listening to Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” remixes at length.

Oh, last thing, I binge-watched Orange is the New Black in the last week after making fun of my mom for doing the same thing. SO good.  And of course, someone told me I look like Piper Chapman so now I have completely internalized the show.  The other day I thought I saw Crazy Eyes on my run to SC.  Nope, Gillian, you are not Piper Chapman, the show is fictional, and fake prisoners are not roaming the streets.

Have a great Labor Day weekend y’all!

Fav LA stereotype? I probably embody it, let’s be real. 

spring break?

5 Mar

So, almost everyone at Loyola is on Spring Break this week. Unfortunately, there is no spring break in federal court. #sadface. My co-externs and I are (relatively) plugging through this week but I am tireddddd. There are lots of fun things on the horizon, though: later this month I’m heading to Vienna, Austria for a moot court competition, and I’ll also have more free time once moot court practices are over. #woot. I’ve been so busy with work and extra-curriculars that I’ve felt somewhat like a chicken running with their head cut off. Whoops. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

lots of soulcycle

lots of soulcycle

Last Thursday, Whitney and I took a Soul-Cycle class (with THE BEST instructor, Laura Crago). We dragged her boyfriend, Tyler, and Tyler’s BFF/our friend, Joe. Joe was a beast, and well, let’s just say two days later Tyler need icy hot delivered to him and had trouble putting on his shoes and socks. Poor guy.

To break up the work day, we’ve been trying to eat at a variety of DTLA eateries. We tried UMAMIcatessen recently – and I loved the Truffle Burger.

umami!

umami!

When I’m not moot court-ing on Sunday mornings, I try to join my buddies for a short Runyon Hike (and a mimosa or two afterwards…again, whoooops). They’re all trying to get in shape for our friends’ A.K. and Andrea’s wedding in July, so obviously I support the physical activity.

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On Friday, Armita, Aviva, and I went to a concert – Adrian Lux and Morgan Page at Club Nokia. The show was great – I was SO happy when Morgan Page played my two favorite songs of his, Addicted and Body Work, one right after the other.

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On Saturday, I bolted out the door for a dentist appointment, and then went to a delicious lunch at Pitfire Pizza for my friend Meredith’s surprise birthday party. Meredith’s boyfriend threw the party, and she was SO surprised – she literally burst out crying when she saw all of us. It was so nice to reconnect with Meredith and a few other girls from my sorority. As corny as it sounds — and a few years ago I’d NEVER thought I’d say this — there really is truth to the “sorority bond.”

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Happy 25th Meredith!

Happy 25th Meredith!

Later that night, Taylor, Armita, Aviva, and I grabbed dinner and went to a concert at the Hollywood Palladium – we saw Sound Tribe Sector 9. I’d never heard them before but really enjoyed their electronic/psychedelic rock vibe.

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This was a fabulous weekend – but I am totally paying the price this week. Three cups of coffee at work today and I was still a zombie. My workouts are sucking this week, too, but I’ll try and get to bed early and try and un-shamble my life by the weekend.

Two important questions:

1. Anyone ever have/throw a surprise party? Negatory on both accounts. I’m nosy AND not the best with secrets.

2. Best concert you’ve ever been to?  The first time I saw Girl Talk live might take the cake…or when I saw Passion Pit perform (before they were huge) the summer I interned at Chiat\Day.

bits and pieces.

19 Feb

So I’m pulling a SkinnyRunner and doing a “phone dump” today. I’ve been up to a lot of fun things since I last posted. My apologies for the randomness…but such is life.

Last weekend, some of my friends and I hiked Runyon Canyon. Cliché, I know, but it’s super convenient. I laughed out loud when my fav Bachelor Blog mentioned Runyon in a post today, stating that the Bachelor and his date went to “Runyon or somewhere else people that suck go to hike and take instagrams.”

After our hike, I was in a bottomless mimosa mood. Luckily, my buddy Witty took almost zero convincing. Our glasses were emptied 4 times.

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The rest of that weekend was punctuated by moot court practice and live tweeting the heck out of the Grammys. I had so many thoughts, but now that more than a week has gone by, it feels sort of irrelevant to do a huge recap. But y’all should follow me on twitter for that reason. Here’s the run-down: Taylor Swift is worthless, Frank Ocean was robbed, but luckily fun. will most likely fall victim to the Sophomore Slump/One Hit Wonder curse that normally befalls ‘Best New Artist,” loved Rihanna’s “Stay” performance, and I still have no clue why LL Cool J hosted, or was even there.

Last week featured Evidence lectures, moot court (technically a moot arbitration, but let’s not get too fancy here), and externship stuff. This was waiting on my desk last Monday from the clerk’s daughter.

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Last week was slightly frustrating at work – some of my issues were challenging and I felt like I kept making mistakes. I know it’s a learning experience, but it can still be frustrating. That continued a little bit today – but like any job, it can’t be fun and exciting every day.

This past Saturday, I headed back to my hometown to attend my friends’ A.K. and Andrea’s Engagement Party! I have been friends with A.K. since my freshman year of high school and have gotten to know Andrea pretty well in the last 3.5-4 years. My family and I are so excited for their wedding in Chicago and it was so fun to officially celebrate their engagement!

The Bride-to-Be and my mom dishing on dress details (they both have theirs picked out, haha)

The Bride-to-Be and my mom dishing on dress details (they both have theirs picked out, haha)

my Dad, the story teller.

my Dad, the story teller.

look at my handsome engaged friend!!!!

look at my handsome engaged friend!!!!

[Sorry A.K., I know I embarrass you. You’ve made it this far, so I’m confident you’ll get through it].

When we got home, we did a little family photo shoot, mostly to have proof that we all looked half-way presentable, all at the same time.

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On another note, my skirt is from the new Prabal Gurung line at Target. Spotted that one day and had to go back the next to grab it.

On Sunday, I enjoyed a leisurely (and super healthy) brekkers (that’s slang for “breakfast”) with my parents and then made my way to school for a 3 hour moot practice with a guest arbitrator. This guy was INTENSE, but we needed it. A month from tomorrow I will be flying to Vienna with my teammates for the competition. Crazy.

Sunday night, my buddy Alex and I hit up Soul Cycle (aka my one true love). He had a free pass, and I am literally always down to go. The class was super empty – there were maybe 8 of us – but the instructor, Sal, was super high energy and we had a great time.

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Soul Cycle has a great promotion right now, called SoulMATES. At the Santa Monica location, a rider can bring a first-time rider for free to any class for the rest of February. I have a #SoulDate on deck with Whitney for Thursday. Can’t wait.

Additionally, while Soul classes border on the “ridiculously expensive” level, you really do get what you pay for. The quality of the customer service, vibe, and classes themselves are all incredibly high. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do. I’ll even go with you, because I’m that into it.

The beginning of this week has been mellow. Last night I sipped a belated birthday present from one of my law school buddies (#Driscoll – yes the hash-tag is a thing) while I watched (and tweeted, duh) during the Bachelor. Not sure I’d recommend the beer/Bach combo, though, since it compelled me to visit the Bachelor Casting website.

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Loved this beer, though. Hoppy but not overwhelming (more like a Lagunitas than a Dogfish Head).

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!

#birthdayproblems

6 Feb

I am so behind on blogging. I have SO much to get caught up on – a recent half-marathon, my birthday, my good friend Jeff’s wedding…the list goes on. I think I’ll try and get caught up in the next few days – I finally have a weekend that isn’t completely filled so I’m looking forward to catching up with school stuff, cleaning the ol’ apartment, and relaxing. Kind of like this:

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But I digress. I think I’ll start with my birthday.

Last week, I turned twenty-five. Whoooa. I thought it would be a little less scary spelled out, but I was wrong. 25. I had my first “oh boy I’m oldddd” birthday at 14 (I kid you not). Kind of had a mid-life crisis at 20…21 I was in no state to be emo…and I guess that trend has pretty much continued. I joked about being old – seriously BUMMED I’m too old to ever be cast on the Real World – I could have been the bitchy/crazy but also relatively together character – but I had a fabulous birthday.

I am the farthest thing from a birthday diva. The idea of a “birthday week” makes me gag, and I don’t like making a huge deal about it, but I do love getting together with friends to celebrate. I think that’s why I can pretty much remember what I have done to celebrate every birthday.

My birthday was on a Tuesday which is sort of…not an ideal day for festivities. One of my co-externs, Colleen, surprised me with an epic box of cupcakes to share with the office, which was incredibly sweet. The externs and I all hit up Wurstkuche for lunch (per Taylor’s request/demand). He also “forced” me to get a lunch beer. I didn’t fight him.

That night, I met up with my parents for a dineLA dinner at Luna Park on La Brea. I had a delicious appetizer of artichoke, an entree of chicken with brussel sprouts, and we split a ton of insanely decadent desserts. It was nice spending time with my parents and hearing some of their crazy stories.

The festivities continued on Friday. Jenn organized a small b-day dinner for my closest girlfriends at WeHo’s Tortilla Republic. The margaritas were TOP NOTCH and I had amazing Lobster Enchiladas.

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Thank you to the very friendly WeHo man who took this photograph, and raved about the margaritas. Not sure if I totally agree with him that El Carmen is “disgusting,” but whatever.

After dinner, we high-tailed it back to my apartment so I could blow out the candles on the cake Jenn made for me. A few high school friends (and now my neighbors – weird) met up with us before we headed to the bars. Sadly, I didn’t get too many pictures with them at the bar, but I did manage to loudly berate them all for bouncing before my parents did.

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old.

I think my favorite thing about my birthday was having so many different groups of friends converge. Whitney wasn’t feeling 100% but it was great seeing her for dinner/cake.

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Around 9:30, I headed to The Churchill. This place was THE hot-spot last year- and lines out the door for hours. Now, it’s much more subdued and was a cool spot for my purposes (read: drink a lot and talk a lot).

My parents were there when I got there. They are the coolest.

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Andddd my 8th grade frenemy Taylor was able to make it. She and I met in 8th grade and became fast friends…until she called me a “bitch” and I thought she was mean. Turns out, she was just telling the truth. We ran youth track together and kept in touch although we went to different high schools and colleges, but were able to re-connect last year before she left me for some cold city up north. It was SO fun seeing her, and she hash-tagged #BirthdayProblems on Instagram, which I appreciated. Oh, and my Dad poked fun at the fact she ran one cross country race backwards for the first 200 meters. Oh, TayKal…

wish i had a picture from the frenemy days, but i'll spare the internet our awkward years.

wish i had a picture from the frenemy days, but i’ll spare the internet our awkward years.

Also loooooved seeing Kelsey – my high school cross-country teammate/friend/role-model…

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…my fav newlyweds, Heather and Blake, who have somehow yet to be scared off by my craziness…

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… a bunch of my section 3 budz…

sergio + #driscoll

sergio + #driscoll

armita, taylor, and marty...not totally sure what was happening here.

armita, taylor, and marty…not totally sure what was happening here.

We ended the night at St. Nick’s, my fav little dive bar. Armita and I shut the place down around 2, and went across the street for some D’Amore’s. I felt pretty wrecked the next morning, which I guess is how any birthday should be.

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate and who sent birthday love my way through all of my different social media avenues (I know, I am ridiculous).

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extern days.

19 Jan

On January 7, I started a judicial externship. I am working for a judge in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. While I am sure I will have more to say in a couple of months, I thought I would give a brief overview of what I’m doing there.

  • The Chambers. The judge I am working for emphasizes camaraderie and team work. I am lucky to be working with 3 other externs, all of whom go to Loyola. They’re all funny, super-smart, and genuinely fun to be around. The days fly by. Additionally, the Judge’s staff includes two clerks and a secretary. The Judge LOVES baked goods and encourages us all to bring them in at all times. I brought in brownies yesterday but forgot to pop my head into his office to let him know they were there. Later, he told me “We contemplated firing you…feel free to interrupt me in cases of emergency.” Gotta love a federal judge with a sense of humor!

 

  • The Work. The program in place is really awesome. Each week, we are all assigned one or two motions that are pending before the judge to research. We prepare a workup of the motion (also known as a memorandum). We submit an outline version to one one of the clerks, who then meets with us and gives us substantive feedback. Then, we prepare a final draft. Before it is submitted to the clerks, one of our fellow externs peer edits our paper. Finally, the memos we prepare go to the judge for his approval. It’s awesome to be able to research and learn about real legal issues in real cases. Definitely different from sitting in class.

 

  • The Surroundings. I get to spend a lot of time in the heart of DTLA. While my law school is close by (and I externed in this general area over the summer), I’m getting to check a whole bunch of new-to-me eateries off the list. During the first week, we headed to a kebab place (reminded me of Spain) in Little Tokyo called Spitz. Yesterday, my fellow externs and I headed to Wurstkuche. I will never a hot dog this delicious again. INCREDIBLE.

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I’m really enjoying this experience so far – but I am going to be BUSY this semester. I’m also taking a class (Evidence) and have obligations with the journal I’m on and the Vis Moot team. It will be crazy, but a different sort of crazy…stay tuned!

#VegasChristmas

26 Dec

This was definitely one of the most memorable Christmases my family has ever had. I headed home on the 22nd and spent a few days catching up with old friends and spending quality time with the fam.

On the 21st, I headed to one of my law school friend’s parties in Santa Monica. The theme was “Hawaiian Christmas” so I trekked to the local Goodwill and picked up a shirt for $5 and a Santa hat at CVS (also for $5). I loved the theme – and brought Christmas and Hawaiian beer – and had fun catching up with some of my law school favs. We ended the night with a 1 am trip to Norm’s. My hamburger craving was duly satisfied.

Mele Kalikimaka!

Mele Kalikimaka!

one of the rare instances where I am not trying to choke Taylor and he is not pushing me into strangers and spilling their beer.

one of the rare instances where I am not trying to choke Taylor and he is not pushing me into strangers and spilling their beer.

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Before I headed the the ‘burbs, my roommate Jenn surprised me with my Christmas gift. I had earlier given her a Garmin 10 (birthday + Christmas combined). She gave me this GORGEOUS dress (I have been ogling this style since Emily Maynard wore something similar on her season of The Bachelorette) and a book on eating Paleo. I have been interested in learning more about Paleo and trying to eat more cleanly. Perfect. Gift.

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I headed home and went on a run, hung out with my family, etc. That evening, my mom and I headed to my good friend Angela’s parents’ home for a holiday party/post-Wedding get together. I was able to attend Angela’s wedding in September and it was so fun to catch up with her and see her parents. Her mom is QUITE the hostess – they had an amazing spread of Mexican fare and a whole table devoted to desserts (blogger FAIL – I didn’t nab a single photo of the night). Friends from high school and Angela’s family were all there, which was so nice. Angela and I were extremely close all through high school, and while we don’t get to see each other that often, I am always so amazed by how we quickly slip into conversations as if no time has passed. Such a fun night!

my family's tree.

my family’s tree.

The next day, I spent a little bit of time at a memorial service for the Grandma of my good friends Garrett and Jeff. It was a very sweet service. Grandma Dorothy was a HUGE Dodger fan so everyone was encouraged to wear Dodger gear. One of her favorite players, Andre Ethier, sent a personalized e-mail that was read aloud which was very touching. I got to speak with Grandma Dorothy a little bit over the years and she was always incredibly sweet and funny. I will always remember that she told me I looked beautiful at my senior prom. 🙂

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I was also able to catch up with my good girlfriends – the night of the 23rd featured drinks at my FAVORITE local place – Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie – for drinks with Hayley and Whitney. Love the vibe there. and the beer. I was also able to spend a couple of hours on Christmas Eve with my friend Lauren who is now in Texas for grad school. We don’t get to see each other that often, but it is always so nice spending some time with her when she’s in town. I was also able to run with my friend Hannes – he’s a beast though and my pace was embarrassing throughout our 5-miler.

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the tree + beer at Ladyface.

My family and I had a low-key Christmas Eve dinner of tamales (our Christmas Eve tradition), homemade rice, and a delicious salad. My brother announced he had a “Christmas Eve gift” for everyone – and he handed us all a couple of scratchers. We all thought it was a great idea – and my Dad won $20!

$20 richer.

$20 richer.

After he won, he goes: “I want to go to Pechanga tomorrow…Or Vegas!” He said both of these things half-jokingly…but then we thought about it…and everyone was really up for the idea of spending Christmas Day in Las Vegas! So we booked a discounted room last minute at The Palazzo and I found tickets for a show. We decided to wake up early on Christmas Day and drive to Vegas. That meant we’d open our presents on Christmas Eve! So we took a little break and did our stockings – I got a lot of great things.

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In lieu of our usual cinnamon bun interlude between stockings and presents, we just took a small break. Everyone gave and received some really thoughtful gifts – I got two amazing coffee table books, a really nice wallet and Longchamp purse, and a few other fun things. My parents know me scarily well.

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We enjoyed our new presents and then prepared for our last-minute decision to have a #VegasChristmas. My brother and I were SO excited. I love Las Vegas – and so does basically everyone in my family. Sure, it’s a little tacky and glitzy, but that’s the charm in it. I love Vegas for it’s ironic fun. Such a fun Christmas surprise.

We got up and were out the door by 8 am, drove to Vegas sans traffic and checked in around 1 at The Palazzo.

mother and son, you know in Vegas for Christmas.

mother and son, you know… in Vegas for Christmas.

On our way to the hotel, I saw lots of ads for all of the DJs that will be in Vegas for NYE. After hearing about one of my friend’s recent experience onstage with Diplo this week, it was all I could do not to squeal at the thought of seeing Kaskade, Afrojack, Steve Angello, deadMau5…or basically anyone in the EDM world from the 28th to the 31st. Not a whole lot of DJs are in town for Christmas…but it was fun to have a more family-centered time in Vegas.

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So while I’d have to keep the DJing to another trip, we did Vegas right. We started with a late-ish lunch at Grand Lux.

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And then set off to explore the strip. My brother has a HUGE obsession with Sublime, so we trekked to the Hard Rock Hotel to check out the Sublime display there. He was in fandom heaven.

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I spotted one of my favorite musicians…well, not really…but I had to take a photo with this cut-out of one of my favorite MTV personalities…DJ PAULY D!

my main man,

my main man. 

I posted this photo to Twitter and tagged @DJPaulyD in it, just for kicks. He ended up re-tweeting it to all 4.2 million of his followers. Immediately, I’ve gotten a whole slew of random followers and tweets. The internet is so awesome – but I love that I sort of had an interaction with Pauly D. #BeatThatBeatUp #FistPumpPushUpChapstick #YAHBUDDY.

We got another set of drinks at that hotel, and then headed to the Bellagio for the fountain show. No trip to Vegas is complete without it!

#VegasChristmas

#VegasChristmas

We had a very nice Christmas dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s place at The Venetian, called Postrio. It was situated in the part of The Venetian designed to feel like it is in St. Mark’s Square. SUCH a fun Christmas dinner.

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Very memorable.

After dinner, we headed to the theater at The Palazzo to see Mannheim Steamroller‘s show. I’ve been a fan of Mannheim Steamroller for as long as I can remember. My mom has one of their CDs and would always used to play it for us at Christmas. I love their electro/synth-y takes on Christmas classics. It was cool to hear their versions of “Deck the Halls” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” live.

That being said, the rest of the show was lackluster at best. It felt like an extremely low-rent production. Video clips from the mid-80s, disjointed circus routines set to slow Christmas songs, and dancers and performers who seemed disinterested. The music was cool, for the most part, but the terrible production values left all of us feeling like the show was pretty bad. I’m still glad we saw a show, though, and I’ve always like Mannheim Steamroller – it just felt like I was seeing an 8th grade production.

We were all pretty exhausted so we headed to bed shortly after (my brother took my usual place as the family booze-hound and indulged in one last beer before calling it a night). We got up this morning and headed home.

I had a delightfully unique Christmas and I hope everyone out there did as well!

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? 

xo

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