30, Flirty and Fabulous

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Top: Theory Belt: Tarina Tarantino Sunglasses: Prada

So turning 30 isn’t nearly as bad as it’s hyped up to be. All day I’ve been getting asked does it feel different? And the answer is, yes…but that didn’t happen overnight. My twenties were enough to provide a script for at least 5 Lifetime movies, but hey I survived smarter, stronger, and I’d like to think more stylish.

I’d say my early twenties were primarily enriched by the McDonalds of labels. Quick and easily attainable, and something you could probably see on every corner. Abercrombie and Hollister were my vice. Truth be told I still own a lot of their tanks and jackets but Lord knows those days of cut off shorts of that magnitude are long gone. My mother up in heaven is probably sighing a great relief at that proclamation seeing as how she hated those shorts.

No doubt my twenties were filled with the same horrific “what was I thinking fashion moments.” You know, the kind of horror you feel when looking back at your early makeup application days when you thought wearing blue eye shaddow was totes adorbs but in reality you ended up looking like Mimi from Drew Carry?  Ya, that kind. But you live and you learn. And you learn real fast when your boss declares you the Ugly Betty of the office. He had the best intentions with that statement and I will eternally be grateful. However, I think it’s important to note that the conversation began with, “from the moment you walked into my office I loved that I could tell, you knew who you were.” Till this day I believe that truth is what snapped me out of my Blossom meets Barbie and Punkie Brewster phase and into the Audrey Hepburn meets hippie Barbie inspired fashionista I am today. That’s progress, right?

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In any event, I thought I’d share with you my dear readers some of my favorite fashion moments of the past decade:

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My trip down style lane would not be complete without a mention of Tarina. The first designer I ever met. And the first designer who truly seemed to capture my spirit in her designs. It would be ridiculous to share with you how much I spent on what my friends referred to as plastic. And even though some of the pieces have now disintegrated, every penny was totally worth it.

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For my 21st Birthday I had a Barbie party…because well, I’m me. Everyone came as either Barbie or Ken. I STILL get old friends e-mailing saying how much fun that was, and of course that conversation always starts with “come on Barbie let’s go party!”

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If you lived in Orange County chances are you owned at least some piece of the “Return to Tiffany’s” collection. Fun fact: I’ve never worked at a place that allows permanent fun hair colors. So you can imagine how stoked I was when colored hair extensions became a thing.

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So there was a point in my life where Joe Jonas influenced my fashion decisions…ya, I’ll leave that there.

 

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short hair don’t care. I actually miss my short hair.

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I lived for these extensions…until they ended up with cake and ice cream in them. But that’s what you get for Waking up in Vegas.

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Cute and comfy, my favorite go to look. Although I think my definition of cute has evolved over the years.

 

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Pop Princess: When Fashion Met the Backstreet Boys

Top: Backstreet Tour Shirt Skirt: Bella Olivia Tutu's (Etsy) Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Top: Backstreet Tour Shirt Skirt: Bella Olivia Tutu’s (Etsy) Shoes: Christian Louboutin Jacket: J Brand

This past Thursday me and my BFF of the CLL of the DTD finally got to see the Backstreet Boys documentary “Show Em What Your Made Of.” We’ve been looking forward to this since we first saw the trailer debut during one of their summer tours about 3 years ago. And let me tell you the experience wast totally worth the wait!

Not only did I get to sit in the same auditorium as the boys, but I got to sit in the row directly across from them. Which watching their family react to the film was memorable and touching all at the same time. The film itself was inspiring, just as I anticipated. It’s one thing to achieve success, but to maintain success despite the odds stacked against you is even more inspiring. I love how whenever I explain I’m going to a Backstreet event people respond with “Oh, they’re back?” My response, usually in a tone of annoyance is “they never left!” Mainstream music might have modified it’s preference to that of auto tuned lip syncers but the boys never changed. So while that explains why the radio doesn’t play them anymore, it also explains why their fans never left. I personally will always prefer a classic pop tune with traditional instruments and harmonious vocals over a predominantly computer generated tune any day. Plus, as Erik Michael Estrada mentioned to a fan, we teeny boppers aren’t what we once were. Back in the day I was attracted to the boys because they were just cute boys who sang catchy tunes. But as I got older, in addition to appreciating the nostalgia of having them around, I began to appreciate their lyrics and how their songs always came at just the right time. I could not have gotten through some of life’s toughest moments without lyrics such as “Never gone, never far, in my heart is where you are” or “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

I could go on and on about how their lyrics have impacted my life and gotten me through hardships (or even happy times for that matter)  but what separates the boys from the rest, is their loyalty to their fans. I’ve personally had Brian Littrell honk and wave at me and my BFF because I’m sure he knew how much it would mean to us. I’ve never felt as though I over paid for a concert experience (or even been disappointed by a concert experience.) And I’ve even witness them make a fan’s dream come true by inviting her to come on stage and perform with them. They’ve given us so much it was nice to watch a film that document’s their personal struggles and triumphs and cheer for them, and let them know we’ve appreciated all that they’ve done for us. The film captured the past 20 years beautifully. It’s been an incredible journey that forever changed pop culture. They could have easily given up and we could have moved on to One Direction with only classic’s like “I Want It That Way” to compare. But they know they mean too much to us. They’ve fought to stay here and we will always fight to keep them here. So whether I’m in a crowd of a thousand, five hundred or just five, I will always be there because I will always want it that way.

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Special thanks to my co-workers who convinced me a tutu of this magnitude was absolutely necessary when going to a premiere. “Don’t be one of those girls with those nasty Herve Legier wannabe bandage dresses she said.” It’s true. Be original girls. For me, dressing like a cupcake is totally me! Plus, I love that this outfit supported smaller business. Special shout out to Bella Olivia tutus for creating this spectacular fashion statement. The boys noticed and Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees said I looked awesome. Mission accomplished.

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When professional camera's aren't allowed, the pixels of a cell phone are appreciated.

                When professional camera’s aren’t allowed, the pixels of a cell phone are appreciated.

Erik Michael Estrada from Otown!

Erik Michael Estrada from Otown! He ended up sitting behind us throughout the film and had the best commentary. My favorite conversation of the night was him explaining to a fan the evolution of teeny boppers. He explained it’s been an interesting transition in that we’ve gone from throwing teddy bears to Heinkein bottles. I don’t know about all that. If anything I’d say we’re a more fun bunch as twenty boppers! I also loved the fact he mentioned the Backstreet Boys are really what reintroduced pop back into main stream radio in the 90’s and gave other bands like his, a chance. 

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Met Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees too! He commented he loved the tutu! When a boy bander compliments your outfit pretty much you can just die and go to heaven.

Met Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees too! He commented he loved the tutu! When a boy bander compliments your outfit pretty much you can just die and go to heaven.

Saying Goodbye To Jonas

Joe Bro Hoe's for life!

Joe Bro Hoe’s for life!

I seriously contemplated whether a blog post about this was necessary. I mean, we’ve known it was coming for weeks now. And yes I was upset. It’s losing Nsync all over again! The fact that I still have Backstreet is what’s numbing the pain.

Call us freaks but that's just the way we roll.

Call us freaks but that’s just the way we roll.

But then I started looking through old photo libraries on my laptop, and I’ve realized the Jonas Brothers have been by far the best part of the past decade of my life. It started at Libby, and perhaps that’s why I hold them so close to my heart. While they proved to be great conversation starters with my littlest BFF’S they were actually incredible adventures for me and my BFF’S OF THE CLL OF THE DTD. From rocking out to songs in the middle of the store, to bringing a cake in to celebrate Joe’s birthday, or rather being in Vegas and telling fellow patrons you have to take a shot at midnight because Nick Jonas is finally turning 18…all these memories do nothing but bring a smile to my face. There were songs that brought a smile to my face when everything felt like it was falling apart (Hold On. I still want those lyrics tattood.) Songs that I swore were written about the never ending does he like me does he not like me saga, (Make It Right.) And then of course there were songs that were just perfect for a good ol’ G.N.O. (Fly With Me, Paranoid, Love Bug, Burning Up, Year 3000.) Classics.

We got the ticket's for this show from a guy in LA who had a little dog named gus. We were very amused by this due to the Cinderella reference. I also remember us saying, "umm where do we park? We're from Orange County, we usually just park at the mall." 2 Orange County blondes meeting a stranger in LA for Jonas tickets, perhaps not the brightest idea but it worked.

We got the ticket’s for this show from a guy in LA who had a little dog named gus. We were very amused by this due to the Cinderella reference. I also remember us saying, “umm where do we park? We’re from Orange County, we usually just park at the mall.” 2 Orange County blondes meeting a stranger in LA for Jonas tickets, perhaps not the brightest idea but it worked.

While I’m happy for the boys they’re doing what they feel is right in their heart, and of course looking forward to what’s next, with the exception of another solo album from Joe (that last one was just…no. Although I guess it means the next one can only be better) I’m sad I don’t get to rock out to lyrics involving our great great grand daughter and a guy named Peter, or singing out loud about Peter Pan and Wendy, I’ll forever be grateful for this crazy adventure known as being a Jonas fan (or a Joe Bro hoe, as me and my friends lovingly referred to ourselves.) And the memories? We’ll just have to hold on. In the mean time we’ll always be wild and free so call us freaks but that’s the way we’ll always roll.

I was there on that Tuesday night when he caught her eye....

I was there on that Tuesday night when he caught her eye….

That time we took a 6 hour road trip to see the boys. There was no Starbucks for miles but it was worth it.

That time we took a 6 hour road trip to see the boys. There was no Starbucks for miles but it was worth it.

Joe is my favorite <3

Joe is my favorite ❤ Although I did have to distance myself after the whole Taylor fiasco, and then again after the Demi situation.

This girl! The most devoted out of all of us. Alyssa I applaud you. You are the biggest fan and I'm proud to call you my Jonas bestie.

This girl! The most devoted out of all of us. Alyssa I applaud you. You are the biggest fan and I’m proud to call you my Jonas bestie.

Jonas besties.

Jonas besties.

Kevin belongs to Alyssa, Nicole, Katie and apparently now my boyfriend.

Kevin belongs to Alyssa, Nicole, Katie and apparently now my boyfriend.

Believe it or not I have more Jonas memorabilia than Backstreet. How that's even possible still blows my mind.

Believe it or not I have more Jonas memorabilia than Backstreet. How that’s even possible still blows my mind.

Goodbye Jonas

Goodbye Jonas

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Backstreet’s Back Alright!

Yup still a Backstreet Fan. Yes, I realize I'm not 13 anymore and no I don't care.

Yup still a Backstreet Fan. Yes, I realize I’m not 13 anymore and no I don’t care.

So hot of the heels of another mini Backstreet-a-thon for me and my BFF, I have yet once again come to the conclusion that by far the greatest decision in life I have ever made was becoming a Backstreet fan. Really and truly I don’t remember exactly what compelled me to break away from a normal day of television watching, on that fateful day. Mind you this routine typically included Rugrats, Are You Afraid of the Dark and maybe a Disney movie here and there. But on that fateful day, I was sucked in to the world of boy band mania with a catchy tune called “As Long as You Love Me” and the beautiful blue eyes of Nick Carter.

Lord knows I experienced my fair share of ridicule over this. My mom called them the “Backdoor Boys”, what that exactly means I still have no idea. My cousin, a rap/ hip hop fan said he raised me better than that and had never been more disappointed. Oh, and who can forget the battle between Nsync vs. Backstreet. FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME, I was always a fan of both. Equal space on my walls was devoted to both bands. But seeing as how Justin will forever keep Nsync a distant TRL memory I feel as though my loyalty has finally landed with Backstreet and rightfully so. To the Nsyncer’s who have recently joined our side, I see you finally see my point and WELCOME!

A show so nice we had to see it twice!

A show so nice we had to see it twice!

Needless to say this tour was amazing. I don’t recall ever going to a Backstreet show and saying “wow, that really sucked.” Not even the time me and my BFF almost died at the Palladium because Kevin decided to join the group for one night during his brief exit from the band. If I had died that night I would have died happy. One thing I’ll always appreciate about these boys is they bring the energy and they understand the nostalgia that makes their fans keep coming back for more. Not to mention the fact they’re growing and evolving with time and their own journey through being an adult. One of the things I love most about a live show is hearing what influenced a song. Like my new favorite “Madeline” and how it was inspired by all the teen suicides. Oh, and it goes without saying that perhaps one of the best things about going to a Backstreet show is singing along with thousands of screaming girls the lyrics to “I Want It That Way.”

Naturally, as we always do me and Katie met some interesting girls this time around. Could not recall their names for the life of me. I never do. But one girl was saying she was there celebrating her 30th birthday and she felt embarrassed to be celebrating with the boys. She said she was trying to keep it incognito. Me and Katie laughed at this. On the contrary we have been pretty vocal about our love for the boys and we are not ashamed of it. When we explained to the girl we have taken planes to see our boys, had the pleasure of meeting them more than once, have tattoos, bumper sticker’s etc and will yell from the high heavens our love for the boys she looked at us with some sort of admiration. She got it. She was just afraid of what others might think. Not us. Not ever.

Concert tee: $55 Concert ticket: $60 Rocking out to "I Want It That Way" singing along with thousands of twenty boppers, priceless.

Concert tee: $55 Concert ticket: $60 Rocking out to “I Want It That Way” singing along with thousands of twenty boppers, priceless.

During the show, the boys showed a preview for their new movie and AJ makes a comment along the lines of there are always going to be haters, and people saying they don’t belong here anymore but they’re still here and proving people wrong so they gotta be doing something right. I couldn’t agree more. I could have chosen a concert tee that has tour dates. Goodness knows I’ve been to them all. I could have chosen the shirt that says “I still love the Backstreet Boys” but that to me implies negative connotations. I opted for the simple tank. One with no words, just the boys and their name. It reminds me of the infamous “Endless Summer” print. Which is perfect. Summer is never complete until I’ve seen the boys at least once. Which if that’s the case then I guess Summer, that’s a wrap!

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