December 6, 2016

Being P's Groomswoman | The Engagement Party...

This past Saturday night was Phil's engagement (Or engaygment) party where he finally asked people to be in his bridal groom party, which includes yours truly and my lovely husband.

He gave each of his nine party members (Yes, there are nine people on each grooms' side) a shot glass with our names, the wedding date and "Groomswoman" or "Groomsman" etched into it. And he gave his dad, whom he asked in the sweetest speech ever to be his best man, a beer glass with stuff etched on it. It was really cute.

Unfortunately I didn't take very many pictures because the lighting was really bad at the place where they had the party (And two days before the party I broke out in rashes/hives from eating something from a fast food restaurant, so my face was and still is jacked up). But despite a lack of photographic evidence, we had a great time at the party.

December 5, 2016

Major Key Alert | YouTube Red's The Keys Of Christmas...

Recently I was sent a press release for YouTube Red's upcoming holiday special "The Keys of Christmas” that's debuting on December 19th, 2016 and it's definitely a major key alert!

YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES “THE KEYS OF CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY SPECIAL  
Special Features Mariah Carey, YouTube Comedy Star Rudy Mancuso 
Performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Ciara, 
DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and more.

Directed by World Renowned Music Director Dave Meyers    
YouTube today announced that it has ordered “The Keys of Christmas,” a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” will debut on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.     

The star-studded ensemble cast will shepherd Mancuso on a magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios, will uncover what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.     

World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”) will direct “The Keys of Christmas.” This special will also feature original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson will make a special appearance, as he and the others join Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.    
“Music is wildly popular on YouTube and we're excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube. The musical icons and rising artists in ‘The Keys of Christmas’ bring this new holiday tale to life,” said Ben Relles, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals. “We are also thrilled to have YouTube comedy star Rudy Mancuso in his first leading role in a music special.”    

“‘The Keys of Christmas’ is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience,” said Bonnie Pan, President, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. “Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas.”     

“Nothing makes you believe in a Christmas miracle more than creating a show where over 20 super stars from Mariah Carey to DJ Khaled, Rudy Mancuso, Fifth Harmony and the champ himself, Mike Tyson, all come together,” said Justin Hochberg, CEO of Just Entertainment Studios. “Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud.”     

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion next year.
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I really feel like YouTube is step up their game with YouTube Red and I'm excited to see what other originals they have coming out. Especially if they can get DJ Khaled on board for some more because I absolutely adore him! Like if you're on Snapchat and you aren't following Khaled, you are missing out.

Bless up!

December 1, 2016

Christmas Wishlist 2016...

Here are some of the goodies I'm asking Santa for this Christmas...

  1. Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM (Monogram Canvas) -- $1,340.00
  2. Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss -- $22.00
  3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Epic Noir Mascara & Gel Eyeliner Collector's Edition Set -- $28.00
  4. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo (Gold/Sour Cherry & Rose Gold/Fig) -- $14.00
  5. Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Gold-Tone Smartwatch -- $350.00 
  6. Apple Pencil -- $99.00 
  7. iPad Pro (9.7 Inch Display) -- $599.00
Is there anything you're dying for this holiday season? Lemme know!

Month In Review: November 2016...

♥ Spending time with mine and Justin's families.
♥ Random adventures in Montuak and Brooklyn with Phil, Justin and Rob.
♥ Going to the new Ichiran Ramen in Brooklyn and eating ramen exactly like I had in Japan.
♥ Making plans for next year.
♥ Joe Biden memes.
♥ Playing pool for hours with Dominic and Jade.
♥ Sleepover parties.
♥ Calling my father to tell him that Fidel Castro was dead.
Sunday At Muttontown Preserve
50 Random Facts About Me
Things I Hate | Commercials Featuring Librarians
Adventures In Brooklyn | Exploring Green-Wood Cemetery

 
♥ Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (2016 - Present) ♥ 
♥ Arrival (2016) ♥
♥ Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo (2015) ♥
♥ Rob & Chyna (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016) ♥

November 29, 2016

December Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for December 2016...
How To Take Part In November Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

November 26, 2016

Adventures In Brooklyn | Exploring Green-Wood Cemetery...

Earlier in the month Phil, Justin and I went on a little adventure around Brooklyn that included a trip to the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. And because I took so many pictures (You guys know I love me a cemetery) while we were there I thought that I'd do a post dedicated to just our time there.







About Green-Wood Cemetery (From the Green-Wood website)
Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, Green-Wood is a Revolutionary War historic site (the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what is now its grounds), a designated site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and a registered member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

On September 27, 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history.

After almost two centuries, Green-Wood is as beautiful as it was at its founding. But such historic beauty is fragile. Time and weather have taken their toll on marble sculpture, granite monuments, brownstone mausoleums, cast-iron signs and landscaped parkland.

Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.






I cannot wait to go back to Green-Wood and explore some more because we didn't even make a dent while we were there. Maybe next time we'll take the trolley or walking tour.

November 16, 2016

Things I Hate | Commercials Featuring Librarians...

True story, I hate commercials that feature libraries and/or librarians. They always seem to perpetuate the stereotype of the stuffy uptight librarian who is shushing people, which pisses me off beyond belief.

I know, I know... You're all probably like what sparked this random post? It's the damn Kit Kat commercials that I keep seeing...


I hate absolutely everything about this commercial. I hate the shushing. I hate the tight hair in a bun (Yes, I know I wear my hair in a tight bun on the regular). I hate the doubty clothing. I hate the idea that a "handsome" man and some chocolate can get someone to ignore wrongdoings.

Sorry about the mini rant. It's just that this commercial seriously pisses me off every time I see it and I just wanna scream at the TV.

Are there any commercials that piss you off? Lemme know!

November 15, 2016

Stuck In My Head | Do-Re-Mi...

Ever since seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Sound of Music' Home Movie on Ellen's YouTube Sunday night, I have had "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music (1965) stuck in my head.

I mean, it's not the worst Rodgers and Hammerstein song to have stuck in one's head. But it is stuck in my head nonetheless.

So here it is to get it stuck in your head...


Fun Fact: My sister literally watched The Sound of Music EVERYDAY for the longest time as a child. So I've seen The Sound of Music probably about a 100+ times.

November 8, 2016

No New Year's Eve Plans | Pitbull's New Year's Revolution...

So I just got a press release for Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and it made me realize that for the first time in years I have not made plans to do something on New Years Eve in advance. Why is this a problem? Because historically I'm notorious for making plans way in advance to lock people down for various occasions and I completely forgot to do that this year. And now I have no idea what's going on or who is available for what, so I'm gonna have to scramble to either throw a party or find some alternative plans. Which is slightly stressing me out, and I know it's a stupid thing to get stressed about but little things have been driving me nuts as of late.

I mean it wouldn't be the end of the World to stay in with Justin and watch the ball drop in our pajamas, but I like spending the evening with friends. So I'm just gonna have to start messaging people about it and trying to figure things out.

Do you have any plans for New Year's Eve? Or do you just skip celebrating altogether? Lemme know!

And for those of you that care, this is the press release that sparked my manic New Year's Eve-ness...

QUEEN LATIFAH AND SNOOP DOGG TO HOST   
“PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION”  
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX    
Mr. Worldwide is Back to Ring in the New Year on FOX!
Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah, from the new FOX series STAR, and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will host PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION airing Saturday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live CT/MT/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. The special returns for the third annual New Year’s party, broadcast live from Miami’s Bayfront Park, with the breathtaking skyline and waterfront views as a backdrop to the celebration. Pitbull will start the year off right with epic surprises and this year’s biggest names in music to ring in 2017 Miami-style. Performers to be announced.    
Last year, Mr. 305 was joined by an incredible lineup, including music legends Puff Daddy and the Family, EMPIRE superstars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, hit artists Shawn Mendes, Pia Mia, Camila Cabello and so many more.      

PITBULL’S NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION, a presentation of Endemol Shine North America and Honey I’m Home, is produced by John Hamlin, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Rob Smith, David Ortiz, Pitbull and Queen Latifah. “Like” Pitbull at facebook.com/pitbull and follow him on Twitter @pitbull. “Like” Queen Latifah at facebook.com/QueenLatifah and follow her on Twitter @IAMQUEENLATIFAH. “Like” Snoop Dogg at facebook.com/snoopdogg and follow him on Twitter @SnoopDogg. “Like” PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION at facebook.com/PitbullNYE and follow the special on Twitter @PitbullNYE.
It sounds like it's going to be a good show. I know we enjoyed last year's New Year's Revolution, so we'll probably have this on no matter if it's just Justin and I or a party, etc. I hope Martha shows up because I've been digging Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (2016 - Present).