My Best Job Title To Date

I’ve been part of some really cool collaborations during the past four years of my internet existence, but this one personally takes the cake. Citysearch has just launched a new website called Mopshots – a website full of awesome hairstyles handpicked by some incredibly tyrannical people, aptly named The Dictators.

(Dude, that’s me!! I am a DICTATOR.)

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There I am! Just casually planning global domination while twirling my hair! RUTHLESS.

At Mopshots, you can submit your own fabulous hairstyle, browse through the Dictators’ top choices, as well as find out what salons and stylists created the styles.

It’s pretty damn cool, if I do say so myself. (And I will because I AM A DICTATOR.)

(This is clearly going to my head.)

The Best and Worst Day of My Life

When I stopped working in January, we decided to keep our nanny, Amy, for one half-day a week. Wito loved her, we loved her, and I especially loved the thought of having four hours to myself every Thursday. Pedicures! Shopping! The Beach!

Well, it turns out that Amy Day usually consists of me visiting the Holy Trinity of Motherhood – Target, Costco and the grocery store. Fun. And y’all, I have a confession to make. I hate Target. To me, it’s just an huge room full of crap. I know! How could I think such a thing?! People LOVE Target! The knick knacks! And fake leather stuff! Cheaply-made frames! Cheesy greeting cards! I’m sorry. HATE.

Luckily, I park right next to the door where the toiletries and kitchen supply stuff are located and it’s a race against the clock from start to finish. Lotion, toothpaste, Q-tips, Ziploc bags, Daisy razors, shaving cream. Check, check and check. If there were a Supermarket Sweep – Target Toiletries Edition, I would be world champion.

Costco gives me mild-to-moderate claustrophobia. The crowds, the gigantic carts, 67-pound jars of jelly beans that I want to dive into, etc. Luckily, I only buy Wito’s formula and baby food and I’m gone.

Technically, these errands shouldn’t take too long, but considering we live in a beach community, I am forced to get on the 405 highway (the collective groan from my Southern California readers is deafening), and drive to 2 separate cities to visit these frightening places. It’s like driving to the DMV every Thursday – the journey is usually just as shitty as the destination.

A couple of days ago, I was traveling down a major street relatively close to my home (405 – not involved, yo), when I noticed tons of construction at an upcoming intersection. I craned my neck to get a look while passing by and saw the words COSTCO – NOW OPEN. Could it be?! A Costco within 15 minutes of my home?

I immediately called D, who was attending a swanky lunch with clients in Los Angeles.

“Honey! Guess what! There’s a new COSTCO! So much closer to us! I don’t have to deal with the shitty 405! YAY! YAY! YAY!”

“Wow. Good for you, hon. I’ve gotta go now. With clients, you know.”

“I know. I’m so sorry to bug, it’s just really exciting! Bye!”

Wito and I had an hour to kill, so we maneuvered a U-turn, and made our way back to the new COSTCO, NOW OPEN! And it was a beauty. No people, no lines, the newness of it all. I knew it wouldn’t last, so we took a collective inhale, browsed the 96-packs of granola bars, and enjoyed the leisurely pace.

As we left with our cardboard box of goodies, I noticed another new building in the same lot at the other end of the new construction. I backed up the cart, squinted my eyes and there it was in big red letters. SUPER TARGET. Is this a dream?! A Target! Next to the Costco! With no highways involved?

And guess what. It didn’t end there. A new Whole Foods was on the other side.

The Holy Trinity of Motherhood was complete. And I was Moses.

I called D again.

(breathless from the mental frenzy) “D! D! OH MY GOD! A WHOLE FOODS, TARGET AND COSTCO ALL HERE! I AM COMPLETE! I AM COMPLEEEEEEEEETE!”

(silence)

“HELLO?”

“Um. Are you listening to yourself? What has happened to you, love? ”

“HUH?”

“Let me get this straight. You are about to pass out from sheer elation because you found a new suburban strip mall complete with stores you hate?”

“YES!”

Sweet Jebus, people. I need help.

UPDATE: In my mentally-frenzied state, I made a mistake. It is a new Target, not Super Target. My bad.

The Best Part

SAJ and I did an extended 5k today! No, not a public 5K complete with fanfare and paper numbers donning our chests, but so much better! It was our own walk/jog/explorathon hybrid covering miles and miles of the coast.  Truly fantastic, but do you want to know the best part?

She detailed it on her blog, thus leaving me more time to sit on my tired (Yet toned! Becoming toned!) ass and dream of Sprinkles.

My Black Friday Edit

Is it just me or is “Black Friday” not actually Black Friday anymore? I mean, almost all of the sales are already in progress, and honestly, at this rate, everything is sold out by Thanksgiving.

SLOW DOWN, WORLD.

Well, we might as well get into it today, shall we? Here are the sales I’ll be shopping!

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Constellation Ear Piercings: Everything You Need to Know

Constellation Ear Piercings

In 2018, I added a constellation ear piercing to my right ear while taking my daughter to get her ears pierced. We were spending our annual week in Laguna Beach (heading that way? Check out my guide to Laguna Beach here!) and I wanted to do things right so I took her to see celebrity piercer Brian Keith Thompson at Body Electric Tattoo in LA.

I had been all over Instagram coveting multiple piercings (check out #triplelobe for your viewing pleasure) but knew that it could be a more challenging piercing since placement and spacing are crucial according to ear shape, so I wanted to go to the best of the best. Here’s what I’ve learned from the process.

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