The torch has officially been passed…there is a positive side to hand-me-downs.
Nordstrom is having it’s big Anniversary Sale. I was really excited because it’s all the Fall stuff, and I have 4 good reasons to shop this sale.
1. Morris starts Kindergarten in September and probably needs some “real” clothes (not just old shorts and tees he wore to preschool).
2. I haven’t bought Fall stuff or shoes since before I was pregnant with Bronson (yeah, it’s time).
3. They have beauty products on sale, which is rare for department store sales.
4. I “rarely” shop and I frickin deserve it.
So, the sale started at midnight PST Friday. I was going to try and stay up, but figured since prices don’t go up until August 3, I should be fine, RIGHT?
WRONG. Here it is 6AM, and EVERYTHING I want is already gone.
*Tory Burch ballerina flats-GONE
*Riding boots, size 7-GONE
*True Religion Jeans for Mo-GONE
*Paul Frank for Mo-GONE
*Nike Shox for Mo-GONE
*Jo Malone gift set-GONE
This is worse than waiting 2 weeks before Halloween to buy a kid costume!
Mamas, take note, DON’T SLEEP on a sale.
Phew…..that was my breath being taken away.
Beyonce is in a class of her own.
She is a genuine talent.
At a time when music seems dominated by one hit wonders, computer voice overs, nonsense lyrics, and manufactured talent, Beyonce is such a breath of fresh air.
Although her numerous accomplishments could warrant valid Diva behavior, she was nothing short of a true professional.
1. Her show started ON TIME. Thank you so much for not keeping us waiting.
2. Her costumes were impeccable and stunning. Thank you for putting so much time and thought into these masterpieces, and not giving us cliche’ predictable tacky outfits.
3. She really connected with the fans, going out in the crowd a couple of times (I kept thinking, “is she CRAZY?”) and really appeared to be performing for us, and enjoying it.
4. There were no intermissions or breaks during the show. Her costume changes were so fast I kept wondering how she did it. It was nonstop action, and she was onstage during most of the show. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
5. She is all about female empowerment, and this was reflected in the amazing all female band, talented back up singers, and some of the best back up dancers I’ve ever seen.
She put on an amazing show at the Staples Center. I can’t believe how fast those glorious 2 hours flew by (and my feet survived standing that long in 5 inch heels…and even the 15 minutes I spent standing on my chair–sorry Staples Center employee for pretending I didn’t see you when you kept asking me to get down).
Beyonce is talented beyond her years. I can’t think of many musical artists that can sing (the girl can SANG, she sounded better live than on her cds), dance (I was trying to make visual recordings so I could go home and practice in the mirror), and perform (her stage presence is incredible. There was constant emotion in her face and body. I didn’t have one single bad shot of her, and I took over 100 pictures).
My 2 favorite moments from the concert:
1. Before the concert started, the crowd started cheering like crazy for someone that was spotted in the Staples Center. I kept wondering who was gonna upstage Beyonce at her own concert….it was Tom Cruise.
2. During her performance of Radio, there was a video flashback from Beyonce as a child (maybe 6 years old?) and she was dancing and singing one of those songs I remember singing at YMCA camp. They paralleled this footage to her performance onstage. She was obviously born to be a star.
If you have a chance to see her in concert, GO! It is well worth it.
I truly regret never seeing Michael Jackson perform live, but watching Beyonce made me feel as if I were seeing a living legend in the making. She is definitely in contention for one of the greatest entertainers of our time.
I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed the show, but I’ll just show you the evidence.
“What? I can’t help it…I’m a triple threat, AND???”
Look at that hair…Go Bey!
This is that classic Beyonce dance move that she does so well.
Doesn’t she look just like her mom here?
Those famous dance moves
Put a ring on it!
To the left to the left…everything you own in a box to the left (why is she pointing to the right?)
She flew on a trapeze from one stage to the next
Shawn Corey Carter, I’m sure you have a lot to offer in a relationship, but dude, you must wake up with a grin as big as Texas every morning. Your wife is smart, beautiful, talented, and truly amazing. Take good care of our future icon.
I will always love the music of Michael Jackson, and enjoy listening and dancing to all his great hits with my boys.
With his recent passing, it has made me stop to appreciate all the great music icons of my time. I realize it’s just as important to love and appreciate them while they are here. I’m sure MJ would have loved to see and feel all the respect and admiration that is being voiced now.
So, here are my top 3 greatest musical influences:
Janet Jackson: Wow, there would be no Britney, JLo, Rihanna, or Ciara without Janet. She was one of the first female entertainers to really throw it down on the dance floor. And Janet has a lot of classics that I still listen to today that take me to a whole nother planet. There is no song sexier than Anytime, Anyplace. One of my top 5 dance tunes is Pleasure Principle. Man, every girl was walking around with tight black jeans, a cut off, and a blowout after this video. I could go on and on with my Janet classics, but here’s a few more: I Get Lonely, Love Will Never Do, Again, Nasty Boys, Control, Scream, You Want This…..someone stop me. Dang, Janet is the bomb!!!!
Whitney Houston: One of the greatest singers of our time. What little girl has never stood in front of the mirror singing, How Will I Know? I remember her as one of the first artists of my time to cross racial lines. EVERYONE loved Whitney. Saving All My Love, Greatest Love of All (I’m sure my mom will remind everyone how I sang that song at the 4-H talent show), All At Once, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, You Give Good Love, Heartbreak Hotel. Of course, my favorite Whitney moments come from The Bodyguard Soundtrack, I Have Nothing and I Will Always Love You. I still throw a pillow at the tv every time someone on American Idol tries to sing it. That’s just the dumbest thing ever. You cannot duplicate Whitney, people! She is original greatness.
MARIAH CAREY!: Oh lordy, Where do I begin? I could probably write a blog entry daily for 6 months about a Mariah song and what it means to me. I have LOVED Mariah since I first heard Vision of Love. Mariah was one of the first pop singers to do a collaboration with a rap artist (Fantasy w/ODB). Her music and voice has inspired so many singers. How can I possibly name my favorites? Of course, I love all her #1 hits (all 18 of them). But some of my favorites are the ones that were never released: Yours, Melt Away, Babydoll, The Beautiful Ones, Fourth of July, All I’ve Ever Wanted, and everything on Glitter (for the record, the soundtrack and movie are both AMAZING). Lead the Way and Never Too Far are both beautiful. I could go on and on about how fabulous Mariah is. We are BFF’s (in my mind). I remember when I was in high school, I told a friend’s younger sibling (a 6 year old-they believe everything) that Mariah was my sister (sorry Mona, you just can’t sing like that). The kid believed me, but started questioning me when she turned 10. But still, Mariah and I are “soul” sisters.
So, there you have it, my favorite 3 living musical talents. Janet, Whitney, and Mariah. I love them and hope they know how much their music inspires people, not just me.
BTW, everyone has a right to their opinion, but if you say ANYTHING negative about my girls, I will hunt you down, and it won’t be pretty.
So, who are your top 3???