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Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: The Help

Ever since I saw the preview for The Help, I knew it was a movie I had to see. It is a period piece based on the book, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, and features Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Octavia Spencer.

Set in the 1960s during a time a great racial segregation in the South, The Help is an inspiring movie about the love, the hate, and the bonds between Black maids and those whom they work for. In 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, a young aspiring writer and college graduate, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is looking for an interesting project to kick-off her writing career. After being raised herself by a Black maid and seeing the kids of her friends in the same situation, Skeeter decides she wants to write a book about life as a Black maid; raising White children while their own children are at home being watched by others, the treatment and racial prejudices against them, and the trials and tribulations of being Black in the South.

Skeeter first interviews Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer), but realizes she needs more stories in order to bring the book to press. Many maids do not want to be involved for fear that their families may be hurt by airing the dirty laundry of Southern White household. However, after a few racial incidences that occur in the town, these maids decide to stand up for their race and speak out against their White employers. As the book is published, people cannot get enough of the interesting and candid stories, and the women of Jackson become stunned by the narratives.

It's a awe-inspiring story about  race, people, family, surprising friendships, and courage. In this story, you see all the heart and passion in these maids, and how they took a stand, risking everything, to help their community. Although it may seem like just a book of stories, you see these stories help heal a community and encourage others to stand for what they believe in. By the end of the movie, you will be in tears.

Overall, this was an incredible movie and I recommend that everyone go see it! I give it FOUR Stars and TWO thumbs up!

Did you see any movies this weekend? Or, your thoughts on The Help?

Monday, August 8, 2011

LA Food Trucks... Let the Stalking Begin!

Last week, I decided that I wanted to try some new LA Food Trucks. I did a little bit of research and found a few trucks I wanted to try that would be in the Pasadena area. For the last couple of years I have been a BIG fan of the food truck craze... the only problem is the ones I want to try out never seem to be in a convenient area for me. Therefore, I gave up on "following" food trucks for awhile.... until last week!

On Tuesday, I headed over to La Crescenta on my way home to try the Nom Nom Truck. I tried the Grilled Pork Bahn Mi sandwich, which was quite tasty. On Wednesday, I headed over the Jones Coffee Roasters for their "Wheel Food Wednesdays" featuring many food trucks and a live band. I tried the Komodo Truck, which was super tasty as well.

Now that I have decided to "get back out there" and attempt to find some new trucks, I wanted to create a list of all the LA Food Trucks that I want to try, as well as the ones I have already been to. So here it is (in no particular order):

LA Food Trucks List

Been There, Done That:
1) Nom Nom Truck
2) Komodo Truck
3) CoolHaus
4) Lobsta Truck
5) Kogi BBQ Truck
6) Grilled Cheese Truck

Let the Stalking Begin:
1) South Philly Experience
2) Lee’s Philly
3) Buttermilk Truck
4) Calbi Truck
5) Baby’s Badass Burgers
6) Barbie’s Q Truck
7) Crepes Bonaparte Truck
8) Dim Sum Truck
9) FrySmith Truck
10) Get Shaved Truck
11) India Jones Truck
12) Shrimp Pimp Truck
13) Dumpling Station
14) Mandoline Truck

What's your favorite food truck?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Internship at O.N.E. Coconut Water

After months and months of searching for an internship, I finally landed the most awesome internship EVER! I have been a long-time fan of coconut water, especially O.N.E. Coconut Water, so it had to be a dream come true to land an internship for a company I was such a huge fan of.
I started my summer internship at O.N.E. Coconut Water in June. I was quickly briefed on the few projects I would be working on. I have been able to analyze sales data and compare O.N.E. with its competitors, and see O.N.E.’s growth in the industry. I have been able to see first-hand what its like to market a consumer packaged good. There is currently four different options of O.N.E. Coconut Water: O.N.E. Cocout Water 100% Natural, O.N.E. Coconut Water with a splash of juice, O.N.E. Kids, and O.N.E. Active, which is O.N.E.’s sports drink. All options are super delicious!
One of the reason I love O.N.E. is because it’s not just your regular coconut water or consumer product. O.N.E. prides itself on being socially responsible by using eco-friendly packaging and giving back to charities and the O.N.E. World Fund.
O.N.E. perk of working at O.N.E. is I get to drink coconut water everyday! I have also been able to attend O.N.E. sponsored events, like Matt Leinart’s Celebrity Bowling Event. So, I guess you could say I’m learning new things, having fun, and working for an AWESOME company!
On the Red Carpet at Matt Leinart's Celebrity Bowling Event

What is O.N.E. of your favorite companies or products?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

4th of July in Cabo!

Every year, my family takes a trip to Cabo San Lucas during the summer (usually June), where we stay at various timeshares. Yes, various… my mom and about four of them, and my sister and I have one. It’s usually the same old people: my mom, dad, and sister. Occasionally, my brothers will come down with their families as well. My family and I usually relax by the pool, drink some pina coladas, and eat incredibly good food. However, this year was a little different. This year, JR turned 30, so we figured we had to do it up big! We invited a bunch of his friends and headed down to Cabo in July for a spectacular, party-filled week of eating, drinking, and clubbing!
Outside Casa Dorada

JR and I stayed at the Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa, which is my mom’s newest timeshare purchase, and it absolutely fabulous! Some of our friends stayed at Casa Dorada, while a few others stayed at ME Cabo and Pueblo Bonito Rose. The first night all of us where in Cabo, we headed out to eat at my favorite local seafood restaurant, Maro’s Shrimp House, where you can get two lobster tails and a handful of jumbo shrimp (plus rice and veggies) for only $19.99… Talk about a steal!! They also have this amazing drink called the Bulldog, which is basically tequila, lime, and a corona. It’s safe to say you probably shouldn’t drink more than two of these, or else you might be dancing on tables by the end of the night! The food and drinks were absolutely delicious. After dinner, we headed out on the town to partake in the crazy nightlife that is Cabo San Lucas. We first headed to Love Shack because two people we were with won a bottle there for partaking in a contest earlier that day. We, then, headed over to Mandala and Pink Kitty before we called it a night.
JR drinking a "Bulldog"
Sunday, July 3rd, JR’s god sister rented a cabana at ME Cabo/Nikki Beach for JR’s birthday. If you’ve been to ME Cabo/Nikki Beach before, you know Sunday is the day to be there. It’s a HUGE party, and it was especially big THAT Sunday because it was their annual 4th of July Party. There were girls dressed in red, white, and blue, as well as two girl painted from head to toe: one as the American flag and the other as a silver Statue of Liberty (I guess silver is more flattering than green on a painted body). We pretty partied the entire day at ME Cabo. Later that night, we headed to another local spot, Poncho's, for dinner. Because of all the partying and fun JR and I had earlier that day, we didn’t make it out after dinner.
Poolside at Nikki Beach
American Flag and Statue of Liberty!
Monday was JR’s birthday, as well as the 4th, so we had to do it up big! We headed to Mango Deck (the place to be during Spring Break) on the beach to watch all the 4th of July festivities going on and silly drinking competitions the host makes random tourists do. We saw some beer chugging contests and a couple switch bathing suit bottoms in the ocean… needless to say, it was quite entertaining! We, then, hit the waverunner for a bit before getting ready for the evening. For JR’s birthday, we all went to Casa Dorada’s restaurant, 12 Tribes, for an all you can eat and drink dinner, where we sat outside and took in all the beautiful scenery. Dinner was followed by fireworks on the beach and lots of dancing on the dance floor. Well, there really wasn’t a “dance floor” but we created one, and got lots of people to join in on the festivities, which included a “soul train” line! After dinner, we headed to El Squid Roe to party it up even more! I had bought JR a table and bottle for his birthday, but everyone has so much to drink earlier that we didn’t end up drinking that much of it. Oh well, c’est la vie!
Birthday shot at Mango Deck
Birthday Cake... and many blue shots...
JR & his cousin at El Squid Roe
Tuesday and Wednesday were more of relaxing days for us… we are getting old and can’t party like we used to. We did drink a little by the pool and relaxed on the beach. Wednesday, we headed to Lover’s Beach because we attempted to go last year, but didn’t have the time. JR went snorkeling and jumped off a giant rock into the ocean while his God sister and I laid on the beach and swam in the water. Thursday, it was back on the plane and back to reality…
Cabo's Arch!
In the end, JR had an AWESOME 30th Birthday and really enjoyed himself! We ate DELICIOUS food, had some AMAZING drinks, and PARTIED “like it was 1999!

What did you do this summer? Or, for the 4th?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

HTC Status Social

HTC Status Phone
Last week, I was invited to attend the HTC Status Social to promote HTC’s new phone, HTC Status. The phone is absolutely awesome! It’s has a touch screen AND a physical qwerty keyboard, which is perfect for people who want a touch screen but are not used to touch screen typing. But back to the event…

The GREEN Carpet

I was asked by AT&T to be a Brand Ambassador for the event, which was pretty awesome because they gave me an HTC Status camera to play with at the event! I was able to easily log in to my twitter and Facebook page so I could update my status and post pics. After I picked up my awesome HTC Status (for the night), I headed inside. Before walking in to Stage 18 on the Paramount lot, there was a GREEN carpet with several photogs waiting for the celebrity guests to arrive. Guests included Demi Lovato, Lauren Conrad, Eva Pigford, Jayde Nicole, Peggy Tanous from Real Housewives of Orange County, and many more.

Katelin and myself!
The party itself was AWESOME! The décor was chic, the DJ was killing it on the 1’s and 2’s, there was a Facebook station where you could check your FB page, there was a hair and make-up station, and a photo booth. The photo booth was a lot a fun… I got to take a pic with my bestie, Katelin, before the highlight of the night…. an Usher performance! I looooved that Usher played some of his old hits, like “You Make Me Wanna” … took me back to my middle-school years.

The whole time I was enjoying the event, I was tweeting and posting updates on my Facebook page. The best part about the HTC Status is that there is a Facebook button designed into the phone. At the bottom of the phone, there is a bottom that allows you to quickly update your Facebook page with comments, photos, or videos. This is definitely one of the best parts about the phone because instead of fumbling through your apps trying to find Facebook, you are just a push-of-a-button away!

At the end of the night, I was completely exhausted… but, it was TOTALLY worth it! I had sooo much fun… and to top it all off, I was given an HTC Status phone as a gift! Now, you can’t go wrong with that.

Overall, great music, plus awesome décor, plus fun activities, plus spectacular performance, plus really cool phone equals INCREDIBLE event!

On that note, I'll leave you with Usher's opening performance...