Friday, November 30, 2012

There's no remedy for memory

This is my new black velvet dress. I bought this dress at Forever 21 while in Columbus Ohio...the night before the Aerosmith concert. I was having second thought about the dress I brought to wear to the show and ended up buying this one as a possibility. I love this dress, but ended up wearing my original choice. The bird necklace and studded belt from Forever 21 make another appearance in this look. I am wearing black glitter tights, which is hard to see in the photo and my red suede wedges.  Some additional photos:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Aerosmith Concert Outfit

 So this is the outfit I wore to see Aerosmith in Columbus & meet Steven Tyler & Joe Perry once more. The dress is from Pitaya, I bought the bird necklace and belt from Forever 21 the night before the show. The boots are studded and suede, my fave pair of black studded boots I own. The bracelets I am wearing I made, I gave 3 identical to these to Steven Tyler and he wore them on stage the night of the concert. I wore my Aerosmith biker ring and some red lipstick and red nail polish w/glitter  to top it all off. It was an amazing night and i was quite pleased with the outfit I ended up deciding on.

The Dress

The Belt

Bird Necklace

The bracelets I made (For Steven & I have identical ones that match) & my Aerosmith ring

The Boots

Red Lipstick

And to finish it off, red sparkly nails!

The End~

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Aerosmith Concert in Columbus Ohio

So I’m here in the hotel room after the Aerosmith concert and I still can’t believe today actually happened. This week was crap, no other way to say it, so today more than made up for all of that. 

 Cori and I arrived at Nationwide Arena about an hour before I was supposed to be there for the Wheels Up meeting time. I got to meet a fellow Aerosmith fan/friend from Twitter named Chelsea when we arrived. After standing in line for a long time in the cold when they let us in Chelsea noticed that Taj, Steven Tyler’s son was the one giving out the V.I.P. lanyards and tickets at the table. I had seen lots of pics of him but he is SO SHORT in person. Like shorter than me, weird. Yeah he seems nothing like his dad, just a regular looking 20 year old kid. 

Once I got my ticket & Wheels up stuff I hit the merch table. This time they had the shirt I wanted at the last show in my size so I bought that & this leg of the tour’s concert shirt with the dates listed on the back, I also bought a tour book.
Once the Q&A started I met another fellow Aerosmith fan that is a new friend on Twitter as well, Natalie. She was super cool and I sat with her throughout the Q&A.

  I had gotten a slip of paper with Joey Kramer (the drummer’s) name on it so I got to go to the microphone & ask him a question. Yeah that’s right, ME of all people; miss shy awkward girl. I was freaked out but asked Joey If there was any music artist he liked that we might be surprised by. He didn’t really seem to have one, so I was like so you don’t have like a secret love for Britney Spears or anyone??? Hahaha I thought it was funny but not sure if he did, other people laughed. So he just basically just said he really likes the bands No Doubt & Foo Fighters which he said probably isn’t too surprising, so I just said fair enough.

 Me at the mic asking Joey a question. 
(Photo courtesy of Natalie Smith)

I like the Q&A because it’s such a great time just to hear what Joey, Brad & Tom have to say. There is so much emphasis  put on Steven & Joe that the other guys don’t usually get heard and I like hearing from them, they’re cool guys, truly.

The meet & greet was up next so we went to the back of the arena and were ushered backstage to stand in line in a hallway until Steven & Joe arrived. This time the wait wasn’t long and everybody was getting pumped as we waited our turn. While in line another Aerosmith fan/Twitter friend showed up named Frances, so I got to meet her and hear about her experiences chasing Steven down earlier today.

For a few months now I've joked about giving Steven a ring pop & fake proposing next time I meet him...even made some fun pics about it and posted them on twitter and tumblr.... I tweeted Steven about it with a ring pop picture attached and told my friends and coworkers I wanted to slip a ring pop on his finger. haha Everyone thinks I am nuts, but I'm a shy girl & knew I wouldn't go through with it. (Even tho Cori did buy like 5 different ring pop flavors and gave them to me before we left for Columbus!)

So when the time came and we inched closer to the room Natalie went in front of me and met them first.  Then it was my turn, Taj was opening the curtain and I told my legs to start walking. Haha I was just so excited, but a little more calm this time around. As soon as I walked into the room I walked up to Steven & Joe and said Hey guys and once they looked at me I told them I made them bracelets. So Steven put out his left wrist and said , “Right Here” and he had me  put them on his wrist. Joe started digging through the necklaces he had on and showed me a red and black one that matched one of the bracelets I had made him perfectly. I was like, "it matches" and I put them on his wrist. 

Next I turned to Steven & asked if I could have a hug. So he hugged me and kissed me on my cheek. I hugged him so tight and couldn’t help but say I love you so much. Then he pulled back still holding my sides and looked right in my face and said I was cute & I made him blush. I could have died on the spot. He thanked me for the bracelets I made him and at one point again said something about me being pretty or gorgeous…can’t remember exactly what he said cause I was wigging out. It’s like your brain is in a fog when you’re in there and it goes so fast. So then I position myself between Steven & Joe for the picture and Steven put his arm around my waist and I can feel them beside me but Steven is even closer than Joe. I think I was grinning like an idiot AGAIN this time. I was just so happy I couldn’t help it. So then the security guy hands me my signed poster and I leave the room, I like skipped out and was so excited a security guy outside the room was laughing at me. I ran out and told Natalie what Steven did and basically announced to everyone still in line what happened. Haha

(Here is an update since I wrote this, my M&G pic with Steven & Joe.)

The show itself was incredible. I was right on the side of the catwalk so I was pretty close to Steven most of the show this time. Steven was wearing a long sleeve shirt for most of the show, but after a while of him moving around I realized he was WEARING THE BRACELETS I MADE HIM ON STAGE. Are you kidding me? Is this real?????

 (Cori made this collage for me from pics I took tonight. Steven is soooo wearing my bracelets)

The set list tonight was pretty much the same as past nights which ended up being alright. I wanted to hear What Could Have Been Love desperately but they didn’t put it back in the show. During “Livin’ on the Edge Steven was coming down the catwak and stopped not far from where I stood. He looked right at me and I saw recognition on his face so I smiled at him and he pointed right at me. OGFJGJKDJLJFLJGLJGG 
 Here is the Set List from tonight's show:

Mama Kin
Love In An Elevator
Oh Yeah
Livin' On The

Movin' Out
Walkin' The Dog
Last Child
***Drum Solo***
Rag Doll
Boogie Man
Lover A Lot
What It Takes
No More No More
Come Together
Dude Looks Like A Lady
Mother Popcorn/Walk This Way

Home Tonight/Dream On
Sweet Emotion

The guys sounded amazing tonight, truly amazing. I have no idea how they have so much energy at their age but they definitely put on a good show, playing and singing better than ever. They had worked out a new stage design with totally different graphics and lighting than they'd used on the first leg, IT WAS EVEN BETTER!!! I got some amazing photos; I took over 400 pics of the Q&A, Cheaptrick & Aerosmith combined.

After the show I met up with Chelsea and we took a pic together. It was nice meeting some people who like Aerosmith as much as I do. It isn’t typical of people I know to be into them much so it was really fun.

Tonight was just the best and I can’t wait to get back to Bloomington tomorrow so I can pick up my photos from the Wal-Mart photo lab!!!!AND I can't wait for AF1 to post the meet & greet pics from tonight so I can see how mine turned out. I wish the photographer (Amanada) would have gotten pics of Steven hugging and kissing me on the cheek. I can't be sure if she didn't but she doesn't always take pics before you turn to face the camera. oh wells. Tonight was fantastic. A few pics from the show:

 The End -

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Today's drive to Columbus Ohio/Aerosmith Concert tomorrow

So it is the night before the Aerosmith concert and Cori & I are in our hotel room about to go to sleep. A lot has transpired since I wrote earlier this week, most of it dramatic and worrisome. After fixing the Intake Manifold Gasket for $750 this past Monday...last night when Cori & I were leaving Kroger after getting groceries I tried to start my car and it wouldn't. So she had to call AAA for me and a guy came and jumped my car. He tested the battery and said it was fine but it wouldn't start on it's own until after running for a full 30 mins. So he told me a good place to take it in the morning since my mechanic is closed all weekend. So I was stressed out not knowing if it was just the battery or possibly the starter or alternator. So this morning Kayla had stayed the night with Jenny and she helped me jump my car and I drove it to that mechanic. He found that it was indeed my battery and it seems it is the original battery that came with the car. That would make it an 11 year old battery, jeez!!! So my starter and alternator were fine, but it was another $130 for the battery. AAAHHHHH but thank God my car got fixed in time.

Cori and I left Bloomington around 12:30 and arrived at our hotel at 4:30. I knew the hotel had a fireplace, mini kitchen and a sofa...sort of like a mini-apartment but it's even cuter in person. Here are some pics of our room:

So tonight after we unpacked and settled in a bit we found a local Forever 21 store and did a little shopping. I bought a dress, belt, heart print tights and two necklaces. I thought I might wear the dress tomorrow to the show but decided on the original dress instead. After shopping we ate at Dave & Busters. Now we are back at the room trying to wind down so we can get rested up for tomorrow. Not sure if I will be able to sleep or not. So excited about the show and the M&G.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This week thus far...

Well kids the week I have been looking forward to for the past couple of months is finally here. Thanksgiving is in 2 days and marks the start of a 5 day weekend for me. (No work, no school, no responsibility, no craziness) This Saturday at noon me and my best friend will pack up The Lone Carlo and drive 4 hours to Columbus Ohio for a two night stay at a hotel that has a fireplace in our room. The occasion is the Aerosmith concert this coming Sunday November 25th. Like a moron I bought the Wheels Up package once again (spending an ungodly amount of money) so I can have a seat on the catwalk and will meet Steven Tyler and Joe Perry once more.

I have fussed for the past 2 months trying to buy/figure out what I will wear to the show and I have narrowed it down to one fabulous dress...and a few backup outfit ideas if I throw a fit and change my mind last minute. Yesterday I had to have The Lone Carlo repaired because the Intake Manifold Gasket was leaking and it wasn't safe to drive to Columbus without the repair. ($750 more on the ole Capital One card) Freaking bites, but at least I know the car is road safe now.

I have also this week finally finished reading Aerosmith's autobiography "Walk This Way." I just never got around to reading the thing until now, the chapters are really stinkin' long and it's made up of a butt load of people's random snippets that take a long time to read because everyone has their own style of writing and you have to switch back and forth and try to make sense of it all. The book just continued to confirm that it is a miracle from God that those 5 guys are even alive today with the crazy lives they've lived, mainly the stupid amount of drugs they've done.

Now that I have finished that book, I have moved on to the book that I was more interested in reading in the first place. I started reading on Sunday Mia Tyler's book: "Creating Myself - How I Learned That Beauty Comes In All Shapes, Sizes and Packages, Including Me." I was interested to read the book because Mia is first off one of Steven Tyler's gorgeous daughters but more so that she is a successful plus size model that is confident and comfortable in her own skin.  I have always struggled with being overweight in varying degrees since I was about 11 years old. There are few things I have ever wanted more than to be thin or at the very least a normal sized girl, and not being able to get there has been hard for me.  So hearing from anyone else that has had that experience/struggle and has a good attitude about it/accepts it is something I need to encounter more often.  Also I knew that Mia was mainly raised by her mother that was sort of crazy and she was forced to grow up a lot sooner than a kid should... I definitely identify with that. Even though I had just started reading this on Sunday I am almost done with the book, impressive since I have been trying to finish the Aerosmith book for months now, starting and stopping and all. Because Mia is a plus sized model she is looked at as a role model of sorts for young girls who are struggling with body image, weight issues and accepting themselves. Also she has like her mother and father battled drug usage and suicide as well. So she used to blog on her Myspace and interact with young girls that needed advice, a friend, whatever. Here is a blog post she titled "Let It Go"

Let It Go!

There are people who can walk away from you
and hear me when I tell you this
when people can walk away from you
Let them walk.

I don't want you to try to talk another person into
Staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring
about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you.
I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you, let them walk.
Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

People leave you because they are not jointed to you.
And if they are not jointed to you, you can't make them stay. Let them go.

And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person, it
just means that their part in your story is over. And
you've got to know when people's part in your story is
over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead.

You've got to know when it's dead. You've got to know
when it's over. Let me tell you something:

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong
to you and was never intended for your life, then you
need to... LET IT GO!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains...

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and
see your worth... LET IT GO!

If someone has angered you...LET IT GO!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge...

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction...

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets
your needs or talents...LET IT GO!

If you have a bad attitude...LET IT GO!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better

If you're stuck in the past....LET IT GO!

If you're struggling with the healing of a broken relationship...

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even 
try to help themselves...LET IT GO!

If you're felling depressed and stressed...LET IT GO!

Let the past be the past.
Forget the former things.

~Mia Tyler

Since I have dealt a lot with hurt from people replacing, leaving and betraying me ...this is something I needed to read and re-read. I have a lot of faults as a person/friend and am quite aware of them. I have never been able to really kick being negative and complaining about my life and constantly putting myself down. I've always to a certain degree struggled with depression ever since I was a kid, so at times I am a downer to be around. I tend to get my feelings hurt easily, even if I realize I shouldn't be feeling that way and I know people/friends in general don't want to be around someone like that because it rubs off on them. And I tend to always have a current interest that I get overly excited about to the point of obsessions, it seems since I was a kid it's been that way. Usually in form of celebrities.... over the years; Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Johnny Depp, The Backstreet Boys Steven Tyler, Aerosmith in general and the list goes on. People get sick of hearing me talk about these things.  I do have good things about my personality, I mean I have a great sense of humor and love to laugh and am easily amused but I know I'm not an easy person to love. I suppose this is why it takes me forever to open up to people and really be myself around people, because once I do, it isn't long until people realize they don't like me and go find other friends to hang with.

 I know that my ultimate advice/counsel comes from the Bible...what God has to say about everything including my life. But it is just refreshing to read someone else who has went through some similar things share what she had learned/ is learning. So basically that is all I had to say for now. I'll be blogging later this week about the trip to Columbus Ohio, mainly the Aerosmith show/Meet & Greet and I will of course post pics of the outfit I end up wearing to the show. Until then, later.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nobody Can Always Be Strong, We All Fall Down

I was at the mall a few weeks ago and saw this amazing black rainbow glitter sweater in Wet Seal. I love this sweater because it's so 80's and I had one similar to it when I was a kid. At the time I didn't buy the sweater, but yesterday when I was at the mall I looked and it was 50% off so I kind of HAD to buy it. (Or so I keep telling myself) I paired it with skinny jeans and my candy/cupcake heels. I wore this to church this morning and a pair of little girls told me they loved my sparkly sweater. haha

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Everytime I close my eyes it's like a dark paradise

It's Sunday and I have a 5 page paper due in Economics this coming Tuesday and I have barely started it. I should be working on said paper but instead I am posting the outfit I'm wearing today  Oh blessed distractions. Alright so I bought this amazing electric blue blouse yesterday for $5 at Plato's Closet. I'm wearing it over a white tank top and paired it with skinny jeans. I opted for light brown boots with a heel and a matching color woven belt. For jewelry I am rocking silver. Two cuff bracelets, big silver hoop earrings, silver cross necklace and over-sized silver heart locket. I have been really digging red lipstick as of late so I smeared on some of that. I hope you like this basic look, now I must go get that paper underway because I am hoping to make a David Crowder  concert tonight. More photos: