On the red carpet - Scott Wolf for his new show Kaijudo:Rise of the Duel Masters. I swear he has not aged since Party of Five!
Scott Porter - Played Jason Street on Friday Night Lights...and currently playing George Tucker in Hart of Dixie.
Judy Greer - The voice of Cheryl in Archer. She also is in basically every movie ever made.
Life Unexpected stars: Shiri Appleby - Britt Robertson - and Arielle Kebbel
Do you ever watch Royal Pains on USA? That is Divya!
Later that night...during the after party we got to watch Mae Whitman from Parenthood sing with her boyfriend Landon Pigg
Then after dancing with fans...fellow Parenthood cast member Jason Ritter joined the fun too!
I also grabbed Michael B Jordan from Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
He is so good looking!
First I had to moderate a screening of The League, The new Nick Kroll Comedy Show, Archer, and New Girl. Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Judy Greer, and David Wain were in attendance.
**Fun tidbit - Judy Greer shot a pilot for ABC this year. They had an hour and a half meeting about her hair. ha.
Then I moderated a screeing of the new TBS Show starting this summer called, Sullivan and Son. The show stars comedian Steve Byrne.
Producing the show is Peter Billingsley. You might remember him as the kid in A Christmas Story. He is also Vince Vaughn's producing partner. They did the movies The Break Up and Iron Man.
Then I headed to the TBS panel featuring Bill Lawrence (creator of Spin City, Scrubs, and Cougar Town) This was a love fest of tv.
I took pics with Ian Gomez from Cougar Town...remember when he was Javier on Felicity!
Brian Van Holt plays Bobby on Cougar Town
Parenthood screeing and Q&A!!!!!
Dax Shepard, Mae Whitman, and Jason Ritter representing!
If you are into Pinterest, Etsy, or DIY crafts then take some time to check out the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend at the Palmer Events Center!
Saturday and Sunday *5/19 - 5/20
11am - 7pm
The event is FREE!!!
This is not your typical "craft/art" fair/bazaar with the guy selling soup in a bag/dips etc. The Renegade Craft Fair supports indie craft makers. Expect a lot of handmade jewelry, crafts, prints, cards, pillows, etc.
Grab your girlfriends and go shopping! This is truly a place where you can find some special one of a kind stuff.
Favorite trend of the summer = Neon Shorts!
I normally hate wearing shorts (I hate my legs)...but I feel like the in your face neon-ness draws attention away from the legs?
Also...I just can't say no to neon pink.
Austin Food and Wine Festival was in town over the weekend. I would have LOVED to attend, but the prices were a bit steep for me at $850 a pass. Luckily I have a old friend that had a hook up with Cuvee Coffee from Smithville and he invited me to a dessert tasting at the Hotel St. Cecilia Friday night.
Cassiday was my date and we literally had NO idea what to expect. No idea.
A fancy night calls for a fancy dinner at 2nd Bar + Kitchen. The patio is great...and the menu changes often. I crave their Gin and Jam drink often (a gin cocktail with a big spoonful...spoon included...of jam on top.) We shared Bacon and Eggs, Roasted Clams, and Salt and Pepper Ahi. Check out the menu here for full descriptions.
On to the main event!
As we pulled up to the Hotel St. Cecilia Cassiday grabbed my arm, "I think I just saw Andrew Zimmern walk into the event." WHAT! Yes!!!!
To make a long story short. We somehow ended up at a very private event with all the celeb chefs in town for the festival.
I have no idea why we were allowed to be at this event, but it happened. Pinch me.
Andrew Zimmern of Bizzare Foods on The Travel Channel. Super nice guy...who also has a background in radio! If you are a fan...he has a new podcast called, "Go Fork Yourself."
Christina Tosi (2nd from the left) is the superstar lady behind Momofuko Milk Bar in NYC. If you are travlening to NYC anytime soon...you must go for some cake truffles!
There were quite a few notables from Top Chef! We saw Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and Top Chef Texas runner up Sarah Grueneberg. From Top Chef Masters we saw Tony Mantuano (on the right) of Spiaggia in Chicago and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in NYC.
Email from Vickie:
I want to get a new handbag. Any suggestions? Are u seeing any new styles for spring??? $100 maximum limit!
I think the best place to start looking is www.Piperlime.com. They have a great section on their website called, "Girl on a Budget." The section includes the season's hot handbags under $100. Here are a few purses featured on the site from the always affordable brands Big Buddha and Melie Bianco.
(Also...just check out the Big Buddha website...they ALWAYS have tons of cute trendy bags under $100.) Click here.
I am obsessed with all of the new fun places popping up in Austin! Today my friend Lindsey and I met for a ladies lunch at the newly opened Hillside Farmacy on East 11th!
I loved this place even before I tried it! It is perfect for a ladies lunch! They also have a dinner menu and a raw bar...so I am thinking this could be a really fun date place as well.
Lunch was affordable...the place was packed in a good way...and the food was really good. I can't wait to go back! (They also have a room with a big table that can accomodate private parties...always good to know)
I had the pleasure of seeing Spring Awakening at The Zach Sunday and was very much impressed with the production.
I saw the national tour of this musical a few years back and couldn't wait to see it a second time...and on Zach's intimate stage. Â Every time I go to Zach I am blown away by the amount of local talent in this town...talent that rivals any show I have seen on Broadway or in a national tour. The cast for Spring Awakening is very young, and it was so cool seeing local high school students in a few starring roles. Watch out for Â Jordan Barron playing Moritz...he was just awesome to watch and is just a senior at Bowie HS this year.
FYI....parents...this show has some adult themes and nudity - so it might not be for all ages.
The show is here until November 13th...and you can buy tickets by going here: http://www.zachtheatre.org/on-stage
The story of Billy Beane Â - the GM of the Oakland A's and his attempt to change the game of baseball - with a small payroll and math.
Expectations going in:
HUGE expectations. Everyone that has seen it so far has LOVED it.
It is not a fast movie, it is not a flashy movie, but it is one hell of a story.The movie was definitely slower than I expected, but I enjoyed every second of it. Finally, Brad Pitt is just plain sexy in this film.
Look out for:
This could be the last movie with a larger Jonah Hill. He has DRAMATICALLY changed his look since filming this movie. I personally don't care what he looks like...he is funny no matter what.
Do you have to like baseball?
I Â think the movie has more to do with life, going with your gut, and fulfilling your purpose...than just baseball. It doesn't hurt to have some interest in sports, and in the romance of winning and losing.
Would I go with my mom:
This is a movie I could convince my whole family to see! I love finding movies I can see with my dad.
Have you noticed? Burnt Orange is fashionable! Burnt Orange is THE color of the season....meaning this is the year to stock up on cute attire to wear to Longhorn events. Every store I have shopped in the past week has something burnt orange....here are some of my favs under $100! (The Peacoat from J.Crew is $245)
A LOT of my friends are having babies...so I am always on the lookout for cute/different baby gifts. I was at a craft fair in Dallas over the weekend and just fell in love with 3 Bears Studio. Maybe it is my love for Babar/Elephants (she paints a lot of elephants), and everything whimsical, but I can't get over how stinking cute these original paintings are!
Even better - they are affordable with many options under $40.
I can think of so many other things I would rather spend $85 on. Click here if you want it. Starbucks has teamed up with designers to commemorate 40 years in business. And this is what they came up with?
How does a wife and mother of 2 balance her personal life with her high powered work life? I just donât know how anyone does it!
Expectations going in:
Havenât seen a single trailer for this movie. I just knew it was an SJP movieâ¦and I see ALL her movies. I would say low expectations going in...which might have contributed to why I liked it.
Was it AMAZING/Fav movie of the year? No! Was it cute enough? Yes!
This movie came out of nowhere for me. It was a super cute movie with some really funny lines and moments. Â I found it to be very real. It was written by a mom...and you could tell. I mean this movie isn't winning any awards, but it was everything I want out of light-hearted comedy. I definitely think it is worth the price of a movie ticket.
Look out for:
Oh manâ¦I LOVED this cast.
Olivia Munn is hilarious and my new favorite actress. Before this movie I really only knew her as the girl who may have been hooking up with Justin Timberlake.
Seth Meyers is also great in this movie a really obnoxious snarky work bully.
Christine Hendricks is finally dressed in non Mad Men clothes and is adorable!
You will like it if:
You are a womanâ¦and even more if you are a mom
You are a die hard SJP fan
You want a light hearted movie that will make you laugh...2 hours of entertainment.
Would I go with my mom:
Yes â Called her immediately after the movie and told her to see it!
Good date movie?
Oooo â I do not think I would drag my boyfriend to this one. Definitely a girls night movie.
What a day. The Missoni line for Target is here...and now pretty much sold out everywhere. The website for Target has been offline since at least 7am...and stores were ransacked by frenzied women the minute they opened. I got a tip from a listener Melissa that the Georgetown Target still had some merchandise...so after failing at 2 Targets....I was on a mission. When friends/family found out I was going...I got lots of requests. For example, my mom found shoes in my size in Dallas...but still needed shoes in her size etc. etc. etc.
I about had a heart attack in the purchase line, and I felt the need to tell everyone in line that I was just buying stuff for friends/family who lived near sold out stores.
Got to say - really impressed with the quality of the line...and can't WAIT to wear my shoes!!!
Oh...and shout out to Rosa who totally BUSTED me the second I walked into the store. Yes. I did drive 30+ miles for shopping. ha