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Cross-posted from www.glitterandmud.com
Yesterday I was beyond excited to have Adam, a 15-year-old Grizzly Bear from Animals of Montana, visit us on set at my grandpa’s ranch in McAllister, Montana. So far Adam is the biggest and most well paid actor on “Survive!” the new TV show my step-dad Todd Fisher is producing. Since having Adam guest appear on the show for the day wasn’t cheap I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and see if Adam liked Happy Endingz as much as I do. Turns out he does because he not only let me hug and kiss him, but he also let me ride him in my favorite recycled Gold Goddess Bikini!
This was also very special for my Grandpa, Western Artist Larry Zabel. He is sick with cancer so we were excited to help him scratch “take pic with Grizzly Bear & granddaughter in her bikini” off his Bucketlist! And like I said in my caption for this video, it wasn’t quite Star Wars, but I still think my aunt Carrie Fisher would be proud! Bear A$$ Bikini Ride (VIDEO): http://bit.ly/N9g2yu
Cross-posted from http://glitterandmud.com
Last year for 4th of July I was lucky enough to get to go to Saint-Tropez with my boyfriend and a group of our friends. It was my first time to the south of France and I instantly fell in love with the ultra luxurious, crazy, party, beach town of St Tropez. Basically everyone is spending so much money that pretty much anything goes so you can wear what you want, and do what you want, as long as you are ready to PARTY!!!, and not cry over the $1,500 lunch bill (WARNING: This is a trip you have to save up for because it will hurt your wallet!). We drank enough Domaines Ott (amazing Rose wine) to fill up a swimming pool last year and had so much fun that we all vowed to try to return to St Tropez every summer.
This year we made it back to St Tropez on th 6th of July. My boyfriend Steve just moved to London so we spent the 4th there (drinking Pimm’s of course! =) and then headed to St Tropez. Steve does everything last-minute so he warned me that the 3 star hotel he found the week before might not be very nice. I knew we were lucky to find any hotel that last-minute, especially going into high season in the French Riviera (July, August, Sept) and I honestly would be happy to crash in a sleeping bag on the beach if it meant getting to go back to my new favorite place, so I left all expectations behind for our accommodations, and only packed my favorite sandals, bikinis, high heels and mini dresses!
But when we arrived at La Bastide Des Salins (after driving from the airport in Nice along the coast, so beautiful!), I was pleasantly surprised to find we had actually stumbled upon a super cute, chic, little boutique hotel! Their tag line is “Hotel de Charm” and I have to agree this place is absolutely charming. The grounds are beautiful with lush vegetation and flowers everywhere, and the rooms are clean and cute and you can lay by the pool topless (I freaking love France!) and they will bring you espresso, wine, snacks or whatever you fancy.
My ONLY complaint is the showers. Why the heck don’t they know how to take a proper shower in France?! London too?! At Steve’s new flat in Chelsea, London and at this hotel the shower is a tub with a hand-held shower head. How the heck do you take a proper shower when you have to hold the spout? Might as well just shower outside with the garden hose! Luckily I surf so am use to taking showers outside with the hose, but watching Steve try to shower was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, so much so that it became our running joke that I could get a job as a shower girl (topless of course!) and hold people’s spouts for them. (I know such a good idea. My parents would be so proud LOL!)
Anyway there is so much to do and see in St Tropez and I am definitely not an expert but I can say be ready for very long extravagant lunches followed by lounging (or usually passing out) at the beach, crazy dinners where people dance on tables and hang from chandeliers, and over the top, crazy clubs where guys buy 30 bottles of Crystal just for fun. My favorite lunch place is for sure Les Palmiers, followed Nikki Beach & Club 55. My favorite dinner place which is a must, must, must is Villa Romana, and I also love Le Grand Joseph. And for clubbing you have to go to La Cave Du Roy, one of the world’s most famous night clubs, located in the heart of St Tropez next to the Byblos Hotel.
Byblos is an awesome place to stay but you have to book there way in advance, especially during high season because they sell out. I hear there is also amazing shopping but I have never actually made it to any boutiques, so that’s on my list for next year! Hope you put St Tropez at the top of your bucketlist because I promise you’ll love it! And if you do find yourself in my favorite vacay spot please post pix from your trip on my facebook page, and then I’ll explain to you what CYB!!! means!
My St Tropez Tips:
RESTAURANTS & BEACH CLUBS
Here’s a great link to all my faves: http://www.access-sttropez.com/en/restaurants-st-tropez.html
If you rent a car allow two hours for getting the rental and driving to St Tropez from Nice. They are dorks at the car rental place in France and it is a huge ordeal. When you get off the plane you have to go to the car rental counter, rent a car (which they will charge you an arm and a leg and your biggest boob for), then you have to wait in line for a shuttle which transports you to a car park where you have to get keys for your rental car from another counter, then go find your car which will probably be parked in the wrong spot like ours was. But it’s worth that huge pain in the A$$ to get a rental car and drive the scenic route along the beach. Just take the A8, ignore your GPS which will send you the other way through the mountains, which really is not much shorter, hug the coast and follow the signs for St Tropez, as you enjoy the amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea and all the beautiful beach towns along the way. Or if you’re a total bawler you can just charter a yacht in like my friend Lyndon Lea does! =)
Welcome to St Tropez! (VIDEO): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh2FRFhS7QY
Please join me at our Spring Trunk Sale tomorrow, Saturday May 19th, 12-4pm, on the patio at Cava Restaurant & Bar in Montecitio, CA. Come enjoy music, cocktails and killer deals on jewelry, swimwear and cover-ups. And tomorrow only SAVE $40 on my NEW Happy Endingz® Eco Swimwear White Ruffle Bikini!
Hope to see you there! xoxo, Vanessa
Cross-posted from www.happyendingz.com/blog
Calling all swimwear models! We need all the hottest ladies in Santa Barbara to help make our BIKINI CONTEST a fun event so please pass on the word! Sunday April 22nd at Sandbar in Santa Barbara, CA. Sponsored by Happy Endingz Eco Swimwear. Registration 9pm. Bikini Contest 10pm! Swimwear & other prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up! xoxo
Cross-posted from happyendingz.com/blog
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*And because you probably procrastinated on buying a calendar, just like we procrastinated on printing it, our calendar begins on Feb 2012 and goes through Jan 2013!
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I have to say even though I keep joking about being so old now (I turned 29 on Jan 19th), I actually feel better than I ever have and am even more excited about the years to come. I use to think that was something people said to make themselves feel better about “getting old” (LOL!), but now I’m realizing it’s actually true… A few nights ago me & two of my girlfriends, who I live with, climbed up on the roof of our house with blankets and a bottle of Rose’, and just sat together watching the sun set. Our house is downtown, on the east side of Santa Barbara, and from our roof you can see the Riviera, & all it’s beautiful homes adorning the hillside behind us, and in front, the whole city, harbor & ocean expanding out to the Channel Islands that frame the horizon. To say we are lucky is a gross understatement; We are beyond blessed to get to experience this beauty every day.
As my girlfriends & I sat there watching the sun set, painting bright orange & yellow across the sky, I realized this is it; It doesn’t get better than this. I get to share the best part of my life with two people I love. I wish this for everyone because this is what life is truly made of… And that’s honestly the best part about getting “old,” you begin to realize it really is the little things in life that matter most, and being able to appreciate them is what true happiness is all about.
I learned how to surf in Cabo when I was 16. I started going to Mex with my girlfriend and her family when I was in high school and we always stayed at the Las Olas Condos, right outside of San Jose Del Cabo. Las Olas is located in front of two awesome surf spots, Zippers and The Rock. Because of this I went from my first day of standing up on a 10ft longboard and crashing into the rocks on the shore, to backside barrels at Zippers pretty fast. I also attribute my determination to become a good surfer to the fact that I was teased every day by my friend’s father who said “tanning” is not a sport & boys don’t like “woosy” girls!
So if you haven’t been to Cabo or if you have and you want to go back for FREE ,you better enter this contest! I can’t think of anything more fun than a free trip to Cabo for you AND a friend, including a villa at the Cabo Surf Hotel, private surf lessons, $1,000 cash prize and of course Happy Endingz® Swimwear!
During the month of October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 25% of profits from all Happy Endingz Eco Swimwear sales will go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara. This is a cause near and dear to my heart as I lost my mom to cancer, so in an extra effort to raise money for our center, for the rest of October we will be offering $40 OFF all our swimwear at www.happyendingz.com with code BC242 and 50% of profits from purchases with this code will go to the SB Breast Cancer Center.
Thanks so much for your support! xo, V
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