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I have always wanted to visit Brazil and this year I had the amazing opportunity to start 2013 with a 10 day trip to Southern Brazil. I fell in love with the land and the beaches, the food, the people and of course caipirinhas! This video is just a small part from the stories of my travels. For more videos and write ups on my Brazil trip please visit my travel blog GlitterandMud.com. Happy New Year!! xo
Cross-posted from www.glitterandmud.com
The airport is by far not my favorite place and yet I spend hours every month waiting around in airports. Sometimes I get super lucky and get to take a private jet, or sometimes I get super unlucky and have to travel via motorhome with my family (LOL), but usually I am stuck hanging out at the airport by myself as I travel to most destinations alone (my boyfriend lives in London and I live in California). Not the ideal situation but it is fun to get to meet up at different places around to world to see each other.
Last weekend we went to Mykonos! It was my first time to Greece and I had a blast (check back for more on my Greece trip coming soon), but we were hurting on the way home after having a little too much fun as usual. We got to take a jet from Mykonos to Athens (Rad!!) but then we still had a few hours to kill at the airport before catching our flight to London, so I was very excited to find Victoria’s Secret in the airport! Honestly I can’t think of anything much better then a lingerie shop at the airport…. Except for maybe a 24/7 night club!
Yep, that’s right David Guetta and his wife opened a “F*** Me I’m Famous” all night lounge club at the Ibiza airport. Spain was already at the top of my bucket list so I am now jonesing to go, and maybe for once I won’t worry about how long my lay over is or if I, oops, miss my flight home. Now if David would just open a lingerie shop in his club I can die (at the airport) happy!
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 www.glitterandmud.com
Two days ago I left Malibu on what will be my 30+ day summer adventure. I started off the trip with a major #FAIL, realizing once I was already at LAX that I am a complete dork supreme and booked my ticket for Saturday Sept 1st instead of Saturday August 4th. I have no idea how I messed that up so bad but at least I now know why the ticket I bought just days before was only $59.
The lady at the AA counter smiled at me with pity and said don’t worry sweety, it happens all the time and luckily we have another flight I can put you on tonight. So 3 hours, $200 extra to re-book my ticket, and 2 margaritas later I made it to Vegas. *Travel tip for blondes like me, always, always, always triple check the dates on your ticket before you book! And when you receive your confirmation email check again because you have 24 hours to re-book your plane ticket without change fees. It’s well worth the extra few minutes because paying change fees or having to buy a whole new ticket blows…
Speaking of “blowing” my step-mom Catherine Hickland took us to the most inappropriate hypnotist show last night. The only person on stage that did not suck or blow anything was the hypnotist Anthony Cools, who has by far the raunchiest sense of humor I have ever experienced! I laughed so hard my face hurt even though I was slightly embarrassed to be sitting next to my little brother watching people hump chairs and pretend to give each other… Nevermind. I hear Misha’s eight year old daughter screaming at me to “get appropriate,” so I won’t go into detail but you have to see this show when you are in Vegas. Anthony, who I had the pleasure of meeting before the show, is seriously fall out of your seat, die laughing funny and he just signed another 5 year contract to continue performing nightly at Paris Las Vegas. So if you want to laugh harder than you have ever laughed in your life don’t miss his amazing performance! More info at www.anthonycools.com
After the show I went with my brother James and our friend Jon to the House of Blues Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay. The Foundation Room is a cool bar at very top of Mandalay Bay with an amazing view of the entire strip. My dad, singer Johnny Rivers, use to be a member so he took me first years ago. James had never been so I wanted to take him and show him the view which I have to say is still one of the best in Vegas!
So from Vegas I will be driving with my family (my step-dad Todd Fisher, dog Yippie, brother James and our friends Henry and Jon) in our motor home (joy to the dog hair all over everything I own world) to Montana and staying there for a few weeks. In Montana we will be hanging with my grandpa wo lives there, and working on a new TV show Todd is producing called “Survive!”. From there I’ll be heading to London again, and wherever else my weird life takes me. So be sure to check back here if you want to follow the world adventures of a super dorky, blonde, surfer chick from California. =) And I’ll also be documenting my journey with plenty of silly videos on G&M TV!
I am very excited to announce the launch of my travel blog Glitter&Mud, that I just launched last month with my friend Misha Gillingham! We have both been blessed to have the opportunity to travel a lot in the last few years and are stoked to be able to share our adventures in hopes that they enspire our readers to live life to the fullest and never give up on their dreams!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – “WOW – What a Ride!” -Anon
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
I am in Maui for the week with my friend’s family, helping with her two daughters & teaching everyone to surf. This morning I was lying in bed listening to the rain when I heard a quiet knocking on my bedroom door. Lilli, the youngest daughter, came in and handed me a photo of a duck she had drawn and informed me that it looked like a cloud she saw this morning. It was barely past 6am & the sun had just begun to peak through the rain clouds. I pointed to the open shades of my bedroom door which looks out over the pool, and out across the ocean to Molokai Island. The rain was beginning to subside and not one but two rainbows splashed color across the early morning sky. I explained to Lilli that rainbows are God’s promise to us that the earth will never be flooded again & that there are better times ahead. Life can be very hard sometimes and we have all gone through our tremendous lows. It’s not always lollipops, butterflies and rainbows… But sometimes it is.
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!
On October 5th Steve Jobs passed away. It was the day after I returned home to Santa Barbara from a trip to New York, and when I found out I was standing in Jill Johnson’s sewing room. We were chatting while she worked on a few dresses for me, when the girl working the front counter popped her head in the back and blurted out, “Steve Jobs died this morning! It’s all over everywhere, Twitter, Facebook, the News…” My heart raced and then sank. “We just lost one of the most influential people of our generation,” I whispered, leaning my right shoulder on Jill’s sewing table, as if trying to somehow prop up my now heavy heart.
Following Steve’s death my friend Mike Lewis, among many others, sent out a particularly great email in which he wrote that Steve will be remembered for what an “amazing innovator & visionary he was, but even more so he will be remembered for inspiring a generation. He often delivered what we didn’t yet know we wanted. That is what being an entrepreneur is about. Taking a chance and sharing your vision with the world of what you think the world should look like.”
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to loose,” Steve said in a riveting commencement speech he gave at Stanford University in June 2005, almost a year after he was diagnosed with cancer. When someone dies they are not remembered for how much money they made, what kind of car they drove, or how many pairs of designer jeans they had in their closet. You might think about these things in relation to the person, but what really matters, and what you will remember, is the way that person touched your life.
The last night I was in New York, (the evening before Steve passed away), I had drinks with one of my best friends from college. She moved to the city after we graduated from UCSB and now works for a bank, but during our conversation, amidst laughing about college memories & gossiping about men, she revisited a common struggle she has been dealing with since graduation. She, like many, has no idea what she wants to “do” with her life. The bank is a job but what did she really want to do? What would make her happy, make her feel fulfilled and still put a roof over her head?
After mulling over a few ideas together Danee said to me,”Whenever I need inspiration I think of you Vanessa. I ask myself what would Vanessa do in this situation? You are one of those people who always does what you say you are going to do, it may take you a while, but you do it.”
So I was sitting at my computer last week thinking about this conversation with my friend & my own entrepreneurial aspirations when I received a very relevant email about faith which said, “Faith is the substance, the strong conviction that creates a physical reality… Faith is the expression of my beliefs in a real and present world, in ways the world can see, relate to, and understand… Faith gets things done, because if its not getting done, then my faith is dead!”
After thinking about this message I realized, that my my entrepreneurial spirit, that leads me to try even though I might fail, is my expression of Faith, in a way the world can see; Faith, not in myself because I’m so fantastic or gifted or talented or anything like that, but Faith in God’s plan for my life and the way my journey is meant touch others. And the only thing that could possibly feel worse then failure is not trying, not allowing the journey to allow me to help others along the way…
Steve Jobs expressed this when he said being an entrepreneur is, “Taking a chance and sharing your vision with the world of what you think the world should look like.” We all have this ability to touch people’s lives with our expression of faith. We all have an opportunity to share our vision of how we think the world should look by taking a chance on our dreams.
My mom died when I was 25. This allowed me to see first hand how fragile life is and that we are here for a very short time. And it’s not about money or a title or anything material, it’s about how we help others through the way we choose to live our life. (Or as my godmother says, “It’s not all about you!”) When you get this truth, you begin to understand that by following your dreams and living your life with passion you have an amazing ability to inspire others. And this is what life is all about. It’s about meeting, connecting & touching people’s lives in a meaningful way. You are here to learn from, inspire and help others, which allows you to show your faith in a concrete way the world can not only see, but feel.
Today I was visiting my chiropractor who is also a good friend. He was asking about all my girlfriends and I was saying how everyone always falls apart at the same time and needs me & sometimes I feel like I can’t handle it. He simply responded, “But you do, and you will because that’s why you are here.” He had no idea I had been writing this blog post over the last week. All I could say was “You’re right, that is why I’m here.”
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