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First, I wanted to share this super sweet, inspirational love story with you that Cat, my step-dad’s girlfriend, wrote. So happy they are getting married, (this month OMG!!!!) especially after reading this little story. Cat text me a few days ago, “Hey guess what?? In a few weeks you’ll officially be my daughter!!” which of course brought tears to my eyes because after losing my mom to cancer four years ago I never imagined having a mom again & I feel so lucky! http://bit.ly/XfiSeULOVE
My very favorites are the Orgazzle Blush (How can you not want an amazing Orgazzle for only $15?!), Heal Thy Lips Gloss in Flirt, the Smolder Eye Smoky Stick, & the Two Hot Bronzer & Blush Duo.
And Cat also generously gave me code EndlessSummer20 which gives 20% off EVERYTHING in my collection now till Dec 10th so be sure to use it!!
Love you all! Happy Holidays!
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
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.
Recently I realized that I’ve been saying certain things my whole life, not because I mean them, but because I’m scared to say what I really want. For instance I have always said I don’t know if I ever want to get married or have kids. Wow what a bunch of crap and how ridiculous that it has taken me 29 years to be able to admit that YES I do want to get married someday (when I meet the right man), and yes I do want to have at least one kid someday (God if you give me twins like you did to my Mom I am seriously going to kick your butt when I get to Heaven!!) and no I don’t have it all figured out and yes I get lonely too just like everyone else, but not settling in a relationship, or in anything else in life is worth the struggle, and worth the wait.
The last few days I have been lucky enough to spend time at my family’s ranch up in Creston, CA with my step-dad Todd Fisher & his amazing girlfriend Catherine Hickland. Cat is an actress, author, hypnotist and a relationship expert (she recovered from being married to David Hasselhoff so if anyone can tell you how to get over a bad relationship it’s her!). And right now I am recovering from my own break-up from someone I loved very much and could see myself being with forever, so instead of doing what I have been feeling like doing, which is curl up in a ball and die (LOL) I have been forcing myself to read Cat’s book, “The 30 Day Heartbreak Cure.”
I am not someone that likes the idea of reading self help books, so I have actually been reluctantly saying I would read this book ever since Cat started dating Todd over two years ago. She wrote it so I felt like I needed to at least skim its contents, but in the mist of my own failed relationship despair, that feeling of obligation turned into a desperate need to read the book that promises “you’ll be over him and back out there in 30 days.” And while I was beyond skeptical of this claim at first, now only 6 chapters in, I am adamant that everyone should read this book, heart broken or not.
Chapter 5 of the book begins with the sentence “One day, more than a couple decades ago, I finally summoned the courage to leave my marriage to David Hasselhoff.” I found this extremely ironic as this morning before I read that chapter I found nothing other than a wedding photo of Cat and David sitting out on the desk in our office! But way beyond giving me a good laugh this chapter reminded me of the importance of what we say. During breakups or difficult times we all have the tendency to talk down to ourselves – “If I was prettier, smarter, sexier, thinner, then he’d really love me or I’d have that job I want or that life I want.” This is total BS and yet we, especially us women, do it to ourselves all the time. The problem is we really believe what we tell ourselves and then we manifest those things. What we say has power. What we say becomes our own reality that we create.
So today I have promised myself to stop any negative talk I might have had going on in my head & work on manifesting the beautiful life I want. In chapter 6 Cat explains “There really is extraordinary power in our thoughts, words, and minds. We really do attract what we put out there, and we really do make choices and construct our lives based on what we say, believe, and reinforce about ourselves.” So positive manifesting is key in every aspect of our lives, including relationships. “We create the directions and events in our lives based on what we say, believe, fear and picture, or manifest for ourselves. We create every high, every low, every smile, every laugh, every tear. And yes, we most certainly create every heartbreak.”
Manifesting simply means forming a mental image. And when we form positive mental images in our mind every day of the things we want then we are able to work towards those things and not settle for less then what we truly want and deserve. If Cat would have settled and stayed in her unhappy marriage to David she would have never met my step-dad and found the man who has become everything she ever wanted and more. And if Todd would have given up hope after we lost my mom to cancer then he wouldn’t have been able to open his heart up to Cat when she came into his life. Their amazing relationship is proof that you can have everything you’ve ever dreamed of. But you have to learn to say what you want and mean what you say, because what we say to ourselves and to others has power. And everything happens for a reason. Every person God brings into your life has a purpose and there are no failures if you learn from your experiences. And always, always remember to Believe.
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
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