Thursday, April 28, 2011

Entertainment Weekly's FIRST LOOK of Breaking Dawn!

And it's not even my birthday! I am SOOOO happy I have a subscription to Entertainment Weekly! It'll be like Christmas morning running to my mailbox when I get home tomorrow!

EW's 'Breaking Dawn' issue hits newsstands tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NEW Song From Sam Bradley - "Woman You Crazy"

Check out the amazing new single from Sam Bradley, "Woman You Crazy" - it's a FREE download on his website for ONLY 6 MORE DAYS!

Check it out on or click HERE! Share with friends, co-workers... everyone!

I'm so excited to FINALLY be able to see Sam perform live in June. He's coming to NC! Can't wait! Check out his tour schedule to see if he's coming to a city near you.

4/27/11 –Ottawa, ON @ Café Dekcuf *
4/28/11 – Montreal, QC @ Savoy du Metropolis *
4/30/11 – Toronto, ON @The Drake Hotel *
5/2/11 – London, ON @ The Music Gallery *
5/3/11 – St. Catharines, ON @ The Mansion House *
5/5/11 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub ^
5/6/11 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub ^
5/7/11 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell ^
5/8/11 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place ^
5/10/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop ^
5/11/11 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House ^
5/12/11 – Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag ^
5/13/11 – Madison, WI @ The Annex ^
5/14/11 – Evanston, IL @ Space ^
5/16/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Center ^
5/17/11 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange ^
5/18/11 – Edmonton, AB @ The Haven Social Club ^
5/19/11 – Calgary, AB @The Gateway Bar ^
5/21/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub ^
5/22/11 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater ^
5/23/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord ^
5/24/11 – Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke ^
5/25/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^
5/26/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café ^
5/27/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café ^
5/28/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Compound Grill ^
5/30/11 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall ^
5/31/11 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova ^
6/1/11 – Houston, TX @ Continental Club ^
6/3/11 – Nashville, TX @ 3rd & Lindsley ^
6/4/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
6/5/11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
6/6/11 - Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club & Cafe ^
6/7/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live ^

* w/ The Treasures
^ w/ Holly Conlan

What do you think of the song? Have you heard Sam's other music?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Raleigh, NC Tornadoes: 4-16-2011

This past Saturday started off just like any other Saturday. I had errands to run and had some shopping to do. I knew it was supposed to rain so I put off much needed yard work until Sunday. I have a huge event next month, the 20th Annual Red Cross Ball, so I had planned to spend a large portion of my day looking for a gown. After many unsuccessful stops to local malls, boutique stores, and even chic consignment shops, I ended up at David's Bridal in N. Raleigh.

I arrived at David's Bridal around 3 p.m. and immediately found dresses I liked. I tried several of them on and even found 'The One'. I went to check out and then noticed my phone was ringing and I could hear the notification that I had a text message. Not thinking anything of it, and having a personal policy of not being on the phone when I'm at a register, checking out, etc., I waited to answer and respond. As I was checking out the power starting flickering in the store, but remained on for me to have my transaction completed. My new gown was put inside a garment bag and then I proceeded to leave. As I headed for the door I could now see that it was POURING. It was lightening BAD. It was ominously dark. I ran to my car, garment bag in tow, and then called my husband immediately after I checked my text message that read:

"Tornado In Raleigh!"

He had no idea where I was, he just knew I was out shopping. The first words out of his mouth when he answered was, "Where are you right now?" My answer confirmed to him that I was in the path of the impending tornado heading in my exact location. I told him I was in my car. He said, "Get inside NOW". This was 3:57 p.m. I ran back in the door without any hesitation as the sky looked darker and darker each second and the wind was picking up fast. I made it back inside the store just as they lost power. The manager locked the doors after I entered and then made the announcement that everyone was to head to the back of the store inside their backroom hallway. People were freaking out. Babies were crying. No one really knew what was going on. I just found out 2 minutes prior. I knew a tornado was heading in my direction but I didn't know exactly where, and most importantly, when. It was a frozen moment for me. I could hear the wind. I could hear the rain hitting the ceiling. I could tell something was going on, but I suppose I was just waiting for something... anything. Or, nothing. I was just frozen. We remained in this hallway for about 15 minutes. One of the employees came into the hallway saying that the tornado had passed us and we could leave if we chose to; however, they mentioned the "debris field" was still apparent and to be very careful. As I left the store I was extremely cautious. I had no idea what to expect. I think I was still frozen. I wanted to get home, if home was even still there. I had no idea at this point. I didn't even know there was a tornado risk at all. I guess I was just out shopping in my own little world. 

I drove home in the pouring rain very, very slowly. I was about 10 minutes from home and took residential roads home. There was debris everywhere. Trees all over the road. It was a sight. I got home safe & sound and my home was safe & sound. My precious furry kids were safe & sound. The yard was a mess, and my many bags of pine straw, weeds, etc. were blown all over the neighborhood, but everything was OK. I didn't have power, but many didn't. At this point, I just decided to finish up my shopping by taking a trip to the grocery store. They DID have power so I figured I'd ride it out. It wasn't until I got back home and noticed that the power was on that I realized the enormity of the situation. 

I saw photos. I watched countless videos. I watched the news. I watched the news all night. I saw the path of the storm and its destruction. I could tell where the tornado came through downtown Raleigh, very close to where my husband was on an EMS shift. I saw the path the tornado took where I was, at David's Bridal. After reviewing the addresses of the neighborhoods affected, because honestly I'm not too familiar with this area of Raleigh, I realized how close I actually was to the tornado. It skipped around quite a bit, but came within a mile from the store. The tornado was, at times, 1-3 miles wide with its debris field reaching farther than that. The map below shows where I was in relation to the path of the storm.'A' marks an area that was completely obliterated by the storm and sadly, 3 lives were lost. All children. 'C' marks a large family neighborhood where homes were completely lifted off their foundations. I am 'B'. Apparently the storm took a sharp turn NE missing the store that had become my safe haven. I was lucky. So many were not.

Currently the NC death toll is 22. There are more feared dead. In total, 62 tornadoes were confirmed on Saturday. That is 5x more tornadoes than we see in an entire year. 1,000 homes were severely damaged - 500 were completely destroyed. As of 3 p.m. this afternoon, over 30,000 people were still without power. 300 families are in temporary shelters. 

The Red Cross needs our help. Our community needs our help. Now.

I am so thankful for Rich trying to reach me when he did. If he hadn't called me and sent me that text message, who knows what could of happened. I won't think of that. Again, I was lucky, but others were not. Some lost everything. 

The devastation left behind by this storm is vast. FEMA arrived on Sunday afternoon to access the widespread damage. The Red Cross has been out around the clock providing shelter, clothing, drinks & snacks. They can't do this alone. They need their neighbors. They need us. 

Please DONATE what you can. GIVE what you can. SUPPORT how you can.

Triangle American Red Cross: Tornado Relief - How To Get Help & How To Give Help

Aerial footage of the damage in Raleigh:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Britney Spears' "DANCE 'Till The World Ends"

I loved the original music video for Britney Spears' "Till The World Ends", but I ♥♥♥ this version that shows off her true "Britneyesque" dance moves! And, for all the naysayers that think she used a body double... puuulease. It's all her. Britney is officially B-A-C-K!

See if you can spot the (many) differences...

You can see the original version HERE, along with some other newly released pop overloads!

The news that Nicki Minaj will be joining Britney on her tour was also released today. Exciting! Take that, Enrique! I still can't get over that Enrique pulled out like that... still not really sure why. That would have been an amazing tour! But Nicki will be HOT! 

What do you think? Digging Britney's dancing? Will you see her on tour? 

Leave a comment!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Water For Elephants - Private Screening!

LivingSocial made me very, very happy this past Tuesday! Their "daily deal" alert came to my email just as it does every morning, and boy was it a good one!

This is what I saw...

As if I even had to check on the details, here they are...
Not jet-setting your way to NYC for the star-studded red carpet premiere of Water for Elephants? Well we think you still deserve the glamour. Today's deal lets you and the rest of your book club brethren spend a night feeling like Hollywood royalty -- without all that pesky tabloid gossip. LivingSocial is rolling out the red carpet just for you: For $20, get a ticket to an exclusive showing of Water for Elephants on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. with two drinks and appetizers during the pre-party. In addition, you'll get a $10 gift card to buy the "Water for Elephants" book. This exclusive event brings the glitz and glamour of a big screen premiere to the Raleigh Grande 16 Theater, with a chance to view this anticipated romantic drama a night before the rest of the world. For a front row seat to all the lights, camera, and action, this deal's your ticket.
My "deal" was bought within 5 minutes and I even recruited several people from my office to join in! I cannot wait 'till next Thursday night! It's going to be a blast. The only thing missing would be, well... Rob & Reese!

Water For Elephants opens nationwide Friday, April 22nd! 

Are you planning to see Water For Elephants? Did you read the book? Surprisingly, haven't. I know... bad of me, right?! Well, thanks to my deal from LivingSocial, I bought the book so now at least I can imagine Rob as Jacob. Oh, the thoughts... :-)

p.s. if you don't know yet know about LivingSocial, you owe it to yourself to check it out! It's a site that offers AMAZING deals on spa services, getaways, shopping, MOVIE PREMIERES, etc. at discounts of 50, 60, 70%+ or more! Check out what's available in your city! You might just be surprised!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Christina Perri's "Penguin" Lyric Video - NEW Music!

In case you missed my previous posts late last year about how much I love Christina Perri (and why), they most certainly deserve a second look. Read them HERE & HERE. Caught up with me now? Awesome!

Welcome to the greatness that IS Christina Perri. 

I follow her website. I'm a fan on her Facebook page... Call me a stalker, but how else would I know when she releases new music & videos? Well, today was no exception. She released another (great) song from her upcoming album, LOVESTRONG that is set to release on May 10th. I am amazed and entranced every time I hear her sing. Every time.

She released 'Arms' about a month ago, and today 'Penguin', along with this breathtaking lyric video courtesy of Elliott Sellers.

For your listening pleasure, I give you Christina Perri...

I've said it before and I'll say it again... it's so refreshing to have singer/songwriters like Christina Perri. You know the old adage, "They don't make 'em like that anymore". So true.

I'm so happy she's finding the success she so deserves. Keep it coming, Christina!

I'll be listening.

p.s. She's going on tour w/James Blunt starting next week in Boston, MA, but sadly she's not coming anywhere near NC, or I'd be there! Are you listening, Christina? Come to NC! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Two More 'True Blood' Sneak Peeks!

Keep 'em coming! I wonder if they're going to tease us like this until the premiere in June? You bet they are!

Here are two more sneak peeks...

This one is pretty freaky. It's "Waiting Sucks: The Writing on the Wall" (get it?)

Waiting Sucks: Terry

Now, THIS is what I call a sneak peek! Here is an awesome scene between Pam, Jessica and Hoyt outside Fangtasia. 

Is it June 26th yet?!

Pop Music Videos - SHOWDOWN!

Within the past two months, music videos from pop superstars Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga have premiered to the amazement of their fans... and ME! Call it a POP overload!

I have looked forward to watching the latest, greatest music videos since I was very young, from way back to the good 'ole Michael Jackson days when his iconic music videos were like mini-movies. With the use of social media these days, keeping fans enticed with countdowns and sneak peeks has become standard practice to awaiting, excited fans. And yes, I'm one of them. Each of these ladies are on my Facebook page. Me LIKE! :)

I love each of these pop divas and usually love their individual sense of style and creativity, but yet two of these videos make me want to say, "What the .... ?" Is it possible to be too over the top? I'm not saying I don't like it, but wow. That's all I can say is, wow. I should mention though that I LOVE the songs, each of them, but the videos are again, wow.

What do you think?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Drama Over Leaked "Breaking Dawn" Images

If you ended up here thinking you would find the leaked images/screen grabs from last week, sorry. They are all but lost in the internet graveyard now after Summit demanded (as they have every right to) they be removed from ALL blogs, websites, forums, etc. I have no idea who leaked them or how they ended up on the web, but what I am sure of is when Summit finds out who did it, they will surely have their a** on the chopping block. If it were me (don't even go there!), I would have just quit right after my web crime... so, Summit, if you're listening, and you haven't fired the idiot already, look for anybody in the Twilight realm that has quit recently... that's your culprit!

With that said... did I see them? Yes, I did. I am human. And, most important, I am a sucker for spoilers....well, not really spoilers because let's face it, there's nothing in this movie that I don't already know, yet I can't seem to stay away from clips, pics, footage, etc. from any movie, Twilight or otherwise. Do I feel guilty for seeing them? Kinda. Do I regret it? Absolutely NOT! Do I feel bad for the actors, staffers, production crew, directorial crew, etc.? You bet. Am I even more excited (as if that were even possible) for the premiere in November? That's a stupid question really, but the answer is without a doubt, YES!

I thought this interview with Rob Pattinson for MTV was pretty awesome. He doesn't hold back how he feels at all about this treachery, nor should he.

I love his snarky side. He has every right to be pissed about it, and he has another point... these images don't show what the finished movie will look like AT ALL. But, again, we're all human and we all saw. And fawned over. And had to do breathing treatments. And had to take a cold shower, or two... but I digress.

The only "OFFICIAL" stills from Breaking Dawn to date are the following two pics, which are dreeeeeamy, if I do say so!

 I found out earlier today that Summit will be releasing the first CLIP of Breaking Dawn at Comic Con this year, as they have done in the past, however, sadly this isn't until July! So, wait we must.

I can't tell you not to "peek" at things people post online, but do yourself, and your conscious a favor... don't re-post, re-blog, re-tweet and so on & so on. See it for yourself and move on.

I shall go back to salivating over nakey Rob now... *Blush*

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I went BLONDE!

Well, I did it. I took the plunge and decided to go blonde again. But let's just say it wasn't the transition It was supposed to be.

My original appointment was last weekend and it was meant to be a one shot deal; however, that was not the case. I won't go into all the mundane details but just know that I didn't leave without the understanding that my hair would be re-colored... at no cost to me.

I was supposed to be a "honey blonde" but a very dirty blonde/light brown is what I got...

I didn't necessarily hate it, it just wasn't what I wanted. It wasn't blonde. It wasn't the blonde that I've been before... TWICE!

So this weekend, as in yesterday, I went back to the salon for round #2. I am MUCH happier with the results this go around. It's BLONDE now! I just hope my hair is completely fried now! According to the salon, because it's a "Aveda" product, it's less damaging to your hair. I think I kinda vouch for that because it really doesn't feel that dry. The color doesn't need a dryer to process like some salons use.

What do you think?

Do blondes really have more fun? We shall see!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

True Blood: Season 4 {Sneak Peaks!}

Sunday, June 26th can't come soon enough! I need Bill Compton back in my life, BAD! I miss the way he says, "Sookehhh!" :) 

I've just seen these new clips of the new season and it's left me thirsty for more! As of this post there are 85 days 'til the season premiere. Wahoo! 

Waiting Sucks: Sam

If season 4 is just 1/2 as good as it was this past season, or the season before that... I know where I'll be each Sunday night! How about you?