Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fash's Fortunate Company Follie-day Party 2010

Our company holiday party was two Thursday's ago. The morning before the party, a memo went out that there would be an American Idol competition and a So You Think You Can Dance competition. AI prize was $3,000 and the Dance prize was $4,000. Those are BIG numbers you're talking to a Fashionieceta that is not rolling in dough. 

Ez-E and Rebs, two relatively new coworkers and friends convinced me to do the American Idol contest with them. Needless to say, we were nut-cases for the following 24 hours. Our song of choice was "Take Me or Leave Me" from the musical "Rent". Not the easiest song, but one we all knew and had the most charisma practicing together. 

Thursday night we're at Provocatur for our holiday party. NER-VOUS. Singing is something that people get made fun of and something that can easily be humiliating. American Idol probably withholds many more people's interest throughout their audition process. 'Nuff said. I really can't think of how to describe how nervous I was as soon as they put a mic into my hand. First of all, we did not practice with mic's and I was not ready to hear my voice through speakers for the first time AS I PERFORM.. and I wasn't going to be plugging my ear Mariah Carey style to see if I was on pitch. After a woman from Peanuts sang an on-pitch version of "At Last", we just had to wing it. 

Every compliment, encouraging statement, piece of performance advice went soaring out the Provocatur windows. I don't remember much of the performance. Just that my body was shaking and the entire time I felt off pitch. 

Maybe next performance I will have a little more faith in myself because.. we walked away with 2nd place splitting $2,000!!! Was it worth it? Absolutely. Would I do it again? Absolutely. We made a mark for ourselves for the 2010 Holiday Party. 

Towards the end of the party, Big Man was speaking to the company before our iPad raffle.
"and then 'someone' said.. 'Why don't we get everyone iPads?'.. so you're all going home with an iPad tonight." The place went NUTS.
Guarantee that my Big Man is better than your Big Man unless your Big Man is a Big Woman named Oprah. 

I've just recently started to notice how once a person changes their mindset for the better, things seem to fall into place. And they fall into place a lot faster than you would ever expect. A few months ago I worried heavily about money, a contest with the result of second place and a holiday bonus fell into my pocket.. my second to last blog speaks about how my computer is hanging by a thread, an iPad falls into my lap. It's truly amazing.

It's been a year since I've been home in LA. In three days I will be reunited with my soil and the core of my heart.. my friends. 

The holiday spirit is definitely in the air I'm breathing. 

XXO- Fashionieceta

Monday, December 20, 2010

Love My Fashionaunta...

Fashionaunta is out of town and sent us our holiday gifts at the office.
I love my Aunta for many reasons..
But one is when she reminds me of my strengths.

"that shirt reminded me of u... always takin' punches but ALWAYS getting back up to be a champ!!!"



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fash Shout Out

The other day I received a blog shout out from a Twitter friend who also carries her own blog.

I was labeled in an entry as one of her favorites.
I was so flattered that I had to take a snapshot.

It always takes me by surprise when people deliver feedback about Fashionieceta. It's something I value more than anyone knows. To know that people are taking their time to read what I have to say and actually remaining interested and finding enjoyment through my creative outlet is simply humbling and motivating.

I was just talking to someone I met last night about blogging. She was so enthusiastic when we found out that our blogging hobby was something we had in common. 
It made me realize that I wish I could blog more.
Why don't I blog as much?


- Work has become a little more real from the time that I started

- My computer is a POS. It's missing a key on it's keyboard, it doesn't play sound, and its life is hanging by a thread. 

-Blogging doesn't come as naturally without the flow of a strong working computer

When I first started Fashionieceta, it had a completely different vibe. It was strictly about my life, work, how much I ate, etc. I vibed it out as time went on and I've realized that Fashionieceta isn't ever going to be consistent in content. I wanted to write about things that people are going to be interested in, and as soon as I started thinking about what readers wanted... That's when I became stuck.

Last night we were laughing about how we write about ourselves and no one cares.
But the thing is, people kind of do. 
It made me realize that my blog is mine, and I could care about what people think... or I could write freely the way I used to without thinking about whether people care or not.

I have noticed that people idolize my life as they see it through my blog.
Things that happen in a regular day of mine could be surreal in another persons eyes, and that is always an eye opener for myself. It makes me feel lucky, blessed.

It could always be worse, but life is what you make it.
I try and remember that in my harder times.

If you read my blog, I appreciate it more than you all know. 
I thank YOU for your time and hope that the motivation keeps coming.

Stay tuned.

XXO- Fashionieceta.