Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I give you...Sean O'Pry

So, I was flipping through the October issue of Glamour magazine and I came across this ad...

His name is Sean O'Pry and he makes me want to buy whatever he is selling!

Over on my Facebook page, I shared some more pictures of this hunky model behind the scenes at the photo shoot. He reminds me of what Dillon, my character from Submersed, would look like if he ever did a fragrance ad.

Anybody know if Spicebomb smells as good as Sean makes it look???

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Killers are back!

The Killers, one of my favorite bands, are making the rounds promoting their new album. Last night they appeared on Letterman and this morning they were on Good Morning America. I have to say I’m glad to see these guys making music again. Battle Born, their first album in four years, is currently on repeat on my iPod and I'm loving it.

The Killers’ first album, Hot Fuss, remains one of my favorite albums of all time. Back in 2004, I easily fell in love with the band’s indie rock sound, Vegas glam style, and use of guyliner. (Their appearance on The O.C. didn’t hurt either!)

Watching them perform again got me thinking about the evolution of lead singer Brandon Flowers’ style over the years. Talent and success aside, you have to admit Brandon is a hottie.

Here are a few of Brandon’s looks, including that weird feathery jacket he wore for an entire tour cycle, the saloon bartender look during Sam’s Town and finally just plain old hunky rock star.

I couldn’t be more happy to see Brandon Flowers rockin’ a leather jacket this time around!

There is one thing I’m sure of: Brandon Flowers, you will always be my Mr. Brightside.

P.S. Be sure to check out Brandon’s solo album Flamingo if you haven’t already :D

Friday, September 14, 2012

Nick Ayler

Just wanted to wish you a happy weekend...


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How they spent their summer vacation...

So long summer! Autumn is on the way!

This summer I watched a lot of DVD’s, planned a fictitious trip around the world on Pinterest and spent way too much time in the shoe aisle at Kohl’s. 

Meanwhile, hockey players jetted around the globe to their home towns and had vacations of their own. Here's a small sampling of how they spent the off-season...

The Kings took turns spending a day with The Cup, golfed and golfed some more...
Dustin Brown and cup handler Mike Bolt
Anze Kopitar and Matthew Perry
Dustin Penner's day with the Cup
Dustin Brown & Bailey
Dustin Brown & his son
Anze Kopitar

The Great Alexander Ovechkin watched his girlfriend Maria Kirilenko play tennis at the Olympics where she won Bronze...

Tyler Seguin got a new dog named Marshall...

...and Jodi Shelley met Hulk Hogan...

I hope you had a great summer and as much fun as "our boys" did.

Here’s to winter, my absolute favorite season. The time of year where I can justify staying in and curling up with a good book or pulling the covers back over my head and sleeping late.

Bring on the Snuggies and hot cocoa!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Pond Hockey

Thought you might like this beautiful tribute to pond hockey...

Friday, September 7, 2012


Sometimes you just need a big ole bear hug :o)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

BioSteel Camp

By now, we hockey fans are deep into our yearly withdrawals and scrambling for news on whether or not there will even be a season this year. *fingers crossed*

I try to tell myself it would be okay if there was a lockout because I’d get that much more writing done. But who am I kidding? We both know I’ve been watching playoff re-runs on the NHL Network all summer wishing they were new.

So, I’m posting the videos from BioSteel Camp. What is this BioSteel Camp I speak of, you ask? Well, it’s a week of training in Toronto attended by 30 top level players who pay their own way. They are divided into teams and then play a scrimmage at the end of the week. (By the way, Team Seguin won the scrimmage this year.)

Personally, I’d never heard of it and wouldn’t have discovered it if it weren’t for Tyler Seguin’s tweet about it. Thank You Twitter!

Here’s who attended this year:

Team Matt Nichol: Mike Cammalleri, Tyler Seguin, PK Subban, Paul Bissonnette, David Clarkson, Andrew Cogliano, Matt Stajan, Daniel Winnik, Raffi Torres, Ryan Ellis, Nik Antropov, Brendan Smith, Mike McKenzie, Greg Stewart, Jay Harrison, Tyler Cuma, Jason Wilson, Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk

Team Gary Roberts: Steven Stamkos, Stephen Weiss, Wojtek Wolski, Jeff Skinner, Steve Downie, James Neal, Cody Hodgson, Chris Tanev, Peter Holland, Spencer Abbott, Cameron Gaunce, John Mitchell, Mike Neal, Brandon Burlon, Ethan Werek, Chris Terry, Matt Beleskey

I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of our beloved boys skating, working out and most of all, sweating...

BioSteel Camp is in its second year and I hope there are many more to come!

Moment of Truth: How many more players are you following on Twitter now after watching those videos? :D RV

Monday, September 3, 2012

No Lockout

With all the talk about a NHL lockout, it's nice to be reminded of why we love the sport of hockey so much.

"Hockey's not about the money... But the moments that last a lifetime."

Please take a few minutes out of your day to watch this amazing video. It's definitely a must-see for hockey fans!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Give 'em a chance...

Even though I’ve been out of school since girls wore scrunchies and grunge was all the rage when I see all the back to school stuff lining store shelves I still can’t help but think about my time as a student.

My family moved around a lot when I was a kid so I attended dozens of different schools and had dozens of first days that weren’t always in September.

Being the new kid can be one of the most terrifying experiences a kid can have and it doesn’t get any easier the more you do it.

I always envied the kids who lived in one place their whole lives. I imagined what it would be like to have a group of familiar friends to travel up through the grades with. Starting a new school mid-semester was always the worst. The cliques had already been formed and I was doomed to play the part of a loner. Making friends is tough, so I started writing my own stories where the cute boy always asked me to the dance and every girl had a best friend forever.

My challenge to you this year is this: Offer the new kid a smile or even a seat at your lunch table. Trust me, they’ll appreciate it and remember your kindness for years to come. Who knows, maybe they even have some fascinating stories to tell about the town they moved from. What if he or she turns out to be a really cool person and you end up making a friend for life?

This doesn’t just apply to teenagers. Starting a new job can be daunting as well. No matter the age, some of us take a little bit longer to fit in than others.

I find myself relieved that I don’t have to navigate the halls of a new school anymore and try to keep a class schedule straight. No matter how many class reunions have come and gone, I still have the occasional dream about getting lost and not being able to find my next class or, God forbid, walking into the wrong one. Luckily, my subconscious puts me there with all my clothes on!

So, as you head back to the grind of Algebra pop quizzes and grueling homework, remember that you're all in the same boat and one friendly gesture can make all the difference in the world.

Good Luck,