• World Fabulous Drag Brunch

    Enjoy World Fabulous Drag Brunch at House of Blues Anaheim

    The World Fabulous Drag Brunch takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the House of Blues in Anaheim. On November 4th, the show will be partnering with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT) Center of Orange County. Members of the LGBT Center OC will be at House of Blues Atrium from 10-11am to share information about the Center and opportunities for donating and volunteering. Live entertainment by world-famous drag queens and a delicious Southern-inspired brunch buffet? Yes, please! I recently attended the World Famous Drag Brunch at the House of Blues of Anaheim and had a rollickin’ good time. Gia Gunn, actress, cosmetologist and reality TV…

  • What I learned from Women’s Wellness Day

    15th Annual Women’s Wellness Day features renowned author and chef Alice Waters By some stroke of luck, I won two tickets to the annual Women’s Wellness Day hosted by the UC Irvine Health Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. (Thank you, Facebook.) The event was held at the Irvine Marriott hotel and I brought my friend Anne along to experience a thought-provoking day about health and wellness. Anne is into health and wellness and was the first person to talk to me about “leaky gut,” so I figured this would be right up her alley. For me, I was really excited to hear Chef Alice Waters speak, she of the…

  • Painting with a Twist and Onsia Sound Art

    How I Painted a Pet Portrait on a Bluetooth Canvas Speaker

    If you’ve never done a painting with wine type of class, I suggest you try it. It’s such a fun experience. Invite friends and spend an afternoon or evening, learning to paint, chatting over wine and generally having a good time. One Sunday afternoon, I attended such a class at Painting With a Twist in Huntington Beach. This class was extra special because, for the first time, we were painting on Onsia Sound Art canvases!  Canvases with Bluetooth speakers in them. What’s more, we weren’t painting the typical sunset or vase of flowers, we were painting our pets! A few days before the class, we were asked to submit a…

  • Quail Motorcycle Gathering

    Motorcycles, Ice Cream and Keanu Reeves in Carmel

    Last May, I had the privilege of attending and working on “The Quail Motorcycle Gathering” in Carmel, CA. As social media manager of Acorn Woods Communications, we worked with The Quail Events group of the Quail Lodge a few months before the event. The event is a celebration of the Evolution of the Motorcycle, honoring both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sports and racing bikes. Not being a rider myself, what I did appreciate was the history and physical beauty of the motorcycles. Not to mention, the camaraderie of riders. Plus, there was the location! The Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley! Besides, any chance…

  • Increasing ticket sales for Taste of Huntington Beach with Social Media and Influencer Outreach

    It seems like only yesterday when I wrote about How A Charity Event Leveraged Social Media to Increase Ticket Sales. Okay so it wasn’t yesterday but it was just last year and I was talking about the Taste of Huntington Beach. Well, the annual Taste of Huntington Beach #TasteHB took place again this year on April 24th and guess what – this year we increased sales by 20%! That would be a 40% total increase from two years ago. Attendance numbers were up and there was a buzz about the event unlike previous years. There were more restaurants, newer restaurants and wineries, and also a celebrity chef from the Food…

  • A Summer Tradition: Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

    The Festival of Arts is held from July 5- August 31, 2015 in Laguna Beach. The festival is open daily for visitors to enjoy work of exhibited artists, demonstrations and art workshops. This year, the Festival unveiled a new façade and entryway, designed by Bauer Architects. You will experience daily on-site exhibitions and demonstrations on the grounds. Special events include art talks and the popular “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate,” on Thursdays and “Concerts on the Green” on Saturdays. In the past, I’ve taken the free Laguna Beach trolley to the Festival and signed my kids up for the art workshops. A big part of the festival is the “Pageant…

  • Knotts Scary Farm | Gunslinger's Grave

    Knott’s Scary Farm, An Annual Halloween Tradition

    The Social Media Crew was in full force at the Knott’s Scary Farm Media Preview. Thanks to them I was able to create this rad storify that gives you a great overview of what to expect at this year’s Halloween Haunt. [View the story “Top 5 Things To Look Forward To at #Scary Farm” on Storify]

  • Life is like a Box of Chocolates

    Christmas came early for this chocoholic as I attended two chocolate store launches in the span of a week! What was interesting about the two openings was that they couldn’t be more different in that the first event was a small independent artisanal shop and the second was the latest opening by a 92 year old candy manufacturing company with more than 200 retails stores across the country. And yet, they were the same because they both focused on the importance of quality and customer service. Now, what could be sweeter than that. First – there was the opening of Michelle Haut Chocolat at The OC Mix in Costa Mesa.…

  • Stop Diabetes : Tour de Cure OC

    November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The American Diabetes Association envisions a life free of this dreaded disease. The goal of this month is to raise awareness and come together as a community to Stop Diabetes, a disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States alone. According to ada.org: “Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.” My own grandmother had diabetes so I am very familiar with the disease. When the opportunity to be part of the marketing and…

  • Hashtag Best Practices for Events

    You don’t have to be a social media guru, ninja, or expert to use a hashtag. But if you’ve read that first line and are still scratching your head, perhaps a simple definition is in order. A hashtag is simply a label for content. It is used mostly on Twitter but you can also use them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. Hashtags are useful for searching a topic. Perhaps our friends Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake can explain it better. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been part of big events in Orange County that required the use of a hashtag. For the Knott’s Scary Farm event, for…