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it's only rock and roll

with the stones, bob dylan and paul mccartney to name a few, desert trip -- aka oldchella, was everything i thought it would be as well as everything i didn't. the lineup was amazing and i knew the music would be phenomenal but the thought of sitting amongst 100k plus concert goers in the heat, in the dust was not at the top of my to-do list. the ticket buy was an extraordinary impulse the likes of which we seldom fall prey but we got wrapped up in the hysteria and a few weeks later decided we must have been crazy. we just aren't big festival fans. not having any success in reselling, we decided to go. opting to take our car instead of the shuttle gave us peace of mind knowing we could leave anytime we wanted. i could not have been more thrilled once my phobia of crowds and dirt were allayed. one fantastic artist after another revved the (slightly geriatric) crowd into a feeding frenzy. mick jagger did not disappoint as he pranced around the gigantic stage while paul mccartney surprised us with rihanna dropping by for a duet of "fourfiveseconds". the highlight of my evening for sure. jagger called the fest "catch 'em before they croak", roger daltrey stated he felt like he was "standing in front of a blow dryer amidst puffs of smoke" and neil young threw "seeds" into the crowd in his protest of california distribution laws on marijuana seeds... let's just say the show had more than a few moments.
with mother nature blessing us with a rare shooting star, a noteworthy fireworks display and the most perfectly temperate nights, desert trip was nothing short of magical.
little known facts:

i was born on paul mccartney's birthday. i had the chance to meet him a few years ago and i can say in all honesty he's a truly nice and very humble guy.

my father came home from what he called the "fat farm" where he had shared a room with keith moon of the who. my dad had no idea who "the who" was, much less keith moon. needless to say, they made fast friends. my dad came home with tickets for my brother and i to the who's san diego show along with all access passes and a promise his new friend would make sure we'd be well taken care of. the fact i didn't really know much about the band (my older brother was a huge fan) didn't lessen the blow when my mother put a quick halt, stating our age, to any concert plans we were concocting.

i used to box at bob dylan's private gym but other than a few hellos and how are you?, i had just one conversation with him when he came and sat next to me asking if i was the "perfume lady". he was wondering if i could make a scent that said "go away" to use when he was tired or wanting some solitude. he went on to tell me he had bought a foul smelling something or other years earlier at a toy shop and admitted he'd put it in the corner of the buffet table causing everyone to say an early "goodnight". the stinky scent never came to be but i got a kick out of it and a memory that's nothing less than surreal.



kai conversations... with yvette beebe

not long ago i had the pleasure to meet and work with the incredibly talented makeup artist to the stars, yvette beebe, on a shoot for coastal living. they wanted photographs and once i explained my fear and loathing of having my picture taken, yvette swooped in and actually made it fun. she was able to put me at ease and almost got me to forget there was a photographer there. yvette has worked for the likes of pink, cher, janet jackson and tina turner to name a few. all i could think was "i'm not worthy!"
photo by steven lippman

i'm not good with hair or makeup but the few times i've had it done professionally i ended up terribly disappointed. not this time. putting my faith and trust in yvette's hands made me feel like a princess and that pretty much never happens, being the tomboy i am.

how do you embody kai's breath*life*flow lifestyle?
loving life, i love what i do, i love to travel and i love music. i do a lot of traveling... sometimes the day can be long or with little sleep. i make sure i balance it with eating healthy and exercise. yoga is key. kai's bathing bubbles help!

what's the best advice you've ever received?
happiness is a choice.

do you have a mantra you live by?
there are nothing but solutions!
what's your beauty secret?
smiling! and what my mother taught me... moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! i love kai's body glow!

must have beauty product?
i have a few... i love naked foundation by urban decay. for my body, kai body butter. my skin is on the dry side and the body butter gives me the moisture it needs. my skin smells great and looks healthy and hydrated. love kai's body scrub too! every day in the shower it's a must-have!

go-to lipstick color?
i have three...all own called "britney wears", urban decay vice lipstick called "trance", jill's jam lip preserve for when i need extra hydration.

what color nail polish are you wearing right now?
funny bunny by OPI - a glossy sheer white that goes with everything!

who is your role model?
people who know who they are. who do not care what others think...bruce springsteen and P!NK, they say their truth and are authentic to the core...i am the constant student. oh, and successful entrepreneurs. they inspire me.
how would you describe your personal style?
"boho rock", a little bohemian and a lil' rock and roll.

what do you love most about where you live? 
the sun, sea and art... laguna beach is one of the most beautiful places in the world. i first came to laguna beach on a field trip in 8th grade from illinois. my first steps into the sea were here. i fell in love with l.b. right then and there and vowed to live my life here.

any secret spots you love to go to?
victoria beach for the sunsets and letting my dog, mario, run. he loves the beach i think even more than me...
describe your perfect day.
by water, sun is out, with my daughter, swim and a great book, playing cards... bbq with friends with great conversations and music playing on my turntable.

favorite date spot?
my kitchen, surf and sand, or the deck looking at the sea in l.b. or anywhere playing music.

ultimate getaway?
lake tahoe, greece, italy or france! europe, period!

favorite food?
moules and frites!

guilty pleasure?
candy crush and licorice.

kai obsession?
shampoo and conditioner! people want to get closer and know what makes my hair smell so good.
morning person or night owl?
night owl - howling at the moon...

currently craving?
a new adventure... my next dot/chapter...

ideal way to relax/unwind?
deep tissue massage at a spa!

what book are you reading currently?
clean for the third time and we the living for the second time.

what's the most adventurous thing you've done?
become a makeup and hair artist, open up a business and makeup line. have my daughter!

thank you, yvette! xo.


a tale of twin cities

i've only been to minneapolis on business, so i didn't really get to experience the city, but i've heard nothing except how incredibly beautiful it is. makela recently had the opportunity to spend a long weekend there and by the sounds of it, she had a blast!

i'll let her take it from here.

over the summer i had the chance to make a couple trips to minneapolis to visit a friend. in all honesty, it has never been on my travel bucket list but each time it really blew me away. i've been lucky enough to go at the perfect time of year and between the beautiful lakes, good food, fun bars and friendly locals--i would go back in a heartbeat.

i will admit, we did not get out enough to really explore the entire city. we stayed in the uptown/lyndale area with a short trip downtown but it definitely kept us entertained. below are some of my recommendations for your next trip to "the north."
giordano's: now i know it is a chain and it originated in chicago, but this deep dish pizza is a must-have. the food coma is well worth it.

world street kitchen: a brick & mortar that was built from the popularity of their food truck--featuring flavors from around the world. whether you are a carnivore or a vegetarian there is something for everyone.

milkjam creamery: don't let the line wrapped around the block intimidate you--once you get a scoop, it will all be worth it!

up-down: if bars easily bore you, this is the place for you. they have a wide assortment of arcade games, life-size jenga and connect four + over 60 beers on tap!

vicinity coffee: a casual coffee joint that even in the summer makes you want to grab your favorite book and cozy up in one of their comfy chairs. i recommend trying the "bahn" - espresso, house-made vanilla, and cinnamon.

truce: of course this l.a. girl had to find her local juice bar. their 100% organic fresh pressed juice and yummy snacks are perfect after spending the morning up in the air.

rent or borrow a bike to take a ride along one of the many lakes in the city. we rode around lake calhoun, lake harriett and lake of isles; each one had a spectacular view of downtown or some jaw-dropping lake front homes.
spa sweet: if you find yourself wanting to relax or needing some last minute pampering, head to spa sweet for a quick mini-facial or massage. they also offer a kai body scrub treatment that will leave your skin smooth and hydrated--perfect as we head into the dry, winter months!

u.s. bank stadium: this was definitely the highlight of the trip as we got to see the vikings beat out the packers in their first home game of the season! if you're a diehard football fan or newbie (like myself) you have to figure out a way to head to a game. one of the most beautiful and exciting stadiums, by far.
looking forward to exploring the city even more.