and the winner is…

WOW! I am blown away by such an AMAZING response to my little old contest and with so many wonderful entries it was nearly impossible to choose just one. So…I didn’t. :)

I chose the grand prize winner for the floor seats I had for this contest specifically and couldn’t help but to purchase two other sets for two other lucky runner up winners since I simply could not pick. The other two winners won’t be getting floor seats unfortunately but they ARE seats in the first 20 rows of the bowl section (above the floor) and still will have a great view of the stage. If for any reason you were selected as a winner and CAN NOT go to the show, please let me know ASAP so I can pick an alternate winner.

And without further adieu – the winners!

GRAND PRIZE – 2 floor seats in section C6 on September 11th.

Cherlynn – thank you so much for your submission. It touched me for obvious reasons and I hope you enjoy your last evening in town with your daughter. My mom took me to my very first concert and several others after and we always had an absolute blast together. I have e-mailed the tickets to your gmail – feel free to leave a note if you didn’t receive. Have a wonderful time! xoxo

1st RUNNER UP – 2 tickets in section 19, row 17 on September 11th.

Sabrina – Twitter xxstylesbabexx – Thanks for sharing your story with me and I’m so sorry about your loss. I know how difficult it is when someone passes unexpectedly and the financial implications on top of the grief is awful. I hope these tickets brighten your day – your e-mail was not on the twitter but I have followed you on twitter and sent a DM. Please DM me your e-mail address so I can send the tickets to you. xoxo

2nd RUNNER UP – 2 tickets in section 19, row 20 on September 11th.

Veronica – I totally relate and empathize with your story – that is SO me too! I have been there and have been made fun of for my boyband obsession. Especially as an older fan of these boys (and I am older than you!). It’s truly something special that the music and silly break from reality can help you get a clear head and make the changes you needed to make. Music totally has that power and it’s happened to me many times before. These boys made my year liveable after the worst in my life last year and I’m so excited to give you the chance to experience them live for the same magic. I have e-mailed you  - please let me know if you didn’t receive. XO

Thanks again to all that entered and for sharing your stories. I truly wish I could have treated all of you to the show!

Stay tuned to the blog for more contests, accessories and of course fashion favorites. :)

xoxo

heth

giveaway: see one direction FREE at the rose bowl!

Yes – you read that right. I have a pair of floor tickets for One Direction’s Rose Bowl show on Thursday, September 11th up for grabs. Want them? Keep reading.

This year has been all about making some amazing memories and trying to keep the grief and heartbreak that lingers from last year at bay. I’ve traveled, I’ve shopped, I’ve seen a million concerts, made a million memories with friends and family. And slowly but surely it’s working. Nothing will ever fill all the spaces of my broken heart after losing my mom and grandma but keeping positive, trying to smile and doing things that make me (and would have made them) happy are all helping each day become a little brighter.

And now I want to help pay it forward.

Some of my most amazing and special memories this summer happened with and because of the boys of One Direction. Rainy nights in Dublin for the first time, backstage in Manchester with the boys and my girls,  meeting a long time friend in Boston and sharing the concert with her there, the shows and all the things surrounding them I have planned with my friends next week and finally a birthday treat in Miami. I have been very fortunate this year and want to give someone else the chance to smile, sing, and dance along with these boys under the stars. To win these two tickets in section C6, row 17 on September 11th all you have to do is comment here or hit me up on twitter at @filthycutexo with a short description on why you think you should win. It doesn’t have to be a tragic story. It can be something silly or funny or just you really wanting to go. But let me know why you want them and I will pick one winner and e-mail the tickets over on Monday at 5pm.

Oh yeah – and please leave me either your twitter name, tumblr page or e-mail address so I can reach you should you be selected. :)

Get to commenting or tweeting – and you could be seeing my favorite boys next week!

One of my most favorite summer memories - backstage with the 1D boys <3

One of my most favorite summer memories – backstage with the 1D boys <3

xoxo,

heth

outfit of the day: walking on sunshine.

Ah, September. The kiddies are all back in school, the weather starts to change and for some reason with the change of the seasons people expect hair color to go darker and wardrobe to be less bright and fun right along with it.

I have never understood that trend with fall hair and nails – I know fall fashions tend to be more autumn tones but why the hair? Why can’t I continue to wear bright mint nails and have coral toes? I make it my mission to break these rules every year and this year is no different. I kicked off labor day with brights, shorts, floral print, a vibrant mani/pedi and of course my platinum blonde hair. Throw in a hot pink lipstick and I think it’s obvious that this Cali girl isn’t quite ready to shift into fall yet.

Bonus – this entire outfit (sans the bracelets) was under $150 in total – including the shoes!

Top: H&M Shorts: Forever 21 Shoes: Nine West Bracelets: Alex & Ani Earrings H&M

Top: H&M
Shorts: Forever 21
Shoes: Nine West
Bracelets: Alex & Ani
Earrings H&M

Bright pink Candy-Yum-Yum lips is definitely a favorite for me with a light hair color and skin tone like mine.

Bright pink Candy-Yum-Yum lips is definitely a favorite for me with a light hair color and skin tone like mine.

 

Sending goodbye kisses to a wonderful summer.

Sending goodbye kisses to a wonderful summer.

Another full outfit shot.

Another full outfit shot.

I went with long earrings and no necklace to highlight the neckline of the top. I also loved the gold dangling a little longer than my blonde bob.

I went with long earrings and no necklace to highlight the neckline of the top. I also loved the gold dangling a little longer than my blonde bob.

 

What fashion rules are you going to break this fall?

xoxo,

heth

outfit of the day: gentlemen prefer blondes.

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” – Marilyn Monroe

Today’s outfit of the day is dedicated to you, you blonde bombshell.

Dress: Marilyn Monroe Macy's collection Shoes: fergie Necklace: asos Bracelets: alex & ani Earrings: vintage

Dress: Marilyn Monroe Macy’s collection
Shoes: fergie
Necklace: asos
Bracelets: alex & ani
Earrings: vintage

One of my favorite aspects of this dress besides the peek-a-boo skin showing is the playful little bow on the top.

One of my favorite aspects of this dress besides the peek-a-boo skin showing is the playful little bow on the top.

The dress is a halter and has a straight across back. Perfect to enjoy the sunshine.

The dress is a halter and has a straight across back. Perfect to enjoy the sunshine.

Alex & Ani positive energy bracelets. I have a bit of an addiction.

Alex & Ani positive energy bracelets. I have a bit of an addiction.

Can we talk about Alex and Ani bracelets for a moment?? This company is everything I like rolled up into one – lovely fashion, positive energy and encouraging messages. There are hundreds, literally hundreds, of designs and I can’t wait to continue building my collection while benefiting from the great energy at the same time.

 

Full view of the dress.

Full view of the dress.

Since there is quite a bit of skin showing in this little number, I decided to let the dress speak for itself and went with suble lip and eyes.

Since there is quite a bit of skin showing in this little number, I decided to let the dress speak for itself and went with suble lip and eyes.

 

This dress makes me feel so feminine.

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” – Marilyn Monroe <3

 

xoxo,

Heth

accessory spotlight: sweet on sunnies.

I have a confession to make: My name is Heather and I am ADDICTED to sunglasses. That’s right. Addicted. My newest pair arrived this week and I decided to take inventory of my summer loves and was both ecstatic and a little embarrassed to discover how many pairs have made their way into my collection.

Sweet on sunnies - especially my newest pair from Wildox.

Sweet on sunnies – especially my newest pair from Wildox.

It’s no secret I love Wildfox in general but these sunglasses might be my new favorite piece I have from them – and that is saying A LOT. They’re just so cute, different, silly and overall flattering to the face shape.

 

Wildfox and Bel Air - two of my favorites.

Wildfox and Bel Air – two of my favorites.

Obsessed.

Obsessed.

These are still available for purchase if you want to be darling like me.

As much as I love these new babies I can’t neglect all of my others – from Chanel to Fendi, Prada to Forever 21, Nordstrom to H&M, or Dior to Target, I do not discriminate on cute eyewear.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

 

One of the reasons I am so into sunglasses are for not only the protection from the sunny So Cal days but also that they can really make your outfit pop. Big, black sunnies add some drama to your look; sleek aviators add a definite cool factor; even throw on a fun American flag or brightly colored pair for a summertime pop.

You can never have enough cute sunglasses in the summertime!

You can never have enough cute sunglasses in the summertime!

 

Are you like me when it comes to being sweet on sunnies?

xoxo,

heth

tattoo spotlight: just want a way of keeping you inside

“Got a tattoo and the pain’s alright, 

Just want a way of keeping you inside”

Tattoos are in my opinion one of the most personal and beautiful accessories that a person can wear. Inked skin tells a story and I am constantly amazed about how often I am asked about mine. From readers to strangers on the street, people definitely take notice and take interest. I have ten now with plans for a few more special ones before I (maybe) call it quits.

Picking a favorite tattoo is like picking a favorite child but out of all of mine I definitely think this foot and ankle piece is the prettiest. It also took the longest (3 hours!) and was the most painful. It was worth it though – it has really lasted amazingly and the colors are still vibrant and deep. So feminine, so delicate and the artwork and shading is just gorgeous.

Picking a favorite tattoo is like picking a favorite child but out of all of mine I definitely think this is the prettiest. So feminine, so delicate and the artwork was just gorgeous.
Ribbons and hearts. 

Piece done at Outer Limits Tattoo in Anaheim, CA.

 

Next up is my most secretive – my Chanel symbol tattoo. Fashion, Chanel, and ink – three of my favorite things rolled up into one tiny and mostly hidden tattoo.

Chanel

Chanel

Close up of the Chanel symbol.

Close up of the Chanel symbol.

Done at Sick Dogs tattoo in Huntington Beach, CA.

 

This next one is incredibly special to me as it is dedicated to my mom who passed away November 2012. The words “i carry your heart” taken from an e.e. cummings poem were fitting for this loss and I really do believe I carry a piece of her heart here on Earth.

I carry your heart.

I carry your heart.

As a bonus – another tattoo is also shown in this picture. Can you see it? It is a tiny outline of a heart behind my ear. This was the first best friend tattoo I got with Shannah, my very best friend of 17 years now. We should probably get it touched up or maybe filled in but I still love seeing it and knowing what it means.

 

The music note with a tiny red heart in it was my third tattoo ever and one I am still really proud of. Music is one of the most important things to me and I really like having the reminder close to me where I can see it at all times. I get asked quite a bit if I am musician because of it but I just smile and tell them that music is my greatest love.

Music note

Music note

Piece done at Outer Limits Tattoo in Anaheim, CA.

 

The cherry blossom art above my collar bone is another very special one – this one is for my sweet grandma Terri who passed away in June of 2013. We called her Grandma Cherry sometimes and her love of flowers made this one seem like the most perfect choice for her. I know she would have loved the feminine colors and the bright and vibrant  flowers.

Cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms.

Piece done at Goodfellas Tattoo in Orange, CA

 

When I said my ankle and foot tattoo was the most painful I meant it – minus the one minute it took for this one on my ring finger. The pain was overwhelming and immense – thank goodness it was done so quickly! I chose the heart here on my ring finger for my man and also because I am a hopeless romantic and lover of love.

Tiny heart outline on my ring finger.

Tiny heart outline on my ring finger.

Piece done at Goodfellas Tattoo in Orange, CA.

 

The peek-a-boo behind the ankle tattoo of a kiss is my second tattoo with Shannah. We have the same design in the same spot and I love how flirty and cheeky it is.

Lips

Lips

Piece done at Sick Dogs Tattoo in Huntington Beach, CA

 

Finally we have the most recent piece – song lyrics that mean a lot to me in many ways but after surviving the horror that was 2013, I found myself even more drawn to them. The words “courage is the triumph of the soul” come from a beautiful Jason Mraz song entitled “Anything you want” which I unofficially call my life motto.

Courage is the triumph of the soul.

Courage is the triumph of the soul.

A close up shot of the font/words.

A close up shot of the font/words.

Piece done at Goodfellas Tattoo in Orange, CA.

I got this one on my forearm so I can easily see and read it whenever I want as this one was for me more than anything else. A reminder that I did it, I was brave and had the courage to make it through the darkness with a smile on my face. I’m proud of my strength and this tattoo is there to honor that.

 

If you’ve been counting along here you may notice only nine photos were posted. This is because my very first tattoo, three hot pink stars on the back of my hip is my least favorite. It was my very first one and before I really took the time to think about the commitment. I plan to cover it up and when that is done I will share the new artwork.

I hope this has answered some of the questions I’ve received regarding the peeks here and there of my tattoos in my photos throughout the blog. While I find tattoos and ink and the art of them beautiful, they are definitely a lifetime commitment so make sure you are confident in your accessory choice before jumping right in. :)

xoxo,

heth

outfit of the day: black and white.

Happy first day of summer! To celebrate the start of my favorite season I spent the day with friends down by the water in Newport Beach – shopping, lunch, and catching up while enjoying the sunshine. Without meaning to, we all somehow coordinated our outfits and ended up in a variation of black and white. We are known as a trinity and this just shows how connected we all really are.

It was definitely the perfect start to what is going to be a lovely summer.

In keeping with the black and white theme - had to do at least one shot in the color scheme. :)

In keeping with the black and white theme – had to do at least one shot in the color scheme. :)

Dress: H&M Shoes: Nine West Bracelet: Boutique Necklace: Boutique

Dress: H&M
Shoes: Nine West
Bracelet: Boutique
Necklace: Boutique

Dark lips and neutral eye makeup are becoming my spring/summer staples.

Dark lips and neutral eye makeup are becoming my spring/summer staples.

A side view of the outfit. I added a racerback lace bralette under the dress for some dimension and extra coverage.

A side view of the outfit. I added a racerback lace bralette under the dress for some dimension and extra coverage.

What sold me on this neutral shoe is the gold heel detail - I love an unexpected pop of glam!

What sold me on this neutral shoe is the gold heel detail – I love an unexpected pop of glam!

 

How will you be celebrating the official longest day of the year?

A bonus shot of our fun day out today below:

A day out with my friends Molly and Kelly in our accidental black and white color scheme.

A day out with my friends Molly and Kelly in our accidental black and white color scheme.

 

xoxo,

heth

outfit of the day: don’t leave me.

I was just thinking today that southern California just straight up decided we would not be having a winter. I know I always talk about the sunny weather and tend to live in things sleeveless, short, or any other item of clothing that indicates it sure isn’t cold out here. But honestly – it’s June and we have had maybe seven days total since December where the weather called for a sweater or jacket.

I’m not complaining. Trust me. Coming from London and Dublin where, although beautiful, it was rainy and ALWAYS called for a coat, I am a smiley girl to come back home and get back to my spring/summer all year round wardrobe.

Today’s outfit is dedicated to the sun and is also a perfect way to introduce one of my favorite things of this season – floral printed pants. And as a bonus since I haven’t posted in a bit – this outfit is part of my “glamour girl on a budget” series – this entire outfit all together was under $150!

tank: h&m body chain: asos floral pants: h&m shoes: dolce vita bracelet: charming charlie

tank: h&m
body chain: asos
floral pants: h&m
shoes: dolce vita
bracelet: charming charlie

For my face look I decided to go with a neutral eye since the pants are the statement but a bold lip to draw out the pink in the pants.

For my face look I decided to go with a neutral eye since the pants are the statement but a bold lip to draw out the pink in the pants.

Also, let’s be real – I don’t need an excuse for a bold, fun lip!

I love gorgeous weather.

I love gorgeous weather.

A closeup of my bracelet - another little pop of color to bring out the fun in the pants.

A closeup of my bracelet – another little pop of color to bring out the fun in the pants.

 

xoxo

heth

 

california girls take the UK, manchester memories, and sweet eden.

It’s no secret that I am a boyband ADDICT.

This includes most boybands but One Direction has clearly been taking the prize these last few months for me and my friends. The charming accents, perfect hair, and gorgeous voices were just the tip of the iceberg. Once I got invested in these boys I realized how utterly charming, FUNNY, kind and giving they were. All of the boys are involved in various charities and this is how I discovered The Eden Dora Trust.

In the public eye, Louis Tomlinson is definitely labeled  as brash; the prankster of the group who doesn’t take things too seriously. He has many unfavorable articles written about him, 90% of them being unfair and incorrect and he takes it mostly in stride with the exception of a few tweets letting those people know exactly where to go. :) I personally love Louis and being a fan of this group, you immediately know that perception of him is not true and upon reading his piece regarding Eden, a little girl affected by encephalitis, you wonder how the media could have it so very wrong.

Louis Eden

Louis’ write up on Eden’s story.

Louis certainly helped my awareness of this disease and drew me to the website. Once I read Eden’s story on the website, I had tears in my eyes and knew this was something I definitely wanted to be involved with.

Now. A bit of a backstory. My good friend La Neisha and I had planned a European holiday prior to any of this happening to see the boys and also these countries we’d always wanted to as a whole. We planned a full week in Dublin and around 4 days in London before coming back home to California. We were in the process of excitedly planning this trip out for months and then I saw Louis tweet regarding the Eden Dora Trust and a charity auction he was participating in to help raise funds for research and care. The auction was for a concert and private meet and greet for 3 and was taking place in Manchester the day that we were scheduled to leave London. Right away upon seeing the details I had a feeling this was meant to be. We would already be there, loved the boys and had the opportunity to help the Eden Dora Trust at the same time. Needless to say, I made it my mission to win this and with my mom and grandma looking out for me from up above – I won.

I freaked. Naturally. Are you serious – after already going to see the boys twice in Dublin for Niall’s hometown show we would now be also seeing them in Manchester on the last day of our holiday AND meeting all of the boys? It was too much. I invited my longtime boyband partner in crime Stephanie along and just this last week lived out this amazing experience.

I will save the full trip details and pictures for another post to follow later this week but below will be the recap to what was one of the most special and fun days EVER.

To help out with his brilliant charity or to read Eden’s full story, please click the link below.

http://edendoratrust.org/edens-story/

Petrina – I just have to say yet again what a delight and joy you were to speak to these past few months. I absolutely adore you and you, Eden and your entire family will remain in my heart always. XOXO

Manchester Memories

After two ridiculously silly, hilarious, fun and unforgettable weeks in Europe the time had finally arrived. We made a full day of it – spa appointments and lots of pregaming and then we got to the venue. We were placed on a guestlist for the band and were greeted by a PA who gave us our VIP bracelets, passes and tickets for the show and then walked into the VIP bar to wait for our backstage access. While we were sipping our drinks and waiting, we saw Anne and Robin walk in with Lou, Tom, and Lux (who is HUGE by the way!). Neisha had a bit of a chat with Anne as we had met her in LA previously at dinner and then they headed off to their seats. Zayn’s family came in shortly after as well as Louis’ family.

American girl in Manchestaaaaaaaa.

American girl in Manchestaaaaaaaa.

All dolled up and ready with my VIP sticker.

All dolled up and ready with my VIP sticker.

VIP Bracelet mixed with my usual gold accents.

VIP Bracelet mixed with my usual gold accents.

At the VIP bar with my loves waiting for our escort.

At the VIP bar with my loves waiting for our escort.

 

We then got walked down and backstage to await the boys – our time with them took place just before they took the stage for the night so they were all decked in their stage outfits already and we were the last things they saw before showtime. :) The boys came out in stages, first was Niall and Liam. I’m not going to share all of the details of our conversations with them but they were all very lovely, charming and all around as wonderful as you would imagine. We all got our own time with each boy as well and still managed to mingle together, it worked out really perfect. :) After Niall and Liam came Louis and Zayn and I have to tell you that Louis Tomlinson is the most genuine and adorable person on this planet. He came in with the biggest grin, arms wide open and ready to hug all of us and was so sweet, chatty and funny. I personally had the most time and conversation with Liam and Louis and was completely charmed by them both.

Harry came out last and we had less time with him but still enough to enjoy his sweet little dimples and exchange some words as well before they had to hit the stage.

A few highlights of our time with the boys and of course our pictures:

Talking about the awful Dublin weather for the shows and how cold it was for all of us.

Louis had hair on the back of his shirt – Neisha asked him what was all over him and he was confused and then said “Oh, shit I just had me hair cut. Thanks!” and they frantically tried to wipe off the hair from his shoulders.

Explaining to Niall what a spectacle the train ride from London to Manchester was.

I had gotten Harry a gift to celebrate his goal in Niall’s charity football back a few days prior – it was a soccer ball shaped box of chocolates from Harrods with individual little footballs inside and the word GOALLLLLLLLLLLL written in huge letters on the inside. When I gave it to him, he said “For me???” and then I opened it and explained and he was so sweet and smiley and absolutely loved it. <3

Stephanie and I told Louis that we fight over him all the time and he laughed hysterically and said “yeahhhh!” It was adorable. Then we took more pictures and he was super smiley.

Stephanie told Zayn it was her very first time ever seeing them in concert so they better put on a great show, he laughed and promised they would.

All of the boys seemed to be a little sick – probably from the cold and rain and performing outside the last couple of weeks in it.

I asked Louis how he was really doing and he smiled SO BIG and said “I’m really really great.”

Louis and I with the Eden Dora printout.

Louis and I with the Eden Dora printout.

 

Niallllllllllll.

Niallllllllllll.

Love this big cheesy smile.

Love this big cheesy smile.

Liam

Liam

"Louis lets do a silly face."

“Louis lets do a silly face.”

This is right after we told Louis we fight over him.

This is right after we told Louis we fight over him.

Harry. <3 The thing in his hand is the present I gave him.

Harry.

Selfie with Liam.

Selfie with Liam.

Literally was all Louis, all the time.

Literally was all Louis, all the time.

Zayn.

Zayn.

 

Our seats were unreal for the show – we were second row of the VIP section and seated with all of the boys’ family and you could honestly feel the pride in the air. Lottie, Louis’ sister, was seated directly behind us and was the sweetest and most fun thing ever. She and her friend danced with us all night, making videos and taking a lot of silly pictures. She was having SO much fun at the show and every time Louis would come on screen she would yell “MY BROTHER”, so proud and excited. Jay and Dan were at the end of the row and kept laughing when they would look at us all acting so silly.

Dance party.

Dance party.

Photo shoot

Photo shoot

 

We had the best night ever!

We had the best night ever!

For more pictures and some videos from this show as well as both Dublin shows, feel free to check out my instagram at foxychap or my twitter account at filthycutexo – I will make my follow up post with all of the other Dublin and London details later this week. :)

xoxo,

heth

outfit of the day: let the sunshine in.

It feels repetitive at this point – I feel like all I talk about on this blog is how gorgeous the California weather is and my love of leopard. But both are just simply so true each and every day!

Naturally, I am combining the love of both and throwing in all gold everything. Today, let’s let the sunshine in.

skirt: nordstrom rack tank top: nordstrom shoes: dolce vita bracelets: various necklace: forever 21 earrings: boutique

skirt: nordstrom rack
tank top: nordstrom
shoes: dolce vita
bracelets: various
necklace: forever 21
earrings: boutique

I love this skirt because it flares out into a mermaid shape and shows off the curves nicely.

I love this skirt because it flares out into a mermaid shape and shows off the curves nicely.

Earrings for my favorite city. For makeup I went for a neutral eye and an eye catching color lip (Up the Amp by MAC).

Earrings for my favorite city. For makeup I went for a neutral eye and an eye catching color lip (Up the Amp by MAC).

I love the mix of gold, mustard, and leopard.

I love the mix of gold, mustard, and leopard.

Armful of bracelets from all over.

Armful of bracelets from all over.

 

xoxo,

Heth