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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Michael Minelli Cover

I’ve posted about my superstar of a boyfriend, the talented Michael Minelli a few times before, and today I’m doing so again!

He just covered ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ & filmed a fun little video last Monday! I popped in at the shoot (after RHOBH, obviously) to bring the boys some cookies. I ended up staying the whole time to help them out with some shots, but oh my gosh was it freezing!! It makes me laugh how calm & relaxed they always look in their final videos when all I can think about is how cold/hot/tired/hungry/etc they were at the time.

I wanted to share some pictures I took that night! Unfortunately, I was shivering so much that they ended up being a bit blurry, luckily, they still look handsome as ever 🙂

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And here is a random clip, featuring yours truly, awkwardly shivering a few seconds in lol:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbBEm-j4AdM&w=420&h=315%5D

Now that you’ve seen some fun behind the scenes pics, here is the final product! It’s beautiful, it’s festive, it’s been replaying in my car, phone, at my desk & will continue to do so this holiday season!

If you like it, share it – and be sure to subscribe to Mike’s YouTube channel, follow him on Twitter & “like” his page on Facebook!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdVAE_OjLmc&w=560&h=315%5D

ENJOY!! XOX

2013 CMA Fashion!

Who watched the CMA’s last night?! I worked my way down the red carpet noting some of my favorite & not-so-fave looks from 2013 Country Music Awards – check them out 🙂

Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood –  H U M A N – P E R F E C T I O N .  Always.
Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer. I have mixed feelings about this dress. She’s such a beautiful girl, and can really pull off anything, but this outfit feel’s so dark & winter-y. Not my favorite, but I’m sure she was at least comfortable!
Kacey Musgraves. Not sure how I'm feeling about this dress, I wish it were just a mini - I don't think that the extra sheer fabric was necessary.
Kacey Musgraves. Not sure how I’m feeling about this either, I wish it were a mini – I don’t think that the extra sheer fabric was necessary.
Miranda Lambert. Girl is bringing the color! She's definitely lost a little weight as well, she looks amazing.
Miranda Lambert. Girl is bringing the color! It looks like she definitely lost a little weight, no? I thought she looked great. Good choice, M!
Kellie Pickler.  I LOVE her in this dress. She looks so vampy & sexy. Such a flattering fit!
Kellie Pickler. I LOVE her in this dress. She looks so vampy & sexy. Such a flattering fit! Source.
Taylor Swift. She looks flawless, but this is not my favorite look.
Taylor Swift. She looks flawless, but this is not my favorite. The dress ages her a bit, and I swear I thought she was rocking a mullet at first glance.
Lucy Hale. I think there's too much nude, she looks washed out, and the dress looks kind of heavy on her.
Lucy Hale. I think there’s too much nude, she looks washed out, and the dress weighs her down a bit. Excited to hear she’s coming out with a country album though!
Cassadee Pope. Fabulous fit & the straightest, shiniest hair EVER!
Cassadee Pope. Fabulous fit & the straightest, shiniest hair EVER!
Jennifer Nettles. I'm seeing a trend. Refer to Carrie Underwood & Kacey Musgraves - I think that all of these dresses should have just stopped mid thigh.
Jennifer Nettles. I’m seeing a trend. Refer to Carrie Underwood & Kacey Musgraves – I think that all of these dresses should have just stopped mid thigh.
Faith Hill. I don't think anyone ages as graceful as this woman! I would have loved to see some long curls on her though!
Faith Hill. I don’t think anyone ages as graceful as this woman! I would have loved to see some long curls on her though!
Kimberly - The Band Perry. Okay, this dress definitely looks like a curtain, but for some reason, I'm LOVING it! Not to mention, her hair and makeup looks so fresh!
Kimberly – The Band Perry. Okay, this dress definitely looks like a curtain, but for some reason, I’m LOVING it! Not to mention, her hair and makeup looks so fresh!
Colbie Caillat. Too cute! She did what I wish Carrie, Jennifer & Kacey would have done with their dresses. LOVE!
Colbie Caillat. Too cute! She did what I wish Carrie, Jennifer & Kacey would have done with their dresses lol. LOVE!
Carrie what are they putting you in?! Those legs though!!!
Carrie what are they putting you in?! Those legs though!!!
Carrie Underwood's wardrobe changes. Source.
Carrie Underwood Wardrobe Changes Part 1. (1) The high waisted slacks & crop top was cute & she pulled it off. (2) I didn’t care for the pink floral gown live, but I’m liking it a bit more in pictures. (3) The red carpet dress & HMU was an overall win for me! (4)  The monologue outfit seemed so heavy & sloppy, but I can’t even rag on this woman, when you’re as classy as her & have those legs you can wear whatever you want lol. Source.
Carrie Underwood's wardrobe changes pt. 2. Source.
Carrie Underwood’s wardrobe changes Part  2. It’s hard for her to do wrong in my eyes, but she could have done much better. Out of the above, I liked her performance outfit & wavy locks (2)  and the metallic gown & chignon (3)  best.  Source.

I think that Kellie Pickler may have been my hands-down favorite of the night!

What are your favorite looks from the CMA’s this year?

(Please note that these are not my photos. Sources have been noted when possible. The remaining have been pulled from Twitter)

Can You Hear Me? … Loud & Clear!

I don’t know what it is about Spring/Summer, but it is nearly impossible for me to sit down and blog! I hope to start getting back into a posting routine, because I truly do love sharing things on here & it kind of serves as a diary. It’s really fun to be able to look back on certain memories & experiences.

With that said, yesterday was a HUGE day for my boyfriend, Michael Minelli! Many of you know that he is a singer/songwriter/dancer/all-around-everything-I’m-not. If you don’t, you’re about to learn today! He just released his first official single & music video, Can You Hear Me and it is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!

I was lucky enough to kind of see it all come together, and WOW, did it come together! I love to be included in his projects – whether I’m doing makeup, live-tweeting for him, pressing play, promoting, or just being an extra pair of hands, it’s fun to be part of a project and see it come to life. Before posting the official video, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures that I took from the shoot.. Enjoy! 🙂

Pre-shoot:

Mike had 6 dancers who worked so hard to help make this video a success. They practiced for a couple months prior to get the choreo & everything just perfect!

The dancers at practice
Sitting in on dance practice

Day 1 of the shoot:

I got to play makeup artist to all of the guys for the weekend!
I got to play makeup artist to all of the guys for the weekend! I’m a makeup junkie, and do Mike’s for his videos once in a while, so when he asked if I could do all of his dancers too, I was happy to help. They were troopers, even with me chasing them around with blotting sheets and powder all the live long day.
Setting up the first shoot in the back of a dumpster
Setting up the first shoot in the back of a dump truck.
Rolling!
Rolling! His super talented friends from Namebreaker, shot the entire video!
Another spot. The entire video was filmed in a warehouse/wood factory.
Another spot. The whole video was filmed in this huge warehouse/wood factory.
All of these guys were such amazing dancers. They worked so hard!
All of these guys were such amazing dancers. They worked so hard!
This window ledge was probably 4"-5" wide. It was funny watching them try not to fall. True stunt men ;)
This window ledge was probably 4″-5″ wide. It was funny watching them try not to fall. True stunt men! 😉
Shooting outside in this little pathway.
Shooting outside in this little pathway. I think this may have been my favorite spot.

There were a couple more locations on day 1, but I was all over the place & didn’t get to snap them all!

After a hard days work! We were exhausted!
After a hard days work! We were exhausted, but I had to get a picture. It was an exciting day for both of us – I was just so happy for him & couldn’t wait for round 2!

Day 2 of shoot:

Messing around with wardrobe. Cee Lo Green, no?
Messing around with wardrobe. Cee Lo Green, no?
All of the guys getting ready to shoot the breakdown scene in the white room!
All black everythanng. All of the guys dressed & ready to shoot the breakdown scene in the white room.
This whole scene was amazing!
This whole scene was amazing! When it looks this good in person, it’s sure to look incredible on film.

Here’s a little peek that I filmed on my phone! (PS – no idea why it uploaded with such crummy quality)

These boys, I swear! These boys, I swear![/caption]
That's a wrap! Popping bottles to celebrate an AMAZING weekend!
That’s a wrap! Popping bottles to celebrate an AMAZING weekend!
Cheers :)
Cheers to an A+ team.
Mike & his very talented, dancer, producer, musician, friend, Ron. Ron aka ItsTheRhythym, produced the entire track!
Mike & his very talented, dancer, musician, producer, lifelong friend, Ron! Ron aka ItsTheRhythym, produced the entire track!
My #1 :)
No matter how tired or sweaty, I’ve always gotta snag the last pic. These are the things we’ll look back at one day and say “remember when” 😉

Months of preparation, two full days of filming, a week+ of editing & here it’s finally here! Michael Minelli’s first single & music video: Can You Hear Me?

PLAY IT. ENJOY IT. SHARE IT XOXO

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7tEOdpHqig&w=560&h=315%5D

What I’m Watching…

I would say that I have a slight addicition to YouTube. I find myself going on binges for hours watching the most random things. Sometimes, you come across some really moving people who put out videos that you can’t help but share – which brings me to this post! Below are some of my personal favorite YouTube videos from this week. I encourage you to watch them all, each is unique and special in it’s own way. Enjoy! XO

1) First up: My boyfriend, Michael Minelli. You may have seen me post some of his videos before, but he just released a new cover this week and it is truly phenomenal. I know that many people are loving Bruno Mars current single, Locked Out of Heaven, but give this one a shot- it has a fun twist to it! 🙂

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbFOKz0krZg%5D

2) This video is brought to you by the beautiful Noor Tagouri. I began following her on Twitter a while ago because I was intrigued by her intellect and ever-present drive. She is only 19 years old and one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever come across. I give Noor so much credit for putting herself out there in every way possible to achieve her dreams. I have a feeling we will all be seeing her on our television sets in the very near future! #LetNoorShine.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaThDiXoVSQ%5D

3) Google released this video yesterday  – Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review. What an incredibly moving piece! 2012 was a huge year for everyone, and I love the way that they were able to capture it all in a respectful & appropriate manner. There are so many featured highs and lows, but the overall message shines through and nearly brought me to tears (I’m a total sap to begin with, but still!)… it’s a must watch!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY_MUB8adEQ%5D

What have you been watching on YouTube lately? Let me know!

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