Ukulele 101

Ukulele 101 // Part 2

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start…

Ukulele 101

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start combining your uke skills and strumming with the best of ’em.

Eeeeeek, I just want to reach into the video and tune up that little ukulele partway through!  Maybe we should expand the series and do a whole lesson on tuning? But you get the point. So whaddaya think — is it the chords or the strumming that’s more difficult for you? Strumming always came easy to me and I really had to work on the chords with my left hand. Maybe it’s different for you!

Hope you’re following along! If you are, be sure to share your progress on social media with #thelovelysquad and we can talk uke all day. It’s totally addictive, right? And to learn more, don’t forget to check out my favorite links below. See ya next time! xoxo

Ukulele 101 // Part 1
Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

Ukulele Lesson

Ukulele 101 // Part 1

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in…

Ukulele Lesson

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in the form of ukulele lessons!!! I know, I’m kvelling with excitement over here too. Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Or maybe you have a burning passion for the ukulele but don’t even know how to hold one? Well this here’s your lucky day. Today we’re kicking off a short series of mini uke lessons so you can strum away to your heart’s content.

Take a peek at the video to learn your first uke chords, or as a review if you already play. You should note, in the video I’m playing a soprano ukulele in C (the most common), so be sure that’s the type you have if you’re studying up using the Ukulele 101 series. Now let’s play!

If you’re hungry for more, we’ve got a few of our favorite ukulele links for ya! Stay tuned next week for more Ukulele 101. xoxo

Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

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Spelling Bee

You guys know how every once in a while I get onstage and do a little singin’ and dancin’? Well, it’s time again! Since March, Mr. Lovely and I have…

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You guys know how every once in a while I get onstage and do a little singin’ and dancin’? Well, it’s time again!

Since March, Mr. Lovely and I have been in rehearsal for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Fraggled Productions. And yeah, it’s pretty much what it sounds like — a musical about a spelling bee! And it’s kind of hilarious. If you’ve never heard of it, it basically follows these six total misfit kids who are spectacular spellers but total weirdos. And by the end of the show there’s a winner and the whole shebang. I play one of the adults who helps host the bee.

We open tomorrow and I’m pretty pumped! It’s been a long rehearsal process and I’m so excited to finally share what we’ve been working on with the Los Angeles theatre community. By the way, this is the first show we’ve done together where Mr. Lovely is the director and I’m an actor. Ha! That’s a fun dynamic to add to a marriage.

So anyway, I thought I’d just share a few snaps of one of our final dress rehearsals. If you’re in the LA area and would like to catch the show, discount tickets are available right here. And if you’re feeling lucky, there’s a ticket giveaway that you can enter too. See you at the bee! xoxo

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Out & About // The Getty Museum

A day at a museum always recharges me. I love that most museums have sort of a quiet, calm vibe, because it really makes you stop and try to understand…

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A day at a museum always recharges me. I love that most museums have sort of a quiet, calm vibe, because it really makes you stop and try to understand why something is beautiful or important. The Getty Museum has long been one of my faves, ever since I visited on a high school trip. Mr. Lovely and I spent some time there with his family recently and I snapped a few photos.

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The Getty has some truly humbling art (standing in front of a Van Gogh is seriously a moment in your life). But my favorite has always been the grounds. It’s set on the 405 on top of a bluff, and on a clear day you can see for miles. It’s all white and gorgeous, and the gardens are stunning. I could walk around and take pictures for hours.

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One of the most awesome things about The Getty is that admission is free! You pay $15 to park, regardless of how many people are in your car. So pile your friends in, split the parking, and get some culture on the cheap. You can bring snacks or grab something there and have a little museum picnic on the grounds, and just enjoy the space. Can’t wait to get back there again! Have you ever been? What was your favorite painting? I remember standing in the Impressionist room for hours on my first trip! xoxo

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Day Off

Hey gang! I’m just coming off of a crazy weekend, filled with shows and shenanigans, so I’m taking a day to catch up. We’re also actually shooting a new video…

Hey gang! I’m just coming off of a crazy weekend, filled with shows and shenanigans, so I’m taking a day to catch up. We’re also actually shooting a new video for the blog today, and I can’t wait to share it — I think it’s going to be pretty exciting! I’ll also have more production and backstage photos from Cabaret to share with you soon, but for now I’ll leave you with this one. I’m gonna miss that short black wig! Have a great week! xoxo

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Come to the Cabaret!

Tomorrow is opening night, y’all! The show that Mr. Lovely and I have been rehearsing for is opening (and closing) this weekend! We only have four shows, so if you’re…

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Tomorrow is opening night, y’all! The show that Mr. Lovely and I have been rehearsing for is opening (and closing) this weekend! We only have four shows, so if you’re in the area you should snap up some tickets and come see us dance around onstage. There’s a great article about it here, and you can get your tickets for Cabaret at the Gallo Center Theatre right here.

So if you’re in the California Central Valley, get yourself there! You’ll get to see me dancing on a chair in a short black wig. Just sayin’. xoxo

This Week

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I loved this week. Mr. Lovely and I went to my hometown to celebrate our anniversary and share the top tier of our wedding cake with family. I know people…

I loved this week. Mr. Lovely and I went to my hometown to celebrate our anniversary and share the top tier of our wedding cake with family. I know people do that all the time, but I was still so surprised to see that the cake survived! Crazy. On top of that, we helped my dad drive some of his vintage cars in a local parade, which was totally fun and very hometown-y. And we’re also deep in rehearsals for Urinetown, a show that we booked together! It’s so exciting to be making our west coast theatre debut. All in all, busy, happy, and no complaints. How was your week?

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And to send you into the weekend, a few awesome things around the web. xoxo

A promo video for our show (made by yours truly)!

Bummer news for anyone in NYC who loves musical theatre.

This makes me want to move to Paris ASAP.

Awesome tips for shooting with backlighting.

These are amazing — they kind of look like dreams!

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This post is sponsored by Skinny Cow. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed up and running! Did you know…

This post is sponsored by Skinny Cow. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that help keep Lovely Indeed up and running!

Skinny Cow

Did you know that this year is the 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing? To celebrate, we threw a carpet picnic and the fine folks at Skinny Cow set us up with some of their Slimited Edition goodies! We all snacked on delicious frozen treats while we watched Baby learn to mambo, and had an amazing time!

If you want to throw your own carpet picnic, grab a handful of fun, mismatched scarves, blankets, or fabric and lay it out in a patchwork. Load it up with comfy pillows, and set out trays for snacks. Now relax, grab a Skinny Cow, and enjoy!  My fave was definitely the Mmmocha Truffle Bar (it was so pretty, not to mention delicious), although I’m a huge fan of the sandwiches as well. I think next time I’d love to try the Slimited Editions Shake-Stirs — what’s better than a milkshake you can grab from your freezer?

Here’s a little peek at our carpet picnic. And by the way, when was the last time you saw Dirty Dancing? I forgot what a classic it is! xoxo

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Guys, I have a new favorite artist and I just have to share with you! If you don’t know Phillip Light, you’re missing out. I came across him on the…

Guys, I have a new favorite artist and I just have to share with you! If you don’t know Phillip Light, you’re missing out. I came across him on the web and just fell in love with his illustrations.

Phillip was kind enough to give us a little Q and A about himself and his work. Read on if you want to be impressed.

Tell us what you’re studying!
Right now I’m an Art major at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in Illustration, but I will be transferring to Art Center College of Design as an Entertainment Design Major for the fall term 2012. I will be studying various aspects of the Concept Design field for Animation, Film, and Video games. After school I would love to work for an animation studio as a Visual Development Artist/Character Designer!

Do you have any favorites among your body of work?
I just finished an illustration called “Laundry Day” which I’m really happy with and is definitely one of my favorites so far. I’m also really proud of my redesign project for the story “The Paper Bag Princess.” (Hey Phillip, “Laundry Day” is our favorite, too!)

What are your favorite tools? Do you prefer to work digitally or on paper?
I’m really in love with Photoshop CS5 which is the digital program I work in a majority of the time. I just think it’s really amazing to use brushes that create the effects of traditional tools without having to actually go out and by them. Haha! But I still love drawing traditionally. I always do my drawings on paper with pencil before I color them in Photoshop. My favorite traditional tools to use are colored pencil and ink with a brush.

I loved Phillip’s work so much that I commissioned him to do a drawing of my niece for her 2nd birthday. I was completely blown away by what he came up with!

Is this guy amazing, or what? He’s also always up for a commissioned piece (and his rates are amazingly reasonable, if you ask me!), so contact him for more info if you’re interested. Thanks Phillip! xoxo

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dos & don’ts of theatregoing

Lovelies, I’m taking a bit of a departure from the norm today to talk about something near and dear to my heart: going to the theatre.  Being an actor, I…

Lovelies, I’m taking a bit of a departure from the norm today to talk about something near and dear to my heart: going to the theatre.  Being an actor, I find myself onstage as often as I do in the audience, and I have to say — audience behavior and comportment is equally important from both perspectives.

I was recently in the audience at a Broadway show (which shall not be named).  This particular show is presented in such a way as to attract not so much the avid, high-brow, borderline-snobby theatregoer, but a more mainstream audience.  And that’s wonderful!  I love that musical theatre is becoming more present in popular culture.  But as I was sitting in the audience with folks who clearly don’t usually attend theatre, it became clear to me that maybe the case was that they just flat-out didn’t know what was considered appropriate audience behavior, and what wasn’t.

So.  Let me drop some knowledge on you.  First off, let me say that none of this is meant to sound patronizing, snooty, or highfalutin’.  I truly just want to spread the word, and maybe shed a little light on your next theatregoing experience (whether it’s in the theatre district or at your nephew’s high school play).

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DO get settled in your seat before the show starts.  This includes unwrapping coughdrops, taking off your coat, and turning off your cell phone.  And by off, I mean off.  Sometimes a vibrating phone can be just as loud as a ringing one, not to mention the fact that your phone’s frequencies can mess with the wireless microphones used onstage.

DON’T get there late.  Nobody likes the lady that has to crawl over them during the first scene.

DO take the time to look nice!  Going to the theatre used to be an absolutely fancy affair.  I think there’s something wonderful about dressing up just a bit to take in a show.

DON’T talk during the overture, if you’re seeing a musical.  Once the conductor’s arms are up, the show has started.  Enjoy the music!

DO eat before the show; not during it.  I kid you not, a friend recently went to a Broadway show where the woman behind him unwrapped and ate a roast beef sandwich.  This ain’t Subway.  Leave the food home.

DON’T have full-on conversations during the show.  You’re not in a bubble.  Other audience members, who have paid dearly to have the same experience you’re having, can hear you.

DO a little research before you go!  Unless you’re really into the element of surprise, it’s awesome to know a bit about the show, writer, composer, actors, and so on.

DON’T you dare take photos or videos of a professional production!  The actors onstage are being paid to give you an amazing live performance; they’re not being paid to have photos or videos of themselves all over YouTube.  You can actually get into big trouble for videos or photos that aren’t authorized.

DO show your appreciation for the hard work that’s going on onstage!  Applause is great.  If, at the end of the show, you’re so moved you simply can’t stay seated, a standing ovation is great too.  Shouts of “bravo!” are awesome.  Not awesome?  Awkward whistles during a love scene, low “oooooh”s when one character snubs another, or any equally lame responses.  Unless you’re seeing a melodrama.  Then “boo” away.

One more DO: go!  Go to see live theatre.  It’s unlike any other art form, and it’s amazing.  Support your local community productions.  Take a drive to the closest regional theatre.  Hop on a plane and see a Broadway show.  Appreciate and support all of the work, creativity, time, and effort that goes into putting a show together, from the set designers, to costumes and lights, to the orchestra and the actors.  Theatre makes the world a better place.  Go.  xoxo