Oh the wonderful world of Facebook - I've made so many connections, and even friends, all without ever actually meeting them. Recently I had the chance hang out - in person - with Robin Steffen; an actor and FB connection who currently lives in West Hollywood. He was visiting Bakersfield as a special guest judge for a local high school film contest and wanted to get together.
Little known fact about JNT; I'm not one to turn down Saturday night cocktails..
There was a couple roadblocks between me and looking fabulous though. First off, it was freezing outside (fine. relatively. whatever). More importantly though, I was just feeling too damn lazy to really look HOT. What to do...
Find out how I went from "Not" to "Hot" in less than 15 minutes,
and more about my friend Robin below!
First off, here's how I started my Saturday..
My energy levels increased only slightly from there...
Robin's other obligations didn't get over until past 11pm, which meant we weren't meeting up until after some of my favorite dive bars had already had their dreaded "Last Call." I'm always down for a late night, the night owl that I am, but spending an hour getting ready for a cocktail quickie wasn't sounding appealing to me.
So what to do?
Simple. Bold. Accessories.
You may have noticed in that first photo that I look pretty damn cute. My effort, however, was minimal at best. First off, I was wearing beat up boots ie flats. I was also in boring ass jeans and a long-sleeved, black, THERMAL shirt. By themselves I would have looked pretty bleh. But I added a little color with a beaded necklace & a purple hair extension that I found, of all places, at the $.99 Store (that's right, I said it, you go ahead & judge but I'm a badass on a budget & I liked 'em!)
Don't forget the super dark, dramatic lipstick and a few finger blingers (Ha! That sounds awful! I shouldn't post that..) and I was fully dressed.
This particular "finger blinger" (omg, what's wrong with me??) is a handmade Vintaged Faery Creations ring made by a friend in Boise, ID.
In addition to the lipstick, the only other make up I was wearing was some shadow I literally smeared on my eyes with my finger, liquid liner, and mascara.
The beauty of doing your make up for bar lighting versus photoshoot lighting...
It took maybe 12 minutes start to finish & I was ready to meet up with Robin at V.I.P.
Whether or not you like the look, I certainly made an impression..
'What, is it punk rock night?' the old man at the bar asked.
'No,' I said, 'It's a punk rock life.'
HA! I didn't say that, but that mighta been cool if I had...
On to Robin!!
Robin and I had connected last September, most likely due to our many shared FB connections with Hectic Films (www.hecticfilms.com). To be honest though, I think the real reason we became friends was purely because of his cover photo..
If the name Hectic Films is ringing a bell - it should! These amazing independent film makers here in Bakersfield have gained a lot of attention recently, especially for their 2012 action release "The Lackey."
Robin also got to be a part of this awesome flick!
He plays the less than heroic boyfriend in this teaser scene.
Scheduling conflicts kept me from the screening last October, but so far "The Lackey" is doing quite well ... Somebody needs to loan me a copy already.
It was a late night meet up with Robin, and The V.I.P. Lounge kicked us out at 1:30AM (laaaaaaaaaame!), but it was an enjoyable time all around. I got to hear all about life in the fast lane in West Hollywood, the struggle and the reward of Robin's past 6 years as an actor, and all about the exciting stuff coming up in his future. In exchange I let him buy me a drink and watch me inhale it (vodka soda - the model's choice).
Oh, and being it was Bako on a Saturday night, we heard our fair share of yelling, English and Spanish, and saw a bar fight or two. I didn't see any boobs this time, but one man did pull his dick out for me from the bartop when he thought he caught me staring, so I'd still call the night a success.