valentines day / lego / proposal

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Another year, another Valentine's Day! Whether or not Cupid has struck the right match for you, I think you'll still appreciate the video proposal below.


You've probably already seen it since it made the rounds last month. But I thought it'd be cute to re-post today.


Total creative cuteness is what you get when you mix a filmaker and chef together. Enjoy!


Jo Marzan

Tags: valentines day / lego / proposal


2011 holiday gift list

10 Gifts for that Rockerista on Your List

10 Gifts for that Rockerista on Your List

Still got that music-fashion-techy gal left on your gift list?! Well, lucky you! We're waking up from our winter slumber just in time for the last weekend of shopping before Christmas! 


I've always wanted to put together a list like this because I've found other bloggers extremely helpful in tackling my own shopping. And you definitely still have time to shop in-store. But for you e-shoppers, there's always next day shipping options!


Here are a few geek-chic faves that Kristine and I whipped together. 




1. Instagram Photo Book from

Cute way of pulling the good photos off your feed and onto a memorable book.




2. Season One of Portlandia

Hilarious new IFC series about Portland hipsters. Noteworthy A-Lister cameos too.




3. Michael Kors iPhone Wristlet

I actually got this as a gift and love it. Fits your iPhone and credit cards! No need for a purse!




4. Leopard Print Jeans by Gap

They're nothing like the 80's hair band pants. Promise. Gap's animal print line is awesome and affordable.





5. Zenith AM Radio & MP3 Player  

Fun retro way of blaring your tunes.





6. Madewell Cheetah-Print Mini Wallet

Because dollar bills look better in Cheetah.




7. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick   

Muah! She'll be ready for that mistletoe.





8. Book, "The Selby is in Your Place" by Todd Selby

30 cool profiles of music and fashion inspired spaces.





9. Grado SR80i Headphones

Best value for under $100. It's like you're right there. 





10. Spotify Premium

And last but not least, this gift's for YOU. If you're not on Spotify Premium yet, honey it's time.





May your holiday season be filled with lots of love, laughter, and well researched last minute gift decisions! Happy Holidays!!







You may also be interested in Music Gets More Social: Four Awesome Music Services and Apps

Jo Marzan

Tags: 2011 holiday gift list


steve jobs/apple/timeline/macs

The Apples of My Eye

The Apples of My Eye

A heavy cloud of "iSad" hung over San Francisco that evening we all learned about Steve Jobs' passing. It was news to hear him step down from his role with Apple, but more of a shock to the system when his death was announced. 


I smirk at the attempt for me to write anything remotely profound about Mr. Jobs. I'll leave that to his family, the people in his company, and the media.


Though, I will take this time to reflect on the Apples of my eye -- to thank Mr. Jobs for revolutionizing the experience of the personal computer time and again.


I have been an Apple fan-sumer since second grade -- from the fall of 1984 all the way through to the iPad. It's been a mixed experience of using Apple computers in school to finally purchasing one of my own when I had enough dough. I remember being the only one in graduate school with a MacBook circa 2001. Always got the stares, the compatibility questions, and the reactions to the price. I was used to it. That came with the territory of thinking different.


The following is the Apple Timeline of my life.



1984  - My first Apple experience. I remember playing Oregon Trail on the Apple IIe in second grade.






1992-95 - Macintosh Classic and Plus throughout high school. I had to get to school super early or stay late to do reports on these bad boys. 






1995-98 - Majorly jealous of those with the PowerBook. I was a have-not.




2000 - Enter...OS X. Best experience ever. Plus, I couldn't resist Apple's use of the Rolling Stones song in their commercials. Bought a iMac (graphite).






2001 - First Generation iPod. I remember taking it with me for the first time on the SF Aids Walk in 2001. I still have that playlist. Felt AWESOME to leave the CD wallet at home.





2002 - iBook for Graduate School. My first day was totally that "one of these things is not like the other" scene from Legally Blonde.






2007 - And yep, I was that crazy early adopter of the iPhone. Before the price change. Ouch! But so worth it.






And aside from the iPad, the rest was upgrading history....







Thank you Mr. Jobs. May you rest in peace.


Jo Marzan

Tags: steve jobs/apple/timeline/macs


vacation / kauai

Remembering September

Remembering September

Hello dear Rockeristas! Forgive me for ducking out the month of September. I had such big plans for writing this month, but Kauai got the best of me! 


I finally got to take a long overdue vacation this month and let me tell you -- I will never wait that long to get away again! A visit to the garden isle was rejuvenating, grounding, and a digital detox. Well...except for a few Instagram photos I snapped below! Enjoy!



Grand Hyatt Resort. Thank you Jetsetter! Keep those Hawaii deals coming...



Me on our last day in Poipu, before heading to North Shore.



Chickens on Poipu Beach.



The first of many lava flows.



Low laying speedy clouds. 



Our daily Vitamin C.



Tunnels Beach



The "official" sign for Tunnels. Awesome.



I've come back to a busy fall tour season and the start of holiday at work, so I'm glad I had some downtime this month. I'm looking forward to the change in seasons and delving back into music, fashion, and the latest creations on the Interwebs. Mahalo!


Jo Marzan

Tags: vacation / kauai


style / fashion's night out

Music may be back inside, but it’s Fashion’s Night Out

Music may be back inside, but it’s Fashion’s Night Out

We bid farewell to outdoor music festivals that rocked our cities, parks, deserts and farms this past summer. But as the music community takes to the indoors, the fashion community is coming out to play!

Next Thursday, September 8th, the fashion community hits the streets with the third annual Fashion’s Night Out (FNO), an evening of late night celebrations of designers and brands. Major retailers across the country and globe are keeping their doors open after hours to us shoppers. So grab your girlfriends because only this evening will there be exclusive offers, prizes, give-aways, and limited edition merchandise from your favorite retailers -- all to the backdrop of DJ’s spinning and champagne cocktail receptions.

Launched in 2009 by Vogue, Fashion’s Night Out aimed to take the recession by the horns, garnering community support to restore consumer confidence and help boost the industry’s economy. Taking place at the start of this month’s New York Fashion Week for Spring 2012, NYC is the hub of FNO and will be the platform for major designer and celebrity appearances. But don’t fret, FNO events span across the US, globally, and even online! You can check their website for local events happening near you.

I’ve participated in Fashion’s Night Out for the past couple years and I plan on hitting a few events this year. I will say that it would be awesome if more up-and-coming designers, boutiques and e-tailers participated to round out the fun of shopping. Comparing this sense of community to music -- it’s always great to see top acts together with new artists on the bill. I think new designers and brands would get great exposure if more of them represented.

All in all it’s a fantastic evening and no better way to shop new fall collections. The FNO community pulls out all the stops to make our experience fun.

And to commemorate the annual event, there is a very cool FNO Merchandise Collection, where 40% of proceeds will be donated to the NYC AIDS Fund in the NYC Community Trust. 








Fashion’s Night Out was launched in 2009 by Vogue in partnership with Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and City of New York.


Jo Marzan

Tags: style / fashion's night out