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the BREASTival: a Gift-Raiser of Oncologic Proportions

On December 13th, A*VOYCE CLOTHING will be sponsoring a prize at a benefit concert to support a friend's battle with her cancer treatment costs......

In 2004-2005 Mimi Ferraro and I spent a short time as roommates while we were on the RENT National Tour. Shortly after the tour ended we shared something else, without even realizing it... a cancer diagnosis. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and Mimi; breast cancer. We are both extremely fortunate to have good prognoses, *we are both going to be OK*, but now Mimi has to deal with the next 5 years of treatments, medications, follow-ups, and all the costs that go along with it....

SO... Mimi decided to take matters into her own hands and ask for some help from her circle of friends and all the loving, wonderful people in our community, and is having a benefit concert in her own honor!!

Performers include Rebecca Naomi Jones (another RENT tour alum), Sheri Sanders, Anne Fraser Thomas, Vicky Modica, Mimi Ferraro, LaDonna Burns (our beautiful "Seasons of Love" soloist on the RENT tour), Matt McMahan, Chris Wade, Leah Gerstel, and Emily McNamara.

Of course I jumped at the chance to donate a piece from the A*VOYCE line for Mimi's raffle. After all,  the cause hits close to home, and I'm happy to do what I can to help!

(here is the piece that's up for grabs!! The prize also includes a 15% OFF coupon for their next A*VOYCE order!!)

Other raffle prizes include: coaching sessions with top New York theater teachers, dance classes, restaurant gift certificates, and clothing items from high-end designers.

Here's what you need to know if you want to pitch in and help a sister out:

the BREASTival: a Gift-Raiser of Oncological Proportions

Monday, December 13 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm The D-Lounge 101 East 15th St. New York, NY

Doors at 7, performances at 7:30

$25 suggested donation; $50 if you wear pink

If you can't attend the event, please consider a donation in your absence: www.mimisgiftraiser.blogspot.com (Scroll down to donation information.)

***Now partnering with THE PINK DAISY PROJECT***

www.pinkdaisyproject.com

You may make tax-deductible donations through The Pink Daisy Project -- just be sure to put Mimi's name in the notes/memo section of Paypal.

Donations made through THE PINK DAISY PROJECT at the BREASTival will be tax-deductible over $10, to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Read More about it at BROADWAY WORLD:

D Lounge to Host BREASTIVAL, 12/13

I wish Mimi the BEST of luck and hope the benefit is a HUGE success!!!!!

Emily Osment wears A*VOYCE

Check out actress/singer Emily Osment wearing A*VOYCE during an interview on Boston's FOX 25 !!!

Emily Osment, best known for playing "Lilly Truscott" on Disney's Hannah Montana, is currently promoting her debut album FIGHT OR FLIGHT, and she wore the BLACK RUFFLE MINI DRESS by A*VOYCE during her interview on FOX 25 news! She looks GREAT!!

You can order the dress Emily is wearing!! Just...

CLICK HERE!!!!!

Watch the interview:

A*VOYCE SPECIAL: Free Shipping!!!



As some of you out there know, September is a very special month for me because my BIRTHDAY is September 9th! (will accept birthday wishes now :) ) SO, in honor of my birthday month,

I am offering FREE standard shipping within the U.S. for all A*Voyce Clothing orders for the entire month of September!!



SHOP NOW

Check out the LOOK BOOK and the ENTIRE COLLECTION on the A*VOYCE website and if there is something you've got your eye on, now's the time to place your A*VOYCE Orders!!!



Happy Birthday to me!




A*Voyce goes to CERIA

Last week I brought my entire A*Voyce collection to the coolest new apparel store in Ventura called CERIA, the ONLY store that is currently carrying my clothing!

In a way, It was all because of CERIA that I created the line in the first place! My friend Wil Corpus is the co-owner of CERIA, and when he was in the process of opening the store we discussed the possibility of maybe selling some of my designs there.... A few months later, HERE WE ARE!

A*Voyce was born and now the line is available for sale EXCLUSIVELY at CERIA!

It was a really  huge for me to finally bring the clothes to the store... after all the hard work it was SO exciting to see my clothes hanging on the rack, in a for-real super- hip clothing store,  with for-real price tags and everything!

I really have to thank Wil for all the support, and I REALLY hope the clothes do well at his place!

Thanks,Wil!

(me trying on the blue version of the strapless ruffle dress! Go try it on, its at the store!)

SO.... If you wanna go check out  the entire A*Voyce collection

AND Check out some great rare finds,

go to

CERIA on Main

324 East Main Street Ventura, CA 93003 (805) 667-8501 info@shopceria.com

11am-8pm Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm Sundays

Right across the street from Urban Outfitters

Fashion Friday: BIG NEWS - ORDER NOW!

PLACE YOUR ORDERS NOW!!!

I'm SO happy to announce that the entire A*Voyce Clothing collection is now available to view and ORDER on the website!!!

VIEW THE COLLECTION AND ORDER NOW!

**Please read the ORDER page carefully, there are instructions and a lot of info about the unique ordering process that I'm offering.**

I am SO excited that this is finally up and running, and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!

CONTACT ME

AND COMMENT HERE!!!

BIG Thank You's to all the people who made this possible!!!

Kelle Deeter Photography, for shooting the Look Book,

Mischa Pfister, for shooting my catalogue,

Mayumi Ando for designing my AMAZING hang tags!! (more on that soon!!!)

All my focus group girls; Marie Westbrook, Lucy Graves, Allison, Anosha, Amber, and Jen

My awesome Husband, Rob, for being super supportive :)

and The LA Fashion District, for the amazing resources!!

OK.... Get your order on!

GO!

Cabaret Performance THIS Saturday

This saturday I'll be making my first appearance at a new cabaret series here in LA at a super-hot venue, The Fedora Room at First & Hope. There is a great line-up of singers AND there's NO COVER, NO MINIMUM, and there's PARKING! WHAT!? You guys should definitely check it out! Take note though, There are 2 shows that night and I will be doing the first show ONLY (7:30)!! I would LOVE to see you there!

CHECK OUT THE VENUE:

www.firstandhope.com

HERE'S THE INFO::

Session II. First & Hope's monthly cabaret series continues after a standing room only opener last month. July 10 has an amazing lineup of talent and promises to be a very special night not to be missed.

2 Shows....8 & 10pm (Doors 7:30 & 9:45pm)

Appearances by... Rebecca johnson, Mat Rocheleau, Katrina Lenk, Eric B Anthony, Carie Millard, Mercedes Dauphinais, Matt Zarley, Cheryl Daro, Justin Mortelliti, Dan Domenech, Rodrick Covington, Wendy Ho, Ava Gaudet, and Julie Garnye.

Hosted by Mark Shunock with Ron Snyder on Piano, Oliver Steinberg on Bass, and Emiliano Almeda on Drums.

Reservations strongly encouraged. Only 65 each show! 213.617.8555

We will sell out. Don't wait to experience LA's hottest new room.

INTRODUCING: A*Voyce by Ava Gaudet

I'd like to officially announce the launch of my clothing line

A*Voyce by Ava Gaudet

Over the past 3 months I made the decision to take my hobby of designing my own clothes to the next level and, for the first time, create a collection that's available for sale and for custom order. The collection is complete and now the website and lookbook have been created for the line! The complete catalogue of items and online store is still in the works, but I will announce when those are available as SOON as I can! If you notice, in the upper right part of this website, where the site pages are listed, the page that USED to say "Fashion" now says "a*voyce" !!! This is where you can now find ALL the new info, pictures, and updates for the line , so check it out!!!

www.avagaudet.com/avoyce

Go there now to check out select images from the LOOKBOOK, and read about the meaning behind the name, as well as the background of my inspiration for the line!!!

A separate  website has been created specifically for the clothing line to make it easier to place orders (a function that will be in effect SOON!) but for NOW go check it out to see all the fun stuff, including the complete LOOKBOOK!

A*VOYCE CLOTHING

In this pic: Strapless Ruffle Dress in white

(available for custom order soon!)

In this pic: One Shoulder Top w/ Ruffle Detail

(available for custom order soon!)

In this Pic: Hot Pink Mini Skirt; double layer Camisole with back zipper

(available for custom order soon!)

To See MORE go to the A*Voyce Website

A very special THANK YOU to Kelle Deeter and KelleDPHotography for doing this pictorial!!!

My Fashion Focus Group

Last night I held a focus group at my place with a few of my girls... After 2 1/2 months of working on my collection I'm getting really close to getting my clothing out there into the world, but before I did I wanted to get some opinions and ideas from some ladies who I trust!

We started the shin-dig outside, and it was lovely. The Tiki Torches were lit, we had some wine, champagne, and a little spread... the weather was perfect... This gigantic scary flying bug tried to attack us, but once that crisis was averted, it was really chill! I was actually a little nervous to show my clothes for the first time, so it was nice to just kick it with my girls for a minute, have a glass of wine, and relax...

Then it was time to get down to business...

I had everyone look through the collection, piece by piece, and then I had them fill out a questionnaire . I definitely put them to work with some tough questions, but they all gave me such awesome feedback!!! Their opinions really mattered to me, and it was so interesting to hear their thoughts on the collection!

I think my favorite part was when some of them wanted to try things on....


Anosha looked so friggin cute in this White Strapless Ruffle Dress! I even loved it paired with the swede fringe sandals she was wearing, Adorable!!!!


Jen said she has never worn a one-shoulder top, so she was excited to try on this Black One-Shoulder Zipper Tee. She looked GREAT!!! Once again, I loved this top paired with the skinny jeans and black flats she had on, and the skinny gold belt we added really completed the look! LOVE IT! I think one-shoulder is workin for ya, girl!!


Amber looked A M A Z I N G in this Hot Pink Mini (you can't see the exposed zipper that's in the back, but its super cute!) I actually thought of her while I was making this! I thought her sexy, rocker style would make this skirt a perfect fit, and I was right! I love it paired with her funky stilettos and grey graphic tank, you look HOTTT!

All in all, it was a great time... I got to spend some QT with my girls, AND I also got a lot of valuable feedback that is going to really help me as I prepare to put this collection out to the world!! I'm currently putting together the website where these items can be ordered, and I shot a pictorial that I will soon be adding to my fashion page... stay tuned for that!!

I would just like to give a very special thank you to my girls that made last night possible, Marie Westbrook (AKA My Besty), Lucy & MOM, Anosha, Amber, and Jen! You Guys are the best! :)

88's Cabaret Re-Cap/*Time is a Healer* Video

So, last night was the 88's Cabaret 3rd Anniversary Show, and it was really cool to be a part of it! I met Ryan Black only a few months after he started 88's Cabaret, and I've been performing there off-and-on for all three years it's been around. In fact, Ryan gave me the sweetest little shout-out after I sang my song saying, "she has been there for 88's almost since the very beginning, so we're very pleased to have her here tonight!" Aw. Thanks, Ry.

Last night the show was at Gonpachi in Beverly Hills (normally we are at it's sister restaurant La Boheme, in West Hollywood) it was our first time performing there and my first time being there and MAN, This place was GORGEOUS! The bartender told us that everything in there, the solid wood bar top, the light fixtures, the artwork, etc. was all imported from Japan, making this Japanese restaurant look like the REAL DEAL. I loved it. I want to go back sometime when I'm NOT performing to try their "Sakegria", and some sushi and the hand-made soba noodles that you watch the chef make (he's actually inside a kind-of glass box when he makes it... kinda weird when you think about it, but it was still cool to watch!)

After the sound check we were able to catch a little bit of the Celtics game while we hung out at the bar. I was super happy about this because my wonderful husband was probably DYING inside that he was hanging out at a cabaret when there was a Celtics Playoff Game AND a Red Sox game going on! Now THAT is real love and support! What a good hubby I have :)

The show, of course, was great. Great songs, big laughs, and a fun crowd. Most of the time there is some sort of theme for the shows, but last night there wasn't, we could choose whatever we wanted... so I chose one of my all time favorite songs, "Time is a Healer" by the amazing Eva Cassidy. I've been singing this song in my bedroom for YEARS but this was the first time I ever sang it in front of anyone...



Thanks to everyone who came out last night! And, thanks to everyone who clapped after my high note! hahaha. Until Next time....




PERFORMANCE Monday Night - 88's Cabaret

Hi Everyone!

Wanted to let you know that this Monday night, May 24th, I will be performing at the 88's Cabaret 3rd Anniversary show here in LA!




It's going to be a great show, and a great night! There is an amazing cast (including Megan Hilty, Kim Huber, Daisy Eagan, Cortes Alexander, and more!) And apparently there will be a ton of surprises (I don't even know what they are, so I'll be surprised too!!) I'm going to be singing a song that is very special to me, so I'm really excited for the show!

Here they are talking about it on:

BROADWAYWORLD.COM

Here they are talking about it on:

PLAYBILL.COM

GONPACHI RESTAURANT

134 N. La Cienega, Beverly Hills

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS:

310.659.8887

$15 seated with dinner reservation, $10 standing room

Show starts at 8pm

SEE YOU THERE!!!

EVIL ANGEL Screening in LA - May 15, 2010

I'm really excited to announce that there will be another screening of the still-yet-to-be-OFFICIALLY-released movie EVIL ANGEL here in LA! If you're here in SoCal, this is a great opportunity to check it out on the BIG screen!!



EVIL ANGEL will be appearing at the PARANOIA FILM FESTIVAL in Hollywood, CA on Saturday May 15th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Tickets are $10

click here for more info:

PARANOIA FILM FESTIVAL

Check out the EVIL ANGEL trailer:

*This trailer contains nudity*

..... which brings me to a point I think I should discuss here on my website, just so that it's out there. I wanted to let everyone know that although my character "Carla" is shown nude many times in this film, I DID NOT do the nudity. It was a body double. It was a personal choice that I made at the time because I wasn't comfortable with it enough to do it myself. It was NOT because I disagree with it, or have any sort of problem with it in the creative sense... it was just a personal choice that I made. I wanted to do this movie so badly, and I was so excited with the opportunity to play the role of "Carla", and I was SO grateful to Richard Dutcher (the writer/director of the film) that he agreed to put himself through all the extra time and work to accommodate my request. I think he did an incredible job making the movie look seamless!! I'm very proud of this film.... and I hope you guys check it out!!

Music from the Vault

Yesterday, Rob and I came across a CD of unreleased "AVA" songs that we worked on together about 8 years ago!! Time to open the vault....



A while back, I was working on a 10 song album with Rob and the rest of my band, and although all the music we were working on was good, it was a very transitional time in the "AvA" project, and in the end it never got released.  I had just graduated Berklee College of Music, the band was breaking up and I was going off in a different direction, you know the story.... so we moved on...

Fast forward A LOT of years, to yesterday, when we played the cd and went on a serious trip back in time! I hadn't heard these songs in SO long I actually forgot a lot of them!

It was so cool to hear these songs after so many years... not too many people ever got to hear this stuff way back when, SO I decided to resurrect a few of those old songs now!

(I took these old pics out of the vault too!)

"CLOSE MY EYES"

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"PINK AND GREEN"

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"SO AFRAID"

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There you go. Vintage AVA.

Fashion Friday pt.5 -Project Runway Finale

Last night was the finale of Project Runway... the end of a really great season, and definitely a tough decision for the judges...



So let's go back to the Finale Part 1 that aired last week...I wasn't surprised by the final three designers who were chosen to show at Fashion Week, they had all been really strong throughout the entire season. Although I was never really a fan of Mila's aesthetic, I wasn't surprised she was chosen over Jay to show.... It seems like Heidi is a big fan, and she did win a few challenges during the season (which I never really understood??) Maybe Jay's collection was a little over-designed, but in my opinion it was much more innovative and current. I was more impressed with the pieces he was showing Tim in his workroom than I was with what he sent down the runway, and in the end it was Mila that got to show her blah blah black and white at Fashion Week.

Mila is definitely has a strong point of view, and her clothes are all really well made, but it just isn't my thing... I don't know, all the boxy shapes, the retro-inspired silhouettes, bulky jackets and all that black and white... I respect her as a designer, but there was nothing in her collection I was dying to wear.. this graphic t-shirt was the exception, I was my favorite piece:

Then there is Emilio.... I have to admit that throughout the season he made some really INCREDIBLE pieces! I was so impressed with the full-length dress he made for the NYC Neighborhood challenge, and the Textile challenge look was really hott. But his ego was such a big, gigantic turn off! Ok, dude, you won some challenges, you're a good designer, WE GET IT! Geez.

His final collection had me a little underwhelmed. I agree that it was the most commercial and ready-to-wear, it was impeccably tailored, and had some stand-out pieces (this gown is GORGEOUS)

But I wasn't sold on that pea-green coat, or the fact that the colors and shapes in his show were SO derivative of the 1990's and then he calls his collection "Color Me Bad" HA! Really?

And then there is our winner.... SETH AARON!

I am really happy the Seth Aaron was the winner. The man is a clothing-making MACHINE, I mean, the guy's a monster! Did you notice how quickly and efficiently he worked all season long? Other designers used all there time and money to make... a dress. Seth Aaron would make pants, a jacket with tons of details, a tailored shirt, a tie, a hat... and be finished before everyone! And lets not over look that they were only required to make 10 looks for the runway show and he made 24!! Amazing. Also, he seems like a really cool guy, and with all the egos and attitudes flying around, it just made me root for him.

I was actually sold on him during the first part of the finale when Tim came by his workroom. Did you see that amazing leather jacket with the zippers?? I want one! He makes me want to see the other 14 looks we didnt get to see go down the runway!

I liked that his show was a little over the top and had some drama... I don't think I would wear every piece he made, but he was creative, had a unique point-of-view and the construction was unbelievable!

Congrats, Seth AAron!

This marks the end to another great season of PR... can't wait until next year! :)

Bye-Bye BETTY

Last night the final episode of UGLY BETTY aired, and I have to say, I'm sad to see it go!

Obviously, I have a personal connection with this... I had the honor of portraying the lovable super-skank "Gina Gambarro" for a few episodes early in the show's life. Clearly, Gina moved out of the neighborhood (and off the show) a couple of seasons ago, so I'm not trying to claim any real ownership in what was so great about BETTY, but the show did mean a lot to me as an actor and a viewer!

I remember shooting the pilot episode on location in Queens and feeling the buzz of excitement surrounding the show... we were sitting in a tent watching the monitor, and I remember Silvio Horta (the show's creator) and one of the producers watching a close shot of America Ferrera's face , they just shook their heads in amazement ... "People are going to fall in love with her..." and they were right!!

There are a lot of people talking about why UGLY BETTY was important to television ( here's one article that I really liked...)

Why UGLY BETTY Mattered

In a time when reality TV and cookie-cutter procedurals were taking over television, BETTY  came on the scene and was a breath of fresh air. Colorful, a little crazy, and totally heartfelt... how could you NOT fall in love with Betty? I always thought she was an inspiration... a smart, ambitious Latina woman who was prettier on the inside than she was on the outside, overcoming resistance and challenge until she became the confident, accomplished professional she was at the end of the show, all the while staying true to herself! Beautiful!! And I don't think the importance of Justin's coming-out should be underestimated, either. There are gay teens all across the country who choose to deny who they are while they are in high school because it's easier for the people around them, their parents, friends and family, to accept. But I'm sure it's not easy on THEM to feel like it's not ok to be who they are... Showing Justin's experience on national prime-time television is one HUGE step forward in promoting tolerance to what homosexual teens go through. Showing Justin have a boyfriend, kiss him, dance with him, and how his family completely accepts and loves him was really great to see!! Thank you, UGLY BETTY for putting that on TV and showing everyone its OK!!

yea, maybe the  story lines got a little over the top at times, but the cast was amazing, it was fun and heartfelt, and I still agree that people will look back on this show as a unique and significant part of TV history... I loved being able to work on this show, the cast was truly wonderful, and I feel honored to have been a part of it.

Bye Bye BETTY!!!! You will be missed!

(check out my Gina page for more pics and videos)

Remembering Hunter...

Yesterday was a very powerful day that I was honored to be a part of....


A couple of weeks ago I got a call from my friend Wendy asking if I would help her out by singing at a memorial service she was helping to organize for some friends of hers. She went on to tell me the heartbreaking story of her good friends Lenore and Zen and their beautiful and brave 3 1/2 year-old son, Hunter, who had lost his long and painful battle with leukemia about a month ago. The memorial service was to be a celebration of his life, a gathering of friends and family who want to show their love and support and remember Hunter...

Of course, I said yes without hesitating.

I think it's almost impossible not to feel moved and saddened by a story like this, but at first I didn't know much about them other than what Wendy had told me. I had never met Lenore or Zen, and did not have the pleasure of knowing Hunter. So I went to the blog they had created during Hunter's battle, HeaingHunter.com, to learn more about them.

The website was created as a place for support during his fight, for words of encouragement where people could help to rally with prayers and hope, and donate money to help the fight continue.... but of course, by the time I got to the blog, the fight was over. Suddenly I was immersed in the unbelievable sadness of what this family had experienced...

There were pictures of little Hunter from all stages of his life, and disease.... the times where he fought for his life, as well as the times of remission. The words of heartbroken parents trying to express the magnitude of Hunter's fate... this little boy had endured 4 rounds of chemo-therepy and every amount of extreme measures they could possibly take to save him. But as hard as "Iron Hunter" fought, I was now reading about "The Death of a Superhero" and how these loving, incredible parents now had to deal with it all being over. I honestly can't verbalize it in a way that's appropriate... I was crushed, and I didn't even know them. I didn't have to go through the 2 years of ups and downs, hope and pain... I spent only a few minutes inside a window of their lives, and it was almost too much for me to bear...

I had asked my songwriting partner, and good friend Lucy Graves to accompany me for the performance, and she too felt suddenly immersed in the sadness of what they went through... as I said, it's nearly impossible not to be moved by their story and the incredible strength of this family.

They had requested "Woman's Work" and "In the Arms of an Angel" to be sung at the memorial, in-between eulogies from friends and family... It was a beautiful event, but also overwhelming at times. Pictures of Hunter were placed all around the home, and home videos played on tvs. There were a lot of people crying ad grieving for the loss, but also some smiling at stories and good memories.

The memorial was powerful, and I felt truly honored to have been a part of it. I really hope that Lucy and I were able to add something special to an already special occasion, and that the celebration was everything they hoped it would be.

"Hunter spread his love and joy far and wide and it was well received by many. And for that, we are forever grateful he was here for all of us to cherish."

One of the most inspiring parts of the story... Lenore and Zen are pregnant and will be blessed with another child this summer. No one is more deserving.

CERIA Grand Opening Event!!!

Tomorrow night the apparel store CERIA will be having it's grand opening event!! The night will be SICK; in store appearances by B.O.B, OHNO, REY FRESCO, MIKE POSNER, and DJ's ALL NIGHT!!  My friend Wil is one of the owners and I know first hand that this place is going to be DOPE! CERIA is a concept shop that specializes in streetwear, high end sneakers, and rare finds "for men & women who primarily seek out the illest hard to find product that pertains to their particular lifestyle." Check out the description below for more info on the store, and go to their  website!!! Tomorrow will be a special night for me too, because in a few months (maybe less) a special line of my clothing designs will be sold exclusively at CERIA!! This will be the first time my designs will be sold in a retail setting, and I'm really excited! I'm working hard on developing the pieces that will be sold there and will let you know more about that very soon! In the meantime check out the info on the store, and come down to the opening night event!!

"Carnicerias are known throughout the west coast, particularly in the Latino community as a market to get anything you need in a setting that is fun, makes you feel at home or simply dubbed “your neighborhood specialty store.” Carnicerias serve as being your inside source for goods you can’t find in typical grocery stores making the roots of the culture more accessible. We intend on operating by these same standards bringing you limited edition, one-of-a-kind footwear and men’s & women’s clothing. We intend on bringing you brands not typically found in any apparel shop obliging to the same reasons why carnicerias were formed. At Ceria, you’ll be able to learn about the roots of a brand you purchase and be surrounded by the music and art that fuels it’s creativity. Your favorite brands are not just sold, but showcased in our unique setting, store layout and display cases.

Ceria feels like that familiar place most people recognize to be their local carniceria only to find a much more unique experience. We’ve ensured that our space brings you that Carniceria feel. We know Ceria will just be a shop to our regular customers, but we will provide unfamiliar customers with an experience of that all but familiar feel of “your neighborhood specialty store….the carniceria.”

Ceria is located in historic downtown Ventura, CA just blocks away from The Ventura Beaches. We are right across the street from Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Stay up to date with our blog for event happenings and exclusive offers."

Check out the Website for more Info: WWW.SHOPCERIA.COM

Miranda Sings.....Better than KESHA!!!!

OK, so for those of you that know me, you know that I have real BIG problems with Kesha. I pretty much believe she's the downfall of the music industry... but whatevs.... So I found this video, and I'm so impressed with this little starlet, Miranda! I've been a fan of Miranda's for a while now, and this video proves what a talent she really is... this is how the song "Tik Tok" should really be sung!!!!

Fashion Friday pt.1

I came across this website the other day and now I'm obsessed! To any person who gets inspired by other people's unique and creative personal style, this website is for you! You can check out one fashionistas entire array of looks, OR if you want to see only looks that involve, lets say, blazers, you can do that too. These girls (and guys) have a lot to say with their sense of style, and its totally inspiring!

There's a *NEW* AvaGaudet.com In the Works...

As you can very plainly see, the old AvaGaudet.com is NO MORE... there is a new  (and believe it or not,  improved) website in the works, and although it may seem miles away by looking at the site as it is right now, there are BIG plans for the new site! It all started about  4 years ago... back in a time where the old AvaGaudet.com was up, running, and going great. We had news, press, music, a beautiful photo gallery, videos, my own store, a community forum, even AVA GAUDET wallpapers! All was great in the world. Then things came to a screeching halt. I wanted to make a few up-dates, upload new pictures, change up some videos, give the site a facelift... so I emailed my web admistrator/designer, our usual way of getting in touch with each other, to have her make the changes..... nothing. Hmmm, that's weird. Maybe she didn't get my email?  So, I emailed again.... and again... nothing. (repeat this scenario, 3 or 4 hundred times) I called, emailed, found contact information for the company she worked for and emailed them in hopes of getting in touch with her.... and again... nothing.

There was very little I could do to keep my beautiful website updated and current. Soon, it turned into a weird relic of a past life. A LOT of time went by before I made the decision to say good-bye to my gorgeous, yet completely outdated, website in order to do something a little more.... personal.

So here I am. I'm about two days into trying to become a wordpress genius, and this little attempt at a website is what I got so far. Now, you may be thinking, "can't you just hire someone who's good at this to do it for you"? The answer to that question of course, is YES... but I don't want to.

I want to do this on my own. I want to be more hands-on. I want to have COMPLETE control over how I'm being represented on the 'ol interweb. No more relying on anyone else to control my web presence...I'm going to do this myself.

I have some great ideas for what I want for the new site.... And as soon as I figure out how to do it, there will be some fun new stuff to check out here! I'm excited. This is just the start!

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