Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blog Mentors,The WNBA, & Fuzzy Hat Shopping

What Up Oakland?

Last Thursday my good friend Tracey http://diaryofanoaklandshopgirl.blogspot.com/ invited me out to The Blogoaksphere Party-an event for geek-o-philes, such as myself, to get together and encourage positive coverage of The Town. Since I'm new to the blog game, I figured it couldn't hurt to kick it with more experienced writers and have an excuse to hang out @ a cool new lounge. Since I'm into win-win scenarios, I had to hit it!

The Lay Over http://www.oaklandlayover.com/ was a excellent setting for this eclectic mix of project managers, media relations managers, consultants, real estate professionals, artist, and entrprenuers to gather. Its vintage cozy seating, soft ambient lighting, and ever-changing HOT HOT local art provided by BayVAN http://www.bayvan.org/ make it a unique neighborhood "dive bar" minus the freefall. DJs with a sense of history and a penchant for the obscure keep the musical energy high. Did I mention good drinks? If I didn't, I just did. Look for the green neon martini glass on Franklin @ 15th and drop in soon.

Most notably in attendance was Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember @ Large. She is making a serious push to lure a WNBA team to Oakland. She told this Blogger, "We just need someone with a spare $5 million to get things going." I told her that I would ask you all about it. Well, what do you think? Hit her up and let her know where you heard about it. She's all ears. rkaplan@oaklandnet.com . Keeping it timely: Gwen Knapp of The SF Chronicle implys that a WNBA team "is coming". http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/09/SPRO1B122K.DTL Hanging with my fellow bloggers helped me to see how important your support is. I challenge you to keep us focused and relevant by following us. Peep http://www.abetteroakland.com/ and click on "Links" for a list of blogs that may interest you. Don't forget this is interactive so Holla Back!

Yeah thats me in front of oo la la! gift & accessories lounge http://www.oo-la-la-gift-lounge.com/ located @ 386 17th Street in Downtown Oakland. You wouldn't know it from my pink fuzzy hat, but my Oakland Shop Girl helps me to stay up on all things fashionable. Check her out if you need to spice up your wardrobe. Attention Fellas: She is a crack fashion aficianado . I promise she'll make you look like Heidi Klum hooked it up. Speaking of shopping, hit up these two Oakland-centric holiday shopping events featuring one of my favorite Oakland "image go getters" Cathy Austin http://www.cathyaustinphoto.com Ms. Austin focuses her lense on Oakland-scapes with an emphasis on using natural light. No Photshop here baby! She waits for the right shot and cracks it off ala Ansel and Avedon.
The particulars:
Holiday Buy NightOakland's Holiday Shopping Mall-ternative
Dec 10th and 11th, 20095:00-10:00pm
Inside Jack London Market
55 Harrison @ Water St.

Saturday, December 12th
11AM - 6PM
4148 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Until next Wednesday!
Peace, Prosperity, and OAKLAND LOVE,

On Deck: Carly Ivan Garcia-Representing Oakland on the International Art Stage