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Tattoo wife, student of wine and distilled spirits, lover of artistry, viticulture, travel, and the finer things in life.

Queens at Work—Drag Brunch at Bianchi Winery, Paso Robles

Drag Brunch at Bianchi Winery

Boozylife n Miss Shuga Cain

Sunday mornings are made for brunch, and if brunch is at a winery (with fabulous drag queens), all the better…

Anyone that really knows me understand that I live for both breakfast and queens! Bianchi Winery hosted a beautiful brunch of mimosas, fruit, eggs, bacon, and biscuits by Trumpet Vine Catering , and I was lucky enough to score a ticket at a VIP table (yasssss)! Thanks to Jamie, Camille, and the crew for including me (last minute) in drag shenanigans…

After show meet & greet with the ladies at Bianchi Winery

The performances and regalia were impeccable, bringing in a few famous name Queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race as well as local talent:

@missshugacain (RuPaul’s Drag Race 11)

@mercedesimandiamond (RuPaul’s Drag Race 11)

@joeyjayisgay (RuPaul’s Drag Race 13)

@queencurveball

@sayparisss

@doinherawynn

Brunch by Trumpet Vine Catering

Joey, Me & Jamie at Brunch

It was over 90° (with NO SHADE) in Paso Robles, and these dedicated queens were working HARD before noon! Groups of 8 to 10 guests were seated at banquet tables on the lawn in front of the stage. We were given tokens to trade in for bottles of wine, and all enjoyed a few of the brut sparkling wine, a lovely and very drinkable dry rosé, and a crispy Sauvignon Blanc…all winners with the heat.

Camille & Joey

Drag Brunch at Bianchi Winery

After the show we were escorted to the back patio (for more wine), and to meet the queens…By this point I think everyone was dehydrated and happy to be in the shade. Three applications of sunscreen later, no one burned which was a miracle!!

Two pretty ladies

If you’d like to see more videos from the show, you can have a look on my YouTube channel https://youtube.com/channel/UCbHPWsGkkMbU7wKGVh8aDvw

Thank you to everyone at Bianchi Winery for your hard work and service, and to all of the incredibly talented queens, a beautiful time was had!! Happy Pride everyone!! NOW I’m inspired to host a drag show 🙂

Art Tattoo Montreal 2019-The Molinas are back on the road!

I’m baaaack after one hell of a transition to the West Coast, and our first return to East Coast tattoo shows…Montreal 2019, held September 13-15 once again at the stunning Gare Windsor train station.

Our friends and gracious hosts Pierre Chapelan and Valerie Emond, owners of Studio Tattoomania Montreal, organize one of our favorite shows in one of our very favorite places-Montreal, Canada. Lefty and I missed attending the last few years, so it was a fantastic way to rejoin our friends and inspirations on tour!img_3569-1.jpg

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Henning back from Denmark this year

It was a busy weekend of clients for Lefty, with some amazing meals and artwork punctuating the work with fun, as it should. Artists from around the world embrace the city. Montreal also has some of the most insane murals and street art I’ve ever seen, and wandering around downtown is absolutely not to be missed.img_3589.jpg

We were also lucky enough to chance get flights and have time to catch AURA light show, an immersive visual and audio experience at the Notre Dame Basilica Montreal. Completely worth the line, wait, and ticket price.

We ate too much smoked meat and had a decadent post convention dinner at Queue du Cheval to wrap up the weekend. Steak tartare was divine and I make no apologies for the two vodka dirty caesars I had instead of something from the wine list….which was extensive.

Icing on the cake, we got to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday with her, meet some fantastic new individuals to the crew, and catch up with artists we haven’t seen in years. Great way to get back to it! Thank you, Montreal, for being wonderful…. and to Pierre and Val for the hard work it takes to put on a great show, year after year!

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Announcing The Molina Studio and Gallery in Morro Bay, CA

There has been quite a lack of recent travel for this blogger, but there has been a plan in the works keeping us CA local!

We have formed an artist/professional collective and gallery space in the ocean side town of Morro Bay, CA. My husband Eddie has his own private art studio space, Kim of Indulge Massage Therapy has her own private massage room, and I will be curating the gallery space ( as well as finishing my eyebrow microblading certification(!!!), which was put on hold while I dealt with some health stuff that needed addressing for me to be at my best…).

Stay tuned for grand opening info, and follow our social media sites until the websites are up! Domains are purchased and the site building has begun.

PS, I’m planning some very fun and interesting BoozyLife wine classes and pop-up events you’re not going to want to miss…too excited!

The Molina Studio and Gallery on Facebook

The Molina Studio on Instagram

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I’m Co-hosting Wine Antics LIVE for the Halloween episode!

THIS IS THE SHOW LINK: https://m.facebook.com/videos/live/m/redirect/550724238685417/?_rdr

Hey guys! As you all know, Halloween is my favorite holiday and season to entertain…because of course it is. I’ve been tapped by the awesome Jenn Nelson to Co-host her live stream wine show Wine Antics LIVE 🎃 show up and watch the creepy fun and booze pairings commence! Have any recipes that I absolutely need to hear? Drop me a message…we’ve already witnessed the jello-baby in the watermelon, so you can leave that delight out!! (We have established that it pairs with Vodka. That is all.)

  • SHOW INFO
    • THURSDAY, October 25th
    • ON FACEBOOK 6PM Pacific / 9PM Eastern
    • Follow the FaceBook link and set your reminders for Wine Antics LIVE Show

    THIS IS THE LINK: https://m.facebook.com/videos/live/m/redirect/550724238685417/?_rdr

    See you there, boozy goblins 💀🎃

    Can’t wait!!

    BoozyLife Video: The Okanagan Tattoo Show & Brewfest 2018

    Check out my video!! Feel free to share, and follow my new BoozyLife YouTube channel…..

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    The Okanagan Tattoo Show & Brewfest 2018’was a great time, with invite-only tattoo artists, live music all three days, food trucks to keep us munching, and local craft breweries pouring their hearts out for thirsty tasters!

    Huge thank you’s to Rob and Natalie Jobe, Good Guy Supply, and all of their partners and sponsors– for the hard work and dedication it takes to put on an event like this, you are putting yet another awesome BC tattoo scene on the map! Lefty Bastard and I will most definitely see you next year…

    We’re at: The Okanagan Tattoo Show and Brewfest 2018

    The Molina’s are back on the road, and back in Canada with tattoo tribe! We finally made it (after a ‘leave at midnight’ drive to SFO) and two easy flights, to Kelowna for the Okanagan Tattoo Show & Brewfest, July 20-22, 2018…my first time here, and Ed’s too! The show features 140 invited tattoo artists, thirteen breweries pouring, and live music at the Kelowna Curling Club space. Lefty’s spent some tattoo time in BC, and specifically Vancouver, but never Kelowna…so we get to do this show, for the first time–together!

    So, keep your eye on the BoozyLife Instagram, FB, Twitter…and all the rest of my social medias, for blasts and snips of fun throughout the weekend and beyond. Follow along in real time! I’ll have a big wrap up post on here after the weekend, as always…

    Back to the trip! After we checked into our hotel Thursday, we scooted to downtown Kelowna to meet up with our awesome hosts (and official convention organizers) Rob and Natalie Jobe, plus a crew of artists and friends that had started to arrive and hang out. Kelowna has an adorable little downtown, full of shopping, sidewalk cafes, and even a local distillery! Yeah….a distillery…

    Okanagan Spirits distillery has a fun and informative tasting room down by the water. Obviously, there will be more on that…because they make a true Absinthe that is just lovely….and I chase green fairies whenever possible!

    After our flights tasting local vodka, gin, and a absinthe, our hosts were lovely enough to rent two large pontoon boats, and cruise us around Okanagan lake for a few hours! Yours truly went out, but with my seasickness tendencies on top of no sleep and lots of travel, I did end up slightly green around the gills… but absolutely don’t miss City Park and it’s gorgeous views. I’ll definitely be grabbing a coffee or two to sit by the lake and relax (at some point) in the next few days! It’s going to be a weekend to remember….

    ***sidenote*** from the boats, we saw an inflatable obstacle course in the water…still working on getting there somehow!!

    Santa Rosa Tattoos & Blues Festival 2018

    A tattoo convention, in the heart of Santa Rosa wine country? YES PLEASE! Hot rod car culture, live rockabilly bands, and talented tattoo artists…that was the winning formula for (a newly revamped) The 27th Annual Santa Rosa Tattoos & Blues Festival, held February 23-25, 2018.

    Located at the old-Hollywood-glam-style Flamingo Resort Santa Rosa, packs of pinup girls in full regalia meandered through rows and rows of classic cars outside, eyes stylishly shielded from the sun in retro cat-eye shades…

    Once inside, tattoo artists from all over busily buzzed away, while groups of tattoo collectors mingled, perused, and added to their ever growing collection of tattoo work-be it a new tattoo, art hanging, or a hand painted, one of a kind sign for the studio. This is not a huge crowd convention, but has a big main room featuring the bulk of the artists, with a couple of smaller, more private satellite rooms. Hardly any vendors selling merch, but lots of cool tattoo work happening- and the lounge was often jumping with live music, long after the show had ended for the day. Musicians performing included local favorite rockabilly bands “The Rev Tones”, “The Vintage Vandals”, and “The Aces”.img_9378Heads up, when the convention floor is overwhelming….the Flamingo Resort has a pool area (featuring two Olympic sized pools, with lap lanes), a gym (including hot yoga classes), massage therapy, and is the perfect place to get your self-care, pamper-time on! Too bad it was chilly outdoors, the water was quite nice and warm…not lay by the pool weather, even in CA.

    Tip for the pinup buffs, hanging on the wall by the lounge, there are some really cool vintage photos of Jayne Mansfield in a bikini, posed by the Flamingo Resort pool in ultra pinup glam fashion, circa 1960.

    The updated Flamingo hotel lobby design also features wine displays from Ehret Family Winery in Santa Rosa, which focuses on sustainable growing practices, growing Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties. img_9456Sonoma and Napa Counties were hit hard during the Thomas fire, and there was structure damage in Santa Rosa–but less than three percent of local wineries were impacted! The best way to support the winery trails are to get out there, and visit tasting rooms. The Santa Rosa wine community is ready to welcome wine tasters and tourists back, complete with open arms and full wine glasses…the least we can do is show up and enjoy the world class hospitality they have to offer.

    Full sad disclosure, I was still getting over a sinus infection, so my tasting tour for Sunday was mostly as a photographer–the mustard cover was in full bloom, and it’s on my bucket list to see! We stopped at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens to explore the property and frolic through a bit of ground cover mustard greens (*plus, I wanted to report back to our winemaker friend Nathan Kendall in the Finger Lakes that I had finally visited and toured the notorious behemoth KJ winery that has all the rights to his last name…).

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    img_9425Even with the sniffles, husband took me for a quick taste (and of course to grab a couple of bottles) of the delicious new 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé at Balletto Vineyards. The tasting room was hopping with guests, and our tasting host was nice enough to give me a complimentary pour of the rosé…even though I was sick, and already sold. Gorgeous light pink blush color, partial whole cluster crush, and juicy ripe fruit on the nose is what I have to look forward to once I’m recovered–a perfect way to end the weekend–with a haul of rosé….

    A quick detour to Bohemian Creamery in Sebastopol led to the discovery of a boutique goat cheese spot, crafting some of the most lovely, delicately nutty, funky cheeses I’ve tasted this side of Corsica. We bought a chunk of delight home with us, especially to pair with the Balletto Rosé. Don’t miss it! Super fun spot, and a cheese tasting is always worth stopping off for.

    A big thank you goes out to the folks that worked hard to put on the new incarnation of Santa Rosa Tattoos & Blues, from the entertainers and artists, to the security and convention center crew. It was fantastic to attend a tattoo expo, right in the heart of California wine country, bringing my two loves together in a way I’ve never seen before! We will definitely be back…and just maybe, next year, there will be an official BoozyLife booth!

    BoozyLife is going LIVESTREAM 

    Things are happening on the BoozyLife front in California, and the shift has started!

    I’m making the move from print blogging to live video streaming–you’ll be able to see FIRST HAND what I’m drinking, what tattoo convention we’re headed to next, our adventures on the road, and meet some VERY cool artists along the way!

    So, now the important questions–what do YOU want to see? Wine, tattoo art, tiny houses? Otters? Well?

    Comment here, on my FB, or any of the BoozyLife social media platforms…we’ll be getting a schedule plan worked out soon, and if you’d like to be featured? Drop me a line!