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Follow Friday: Launch2012

The Sacramento region is full of creativity. Those of you who live here already know that and it's probably safe to bet that you tell people often. Am I right?We're proud of our creative tendencies here in the capital city and we celebrate them every chance we get. However, it is my humble opinion that we truly haven't seen anything. Yet.

Enter: LAUNCH2012

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{Screen shot taken from launchsacramento.com}

LAUNCH started back in 2009 as a way to showcase all of Sacramento's creative talents in one place. I attended the event last year for the first time and it was incredible.

This year, they've stepped it up. Big time. The festival will span six days (six days!) at eight different venues around Sacramento's central city and will be the biggest art, design, fashion, music and architecture mash-up this city has ever seen.

There is no way I'm going to do this collection of awesomeness justice by simply writing about it, so your best bet is to first visit the LAUNCH2012 website.

Then do yourself a favor and check out the Facebook and Twitter pages set up for the event. Then for the love of all things sacred, go BACK to the website and buy tickets! Do it! You'll kick yourself in the shins if you miss this.

Okay, it's really tough to kick yourself in the shins. I'll do it. Don't make me.

Oh alright, I'm a lover not a fighter.

But seriously...why are you still here. Go get your tickets!

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See you all there! Happy Friday, friends!

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Follow Friday: Gypsy Mobile Boutique

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Follow Friday: Gypsy Mobile Boutique

You GUYS. I've found the coolest new truck on the block. Meet my latest Follow Friday find, Gypsy.

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Uh huh...you can believe your eyes...it's a fashion truck. So shiny.

Owned and operated by Bridgette Anglin Maldonado (yup, that's her behind the wheel),

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Gypsy is the only (known) mobile boutique up and running right now in Northern California. While other fashion trucks are in the works in the Bay Area, this beauty stands alone in the sea of food trucks you can now find in Sacramento, California.

In fact, you will find Gypsy at Sacramento's food truck festival, SactoMoFo this Saturday. "I'll be there from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.," said Bridgette. "I'm pretty excited!"

{Bring your credit cards, by the way. Gypsy uses Square for all transactions.}

Bridgette stocks the boutique with clothing and accessories from both Southern California and Sacramento. She even gets in on the action by selling her own line of jewelry. Have a look-see:

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Charming, right?

Well, let me tell you that Bridgette is equally as charming. She and her husband Marvin (Owner and Design Director at inFORM Design), along with their family, completely tricked out this truck. From the interior storage areas over the wheel wells and custom steel stairs to the solid electrical work and sweet sound system, Gypsy has got it goin' on.

It all began as an idea in 2006 when the two were living in San Diego. "We had just come out of a bar and two girls pulled up in an airstream trailer," said Bridgette. "It looked like they were setting up a vintage boutique and I thought it was brilliant."

Fast forward several years and here we are hanging out on R Street in the raddest truck I've ever had the pleasure of stepping into the back of. I see success in the future for this little gem. Don't you?

Well, then get to following! The best way to know when and where you can catch Gypsy is through social media. Be sure to follow the little black truck on Twitter and Facebook to get the most up-to-date schedule. You can also see how Gypsy transformed via the Facebook page, which has ton of 'before' and 'during' photos.

As I mentioned, Gypsy will be at SactoMoFo this weekend. Bridgette is also looking for any collaborative opportunities she can dream up. She will, of course, participate in more events as summer approaches. Currently, she carries really cool tote bags from Create to Build, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. You can find out more about the cause and how they're partnering up here. She's also looking to work with salons, fashion designers and other complementary businesses.

Interested? You can reach out to Bridgette through social media, but I'd get on it. I have a feeling she's going to be very busy in the coming months.

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We've got a whole new generation of gypsies among us, my friends. If that doesn't make for a happy Friday, I don't know what will!

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