Friday, June 18, 2010

Free Advice



As I was leaving the beach on Sunday, I noticed this "situation" in between the sand and Casa Del Mar. I couldn't help myself, I had to walk up to them and ask what they were doing (and of course take a few pictures). They said they didn't have any special training, they were just two people giving their opinion on anything anyone asked. Come again? So you mean to tell me, you're just sitting here, getting asked questions by strangers, giving your advice, and they're TAKING IT??? I couldn't believe it. When I asked them why, they said "because it's fun". Well, I guess everyone gets their kicks in different ways, but this wouldn't exactly be my idea of fun. Not to mention, who would want to be advised by two random middle-aged men (with no special training), sitting on the Santa Monica beach? As I moved on with my day, I couldn't help but wonder, what makes advice valuable to people. Is it a reliable source? A masters degree in psychology? Or is it just a friendly face offering you something for free? What do you think? Would you take advice from these guys?


On a separate note, Fabsugar featured me again yesterday as their "Look of the Day"! Read their post here. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

53 comments:

Krystal said...

haha, that is SO random...I'd listen to their advice out of curiosity...and only take it if it made sense i guess!

Diana Mieczan said...

How random....It’s so funny :)
I agree with Krystal...I would listen and then decide if it makes sense :)
Yuppie...So happy that you got featured as a look of the day :)
Good job, sweetie
Kisses and happy Friday

Beauty H2T said...

love the post, I love random incidents, and this one is reeally random! I would offer them advice on how to make thier advice service better- just for fun :)

Bx

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Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

people like to ask for advice i think to just get opinions - b/c for the most part people do what they WANT to do - and i agree it's for FUN, i would of SO went up with them and asked a wack-a-doo question - for laughes and giggles :o)

*kiss kiss*
Happy Weekend!
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Have a happy happy weekend, Valerie! Sending some sunbeams across the blue blue ocean. xx

Cara said...

OMG! This is hilarious!! hahaha-I guess it is cheaper then a therapist!

Elle Sees said...

There's a slight chance I might be moving out to SM, so I'm excited!
I've no degrees in pysch, but my friends all come to me for advice, since I'm very good at verifying their feelings and seeing both sides of the situation. However, when it comes to my life, I'm AWFUL at decisions.

California Wife said...

Haha that's too funny, where in the world did they come up with the idea to do that?!!?

Anna Jane said...

That's hilarious. They look totally credible :)

Congrats on being featured on FabSugar!

xx,
Anna Jane

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Lisa Griffin said...

haha that's hilarious! there is a palm reader outside of my pizza place, i'm not sure if that counts! congrats on the feature and have a fabulous weekend!!
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Jess said...

Hahahah - this is too funny! I guess that it could be nice to hear what someone (who doesn't know you) thinks about a situation - with no preconceptions and no fear of hurting your feelings. I bet it would be pretty entertaining to do that for a day....

Congrats on FabSugar and have a lovely weekend!

xoxo

Nikki said...

Omg that is hilarious!!! I love that you photgraphed them too!

Congrats on the fab sugar post! Have a great weekend Valerie!

Xx
Nikki

melissa said...

I think that is hilarious! I bet those guys heard a bunch of funny stories that day. Maybe they're writing a book...or maybe they have a blog too and were running low on content? haha.

Jammer said...

Omg that is the best thing I've ever heard. I need to have a chat with those guys haha! Maybe it's some weird social experiment!

COngrats on the fabsugar! Loved that outfit :)

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Jen said...

Oh my gosh, really?? I've never seen anything like that! But hey, I guess it was bound to happen. Just wish I would have thought of it ;-)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

OMG that is absolutely hysterical! People never cease to amaze me. lol

And congrats on being featured again! I'm not surprised one bit. You look amazing in that outfit :)

Have a fabulous weekend honey! xo

Gabriel said...

Free Advice? How can you go wrong? These guys look pretty reliable, I'm sure they would steer you in the right direction.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Honestly, I think the more removed from a situation someone is, the more someone is inclined to accept advice from them. Thus the reason Psychologists are in such high demand. At the same time, I would never accept advice from those two! :P

Yayay! Congratulations on your FabSugar feature, my love!! :)

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

That is hilarious!!!! When I was at Purdue, there were two guys who would stand in the middle of campus and give everyone who passed by a compliment. They liked my boots once. It became such a big deal that Kodak sponsered them to give free compliments all over the country on tour. It was really cool.

Congrats on your fab feature!!! =) It is no surprise that you are getting noticed though. I'd raid your closet in a heartbeat. And of course have you tell me how to wear it =)

Marcie said...

Val,

This is hilarious! I just had to laugh multiple times. I guess we do live in a free country and if it is passing time for them . . . but I couldn't take this seriously.

Congrats on being on Fabsugar again!! That outfit is my favorite.

Have a great weekend!
Marcie

Alicia said...

haha that's too funny! that seems like something i would see in san francisco! Congrats on your picture in FabSugar!!!! :)

Katie said...

That's hilarious! I wonder what people were asking them...

Congrats on being featured!

Josie said...

Very, very weird. I guess maybe if you're looking for an impartial opinion on something, it might make sense. And congratulations on being featured in FabSugar! Too cute.
xo Josie
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Alexandra said...

Haha that is so funny. I mean, I guess it would be kind of interesting listening to the problems and situations of the various people who actually decided to come talk to you. I wonder if they get many?

Nathalie said...

oh this is so funny... but actually I don't think it is such a bad idea. For someone having noone to talk to... he/she will be really thankful, and if it is fun to them. I think it is a really nice gesture
*Nathalie

Lindsay said...

This is so random! I would never take their advice. Only some one I know who is older and wiser :)

Marie said...

Giving advice should not be taken lightly. It can change a person's life.

Congrats on the feature!:D Yay!:D

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this free bird said...

omg val - only in santa monica. ridiculous!! i lived there for 2 years and ran off like my hair was on fire. stays nice and cool in the summer though...and after awhile you don't even notice the crazies. har!

congrats on the fabsugar!! and ps - that sebastian drench is a wonder. my hair doesn't even feel weighed down at all from the leave-in. miracle.

have a great weekend!! xoxo - carrie

Jenster said...

i think these two men are hilarious and have a super sense of humor. i think i would have asked some random off the wall question that was completely BS to to have fun.

Torrie said...

Depends how desperate I am. Sometimes I've been p.r.e.t.t.y desperate for advice, so maybe during those times had I seen two men 'offering it up'... :)

Lovely B. said...

I would love to come up with some insanely ridiculous story to see what kind of advice these guys come up with. Too bad I can't lie or keep a straight face to save my life. Haha, oh well! Definitely interesting though.

Also congratulations on being featured on Glamour so often these days. What an honor!

Have a wonderful weekend!
xo- Lovely B.

Taj Acosta said...

How they even thought to come up with that idea is odd! I can think of better ways to spend my time! lol hugs doll

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

that's so funny! i definitely would have asked a question for the heck of it but i don't know that i would follow it unless they actually said something that resonated with me. that is hilarious though.

congratulations on the fabsugar press — you're getting famous right before our eyes! have a wonderful weekend :)

Life of a Doctor's Wife said...

That is so funny! I would love to set up shop like that and just tell it like it is, but I know I wouldn't actually take a stranger's advice.

What I've found is that people really don't take free advice at all. If you pay for it, it becomes more valuable. Your sister could tell you one thing, and you ignore it... But hear the same thing from a counselor/doctor/consultant or whatever, and you will take it. Paying for something elevates its value.

Elaine said...

Hahahaha, that's awesome!

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Bren said...

Don't you love LA?! I think I would've asked for their advice on something...just for pure entertainment value! lol! Congrats on the Fabsugar feature! That outfit is SUPER cute!

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Melanie said...

What a hilariously good idea! I kind of love it.

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

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Courtney said...

Hmm.. yeah, I'll agree with you there, those guys don't look like anyone I'd really want to sit down with and get random advice. So strange!

Anyways, congrats on being featured. You deserve it, you look great! :)

Courtney

kirstyb said...

yay for fabsugar x

La p├ępite modeuse said...

Great post :)
Kiss

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Ha ha ha, this is more than hilarious but at least they giving their advices for free :-)

Congrats on the Fabsugar press!

Have a lovely weekend my dear friend.

Cheers: Evi

Claire said...

haha that's so funny, I wouldn't ask advice from them..they don't look that approachable either lol...but them doing it for fun..i can understand, it's fun to know what people are thinking..:)

congrats on your fabsugar feature.

~X♥X♥ :)

Jen Watts said...

That's hilarious! You know when you stop to think about everybody loves giving advice..taking it not so much...

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Congrats on the feature..so exciting!! :)
And this is hilarious. I think it would be fun to talk to these guys just to see what they would say about some things. I've never seen anything like this. So funny!

Lane :) said...

that's so random that they would just be giving out advice. weird... :)

Sootjeelina said...

OMG, I wouldn't take it I think, they just give their opinion, and I'd rather go to someone who had training. But it's funny!
And it's very cool your featured!
Btw, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I really appreciate it :D

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

SabinePsynopsis said...

Two guys with obviously unlimited entrepreneurial spirit - just great! I would love to hear the quality of their advise. (It probably doesn't need a psychology degree, but I guess life experience, intelligence and sensitivity towards others all help.)

The Zhush said...

First off, while I would never take advice from those two, I do admire their "cheekiness"! Secondly, fabsugar knows a good thing when they see it! That white outfit was/is FAB!!!

hiyaluv said...

i knew that white outfit was going to get you featured again! congrats!

as for free advice-that is too funny! kind of creepy at the same time. I like your question-what makes advice valuable? what makes somebody have clout in giving advice. i will think about that next time somebody tries to give me advice or i ask for it.
smiles,
gina

MarchMusings said...

That is funny. Wonder how they came up with the idea. Perhaps they're trying to get out of housework by giving 'free advice'??
Congrats on being featured in Fabsugar.

OceanDreams said...

Wow, sounds like these guys were super bored with nothing to do! Crazy!

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