Quick recap from last weekend! My best friend Jenni and I traveled to LA to see Depeche Mode with my brother Mike (whom I stole some of these photos from) and some of his friends. My sister Jo-Anne was able to join us at the last minute, woohoo!
We stopped in Santa Clarita for lunch and wandered the mall for a bit, shopped around in downtown LA, then checked into our loft where we’d be staying the night. As you can see, one of its many amenities is an “exercise” pole.
We took a cab to Hotel Figueroa for drinks, then walked to Staples Center for some Depeche Mode-y goodness! Such a good show, they played all the essentials plus some new stuff. I was pleasantly surprised to hear “But Not Tonight”!
Next morning was brunch at the Nickel Diner (where I tried a handcrafted Pop-Tart, yum), then Seal Beach! We realized on our way down south that we’ve been friends for well over a decade and never went to the beach together. So.. mission accomplished! On the way back we stopped in Little Tokyo for dinner, then swung by Monkey Pants, an adorable little shop with children’s (and some adult) clothing. I’ve been friends on Facebook with Mychaela, the owner, for some time so it was nice to talk to her after seeing her once or twice around town.
Just a few photos (mostly from Instagram, pictures #1 and #4 courtesy of Zambi) of mine and ZambiCandy's pink adventure girly time! We began with a bit of mall/craft store shopping (with lunch at BJ's and Sephora makeup swatching inbetween). Snagged a pair of TARDIS socks at Hot Topic, Doctor Who being my new favorite TV show, and a super cute My Little Pony shirt at H&M.
The evening winded down with some evening coffee (the barista even gave us free muffins!), a game of Scrabble, and Strangers with Candy.
Next day consisted of brunch at Frost Bakery, fabric shopping, wandering around town, taking photos for Zambi’s online shop, and ended with chilling at her place listening to Pandora radio and crafting.
A super short but sweet (and much needed) weekend. My workplace will be going out of business in less than two months and liquidation has been super crazy and demanding. I don’t know if I will have much for you guys for a while besides sales posts, as I’m pretty much going to be spending all my time either at work or making costumes and custom orders. Love you all!
Finally, some birthday photos from two weeks ago! I had such a lovely weekend, starting off Thursday night with a family/close friend birthday dinner, complete with a STRIPPER CAKE! Have I told you how badass my mother is???
Then next morning, the actual day of my birthday, was breakfast at Denny’s (free Grand Slam, yay) with Dad and my best friend Jenni and her little girl Nerissa. And the plush unicorn Paul got me :p Then Courtney drove all the way from Bakersfield to stop by my work, give me balloons and such, and treat me to lunch at Brewbakers! After work more friends came over to nosh, engage in nerdy discussions, and take photobooth pictures. Which are, as well as stripper cake #2, are courtesy of miss Katie!
Saturday was work as usual, but Sunday was Six Flags Magic Mountain! While everyone was parked in front of the Super Bowl, we said to hell with it so we practically walked on to all the rides! The most we waited was about 45 minutes for Tatsu, and X2 we were the next group. Unbelievable.
Seriously guys, thank you for making my 29th super-unforgettable.
A few photos from my excursion to Cayucos/San Luis Obispo! I mentioned in my last outfit post that my good buddy Katie was renting a house on the beach for her 30th birthday week, and I got to stay for a couple days!
The trip began with a fancy lunch at Madonna Inn.
Actually, the trip began with me getting my first speeding ticket. Whoops.
Anyways, I still arrived at the Madonna Inn a bit early, just enough time to browse the souvenir shop. They sold lots of cool shit, the colorful glass goblets they serve the drinks in, chocolates made by Cal Poly students, different kinds of wine, as well as the usual pens, patches, and lollipops you see in souvenir shops. As soon as Katie, April, and her daughter Treona arrived we noshed on a fancy lunch and took more pictures of the pink tacky decor. Always a treat going there!
Afterward, we checked in at the house in Cayucos. I immediately wished I’d put in for more time off so I could spend at least another night there. The place was GORGEOUS. And I had a huge room all to myself! Beach right in the backyard, ocean waves at night, soft beds, ohhhhh man.
We went back to San Luis Obispo the next day for shoppin’. We stumbled on a little restaurant called Chino’s Rock & Tacos. Super fresh Mexican Food with the decor that’s a bit punk rock meets Day of the Dead. The staff kind of reminded me of roller derby girls too. So glad we discovered that place. After more shop browsing, we had a cup of coffee at a badass cafe called Kreuzberg. Huge and airy, lots of art and vintage lamp chandeliers. Plus an indie shop upstairs.
Then Katie and I squeezed in a stroll along the beach/pier back in Cayucos while April stayed in with Treona. After that I had to head on out so I could get home at a decent hour. Way short (and I have to cough up $297 to the superior court *sadface*) but way worth it!
Went on a Los Angeles supply shopping trip on Saturday, with my good friend April and her husband Donnie and their little girl, Treona! Probably the first Fashion District trip where I didn’t spend insane amounts of money! Gotta stick to my shopping list, yo. Also was a good chance to cross paths with RisaLight to lend her some clothes for a future photoshoot!
We headed over to Little Tokyo briefly while the Nisei Week festival was going on. Also got to check out Fairytale Boutique (sooo much cuteness) and get my boba milk tea fix. Little Treona also got to play a carnival game and won some Hello Kitty pencils, aww.
The day ended with chilling at the beach in Santa Monica, fish and chips, and frozen yogurt at a place called Twist (complete with iPads!).
Aaaand J-Pop Summit is in 12 days, so Liz officially goes into hermit mode!
Quick recap from Bubble Punch's Super*Market! This amazing weekend started Friday night when miss ZambiCandy came from up north to stay the night so we could take off to LA first thing Saturday. We went out for Bento, did some last minute dollar store shopping for our booths, then headed back to my place to do more prep work. First thing in the morning Katie joined us and we were off! We hit snow on the Grapevine, but nothing too scary. It was quite pretty actually.
We got to Meltdown Comics to set up and it turned out I had soooo much stuff I couldn’t fit it all. I had even reserved TWO booths! Can’t believe I stressed so much about making “enough product.” Oh well, I have enough for the next event! I tried getting lots of photos but I had to balance that on top of managing my booth and checking out the other booths. We also got some entertainment (a live debate podcast by Defective Geeks, as well as a lovely performance by the band Nylon Pink).
After the event we grabbed dinner and met up with Jennifer Erickson for the tail end of RAWartists. We caught the last couple of fashion shows and saw some art. We also saw a drunk guy just tear it up to the music on the stage until a bouncer escorted him off.
The next morning we headed off to Torrance to check out the new Daiso that had just opened the week before. Daiso is a chain of 100 yen stores (in the US it’s $1.50) that has super cute and high quality items like housewares, stationery, toys, snacks, gift wrapping, etc. (Chubby Bunny has a lil’ write-up on her blog!) Amazing how many items I didn’t realize I needed! After going next door to Marukai Market (and finding green tea Kit Kats, yay!) we had Okonomiyaki at a restaurant called Gaja.
We ended our trip with a small trek downtown for fabric shoppin’. Only I didn’t get much accomplished because most of my stores were CLOSED. Sigh.
Anyway, can’t wait for the next Super*Market! Great job, and thanks Yume and Michelle for inviting me!
Oh, and here’s ZambiCandy’s recap of our weekend!
Plus coverage by Bubble Punch and Comic Attack!
Last week I headed down to Bakersfield for a fabric buying trip and spent the day with Courtney and her best friend Missy! Just wanted to share a few pictures we took of gift/kandi exchanging, posing with purchases, and cool displays. We chowed down on cupcakes at Sweet Surrender, scored a few finds at the Salvation Army thrift store (found several sweater vests—yippee), browsed adorable quilting fabrics at Strawberry Patches, found Japanese canned drinks and different Pocky flavors, and toured Missy’s raver apartment (phat pants and rave fliers and kandi beads, oh my!)
Pink bow is by Pink Hime (pinktomo.com)! Check out her shop!
By the way, canned pearl milk tea is good for the TEA ONLY.