Sunday, October 5, 2014

Martha Stewart Living October -Costuming with Honeycombs and Streamers

My double cover Halloween issue of Martha Stewart Living had a few things for Halloween that caught my eye I thought were creative and simple. I've always liked paper honeycomb balls and streamers. They're convenient for pop-up parties I give from "Houseparty" and "Orgullosa." I never would have thought of using them in costumes as fun hair fasteners and pink streamer wigs. "To replicate the look on the left, remove the cardboard backing, open the ball up, and secure it in place with bobby pins. For the look on the right, trim the cardboard bases of a few flower fans so they conform to the contour of your head, then secure them in place with bobby pins." Studly Punk-ins "The hardware store provides plenty of inspiration for punk rock pumpkins. Thoughtfully placed nails, brads, wire, spikes and safety pins become glinting mohawks, and piercings."

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Jessica Lange First Face of Marc Jacobs

Bravo Marc Jacobs for making Jessica the first face of your brand! I adore her! What a surprise seeing her in this months Allure magazine and in ad representing Marc Jacobs. I loved her in "Sweet Dreams" as Patsy Cline. It's a movie I can re-watch over and over again. In "Sweet Dreams" with Ed Harris as Patsy Cline. 1985 In king Kong 1976

Free Smithsonian Museum Day at MOLAA

Sunday was Smithsonian's free museum day and I chose MOLAA, The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Ca. I was there last at the Frida Kahlo exhibit during Mother's Day. They had some interesting exhibits featuring Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo, an "adult only" section by humorous artist Nahum Zenil and the moving works of photographer Manuel Carrillo. There was a nice variety of Latin American and Mexican artists including a Siqueiros lithograph. Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo's "Fantastic Voyage to Key West" 2013 oil on canvas, "Ovo" acrylic on embroidered silk "Anatomy of a Thought for Birds" , "Women of One Hundred Years of Solitude" 2007 "Neo-mexicanism, literally new Mexicanism, is a critical tendency is Mexican figurative painting of the 1980's. Departing from the cultural movement of the 1980's known as Mexicanism-an attempt to unify the country after the Mexican revolution Neo-Mexicanism deconstructs tired and fabricated identities including set gender roles and the exported facade of political and cultural stability in Mexico. At closer glance, Neo-Mexicanism's folklorish veil is subversive; artists undermine popular icons and transcend nationalist imagery to convey a message of disillusionment in figurative painting and self-portraiture." Top row: In the distance-Javier de la Garza, Manuel Carrillo vintage camera, "Huicholes" 1995 by Ismael Vargas. Middle row: "Zapata's Dish 1987 by Monica Castillo, "Heroic Voice" 1970 by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Untitled 1990 Salvador Salazar. Third row: "De la Sierra Morena" 1995 by Betsabee Romero, "La Grandjeu" 1990 by Salvador Salazar. There was a magical realism exhibit dedicated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The oil on paper mache piece is "Man: The Element of Water by Laura Hernandez 1997, The oil on canvas is untitled and by Rodolfo Martinez. I'm the purple Grimace-lion with butterfly wings thingy. MOLAA's Festival de los Muertos runs from October 25-November 2. CLICK HERE for the schedule of events.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Favorites 2014 and GIVEAWAY!

Fall in California arrives around Halloween or when we officially 'Fall-back' at the end of daylight savings time, Nov. 2. September is always our hottest 'summer' month of the year. When the days are shorter and darkness comes early I tend to spend more time in bed in my PJ's snuggling with my pugs with a new book and a drink on my nightstand. I can count on Tide to keep my sheets (as well as the dog bedding) fresh and clean and keeping us comfy. https://www.facebook.com/Tide My pug-boy Oscar used to love it when I put fresh right out of the dryer sheets down on the bed, mine and his. He would roll all over the comforter sniffing the fabric softener feeling the softness of the bedding. I pull out my favorite pom pom shawl and Day of the Dead boots in preparation for all my Dia de los Muertos festivities. My stale jean jackets, sweaters, leggings, Halloween themed Disney sweatshirts and scarves come out needing to be refreshed and reset with Ultra Downy April Fresh for the new season. https://www.facebook.com/downy Once I had one of those colorful embroidered Guatemalan bags and I left it on my car and a neighborhood cat spritzed it really bad. I thought I was going to have to throw it but I soaked it in Downy first and miraculously the Downy scent replaced the strong odor. I didn't think it was possible but it did the job. Fall is also Snuggie season. Time to pull my blue Snuggie, jersey, and flannel sheets out of the linen closet. They also need to be refreshed and reset. I'll be anxiously awaiting my favorite Fall series, American Horror Story "Freak Show" in my freshly washed Snuggie and comfy PJ's treated with Bounce Outdoor Fresh Dryer Sheets. https://www.facebook.com/bounce My Starbuck's knockoff hot apple cider and pumpkin bread will be perfect on premiere night, October 8th on FX. GIVEAWAY TIME!!! What is your favorite thing about Fall? Leave a comment for a chance to win a trio of full sized P&G Fabric Care products- Tide Original, Ultra Downy April Fresh and Bounce Dryer Sheets Outdoor Fresh. Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with One2One Network and P&G. The opinions are my own.

Monday, September 29, 2014

My New eSalon Hair Color Subscription

As someone who colors my own hair I got the opportunity to try eSalon's personalized hair color service. They quickly shipped my customized order straight to my door. I filled out my profile at eSalon.com and decided to go with a dark brown copper tone. I uploaded my picture to the website and told them my concerns I had about coloring my hair. My hair is slowly turning white rather than grey and harder to take color especially around my temples. Once, while I was 14 one of the nuns at my Catholic school told me I was lucky I had raven black hair because one day it would turn snow white! I had no idea what she was talking about, now I do! My eSalon box was extra long because I ordered extra accessories, like the tool kit, that included a timer, hair clips, coloring bowl and brush. I wish I could have ordered a protective cape but they were of out of stock. I really liked the digital timer. It came in handy. And I liked the stain remover wipe too. It worked well. They hair clips were heavy duty and I'm sure I'll have them forever. What was interesting about this system was the double application coloring. The first application was specifically for my roots and the second for the rest of my hair and ends. This provided better and longer coverage. I noticed the color around my hard to color temples nicely stayed put for a few weeks. It was actually enough product for two hair coloring sessions. The results were more even and thorough than other coloring products I have used. My overall experience with esalon was positive and convenient and I'll be ordering from them again. I'd light to eventually try the lighter copper shade. If you'd like to try eSalon and receive 50% off your order click this LINK. I tried this for free because I'm a BzzAgent.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hello Kitty Con Los Angeles 2014

Celebrate Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary at the first ever official Sanrio Hello Kitty Convention in the world! Hello Kitty Con 2014 will take place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Downtown LA's Little Tokyo. I'm excited to see the vintage exhibit but kind of bummed out all the $10 workshops are sold out! I would have loved the scrapbooking workshop with Amy Tangerine as well as Paul Frank's workshop. :( There will be art, lectures, speakers, panels, (no more) workshops, exhibits, free tattoos, cosplay, pop up shops food and fun. I purchased my ticket! I decided to go since I'm a Sanrio O.G. and Hello Kitty and myself are close in age. Just down the street in 1975 I discovered the first Sanrio store in SoCal (actually mom). It was a tiny little two aisle store on First St. in Little Tokyo. Walking into Sanrio for the first time as a little girl was like winning Willie Wonka's golden ticket. I was mesmerized and fascinated at the wall to wall little white kitty faces. I had never seen anything like it. It was my 'secret' store where I took my closest BFFs My first purchase was a green bottle of Green Apple Hello Kitty perfume. Soon all the mothers in my Cerritos suburb were knocking on my front door asking where I was getting all these cute things with the white cat on it. A few years later I remember seeing Sanrio items moving into small department stores like Hinshaws and May Company. Here are a couple of pencil cases I saved. I'm thinking of converting my Patty and Jimmy case into a purse with straps. After shopping we always ended up across the street at the Far East Cafe for Chinese or down the street at Nancy's, Atomic Cafe for Spring Chicken. I'm going to try to email Amy Tangerine and ask her if there's any way I can get in her sold out workshop. I'm a desperate kitty. Here are some P&J paper piecings I made.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Season!

My first Dia de los Muertos experience was over 10 years ago at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It was free back then with less restrictions and candles galore. The theme this year is "Quinceanera" to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the event. There's arts and crafts, music, food, drink, Aztec dancers, entertainment, contests, shopping, costumes, beautiful alters, decorated graves of old Hollywood stars, all starting with the traditional reception to honor the dead. This is the big one everyone needs to see. Looks like Lana Del Rey is playing there this weekend. Forest Lawn-Cypress, CA is my local event. It borders on OC/LA. The Day of the Dead celebration here is more traditional, and family oriented. I look forward to attending this outdoor mass even though I don't attend church. The mass is in Spanish and English. I could tell the priest is a big fan of the new Pope. There are Aztec dancers, mariachis, a 'wish note' tree ceremony where you leave a message to your loved ones who have passed, free swag bags, coffee, hot chocolate, and champurrado, cookies and pan dulce- Mexican bread. Cypress Forest Lawn keeps it classy. They haven't advertised their upcoming Nov. 2 event yet so I called to confirm. She said the event will also be taking place at Forest Lawn-Coachella as well. I love all their floral arrangements especially the donkeys. They're darling. Mariachis sing and Aztec dancers dance throughout the aisles. I noticed Karen Carpenter was missing from the mausoleum and all the white marble that surrounded her. Evidently her brother exhumed her body and transferred her to his new property in Thousand Oaks. I found that kind of odd after all this time. The 5th Annual DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CULTURAL FESTIVAL and Marketplace at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 11:30am to 4:30pm. Admission is FREE! My aunt and uncle are buried here. I stopped by to say hi and placed this Boney Bunch wedding couple from Yankee Candle and flowers on their graves. Rose Hills is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Rose Hills is the Woodstock of the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. The cemetery comes alive with hills upon hills of graves decorated with pinwheels and flowers and families with children playing. The Sky Chapel is where all the festivities take place, the alter contest, food trucks, entertainment, sponsor giveaways, and art and marketplace stalls. Beautiful views. Unfortunately, I lost most of my pics on my phone so these are some from the official website except the last row on the right side. The skully boots, swag bag, and Cypress nightmass pic are mine. While I was looking down from the Sky Chapel I was intrigued by the grotto down in the distance so I drove to it and this is what I found. The grotto contained this colorful mosaic art piece separated in small spaces. There's something for everyone. These are my LA Kitson Day of the Dead skully boots I entered in a scrapbook contest at Scrapbook.com for a Zappos gift card. I lost but I won the chocolate themed portion of the contest and won a $300 Ghirardelli gift card.Paper by WeRMemoryKeepers.
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