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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Golden Land

Why is it when I google something I see in a magazine to pin, I can never find an image of it online? The interwebs is more of a parking lot than a information highway. What turned out as a search for Gianvito boots led me to this beautiful Tim Walker photo shoot in Myanmar titled, "The Golden Land." Tim is known for his fantasy fashion photography. I remember this particular spread from the May issue of W magazine. Seeing it again online makes me love it even more. I've always been fascinated by monks and once met a female monk born exactly the same day as me. The emancipated looking model looks EXACTLY like my troubled teen neighbor who's always getting into trouble. He's had our neighborhood on lock down a few times and lit himself on fire on Father's Day. Seems like you always got to watch your back now living in America. I'm going to have to keep current on Tim Walker's fabulous and inspiring muse-worthy work!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blogtopia 2014 with Nick Verreos!

Saturday was the 2nd annual Blogtopia event at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach hosted by Project Runway's Nick Verreos, second season "Project Runway" winner. I texted a photo I took with Nick to my mom, Alice and she freaked out apparently because she's a huuuuuge fan of his. lol She said she has a picture of him and Mondo Guerra pinned on her Pinterest page. I created a Pinterest momster. Nick was very friendly and funny. It was 100 degrees and I was having a bad hair/body day and was looking a little too casual for a beauty/fashion event. Nick and his cute partner complimented my funky DTLA Arts District bag and black pj looking black top. Being a newbie this was my first experience with this type of event, not new at blogging but networking. One of my new Instagram/blogger friends turned me on to it and I'm happy she did. The event promised food, freebies, and fun! There were swag bags, and food and drink from some mall favorites like California Pizza Kitchen, Stone Oven Grill, Hot Dog on a Stick, and Cinnabon. Everything was delicious especially the StoneOven gourmet sandwiches and California Kitchen salads. I have a funny story about California Kitchen, sort of. Around 15 years ago there once was this shady little store in Buena Park, Ca that received shipments from New York. (WINK, WINK)I would see the truck rolling up. They sold everything from soon-to-be-expired beauty products, household items, and clothing. Well, I hit the jackpot one day when I ran into stacks upon stacks of $10 black GAP pants with $50 tags still on them. I hit every GAP store in SoCal with my stacks of black pants exchanging $500 worth of clothing at a time while getting the evil eye from GAP employees. When they questioned me about the pants I would say they were for my work uniform at California Kitchen that I didn't need anymore and when the owners of the shady store asked me I gave them my made up job at California Pizza Kitchen story. I wasn't about to snitch and bite the hand that clothed me! I had every GAP top, khaki pant, short, skirt, sweatshirt, bag, and shoe available. I would pair everything with my vintage felt 1940's Mexican jackets.
Vintage Mexican/Mod Mix

There was a load of cool sponsors at the event that included some nice coupons I'll definitely use this Fall from Bath & Body Works, The Limited, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Windsor Fashions, and the LA County Fair coupons from T-Mobile. Here are the Windsor girls presenting some new Fall fashion trends. I like the look on the far right the best. Nick kept us all entertained throughout the event with his funny observations and call-outs. Aquarians are known for their friendliness and quirkiness. I hope there's a Blogtopia 15! Smashbox did a makeup demonstration, Pandora had a giveaway, The Limited does wardrobe for the show "Scandal", and Car2Go promoted their car rentals. I had a purse and lip reading. She wanted to look in my bag. lol I was like I'll pull everything out out myself. The reader said I was a leader and liked doing things alone. The latter part is true. I like doing stuff alone because people are too slow for me especially when I'm traveling and out exploring. I'll ditch a group if they're slowing me down. If you hang stay home! lol She said I'm nurturing and caring. I said I have Cancer rising and a pug mom. Looking forward to more Blogtopia14 by reading other blogs and social media posts about the event and keeping up with what our muse Nick is doing!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Greatest Bill Murray Stories Ever Told

Once in a while I'll come across an unusual freebie. Last week I came across a funny one, funny because it was a "No One Will Ever Believe You" Bill Murray bumper sticker. Um, ok......? Then I thought of Bill's sense of humor and figured it had something to do with one, two, three.... six-degrees-of-separation type fan encounters with the comedian. You can read about some of these encounters on the Bill Murray Stories facebook page. Living in LA, where you run into a lot of celebrities, I paused and thought if I had a Bill Murray story. All I came up with was the time my mother and her ex-husband ran into him at the old Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. They caught a glimpse of him as he was leaving his suite because they had the room next. That's all I got. I vaguely remember my mom keeping some sort of Bill Murray souvenir from the room. Ha ha! Maybe I can start a The Greatest Bill Murray Souvenirs ever collected facebook page. To request your own bumper sticker go HERE.
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