I know this is months late.. but I figured I’d finally post this long, rambling blog.
So itís time to take another trip to LA. To inhale the orange groves, fresh air and to fawn over the hot pink mountains burning from the sunset in the distance.
I love California, I should, I was going to move there immediately prior to becoming pregnant with my good luck charm, Colette. Iíve found (which I never thought would happen!) a very peaceful and lovely home in Indianapolis so for now California and I will meet up only occasionally for events and business trips.
One of my favorite little inland suburbs to stay in is Redlands. Itís about an hour drive from LA and is one of the cutest towns Iíve ever seen. My friends in LA complain about the driveÖ but I often stay there because one of my best friends calls it her home and I just cannot say no to a relaxing day of sunbathing and evening strolls.
Rainbows and sunshine fill the rooms, lighting up maneki nekos as though you had arrived to the cutest Cat Doll Shop in Japan. Speaking of the Cat Doll Shop, I would trek to Akiabara just for the shock of cuteness and my oh-so-annoying squeals of excitement. (My husband prefers I do not squeal when I am overtaken by cuteness which I remind him must be a symptom of my OCD because I simply cannot deny myself the pleasure of exclaiming over absolute, full body rush, cuteness.)
I met up with Stephanie of DollyBeast and off we went to Melrose to thrift shop for some finishing touches for our Sanrio outfits. It was rather hard to say no to the many puffy, pink and polkadot 80s prom dresses. I have to miss out on the 80s prom because Iím a mommy and I cannot stay gone longer than a weekend.. physically. I constantly have withdrawal for the sweet little family I have. It must be that insatiable sweet tooth.
So off we go for shopping for ooh-ing, awe-ing and what-the-fuck-ing along Melrose. Stephanie and I are both huge foodies, if you can imagine that, although Iím ATTEMPTING a diet currently which I am SURE was not impressing to the bacon queen. <3 So she takes me to MILK knowing that the food would take me to a higher place. Did I mention they have macaron icecream sandwiches? Isnít that your dream? Our readers are always telling me how much they appreciate all of the macaron articles and want more more more!
I still regret NOT eating one but I was starting to feel a bit sick (of course, I didnít realize until later that I had actually forgotton to take my medicine) and anxious but I brushed it off.. I strongly did not partake in the icecream aside from Stephanieís delicious Thai Tea milkshake. Thai tea and thai coffee make me very happy, itís the only time I enjoy my coffee and tea NOT BLACK. (Iím boring, coffee is my drug and I love the bitter taste.)
After walking along Melrose and finding a special store Kimi and I always loved was changing itís style we got a little tired and decided to head to Jamie of Japan L.A.ís apartment to prepare for the oh-so-amazing Sanrio VIP Party. We were joined by her precious kitties and Chibi (Persian) really enjoyed my Strawberry King costume to the fullest..
Chibi has his own wardrobe, a banana split costume that Stephanie just had to show me knowing I love cats and nonsense. Chibi was a great model and so we had a photoshoot with the banana split costume and with my scepter that he loved. He could not stop trying to climb into my bag so I assume Hobbes must smell quite interesting! Whatís better that all of your friends being cat people?
(I heard all of you dog people exclaim: ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN THAT.)
So we proceeded to deck ourselves out in Sanrio cuteness and prepare for Liz (whom most of you know as Miss Kika) and her husband Naraís arrival.
After too much giggling and eyeing each otherís costumes we were off to the Sanrio VIP Party to indulge in our shared obsession. Sanrio.