Thursday, November 12, 2015

:-: LUSH KARMA :-:

Up until this past weekend, I hadn't purchased anything from Lush since Valentine's - not even any soaps or other goodies.


I walked past the store and it smelled so amazing that I couldn't resist going in.  After telling myself I'd only purchase one thing, I walked around the store and found a bunch of things I wanted to buy, but forced myself to settle on just one.  I figured $6 - $8 wouldn't break the bank.

So, when I got to the register and had to pay $13+, I was shocked.  I picked the most expensive bubble bar in the store.  I have a gift for not looking at prices and always picking the most expensive thing.  Go figure.

Anyway, I ended up with a Lush Karma bubble bar.  The website describes it as a "mystical bubbler with refreshing patchouli and lemongrass."  It smells really nice and will last a couple of uses, so I've already justified the $11.95 pre-tax price tag.

Let's see how much willpower I have when all of the Lush Christmas goodies are back…

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Friday, November 6, 2015

:-: GUDETAMA x PLAN CHECK :-:

I've been wanting to go back to Plan Check ever since I tried the special pink cheeseburger they had for Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt.


Even though the pink cheeseburger was a bit on the salty side, the pink cheese was a cute touch.  And it did have a good taste, so I wanted to see if someone just had a heavy hand with the salt shaker the day I went.  But, more importantly - it came with a special Hello Kitty burger pin, which is the real reason I went.


So when I saw Instagram posts of the premiere night of Gudetama x Plan Check, I made sure I didnt miss the opening night.  Not only because it had the super cute lazy egg, but more so because the meal came with a Gudetama t-shirt.  


Unlike Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt, there isn't a limited number of shirts given out each day, which means no waiting in ridiculous lines.  $39 will get you the t-shirt and some cute food.

Starter: crispy blanket egg, soy sauce egg, spicy pork belly sausage and miso aioli

Starter [opened up for your viewing pleasure].
The meal also comes with an orange-ginger egg cream soda (not pictured).

I was only able to eat half of my scotch egg (above) the night I went, and it actually tasted much better as leftovers the next day.  But, about one minute after our starters came, the entrĂ©es came.   Greaaat timing.  I mean, it's not like I enjoy chewing my food or anything.

Main: two beef sliders, sunny fried quail egg, cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather and hot sauce

On a less sarcastic note, the mini burgers were ridiculously cute.  I mean, who can resist that Gudetama face??  Sadly, all the food I ate tasted like I was licking a block of salt.  M thought it was way salty, too, so I guess that's just how Plan Check seasons their food.  No one else in the restaurant seemed to be bothered, though, so maybe we just have salt issues.  Who knows?

Dessert: chocolate custard pudding and an apricot thumbprint cookie

The dessert was yummy, but it was unnecessarily large.  Yes, I'd rather have too much than not enough, but this just seemed wasteful.  Well, that or I'm just mad that it was the best part of the meal and I didn't have enough space left for dessert because the real [salty] food gave me a tummy ache.  You decide.

Sorry, chocolate custard pudding.  I should have eaten you first.

But seriously, though -- you should probably eat the dessert first.  Then the rest of the meal will probably taste less salty.


I still want to give Plan Check another try one day.  Maybe they'll have another super cute Hello Kitty event; then I'll be back.

Gudetama will be at all Plan Check locations through November 29, 2015.  Let me know if you go!

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, October 29, 2015

:-: BITE BEAUTY :-:

I don’t typically blog about beauty items, but I found a new lip color that is amazing!
I am constantly applying chapstick to my lips because they get dry super fast, but I don’t usually wear too many “pretty” lip products – mainly because they irritate my lips and make them even drier or flaky.  Sounds gross, huh?  At least it’s not on your face.
Anyway, I went to Sephora for a makeup trial a few weeks ago aaannnd … ta-da!

Bite Beauty's high pigment matte pencil is my new favorite.  The violet color I'm wearing is vibrant, it stays on alllll day long, and it doesn’t irritate my lips.  Which is more than I can say for other lipsticks and lip glosses I’ve had to toss for not playing nice with my lips.
I don’t even want to think about how much lip gloss I’ve “eaten” over the course of my lifetime.  I mean, seriously, where does it go?  I put it on, then about an hour later, my hair is either stuck to my lips or there’s no lip gloss left because I’ve somehow managed to lick my lips without even noticing, thereby inadvertently eating all the lip gloss off my lips.  Egh.  So much lip gloss (good thing it’s non-toxic, right? Right??).
Back to my point:  I want this in every color, but I will be good and resist temptation.  Hopefully they come out with a holiday set of minis that I can purchase.  Hint, hint, Sephora.  Pretty please?? 

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

:-: HOTCAKES + SAUSAGE = 24/7 :-:

I can't tell you how long I've been dreaming of this day to come…

After years of waking up 30 minutes too late to order breakfast at McDonalds, the wait is finally over.

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Hotcakes with sausage, with pats of melting real butter and ooey gooey warm delicious syrup?  Check.

A tasty classic?  Yes, that would be the Egg McMuffin.  Check.

A crispy, greasy, oh-so-delicous hashbrown?  Check.

A cup of bold, hot coffee to wash it all down?  Check.

All.  Day.  Long.

Need I say more??  Goodbye, health.  It was nice knowing you.

Anyone else as excited as me??


Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

:-: HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 2015 :-:

I waited and waited, and last weekend was finally time for Halloween Horror Nights.  This year this event was way less crowded than it was last year, but the two most popular mazes (Walking Dead and Insidious) still had long lines, so I guess it made the front-of-the-line ticket worth it.


Here’s the rub:

I was really looking forward to seeing what the “backlot tour” would be like this year.  Turns out it was exactly the same as last year.  Did I say exactly?  Because that’s what I meant.  I mean, they could have changed something to switch it up a little for people who came last year.

Also exactly the same was the Alien v. Predator maze.  I mean, I get that the props are expensive and lots of new people go each year (i.e., me last year), but I thought there might be minor changes here and there.  There weren’t.

So what was left?  Halloween, which was good.  Crimson Peak was just OK.  It was pretty much just a bunch of ladies wearing big dresses.  Maybe it will make more sense after I see the movie.  This is the End was 3-D and more funny than scary, but I guess that was the theme of the movie (I never saw it).

But let’s not be a downer.  The Walking Dead Maze was really good.  I won’t give details so I don’t ruin it for you if you go.  But the tunnel was gone this year.  Maybe people complained that walking through that long *ss tunnel was too tiring (which it was), but it was so much fun that it made the excessive walking worthwhile.  This year, they just had shuttles, so there were no walkers to fight your way through.  But Insidious was pretty scary, too, so that was another plus.

With the front-of-the-line pass, you can cut to the front of the line for rides also, but we only went on two rides.  I was pretty disappointed with the whole event so I didn’t bother waiting around to watch the Jabbawockeez perform.  Oh well.  If you’ve never been to Horror Nights, then the front-of-the-line tickets are definitely worthwhile.  But for repeat customers, you’re probably better off buying a regular ticket (about 1/3 the price) and getting to the park early before the lines get crazy long.


Thanks for reading!


:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

:-: DISNEYLAND: HALLOWEEN STYLE :-:

Last Saturday was finally Diamond Celebration Time.  I didn't wear my mouse ears for fear of messing them up, and then I almost bought another pair that I wouldn't mind messing up.  But then I stopped myself.


And to make things even better, it was also Halloween time at Disney - meaning The Haunted House was decorated with A Nightmare before Xmas wonderfulness!


Disney has a lot of special food for the Diamond Celebration, but it looks like the really yummy stuff is over at California Adventure.  There’s also special things for Halloween.  They had these super cute poison apple mugs that I debated buying, but I told myself I had to save money, so I didn’t get any. The Disney Parks website says that it’s supposed to come with a beverage, which makes sense because it’s a mug, but I only saw it at one stand and it came with either grapes or a pineapple spear (cost: $12).  I was thirsty, so I said maybe next time (even though there probably won’t be a next time this year).  I probably would have been persuaded to not save my money if it came with a drink instead of fruit.  Oh well.  I don’t have space for things like this anyway – I can barely find room for all of my Hello Kitty stuff.

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Anyway, I did try these Mickey shaped pumpkin beignets.  They were nice and warm when I got them, but I don’t think they really tasted like much.  I shared, though, and other people seemed to really like them, so maybe my sinuses were acting up and I just couldn’t taste my food properly.


And how adorable are these Baymax balloons?  They even light up!  I wanted one, but we spent enough money just getting into Disneyland, so I had to save money somewhere.  Not buying something I don't really need counts as saving money, right??


Does anyone have any special pictures or stories to share about Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration or Disney Halloween time?



Thanks for reading!


:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

:-: HELLO KITTY CAFE :-:

I Instagrammed a picture of all of the Hello Kitty Cafe goodies that my awesome parents surprised me with a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to show you MORE (not more things, just more pictures).


I'm happy that the macarons were still lovely the second time around.


It's too bad I can't say the same for the donuts.  I was so excited to try them because I've been on a donut kick lately, but Hello Kitty cuteness couldn't even make these donuts taste decent.  They were so, so dry and didn't even taste like donuts.  More like dry bread with a very cute design on top.  If you go to the truck, I'd save your money and skip these.


I tried to get the lemonade when the Hello Kitty Cafe truck was at Hello Kitty Con.  It sold out before it was my turn.  I tried again when the truck was at Comic Con.  Sold out again.  My parents went to the truck when it was at Santana Row and they got to try it; they said it was too sweet.  I still haven't tried it, but I did get a cute cup.


I really wanted the non-food items, and I'm so excited I got a tee!  I'll post a pic once I'm able to bear taking it out of the plastic wrap and actually wear it.


And I REAAALLLY wanted the oh-so-adorable mug! Yay!!


It even has a cute little donut design inside.



Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

:-: THE 100th POST :-:

The 100th post is finally here!


When I started my blog in January 2014, I was really excited to share my new experiences and have an opportunity to do something creative and fun.

My first post was Ombre & The Pink Coat, and I'm surprised at how much I've learned about myself through this whole blogging process.  For instance, I really enjoy reading fashion blogs, and I love writing, so I figured I'd be on track if I combined the two.  I had fun for a couple of posts, but it really wasn't as fun as I thought it would be.  The more I wrote, the more excited I became writing about other things, such as Hello Kitty, burgers, Disneyland, desserts (pretty much anything super cute and/or edible).

So how did this start?

Well, back in 2013, M and I were having a conversation about my hobby habits.  Basically, it means that I get really excited about a potential hobby and spend lots of money getting ready for it, then once I've purchased everything I need, the hobby never really comes to fruition - at least not on a regular basis.

Here's an example:  I wanted to get fit and be really healthy so that I'd be full of energy (I was hoping this would end my usual "I'm tired all the time" dilemma).  Anyway, I went shopping and bought lots of cute athletic gear and then never stepped foot in a gym.  I use everything when I go on occasional hikes, but it's definitely not an active lifestyle.

Here's another example:  I decided I wanted to start making my own jewelry.  I bought a bunch of cute beads and supplies that I'd need to create jewelry and organized everything in a container, then never even attempted to make a single piece of jewelry.  In fact, I gave it all away to a family member so it's not going to happen now.

Basically, this blog is my means of sharing things that I find exciting, and it doesn't require me to buy a lot of things just so that I have something to blog about.  I mean, the Hello Kitty goodies are going to end up finding their way to me one way or another, and M and I love going out to eat, so it's not as if we're spending extra money to maintain a hobby.

This post is getting kind of long...

I really appreciate everyone who has subscribed to my blog or taken the time to leave a comment.  It makes me happy knowing that other people enjoy the things that make me smile, too.

And most importantly, I want to thank M for always being so supportive - especially during the times when I thought I wanted to stop blogging (it happens) because I really do love being able to go back and have a diary of all of the fun things we've done and see pictures of all of the yummy food we've eaten.  Hopefully there will be plenty more blogs to come!

And yes, I still have the pink coat and wear it whenever the weather permits.  And sometimes I wear it when it's still kind of warm outside.  And then I look like a crazy person.  But it's cool.  I don't mind.


Happy 100th!
Thank you so much for reading.

:-:  C  :-:


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

:-: HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 2015 IS COMING! :-:

It's almost time!! Halloween Horror Nights starts September 18th!

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According to the Universal Studios website, there will be ALL-NEW movie quality mazes, including
Insidious, Crimson Peak, Halloween, This is The End ...

… and yes, the Walking Dead, too.

There's also going to be an ALL-NEW Terror Tram: Survive The Purge experience on the backlot.
I went to this last year and it was my favorite part of the experience.

But wait: there's more!

There will also be four (4) new scare zones and performances by the Jabbawockeez!

Make sure you buy your tickets early or it will sell out!

Oh - another important note - I doubt that The Supercute Universe of Hello Kitty will be open at Universal Studios by the time the scariness starts, but that would be doubly amazing.  Once it's here, though, it will be the closest I get to a Hello Kitty theme park experience.  At least until I make it to Sanrio Puroland, that is.  One day…

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

:-: PRINCESS CAKES - TAKE TWO :-:

Hey Sweet Lady Jane, your apple pie is so wonderfully amazing, but what is going on with your princess cake??

Let me start by saying that this princess cake has the prettiest design compared to probably all of the other princess cakes I've ever eaten.  And trust me, I've eaten a whoooole lot of princess cakes.

So pretty and dainty

The marzipan was super thick.  It was like fondant with some almond flavoring.  And the white cream that is typically super soft and fluffy was hard.  Hard.  The cake itself was pretty good.  I'm not sure what part of the cake was a little on the sweet side because I ate all of the parts together, but I think it was a combination of the faux-marzipan and the unidentifiable white stuff.  Oh well.  Too late now.


Come on, LA.  I need to find a good princess cake.

Any suggestions?  So far, I've only tried one other princess cake in LA.

P.S.  If you don't like princess cakes (I don't know why you wouldn't) and you're still thinking about apple pie, make sure you add this one to your list.

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:





P.P.S.  Thank you for the cake, M.  I know I didn't give it a glowing review, but I still really appreciate it!  Love you :)


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

:-: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA :-:

I always wanted to see The Phantom of the Opera … and M surprised me with tickets!

He suggested we go out to dinner but didn't tell me where we were going.  I decided to throw on my Topshop dress since I hadn't worn it in a long time and then we Uber'd it over to Katsuya.  And yes, we ate the super yummy spicy tuna with crispy rice.  I'd forgotten how good it is.

After dinner, we left the restaurant and started walking towards the Pantages.  And then my oblivious self realized we were going to watch The Phantom of the Opera!!

I only own two Topshop bodycon long-sleeve dresses, so I thought it was funny that our night was pretty much a repeat of our last Pantages experience (same style dress, same restaurant, same theater -- even though the shows we watched were complete opposites)!  Just to switch things up a little, I stood on the other side of the staircase when I took my picture this time.  I do what I can to keep it interesting.


The singers had unbelievable voices and the theme song is still stuck in my head.  We caught the show on its last weekend at the Pantages, but the production is still touring at other U.S. locations if you want to check it out.  Let me know if you do!

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:
 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

:-: SDCC2015: LITTLE TWIN STARS & MY MELODY :-:


Round 2 is is Comic-Con vs. Hello Kitty Con!

Fight!!



OK, anything involving Hello Kitty and her friends is good in my book, so it's not really a fight.

I got some cute figurines from the Hello Kitty booth, but….



This was all they sold at their booth.

I guess I shouldn't be greedy, though.  This was Comic-Con, after all, and comic book characters need a chance to shine, too.

Maybe Hello Kitty Con will become a yearly event.  Fingers crossed!

Did you go to the booth?  Any cute pictures to share?

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

:-: SDCC2015: THE WALKING DEAD :-:

The very first thing we did at Comic Con was miss The Walking Dead panel.  Way to kick off the festivities, right??  Oh, well.  Now we know better for next year that if we really want to see a panel, we should probably save our spots the night before.  By getting wristbands, I mean.  I'm not down with staying outside all night long in a sleeping bag.

Anyway, there was something inside the convention center that kind-of, sort-of (not really) made up for missing the live panel.


Walker Stalker Con, maybe you should take a note.  Or, if the same people coordinated both events, then way to improve!  You know why it was an improvement?


Because there were actually WALKERS.  


I was having so much fun that I couldn't even keep a scared face.
Guess there goes any chance of me ever getting to play a walker on the show.


And to top it all off, we exited by going through a delivery truck filled with…

you guessed it…more walkers.

Was that so difficult??

Did anyone else get a chance to check this out?  How did you like it?  Did you get a "W" temporarily tattooed on your forehead?


Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:




Friday, July 24, 2015

:-: SDCC2015: WE'RE GONNA 'GIT YA :-:

Ready for some Friday trivia?

Then get ready for my first Comic Con post!

M and I wanted to go in an old school costume.  And we switched it up by being villains.
Can you guess who we are?


Hint:  We're characters from an old arcade game.

Thanks for [guessing and] reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

:-: PRINCESS CAKES ARE MY FAVORITE :-:

While we're on the subject of having a sweet tooth, I've been searching for a great (not just good) princess cake in LA.

The best princess cake EVER is from Schubert's Bakery in San Francisco.

But that doesn't help me when I'm in LA, which means Ikea princess cakes it is.  Actually, they're pretty good considering they've been frozen.

Anyway, I told M that I wanted princess cake recently, and he took me to a Viktor Bene's Bakery located inside of a Gelson's supermarket.  And, without even asking, he didn't even buy me a slice.  He bought the whole cake.  That's love.



It was good, but not great.  Not like that stopped me from eating it all, but hey, I guess I just have to keep eating more princess cakes until I find an LA favorite.  Then I can just eat lots of my LA favorite.  :)

I've looked up a couple of other places that I'll be trying and will share those with you, but if you have any suggestions for princess cakes in the LA area, let me know!

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

:-: I'VE GOT A SWEET TOOTH :-:

I've been meaning to share this amazingly delicious treat with you:


It's a brown butter rice krispy treat from Stella Barra Pizzeria.  And it's ridiculously amazing.  Trust me.

M and I went to Stella Barra for dinner when they first opened.  The pizza was not good and it was overpriced, but Yelpers seems to think otherwise, so maybe things are better now.  But I've never eaten here again.  I just pop in for this deliciousness.  It took me months to finally post this because I usually inhale it as soon as it makes it into my hands, and then I think, oops…I was supposed to post that.  So, many months later, here you go. 

Any random treats you'd like to share with me??

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

:-: FIREWORKS AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL :-:

Happy very super late Fourth of July!


It seems as though M and I are always stuck in Hollywood Bowl traffic, but we had never actually gone to a show to see what all the commotion was about.

Smokey still gets down, and the show was lots of fun!  We really enjoyed ourselves.




We packed a picnic basket (which was actually a tote bag) and ate lots of food while we watched the show.  As you can see, I was very focused on making snacks and not spilling my wine.  I thought I was being smart by bringing my durable red party cups, but some people were super fancy and brought actual wine glasses.  I guess they've been there before and that's just how they roll.


I will be back.  

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Monday, July 20, 2015

:-: BIGGEST. PIZZA. EVER. SERIOUSLY :-:

Don't you just hate it when your real job gets in the way of your blog?
Haha.  Just kidding.  (Not really.)

I have so much to catch up on!  In the past month, I worked a lot, but I also got to play a lot, too!  I went to a wedding in Texas, I finally watched a show at the Hollywood Bowl, AND AND...
I went to San Diego Comic Con 2015!!!  Life goals, people.  Life goals.

Texas was disgustingly hot and humid and we spent most of our days eating.  We went to Fort Worth and ate lots of food.  We went to Austin and ate lots of food.  Then we went to San Antonio and ate (part of) the largest pizza I have ever seen in my life.

Big Lou's Pizza was the most memorable thing I ate in Texas.

42" Pepperoni Pizza

The pizza was surprisingly good, too.  I thought it would just be a cool giant pizza that tasted like cardboard, but I actually want to go back one day and eat this again.  It tasted really fresh but was also nice and greasy (the way pepperoni pizza is meant to be eaten) - if that even makes sense.  You can check out their menu here.

Oh, and Texas still lets everyone use styrofoam (sorry, environment).  And shopping bags are free.  Just sayin'.

Stay tuned for my Hollywood Bowl post and lots of Comic Con posts.  Better late than never, right?

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

:-: ROSEWATER ICE CREAM :-:

If you're driving down La Brea and see this:


Then I suggest you slow down and pull into the parking lot.

I'm rarely in the mood for ice cream because I'm cold practically always, but Mashti Malone's changes all of that 
(not the being cold part; the wanting ice cream part).


I like that they have interesting flavors.  I tried the creamy rosewater flavor first and I'm sticking to it.  If you like floral ice creams, then you will fall in love with this one.  If not, then you'll probably want to spit it out. To each their own.


My only complaint is that it always has icy chunks hidden inside.  I'm not sure if it's supposed to be that way, but it always is.  And I wish it was actually creamy.  Like its name suggests.  I'll still keep going back, though.

Do you like floral based ice creams?  Any other suggestions of places to try?

Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

:-: MOUSE EARS, WIZARDS, DINOSAURS :-:

I've been so busy thinking about this:

A gift from my friend who stood in line for the grand opening of Disney's Diamond Celebration.
Thanks again if you're reading!  I think you're awesome.

that I completely forgot about Universal Studios!

I like Universal Studios, but the only time I daydream about it is when it's time for
Halloween Horror Nights
(I'm already counting down the days…)
but I figured I'd check out their website to see if there was anything new coming up.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood in spring 2016!


When M and I went to Florida last December, I had to choose between going to all four Disney parks or giving up one Disney park to spend the day at Universal Studios Florida so that I could take the Hogswarts Express between the two Harry Potter worlds.  Now I'm glad the mouse ears won!

I still really want to go back to Epcot, though.

Oh…and don't forget: Jurassic World comes out this Friday!
We already reserved our tickets for this weekend.


Maybe Universal Studios will update the ride, too??



Thanks for reading!

:-:  C  :-: