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


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


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


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


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


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


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  :-: