All Good Things Must Come To An End: Part I.

The month of November has treated me pretttty decently.

The first half of the November was pretty cool: I had a wonderful birthday, met some stylish ladies, eaten at new places, etc. etc.

This latter half ain't too shabby neither.

Part One: A quick trip down the 10, 62, and 11.
A couple of weekends ago, Jaya and I decided grant Jaya's birthday wish of "going thrifting," so we grabbed a cheap car rental and drove up to the High Desert (Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms) to check out the thrift store scene for the weekend.

Where we drove:
29 Palms Rd/The 62 Fwy:

Where we went and shopped (and little knick knacks we saw):

A place we ate:

My outfits:
First time showing off this Faith 21 jacket! A great find, especially for these seasonal rains.
+Faith 21 Faux Leather Jacket
+Beanie from Jennifer of Jasifer Lions Club
+Rose scarf from Mitsuwa Japanese Market
+Bag from an army surplus store
+ON black jeggings
+Comfy Puma sneaks
A Ron Weasly-inspired outfit: pattern (floral) on pattern (stripe) on pattern (floral).
+Lazy hair: ALL MINE
+Brocade-ish scarf from TJ Maxx
+Super old and very warm cardigan from Salvation Army
+New acquired oversized grey striped shirt from Joshua Tree Thrift Store
+Floral Doc Martens
And lastly:
DOOOOUUUUBLLE RAAAAAINBOWWWW! Saw this beauty of nature when we drove down the 10 to the 111 to get to Palm Springs. Jaya couldn't stop punching me and I could stop yelling, "That dude was right! 'Whaaat does it alll mean??'"


I be NERDY for Harry Potter.

Whenever I meet someone new, especially in a work situation, I inevitably bring up two (sometimes three, that is, if I can read the person right) topics.

001/ Harry Potter.
002/ Arrested Development.
003/ Metalocalypse (sometimes).

The other two things are fantastic but... Harry Potter unites nations. Harry Potter brings together people who might not have ever been friends. Harry Potter cures baby polio and feline leukemia.

In short, ILOVEHARRYPOTTER and so should you.

Jaya and I met up with our HP viewing buddy @ CityWalk in Universal Studios to watch the midnight showing of #7 IN IMMAAAAXXX.

Sadly, I didn't dress up in costume (boooo on me) but I reallly wanted to find a way to bust out my "Hedwig look-a-like perched on my shoulder" look.

CityWalk at night.

Outfit Photos:
"Like, OMG, Harry Potter's gonna be AWESOME!"
What I wore:
+Beanie: from the cooolest, Jennifer of Jasifer Lions Club.
+Floral scarf: Mitsuwa (japanese supermarket).
+Army jacket: PCC Flea Market.
+Purse: Torrance Flea Market.
+Jeggings: ON.
+Chambray sneaks: Vans.

On Jaya (who's looking a bit like Kaya, because she's, like, 85% of what she's wearing is my clothes):
+Houndstooth scarf (mine): ??
+Demin Jacket: Target.
+Patterned purse (mine): Torrance Flea Market.
+Green/black sweater (mine-ish): Salvation Army.
+Cords (mine): ON.
+Floral Doc Martens (from J to me! thanksss, sis): Doc Martens.

Our friend and her BF having a quick makeout sesh with Ron and Hermione.

This is the face... umm, maybe forearms, of TRUE DEVOTION. Next matching HP tattoo? They say the "Deathly Hallows" symbol, I say Dobby's sweet, sweet, adorable face.
 (Can you imagine this FOREVER on your arm? I can too.)

And oh yeah, and Twilight sucks major balls. SOORRRRY (that JK Rowling's is a better author).


It's like they're "real" people.

It turns out that "internet people" are, like, "real" people... in real life... and not two dimensional flat objects just floating around the interwebs.


And I have proof.

That's Jaya of Heebie Jeebie Jaya! That's Sakari of The Female Trouble! And that's me (who desperately tried to do the "not-smile" look, but failed at the last minute)!

And that's Gabby of Corazones Rojos!

While we walked around Melrose and ate on Sunset, we talked and gabbed about L.A., the Minneapolis scene, how we found each others' blogs, etc. and whatevs. Woooow, my shorts look a littttle short there..., oh, and YES, Sakari and Gabby are toooo coool for skool.

Ohhh, and to end the most perfect week, our aunt treated Jaya and I to a birthday brunch at Bottega Louie in Downtown L.A.! This is the first time I've realllly tried any of the fancy restaurants in downtown and it was SUPER DELISH. Jaya and I are gonna try and make it a point to eat more in the DTLA (if anything, just to see hipster white people, the ethnics, and the homeless co-mingling in the same space).

The fooood. I got the Smoked Salmon Benedict; Jaya, the Steak and Eggs (medium rare & sunnyside up); and our aunt, the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes; also a side of the mooost awesome Portbello Mushroom fries with a Cilantro Aioli sauce.

We also got some gooodies from the bakery. I don't know what they are or what they're called, but allll of it was great, if not interesting.

A Jaya-approved picture of herself and MEEEE! Thanks for capturing the good lighting, Jaya.


Many Happy Returns.

Happy Birthday to Me and Jaya! (and, incidentally, Tracy Morgan)

So I don't forget: my horoscope for the year from the L.A. Times:
Today's birthday (Nov. 10): You won't find your success the way you have in the past, nor will you find it the way others do. There's a fresh originality in your approach, and you'll be lucky while implementing progressive and unconventional ideas. Your love life blossoms this month. Capricorn and Leo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 4, 11, 23 and 16.
Here are a couple of photos of us together. This one was taken with a Lomo with quadraple-ly exposure, hence cool effcct.

This one's from a few b-days ago (I look like Pocahontas or something).

My aunt made this for us today, and we're maybe around 8 year old. Thanks Tita Nette! Annnd, I don't know which one is which, you'd have to ask Jaya.

OHHHH, and Happy 100th Post, blog! Sorry I missed your one year anniversary in July (ehhh- we'll celebrate next year).

Best Week Ever.

The week has just begun, but it's turning out to be AN AWESOME ONE. As you tell from the last post (thanks again Jennifer), I've been "Reaganing", and it's been pretty fantastic. Here are some of the highlights :

001/ First-ishofly, I got a (decent) hair cut!
It's not really picture worthy, but this is the first time in about 3+ years that I actually let someone other than myself or Jaaaa trim the ends. Soooo, if you find yourself in the Highland Park/Eagle Rock area of L.A. and you're hankering for a new mohawk/Louise Brooks-ish bob, try out Manic Panic on York Blvd.  Not only did I go away with a super glossy hair, but also a strangely better understanding of the psychobilly/punk/blues/cowbell scene of the outskirts of L.A. (thanks to music-connoisseur/hairstylist Laura).

Since I don't have a picture of my hair'did, here's a picture of my new shoes! Found them at the Alhambra (bi-annual) Flea Market for $1. Say WHAT?! What.
Oh, and me on Halloween (pre-hair cut). Rawwwr.

002/ Secondishly, I FOUND NEW EYEGLASSES.
I've been on a lifelong quest to find the ultimate eyeglasses and I think I'm almost there. I found this vintage black + gold beauty at the PCC Flea Market for $10. It doesn't fit my face perfectly just yet (it doesn't sit straight across my face, it skews high on the right- does anyone know how to fix this?), but maybe the fine folks of Target Optical can help me with that... maybe... ehhhh. We'll see.

On the way to PCC Flea Market and haircut.

003/I finally got my new debit card.
It only fucking took 3 weeks. Thanks, Chase. Nonetheless, thank you for making me realize that I should always have cash in hand.

On an unrelated note, saw this real-live Dr. Rockso doppelgänger on Olvera St. during the Dia De Los Muertos Festival. It was haunting.

004/ TOMORROW'S MY BIRRTTHHHHDAY (and by default, Jaya's too), and well, techinally, it's in 5hr! Spaaaanks a billion to my sister who already got me my gift... well, I guess paid for it. Anyway, I LOVES IT. (But I's still waiting on that Ipod Touch... so, Christmas? HAAAAA).

And my gift to you, Jaya, a semi-working PeeWee Herman doll. LOVE YOU.:


Always a WINNER.

I got my giveaway package from the lovely and beautiful Jennifer of Jasifer Lions Club!

The package itself (ADORABLE):

The contents:
001. Leopard print tote from H&M (great for grocery shopping!).
002. Some adorable candy (in pink wrapping).
003. Postcard (what it says, I'm not sure).
004. Rusty-orange colored beanie (with ribbon in Swedish colors!).
005. Milk chocolate bar.
006. I think gummie/marshmallows in the shape of cars.
007. Chocolate squares!

I'm sending this over as a "thank you." Thanks again Jennifer!

One of the best early birthday gifts!