Friday, February 12, 2010

Purpose of a blog?

Long time, no update!

Whoever is still reading this has probably realized that I have several blogs under my belt.

I've categorized them as this:
My "personal" blog over at LiveJournal
My event production blog, over on WordPress, that I write with my business partner.

And this one sort of fell through the cracks in the meantime.

When I look at well-followed blogs that I follow, I notice that they all encompass one particular subject. Some of them just focus on DIY projects. Others on fashion news and tips.

Well, seeing as how I am now the proud owner of, I'd like to create a blog that's focused on the work I do there! I've just imported this blog over to!

So please add me over there, as this blog will now go into its final resting place... mwuahah!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Summer Smacks.

Summers in Los Angeles are weird.

Growing up in good ‘ol Pittsburgh, where we have 4 seasons (a normal fact that of my students in Japan regularly questioned me about… do their textbooks all say we live in the Sahara???), we have a rainy and miserable spring around April, then slowly transition to summer weather by mid-June, complete with humidity, summer showers, and sunburned sweaty necks populating the city.

In LA, at least the part of it I live in, you spend most of the “summer months” of June through mid-July, in a warm, but comfortable state, sometimes wearing jeans, sometimes shorts, but not feeling a distinct urge for either. Occasionally you’ll have a bubble of heat pass over your local area, and you’ll gripe about not having a proper fan yet.

(Side note: I currently own ONE fan which has the following defects: 1) I found in the dumpster and taped back together since the entire outer shell was shattered 2) is a window ban, but doesn't actually fit in my window 3) makes loud rattling sound, since I have propped it up on the ironing board next to the window, and eventually shakes itself off, causing it to break into more pieces.)

Then, suddenly, true “summer” gives you a little smack in the face to let you know that it is not just a myth. My apartment of late has been full of stiff, warm air, no doubt an affect of the fires blazing around here. I find that summer sneaks up on me here primarily because of the lack of humidity. The heat sort of seeps into your skin, and then, Surprise!, you find perspiration on the small of your back. This is very much unlike in Pittsburgh, where you wake up in a pool of sweat, and spend the rest of your day vaguely soaked in your own juices.

Is it weird that I somehow miss “real” summer? I certainly will have to escape this winter to the mountains for a “real” winter, which I haven’t seen in ages. FYI, “real winter” includes, and is not limited to:

1. Snow

2. Enormous coats which make you too hot in your car, too cold when you step out of it, and are cumbersome to lug around once you reach the indoors

3. Hot beverages

4. Learning how to “drift” into actual snow drifts, hoping to God a large piece of metal or giant bricks are hidden in the snow pile.

5. Eating a lot and not feeling too bad about it, because you feel that, just like a bear who is prepped for hibernating, you are simply building a seasonal layer of fat to keep out the weather.

Strange that I'm finally into summer in LA and am already reminiscing about winter.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Save the Date! Bosozoku bonanza!

Wednesday, September 16th at Royal/T Cafe in Culver City!

Get your Japanese Biker Gang outfits ready!!! Epic party, with FLIPPING OUTRAGEOUS photo booth co-designed by ZIPPERCUT and BUBBLE PUNCH!!!! (team-up group of myself and yume_ninja!)

Details ro come....!!!

Bosozoku photo for inspiration:

And let's not forget RIKI in this amazing music video.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Betsey Johnson Meet and Greet at her Melrose store!

A very, merry, belated birthday to Ms. Betsey Johnson! I scooted down to her store on Melrose yesterday afternoon for her Bday bash + meet and greet!

I donned my sparkly Betsey dress and shoes, and made a headpiece with matching pink veil to mark the occasion :3 HEADPIECE SOON TO BE AT MY ETSY STORE! hehe....

The crowd was very fashionable, and very friendly, as expected for an event of this nature. I remarked that I wish they'd open up a Betsey Johnson bar/club/sock hop one of these days so I could spend my evenings lounging there after a hard day's work!

Her Birthday cake, shaped like present boxes, with a dress up top:

Mandy's pal Esther, who was the one who called her up and alerted us to this festive time :)

Betsey arrived in style in a red convertible! Here she is giving a little specech... my god, she is a super vivacious woman! I'm so envious of her rockin bod, as well!!!

From left to right, myself, Betsey, Yume_ninja , and Mandy

Call me a ham, but i LOVED this marabou coat from her new fall line!!! If only I had $700 to blow on such a fluffy overcoat :(

Ah, it was a great time, filled with pretty people, rockin music, and so much Betsey energy!!!! Although Betsey asked us girls to stay so that we could meet her grandchildren, we had to dash for dinner plans (as well as our aching feet). Sigh!! Come again, soon Betsey!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Events: Japanology @ Royal/T

Hey there kinky people! If you’re free this Thursday, stop on by at Royal/T to see myself, Yume Ninja, and Zippercut in our naughty maid photobooth, posing with guests XD

Here’s the event breakdown, taken from Zippercut‘s site!

The JAPANOLOGY SERIES @ Royal/t is a unique study in social sciences, using the ethnography of Japan and its anomalous subcultures as a central thesis…. Each month, a different facet of Japanese subculture will be explored… This month, on Thursday August 13th, Royal/T seeks to expose the hidden side of Japan–love hotels, “Tokyo Kink,” pink eiga, and more. The movie “New Tokyo Decadence – The Slave” will be screened at 9pm. Come well beforehand (8pm) to participate in a discussion and get your drink on before we all get “tied up”….

FETISHWEAR ENCOURAGED!!!! ZIPPERCUT mini photobooth – get your picture taken in the Chamber of Desire…
The JAPANOLOGY series @ Royal/T is a FREE EVENT, once a month (mid month), different topic/theme.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Event pics: Japan LA 3 Year anniversary

I had the lovely job of escorting Ms. Hello Kitty around at the party- and we had a blast! Some silly photos"

Photographer Dan Santoni also stopped by for some shenanigans! (

Also Junko! She's the designer for Purrr!, the brand my dress I wore for my pinup shoot!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Photoshoot: Pin-up Sailor

Recently, I went over to Santa Monica to do a fun pin-up inspired shoot with my friend Oscar of Divide By 0 Photography

True Mee Lee, aka yume_ninja, was such a integral part of putting together the outfit and hair... she even did my makeup for the shoot, as well as edited the first 4 photos you see below! She's truly a great friend, and great inspiration!

Love the results, so here's a peek at my favorite photos from the set!

Hellooooooooooooooooo Sailor.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Outfit of the Day: Altered Yukata

All dolled up for the Japan LA 3 Year Anniversary party I was helping at, I hiked up my summer yukata and got down to business!

Using the hairstyles of geisha from Sakuran as my hair inspiration, I was trying for a cute toned down version of it… I think I was somewhat successful..?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Events: Desolation Holiday Photo Gallery

You are cordially invited to “Desolation Holiday,” a photography gallery event hosted by Dan Santoni and Apollo Star. I’ve been helping them plan the event for the past few months and also working behind the scenes on Dan's photoshoots... I’m really excited for this event and.. YOU SHOULD BE TOO!

More info here:
“Desolation Holiday” celebrates the contradiction of glamour, beauty, and high fashion with the everyday baseness of the human condition.
Come celebrate a night of exquisite photography, and mingle with not only the photographers and subjects themselves, but also enjoy the spectacle of live sculptures exhibiting garments used in the photographs. The night will include photographs based around the theme, by a hand-selected group of accomplished photographers.
The gallery will include works by:
Apollo Staar:
Dan Santoni:

Chad Michael Ward:
Robin Perine:
Saryn Christina Photography:
Renard (Hanzo) Garr:
Heidi Calvert
Ashley Fontenot

Dan Santoni images featuring; Sybil Danning of Rob Zombies Halloween, Grindhouse, and Howling II fame.

Presenting Wardrobe Designs by Delise Ana Designs

Hosted by Yvette Lara
Featuring live models Kat Lee (www.myspace/, Tiffany Trenda, and Merkinstache.

Date: Jul 18, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Ultra Star Gallery
6432 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

If you're interested in coming, please be sure to check out the facebook event site:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I am very Jealous of the East Coast.

For the honor of Greyskull.....


Ah. So, so, so jealous.