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Welcome to the first post of my US trip. I have taken so long because I kept writing way too much! I had multiple paragraphs, probably a couple of pages worth of writing and I had only covered the first couple of days. Guys, I am not going to subject you to that. That is why I have a livejournal, not a blog. So please forgive me for being so slow, I just get so excited to recount my trip and the words just come flowing out! OK enough BS, let’s get started!
We arrived into LAX on Wednesday the 23rd of October, about 4 hours after we’d left Brisbane (gotta love timezones). We were exhausted from a long flight that was crazy turbulent but we arrived in one piece and were super excited about our upcoming adventure. Our first mission was to collect our hire car, which was daunting as LA roads and highways are meant to be scary, but we managed to get to the hotel (via a spot of shopping and fast food sampling along the way) unscathed and in good spirits. Awesome work, Ben!
Our first evening was… well, a drunken one. We went to some nearby craft beer bars in Hollywood and got a bit over excited (craft beer in America guys, OMG it’s amazing) and wound up at an old speak easy era jazz bar on the other side of town, based on the recommendation of one guy we chatted to at an earlier bar. It was a lot of fun but such a silly idea as we had an early start the next morning.
The next morning I had an appointment to get awesome 3D deco nails by a lady called Mari in Torrence, which is south-west LA, about a 40 minute drive from where we were staying in Hollywood. Oh, and we’d be in peak hour traffic. Darn. Being hungover while experiencing LA highways ended up being quite the adventure, in fact it was one of the scariest experiences of my life. The roads would just split and we’d be whisked off in the wrong direction without knowing how or why. Our gps didn’t make any sense because of the crazy roads and we ended up running so late. Thankfully Mari still managed to squeeze me in and gave me the most kawaii Halloween nails ever!
Once we got back to the hotel and had an anxiety-induced nap, we felt refreshed and ready for the rest of our big day. We ended up walking to the main strip of Hollywood because we weren’t driving and cabs aren’t easy to find in LA, but it was a lovely warm day so we enjoyed the stroll. We followed the Hollywood Walk of Fame (where we stumbled upon the only star I really cared about, Buster Keaton!), stopping at a bar for a beer, standing outside of the Chinese Theatre as it was closed for an event and then had lunch at Hooters which was hilarious. Ben was very excited indeed to get a photo of me with a bunch of the Hooters girls.
Now full of food and drinks we grabbed a cab up to Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Nights! It was just dark when we arrived and there were teenagers everywhere. Once inside we were almost immediately mobbed by people dressed as people from The Purge, brandishing chainsaws (I think they were real too, just with the chains removed) which was absolutely terrifying! Once I got past them and screamed my head off, we were able to have look at the park. Naturally we were immediately drawn to Krustyland where I finally got to go on the Simpsons ride (I’m still sad the Back to the Future ride was scrapped for it, but it was still a lot of fun) and marvel at all the cool Simpsons merchandise. We managed to go through all of the mazes which were all pretty darn scary and mostly filled with zombies (the main theme was The Walking Dead) as well as all of the rides that were open. It was a really fun night!
On the Friday we got up early for a proper American diner breakfast and went on a tour of Paramount Studios which was just up the road from our hotel. While Paramount isn’t as easily recognised as some of the other big Hollywood studios, they’ve had an amazing history and so many cools films and TV shows have been made there. Our guide was also such a cool dude which made it all the more fun. After the tour we went and sussed out a couple more craft beer bars before I headed to the Beverley Centre to do some shopping at Sephora and Forever 21. FUN! Once my shopping quota was filled we then headed to the Largo to see a performance by Jon Brion, something Ben has always dreamed of doing (it was really cool but I was so exhausted I almost fell asleep like a total jerk).
Because of how much we loved the Paramount tour, we booked a tour of Warner Bros studios for the next morning, which was amazing simply because of all the Harry Potter stuff they had on display everywhere. This your guide was a bit of a dork and really stuck to the script so it wasn’t quite as interesting but still a bunch of fun! We then headed back to the main strip of Hollywood to look at the autographs and hand prints at the Chinese Theatre and other touristy stuff before I (kind of) randomly got a tattoo. OK so I had considered it already but it wasn’t until we found a really cool place in the back of a rockabilly shop called Tinta Rebelde that I decided to go for it. I got a Jack O Lantern candy bucket which Chris drew up perfectly the first go. I got it on the inside of my leg (above my ankle) which, in retrospect, was a poor placement choice (I’ll elaborate later). Once I was all done there we went back to the hotel to decide what to do that evening. We initially wanted to see a film at Hollywood Forever cemetery (The Craft was screening which neither of us were crazy about, but seeing it in a cemetery sure had its appeal) but then Ben found out there was a screening of Elijah Woods new film which he’d even be at! Along the way we planned to go look at all the shops further up Melrose Avenue but we kind of ran out of time. I did manage to get to Japan LA and buy up a storm though, so that was well worth it.
We saw Grand Piano at the Silent Film Theatre, where I happened to get into a conversation with Elijah at the candy bar. I HAD A CASUAL CHAT TO FRODO AT A SCREENING OF HIS OWN FILM, GUYS! It was awesome. He just started talking about the cupcake I was buying (Halloween themed, of course) and I totally played it cool and chatted back!!! The film itself was great, it’s by Spanish director Eugenio Mira so possibly won’t get a mainstream release but worth checking out if you like the idea of a somewhat light-hearted thriller about a famous pianist getting blackmailed by a crazed sniper (really, it’s a lot of fun)!
On Sunday we had a road trip down to San Marcos to visit some breweries (Stone and Lost Abbey). Ben drove the whole way and was getting pretty darn good at it too. We stopped along the way to look at San Onofre beach and had Denny’s for lunch (so. much. food). I got pretty drunk because Ben kept giving me his beers so he could drive home. It was such a nice day, and a little bit of a chance to unwind after doing so much already.
And then the big day came, it was time to go to Disneyland. We chose to go Monday to avoid crowds and boy did we. We barely had to line up for more than 10 minutes all day! The weather was pretty cool and even rained a bit in the morning so it was especially quiet, which suited us! Oh man I love Disneyland, I went when I was 14 with my family and it was still as magical as ever. Plus this time we got to go to California Adventure which was SO GOOD. Not only do they have two awesome rides (Tower of Terror and the California Screamin’) but there was a craft beer bar which served pumpkin cider which was the tastiest thing EVER! It was such an intense day though, and my tattoo was so sore I could barely walk by the end, but we lasted nearly 12 whole hours. I also bumped into Stephiee who I’ve followed online for years, dressed as a superhero version of Rapunzel for the Halloween party at Disneyland – cute!
The next day was our last day and we only really had the morning as we had a flight at lunch time so we just spend some time wandering through the Hollywood Forever cemetery (so many ostentatious graves, and most of them weren’t for celebrities either) before we drove to LAX, bound for Vegas!
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I’m still typing up my blog posts about my trip but I thought in the meantime I’d do a vlog post. Enjoy!
(It’s a bit longer than expected, I guess I got a bit over excited, heh)
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Well howdy y’all! Guess who got back from the USA today? Let me just start off by saying it was AMAZING and I’m a tiny bit bummed to be back in Brisbane. I mean, being able to rest, hug my pup and walk around the house in my underwear has definitely been wonderful but I really do love travelling and the USA was incredible.
I am going to write up a bunch of blogs about my trip, which will probably focus on each place we went to as well as a post or two about some of my America-wide experiences. This is mostly for my own benefit so that I have an everlasting memory of my trip but I also hope it will give people some helpful tips before they embark on a trip to the crazy ol’ US of A. There are more than a few tips I know I wish someone had told me about before we went, so I’d love to help other people have the best trip ever by giving them plenty of heads up about what to expect.
While I upload all of the happy snaps to my flickr, I thought I’d share some of the highlights of my trip to get the ball rolling (in no particular order):
- THEME PARKS! We managed to go to four (yep, FOUR) on this trip. Disneyland and Universal Studios in LA and Disney World and Universal in Orlando.
- THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER! Need I say more?
- Getting a Halloween tattoo in LA (even if it caused me much duress for most of the trip because of the placement).
- Finally getting to see Japan LA in real life and buying so many awesome things. I was in a rush (see next point) so I could have gone REALLY crazy if I’d had more time.
- Going to see Elijah Wood’s new film in LA and standing beside him in the line at the candy bar where he struck up a conversation with me!
- Going to Las Vegas as an adult, walking down the street drinking booze and discovering the majesty of Downtown Vegas. Oh and spending Halloween there!
- Falling in love with New Orleans completely and utterly.
- Trying so many delicious American craft beers everywhere we went.
- Finally seeing New York where we saw and did SO MUCH! That city is crazy and wonderful!
- Catching up with Cam, one of my best friends who I lived with in London. Also finally meeting Maya who I’ve known online for 10 years now!
- Meeting and spending a lovely evening with Twinkie Chan who’s a bit of a crafty, kawaii hero of mine (she even blogged about our encounter!)
- All of the animals! Squirrels, scores of dogs in coats, lizards, alligators, birds… there were so many!
OK that’s all I can think of without going totally berserk and just listening ever single thing we did. Ben and I had an amazing trip and I really can’t wait to share it with you all. Lots of photos will be coming soon!
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Another day, another article about Miley Cyrus post-VMAs. I kind of feel like her performance at that joke of an awards show will become one of those “do you remember where you were when…” moments. I remember where I was, at work. I first learned about her “controversial” performance on facebook and then a few news sites as images and video started to emerge of her performance. More than anything, I remember the reactions people had. Before I watched the video I thought she’d done something really full-on based on peoples reactions, so I was really disappointed when I actually got around to watching it. That’s it??? It was such a non-event to me, and certainly not the most controversial thing I’ve seen done in pop music.
So many people, including friends on social media, appeared mortified that she’d dared dress and/or act the way she did. Many people lamented that the old Miley was now gone and this new one was horrible and a disgrace. While I thought her performance was tacky and probably unnecessary, I couldn’t understand why people seemed to angry/appalled. But then I guess it’s because I never cared that much for Miley to begin with, whereas a lot of other people did. For some reason people were taking great personal offence that she’d decided to strip herself of her cute, all-American, girl-next-door image and now wanted to join the ranks of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Madonna and countless other pop stars who use sexuality and unusual clothing choices to grab the public’s attention.
The more I think about it, the angrier I get. Not just at peoples dumb reactions to a celebrity they don’t even know and yet seem to think they have a say about what she does, but to every damn aspect of it. I hate the over reactions to something that wasn’t even that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. I hate the fact people are now acting like twerking is a new, exciting thing and actually proclaiming she is the queen of it (when she can’t even twerk at all). I hate how her body was critiqued because her bum wasn’t pert and perfect. I hate how Billy Ray Cyrus had to defend her, because idiots thought her dad should not let his adult daughter do undaughterly things on TV. I hated how she got all the flak and fucking Robin Thicke got nothing when his song is a rapey piece of shit and he looked like a puncier version of Beetlejuice in that damn suit. I hate how she’s obviously felt pressured to change her image like this in order to shed the Hannah Montana image that people cling so desperately to. I hate how she has to use her body and silly sexual gestures to get noticed, because it’s not enough that she can sing.
It’s a shit situation all round, but at the end of the day, it’s her life and she can do with it what she wants. She generated a HUGE amount of interest because of that performance, so really, if getting attention and some notoriety was her intention, then she did a fantastic job of it. I wish it wasn’t at the expense of her credibility and dignity, but hey, it’s pop music. Since when did pop stars ever get to keep their dignity? People should have let go of the Hannah Montana thing long ago, when she stopped playing that character and started growing up. They bitch and moan that her sexy new look is trashy and unattractive, but they forget that she was being fetishised as a underage sex symbol anyway, and at least now any sexual attraction to her is justified and less creepy because she is an adult, acting like an adult, and doing adult, sexy things that demand sexual thoughts.
I just hope that she gets all of this hyper-sexualised BS out of her system with this album, a few film clips, a photoshoot with Terry Richardson (ugghh) and then moves on to become the person she really is. If it turns out this is the real Miley, then good on her. Many of us go through most of our lives not knowing who we are or suppressing our true selves for the benefit of others. Whatever happens, I still won’t ever buy her records so really, it aint any of my damn business.
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Hello out there! If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ve probably noticed my posts have been few and far between lately and for that I am sorry. I can’t offer any real excuses either, it’s mostly just a complete lack of time to be honest. I think of blog posts all the time but finding the time to type them out can be hard and when I do find the time, I’m over that last rant or whatever clever post I had in mind so I don’t want to post it any more and then I have nothing to write about! Total conundrum!
Right now the biggest thing going on in my life is our upcoming trip to the USA! In fact, today marks exactly three weeks until we go. At this time on the 23rd October we will be in a plane, heading to Auckland (where we will hang out for FIVE hours, ugh). And because time zones are crazy, we’ll technically be about to land in LA around now. EXCITING!
I won’t go into a big, in-depth “What we’re doing in America” post just yet, even though I am DYING to, but planning for it is pretty time consuming. Or should I say, thinking about it constantly as I have been doing is massively time consuming! We still have a bunch of stuff to book, buy tickets for, plan etc which we’ll be finishing off this week so the next couple of weeks will be stress-free and all about anticipating the best holiday ever!
In the meantime, our plans to keep low profiles have been hampered by being so extraordinarily busy. I guess it’s just that time of year? I’m finding it so hard to get a full day at home to do stuff that desperately needs doing! In fact spending any quiet time at home is going to be impossible now because I have to sew millions of hair bows for Supanova! I will actually be in the US when Supanova is on in Brisbane BUT we’ll still have a stall thanks to the help of my sister and a few lovely friends so mum will not be doing it all on her own. So while it’s not for five weeks, I have to get as much done as possible in the next three weeks! Wowza, this is gonna be intense!
Anyway, now you know what’s going on and apologise a MILLION time for being so slack!
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Welcome to my first ever guest post! This one is from Laura from Blue Banana.
Adventure Time is one of the most popular cartoons in the world right now, all thanks to its surreal themes, witty humour and layered story that appeals to more than just kids, but also to teens and young adults who appreciate alternative and original style. Part of why people love the show so much is the gorgeous art and animation that leads to all sorts of adorable creations.
The World Of Ooo is full of all sorts of cute little critters, so here are the best cuties that have appeared across all five seasons of the cartoon – that’s over one-hundred episodes! Some only popped up once, but that was enough to endear them to our hearts right away. Algebraic!
Shelby is a pink worm that lives in Jake’s viola. He’s only made a few cameo appearances but every moment he does is memorable because of his sarcasm. The little guy has a sharp tongue and speaks as if everything is always lame. He’s pretty cute, but not as cute as the others on this list.
Me-Mow is a very tiny little kitten dressed like a Mummy, but despite her cute looks she’s actually a deadly assassin. In ‘Jake vs Me-Mow’ she’s tasked with assassinating Wildberry Princess and threatens Jake with poison to do her dirty work. This episode was one of the funniest in the show and Me-Mow is one of the most adorably evil little characters imaginable.
Flambo is a recurring character in the series and friends with Finn and Jake. He’s a mischievous little fire demon able to cast magic that allows mortals to enter the fire kingdom. Although he has a fiery little temperament and talks like a sneaky gangster, there’s no getting away from how cute the little guy is.
7. Wildberry Princess
Of all the Princesses in Ooo, Wildberry Princess is one of the most adorable in personality and looks. She’s basically a little living raspberry, has a timid nature (probably helped in no part by her continuous capture by the Ice King) and has a squeaky little voice. Kawaii!
6. Little Dude
Little Dude is the name given to Finn’s famous hat when it comes to life thanks to the Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving. Gaining a cute little face and four legs, Little Dude makes a great mischievous companion at first but turns out to be evil and more trouble than he’s worth. But, despite the evilness, just look at his little face!
Gunter is the Ice King’s most faithful penguin servant and is usually a source of mischief and trouble for him too. The Ice King loves Gunter like a father, whom he refers to as ‘sweetie’. Gunter also happens to be one of the most evil beings on Ooo, despite making non-threatening quacks. It’s his/her naughtiness and source of frustration for the Ice King that makes Gunter so loveable though.
4. The Jiggler
Appearing in one of the show’s earliest episodes, The Jiggler is a cute little being that was adopted by Finn and Jake. The Jiggler was named after the two adventurers discovered it loved to dance to Finn’s singing, waving around those wiry little arms and whistling. Unfortunately, the Jiggler got sick because it was really a baby separated from its mother, but Finn and Jake returned it home where it was restored to its lively self.
3. The Cute King and the Cuties
The Cute King and his army of Cuties appeared in the episode ‘Conquest Of Cuteness’. The Cuties are a tiny race of mushroom headed beings that are rainbow coloured and believe themselves to be a fearsome and evil army despite their cute looks. The King and his army try to attack Finn and Jake but are completely hopeless as they are too weak. Eventually the King surrenders but comes to the realisation that it’s easier to use their cuteness to manipulate victims than to fight.
The Snail is the only character that appears in every single episode of the show without fail and has become a firm fan favourite. The little Snail is a running gag and at least once in every episode he appears in shot doing a cute wave at the audience, breaking the fourth wall. Half the fun of every episode is finding him and it’s always exciting to see where he’s hidden each time.
“Who wants to play video games!”
BMO is most definitely the cutest character in the show and with each passing season he/she gets even more adorable. The little happy-faced computer plays games with Finn and Jake and even gets up to imaginary games when they’re out of the house. BMO’s character has grown over the seasons from purely a games console to an integral part of the cartoon. With Korean accent and little Gameboy console appearance, everything about BMO is loveable and every cameo in the show, whether big or small, is all the brighter for BMO’s presence.
These are just a few examples of the sweet creations that inhabit the land of Ooo in Adventure Time – when you watch the show you realise that actually pretty much all characters are cute in some way due to the artistic style. So what the glob are you waiting for? Start watching Adventure Time and all their wonderful characters!
Note: This is not a sponsored post.
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Guys! I have recently started getting my shit together and getting my online store up and running again! I was feeling a bit meh about the etsy for a while there, there was so much work to list everything and I wasn’t happy with the photos I was taking so I was feeling rather uninspired. But then I had a lightbulb moment when I saw another etsy and how they took their photos. All they were using was a bit of fake grass with flowers and their items looked majestic. So I found some pretty fake grass and snapped a whole bunch of new photos which have inspired me all over again!
If you like hair bows (and even if you don’t), please go check out my newly revamped etsy page. I’m adding new bows each week and will also be adding some of our phone cases and other bits and pieces. You can also access to store from my very own blog! See the link “Ruby Kawaii”up the top, click it and suss it out!!!
Because I love you guys, I thought I’d sweeten the deal a little bit. If you buy a bow from my etsy between now and the first week of October, you get FREE SHIPPING! Just enter the coupon code RUBYVELOUR while checking out and no matter where you are in the world, postage is completely free!
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On the weekend I went to help Ben at work as they were a man down and I wasn’t up to much at home. As it happens I wasn’t needed as two of the other guys who run the bar were there for a drink so my services were rendered useless. Ah well, c’est la vie!
I did dress up in a cute little outfit though which I figured I’d share so my trip out was worthwhile. I’m really into yellow at the moment, I especially love it with black, possibly because I love bees or probably because I’m a Hufflepuff! Well, so Pottermore says. I actually think of myself as Gryffindor, but I like to support Hufflepuff now and then. I thought the leggings suited the theme due to where their common room is located!
Dress: New Matte Black Reversible Skater Dress from Black Milk Clothing
Leggings: Junkfood Black Leggings from Black Milk Clothing
Top: Ruffle sleeve top from Valley Girl
Shoes: Yellow flower flats from Target
Hair bow: Ruby Kawaii, naturally!
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While I’ve mentioned him a couple of times on my blog, I’ve not really gone into great detail about my beloved little doggy Shiro. He’s my little darling who I love dearly, and it seems wrong that he doesn’t have a post totally dedicated to him!
He’s a Japanese Spitz, a breed I didn’t even know existed until shortly before I got him. As it turns out, they’re a very neat breed, they’re kind of half way between a pomeranian and a samoyed and are super affectionate and loyal. They also have a very handy feature where their fur is like teflon, dirt and other bits from nature don’t stick!
I get him clipped regularly as he’s such an active little boy and he seems a lot happier and cooler when he’s fur is kept short . Though he’s definitely his handsomest with his long fur! He goes on walks daily as his energy is boundless and he’ll drive you insane if you go for more than a day without taking him for a run. We have an off-leash park behind our house which we take him to regularly, though he’s not awesome at socialising with other dogs unless they are smaller than him (his favourite play mate is a chihuahua called Milo who we see there often). He’s the biggest wuss!
He’s had a bit of a chaotic life though as when I got him I was living in a unit in the city, where it quickly became apparent he is NOT a unit dog even with regular walks. When I moved in with mum we really saw him change for the better, having a backyard did him wonders and he got along fabulously with mum’s dog Lily. When I moved in with Ben, I left Shiro with mum as we were living in a unit which he definitely wouldn’t have coped in. But when we got our house with it’s backyard and many walking tracks surrounding us, it was time for Shiro to finally live with us!
He’s a wonderful little guy whom I couldn’t imagine life without. He’s pretty smart, though does some dumb things that are often hilarious. He has the best eye sight of any dog I’ve ever know, and he even watches TV. His favourite movie is Babe, he watches every last moment of it. His other favourite activities include going for walks, running, leaping, playing fetch and getting tummy rubs. In fact he is a master and maneuvering your hand to the spot he wants patted (I’ll film it one day and put it up, it really is astounding).
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was on the other weekend, and this time I had a stall! I’m sad to say it wasn’t a very successful weekend, we didn’t sell much at all which seemed to be the case for most stalls. Chalk it up to their change of schedule (two days instead of the traditional one) or the fact people had to pay $27 entry and probably couldn’t justify spending much more, especially if they intended on eating while there. Ah well, we had a good enough time talking to people and sunning ourselves on the two lovely, sunny days it was on.
So here’s what I wore:
DAY ONE – Kawaii Blue
Dress: Oh Boy dress by The Hiding Tree from Princess Polly
Shirt: $5 number from Paper Scissors
Leggings: Tokyo Massacre by Black Milk Clothing
Apron: The Little Mermaid half-apron by Buttons & Bows (my mum’s new venture, coming soon)
Shoes: El-cheapo’s from Big W that turned brown with mud within about 10 mins of arriving
Accessories: Misc Ruby Kawaii
DAY TWO – Kawaii Rockabilly
Dress: Sheila dress by Sourpuss from Skye-Bow Clothing & Accessories
Leggings: 3/4 shapewear leggings from Target
Shoes: The Layer Cake Platforms by Converse from Hype DC (ugh they’re on sale now, damn them all!)
Accessories: Misc Ruby Kawaii