July 19th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel
Just came back from Comic Con yesterday and had a blast! Kimi and I only bought one-day passes and it was thankfully just enough time to explore the Exhibition Hall area. We learned our lesson from two years ago and decided to skip the panels this year, remembering how un-fun it was to spend most of the day standing in line. We saw tons of great vendors and artists, so I will be posting up my pictures soon, along with some of my favorite finds from the show. Until then, enjoy these LEGO Ninja Turtles in all their glory!
July 17th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel
I laughed for a good minute when I saw these awesome Neon Dinosaur Planters because I had a mental image of these dinos saying, “YAAAH!” For those who want to combine fun and functionality in their homes, these are a great way to try out your green thumb. They are handmade in Santa Barbara too!
- Approx: 20″ L x 12″ H each
- This planter is designed to hold any 2″ or 4″ plant and can be used indoors or outdoors.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods
July 7th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel
Special thanks to the Brands Boutique for introducing me to the adorableness that is Super Good! They are one of the many awesome companies that will be participating in the Brand Boutique’s Pop-Up Shop at AX this weekend, so if you’re attending AX, enjoy the cuteness for us both.
When I saw this “I’ll Shoyu” shirt I got really, really excited. I’m originally from Hawaii and have been living in the mainland off and on since college. While I lived on the east coast, in particular, people always thought I had a funny accent and I guess it’s true. Anyway, there are certain words/phrases that make the Hawaii-radar in my head start beeping and “shoyu” is one of them. Friends would be confused when I asked for the shoyu at Japanese restaurants. “The what?” they’d ask. I’d point to the familiar bottle that never says Aloha Shoyu anywhere but Hawaii. “Oh, soy sauce.” After doing a bit of digging, I found out that Super Good! is a Hawaii company. Yaaaaaay! Not only do they make t-shirts (for guys and girls), Super Good! makes earrings, stickers, and keychains/zipper pulls. Lots of cute stuff to choose from!
Okay, enough blabbing. Enjoy!
But It: Super Good, the Brands Boutique, Blue Collar Distro
July 5th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel
Go visit my awesome friends at the Brands Boutique at their Pop-Up Shop on July 4-7 at the Anime Expo here in Los Angeles, CA! The Anime Expo is North America’s largest event for anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture and will be loads of fun for anime lovers and non-anime lovers alike. Even for those who are less familiar with the thriving subculture, AX is a great opportunity to purchase some awesome art, toys, and more. Throughout this weekend, I will be featuring some of my favorite picks from the Brands Boutique shop!
The Brands Boutique pop up shop at Booth 539 and 541 features products from 10 established independent designer brands and 8 comic book artists. They promise to bring the best variety of handcrafted kawaii and Japanese pop culture goodies to Anime Expo.
Designers include Twinkie Chan whose revamped crocheted accessory line “Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan” features official Hello Kitty collaboration pieces with Sanrio. Twinkie Chan! is featured in magazines such as Giant Robot, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as spots on the DIY Network and in the Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary fashion show in Los Angeles. Other brands include Foxwise, a hand stamped jewelry line inspired by geeky pop culture and Sawdust Bear Press, a publishing company started by artist Shing Khor, whose sculpted artwork has showcased at dozens of group exhibitions held at Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles and Immortal Gallery, Downtown L.A.
The Brands Boutique Pop up Shop hosts daily booth events for attendees such as a chance to be in their “Anime Expo Cosplay Gallery” going live online July 10, daily giveaways sponsored by participating brands, and free gifts with purchase!
This year, the pop up shop’s products range from food themed accessories by Happy Cupcake Days and character pillows by Plush Me to hand stamped jewelry from Foxwise, graphic tees inspired by Japanese pop culture from Super Good Clothing, cute plush animal tutorials from Tea Cup Lion, and Lolita inspired jewelry from the Pretty Pretty Jewelry Collection as well as crocheted “food” scarves from Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan, graphic tees by Funkey Monkey, and monster pins by Sawdust Bear. Plus, the booth features over 20 comic book titles from indie comic artists. Every product is handmade and locally crafted in the U.S.A.
July 3rd, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel
If you have not watched Bob’s Burgers yet, I highly recommend you do so. Right now. Especially all Tina-centric episodes. When I saw this set of hand-painted Bob’s Burgers mugs, I was trying to imagine which one I’d drink from first! You can purchase these mugs individually or as a set. Of course you want the set, though! You don’t want to leave out anyone in the Belcher family.
Buy It: Etsy