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Kaleo on Late Night With Seth Meyers

A few months ago, my stylist friend Audrey Brianne had asked to borrow a few pieces for a band she was styling called Kaleo. They were set to perform on Conan O’Brien. I hadn’t looked into their music before and ended up just taping the show. I was blown away by their song “Way Down We Go” and drawn to JJ’s husky, raspy blues voice.

They were set for more TV appearances and an upcoming tour, and JJ wanted more specific items, so Audrey organized for me to meet him at his hotel while he was on vocal rest. When I got to meet JJ in person, I was shocked at how tall and handsome he was in person!  Even though he couldn’t talk very much, I could sense that he was very sweet and kind, and seemed to possess a “wandering old soul” in a way.

My arms were full — I had basically brought along my entire jewelry kit: charms, chains, feathers, bits and all for him to choose from. JJ kept saying everything I had assembled together or picked out was “beautiful.” He then asked me why I brought feathers, and I laughingly told him, “I don’t know! I figured I would just bring everything for you to look at. And I think feathers can be a nice color contrast or texture against the charms you picked out.” Turns out my instinct was right, because almost everything he picked out had a feather on it!

He was drawn to things that seemed earthy, and definitely anything Native American inspired! I also taught him how to tell if a stone is real stone or not, which he enjoyed. (Hint: Natural stone is strangely cold to the touch, glass is not). At the end before leaving, he gave me a hug and I was thinking, “How many girls would want to be me right now?”

I ended up creating several custom necklaces based on the items he had previously picked out, and from there, he chose his favorite pieces. Not long after, he was already wearing one of the pieces on the show Late Night with Seth Meyers.

I’ll be posting the photos of JJ wearing my jewelry on my Instagram page and my Facebook page, but in the meantime, here’s a video of them performing on Late Night With Seth Meyers!  JJ is wearing my carved horn pendant and red pheasant tail necklace.  A big thanks to Audrey for putting us together, and it was such a pleasure working with a lovely and talented man!

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Pilgrimage to the Painted Hills in Oregon!

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Even though we were lucky enough to see the sunny skies in Seattle, we were not as fortunate to have them when we visited the Painted Hills in Oregon!  I was able to take a quick photo as the sun peeked out a little bit through the clouds!  Nevertheless, the Painted Hills were definitely a beautiful sight to see up close!  Unfortunately due to the sensitive nature of the Painted Hills, you are unable to hike through them or get up close.  The best way to see them is by the road alongside it!  The unique colors that streak the clay rich hills and mounds were formed millions of years ago by different volcanic eruptions and changing climate patterns. Over time, the landscape transformed again and again responding to the powerful forces of nature. Layers of ash and different types of soil mixed with minerals and plant material and eroded causing the unique coloring of the Painted Hills landscape we see today.

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Further along the road is the unique and unusual Painted Cove!  Although the clay colored hills are not as looming, they are no less impressive and absolutely beautiful to gaze upon!  Fortunately, they have a wooden walkway where you can wander in between the hills–which is definitely Instagram worthy!  Pictured above is a shot of the texture of the hills, and of course yours truly had to take a selfie with my gold mirrored Le Specs sunglasses!

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And lastly, here’s a photo of my lovely parents, who accompanied me on my adventures throughout the pacific northwest!  Also, you can see how large the clay hills are!  For more information about the Painted Hills and its surrounding areas, please visit http://traveloregon.com/see-do/attractions/outdoors-nature/painted-hills/.

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Skagit tulip festival!

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After exploring Seattle for a few days, my parents and I went a little further north up to Mount Vernon to check out the Skagit Tulip Festival!  It was pretty amazing, seeing rows and rows of colorful and vibrant tulips!  I didn’t even know tulips could grow to be as big as my face!  If you ever decide to check out the tulip festival, definitely call any of the tulip farms in advance–apparently the tulips bloomed early this season.  And if you don’t want to run into traffic and into any lines, visit the local farms during the week!  On that following Saturday, we saw cars lined up all the way to the freeway, causing a ton of traffic!

The first place we checked out was Tulip Town.  This is where I saw the largest tulips, in clean, straight rows of color!  Don’t go into the rows of tulips unless you want to get yelled at!  (Although I got a pic in, LOL!)  It’s not as big as some of the other farms, but it’s definitely beautiful.  Pictured below are the photos I took at Tulip Town.

 

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The next day, we decided to check out the other famed tulip farm, which was called RoozenGaarde.  Not only does it have gigantic rectangular fields of tulips and daffodils, it also boasts several artfully arranged garden areas.  Below are a couple images from our visit there, as well as a photo of me deep inside the daffodil fields!  I would definitely say that this place was more like a garden or park than a flower farm.  It really is popular destination, so definitely get there early if you can!

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And then we all ended the day with a lovely dinner and dessert with my longtime friend, Amanda!  We went to college together, and have been friends ever since!  Her husband Ken, and their kids Suraya and Zeke, were such a pleasure to be around for a few days!  I even got to up my dessert game a little bit (but I was more “assisting” than actually baking), with creating these apple pastry flowers–which came out pretty amazing!  All in all, my parents and I had a wonderful time in Mount Vernon, breathing fresh air, and experiencing the wondrous color and beauty that nature provides.  Looking forward to going back soon!

For more information about the tulip festival, visit their official website at: http://www.tulipfestival.org/.

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Crazy for the Chihuly garden and glass museum!

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After feeling totally enamored with Seattle’s EMP Museum, I walked over to the Chihuly garden and glass museum–which is right next door!  Talk about an otherworldly experience!  It’s situated in the middle of the park, and you can get glimpses into the garden, which is difficult to not get curious about.  When you first enter the museum, you experience something akin to an alien-like planet!  The room is entirely dark, and all you can see are these luminous neon squiggles and drops, as they reflect against a dark mirrored surface.  The entire installation reminded me of the tail ends of a jellyfish, as if each glass piece had a life of its own!

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Another exhibit was inspired by the ocean and sea life!  The large blue centerpiece was incredibly tall and imposing, it was basically from floor to ceiling!  Amongst the gigantic swirling tubes of glass, there were golden sea creatures that were playfully dotted within it.  I was especially drawn to two other sculptures, which were the black and gold octopus pieces.  The inky black octopus appeared to have a life of its own, as it was set upon a golden coral piece, and the lighting made it gleam in such a lifelike way.  The other octopus piece was its opposite, this time the octopus was gold, but it had a translucent shimmer, which made it appear almost ethereal in person.

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There was another room where you felt like you were under the sea!  The ceiling was covered in an entire series of colorful glass pieces, in floral motif and bubble patterns.  As the sunlight shines down, you can see the colorful light shine on the white walls below it.  I only included the one photo above of that particular room, but the room itself is rather large and filled with so much color!

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This next room had a very “Alice in Wonderland” feel to it–but with an alien-y twist, I think!  It appeared like a wild, gigantic garden, with large colorful plants and flowers.  It’s almost unreal how such organic and life like forms can be sculpted with glass!

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Above are detailed shots of some amazing hanging sculptures!  These pieces are definitely reminiscent of sea anemones, as they were bulbous, yet beautiful!  I have to hand it to the people who curate these exhibits, the lighting for each piece was so incredible, it would be near impossible to get a bad shot of anything in there!

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Before you reach the entrance to the gardens, you end up inside a large glass greenhouse!  Above you there is a spiral, DNA-like strand of vibrant glass flowers from end to end.  As you also look up above, you can see the Space Needle!  I decided to take a silly selfie inside, as if the spiral was coming out of my head, like a burst of creative inspiration!  (I mean, how could you NOT be inspired by this place?)  Just outside the greenhouse, they have a demo of how the glass sculptures were created, so you can get a glimpse into how all these pieces were made!

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Lastly, I wandered the outdoor garden, which had a blend of glass sculptures situated within actual plants and bushes!  I lucked out with the weather (since there are hardly any sunny days in Seattle), so all the colors were rich and bright.  Pictured above is a crop of red floral bulbs, and a large cactus style sculpture!

If you’re sticking around the Seattle Center area, this museum is a must-see!  Visit their site at http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/ for more info!

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EMP Museum madness!

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Seattle’s EMP Museum was so amazing, I had to create a standalone post for it!  EMP stands for Experience Music Project, and it is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. The EMP Museum was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000.  If you love pop culture, science fiction, and all things media / entertainment related, then definitely make a pit stop here!  Not only is the exterior incredible (which was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry), but the exhibits were phenomenal as well!  As a seasoned “museum buff”, I was impressed by how well each exhibit was carefully curated.

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My absolute favorite exhibit was the Infinite Worlds of Science showcase!  Not only did I feel like I was boarding an intergalactic spacecraft, I was in the presence of many amazing props, costumes, and models from the most iconic movies ever!  I’m a child of the 80’s, and I utterly adore all the science fiction movies that defined the genre in the 80’s and 90’s.  So seeing all of these things up close was a real treat!  First up was one of the models from the Terminator movie series!  They definitely freaked me out as a child, so seeing one up close was just as creepy!  It was a lot taller than I expected, but it definitely had that signature menacing grin that I remembered!  On the right side are some of the lightsabers from the original Star Wars trilogy!  The top one was Luke Skywalker’s, the middle one was Darth Vader’s, and the bottom one was Darth Maul’s.

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If you know me, you’ll know why I had to feature these three photos above!  I love the movie Mars Attacks!, simply because it’s a hilarious parody on the classic “alien invasion” movie!  Pictured on the left is one of the stop motion models they used in the film!  In the middle is the costume that Daryl Hannah wore as Pris in Blade Runner.  What I love about this particular costume is that it has a futuristic “Siouxsie Sioux” look to it, with a little punk rock thrown in!  And on the right are two costumes by one of my all time favorite movies, The Fifth Element!  One of them was worn by Bruce Willis’ character, Korben Dallas, and the other one was worn by Milla Jovovich’s character, Leeloo.  All the costumes in the film were designed by the irreverent and innovative French couturier, Jean-Paul Gaultier.  Who, by the way, was (and still is!) one of my favorite designers from the 90’s!

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To complete this particular exhibit, they had these infinity mirror and light displays in a couple areas of the show!  So naturally I had to take a few pics of them!  The lights were super trippy but absolutely selfie worthy!

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When you first enter the museum, you are greeted by this incredible floor to ceiling musical instrument sculpture!  And it plays music!  I couldn’t quite gather the melody, but you can see bits and pieces of the various instruments moving on their own.  The sculpture was in between two major shows centered around iconic musical acts, such as Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, and Wild Blue Angel: Jimi Hendrix Abroad.  It was amazing to see memorabilia, instruments, and costumes worn by such talented people!

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The last exhibit I checked out was Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.  I can be a real scaredy cat when it comes to horror films, but after seeing all the other shows, I decided to brave through it so I wouldn’t miss out!  And of course, it totally delivered!  I got to see a life size model of one of the aliens from the original Alien movie, which embodied true sci-fi terror all by itself!  There were many other pieces showcased, but since I’m not a horror movie buff, I had no clue what most of it was.  To lighten the mood of the show, they included an interactive exhibit where you can be your own alien!  I had to stand in front of a light projector, and as I moved, it would animate my silhouette into a silly monster creature!  Pictured is what I would be if I were some kind of monster, LOL!

If you’re ever in Seattle, I would definitely check this place out!  All I know is that I am absolutely going back again next time!  To know more about Frank Gehry and see his body of artwork and architecture, please visit https://www.artsy.net/artist/frank-gehry.

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Sleepless in Seattle!

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The last time I was in Seattle, I was a sassy (and grumpy!) typical teenager.  Although, I did secretly enjoy being the city known as the “birthplace of grunge”.  Going as an adult was a totally different experience–and I could barely sleep because there was so much to do!  I actually wanted to do all the touristy things, like visit Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, etc!  One of the first things we did was visit the Pike Place Market–also known as the one of the oldest farmers’ markets in existence!  Not only did it begin in 1907, but it also houses the first Starbucks coffee shop ever!  (Prepare yourself for a long line!)  When we were there, it was the height of tulip season, so all the flower shops held endless rows of colorful and bright tulips!  And you can basically eat and shop everywhere around you, there are local vendors selling fresh fish and meats, as well as specialty foods and snacks.  Our personal favorite was Chukar Cherries, we literally could not get enough of their Pistachio and Cherry mix, and their Classic Dark Cherries.  And yes, do take advantage of their bulk discount, because we sure did!  And there are also plenty of shops, there are the typical tourist-y gift items, but there are also hidden gems within the large building as you move down through all the floors!

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After running around the Pike Place Market all day, I decided to check out Seattle Center.  When I was young, we only got to see the Space Needle.  Today, it is surrounded by several museums, and it also has a lovely public playground, performance area, and park!  Since everything was already shutting down that evening, I decided to walk all around the park and take some pics!  I was first enamored with the EMP Museum, with its unique architecture and colorful metal panels.  The building was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry.  I loved the looming curves of the building, and with every step around it, it was a new shape / silhouette against the sky!  Most of the panels were mirrored, which made for some awesome reflections and colors against the ground!  The building was so gigantic, I took a picture of myself (look how tiny I am!) for perspective.  The next day, I went inside the EMP Museum–but that needs its own blog post!

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I also took a quick snap of the Pacific Science Center’s unique arches, I thought they looked incredible against the cloudy gray sky!  I wasn’t able to check it out on this trip, but I definitely will next time!  EMP Museum blog post to follow soon!  It was just as incredible on the inside as it was on the outside!

To know more about Frank Gehry and see his body of artwork and architecture, please visit https://www.artsy.net/artist/frank-gehry.

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En route to Seattle!

After a few days in eastern Washington state, we decided to head out west!  En route to Seattle, we saw a gorgeous stop that overlooked the Columbia River!  So naturally we pulled over and took a few pics!

Since it was still cold out, I got to rock my Adidas Originals rose jacket, my favorite black pants by Tripp, and my black Air Max’s by Nike.  The sunset over the river was gorgeous!

Also near the overlook is this random outcropping of rocks!  My parents and I were joking about how funny we looked next to it, we looked like giants!  If you’re ever en route to Seattle or Spokane, definitely pull over and check out any scenic overlook by the freeway, it’ll definitely be worth it!

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Visiting Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene!

We decided to head a little further east from Spokane, and check out Post Falls and Coeur D’Alene!  Post Falls has a lovely man made waterfall and a river side park, called Falls Park,  so naturally we had to make a quick stop!  The waterfalls weren’t high like the one in Spokane, but they sure were mighty!  The park was lined with weeping willow trees–which were mine and my cousin’s favorite trees to swing from when we were little kids!  They were not quite green yet, they were a lovely shade of yellow.  So naturally I had to get a photo in between them!

Afterwards we made a quick shopping trip to an amazing antique mall, called My Favorite Things.  If you love antiques and home decor, this place is definitely worth checking out!  Found so many collectibles, along with a gigantic selection of wonderful antique jewelry and accessories!

After visiting Post Falls, we decided to end the day in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho!  We were told that the first thing we should do was the walk along the boardwalk on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  The boardwalk is one of the world’s largest floating boardwalks, and it has stunning views of the lake and the mountains beyond it.  Part of the boardwalk has a short tower bridge, which had unique architectural details and made for some great photos!  Also, I stumbled across an incredible metal sculpture of a dandelion, created by artist David Tonnesen.

I definitely had a great time visiting these peaceful, low-key cities.  It was undeniably a nice break from the insane pace of LA!  (But of course, I still love LA anyway!)

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Making a stop in Spokane, Washington!

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So a few weeks ago, my parents and I decided to take a fun road trip around Washington state!  I hadn’t been to Washington since I was a teenager–so it was definitely an entirely different experience this time!  We decided to make our first stop in Spokane.  One of the first places we visited was Spokane Falls, which is a waterfall and dam in the heart of downtown Spokane.  They have a lovely park right next to the waterfalls–but if you get too close to the water, you will definitely get super wet!  And unfortunately, we learned that the Sky Ride is only open on weekends!

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Here’s a detail pic of the massive bridge above Spokane Falls, with its amazing strong arches and supports.  And of course I learned the hard way about getting too close to the water, it definitely felt like it was raining in my face!  But of course I had to take a selfie!  And that was the only face I could make with my eyes slightly open, LOL!

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As we were driving around downtown Spokane, we saw these two large smoke stacks!  Turns out it’s an old steam plant that they converted into creative office spaces, boutiques, and a restaurant!  So naturally, we had to eat at the restaurant, which was called Stacks at Steam Plant.  The cool part about it is, you’re still surrounded by the infrastructure of the building, while dining on tasty food!  And afterwards, it’s fun to explore the rest of the building (and work off all that yummy food!).

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Even the tiles inside the building were amazing!  And, creepily enough, you can actually go inside one of the smoke stacks.  I went in when it was super dark, and it was definitely an eerie feeling being in an enclosed space and looking up!  Spokane was definitely a super fun trip, and it was awesome to see things that I don’t normally see in Los Angeles!

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So when I got to drive the 2016 Dodge Challenger…

So, my best friend Tien got her car fixed recently, and they let her rent a 2016 Dodge Challenger for a few days!  Being that I’m such a fan of muscle cars, we decided to do an impromptu photoshoot with it at the top of the Arclight Cinemas garage!  And then we took it on a long drive, from Hollywood to Bel Air, and drove on Mulholland drive from the 405, all the way to the 101!  It was the perfect night for such a drive, the full moon was out, and there was barely a cloud in the sky!

Knowing that we would be on such an exciting excursion (with an exciting car!), I tried to rock the most appropriate outfit I could with it!  I’m wearing a beanie from Collection XIIX, an awesome “Claudia Schiffer” sweatshirt from Zara, denim leggings from Uniqlo, and black ostrich leather Nike Air Jordans.  Photos by Tien Tienngern (with the exception of the selfie!).

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