playing tourist: at the Hollywood Bowl

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Last weekend I went to the Hollywood Bowl on a mother-daughter date with another friend & her daughters. It was the annual Sound of Music Sing-a-long, where the audience watches the classic Sound of Music movie as the words to the songs appear on a ginormous screen. People brought poppers for on-screen kisses, flashlights for when the Nazi’s were looking for the Von Trapp family, and took out their lighters phones for the love songs.  Set in the hills of Hollywood, the outdoor amphitheater is in full sight of the infamous Hollywood sign (visible during the day, I promise). I spent many a summer night here growing up, for shows and orchestra concerts by John Williams or the LA Philharmonic. I love the closing Fireworks show towards the end of the summer, and of course the fourth of July celebrations. It is here that I grew to love classical music.

Please tell me that if you live in the LA area, or have been to LA, that you have gone to a concert here before! If you’re not into classical music, there are plenty of weekends where there are shows like the Blue Man Group, Earth Wind and Fire, Vampire Weekend etc.

You need to go!

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It’s a summertime celebration, so check their website for the 2014 summer schedule!

hugs, hanalei

PS-Two things: parking ($20) is stacked, so you’ll be stuck there for at least an hour, unless you pay $45 for Valet parking (which we did, & we were in and out of there in minutes!) or catch the shuttle. Also: DO NOT bring your trusty DSLR camera! They will make you check it in or return it to your car. You can get away with a point-and-shoot camera or your cell.

Hello Weekend! + how to survive without the internet for one week

When the internet goes out in your home and for some reason the internet company doesn’t get around to actually fixing the problem for a whole week,  don’t start pulling your hair out. Don’t send out a bunch of of hate-tweets because you will probably regret it later (ok I only sent one tweet of anger–it was well deserved). Don’t keep opening your computer every 5 minutes to check & see if it has magically started working again, because it hasn’t and it won’t.

Here are a few ways to survive when you are abruptly cut off from the internet world:
foggydress_tulips1. Take lots of pictures of flowers with your fancy DSLR

foggydress2. Go hiking with your friends ^^

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Instead of complaining about how horrible internet companies can be sometimes, I’ll just focus how much I was able to get done without it. Mostly, I am excited about almost finishing up this ^ HoBag. I have a few more seams to sew before she’s finished. Pictures will be up soon!

Have a great weekend, and hopefully you have Labor day off! Let’s not talk about how summer is pretty much over. Actually, what am I saying? Southern California only has two types of weather: hot summer and cold summer. Phew…I am too used to trying to mentally prepare myself for terribly cold winters in San Fran & Utah (ok SF isn’t quite as cold as Utah, but it sure is chilly all year round). You are all welcome to come visit, if you don’t already live here. Summer will be waiting for you.

hugs, hanalei.

hello weekend, from SD!

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We are enjoying a perfectly comfortable holiday down here in San Diego. Having friends in La Jolla is a little too convenient for us, as I might be wearing out my welcome sooner than later. The 1.5 hour drive is just too do-able, I don’t think I can stay away long. I’ll post more about our trip on Monday.

On another note, I’m past due for a hair trim. I say trim, not cut, because I am trying to grow my hair out. Grow hairs, grow! I could definitely use a trim & style. Something along the lines of Jessica Alba (plus a few inches):

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hugs, from San Diego 🙂

Photo Left: Hair Style Solution, Photo Right: Styles Only

making a: Tee-skirt

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LA blog picsfoggydress_teeskirt2 Hi guys, I’m alive! I’m finally settled into our new place. There are still plenty of boxes that need to be put away, but we’re doing a little bit everyday….

Now that I’m no longer in San Francisco, I can enjoy a truly warm summer. I am busting out all the flow-ey skirts and thin tees that I could never wear (without a sweater) in SF. I’m even wearing my tee-skirts (tee-shirt that can double as a skirt) (yes I made that up!). Ever since I was in high school, I have always worn these kind of shirts as skirts….

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BONUS! They are so easy to make. Well ok you don’t really make them, you….foggydress_teeskirt4Voila! Easy way to double the wardrobe. Now I can enjoy a real California summer. XOXO
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hugs, hanalei.

dress: for summer heat

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One thing that’s been killing me lately is the HEAT! Once you leave the easy-breezy peninsula of San Francisco in the summer, everywhere else is SO. DANG. HOT. Since we’ve left SF, it’s been at least 108 degrees just about everywhere we’ve gone (except at the cabin, of course). The only upside to this heat wave is that I get to wear breezy summer dresses all day, everyday. This denim one is perfect because it’s stiff enough that it doesn’t cling to my sticky, sweaty skin (gross visual, sorry). I really miss the fog and coolness of SF.

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Oh yeah, did you know….I am in So Cal right now…. and have been for a few days?? But– I am not soaking up the sunny beaches like I wish I was.

No, no. Instead of hanging out on the Santa Monica Pier, or hitting up Disneyland (or something else really really cool), I am actually:
IMG_2035 Yep, I’ve been here for like 3 days now and all we’ve done is go from appointment to appointment looking at apartment/condos near my husband’s future graduate school. Just when we found the perfect place, with the right cost, neighborhood, and distance from his school, the owner’s tell us we just barely submitted an application after another couple. GAh. So now we are staying an extra day looking like crazy, for anything! We still need to go back to San Fran to pack up (tears!!) and then off to my brother’s wedding in Utah (we just were there! sheesh), and move into our new place, all before the end of the month. Wish us luck tomorrow guys…we really need it.

hugs, hanalei.