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lake loop.

Another 24 Lake Tahoe vacay! My parents drove up for their annual Tahoe trip; Hubby and I met them over the weekend. Here’s a peek at our whirlwind adventure! En route we stopped at Rosemary’s Farm to Fork Cafe for avocado toast, chicken and waffles, lemonade, and tea. We also stopped for treats at Mahoroba Japanese Bakery. And when we got to Tahoe, a homecooked dinner was waiting for us! And we found snacks in the pantry. QT ensued! We woke up early to enjoy sunrise at our Tahoe home, but whoopsies, we didn’t realize the sun would rise more to the north so we couldn’t really see it break through from our vantage point. It was still pretty. We suited up and headed to breakfast before the crowds at The Old Post Office Cafe. I’ m a sucker for biscuits and gravy. And then for the first time, we looped the lake in one day. We weren’t planning to, but we just kept going. 🙂 We stopped every so often for nature views… Fancy …

legoland.

On my San Diego vacation with the fam, we went to Comic Con, tasted all the chocolate at Chuao, and ventured to Legoland, where everything is awesome. My niece and nephews are still big Lego fans. It was my first time to visit Legoland, but they have been to Legoland many times before so they each got to show me their favorite parts. We spent the entire day there. OMG, I was ded, but it was fun! We rode as many rides as we could. My brother-in-law got the Reserve n Ride pass so we could cut lines! They have all kinds of carnival games (I played a few!) and some of the rides were more like interactive activities. Of course, there were lots of structures made of Lego bricks. There is a mini land which features major U.S. cities, all the rides had some kind of Lego feature, and there was a Star Wars section with Lego scenes and characters. You can tour a small scale Lego factory, see Master Builders in action, meet …

make a wish.

Yay! We had another crafty lady togetherness night (remember kumihimo crafty hour?). I brought a wish bracelet craft to share and friends brought additional supplies for friendship bracelet making. Spend your summer making these with all your besties! Wish Bracelets Materials: Hemp cord Seed beads size 6/0 Ruler Scissors Clipboard or tape to hold cord in place For 6 inch wrist/bracelet you’ll need: 3 strands of cord measured to 16 inches 8 beads (you can add less/more) Line up all three cord strands. Tie an overhand knot at one end, leaving 3 inches of lose cord. Braid cords until you have ~2 inches of braid. Continue to braid, this time adding beads as you braid. String on a bead after every left cord moves to the center and “lock” the bead in place with each right cord moved to the center. (Or the reverse.) Continue this pattern until you braid on all 8 beads. Continue to braid cord without beads until you have another 2 inches of braid. Tie off this end with another overhand …

bike | bloom

This is a simple post. It’s about Tokyo bikes and flowers. We visited in the Springtime so all the blooms were majorly beautiful, and I was fascinated by all the bikes parked outside without locks (it’s honest there). Here are a few snaps from our stroll through Taito City and Sumida City in Tokyo. Enjoy. Shoutout to the simple things in life! Do you stop to photograph flowers, too? 🙂

sweater weather.

I have a secret. I love sweaters but I never wear them outside because I feel too comfortable and it looks like I’m wearing pajamas. It’s probably because I buy a size or two up for extra comfy feels. 😉 But, I have a really really fun collection of graphic sweaters that I want to share with you, because they are my friends – the people who design/make them, not the sweaters! Boba Milk Tea – Design and Happiness In typical me status, I met Angel of Design and Happiness at a craft show, I fangirled, and now I own things she makes! 🙂 I want to wear this every time I get boba… Panda Ice Cream – Design and Happiness Also from Angel – panda ice cream. 🙃 I can’t with this. Cat Dot Moons – Slow Moon Rise My friend An Li of Slow Moon Rise designs and screen prints apparel in her Berkeley studio. She also prints T-shirts, tanks, and scarves. This moon cat print is a favorite among my maker friends. …

just a girl.

The real reason we were in Las Vegas: Gwen Stefani‘s Just A Girl residency at Planet Hollywood! We bought our tickets nearly a year ago! The entrance was almost like a Gwen history museum. Old costumes from past music videos and events were on display. We were in the VIP section (I had forgotten we purchased VIP tickets so I was super impressed by past me!) which means we were shown to our seats, and there was drink service. Per usual, Gwen was amazing and looked the same as last time (as the rest of us age), and her dancers were incredible. I want to learn all the choreography. The set was colorful, and there was confetti and lots of amazing costumes. My favorite was the one with a big blue furry pom on one of the dancer’s heads. She reminded me a Sky Dancer. There were a few nods to Vegas show girls, too – lots of feathers! The show was an hour and half (sadly, no encore). Gwen always brings the dance party …

international women.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. To celebrate, I participated in Zynga’s International Women’s Day festivities at their headquarters in San Francisco. They hosted a maker pop-up with women-owned businesses. Shout out to my friend Mimi of Hello Shiso for suggesting my business for the event! Here’s a before and after of my booth space. I brought all the flowers, pennants, and of course, Boss Lady wall hangings. We set up in the communal / cafeteria area, and Zynga provided all the tables and linens – made my crafty life so easy! Bonus: we got to partake in all the Zynga goodies! Bevvies, foods, and snacks! Mmm. But the stars of the event: these movers and shakers! I met so many wonderful ladies who make and curate wonderful goodies! Featured biz ladies: Gal Collective / Colorfuls / Bash and Sash / Loloyum / Part & Parcel / Prezetlina / Palm and Perkins / The Loose Rooster Ranch / Fish Wife Sweets / Merora / Hello Shiso / Andi’s Succulents How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? …