Monday, October 27, 2014

I Imagine...

 I imagine people that live in the Venice Canals are awaken by sunlight beaming through their large bedroom windows. 

They slowly sip on coffee as they read the newspaper while wearing a chunky cable knit sweater sitting on their front porch. But this porch is no ordinary porch, this porch is filled with green lush plants and exotic flowers that attract beautiful insects. A small picket fence divides the porch and the sidewalk that leads to the canals. 

I imagine after reading the newspaper front to back, they open the picket white fence and take a jog around the canals. Running up and down each bridge.

In the evening, they dine while sipping on red wine and after dinner they ride their boats and paddle around the canals greeting their neighbors that are tending to the garden.  

I imagine the canals illuminated by flickering candles lit from each house. 

Or maybe everyone that lives here is like everyone else in America, rushing out the door trying to beat traffic and eating dinner while watching TV. 

Who knows, but its nice to imagine.

These pictures were taken at the Venice Canals in California with my iPhone. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Exploring the Super Cute World of Hello Kitty

Hello! Exploring the Super Cute World of Hello Kitty exhibit is now open at The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit is part of Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary celebrations. The exhibit showcases the history and influence on pop culture of this super cute character that has melted every girl's heart. As a Hello Kitty fan, naturally I had to go and check out this exhibit.

From the moment you arrive, the cuteness begins! You are greeted by the exhibitions signature Hello Kitty Kokeshi doll. 

The exhibit starts with the history of Hello Kitty, the first product created, and continues with the many products developed through out the years. Among the many products was a Hello Kitty Robot!  

The exhibit is so cute and carefully curated to reflect Hello Kitty's super cute world, I was in Hello Kitty heaven. I took lots of pictures and wanted to share some of my favorite pieces. Flash photography is not permitted through out the exhibit so some pictures are a little dark and some were taken with my iPhone but I hope you enjoy. 

 At the end of the exhibit you are invited to post your pictures on Instagram and if you hash tag them with #hellokittyjanm you get a print of your posts. So be sure to take lots of selfies because there are plenty of photo opportunities. For more information on the exhibit click here. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Prettiest Mural

Are you guys ready to see the prettiest mural, ever? Enter right through this LOVE door! 

Just kidding! That door leads into a Subway restaurant. But I'm not kidding about the prettiest mural ever. The mural I speak of has hearts, a message and a Hollywood icon. 

The mural was created by Free Humanity and the purpose is to plant the seed of positivity through art and consciousness. 

What do you guys think, isn't it the prettiest? And that message, can we be second?  I for one let my husband have the biggest piece of steak, does that count? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

p.s. I think I need to go back and see that geisha upstairs. 

Monday, October 13, 2014


Hispanic heritage month end this Wednesday, so along with three other Hispanics we headed to the most popular place in Los Angeles that represents the Hispanic community, El Pueblo/Olvera Street. 

My parents came from Mexico to the United States and have lived in California for more than half of their lives. Living in Los Angeles I was exposed to my Mexican heritage on the regular. As a kid, my sister and I had your typical toys every girl had, you know Barbies, Barbie's Dream House, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch Kids, okay you get it we were spoiled. But we also had things that represent our Mexican heritage. 

I know I had a small leather purse and a Oaxacan style rag doll...

and lets not forget the ceramic piggy bank.

We grew up watching telenovelas and comedy series that are  timeless classics. These pencil toppers were crafted to resemble those funny characters that every Mexican knows. 

We ate candies that were dipped in chili powder

and candy made from peanuts. 

Walking around El Pueblo/Olvera street I noticed that the Mexican culture is so colorful.I guess I never really paid much attention but how could I have never noticed, I mean look at these guitars!

I didn't do any shopping during my visit but I think I have to go back and pick up some items. I was eyeing the popular stripped serapes...

perhaps a floral table runner, look at those colors...

or some hand painted mugs to drink hot chocolate? 

Before I wrap things up here, I should mention the amazing leather products made in Mexico. I fell in love these clutches...

and this purse!! 

I was also reminded of the corn husk calla lilies, so colorful and pretty. I definitely need these in my home. 

Oh and if you find yourself wandering El Pueblo, be sure to stop at "Mr. Churro". They have some delicious churros filled with cajeta, strawberry, lechera milk  or any other yummy fillings that will make your mouth water. 

 I am proud to say I am Hispanic and these pictures represent my colorful Mexican culture. If you would like more information on El Pueblo/Olvera street click here.