WIAW: 2014 Spring Patchwork Festival Long Beach

The Patchwork Festival is one of the events I look forward to every year, and I’m lucky enough to be close to two locations. So I actually get to go to 4 each year (one on the spring and one in the fall). This weekend’s festival was in Long Beach.

The venue is gorgeous, right by all the ritzy homes that don’t all look alike. The streets are tree lined, there’s a park nearby, and it all overlooks the water.

Breakfast: Front Porch Pops‘ mojito popsicle and Brown Box Bakery’s gluten free horchata cupcake.


One vendor had all things panda.


I need this sign!


Best cut outs ever!


I ended up buying a couple of posters: The Poster List & Maiden Voyage.


Afterwards, I headed to Starling Diner. I didn’t eat much at the wedding the night before because I was having too much fun so I was starving! 


MARVELOUS retro decor


Reminds me of the diners in Asheville 🙂


Supposedly the best scone around, and it was quite MARVELOUS!


MARVELOUS slow roasted pork scramble made with egg whites


I jetted down to Laguna Beach afterwards.



I met up with this boy band of Denton, Daniel, and Andrew. I look like I had a fantastic night. 🙂


Since I also missed the wedding cake on Saturday, which was apparently from King’s Hawaiian – the people who make the famous Hawaiian rolls, I stopped by Sweet & Saucy Shop on the way home for a mini candy bar cupcake and mini lemon cupcake.


 Where is the best place for cakes or cupcakes in your area?

Five Things Friday & Yelp’s Holiday Market

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At the beginning of the month, I made this December to Remember list.


I built a gingerbread house, sent my holiday cards, watched tons of heart-warming Christmas movies, am still attempting to read a book, applied for 8 jobs, and finally, decided who to buy that one gift for. *I bought other smaller gifts.

This person deserves it. She has supported me every [week]day for 3 years! I hope to become as amazing as her. I love you too mom, but this is for my work BFF!


Five things to do over winter break

Spend tonight and tomorrow in San Diego!

Seeing Christmas lights FINALLY.

…and FINALLY seeing the Bodies Exhibition!

Try local Better Booch kombucha – I got “Apple Ginger Rogers.”


I took a shot, called, and they picked up at solita, sister of one of my favorite restaurants Sol. They only took reservations this past week but officially opens on Monday! You bet I’ll be there!


Five things I did this week

Go to my first Yelp event, Nifty Under $50! Hosted in the hipster neighborhood of Silver Lake in L.A.



Watched the first 45 minutes of “Aladdin” in Spanish 4 times in a row. The songs are so good though and makes me want to dance!

I haven’t listened to much good hip hop in a long time and didn’t know that Bone-Thugs did the equivalent of the NSYNC reunion.

Speaking of that, I love “Counting Stars” by One Republic.

And we will sure be sick of this soon, but I like it right now. I imagined that this would be the scene of the video by listening to it…

Five foods/drinks this week

I found a delicious-sounding flavor of High Country kombucha. The brand is more potent than GT’s.


Janetha mentioned these awhile ago. My cousin got some cinnamon-y pecans at Target, but I couldn’t find them so I got these.


It was far too dark to take pictures inside, but I had a margarita delgada & an AMAZING beer battered shrimp taco for $10 at Malos Cantina in Silver Lake. Love happy hours!


Tried the “best donuts in Los Angeles” from The Donut Snob. They look perfect! Sidecar is still better, a lot better.


I’ve never tried Firestone beer! They’re a California-based company and I loved their blonde ale.


Five links

I’m working on “rebel dieting.” The word diet is just what I eat.

This post will make 2014 better and change your life! I’ve already started tying my floss and charging my battery on airplane mode.

Cool, historical college towns are the best. I went to one of these schools. Hint: it’s in the South and it’s hippie. (It’s Asheville, NC.)

I want a 7 year pen! Is this really possible though?

Who doesn’t love Ellen? Here are 11 things we can learn from her.

What have you tried or done this week?
Did you listen to 90s hip hop?