Kelligraphy with Laura Hooper

Spending Sunday having coffee, donuts, seafood, strolling by the beach and attending Laura Hooper’s calligraphy workshop with good friends is anything but ordinary!

Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop
Any one who’s even slightly into calligraphy should definitely go to this when they organize it again. They share a lot of great tips on doing calligraphy and how it works as a business. The workshop run by Laura and her sister Alyssa, two lovely ladies who are also running the calligraphy business together, this sister duo sure make a great team. They were also constantly reminding us to pay attention to our posture while we were practicing.

It was a 3 hours workshop and my hand got really sore because I was so frantic that the ink was going to dry on the nib, I certainly missed out many times when Laura was showing us how to do the letter on the chalkboard – I was too nervous to look up, I kept tracing until I ran out of ink. Finally, I took a break and went shopping in the back, and yes, I went a little crazy, I had to, they were giving a 15% discount! I got an extra beginner and intermediate guide book, extra regular white paper pads, black paper pad and a box of gold ink kit. Now I must make this my new career to make that money back!

You can check out her website at: http://lhcalligraphy.com/

Hermosa Beach, CA
First time at Hermosa Beach, it’s so nice and clean – If you are thinking about going to a beach while visiting LA, you should check this one out, but please pick up your own filth so it doesn’t end up looking like Venice Beach. Just kidding, but not kidding, haha!

Spending 4th of July weekend with my hipster dad 

We went to Animal for brunch at around 12pm during the hottest hour. So we hung out there and hid from the sun for a very good while. Really really enjoyed our coffee and food though! We even shared some pretty brilliant ideas.

Animal
435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

We shared an appetizer: chicken liver toast. Nom nom nom…

My dad got the pastrami reuben benedict on rye toast with sauerkraut, hollandaise and island sauce, with a soft egg and I got the foie gras, biscuit with maple sausage gravy. As much as I love savory sweet, I think the gravy is a bit too sweet for me but the foie gras is cooked to perfection. After our relaxing brunch, we headed to Abbot Kinney. Yup not a good idea because it was still very hot and sunny, but I did pile on layers of sunblock! And we had a great time walking around leisurely. (I hid from one shade to another)

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1650 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

IDV is such a cute store. I would move in if I could! I mean… You can tell I’m obsessed. I didn’t even mind that it’s an outdoor store without AC.

And look at this awesome mural. LOVE!

Perfect weekend 

Yup! We napped a lot!
… And we took some photos for Buddy for his LinkedIn profile. We think it’s about time he finds a job. He can’t be a freeloader forever!

  “This pose?”

“Or this? Do I look successful?”

After the tiring photo session. Buddy invited his brother to beg for some napa cabbage. One of Buddy’s favorite food! And speaking of favorite… Sunday is definitely his favorite day of the week. He totally understands why people call it Sunday Funday, even though his mommy has Sunday Blues. He wouldn’t understand because he eats and lives for free! Oops sorry, I am totally off track; Buddy loves Sunday because he gets to go to Puppy Kindergarten at Pussy & Pooch and see his favorite people in the world (his trainers). Also because he gets to play with other puppies, and training exercises involves a lot of treats!

 “Hurry up guys! We are late to class!!!”

 “Is that me in the mural?”

 “Oh woof, that was fun! But we gotta hurry, human! Let’s get outta here fast, I was farting a storm in there from all the treats”

 “Yup! I ate, I played, I farted, now I’m pooped! Time for a puppy nap…”

 

Happy birthday to my sweet baby

Today is my sweet Chibi’s 11th birthday. Happy birthday to my cutie patootie. Thanks for always being there for me through all my ups and downs! Love you to pieces. Wishing you a happy, healthy long long life!

IMG_0332Chibi smirking with his PB Yummy Cake.

IMG_0336Rare picture of them TWOgether. We all wish Chibi a very happy birthday!

IMG_0325“Mommy & Daddy went to Shake Shack tonight. But they didn’t forget about us. We too got to eat an “Animal Style Burger” from The Dog Bakery.”

 

Shake Shack moved in

When I left New York 2 years ago, Shake Shack was one of the many things I was sad to leave behind. But guess what? They opened one in LA recently! We risked waiting hours to try it but we waited about 45 minutes. Not bad, not bad at all! And most importantly… It is as good as I remembered it and we tried the THE CHICK’N SHACK for the first time, very tasty! Nom nom nom…

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Shake Shack
8520 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Stumbled upon… One, two, three little gems

IMG_0196Left Buddy behind to get a mud bath after Puppy Kindergarten at Pussy & Pooch. I had a few hours to spare so I went over to Beverly Blvd and wandered around aimlessly. Well, I am so glad I did because I stumbled upon these cute stores. I am beyond obsessed!

Pygmy Hippo Shoppe
306 N Stanley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Rolling Greens
7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

 


 Heath Ceramics
7525 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036