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    Mystic Messenger Little Tokyo Cosplay Meetup

    Mystic Messenger Cosplay Meetup // The Geeky Fashionista

    If you’ve been following me for the past couple months, I’m sure you’ve seen me mention Mystic Messenger. It easily became my biggest new fandom of 2016. Well, last year, I went to my very first non-convention cosplay meetup. It was a gathering for Mystic Messenger fans to come together, cosplay as their favorite characters, buy merch, and hang out.

    Keep reading to read about my experience & see some photos I took at the event!

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    Conventions, Geekdom, Local, Los Angeles

    My Anime Expo Schedule

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    Tomorrow I will be going to Anime Expo!!

    Since I have to catch an evening flight to Seattle, I can only go for half of Friday, but regardless this will be my first time attending, and I am super excited! Even with my limited time (and maybe even because of it), I really wanted to plan a solid schedule so I could make the most of my day.

    Badge pick up for attendees has been open since noon today and is open until midnight which is pretty awesome. I was originally planning on going around 1pm but a quick look at Twitter with its photos of HUGE lines at the convention center of people who had CAMPED OUT quickly made me change my mind. To avoid both LA traffic and lines, I’ll probably go for my badge a little closer to midnight. Good thing I’m a night owl!

    Since I won’t have to worry about picking up my badge tomorrow morning, I’ll be able to jump right into the convention…so without further adieu, here is my (hopeful) Anime Expo schedule. 

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    Life, Los Angeles, Personal

    My First Stand-In Experience

     Super short post today! I very randomly had the opportunity to be a stand-in on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth this week and thought I’d share my experience. I say very randomly because I did not apply or submit to do this job at all. Two years ago, a friend and I thought it would be fun to sign up for Central Casting, a casting agency that books a lot of extras for TV shows, since a lot of our friends were doing it including my sister. After signing up, however, I never actually submitted myself for any work because my schedule was already busy enough. Well, they called out of the blue and asked to directly book me as a stand-in. Since I recently left my law office job due to health reasons, I had the day off and decided why not – it wouldn’t be very strenuous work, they would pay me a union rate, and it would be neat to see what a TV set is like. 
     
     
    My call time was originally scheduled for 2:30pm but I received a call around 8:45am saying it had been moved up to 9:30am. With no makeup on, I threw on some clothes and booked it to the studio. Upon arriving, the crew was so nice and thankful to me for rushing over. They sent me to wardrobe which dressed me in a J.Crew trench coat, Steve Madden boots, and a ring. Afterwards, the hair stylist put a wig on me to look more like the character “Bey.” She considered curling my actual hair, but after my bayalage last month, it was too light.
     
    Once I was ready, I met the actress for who I’d be standing in for, Vanessa Marano (super nice and pretty!), and they put me in a trailer and told me to wait until my scene was ready. I had my iPad and a book with me so I was plenty fine with waiting and it was pretty cool having my own little room. I started hearing some commotion outside the trailer and it seemed like some changes were being made. They eventually brought me out and told me I wouldn’t be needed for the scene and to return the clothes but keep the wig on just in case. They reassured me I would still be getting paid for my time and told me to help myself to the craft services table. I was super hungry since I didn’t have breakfast so I helped myself to a sandwich, fruit, donut, and bagel.
     
     
    My trailer room was needed for an actor coming in so they moved me to a soundstage where the extras were hanging out (above). Eventually, they all left and it was just me…still waiting. I honestly didn’t mind but just felt bad that I wasn’t doing anything. An assistant director or other crew member would periodically check up on me to make sure I was okay which I thought was nice. I was told to go ahead and have lunch and went over to the catering truck. It was Mexican for lunch that day and wow, did they have a lot of food! I sat down at a table and was joined by the episode’s director and an actor who were both super friendly and awesome. A crew member eventually approached me and told me I was good for the day and to go ahead and get my things and officially sign out. It was about 3:30 when I finished. 
     
    That’s my first stand-in experience! I didn’t actually get used so you won’t be seeing my back or hand in a shot on TV, but it was an overall neat experience and not a bad way to spend a few hours and make a little extra money. If they randomly gave me another call, I would do it again!
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    Birthdays, Life, Local, Los Angeles, Personal

    My Sister’s Birthday!

    My sister, Melissa, had her 24th birthday this past week! The day was going to be just us, and I planned a whole itinerary with things for the two of us to do on her special day. I’ve been worried that with my health problems I wouldn’t be able to properly celebrate with her and do everything, but luckily the entire day went without a hitch and couldn’t have gone better!
     
     
    After letting her sleep in a bit (because that’s what you do on your birthday!), we went to Denny’s! You get a free Gland Slam Breakfast on your birthday so it’s become a bit of a tradition to start our birthdays off there. We also got the bacon cheddar tots which were delish! 
     
    Afterwards, we were ready for our spa appointment! I found this great place called Anatara on Yelp that had a great “couples massage” deal! We opted for a hot stone massage – something neither of us had ever had before and it was SO nice and relaxing! 
     
    Next up, was a manicure and pedicure at this SUPER cute nail salon called Polish Lounge. They had soooo many nail polishes! Melissa eventually chose two OPI colors that were very spring-y. I opted out of doing my own nails and instead walked over to nearby Starbucks and brought us both back our signature drinks (hers – an Iced Passion Tea Lemonade Sweetened, mine – a Butterbeer Frappacino) and two birthday cake pops. After Melissa had been thoroughly pamperred, we went home to get dressed for the evening and FaceTime our dad.
     
     
    For dinner, we went to Umami Burger and had our usual – the Truffle Burger and sweet potato fries. Our server, Marvin, was super cool and had a dessert (a deep fried ice cream sandwich called the “UFO”) brought out for us upon learning it was my sister’s birthday. This was something neither of us expected and was an awesome surprise. Also, SO yummy! Even after being filled with our burger, we devoured the whole thing!
     
    We ended the day going to Mosaic, her church, for their Midweek service where we bumped into our friends Chelsea and Sammy. The message was simple but uplifting and a great way to end the day 🙂
     
    How do you and your siblings celebrate each other’s birthdays?
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    My Birthday Night With Friends!

     
    I turned the big 2-5 earlier this month! My birthday week was pretty crazy work-wise, but I managed to get the night off to have dinner and spend time with friends. I originally was planning on starting my night off by going to the opening of the 4-day cat cafe “Catfe” pop-up event in Chinatown – if you know me, you’ll know that I am a TOTAL cat lady and one of my dreams is to go to a cat cafe in Japan – imagine my excitement when I found out there was a Kickstarter campaign to open one right here in LA! You should’ve seen me flip out when I found out the pop up event to promote the campaign was opening ON my birthday – it was fate. However, turns out there was a 2-hour wait for the cat cafe which would’ve made us later for our dinner reservation so we had to pass. My heart aches just thinking about it D’: 
     
    So to pass a little time until dinner I went and got my FREE Starbucks birthday drink – a Butterbeer frappacino from their Secret Menu in Grande size, of course. Then we walked around the plaza in Little Tokyo. It’s such a cute area, I love it there. 
     
     
    We had dinner at this great Japanese restaurant called Honda Ya. I had been there once before alone and was really impressed with the very traditional Japanese decor, the reasonable pricing and variety of the menu, and the quality of the food. Add to the fact that they have a separate area where you can take off your shoes and sit on the floor while you eat, and I knew this was where I wanted to do my birthday dinner. 
     
    One thing that I thought was pretty cool was when they brought out the green tea ice cream birthday dessert, they turned off the lights in the WHOLE restaurant (well probably not the kitchen and stuff but at least the whole front of house). I definitely wasn’t expecting that. Maybe turn off the lights in the separate area we were at, but the ENTIRE restaurant? It puts the spotlight on you which is a little embarrassing but also made you feel special 🙂 
     
     
    Afterwards, we went to a nearby karaoke place and had fun singing along to Frozen tunes and songs from our high school years. If you watch the video posted below, you’ll see that my sister and I get reallyyyy into our karaoke performances. “Dream On” is also our staple karaoke song although I think “Let It Go” is going to give it a run for its money.
     
     
    Thus concludes my 25th birthday night! Nothing too crazy, everyone was back home before midnight. I can’t tell if this means I’m getting older or just boring haha. Honestly, it was one of the best birthdays I ever had. I feel so blessed that I got to celebrate this milestone birthday in this new city that I love with my wonderfully amazing sister (seriously, check out the video, she’s the bees knees) and incredibly amazing friends. Last year in NYC was incredibly lonely for me, so to see the drastic change a year later, just confirms to me how my move to LA was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 
     
    Not going to lie, turning a quarter of a century is a little scary, but being surrounded by people like this, makes it a little less daunting. Looking forward to what 25 brings!
     
    Be sure to check out my video below!! 
    Caution for those with sensitive ears, there IS karaoke! 😀
     
     
    What was your best birthday?
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    Local: WB VIP Tour

    For the past couple of months, my younger sister has been working as a tour guide on the WB VIP Tour. It wasn’t until my parents came to visit that I finally saw her in action on one of her tours.  Needless to say, she was absolutely wonderful – super knowledgeable about the various shows and sets, providing us lots of fun and interesting facts; extremely accommodating to the whole group, making sure everyone got a chance to see what they wanted, ask any questions, and take lots of pictures; and of course very friendly, patient, and funny – loved some of her little jokes. My sister has always been a little shy around strangers so it was amazing to see her so comfortable leading a whole group of them!

     
    Even though this was the first time having my sister as a guide, this was my second time doing the tour. I knew going into it that the guide asks you what are some of your favorite WB shows and then tries to cater the tour around what the group likes. 
     
    One of my favorite shows/guilty pleasures is Hart of Dixie which I believe is the only CW show shot at the studio. My sister tells me very few people on her tours watch the show or even have heard it! As a result, she doesn’t often get a chance to show the sets since as I said the tours are catered towards the group’s tastes. With shooting starting for the show’s third season, we were both very excited to see the sets! My sister was somehow able to show our group not just one Hart of Dixie set but two!! If you watch the show too, I’ll try to not to spoil too much – but the sets have definitely changed! I can’t wait to see what this next season has in store!
     
    The other sets we got to walk through was The Big Bang Theory and Pretty Little Liars. It was so interesting to see how a sitcom is shot with a live audience. I can’t believe they actually will shoot an entire episode in chronological order with the audience there for 6-10 or however many hours it takes. Compared to how it looks like on TV, the sets seem so SMALL! Also everything was covered up because at the time, contract negotiations were still going on and they hadn’t started shooting anything so there wasn’t too much to see but the main sets (Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment, the stairway, etc) were recognizable. They also still had up the burned down comic book store from last season. Oh what I would give to be able to participate in one of these tapings! Sure they might be long, but at least they feed you (whoo pizza!) and you get to a chance to see TWO episodes before they air (not only the show being taped that day, but the previous shot episode as well so you have an idea of what’s going on in the storyline)!
     
     
    Hour long drama shows like Hart of Dixie and Pretty Little Liars are shot sooo differently! I don’t watch PLL but it was still really neat to walk around the various school and character bedroom sets! Unfortunately, you can’t take any pictures of the sets BUT you can take all the pictures you want of the outside lots. The above photo is the exterior of the Rosewood High School in Pretty Little Liars.
     
     
    This blue house is used as Zoe Hart’s (Rachel Bilson) medical practice in Hart of Dixie, Sookie’s house in Gilmore Girls, James Dean’s house in East of Eden, Boss Hog’s house in the original Dukes of Hazzard series, and Jill’s sorority house in Chuck. <– thanks to my sister for refreshing me on these and many other facts while I wrote this post <3
     
     
    The above is what they call a “tromploy” (not sure about that spelling…) but it’s French for “to fool the eye” – our eyes see in 3D but the camera sees in 2D, therefore, if they paint a wall to look 3D then it’ll actually look real on camera especially if it’s in the background. Just thought that was pretty neat.
     
     
    The above right is where the iconic upside-down Spiderman kiss was filmed. The above left shows the full alley which is called Tenement Alley. It’s been used for several musical numbers such as “It’s A Hard Knock Life” in Annie, “Sante Fe” in The Newsies with Christian Bale, and the “I Should Tell You” duet in the snow from Rent. That doorway with the red sign next to it the Alibi Room alley entrance from the TV show Shameless.
     
     
    A highlight for many people is being able to see the original Central Perk set from Friends – you’ll be shocked at how small it is! Not only do you get to see it, but you can take pictures sitting on the couch with your family and friends! Of course, we did this– here are individual pics of me with my mom and dad. I know I have one with my sister too but can’t seem to find it 🙁
     
     
    If you happen to be in the LA area, I highly recommend you checking out this tour!

    What are some of your favorite WB shows?

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    Fashion, Life, Local, Los Angeles, Outfits, Youtube

    Santa Monica + Outfit(s) of the Night

     
    Last Friday, I went out to Santa Monica with my sister and friends and had a really amazing time at the Pier and Promenade! While out, I thought it’d be fun to do a quick little Outfit of the Day/Night and everyone was more than happy to participate (I really thought the guys would take some convincing, but they were great haha)! This is the first video I’ve done with my sister, but I’m sure there will be a lot more since we now live in the same city. Hope you all enjoy the video and don’t forget to show some love on my Youtube channel!

    I finally went to Umami Burger in LA! I’ve been to the one that recently opened in NYC, but this was my first one on the west coast. The truffle burger was just as delicious as I remembered it. I devoured it so quickly, if it weren’t $12 a burger, I would’ve ordered a second (and I NEVER do that with burgers). I also got their super yummy sweet potato fries and a Mexican Coke (LOVE!). The Umami was connected (I think) to a Fred Segal store so it was sort of a “mini” restaurant that wasn’t the biggest or most impressive – especially when compared to the NYC location which almost feels like a high-end lounge with its decor and full size bar – but it was a good experience nonetheless, and I can’t wait to go back!

    After dinner, we walked over to the Pier where my sister got to ride her first ferris wheel! The view was incredible and it was really neat to see the city and beach all around us.

     
    Don’t we all look so dapper? Don’t forget to watch the video to see what we’re all wearing!

    Have you ever been to Santa Monica?

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