Tuesday, June 29, 2010

#113- Dinner at my home

I love to cook, I mean…I am not a fancy cook, but I love entertain myself and friends/family.

Tonight, I cooked for my new friend, Emi-san who is an owner of Kudo Cosmetics (http://www.kudocosmetics.com/kudo_cosmetics/Home.html) and a celebrity-manicurist.

During the day, she worked for someone (celebrity) in my area.

She emailed me last night to inform that she could see me today, so, I told her that “Why don't you come to my place? I cook dinner!” and I gave her some choices /menu for tonight.

1: Filet mignon, Glazed carrots, Garlic rice and Salad. This menu is my “five star dinner at home”! I have this dinner menu once a week! My favorite!!! The meat from the GELSON’S (the best!)

2: Shrimp tomato sauce spaghetti and Salad

3: Spaghetti Napolitan (Japanese English / one of the typical Japanese “Italian” spaghetti) and salad

4: Shrimp tomato risotto and salad

Emi-san chose #4 and I cooked Shrimp tomato risotto and salad. I also made some sweet lemonade from fresh lemons & maple syrup. With café au lait and cookies, we had a wonderful time. We ate and talked for 9 hours and half! It was soooooooo much fun!

Emi-san brought beautiful flower bouquets, wine and her products of Kudo Cosmetics. When I experience her products, I will write about it again.

Life is fun…with wonderful friends is more fun!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 29, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

#112- At the IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show)

"Your skin is your canvas" said celebrity makeup artist, Gregory Arlt of M.A.C.

Today, I attended the 2010 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) Los Angeles at the Pasadena Convention Center and I saw the red carpet makeup show by Gregory Arlt.

It was fun to see how he does “celebrity makeup” to a model on the stage for one hour.

Long time ago, when I was in Japan and was a writer for an an (at the time, it was most popular fashion magazine in Japan) and I always had fun to watch makeup artist’s work (working on the model during the model’s shoot at the magazine company’s studio).

I love to see people (include me!) who will be beautiful within one hour. Like a magic!

Gregory said on the stage, “You should take time for your skin before you put on makeup”.

Ok…now I am going to use my face spa machine to take care of my skin and make my skin beautiful.

Anyway, if you are interested in this trade show, you have a chance to go tomorrow (open until tomorrow), visit at www.imatsshow.com

Have a beautiful day to you all! xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 26, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

#111- Orange + Green = Brown

Buffalo wing, Hot wing, Chicken wing, Fried chicken, Vegetable pizza, Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Vegetable tray, Go Diego Go birthday cake & Ice cream and some drinks with 5 year old boy’s big smile…I had a great night, tonight.

Today, it was my special friends, Keasha and John’s son, Johnathan’s birthday and they had a birthday party at their house.

There were many family member and friends at the party. Keasha and John have great family and friends.

Especially, they have a special sweet boy, Johnathan!

Oh…he is so adorable!!!

His smile makes everyone sooooo happy. He is such an angel!!!

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I got their house on time as usual (I am too Japanese for this kind of thing, which means I am always on time or too early for everything! We don’t have “fashionably late” custom in Japan. ha ha ha!), so I had a chance to play / date with Johnathan before many people arrived.

He showed me his video & bike game "Smart Cycle Game"(wow! what a fancy game, he has!), his dance, his new bike and more.

When he was showing his video & bike game, he asked me, “Yoko, which colors should I mix to make brown color?”

Me: Ah…Orange and black, maybe???

Johnathan: No…Orange and black are going to be black!

Me: Oh…really??? Hummm…Ah….

Johnathan: Orange and Green are going to be Brown!

Me: Oh….wow…I didn’t know! Wow…

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Yes, I learned new thing from 5 years old boy today!

Life is about always learning something…

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Tonight, I told Ernie (Keasha’s mom’s boyfriend) about my sweet tooth, “ I am a sugarholic! I put 3 or 4 teaspoons of sugar in my coffee!” and Ernie said to me, “Me too! I am a sweetholic (instead of saying, sugarholic). I am always sweet with her(Keasha’s mom)”…”Sweetholic”…sounds cute!

I asked him that “Can I use your phrase in my blog today???”

One more thing, I learned today. Create own words and life for happiness!

Happy people are always with happy people around.

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Again,

Happy 5th Birthday Johnathan! Have a lot of smile everyday!!!

And happy every day for you all too!


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 21, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

#110- Women’s power at the L.A. fashion market week!

I was at the L.A. fashion market in downtown L.A. fashion district this week and I talked to many powerful women as usual.

At the California Market Center (CMC), Joanne (who is a VP of CMC) and Audrey (who is a marketing & PR of CMC), at the D&A show, Barbara(who is a co-owner of D&A), at the Star show, Giselle (who is a show director of Star show),at the fashion show Designer Launchpad Runway Show (at the CMC),Frances(who is an owner of Fashion Business Inc./presented the Designer Launchpad Runway Show), at the Liza Stewart Inc., Liza(who is an owner of this showroom at CMC)……..many more.

Especially, I had a great time with a powerful woman, Ms. Liza Stewart (who is an owner of showroom at CMC, Liza Stewart Inc.).

Liza is the one of the veteran California Market Center showroom owner and she is also one of advocate for dropping traditional weekend hours for fashion market week and scheduling buyer meetings Monday through Thursday such as “work week”.

Thanks to Liza, we don’t need to work on weekends for fashion market from now on! In my blog today, I can’t write about details (because my article of this market week is not on the Senken-newspaper/ which is a major Japanese fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD and California Apparel News/ yet), but I can say that Liza is the most powerful woman of this fashion market week!

Even though Liza was busy for her clients and I didn’t have an appointment with her for the interview (for Senken-newspaper), she took time for me and talked with me. I really appreciate her kindness and her energy.

I enjoyed a great conversation with Liza besides work stuff as well. She told me that her father passed away over two months ago…but she is working and doing well. I really respect her attitude as a person/woman & a professional fashion person.

When my father passed away 16 years ago, I was so sad and couldn’t do anything more than four months, so I told her that “You are such a brave person and good for you!” and she said that, “still, it has been difficult but I also feel empowered and maybe that how I feel him best, with courage to live and live to the fullest every day! ”

Her father was in the fashion business and she worked with him for long time.I am sure that her father is proud of her and happy to see that the “first time work week at the L.A. fashion market week” is working well! May Liza’s father rest in peace.

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I miss Papa (my late father) every day…especially on the father’s day…

This morning, my best friend, Suzie wrote me a nice email, “ Just thinking about you and wanted to say "HI" ...Father's Day is tomorrow and I just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts.... and Happy Thoughts for Papa : )Love, S ” What a nice friend, I have. I am sure that Papa is watching me and says, “I am glad that you have Suzie to makes you feel safe & fine.” (By the way, Suzie is my father’s favorite girl.)

No matter what, live or die…we all have own father in our heart.

Happy Father’s Day to you all! xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 19, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

#109- Sex and the City 2

I was in New York and Abu Dhabi (Morocco) for a while…you know what I am talking about?

(If you haven’t seen the movie “Sex and the City 2” and you have a plan to see it, or you don’t want to hear my thought on this movie, please don’t read below).


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Two words for this movie…WELCOME BACK

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Definitely, “Sex and the City 2” is better than the first one (first movie, “Sex and the City” had so many CM/PR/marketing strategies and Carrie was too weak for man, she was too ordinary, she wasn’t independent / unique anymore,I was so disappointed her in this movie)… Carrie who I know wasn’t in the movie.

I liked 60% of the first movie. (But…I have a DVD of this one anyway…ha ha ha!).

I wish I could see more HBO “Sex and the City” essence in the first movie…(but, I totally understand that movie business have to get more audience & money, which means more variety audiences…besides single & career oriented girls/women…housewives, other skin color people, more younger girls or older women…)

In the first movie, I didn’t see any “real love” or “real friendship”.

Each 30 minutes episode (HBO TV drama, “Sex and the City”) is like jewelry to me, but the first movie was like a “145 minutes imitation jewelry”.

Two years ago, I had a bad date with the movie “Sex and the City”.


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Now in 2010, I had a good date with “Sex and the City 2”. I loved 80% of this second one.

It was fun to learn Middle Eastern culture & lifestyle (especially colorful food and sexy music!!!).

I was really enjoying with them (Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte) for 146 minutes.

Enjoyed their romantic love life, their fashion, first class trip to Abu Dhabi, girls talk and many more!!! Well done!!!


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But…20% of this movie...I would like to change it.

Especially, the last message is going to be…like this, “Forget about the traditional things completely! Just put favorite and original colors on and design by yourself with some love & friendship, and and and….have fun with sex life! “

Now, I would like to talk about rest of 20% completely…


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Re: Cup noodles vs. Arabic potato chips

Arabic potato chips (Pringles potato chips are printed in Arabic) are much better CM/PR/marketing strategy item than the cup noodles in the first movie…

In the first movie, I thought…“Why Carrie is not taking care of her well? She is supposed to be a smart and witty woman… Why she is eating cup noodles on a special day? Common! No matter what, as a human, we should treat well and respect yourself.”

Carrie was trying to get a love with an easy way (an instant way) like an instant food/cup noodles. (Please don’t get me wrong, I love cup noodles, but I just don’t eat them on a special day or don’t eat them with a “can’t be help mood or I don’t care about myself mood”)

So…Arabic potato chips marketing strategy is more fun, fancy and global.


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Re: Love& heart vs. Diamond

Again…Carrie is still too much rely on Mr.BIG (or man) for her happiness in the second movie.

One thing, I am glad that she was writing / working in her old place for two days, but NOT ENOUGH!!! Please Carrie, be a smart / fashionably writer & woman again! Please come back to us!

And…What if she is the one of a kind woman/special woman, she should enjoy two days off marriage every week with Mr.BIG.

P.S. If a guy wants have two days off marriage every week, I would married to that guy! ha ha ha!!!


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Re: More CM/PR/Marketing…Bags and shoes by Christian Louboutin, Dress by Halston Heritage, Jeans by The Blonds, Computer by HP, Suzanne Somers ’s book, Abu Dhabi etc…

Compare to the first movie, it was much better CM/PR/marketing strategy on this second movie…besides potato chips, there are Bags and shoes by Christian Louboutin, Dress by Halston Heritage, Jeans by The Blonds, Computer by HP, Suzanne Somers ’s book “BREAKTHROUGH”, hotel & travel spot in Abu Dhabi etc…

I see more international marketing strategy…I guess, it works! I am sure that “Sex and the City 2” got more international audiences, older audiences and gay audiences around the world.

But, when the Middle Eastern women “came out”, I thought, PR materials should be the Carrie’s books or VOGUE magazines. And I wanted to see more independent women in Middle East (if they have) or introduce the story (how independent women are beautiful and smart.)


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Re: Gay marriage

I hope I could see more gay guy’s happy marriage life or something nice statements as happy gay people in the world (in U.S.).

Forget about the traditional things! Just enjoy freedom!

P.S. By the way, I am not gay. I love men like Samantha! ha ha ha…!


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Re: Samantha

Samantha, you are my favorite and hero!

Please get a younger and cuter guy in the next movie and show us more your career side as well!


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Re: Last message

Again, I would change the ending message to “Forget about the traditional things completely! Just put favorite and original colors on and design by yourself with some love & friendship, and and and….have fun with sex life! ”


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Re: The Ending

I loved the happy ending. It’s so romantic and clever script, but I hope I could see more their (Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte) friendship than marriage/love life in the end…

And what if I am a writer for this movie…I will keep their gorgeous trip until the end and I make more fun,fantasy and fashionably funny with girl friends/ friendship than ordinary marriage life.


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Ok…I am going to stop writing my thought about this movie of 20% and I just enjoy the feeling when I saw this movie of 80%…! It was lovely movie for sure!!!


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Sex and the City 2…another story…

At the Americana at Brand movie theatre.

On Monday morning, I went to see this movie by myself (I supposed to go to see this movie with my friend S, but she was changing her plans and she said to me, “ I don’t want you to wait for me, I am so sorry, if you want to go to see this movie with other friend, go ahead…”).

I thought, Monday morning is the best day for movie. Monday (especially, the early in the morning and especially this kind of movie)…nobody wants to see the movie right?

So I thought, I can enjoy movie, less noise & less interruption.

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I asked the guy at the casher at the movie theatre (I always ask someone about their business / service before my payment. ha ha ha!).

Me: I would like to have a ticket of “Sex and the City 2”. Could you tell me, 11:00am or 11:25am, which room is the better one? I mean which room has the bigger screen?

The guy at the casher: Oh, 11:00am room has a bigger screen, but today, we have a special event, “Mommy and baby day”. We have special Monday for moms & babies every month. So you should see this movie at 11:25am.

Me: What???…no wonder, I saw the first movie, Sex and the City two years ago here with my friend, there were some moms & babies in the audience and I had a bad experience that day. One baby cried so many times, but the mother didn’t leave the room. I was so mad about it and I couldn’t enjoy my movie 100% that day. Now, makes sense!!! That day, my friend treated me for the movie and I didn’t want to make her bad feeling, so I didn’t complain about it to you guys. Oh…Thank you so much for telling me this information. I am so glad that I am not going to see this movie with moms & babies again! Thank you!!!

The guy at the casher: You are welcome.

Me: Oh…by the way, it’s still 10:35am, can I enter to the room 6 for 11:25am and have a seat now?

The guy at the casher: Of course, there is no one in the room. Please go ahead to have a seat in the room 6.

Me: Thank you! (ok…small screen is not bad… I am sure that a few people will be there. I prefer quiet room than noisy room with bigger screen & many people.)


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Then, I went to the lady’s room and walked by the room for 10:30am “Sex and the City 2”.

I just wanted to see the room/screen size of 10:30am room...I just entered to this room…then…OMG…perfect! The room was almost empty and the movie was not ready yet (probably, the theatre staff was late for work), so I decided to see this movie here, the room for 10:30am.

There were 6 older women and one man (maybe gay) in the room.

At first, I thought, perfect! I thought, older women have better manner than younger ones (but, I was wrong!!!).

Oh…big mistake!!!

Those 6 women (two women x 3) were so noisy!!! Ok…laughs were fine (I laughed so much too), but they talked to each other during the movie!!! One time, I had to say to two women, “Shhhhhh!!!” ha ha ha!

Forget about older women in the room…!

I enjoyed the movie so much…I was in New York City and trip to gorgeous country, Middle East. What a day!


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After movie, I am proud of myself.

146 minutes later, I felt like want to have an IN-N-OUT burger, but I brought the “Hollywood Cookie Diet” chocolate chip cookie to the movie theatre and I ate this cookie after movie.

Yes, I didn’t stop by IN-N-OUT! Yeah!!!


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By the way, this summer, I will enjoy HBO “Sex and the City” all seasons DVDs & a first movie DVD and wait for a new DVD of “Sex and the City 2”.

And in fall, I will enjoy “Gossip Girl”!

What a plan!!!


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One more thing…

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Dear Mr. Michael Patrick King,

I have a sexy idea for next “Sex and the City” movie!

Please don’t go to London, please come to L.A. and call me for “Sex and the city 3”.

Yoko Fujimoto
Writer in Los Angeles


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By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 8, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

#108- APOTHIA +Cil d’ or +Padina

My eyelashes are soooooooo beautiful since last Friday.

Karen (who is a VP at Ron Robinson /APOTHIA at Fred Segal Melrose) invited me to a VIP Cil d'or eyelash extension treatment at APOTHIA (http://www.ronrobinson.com/APOTHIA-BEAUTY-s/82.htm).

Eyelash extensions by Japan's top salons, Cil d’ or (was sending their top specialists to this event / www.cildor.net) with Padina (eyelash conditioner / www.padinacosmetics.com).

I had a great time with Didi (who is a specialist and daughter of a founder of Padina, Daniel), Naho-san (who is another specialist from Japan), Ly (who is a graphic designer for Padina. I love the design on Padina!), Daniel(who is a founder of Padina) and Karen.

The treatment took one hour and I had a fun chat with all of them for another one hour. It was lovely Friday afternoon at APOTHIA.

Didi has a magic hand! I was in heaven during my eyelash extension and Padina eyelash conditioner treatment! I was relaxing and saying in my mind, “please don’t stop!” (ha ha ha!)

It was first time for the eyelash extensions for me and I loved it! These long beautiful eyelashes will last for three weeks. Great news! I can show my eyelashes to people at the next Los Angeles fashion market week(next week). Oh…one more great news…the Padina eyelash conditioner (created with Cil d’ or group) is a Botanical formulation to naturally enhance eyelash strength, growth and volume. Which means, non harmful. Great!

Didi has long beautiful eyelashes (she is a beautiful young woman. It makes sense that she is an older sister of MARIE who is a top model and TV personality in Japan. By the way, her mother is an owner of Japan's top salons, Cil d’ or), but her eyelashes are not extensions, Padina made her eyelashes natural long & beautiful.

I can’t wait my eyelashes grow like her eyelashes (I heard, it takes about couple of weeks)!

Karen has always fresh products and she starts fashion trends with her fashion & business sense. I really respect her business style and I love her thoughtful, smart and funny personality.

Many smart fashion people want to start business with her and Ron at Ron Robinson (and APOTHIA) at Fred Segal Melrose, because most of products usually become popular & famous by fashion people in LA (and in the world!) right away from Ron Robinson.

Anyway, every morning for three weeks, I don’t need to put on mascara, what a nice treat!!! and I will see my natural long & beautiful eyelashes soon! What a beautiful treat!!!

Do you like your eyelashes? If you want to have more long & beautiful eyelashes, try Padina at APOTHIA(Ron Robinson at Fred Segal Melrose)! xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 6, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

#107- Power lunch with owners of the Hollywood Cookie Diet!

Today,sushi lunch with two wonderful & sweet men at KIWAMI in Studio City.

It was a lovely lunch date with two co-owners of the Hollywood Cookie Diet (http://hollywoodcookiediet.com/), Mr. Jamie Kabler and Mr. Larry Turner.

They invited me to have a lunch with them and say, “thank you for the feature story on the Japanese lifestyle magazine, EXILE (I wrote a L.A. latest diet feature story for 4 pages. Includes the Hollywood Cookie Diet / see my blog on April 28, 2010).”

Jamie and Larry are so nice and fun! They are truly entrepreneurs and success men. We had a great conversation with great food!

As you know (my blog on April 28, 2010) I lost 7 pounds within two weeks with the Hollywood Cookie Diet and there is no rebound, I mean I am losing more weight little by little since I had the Hollywood Cookie Diet.

My favorite cookies are Cranberry & Orange and Lemon cookie. OMG…they are sooooooo delicious, it doesn’t taste like a diet cookie, really!!! If you are trying to lose weight with an easy way, try the Hollywood Cookie Diet! (Sounds like a spokesperson or CM from the Hollywood Cookie Diet??? ha ha ha…)

And Jamie and Larry gave me new 30 chocolate chip cookies of the Hollywood Cookie Diet today again (these are selling at Costco from now on! Congrats on this new business deal for Jamie and Larry!). With these 30 cookies, I will lose some more and will be 85 pounds soon! (3 years ago, I was 85 pounds, so I am sure that I will be this number again!)

By the way, when I was coming home from this lunch, I took wrong way (I supposed to make right turn on the Laurel Canyon Blvd, but I made left turn on Laurel Canyon Blvd), so I was stuck in traffic jam while I was driving home (there is a red carpet event on Hollywood Blvd. for the 20th Century Fox's "The A-Team")…took one hour to get home (instead of 20 minutes!). My home is in Los Feliz…I asked Jamie and Larry, “Is it possible to go home without freeways?” They said, “No, you better to take freeways”…OMG…my wish came true by accident! ha ha ha!

Oh…you know what, I sometimes use “Walking Directions” on Google, because I don’t like freeways not much and I like to see some view during my driving. But the walking direction on Google is never works for driving or walking (you know what I am talking about? There is a Google Maps’s Lawsuit for walking directions last week).

Anyway, I guess…my Toyota needed some exercise as well after sushi lunch today! It was nice one hour drive to see many Jacaranda flowers.

Today, it was a perfect day. Thanks to Jamie and Larry.

I hope you are having a perfect day for yourself too!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 3, 2010