Sunday, June 24, 2012

#179- Stylish people + Stylish stuff = Stylish life

Peri Donch (who is a fashion designer of eco fashion brand, PERI /  invited me to the event at her friend (Laura)’s house for “Clothing/Food/Crafts/Jewelry/Plant SALE!” today.

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon at Laura’s house in Echo Park.

Laura (she has organic food & fashion business / siptea /  has a fabulous taste for life style. I enjoyed seeing her artistic stuff at her house.

Laura and Peri have many stylish friends, and I had a great time with them today.

Ms.M (she makes cute & stylish knitted products) talked about how she met her husband and how her parents met each other, her love stories are so romantic like a movie. I felt like, I saw a nice romantic movie today. She is a great story teller.

When I mentioned about the Iced coffee story (we, Japanese people love Iced coffee since more than 20 years ago, but when I came to U.S.A. in 1987, there was no Iced coffee in U.S.A. at that time) to Ms. M, she also talked about the coffee culture (including Iced coffee story) in Oregon. She is a real entertainer!

Ms.D told me about her interesting neighbor (yes, I have one crazy neighbor at my apartment with noise problem), I felt like “I guess, we all have some crazy & funny stories with our neighbors”…

Ms.R gave me a scoop (one of her projects)! There is going to be a movie “Steel Magnolias' remake” with an all-black cast, and the star is Queen Latifah (her role is M'Lynn Eatenton / originally played by Sally Field). This movie will air on Lifetime.

Ms.A told me about her trip to Japan (attend her Japanese friend’s wedding in Kyoto, after wedding, she visited Osaka and Tokyo), and how she enjoyed the Japanese culture, I am very happy to hear that. Even though, I love America and live in U.S. for a long time, I love to hear that people love Japan (my country).

After I had some Chips & Salsa & Hummus & Honey & Pretzels & Hibiscus Tea, I bought Hibiscus Tea by siptea (from Egypt), Roobibos Tea by siptea (from Africa) and Honey by siptea (from Echo Park!, Laura made it in her backyard. Real homemade!).

Four hours later (I really had a fun time!), I told Peri when I was leaving the house, “ I am so sorry that I have a budget for this month”… then she gave me a nice eco bag by PERI. “I am organic” bag will be my favorite bag for shopping from now on :)

Again, if you want to have a stylish life style and eco friendly life style, go shop at siptea ( and PERI (

P.S. I have not shopped for clothing for a long time…because I usually get some free clothing & accessories, etc from fashion designers when I interview them, so I have many brand new denims & T-Shirts… I am a very lucky person for a stylish life :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles June 24, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#178- Summer is here, yes! (Archstone Los Feliz Version)

Today is the First Day of Summer!

Great timing:

After my stomach flu, it was the great timing that I got a nice email from my apartment manager Ms.R (If you want to read my another apartment’s story, try my post on May 5, 2012 / At my apartment in Los Feliz (Archstone Los Feliz Version) ).

*** Here is Ms.R’s email.

SAVE THE DATE: On June 20th at 4:30pm to 6:00pm - Summer Solstice with a Smoothie

Let’s get together and celebrate the beginning of summer with a complimentary refreshing smoothie from Jamba Juice.

Join us on the pool deck for a meet and greet with your neighbors all while enjoying the beautiful summer weather!

Also, we are having our Archstone Summer Break Leasing Expo. Take advantage of our great referral program. Invite your friends to experience the Archstone difference, from June 18-24, for a chance to win a $7,500 dream vacation. When they call Archstone Los Feliz home, they’ll get a $0 application fee and you’ll get a $200 rent credit. For more details, please call our Leasing office.

RSVP required for this event, email us at or call 323-662-3100.

Archstone Los Feliz


Great summer feel:

There were many colorful beach balls and balloons around the pool side. It was a cute summer decoration.

I enjoyed Mango Jamba Smoothie and Parmesan Pretzel. (There were five flavor Smoothies, Parmesan Pretzel and Cinnamon Swirl for around 80 people.)

Great people:

I really like my neighbors (except one neighbor who lives above me. I have a noise problem with him / he wakes me up in the midnight, etc…).

Today, I met some new neighbors (a writer Mr.G and a school teacher Ms.L). Both of them told me that Japanese people are nice. Wow, I am very proud of myself as a Japanese!

My next door neighbor Ms.V is a high school English teacher. Today, I asked her, “Could you tell me the best way to learn good grammar. Could you recommend some good books to read and study?”, then she is so sweet, she said to me, “You have good English. Some of my student’s grammar is so bad. You speak better than those my students”. Wow, I am very proud of myself as a Japanese who speaks English!

Great luck:

There were some free gifts for us. I got a cute sunglasses. (There were some sunglasses and suntan lotions.)

We had a raffle (prizes were two Blockbuster $15 gift cards and three Starbucks $10 gift cards).

And, I won the prize! I got a Starbucks $10 gift card! Could you imagine? I got luck out of 80 people.

It was funny. When I was explaining about the Japanese saying, “There is fortune in leftovers / Good luck lies in odd numbers (in Japanese / Nokorimono niha fuku ga aru)” to some neighbors, Ms. R called me! I was the winner for the last prize! Yeah!

I got lucky! No…I mean, Ms. R gave me luck! , and Thank you to Archstone Los Feliz!

Big smile on my face :) It was a great way to start summer 2012.

I am sure that you will have a nice summer, because you are reading my blog :)

Have a great summer!!!

P.S. If you want to have more luck and want to live in the nice apartment, please call Ms. R. She will give you more luck!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles June 20, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, June 17, 2012

#177- Summer 2012 is here, right?

When I am working for newspaper/magazine regarding fashion show or fashion trade show, I always have to asking myself, “What month is this?” or “Am I in summer or fall?”… I sometimes confused about the season which I am in…

Last week, when I was walking around showrooms in downtown L.A. during L.A. Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Market Week, again I was asking myself, “2012 summer is not yet, right?”

Last Monday and Tuesday, I saw many Fall/Winter 2012 fashion (clothing/shoes/accessories/hats/scarves etc), so I feel like I am ready to shop for next Fall/Winter!

By the way, when I saw many colorful 2012 Christmas Trees and many holiday gifts samples on the 12 floors at California Market Center, I really felt like in winter 2012.

The bad thing is that I got stomach flu during that week (I guess, I felt like I was in winter!)… The good thing is that (I always have a good luck for timing!) I’ve got sick after finished my article for Senken-Shimbun (Japanese major fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD or California Apparel News)…yes, I have been sick since then… (Another good thing is that my weight is still 89lbs even though I ate too much during L.A. Fashion Market Week, because I’ve got sick!)

The great thing for everyone, June 20th is the first of summer day…

Do you have a summer vacation plan? My summer will be busy for writing novels. I hope you can read them near future :)

By the way + By the way, today is Father’s Day. Did you have a great day? I hope you did.

I really miss my late father and late Dr. A (who is my best friend’s dad / see my blog on May 28, 2012)… If you don’t have a dad, I am sure that your dad is thinking of you from heaven or somewhere today.

Happy Father’s Day to you.

And, summer 2012 is here… have a great summer to you!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles June 17, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto