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Silly Rabbit

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As mentioned in my previous post, I purchased two Victoria Beckham items at Target: a bomber jacket and a dress.  I purchased a black shirt dress with a white-collar and white cuffs by Glamorous back in 2013 that I wore to Fashion Week San Diego (post here) .  Unfortunately, I followed the wash instructions incorrectly and I damaged the collar and cuffs.  Since then, I have been on the hunt for something similar.  When I saw the Black Collared Dress from the Victoria Beckham for Target collection, I knew I had found the one.  It is extremely well made and fits perfectly, skimming my body without being too tight.  The rabbit details are more charming than cutesy, giving it a very vintage feel, which is why it was perfect that we did a photo shoot in South Park at Bad Madge, one of my favorite vintage stores in San Diego.  A big plus: the dress is machine washable, and came out just as perfect as when I bought it!

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Inside Bad Madge.  I was going to buy that cape, and let them know I was coming back for it.  I haven’t gone back yet, but I’m hoping it’s still there!

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I just HAD to take a picture with this sign outside Thee Inglorious Blacktree Barbaria.  Nothing like truth in advertising!

Outfit:  Black Collared Dress by Victoria Beckham for Target (no longer available online); Miista “Eva” pumps (no longer available); BCBG purse (from the outlet store); Kate Spade bracelet & earrings (no longer available); Tights c/o Berkshire at eberkshire.com; Savannah Animal Print Frames c/o Select Specs

(All photos by Rholnna Jiao)

Another Weekend in South Park

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Yes, it’s true!  This past Saturday, Dominic and I ventured into South Park yet again.  Can you tell I love that neighborhood?  This time, I got some great pictures of The Grove at Juniper & 30th, which we visited during the South Park Wild West Walkabout (posts here and here).  I really went back to The Grove to buy an adorable bird print blouse by Everly, similar to a blouse that I bought from ModCloth recently.  I didn’t quite understand the concept of the store when I first went during the Walkabout because it was full of people and I couldn’t get around like I would have liked. But because we went during a regular non-event weekend, I got more of a sense of this fantastic space.   It’s much bigger than I remember and there is quite a bit going on at The Grove: it’s a book nook, clothing boutique, kitchen shop and creative space all in one.  They even have sewing and knitting classes.   I picked up the blouse that I wanted, and a couple of things for Dominic as well (a story book and a cute little toy dump truck).

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The clothing area. The blouse I bought is just past the mirror (outfit post to come!).

DSC00938 (2) (1280x960)Look how large the space is, perfect for sewing and knitting classes!

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DSC00941 (2) (1280x960)Dominic found goodies for himself, too.

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The bathroom/fitting room, way cute!

Afterwards, we had a delicious dish of ice cream at The Daily Scoop, then we walked around a bit more, of course heading back over to Bad Madge, Make Good and Junc Life & Style.  I want to send a big thank you to Jeffrey, owner of Junc Life & Style for your kind words on your Facebook page about my post (I wore my hat when I went in on Saturday)!  We didn’t have dinner planned, so we picked up a pepperoni, sausage and mushroom pizza at Mazara Trattoria.  My husband has fallen for said pizza and we are now in plans to have a sit down meal there soon.  We devoured that pizza before I remembered to take picture of it for the blog.  All the more reason to go back!

IMG_5067 (1280x1280)Lemon Custard ice cream in a waffle bowl. So. Yummy.

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What a deal: $22 for these beauties at Bad Madge (the Everly blouse from The Grove is underneath)!

Dominic has been an excellent little boy this week (he’s already such a great kid, he’s just been extraordinary this week), so we rewarded him with a superhero outfit from So Childish.  He wore the cape and mask for the rest of our walk and posed next to the yarn bombed bike in front of Graffiti Beach.  Heads were turning as we walked around South Park and Dominic asked, “Mama, why is everyone looking at me?”  I explained, “It’s not everyday they see a superhero walking around!”

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Weekend in Pictures: Shopping in South Park

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This post is really part two of last week’s South Park Wild West Walkbout post.  In addition to the good eats, great atmosphere and even better company, CC (Pink Candles at Ridgemont High), her daughter TC, and my son Dominic allowed me to indulge in a little retail therapy while in South Park.  I mentioned all of the places in this post when I went with CC and Darlene to Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro a couple of weeks ago, but I just watched longingly as CC did most of the shopping (original post here).  This time, I broke a bit of my Lenten service and bought a couple of lovely little things to satiate this aching I’ve had all month-long.  Geez, I just made shopping sound a bit sultry, didn’t I?

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Our first stop was Bad Madge & Company, curator of lovely vintage things.  I first heard of the production company prior to the actual shop when I covered Shimmer’s VIP event earlier this year (post here).  In my previous visit, I spied the purse in the picture below (which is a close up of one of the collage pictures above).  I had hoped that it would still be there when we returned a couple of weeks ago, and not only was it still there, but it was on sale for half off!  If those boots in that picture above on the left were in my size, I would have bought those, too.  I found a fantastic wool coat for only $10.  Alas, it was just too big and would probably cost a fortune to alter, so back it went.  But Dominic found a little treasure box of plastic figurines and picked a little pilot to bring home.

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Next we sauntered over to Make Good where we spotted some very cool jewelry pieces made from bicycle parts and notebooks made from 33 LP record sleeves.  Because my camera had a bit of a hiccup, not pictured were some equally awesome bookmarks also made from record sleeves.  CC is going back to purchase ones that were made from the Synchronicity album by The Police.  I thought about a DIY using some album covers, I just don’t have the heart to do it on any of my album covers.  I think I would pass out first!

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My last purchase of the evening was made at Junc Life & Style, which was that awesome little Retro 7 studded fedora pictured below.  Oh, that hat is going to get much wear in the next few months (I’ve already worn it in an outfit in my next post).  I literally drooled over it the last time we were in there and hoped and prayed it would be available.  CC made sure to bring it to my attention that it was still there.  When I turned to see it, I made a beeline for it and made sure I snapped that baby up!  What’s not to love?  The combination of mixed media materials like straw and cloth make it wearable all year, and the studs have my style written all over it, but so does the store itself.  I wish I had known about this store before because I would definitely have bought Dominic that Johnny Cash onesie.

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Next on our retail rendezvous was Graffitti Beach.  I absolutely loved the all of the visuals in the store.  The crochet-covered bike, faucets with glass droplet wall fixtures, cassette and album photos on canvas, the faux deejay set end table and old school camera and joy stick made my head literally dizzy from uber-coolness.  I think I looked more at the fantastic wall art, furniture and jewelry (some were made from drum cymbals, in one of the pictures below) more than I did the actual clothing.  That begs a return trip at the very least, doesn’t it?  I remember some t-shirts and ties that looked like circuit boards, and that reminded me that I need to take my hubby back out there because we do have to go back to Graffiti Beach, as well as Crow Thief (handcrafted menswear).

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Our final stop was at The Grove at Juniper & 30th, which is directly next door to The Daily Scoop.  Call it laziness, but I think it was because evening had fallen and we were full of delicious ice cream that I didn’t get a chance to snap any pictures while we were outside or inside The Grove.  But it’s a wonderful hodge-podge of arts, crafts, books, clothing and accessories.  As you know, I’m still obsessed about bird print items, and I found a rack full it.  I finally bought a bag from The Cambridge Satchel Company recently from Bloomingdale’s in patent leather navy (which is now sold out), so I’m already looking at things to go with it.  That list includes a cute little navy bird print shirt from The Grove, so I think that definitely solidifies the fact that I will be making a trip back.  Oh South Park, you have bewitched me with your retail goodness!

Weekend in Pictures: South Park Wild West Walkabout

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This past weekend, I met up with CC (I formerly referred to her as Pink Candles) from the blog Pink Candles at Ridgemont High and we took our kids to do the South Park Wild West Walkabout.  Because there was so much to cover, I thought I’d break up the post into two parts, and this post will focus mainly on the atmosphere and food.

What’s a Walkabout?

It’s a fun-filled evening festival to introduce you to the shops and cafes of South Park.

From Kalima to Beech Streets, you’ll find shops open late, entertainment, specials, and surprises.  Browse, explore, shop, and celebrate the independent spirit of our neighborhood.

– From the Wild West Walkbout flier, www.SouthParkScene.com

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Charm in the Heart of the City

Nestled between North Park and Golden Hill, South Park is a historic enclave with a welcoming variety of independently-owned gift and clothing boutiques, markets and cafes, taverns and restaurants, art galleries and salons.  Enjoy our special events and unhurried visits to our warm and friendly neighborhood.

– From the Wild West Walkbout flier, www.SouthParkScene.com

South Park reminds me of an area like Shoreditch in London, very artsy and quite eclectic. I would love to go back down there to take more pictures and maybe even do some outfit posts because there’s just so much visual candy out there. I’m glad that we started early because as the night went on, it got more and more crowded. Not only was there a lot to take in visually, music filled the air around every corner. Being bloggers, CC and I were snapping pictures left and right. Had I known that I would be taking as many pictures as I did, I would have charged my camera. Sadly, it died as we got to some very interesting art (which consisted of mutilated dolls and BBQ skewers).

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Although there were dozens of places to eat by way of cafes, restaurants and food trucks, we opted for convenience (and a place to sit).  We decided on a San Diego staple, Sombrero Mexican Food.  If you like Blink 182, this local chain is one in the same in the lyrics from the song Josie:  “She brings me mexican food from Sombrero just because” (I’ve read that fans still drop off letters and gifts at the Poway location).  CC and her daughter had fish and chicken tacos and a combo plate, while I had my favorite rolled tacos.  Dominic had been asking for french fries since we left the house, so we were lucky that they had it on their menu.  Afterwards, we treated ourselves to fantastic ice cream at The Daily Scoop.  CC explained that their ice cream comes locally from Niederfrank’s, who makes ice cream handmade from their location in National City.  The reason I took a picture of the awning is because she also said that it was the former location of M-Theory Music, which can still be seen underneath.  In that last collage picture, you can see my delicious waffle cone filled with two scoops: Butterscotch Marble and Blueberry Cheesecake. Yum!

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CC’s daughter was so awesome and did her best to keep Dominic occupied during the evening.  He was a bit grumpy because we woke him up just at the beginning of his nap right when we arrived.  The only way we could really get him to enjoy himself more was to tell him that he could get his face painted at cute children’s store called So Childish, where they had many of the kid’s activities.  Dominic got his face done up like his favorite superhero, Spider-Man.  As a plus, every child got a free cowboy hat in line with the Wild West theme.

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We ended the night with a couple of items for the road: a key lime cheesecake for CC’s hubby and a cafe latte carmelato for moi (made with Illy coffee) from Cafe Madeleine.  The quaint corner location and French inspired signs reminded me of the little cafes I saw around Paris last summer.  The coffee made for a nice handwarmer for the ride home.  Dominic and I had a great time with CC and her daughter at the Wild West Walkabout.  Part two of our South Park adventure will be about the shops we ventured into and some of my cool finds.  Hope you had a great weekend!

Pink Candles in My Burning Kitchen

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Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of meeting two local ladies who are food bloggers.  Darlene of My Burning Kitchen discovered my blog due to a link on M-Theory’s Facebook page to my post about Peter Hook.  She contacted me through Twitter and we started to chat.  Through Darlene, I met the lovely rocker girl of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High (I will respect her choice to remain annonymous, so I’ll just call her Pink Candles).  Both have posted very sweet comments on my blog, and through email exchanges, we discovered that we each have quite a few things in common, mainly to do with loving the 80’s.  Darlene shares my love of Duran Duran and groups like Depeche Mode and New Order.  Pink Candles is more a hard rocker, which actually equates to our mutual love of metallic spikes and edge in our style (she had killer boots on when we met up).  After a few Tweets and many emails later, we decided it would be fun to meet up.

Pink Candles arranged when and where, which I fully supported because I definitely would trust food bloggers to pick a more than suitable place to eat!  She choose the Eclipse Chocolat Bar & Bistro in eclectic South Park.  It was the perfect time of day to have their Sweet & Savory Bunch special, which is $16 for three plates.  After having a salted mocha with homemade marshmellows, I started brunch with the rosemary potato wedges in a burnt caramel hollandaise sauce.  Very savory indeed!  Sadly, I don’t recall what Darlene and Pink Candles each had for their starters.

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Next we had our main dishes, all pictured below.  Darlene had the grilled panini (left), I had the build-a-benedict topped with brown sugar-pulled pork with a chile burnt caramel hollandaise sauce (middle), and Pink Candles had the mushroom thyme quiche (right).  We all shared bits of our main dishes with each other and although my dish was very good, I liked Pink Candles choice of quiche.  That flaky pastry was quite heavenly.

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We closed with the sweet portion of brunch.  I think it was an accident that both Darlene and Pink Candles ordered the same dessert, which was the burnt caramel apple cobbler.  Now, that was a very interesting and very savory dessert because it was spicy, sweet, creamy and rich.  The chile burnt caramel hollandaise sauce blended well with my build-a-benedict so the heat of the spice was more mild.  But the spice was very prominent when used over the cobbler.  I’m going to have to bring my girls Janice and Regi here, because I have found a new favorite dessert, which was the frozen peanut butter mousse.  All elements of this dessert worked so well together and I just couldn’t get enough, even though I was a bit full from my starter and main dish.  Next time, I will go there just for that dessert with a cup of coffee.  So. Good.

After brunch, we strolled around South Park for a little bit, taking in some shopping.  Pink Candles bought a few goodies and I vowed to go back there after Lent and explore more in depth the stores that we visited that day:  Bad Madge, The Make Good, Junc Life & Style and Graffiti Beach.

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And finally, pictured below are the desserts that both Darlene and Pink Candles each made and brought to share (as the sole fashion blogger not knowing this food blogger ritual, I came empty handed).  Pink Candles made the yummy blueberry mochi cake and Darlene made the equally delicious yellow cake with sour cream chocolate frosting (the cake & frosting recipes are on her blog here).  Pink Candles even made beautiful earrings for each of us (I have wore my pair to the Alicia Keys concert).  I like this ritual, and I will definitely bring something the next time we all meet up!  I have found new friends in Darlene and Pink Candles, and you can be sure that this will not be the only time I go on an outting with these beautiful and fun food bloggers.

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