Halloweentime is one of my favorite times at Disneyland! It's not exactly October yet, but Disneyland has been rolling out some of the Halloween amazingness this month as Halloweentime is now in full swing! Here's some pics from my last few visits. I plan on doing a more indepth look at the delicious Halloweentime treats so look out for that post next month! In the meantime let's get Spoopy! Always a happy sight! It reminds me that all the Holidays are just around the corner! I love this time of year. I love it when they deck out Main Street with all the pumpkin touches! Even the fire department gets into the spirit! Definitely had to get my first Disney-fied Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte here on Main Street. The Halloween treats are always so cute! You can find them at the Candy Palace in Disneyland, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure and Marceline's in Downtown Disney. I always love seeing these Dia De Los Muertos candy apples every year! Love these new villain candy apples! The Fall weather hadn't kicked in yet when I took this photo in front of the Big Pumpkin but I couldn't help myself! Jumper is from Modcloth and the cute Minnie Bag is from Lounge Fly. And now for a peek at Halloweentime at Disney California Adventure! This is the first time they are really expanding Halloween into DCA and they are doing it with a bang with a whole, super cute Halloweenification of Carsland! They are even doing Halloween versions of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters and Guardians of the Galaxy. Me and my @DreamyGirlGang at DCA when the Halloween transformation was just kicking into gear. The Cozy Cone Motel's cones got a cute and spooky makeover! Love these Halloweentime movie poster spoofs! Especially the Hocus Spokus (Hocus Pocus) one! You can find some special Halloweentime treats at the Cozy Cones like a special Halloween popcorn mix and Pumpkin Spice Churros! Yum! Love this Spoopy Carsland billboard. Even the cars are getting into costume. I want to take this spider roadster home with me. This Dia De Los Muertos car is so pretty! Well that's all for now! Next time I'm going to explore as many Disney Halloweentime food options as my appetite can allow! See ya then!
One of my most favorite past times is cute house hunting haha. I mean, who doesn't love coming upon an adorable house and dreaming about what it would be like to live there? There are so many amazing, magical houses in the Southern California area and below are a few of my favorites! I don't remember all of the addresses for these places because some I came upon by sight and some I had to hunt down using only a picture but I'll try my best.
This is one of my favorite little gems! This house is located in the sleepy beach town of San Pedro! I don't think the owners were very happy to see me and my friend take pics because as soon as they saw us they parked their car right in front of the house, haha. I don't blame them!
Location: 1216 S. Mesa St., San Pedro, CA
This amazing sherbet colored house can be found in Burbank right next door to the Red White and Blue house below. They were built my architect Robert Byrd who's signature style was to build birdhouses onto the roofs of his buildings. I'm not sure if these little houses have birdhouses but they do have lots of charm! I don't remember the address for these ones but they are on W Chandler Blvd between Keystone and Lamer St. and you can't miss them!
, Location: W Chandler Blvd between Keystone and Lamer st., Burbank, CA.
I came upon this cutie while driving through Whittier, CA. I really have no idea what the address is because I just happened upon it, but if you're ever in Whittier there are so many amazing houses there. The town is super cute and definitely gave me Stars Hollow, Gilmore Girl vibes!
This is my favorite house in the historic Angelino Heights area near downtown LA. The whole area is filled with amazing and grand victorians. The Charmed house and house from Michael Jackson's thriller music video are also on the same street! I gotta check this place out during Halloween!
Location: 1344 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Another amazing area with some great and grand houses is West Adams. This house is perfectly pink so I saved it for last because pink is my favorite color!
Location: 1007 W 24th St, Los Angeles, CA
Do you have any favorite houses that you daydream can be your one day?
One of my biggest dreams is to visit Paris, France and partake in the splendor that is Ladurée, home of delicious French pastries and the iconic French Macaron. Even though I still dream of going to Paris, going to Ladurée is now a dream come true here in my hometown!
Ladurée now has two locations in Los Angeles - one at the Grove near the Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax and one perfectly located in Beverly Hills. Everything is just as beautiful as I thought it would be. The Grove location, though a bit more touristy, has all the iconic Ladurée pastries that you want as well as table service while the Beverly Hills location has pastries and afternoon tea. It is the perfect place to bring your girlfriends and pretend you are Alice in a beautiful wonderland. Here is all the information you need to experience this legendary place:
Ladurée at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours: M-Thu: 9am-10pm, F-Sat: 9am-11pm, Sunday: 9am-10pm
Ladurée Beverly Hills
311 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Hourse: M-Sat: 8am-8pm, Sunday: 9am-8pm
Happy Monday! I know Monday is not the most favorite day of the week for some, so to sweeten up your day here's a list of adorable items that I am dying over! So Cute!
First up, this adorable cupcake tea kettle from Modcloth.com!! OMG, Wouldn't you want to have tea every day just to use this!?
I love Disney and I love Toms shoes so here are those two worlds collided! These "Up!" inspired shoes are custom Toms painted by the super talented CriSoles on Etsy! I want to go adventuring in them!
This is an amazing jumbo cupcake wood cut that you can grace your lovely kitchen with (or any room in the house)! This is done by Every Day Is A Holiday and they even have a giant stack of pancakes and a jumbo ice cream cone too! I want all three!
I J'Adore this Cinderella inspired circle skirt by Daily Sparkle on Etsy! The mice were my favorite in the Cinderella Disney movie! I've got to get one of these for the next Disneyland Dapper Day!
Spring has just sprung but I'm already loving this sunny California weather and this sparkly lemon bag from Kate Spade makes me want to have lemonade all day!!!
The park that started it all, Disneyland in California, will always be near and dear to my heart! I think I should get one of these bracelets to show my love don't you?! These are by Alex and Ani and are so pretty and delicate!
This is my dream chair! It's an Eames inspired Fiberglass Eiffel leg chair! It's so sleek and modern yet vintage looking AND in pink!!
How pretty is this poppy and posy necklace from Layla Amber on Etsy! It's perfect for Spring and so feminine!
Another Kate Spade creation currently in their stores! It's a bag shaped like a camera! Amazing! It's super adorable and unique!
Happy Monday! Usually Monday is not the most favorite day of the week so I'm here to show you some cool things to like, adore, covet and hopefully brighten your day! (All the pics have links so you can find out where to get the fun!)
Cupcake Ukelele!! Umm, I need to learn to play the ukelele just so I have an excuse to buy this thing!
I love analogue film photography and I'd love it even more if it was powered by Hello Kitty
This will definitely bring out the rainbows after the rain!
Hedgehogs + measuring cups = best time cooking ever!
I've been obsessed with Disney pins lately and I need to get this one in my collection!
I love coffee so much and I super love this coffee print almost as much
Heart Shaped Tea Time!?!??! I'm in!
Honey Bunny! This is soooooo cute that I'd have honey with everything if I had this!
Awesome Dwight Schrute pin from Sweet and Lovely
This cloud cutting / bread board would make anything taste good
Happy Earth Day Earthlings! Being from Southern California you can't help but get into the spirit of Earth Day around here. I remember the first time I celebrated Earth Day in Elementary school and my neighbors, who are environmentalists, got my class involved in cleaning the wetlands and helping throw an Earth Day celebration in Malibu. The Earth is our friend, friends so below are some awesome DIY projects, inspirations, products and tips to celebrate.
You Can Regrow Celery!
Did you know that you can regrow your celery?! Isn't that amazing, it's like when lizards get a limb cut off and they can grow it back. Well, you can do the same with celery! Check out this awesome post on how to grow your own magic celery at housingaforest.com.
Adorable Woodland Acorn Birdhouse
The Earth is not just for us my friends so check out this Woodland Acorn Birdhouse on Etsy!
Help the Earth By Using A Rain Barrel
Did you know that you can recycle your rain water with a water barrel? This is totally great for the environment and your water bill. Look at how adorably decorated the one above is!
Start Your Seedlings In An Ice Cream Cone
This picture kind of plays around with my instincts a bit because I half want to eat it but it'll mostly taste like dirt. I guess ice cream cones just do that to me, however, this is such an adorable idea don't you think? An added bonus: the ice cream cone is biodegradable!
Make Your Own Hanging Planter
I love this idea and the neon gives a modern twist to it! Check out refinery29.com for a tutorial!
Plan Your Garden
Have you ever wanted to start a garden but didn't know what to plant? Smartgardner.com is a great website that helps you plan a garden based on your location and season!
Don't Have Backyard? Grow An Indoor Garden
Hey, some of us live in small spaces, especially us city dwellers. That doens't mean that we can't bask in the glory of having our own garden! Here are some tips on how to create your own Indoor Garden in your apartment.
DIY Beautiful Fabric Covered Pots
I love the idea of this tutorial. Making your own pretty pots will make growing your garden that much sweeter!
Futuristic Indoor Garden
Wow I love the idea of this hydroponic gardening unit! Though I prefer gardening in the sunshine, it'd also be nice to have clean, dirt free, futuristic produce!
Today I want to tell you guys about one of the coolest cats around - Charles Phoenix! Just like Zooey Deschanel is my style icon, Charles Phoenix is my outlook-on-the-world-around-me icon. He is known for his retro Kodachrome slide shows of the most colorful decades in American history - the 1950s and 60s. A Charles Phoenix show is like watching non-office scenes of Mad Men and everything you love about thrift/antique store shopping. You know that feeling you get when you find that amazing mid century modern furniture piece that you think would look great in your living room or finding a colorful collection of Pyrex dishes that remind you of your grandmother's house. He brings the past to life. I mean, look below! The Color Extravaganza!
Being a Southern California native (like me!!) Charles Phoenix grew up inspired by his dad's used car lot, theme parks and fashion fads. Charles Phoenix had a career in fashion before that fateful day when he found a box of Kodachrome slides labeled "Trip Across the United States 1957." Ever since then he's been sharing these gems with the world. The Charles Phoenix fun doesn't stop at just slide shows though, he also does a "Disneyland" tour of Downtown Los Angeles where he basically compares parts of Downtown LA to the "lands" of Disneyland. Genius!
As you can tell I can't stop talking about how great Charles Phoenix is. I think it's time you find out how great he is too! He has a few slide shows coming up and you should get your tickets before they sell out, which they often do! Visit his site www.charlesphoenix.com for more info on events. Once you experience the blast from the past he takes you on you'll probably end up obsessed just like me! (I know I'm starting to sound stalkerish, but this guy is too cool. Charles Phoenix, if you read this, will you be my best friend? I'll send you a pair of donut cufflinks for a friendship trade XO Karen)
Check out this fantastic Charles Phoenix Video Mash-Up. How can you not fall in love?!:
Happy Tax Day Monday Sweeties! ::cringe:: With today being Monday and Tax Day I've decided to create a little Monday series called "Must Love Mondays!" Each Monday I will try to share 10 things that make me smile. They might be new awesome items you'd want to covet, awesome illustrations, cool posts about stuff - whatever it is, it's supposed to make Mondays much sweeter.
To make today even more amazing, I've decided to make today's "Must Love Mondays!" post about the cutest things ever - animals doing adorable things! I bet after you scroll through these pics your Monday just may become the best Monday ever! (at least I hope!)
Draw in your dog's eyebrows and try not to smile like this guy!
Best photo bomber ever!
So sweet! Look at those lashes!
Yes please! Today is an "I need cuddles" kind of day.
Don't mess with this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! He's got two daggers on his back!
OMG, that face!
This is a Quokka, the happiest thing on the planet. I need one
With this guy, every time is tequila time!
I too want to look this fabulous!
Pink. Unicorn. Pug. 'Nuff said!
Happy Friday my sweets! Since the weekend is starting I'd like to tell you about one my favorite weekend destinations - The Donut Man in Glendora.
Here's an interesting fact: Did you know that Los Angeles has the highest per capita number of donut shops of any metropolitan area in the United States? Also the proper spelling of "donut" is "doughnut." I wanted to point that out because today I'm going to use the spelling "donut" because I like the way it looks and it's shorter so don't get on to me about using this spelling. I'm a rebel, dang it!
Now with that out of the way, being that there are so many donut shops in LA county you can't help but notice a donut shop that's doing it a little bit different. The Donut Man has been in business since 1972 and is like a landmark in Glendora, a donut mecca if you will. One of the most amazing things about Donut Man are their seasonal donuts. In addition to your classic donut shapes and flavors, the Donut Man has 5 signature seasonal flavors - strawberry, peach, peanut butter, pumpkin and cream puff. I didn't know that peanut butter and cream puffs had a season but if they do then those are my favorite seasons.
The Donut Man is especially famous for their strawberry and peach donuts that really are only available, well seasonally. Actually, last year I had been waiting for them to come out with their peach donut but there was an issue with last year's peach crop and the peach donuts never came in season =( I'm crossing my fingers for this year! The Donut Man is a stickler for the quality of the fruits that they use which only means that when you get one of these fruit filled gems they are going to be as fresh as fresh can be! Also, do you see the size of these strawberries in this donut!? It's heavenly!
Next time you're in Glendora you HAVE to stop by the Donut Man and if you never find your self near Glendora then you just have to go out there. It is definitely worth it, I promise!
Also, did you know we sell donut earrings, donut rings and donut cufflinks in the Little Sweet Thing Shop!? Look at these donut-licious things!
Below are some more drool-worthy pictures of Donut Man donuts. Mmmmm, donuts...
Today I'm talking about 2 of my favorite topics melded into one sweet package - Disneyland + Desserts! One of the best reasons to go to Disneyland is for all the treats that you can find. They impart that Disney magic on everything, even the food! Now, I still have not been to Disneyworld (I know, gasp!) so here I will share with you my favorite desserts from the Disneyland Park in CA in addition to a little ode to a sorely missed favorite of mine.
5. Caramel Apples
Now, even though these are farther away from my number 1 Disneyland dessert, the artistry of the caramel apples around the park are not to be dismissed. Disney is great at creating so many different types of caramel apples that you can't help but want to collect them! The problem is that they are perishable so you can't! I've seen the standard Mickey and Minnie caramel apples but I've also seen some awesome ones like a Cheshire cat apple, bunny apples, pumpkin apples and even a rainbow apple.
Imagine this - you're walking around Disneyland, you're tired, it's crowded, you're about to kill the people that are in your party because they don't want to take a break and your feet are killing you and all of a sudden you smell it - the churro cart and everything melts away. All of a sudden you realize - "Hey, I'll tell my friends it's churro time!" After they oblige you've got an awesome Disneyland treat AND a reason to sit down and take a break! You can't beat the churros at Disneyland. It's not like they are a ton better than ones you can get outside of the park, but because you are in the park they do seem better. Also, some of the churro carts in the park offer dipping sauces like chocolate!
3. Mickey Ice Cream Bar
Ice cream shaped like Mickey - this is one of my favorite Disneyland summer treats! What's great about most of the ice cream treat stands around the park is that they have a 3-D display of the ice cream novelties that you can buy. It's always nice to have a visual of what you are about to eat like when you go to the Japanese food court at Mitsuwa (It's a Southern California reference if you're unfamiliar). This is a classic Disneyland dessert at it's finest.
2. Mickey Shaped Beignets
Ummm, hello, fried dough + powdered sugar + Mickey mouse shapes = Smiles! I think the Mickey Mouse beignets at Cafe Orleans are one of the most unique things about Disneyland park. I mean, how do you get them that shape? Do they have a special cutter to do that? I almost want to stage (aka intern) in their kitchen just to learn how to make them. They are perfection.
1. Dole Whip
Ahh, and now we've come to my number one Disneyland dessert. I'm listing the Dole Whip as my number one treat mainly for nostalgic reasons. You can find the Dole Whip at the Dole Whip shack in front of the Tiki Tiki Room. The Tiki Tiki Room is one my parents favorite attractions at the park so getting a Dole Whip and watching the show always reminds me of family (Ohana). You are even welcome to enjoy your Dole Whip treat during the Tiki Tiki Room show but please, don't throw it at the animatronics or I will hunt you down and kill you =)
And now, a little blast from the past - Fantasia Ice Cream
Now, I did tell you that I would share with you one more Disneyland dessert treat that is sadly no longer with us - Fantasia Ice Cream (super sad face!!). Back in the day, Disneyland's main ice cream sponsor was Carnation Ice Cream. Carnation created an ice cream flavor ONLY available at Disneyland in CA and later at Disney California Adventures. This ice cream flavor was a color extravaganza with Banana, Pistachio and Cherry ice creams! It was almost like a rainbow sherbert without the sherbert and a taste similar to spumoni without the chocolate. Unfortunately, Carnation (which was later taken over by Nestle) was replaced by Dreyers and they felt there was not much demand for the flavor and the recipe has been lost to the public forever. You can recreate the flavor at Cold Stone Creamery, kind of, but of course it is nothing like the original. One of my life's goals is to get this back in the park. If anyone who reads this has any incite on this lost gem please email me!
And there you have it, my top 5 Disneyland Desserts! What are yours?
Little Sweet Thing was born out of Karen's obsession with Cupcakes! When she couldn't find the perfect cupcake ring to wear she made one and now she is sharing her love of all things sweet with the world!