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Jul 19, 2017

SDCC2017| Snoopy and Belle Love!

It's here, another week of San Diego for the books.
Most events and activations are not open today but after an early flight, a nap, and a good lunch we headed around to scope out pop up shops and where to visit for the madness. We came across the Snoopy and Belle pop up and I am in love. They are celebrating 30 years of fashion! They even collaborated with tokidoki on SDCC exclusives so I guess I have to make my way to that booth this year. 
When talking about this event they referred to San Diego Comic-Con as a pop culture event and I am so mad I couldn't find the words to describe it as that myself. It really is a pop culture-con. With that being said the artists featured in this 30 years of fashion pop-up are all interesting a global designers! I can't wait to head back in! So far this con has been chill. It could be way too early to speak, but wrath of con could have skipped this year... we'll see. Also keeping with the snoopy theme, I'm wearing mostly my Uniqlo Snoopy X Kaws collab shirts all week! I'll fit right in :) 
If you are in San Diego and interested in meeting the man behind Tokidoki there is this signing schedule. He will be at the Snoopy and Belle pop-up but you need to pick up a wristband Friday at 11 am, first come first 50!


See you at the Con!
Tomorrow will be a day filled with mostly Conan lines and day one of SDCC. I'll probably do a full recap next week, But I had downtime to give you guys a little update now. Follow my IG and Twitter for IRL updates!
LOVE, MARA
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Jul 17, 2017

WORLD TOUR | LOUIS VUITTON COLLECTION


HAPPY MONDAY! 
First of all, we know my obsession for this brand. In high school I said that I would be a creative director one day and that I loved Marc Jacobs. (Not quite a creative director yet, but I'm not doing so bad.)Well, the Jacobs era is gone and the new Men's artistic director at Louis Vuitton is Kim Jones. The cool thing about Kim is he actually is a part of the street wear culture. Do you remember Pastelle? The clothing line that Kanye West talked about FOREVER but never released? Kim Jones headed the project. To work with Kanye at THAT time... Kim Jones was clearly was pin pointed as a leader in streetwear. He has a pretty diverse portfolio, doing design work for everyone from uniqlo to McQ by McQueen and Iceberg. After debuting a highly sought after collab with Supreme, he revamped the World Tour collection. 

This collection allows clients to go in store and build a custom bag with several patches. Kim Jones has a shiba so he made one of the patches a shiba!!! His speedy is completely custom because there are 3 large ones in a row. If that was an option I would love to do it! There is also the little keychain of a Shiba Inu. I scoured youtube for reviews on this and I am so impressed and excited for this.
The World Tour Collection is very limited and you can only place certain patches in specific places. The patches are a mix of pop art and vintage trunk patches from Louis Vuitton archives. 
You can contact your sales associate and they will help you build it! They will mail you your bag from France in 4-8 weeks. The fact that it will come directly from France is a huge win for Vuitton bag collectors. It's not always easy to be guaranteed a made in France bag these days.  Also, this edition of the Neverfull MM comes with black handles. This is unique to the World Tour collection specifically. I always wished most of the monogram had black handles because the leather does not look as aged. Some people like the way the leather ages on the standard handles but it's just not my favorite.
I personally love this world tour collection and can probably only afford a toiletry bag, but I want something with a shiba so it might happen. After this crazy supreme collab I wonder what's next? My favorite LV collab of all time is the capsule with Takashi Murakami, so maybe another artist? I wish for it to be Yayoi Kusama, but someone like Kaws is more probable. 




LOVE, MARA
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Jul 14, 2017

SDCC: Wrath of CON.

A little THROWBACK THURSDAY/ FLASHBACK FRIDAY:

It is one week until San Diego Comic Con and I keep getting more and more questions about why I go and what I will be doing while in town! Lets start with what I can't wait to do while in San Diego for the Con:

1) For the first time since 2015 WERE GOING TO A TAPING OF CONAN! Last minute a late night Thursday show was added so we will be attending and ready to trade a pop vinyl because we still have duplicates from the first time we went. Every day the audience takes home one of these coveted vinyls. They resell for a lot of money but we keep ours bc we have a little collection going.

2) Mr. Robot is having a cool citywide activation. You won't understand what I am about to say if you don't watch the show. Ecorp will have a fake bank to pick up an Ecorp card loaded with cryptocurrency. It can actually be used around the city for food, drinks and other surprises. I love Mr. Robot and lost my t-shirt from last year so this will make up for it... maybe.

3)MTV Fanfest. There are no MTV awards this year but they will be having the Fandom Fest still. I think this year is cohosted by doritos. Its basically a giant block party. There will be music but the artists have not been announced yet. Big Boi is already performing at pepsi fanfest and the Black Eyed Peas are in town to promote their comic (that no one asked for). I WOULD DIE if Childish Gambino performed (even though I've seen him 3 times now) but hey.
4) Ever since snowpocalypse one of my main channels has been Viceland... Well they are here, and they have a party bus:
The bus is fully loaded with wifi, snack, drinks, giveaways and a few surprises. Special guests are popping in all week and I can only hope they drag Desus and Mero into the mix.
5) Fxperience. FX is home to Atlanta one of my favorite TV shows. Congrats to them in leading with Emmy nominations!!! This zone features Atlanta with a unique photo booth inspired by breakout series Atlanta  and plays off the series’ mix of surreal elements with hyper-real themes. Once inside, participants will be able to capture shareable videos of themselves walking up walls and treading on the ceiling as they experience life from every perspective. The Strain and Snowfall are also featured. I'm shocked to not find American Horror Story on this list.

* Bonus thing is this the Netflix first time having a booth! I love Stranger Things so I am hoping to get an early drop on Season 2! Black Mirror, the OA and of course 13 reasons why are also on my mind. Oh... And unrelated to Netflix... BLACK PANTHER. I. CAN'T. WAIT.

SO WHY DO I GO TO COMIC CON?
I obviously LOVE TV and MOVIES. San Diego Comic Con definitely has a place for comics, but at the end of the day, comics inspire most of the TV shows and movies people love. Spiderman, Avengers, Riverdale, etc... Its a cool place to interact with all of the studios that produce not only the newest seasons of shows and movies, but also vendors, and video game companies. I discovered Bait (a streetwear/sneaker shop) while attending in 2014 and since then they have opened so many store locations including shops in Portland and Seattle.

DO I DRESS UP:
No. I look like a hypebeast and to be honest... there are a fair amount of hypebeasts at the con. Of course you run into people in Cosplay but to be honest... that is its own convention. People show up dressed at Comic Con because of how much press coverage it gets, most of the really unique costumes will end up on TV. Every year it's crazy how many interviews or things I see on TV later that I also go to see at the con.

WHAT DO YOU EVEN DO AT COMIC CON?
Well, if you can see by my list, that is only 5 things on my plate. Name a TV show or Movie and a party exists for it. Name a TV show or a Movie and that studio will either have a panel with the stars or producers, autograph signings,  or premier a never before seen trailer. Every year we see something from the Walking Dead or Game of Thrones before anyone else. There are many lines to experience anything but everything is so interactive its easy to find so much to do during these 4 days. We like breaking up actually going inside the convention and doing the offsites because it can be overwhelming. San Diego is so beautiful so its fun to walk around downtown when we can.


The more research I do, the more excited I get! I hope to see some of you there and as always I can't wait to blog about all 4 days!

LOVE, MARA

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Jul 10, 2017

Weekend Wrap-up: Angels Rest 5 Mile Hike

It took me long enough to go on my first hike! A group of four of us took on Angels Rest, a 4.8 Mile hike that puts you on a Bluff off the Columbia Gorge. Its pretty rocky, but the 270 degree view is hard to beat. As a novice hiker, its a pretty safe hike, this one was characterized as moderate. It is pretty steep which is easy on the way up but I was not happy on the way down. Long story short, I need hiking shoes, my toes were killing me!
5 HIKING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
1. Do your research - You don't want to get lost or do something outside of your level of endurance or expertise. If you are afraid of heights... its probably good to see which hikes have dropoffs. You can figure out how long you are in for, if you don't hike... starting off with something over 5 miles with a big change in elevation might be a little rough.
2. Go with a group- This also helps with the whole getting lost thing, PLUS its just more fun with people!
3. Drink Water - Altitude sickness is not a joke. I also recommend sipping your water. 
4. Bring Sun Protection- This can be anything from sunscreen, hats, sunglasses or UVA/UVB clothing. I don't leave the house without a sunscreen regardless, but it is important to protect yourself while you are in direct sun.
5. Let Someone Know when you are going and when you will be back- This is more of a peace of mind thing. I know most people hike common easy trails and go up and out, but many times it gets dark, people take a wrong turn... and it just ends bad. Let someone know where you are and when you should be back just as an extra safety blanket!
My apple watch fitness goal was definitely reached today. The views here were pretty nice and many people took this hike with their dogs, including one of the girls I went with. I think my dog would not have wanted to complete this hike at all. Toshi lays down when he's tired and I have dragged him on short walks before. This was also in Houston so, I could be wrong. The weather for this hike started at around 60 and by the time we reached the top around 11am it was 75. There was a really nice cool breeze also with no humidity. I would do it again, with better shoes!

LOVE, MARA


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Jul 4, 2017

JULY 4th 16 HR LIP COLOR!

I was lucky enough to qualify for the Influenster Super Stay Matte Ink Maybelline Lipstick box.  I did get these lip colors for free but girl, my opinions are my own. This lip color lasts 16 hours. I have only worn it for about 12 hours straight in my normal life because what is anyone doing for 16 hours straight that needs lip color to remain fleeky?
I know it's the 4th of July, so I wanted to wear a cute red.... But this red is named pioneer and that's kinda shady. Regardless, this color is the perfect red! Maybelline offers 10 shades of super pigmented 16 hr matte colors. In my experience they are not drying and really do stay pigmented all day. Its actually really annoying to try to get off. I use Neutrogena wipes to remove makeup if I happen to be wearing anything and I will say it does not like to budge! Olive oil does the trick with less scrubbing, it really is a stubborn formula. 
You apply this color and allow it to dry for 3 minutes. It doesn't really transfer but within the first hour it will transfer minimal amounts. By the afternoon you are pretty solid when it comes to staying power.
I also received the color Lovely which is a perfect every day color. I can't wait to go to target and pick up a couple of the nude shades. I can't resist a good lip color so I am glad I got the chance to check these out.
Have a happy 4th of July, I'm just happy to have a day off and unwind in this amazing PNW weather.

LOVE, MARA
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