Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Marvel-ous Time at Comic Con

Sadly no, I didn't go to Comic Con, but my friend did! She went this past weekend and asked me to make her some Marvel-themed items for her trip, since it was the closest she would probably get to cosplay haha. Originally we were also going to have a dress for her too but I ran out of time to make it. That just means I have to get it done by next year's SDCC!

So we chose two versatile designs that could also work for other occasions (such as future Marvel movie premieres): a Marvel print skirt and a Hawkeye-themed one. It was the first time I had ever made an exposed elastic skirt, and it was fairly easy to make, especially using the Simplicity pattern in 1368. The pattern basically teaches you how to make these skirts, and with a few minor adjustments, it'll be a great pattern to use over and over again in the future. Both skirts are lined and have pockets, both essentials I felt were necessary, especially at Comic Con when you may occasionally need to stuff free swag in your pockets haha.

My friend came up with the design for the Hawkeye skirt and I merely carried it out. I couldn't get the bullseye to be 100% exactly perfect, but it was pretty close. The arrow goes around the entire skirt, cut into pieces to match the side seams. It was a fun project and an interesting concept, and now I want to try making other similar Marvel designs. Perhaps something Captain America or Agent Carter related...

Anyways, I hope to feature more sewing projects soon! These past and next few weeks have been extremely busy at work, but I hope to get some sewing done in between.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Afternoon Tea

A new milk tea place opened up near work so we decided to try some. It's actually pretty good, I rather like it! Or maybe I like the convenience a lot more haha...still, it's a nice treat for a long day at work. We've been going more often than I'd like to admit though...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rocket Boat

My friend had free passes to ride this tourist attraction at Pier 39 called Rocket Boat, so we hopped on the bus and headed down there one day to ride it. It's pretty fun, the name says it all: it's basically a really fast boat that sails around the bay. We got some nice views of our city from the boat so I thought I'd snap a photo.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Trench Coat: Gap
Blouse: Nordstrom
Dress: Forever 21
Tights & Flats: Target

My current obsession at the moment is this 1950s remixed version of the song "Rude." If you haven't heard of Scott Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox, you need to go through their playlist NOW. They take modern songs and throw in a few retro remixes for that old school sound, turning your hit songs of today into 1920s jazz, 1940s swing, 1960s soul, and so much more. Their cover of "Rude" is one of my new favorites, check it out below:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bay Bridge Lights

This is kind of a weird photo but I was playing around with the filters on my Camera+ app and I thought this one looked interesting. Kind of makes it looked like one of those really old cameras with overexposure or something, but I thought it added an interesting effect to this photo I took of the Bay Bridge after one of the games last month.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


As I mentioned a week or so ago, I picked up Lana Del Rey's new album Ultraviolence and I haven't stopped listening to it since. It's such a beautiful album in LDR's traditional dark and moody style, but a little more experimental than her previous album. In fact, these days anytime I'm listening to music, there's a 80% chance that I'm listening to Lana. I have several favorite songs, including "Shades of Cool" and "West Coast", but at the moment my favorite is "Brooklyn Baby". You can have a listen down below, but as one of the cheerier songs on the album, there's something very cool and carefree about the lyrics and the overall mood, but also retains some of Lana's dark humor in the lyrics and dreaminess in the music. I also love the irony and humor in it, as it pokes fun at Brooklyn hipsters, which is something I can generally relate to since I'm occasionally do make fun of our own native (or ironically not native) SF hipsters. Have a listen to this awesome song:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Together We're Brandon

I went to All Brandon weekend at the end of June for the Brandon bobblehead giveaway. For those of you who don't know, we have three Brandons on our team, so it's a bit of a joke around the clubhouse and fanbase about how we have so many Brandons on our team. Our slogan last year was "Together We're Giant", so as a joke Hunter Pence a blog post about the ridiculous amount of Brandons on the team and created a hashtag as a joke #TogetherWeAreBrandon in reference to the slogan from last year. Nevertheless, it stuck and "Together We're Brandon" has been a bit of a joke all season. I'm rather obsessed with the slogan to be honest. I love our Brandons :)