The only reason why this entry exists is because my mom decided to stay a day and a half in LA before going on the long flight back to Manila. I thought this was a good idea too because I didn’t want to go straight from Boston -> Detroit, Detroit -> LA, LA -> Manila all in one go either. Plus it’s been 10 years since my last visit to LA! So many feels because as a kid I had really good memories of this place. Because Disneyland.
We stayed at Hollywood Boulevard and took pictures of touristy places like tourists would. Later on, my mom’s friend from college was able to take some time off from work to drive us around. This was crucial as my impression of LA was starting to become just Hollywood, lol. There are lots of other pretty places in LA too, but I’ll have to save them for the next trip. Maybe it’s the lack of time but I felt a little crippled during this trip? Everyone seems to have a car and commuting isn’t as common as in the East Coast. Correct me if I’m wrong!
El Capitan Theatre. Open since the 1920s!
It felt so weird all of a sudden to not wear a coat after Chicago, New York and Boston.
Footprints, handprints, and autographs of some famous Hollywood celebrities.
Hollywood Walk of Fame! The 5 entertainment categories have their own symbols so you’d know if someone was a given a star for their contribution in the motion picture, television, music, radio or theater industries.
This Spiderman looks nothing like the one I saw in Times Square!
Hollywood First National Bank.
Dolby Theater. You know, where the Oscars are held.
Hollywood and Highland. Around the time GANTZ premiered at the Chinese Theater a few years ago, I was able to watch a clip of Nino and Matsuyama Kenichi doing some silly things all over the city. Like ask random passersby if they knew who the two of them were, buy souvenirs for their co-stars, wash their socks at a coin laundry (lol), etc.
Darth Vader judging that costume…
The force is strong with this one.
Spotted Brangelina at Madame Tussauds. I’ve been to the one in London and I must say that they are quite different. Visiting both museums wouldn’t be redundant. Most of the figures wouldn’t be caught wearing the same exact outfit.
The one in LA is also more interactive. Like there are chairs beside the figures and you can take selfies with them if you wanted to.
Gaga had her own special space where the lighting was absolutely gorgeous.
My favorite figures! Robert Redford and Paul Newman as Butch and Sundance.
*cue 007 theme song*
Life is like a box of chocolates.
When art imitates life.
Wish changing hair colors were this easy. I love that pinkish red in between the brown and orange.
Count on me to remember the names of historical places, but I cannot remember for the life of me the place of this shopping mall…
Anyhow, we literally just breezed through this place on the way to the newly-opened Kate Spade Saturday on W 3rd St.
Magnolia Bakery behind me! No smiles here because the sun was terribly high. Look at those shadows.
I usually splurge on a lot of stuff here but I just bought a dress (I was such a good girl this whole trip!) while my mom bought a lot of everyday-type (not just Saturday) clothes. The styles fit her taste so well.
Drove around the city with mom’s friend. I have no idea what some of these places are called.
I officially declare this entry the official “when Tricia was most useless” entry.
Palm trees and sunny skies.
Had Sunday mass somewhere in this area.
When in LA.
On the day of our flight back to Manila, my mom’s friend drove us to different places, including the…
…Annenberg Space for Photography! THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY TRIP. My mom’s friend is a photography enthusiast, and she wanted to bring us there when she found out that I was into photography as well. TEARS. No photos allowed inside though.
The current exhibition is called The Power of Photography by National Geographic. Instead of printing the photos out, they opted for multiple high-definition TV screens to show all the iconic National Geographic photos.
They’re celebrating their 125th year anniversary with a wonderful exhibit. It will only be up until April 27th though! Check it out!
The closest I could get to the Hollywood sign.
Hipsters outside the Griffith Observatory. The girl on the right had the nicest blue-green hair!
Obligatory couple photo.
City of Angels.
Not Lorde, lol.
So that’s the last of my US travel diaries from last year. I still have Taiwan and Tokyo to post before I go to the US again in May, so wish me luck with all the editing and sorting out. May I upload them as early as possible!
Matchsticks on my top! And I’m literally little because without my heels, I’m only 5’3”. I always get “I thought you were model height!” kind of comments when I meet people in person for the first time. Thanks to proper posing and angles for this false-but-popular belief! And I guess I also have to credit my odd proportions and body type.
Last week, Crissey and I discovered (after 8 years of friendship, lol) that we are about the same height when sitting down, even if she is barely 5 feet tall. I only noticed it when we took some photos together recently. The best Trissey selfies happen when we’re sitting down. When we’re standing, the height difference is a lot more obvious! Discovery of the century!
Anyhow, life hacks to make it seem like you have legs for days? They exist, and they can help you even if you’re not wearing sky-high heels.
One way is to tiptoe instead of just standing flatly on the ground. Lots of personal style bloggers do this to look more graceful and to avoid looking stumpy. Another way is to plant your foot in front of the other. This is the most effective height-boosting pose for me! It also gives you the illusion of hips if you don’t have any (like me).
Try these out and let me know if these techniques work for you!
Suddenly, a bodycon skirt on my blog! It only means that I must really, really like it.
There are two reasons why I don’t wear a lot of tight skirts (or tight clothes in general). Firstly, they only emphasize my boxy, shapeless body type. Secondly, the only place that shows all the food that I eat is my abdominal area. I usually end up looking a little pregnant every time I wear something tight, and it just looks weird because the rest of my body is relatively petite. There’s also something about the tilt of my pelvis and the arch of my back a.k.a. complex stuff that I don’t want to think about, lol.
Anyhow, I couldn’t resist getting this one because of the glorious desaturated pastel print! The silhouette is sexy yet the print is sweet. Sounds like the best candidate to break the monotony and predictability of my outfits.
#sorryimnotsorry for the annoying word play in the title. I’m very much convinced that this is currently the best peach item in my closet, and that it is so good, I can already see myself abusing it this summer! The style is so me, and I wish it came in other colors too, like pastel yellow or powder blue! When I was in Tokyo, I found some organza-type baby doll dresses in MERCURYDUO. I got one in white though I was still on the constant lookout for pink or peach because of my sakura hangover. Thanks to Just G for always reading my mind and answering my prayers!
Peach (paired with light hair) never fails to give me a nice, golden tan. Cheating with fashion instead of braving the harsh sun? Lifehack for homebodies! :) Thankfully, Just G released so many peach and orange numbers in their latest summer collection to match both the iconic Just G blue and the warm summer heat. Check it out soon!
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Promotions for my book already ended last March, and it hurts to write this entry, let alone publish it with the announcement that this was my last official book signing. Perhaps some interested groups out there can organize these kinds of events for me in the future - I still have yet to visit places outside Manila! /cry
Until now, I’m still not over the amount of love and support I’ve received these past 6 months. Creating this book was not an easy task - it involved a lot of blood, sweat and tears. I can’t remember anymore how many times I doubted myself during the creation process. Thankfully, Summit Media (my publisher) believed in me more than I believed in myself, because I constantly feared the possibility of nobody supporting my book. Honestly not a very “me” thing to be afraid of. When I realized that I was starting lose myself, I did my best to remember why I do what I do (my no-fail way of keeping my feet on the ground). I always remind myself that I’m the same person as slumberdoll, that art student/college kid from deviantART who simply loved to share her creativity on the Internet, take photographs of life’s best moments, and… well, just “be”. No frills. All me.
I’m really thankful for the encouragement that you guys have given me throughout the years. No amount of worries or fears can ever top the positive energy that I get from my followers. ;_; My book signings proved that it was never about the numbers for me. It was always about doing what I love, and (eventually) the fulfillment I get from knowing that I changed or influenced someone’s life in one way or another. This book was a way for me to try to be a “mentor” to those who, like me, had no idea where to start with fashion.
So surreal to see people cry, shake and stutter in front me, because I’m exactly the same! I get overwhelmed easily when confronted with someone I look up to, so being “that one inspiring person” for you guys is always a weird (in a good way) thought for me. Hopefully, in the near future, you can also be “that one inspiring person” for someone else. Keep on believing! Keep on achieving!
Anyhow, enough drama for now. Picture-heavy post ahead!
Thanks as well to CANMAKE for always giving my book signing events your kawaii blessing!
I coincidentally bumped into the CANMAKE girls, Sachie-san and Eri-san before my book signing. They always ask me how my Nihongo’s doing and I always say とてもへたですよ!!! and they’re always like じょうず!じょうず! HUU, thanks for always encouraging me to study harder!
What a surprise! One of my oldest friends and earliest models during my photography days, Janeena Chan, hosted my last book signing! I’ve known her since she was about 14 or so! She’s in college now and I totally feel old.
First batch of people who arrived that day. Full house! I didn’t expect anyone to go because this was already my nth Manila book signing and I thought nobody was interested anymore, huu. (I have low expectations in general!)
Extra photo because this lovely girl cried after I signed her book so I also wanted to cry because she cried, then she started crying harder and I was like omg okay I shouldn’t cry so she’ll stop crying!
I gave her a really tight hug. <3
Everyone! Pretty inside and out! I made sure to talk/interact with almost everybody so I can definitely attest to all the prettiness. “Happy girls are the prettiest girls!” Right you are, Audrey Hepburn.
To those who still haven’t gotten their own copy of my book, 150 Style Essentials for Every Girl by Tricia Gosingtian should still be available in most National Bookstores nationwide. If you can’t find any or if you don’t live in the Philippines, it is digitally available for purchase in Buqo. In a way, this is also quite convenient because you can access it any time from your phone/tablet/etc.
One big THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all those who supported the #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook.
Until the next book!