Somewhere at my mom’s house, there’s a closet filled with handbags that belong to me. There’s also a small stash of them inside my own closet. There are no purses, at least there haven’t been any since a wise friend advised that “you purse your lips, not your handbag.” Each bag was, at one point in time, an object of obsession, something I used daily for months on end, until the inside became a mess of gum wrappers, receipts and other crap.
Last year, the job of carrying around Liz’s junk fell upon a medium-sized, soft leather bag– maybe a satchel, maybe a hobo bag, not sure that even matters– found at Target. It is less than a year old. It looks as though I’ve owned it half my life. That’s not intentional, that’s because I’m a slob.
Necklaces by Zambi Candy from Super*Market (Photo: Liz O.)
Last Saturday, BubblePunch relaunched the Super*Market event at Meltdown Comics, the Hollywood comic book store for whom I interview awesome writers and artists. BubblePunch is an event promotion team consisting of blogger Yume Ninja and accessories designer Michelle Nguyen, aka Chubby Bunny. (For more on Chubby Bunny, check out the studio tour Shannon and I did for L.A. Weekly last year.)
I stopped by the event for a little while after checking out a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic screening at Royal/T.
The Super*Market vendors set up shop in the store’s parking lot as well as inside Nerdist Theater/gallery, surrounded by work from the venue’s current show, “Muchos Kstew.” (More about that in “Lots of Images of Kristen Stewart”)
Megan C. Brooks bottle cap charm (via Etsy)
Megan C. Brooks is a New Jersey-based photographer whose work I cannot compliment highly enough. She’s also a friend and, back when she lived in Los Angeles, we used to collaborate with each other. We spent a year or so traveling across Southern California in search of the perfect music festival, most of which was documented in a music newspaper called The Rockit that’s no longer in existence. (Dig through the archives on her website and you’ll find photos from many of those adventures.)
Megan just released a line of bottle cap jewelry with a lovely, gothic feel- “Handmade with my own blood sweat and beers, well I had a little help with the beers,” she writes on Etsy– and each piece features one of her photos. You can pick out one five cemetery photos for your pendant, and, at $11, it’s a really affordable way to beef up your art collection.
Shojono Tomo display at Munky King. Check out the hand-painted kimono. (Photo: Liz O.)
Shojono Tomo’s clothing has appeared on Nicki Minaj so many times that the superstar gave her a shout-out in Ester Dean’s song, “Gimme Money.” But Tomo doesn’t limit herself to fashion design. She’s a multi-disciplinary artist, one of the most creative and fun-loving people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
Right now, Tomo’s work is on display and for sale at Munky King on Melrose. The display pieces include her hand-painted kimono that’s on loan from the Museum of World Culture in Sweden. You can also check out some of the items from her web store in person, including the adorable “Pants Invaders” leggings, which recall a certain old school video game, and the “Lost in the Supermarket” leggings (points for sharing a name with a song from The Clash). There are also bags, hats and an assortment of other goodies.
I stopped by Munky King on Saturday and took a few photos of the display. Check them out below and see Tomo’s “mini-shop” in person up until March 26.
Psychic TV Merch Booth (Photo: Liz O.)
Sunday night, I went to see Psychic TV at the Echoplex. It’s the second time I’ve seen the band and, as expected, it was an amazing show.
One of the highlights of the night was the band’s merch booth, or, specifically, the Psychic TV rosary at the merch booth. My partner in all that is awesome saw the rosary first. He said I had to have it. I knew I had to have it too. After all, I’ve had a thing for rosaries since I was a kid (not sure if that’s because of Catholic school or Madonna fanaticism, probably both). He got it for me. I ripped open the package and put it on immediately.
Isabel Toledo for Payless shoes (Instagram Photo: Liz O.)
Behold my favorite pair of shoes. They’re from Isabel Toledo’s Payless line and, aside from sporting a fierce, bright yellow heel and sole, they are pretty comfortable. The problem isn’t with the shoes. It’s with me. I’m a mess in high heels.