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GIRLentine’s Day at the Vampire Lounge (Yes, all of these things are real)

20 Feb

The holiday of love is one that should be shared with all of your friends, not just your beau. Inspired by a Parks and Recreation’s episode on “GALentine’s Day,” I started my own “GIRLentine’s Day” (yeah, not the same ring to it, but “GAL” means something else to those in the Japanese fashion circle so I changed it up a bit!)! I want to make it an annual tradition with my girl friends; a day to relax, be girly, bond, and bitch about whatever pleases us.

For a venue, I found the totally awesome Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room located in Beverly Hills, across from the posh Peninsula Hotel. It is with a heavily ironic heart that I was super excited to check the place out, especially since their Yelp reviews were glowing.

Vampire Vineyards is owned by an entertainment attorney and his wife, with vineyards in northern and southern California producing a line of “Vampire” wines, including specialty bottles like the (officially licensed!) True Blood Pinot Noir and the Dracula Zinfandel. Vampire Vineyards also owns a small run of spinoff Vampire-themed products, like Vampire Vodka, Vamp Energy drinks, and chocolates and coffee. These guys were smart enough to buy VAMPIRE.COM back in the day, so they know a thing or two about smart marketing.

But back to the event! The lounge itself has 2 floors, with a posh upstairs perfect for a gathering of girls, featuring plush couches, a host of vampire novels, and our new favorite bartender, Rob!

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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Dianne Garcia: A Nerd By Any Other Name

21 Apr

All of the artists I have chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Dianne Garcia


WARNING: I refuse to explain every nerdy term in this post, so if you don’t know whuzzup, go to the Google! haha

Dianne as Sakura from Street Fighter!

For me, Dianne was one of those people that you hear about long before you actually meet them in person. Mainly, this is we are nerds. The first I ever heard of Dianne was back in the Livejournal days of 2002-ish, when everyone who cosplayed was always clicking about the internet looking for people who had good cosplay from series’ they liked. I was living in Pennsylvania, attending Penn State, being an otaku, and kept coming up on photos of Diane dresses ad Nana from the same-titled popular manga series by Ai Yazawa.

Diann'es work she made for a Charity art exhibition benefiting the Lisa Nguyen scholarship fund, created after the passing of our friend.

We chatted here and there via LiveJournal comments and when I finally moved to LA, we met in 2008!

Dianne is a kickass person. She’s an incredibly hard worker- always putting in OT at LA Weekly as a graphic artist, is an amazingly loyal friend, and also runs DefectiveGeeks.com with a group of her other nerdy gal pals. Embracing the fact that we are weird, like “nerdy” things, and are pretty much unashamed about our obsession with cartoon characters, this is what makes people like Dianne (and me) totally awesome, haha.

Dianne rarely exhibits her awesome work, so I am very pleased to have given her the impetus to create a new piece for the Bunnies & Bows shows. A talented artist with a soft and muted style, I hope you all watch her as she continues to do more work in the future! Here’s a progress photo of what she’s got so far…!

About the show, Dianne says, “Michelle is one if the hardest working artist I know. I am honored to be a part of celebrating her accomplishments. Bunnies and bows: truly, what more do I need to create artwork for a friend?”

I can’t wait to see her final finished piece!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!