summer soundtrack: cults remix

Here's another song that I've been listening to on repeat lately. It's a remix of the song "Go Outside" by Cults. They're a pretty stylish-looking duo, don't you think?

Instead of a small Etsy shop update today, I've decided to do a big update next week. 15-20 new items, including more pretty skirts and fun printed dresses.

Happy weekend!


food truck love, homer style

lake street creamery
On Saturday, I attended the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest at Exposition Park. This is a weekly summer event that's now in it's second year, and it's become one of my favorite things to do in LA in the summertime. This past weekend, they screened Reservoir Dogs. As excited as I was for the movie, I was even more excited for the food. I finally got to try the Border Grill Truck, from chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. I can safely say that it's the best food truck I've ever been to (and I've been to many). Their quinoa fritters, Peruvian ceviche, green corn tamal, and churro tots were out-of-this-world good, and the service was fast and friendly. I can't wait to go back for more.

I also paid a visit to my favorite ice cream truck, Lake Street Creamery. I've tried a few of their flavors, but their donut ice cream is the one that I keep going back to (it tastes exactly like a powdered donut!). This time I asked them to make it "Homer style," with pink candy shell and rainbow nonpareils. Perfect! One of the many things I love about Lake Street Creamery is that they serve their ice cream in a waffle bowl with a wooden spoon. It's such a practical but clever twist on the familiar. If you live in the LA area and haven't tried it, you definitely should. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Here's a photo from the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest at Exposition Park, stolen from my friend because she has a fancy iPhone that takes fancy photos and I don't:


orange crush

bonny naranja vintage sunglasses from MODvintageshop
essie nail color in braziliant from essie
layered dress from zara
clair vivier fold-over clutch from need supply co.
vintage orange leather bow flats from twin hearts vintage

I recently decided to join Pinterest and, as I feared, I've become a little bit obsessed. Pinterest is a site where you can save and share images from all over the web and organize them into different categories, or "boards." The items above are from my "orange" board. I also have boards for red, yellow, green, blue, stripes, and neutrals. Yeah, I told you I was obsessed.

You can check out more of my orange finds here and see the rest of my boards here. If you'd like an invite to join Pinterest, feel free to email me and I'll send one your way.


happy skirtday

brown polka dot pencil skirt
red paisley tea length skirt
black floral button front skirt
black button front skirt
A few vintage skirts have just been added to the Etsy shop! Just a small update today. Now I'm off to get ready for my birthday dinner. I'm turning the big 2-6 today. Yikes! See you next week!


summer colors

tomatoes from my garden
Fresh tomatoes from my little backyard garden, in brilliant red and orange hues. These also happen to be the colors that I want to wear all summer long.

Look out for a shop update later in the week. By the way, I just want to say thank you to everyone who's purchased from Ninja Vintage or sent me messages since I started the shop back up on Etsy last month. I really appreciate all the kind words and support.

Have a wonderful day!



This past weekend, I saw a movie called Ceremony, starring Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman. The cast was great and it was enjoyable overall, if a little derivative of films like Wes Anderson's Rushmore in terms of tone and storyline. Actually, it was a lot derivative of Rushmore, but I won't hold that against writer/director Max Winkler. Rushmore is a damn good movie.

What really left an impact on me were the film's visual aspects: the set and costume design, production design, and cinematography. Every shot was beautifully framed and every set was brimming with fun, interesting details and rich colors and textures. I just wanted to jump into this film and wander around in it for a little while.

Costume designer Heidi Bivens outfitted the cast in classic pieces (plaids, stripes, and vintage styles - right up my alley) in deep oranges, yellows and reds, with hints of earthy blue, tan and purple shades. The color scheme perfectly coincided with the film's autumnal beach setting and helped to give it a stylized, cohesive look. I went on IMDb to check out Bivens' other credits and, funnily enough, she was an assistant costume designer on another movie whose costumes I adored (and blogged about), The Baxter.

Below are a few screenshots from Ceremony. It was difficult, but I tried to narrow it down to the ones that I loved the most (so, naturally, I included a shot of bacon & eggs). It really is a gorgeous-looking film. I think it's worth watching for that reason alone.


cupcake royale

In case you couldn't tell from reading this blog, I love sweets, especially baked goods (both making and eating them). The last time I was in Seattle, I visited the famous Trophy Cupcakes and I thought their cupcakes definitely lived up to the hype.

During my recent visit, I went to another awesome cupcake shop called Cupcake Royale. My cousin and her husband live right around the corner from their Capitol Hill location, so we stopped by to pick up a batch of their new strawberry cupcakes. We got strawberry shortcake, plain strawberry, strawberry velvet, and a coconut cupcake just for me. They all tasted delicious! The cakes were soft and rich and the buttercream was packed with fresh strawberry flavor. I shared these with three other people over the course of a couple of days. Though, if forced, I probably could've managed to finish the whole box on my own.

Have a great weekend! Eat something sweet!


flower power

1960s zip front floral dress
Here's a little preview photo of this week's Etsy shop update. I'm in love with this 1960s mini dress! Today I decided to break out my trusty mannequin and doll her up in some Ninja Vintage fashions. I'll be updating a few shop listings with new photos later today.


the right stripes

striped backpack from zara
zig zag card set from wit and whistle
coney island crop top and pantomime pliĆ© dress from spotted moth
cha-ching purse bag from deep dark africa
vintage red & white striped skirt from hunt gather fashion


sneak preview

vintage gunne sax dress
I just got back from yet another lovely trip to Seattle. The weekend was filled with food, fun, more food, and absolutely perfect weather. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in a bit of vintage treasure hunting on my last day in the city. The Gunne Sax dress above is my favorite find. Look out for an Etsy shop update later in the week.