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J. Crew at The Grove Found Guilty of Overcharging

J. Crew at The Grove Found Guilty of Overcharging

Yikes! The J. Crew store at The Grove was ordered to pay about $1,800 in fines for overcharging. Back in June 2014, the Agricultural Commissioner, Weights and Measures Department conducted a price accuracy inspection and found J. Crew guilty of charging more than the advertised price on a single item. The amount of the overcharge? $6.63. This may seem like a big hullabaloo for $6, but it’s good to know that someone’s looking out for us consumers.

What are your thoughts? Do you always check your receipts to make sure you haven’t been overcharged?

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UPDATE: Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt 2014

UPDATE: Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt 2014

As of today, only Chado Tea Room (Little Tokyo DTLA), Zip Sushi (Little Tokyo/Arts District), Xlixe Pizza (Little Tokyo) and Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (DTLA) still have some Hello Kitty pins. Quantities vary and best we could tell, these are their approximate distribution times (and we suggest you get there at least 1 hour before):

Zip Sushi & Xlixe Pizza – 11:30AM and 5:00PM (about 25 pins allotted per time slot)

Chado Tea Room – 3:00PM (about 30-35 pins allotted)

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar – 3:00PM (varies)

Lollicup, Daikokuya, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Seoul Sushi, Cafe Dulce, and Lemonade MOCA expect to have more pins by Monday, Nov 10, but there’s no word on the quantities to be distributed.

Not sure if Charm City Cakes West will be getting more pins EVER, as they weren’t picking up their phone today and they were closed yesterday, but there’s always Ebay.

We’ll keep you posted and good luck! If you have any tips, please share in the comments below.

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Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt 2014: We Came. We Ate. We Collected.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt 2014: We Came. We Ate. We Collected.

As part of the festivities in celebration of Hello Kitty’s  40th Birthday slash Hello Kitty Con 2014 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in DTLA’s Little Tokyo (which started last Thursday and ends today), Sanrio also sponsored the official Hello Kitty Hunger Games Hungry Hunt. The HH basically involves 11 participating eateries throughout LA offering special Hello Kitty meals or food items that also come with a special limited edition pin, featuring Hello Kitty having the same food. So there are 11 different pins of Hello Kitty with ramen, sushi, pizza, burger, sausage, ice cream sundae, cupcake, boba, lemonade, tea, and donut. Supposedly, each place has only 1,000 pins to distribute.

The HH actually started last Friday, Oct 24 (a few days before Kitty Con) and will officially end Nov 21. However, the special Hello Kitty pins are only “while supplies last.” Womp womp.  While the HH was expected to last a month, some of the participating eateries have already sold out of their pins. As of this writing, Lemonade MOCA, Lollicup, Daikokuya, and Dylan’s Candy Bar are sold out, but expect to have more next Monday, Nov 10.

Lollicup on Sawtelle SOLD OUT for now

Lollicup on Sawtelle SOLD OUT for now

If you’re hoping to collect all 11 pins, you really gotta be in it to win it.  For “research purposes” only, we’ve been racing to collect the pins ourselves this past week and so far have obtained 10 out of 11 (still need Lollicup), which hasn’t been easy. It involves getting up early, finding parking and standing in lines for hours. Add to that, every place limits the number of pins being distributed each day (ranging from 20-80 pins per day) and at different times. Not to mention, you better be prepared to spend some dough. These Hello Kitty culinary items range from $5 for lemonade to $34 for the Plan Check Kitchen + Bar bento box, and that’s not including tip or parking. If you’re determined to get all 11 pins, you can expect to spend around  $150-$200. Also, depending on how strong (and large!) your stomach is, this gastronomic adventure is not for the weak. Remember to pace yourself.

Another funny thing, some people are just so hell-bent on getting the pin, they sometimes leave before the complete meal is served, or they don’t realize that the servers have forgotten some items. For instance, the sushi roll at Zip Sushi also comes with edamame and miso soup, and the bento box at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar comes with a green tea drink and dessert. Some people just don’t care for the food and just want the pin. At Lemonade, we saw a couple of women buying 5 pins each and didn’t want the lemonade at all!

Seoul Sausage distributes 50 pins at lunch 12:30PM another 50 at dinner 5:30PM

Seoul Sausage distributes 50 pins at lunch 12:30PM another 50 at dinner 5:30PM; The sausage + fries are $15

However, despite it all, this food journey has been a real blast. We’ve met many obsessed fanatics interesting people (majority of whom are students and/or unemployed with plenty of time) and many supportive husbands/boyfriends/parents helping their wives/girlfriends/children collect the pins as well, including one poor fellow who has 3 daughters so he’s trying to collect 3 complete sets!

We really hope Sanrio does the HH again, and we’ll have our Pepto at the ready.

The delicious ramen at Daikokuya about $15 before tip

The delicious ramen at Daikokuya about $15 before tip

Kitty-faced sushi roll about $17 at Zip Sushi

Kitty-faced sushi roll about $17 at Zip Sushi

Xlixe Pizza (pronounced "Slice") offers a $17 Hello Kitty pizza.

Xlixe Pizza (pronounced “Slice”) offers a $17 Hello Kitty pizza.

Charm City Bakery serves up Kitty cupcakes for $5

Charm City Bakery serves up Kitty cupcakes for $5

Chado Tea Room has Hello Kitty scones and tea for about $11

Chado Tea Room has Hello Kitty scones and tea for about $11

Cafe Dulce donuts and lattes for about $9

Cafe Dulce donuts and lattes for about $9

At Cafe Dulce you can get either a latte or hot chocolate. Both come with the Kitty face

At Cafe Dulce you can get either a latte or hot chocolate. Both come with the Kitty face

The motherload bento box at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar $34 before tip

The motherload bento box at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar $34 before tip

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My First Oscar De La Renta Dress, A Fashion Milestone

My First Oscar De La Renta Dress, A Fashion Milestone

We at Handbag Honey were incredibly saddened by the news that world-renown designer and consummate gentleman, Oscar De La Renta, passed in the early morning hours this past Monday.  It was only hours before that we were reading of him alive and well in the blogs – designing Mrs. Clooney’s wedding dress, Michelle Obama finally wearing his dress at the White House Education Workshop, confirming British designer Peter Copping as his successor – that his death seemed to come so suddenly.

As much as I love De La Renta’s creations, I’ll admit that I had never thought I’d actually wear (much less own!) one. Then one day I was so desperate to find a dress for a summer wedding at Hilton Head, SC, I actually enlisted the help of a personal shopper at Nordstrom. My shopper pulled racks of dresses for me, including the beautiful palm-print, criss-cross front dress from De La Renta’s Spring 2008 collection, as featured in the photo. Although on sale, it still cost a small fortune ($699 from $1850) but it was my size and when I put that dress on (skeptically at first), it fit like a glove. It was the most flattering thing I had ever tried on. I thought to myself, so this is what everyone’s been talking about! I bought the dress on the spot.

I’m so glad I’ve kept that dress after all these years. Even though I regularly update my closet, I’ve always held on to that little palm-print dress. It will be a mad dash to try and collect more of his pieces now that Oscar is gone, and a good place to start is at The RealReal where they’ve dedicated a whole sale page to him. Sale ends Friday.

Handbag Honey (photo via Style.c0m)

The Simpsons Take the Bowl and WIN!

The Simpsons Take the Bowl and WIN!

This weekend pop culture’s favorite TV family, The Simpsons, took over the stage (and the plaza, the patio areas and parking lot) at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, together with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and for the Bowl’s Fireworks Finale. It’s basically a love letter to all the show’s loyal fans, and The Simpsons’ folks did not hold back anything for these 3 shows (last Friday was opening night and tonight will be the final show).

The shows open with remarks by one of The Simpsons’ co-founders, Matt Groening, and include the participation of hosts and voice-over talents, Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith, with Azaria performing almost all of his characters (an exhaustive list that includes Moe, Chief Wiggum, Apu, Duff Man, Professor Frink, and Bumble Bee man). There’s also special appearances and/or performances by guest artists, Beverly D’Angelo, Weird Al Yankovic, Hans Zimmer, Christopher “Kipp” Lennon, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Conan O’Brien, Jon Lovitz (who also gave a touching tribute to the late Phil Hartman), Vaud and the Villians, and Tony Hawk.

The shows culminate with the big fireworks spectacular that the Bowl is known for, but for us, our favorite parts included all the Simpsons’ clips from the TV series, The Simpsons’ Movie and the Simpsons’ short, The Longest Daycare, featuring Maggie Simpson. We kinda feel bad saying that the fireworks and the Orchestra played second fiddle to the big screen, but watching The Simpsons up there at the Hollywood Bowl on a beautiful night and remembering all our favorite episodes and characters from the last 25 years are just priceless.

 

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