Thursday, November 19, 2009

Purrfect Pineapples takes LA - Part 1

I haven't written in here for awhile due to life being hectic and getting ready for this trip. At the end of August, I decided I really needed a change, and something to keep me motivated to keep making new designs and keep up the frilly panty goodness. I gave up my ridiculous pink apartment in Toronto (it will be missed) and put everything I had into making a whole bunch of new stuff that you guys have never seen me do before. To ensure my efforts were not going to waste, I booked three AMAZING photoshoots in LA with six adorable models.

I left Toronto November 11th, and headed to Austin, TX to hang out with my friend Nick for a few days. We ate delish vegan food, went hiking, attempted to shop (I'm the worst shopper in life), and had a good hangout. Nick ensured that I tried my first Daiya vegan cheese pizza! Best shit, ever. This cheese needs to be had by all vegans, just sayin'. I have actually found it at the Whole Foods in Beverly Hills and that means some serious cheese hoarding needs to happen asap. Anywho, Austin ruled, I kind of miss it and would definitely check it out again. Here's a pic of the epic breakfast we made:

Nick surprised me with this ridiculous vegan bacon that I have never seen (or tasted) in my life. It was pretty delish, but I still felt weird eating it. The pancakes were amazing too, out of The Thrive Diet book. Tofu scramble with kale, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, garlic and onion. Talk about the best at home breakfast I have ever been a part of. Plate setting and fanciness credit goes to Nick though. + 10 points.

Insert photo of me molesting Nicks cat here. Dan Dan is the smallest, cutest cat ever. Tofu definitely has some competition. Please let me steal you, kthx.

I arrived in LA on Friday evening, my hilariously heavy bags both broke at the same time and it was awesome!! I ended up staying at the Westin for two nights so I could hang out with my friend Emily for the weekend. I threw myself together when I got to the hotel and Emily, Alex and I headed to Royal T Cafe for the Bats and Cats Hello Kitty Masquerade. I didn't look goth, but it was fun and the venue was amazing and decked out in everything Hello Kitty!! SO CUTE. It was hard not to squeel at everything and gush over the pink kitty junk everywhere. These were my fave Hello Kitty inspired paintings:

This one made me die laughing due to the Hello Kitty cat costume.. it exists on the internetz and I almost bought it for Tofu a couple of years ago. All cats need this costume. I want this painting, so bad.

Close up needed.

I fail at crediting these photos but you can find a full artist list HERE.

Saturday Emily and I headed to heaven: i.e. the Los Angeles Fabric District. I'm glad someone else appreciates fabric shopping as much as I do. I collected a whole bunch of swatches of amazing fabrics to use in my next line. Pretty exciting. We ate lunch at a random cafe that happened to have amazing vegan food. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and this wrap:

Spinach tortilla stuffed with marinated tofu, ground sausage, spinach, and roasted red peppers.

We headed back to our hotel to get ready for the Hello Kitty fashion show at Royal T Cafe. Emily runs Artifice Clothing, so she had an adorable outfit in the show. It was great to witness this much Hello Kitty goodness in person. I also got to meet some adorable ladies, which is always a good thing. I was super excited to meet Amy (Shrinkle)!!! She also had an adorable outfit in the show:

Lauren WK in Shrinkle's outfit.

Obviously Hello Kitty herself made an appearance on the runway too! She was also wearing a Shrinkle dress. Talk about the best opportunity ever... making clothes for Hello Kitty.



On Sunday Emily, Alex and I headed to Trashy Lingerie for some lurking. I love that store more than anything and find it hard not to custom order everything. It was Emily's first Trashy experience, so we were in there a good two hours. If only I had a reason to buy sexy costumes, right? Afterward we headed to Real Food Daily with our new friend Wednesday for some sweet vegan dinner. I'm lacking pics of this meal, but it obviously ruled. I had a massive tempeh burrito, with cashew cheese, a side caesar salad and a slice of sugar-free, gluten-free pecan pie. Best pie ever, I need more. I will be making a few more trips to RFD in the next few weeks. ;)

Monday involved lots of sleeping, vegging out and preparing for the following day! Tuesday was my first photo shoot in LA. I shot with Ama Lea and our model was Lauren WK. She looked incredible in both sets I made and I can't wait to see the photos. I'll make sure to post them as they are received. Ama and Lauren are both amazing to work with, I would really love to collaborate again.

Tomorrow is my second photo shoot and it will be amaaaaazing! I am shooting with Clayton Addison and the models are Sara Eudy, Krystyn Lea and Drew Linden. Keep ya posted with pics and updates!

xo
-Erika



Monday, August 24, 2009

Long time, no post.

I have to admit, I have had a pretty dull summer. Not many fun times, travels or crazy vegan food. Lame! So I decided to take a random awesome trip a couple of weeks ago to make up for my summer lacking such things.

I headed to Philly for This Is Hardcore, mainly to see one of my all time fave bands Vision of Disorder. It was a smooth drive down with my cousins, stayed with them for a couple of days and just hung out. Friday I met up with my friend Mike from Calgary and a few of his friends for some vegan philly cheese steaks from Govindas. Of course I took zero photos on this trip, so you'll just have to imagine how delish it all was. I picked up some cookies and pumpkin cheesecake there as well, all made by Vegan Treats. I have yet to go to their actual bakery, but I will at some point in life. :( Day 1 of the fest was pretty sweet, I'm happy I got to see Have Heart one more time before they break up.

Saturday was hot as hell, a huge difference from Toronto weather. Luckily no sunburns were had, which is rare since I'm pale as eff. I had a great surprise lunch with Sharon TK! Of course we made a round two trip to Govindas, and a few vintage stores. It was a short, yet sweet hangout and I'm so so glad I have been able to see her as frequently as I have been.

I went back to the fest and met up with my friend Sarah from Connecticut, yay!! We decided to wander the city and hit Whole foods for some Temptation Ice Cream, the best invention in life. Toronto, why do you not have this ice cream!?!? Anyways, I love Philly because it's super easy to walk anywhere you want. We headed back in time for VOD, who were awesome (of course). They played a tonne of old songs and I left with a smile on my face. Hopefully their new record doesn't suck, eep.

Saturday night was ridiculous. Sarah, Casey and I hung out with Casey's friend Kyle. Which resulted in THIS:

Sarah and I in Casey's car and him clinging to Kyle for dear life like a little girl. SO GOOD. I wouldn't have even gotten on the bike, so I guess he has more balls than me (yeah, it's true). Best part being the bike gang of 10+ dudes in Ed Hardy gear surrounding them and yelling rude things at Casey. We died laughing. It was awesome. End of story. That night Sarah and I cuddled under a sleeping bag for warmth on the hardest hotel floor I have ever slept on. Good thing it was only one night. Hah!

Sunday was our last Philly hangout day, so we pretty much just roamed around the city again. Checked out Reading Terminal Market, I love that place. Another sweet thing Philly has that we do not, LAME. I went back to Connecticut with Sarah for some sleepover action and the most barfalicious car ride I have ever experienced. I still wish Sarah and I threw up on each other and all over that chicks car, it would have been great.

Monday Sarah brought me to Edge of The Woods, a sweet Health Food Store in New Haven, CT. They had awesome vegan baked goods sweetened with agave nectar, like "cheese" danishes! DAMN. Then it was time to go to the train station, sad times. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I had to head to NYC and catch a Greyhound home.

I got to NYC around 4pm and met up with Duane!!! Dear Duane, thank you for leaving Florida so this hangout was actually possible. He brought me to Foodswings as our first stop, which was obviously the best idea ever. At this meal I realized that I couldn't eat anymore after finishing my sweet as hell veg chicken parmesan sandwich and "my little pony" epic milkshake. He showed me around Williamsburg, which is adorable and I really wish I had more time and less 50lb suitcases to lug around. I definitely need to go back, 100%. We did a lot of sitting in random cafes and chatting, just for fun and less suitcase lugging. Next stop was Atlas Bakery for a whole lot of sitting and not enough eating, since I couldn't even eat anymore food. So instead I watched Duane eat a crazy brownie with sprinkles... and I obviously don't count peach soft serve as food, more as liquid awesome. Sad times leaving NYC after only 8 hours, but at least I got to take the bus from hell home.. YAY! I mean, 11 hour bus ride from hell.. with internet access.. hooray!

I arrived home to:
DANDIES!!! Which are being hoarded for some kind of epic cupcake concoction I plan to bake at some point. You should order these for yourself at Vegan Essentials. The shipping and pricing is reasonable and they are so delicious, it's probably better that they don't exist in Toronto and I refuse to mail order food. Haha.

A lot of life changes going on right now, I'll try and write in here more often. We have a booth at the Fanexpo this weekend, so come check it out and visit our booth! I need lovin' and you need panties. ;)

I also feel the need to spread the joy of the best purchase I have ever made. This ridiculous cat hoodie meant for little girls. Thank you H+M for making kids clothes that fit me.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Artwork by Duane Jealousy. Buy some!




More available at:
Email Duane for more info and pricing: duanejealousy@gmail.com

The best birthday gift I ever recieved was a custom painting by Duane and it's still my favorite piece of artwork in my apartment. Check em out and support a sweet artist! <3

Monday, May 11, 2009

New Press!

Our skull bra is in the May Issue of Tattoo Arte Magazine!

It is available for purchase here:
http://www.purrfectpineapples.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=123


Monday, May 4, 2009

First Post!

I decided to start a Blog documenting fashion shows, special offers, line production, travelling and too much vegan ice cream eating. If you only read this for photos of girls in our panties, that's fine too. Haha.

I am proud to announce that Purrfect Pineapples will be doing a fashion show for Northern Ink Xposure on June 18th. Please mark your calendars because it will be awesome. We have a top notch model line up that is pretty exciting for me (Sharon TK, Dina De Sade, Porcelain and Wren!!). Huge nerd right here.




I'm super excited to work with two new Sponsors for this show. All the makeup will be supplied by Make Up For Ever, and backstage catering will be provided by Sadies Diner (an awesome Vegetarian diner in downtown Toronto). If you haven't experienced Sadies Diner or Make Up For Ever, you should probably get on that. Both are awesome. <3

In other news, I just got home from Chicago this morning. We headed down there on Thursday for Burning Fight (www.burningfightbook.com). Seeing The Hope Conspiracy, Indecision, Converge (3 times in 3 days) and Disembodied made my life awesome. I never thought I would ever get to see Disembodied so I'm still super excited about the whole thing. They met my expectations and I'm a pretty happy girl right now. This weekend needs to be re-lived big time. So many awesome friends from Texas, Michigan and Chicago, I loved it. We also made sure to consume as much Temptation Ice Cream as possible in 4 days. We got to try out two awesome vegan restaurants: Chicago Diner and Pick Me Up Cafe. Espresso Milkshakes win, but I am never eating ice cream again (for a week...).

Super sketchy climb up to our friends rooftop, but it was beautiful and well worth it.


Yummy raw veg sandwich at Chicago Diner, washed down with strawberry cheesecake (amazing!) and chocolate Temptation Ice Cream + vegan whipped cream.


Do these need captions? Wiener Street and Justie's busted pants. Amazing.



When I went to pick up the fashion show flyer's, I was given this! They will be part of the Skulls Exhibit for NIX, more info here: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=74715884253&ref=ts
I'll take "After" pictures of it too, prepare for glitter and sequins!


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