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Hello Kitty “Three Apples” Gift Bags

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Remember those long cold mornings at “Three Apples”? Standing in line early in the morning and waiting for gift bags? Dealing with people budging [butting, skipping, cutting] in line? Seeing people getting frustrated because gift bags were only available to the first 100 visitors in line?

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Hello Kitty Fan Appreciation Day Gift Bag. This bag made my day, the bag was quite heavy with miscellaneous Hello Kitty gifts inside, including Hello Kitty Strawberry News, Hello Kitty lotion, notebook, mirror, Pez dispenser, chap stick, candies, puzzle and coloring book ;]

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Hello Kitty Halloween Party Gift Bag: I really like how Sanrio put this together and gave us a toothbrush, encouraging us to brush our teeth after we go Trick-or-Treating :P

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For Halloween, I dressed up in a Hello Kitty yukata and Dave from Sanrio gifted me a Hello Kitty Fan. And I also received a Paint Your Own Hello Kitty Bank for bringing in a self-inspired carved pumpkin :]

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Hello Kitty Birthday Party Gift Bag: Similar items from Hello Kitty Fan Appreciation Day,  but they added Hello Kitty bubbles, stickers and Loungefly pins <3

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Hello Kitty Birthday Tiara and Wand were given out during the birthday cake cutting ceremony for kids, I guess I am still a kid after all :]

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Hello Kitty Meet the Artist Party Gift Bag: This is one of my favorite gift bags, it really made sense how they gave us a coloring and activity book, plus a shimmering art package with metallic pens on the day the we met the artists. I can’t wait to doodle on my new arts and crafts book!

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Hello Kitty Bats and Cats Masquerade Gift Bag: Part 1. When I called the prior day, Royal/T Cafe informed me that gift bags were given out in the morning. After waiting in line for a couple hours, I realize that JapanLA posted that gift bags were to be given out in the evening. I was a bit frustrated, but when doors open at 10am with about 20 people in line. Dave from Sanrio informed us that he would give us something just for coming out :]

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Hello Kitty Bats and Cats Masquerade Gift Bag: Part 2. This was given out in the evening, Hello Kitty desk calender, I LOVE IT <3

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Hello Kitty Fashion Show: Part 1. This was by far the crappiest gift bag, but I guess since it was the last day they probably ran out of gifts? A lot of people was disappointed, some waited 5-6 hours for this bag :[ Look on the bright side, Hello Kitty straws!!

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Hello Kitty Fashion Show: Part 2. After receiving gift bags from the morning, I assumed they were completely out of gifts. But when we got inside, I saw rows of Hello Kitty tote bags <3 You can also get this tote from  Toy”R”Us, happy hunting!

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Hello Kitty Three Apples Gift Bags: Part 1.

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Hello Kitty Three Apples Gift Bag: Part 2.

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These gift bags were left sitting in the hallway outside of my room ever since Three Apples. I finally decided to go over all my gift bags and I realized I had too many duplicate items. I will be donating most of these gifts to a local toy drive this holiday season and hopefully they will go to great homes with children to help “Spread the love of Hello Kitty” <3

Hello Kitty Fashion Show

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I was lucky enough to attend the Hello Kitty Fashion Show held this evening. Thanks to a special friend I met on “Hello Kitty’s Birthday Party/Workshop” two Sundays ago. This is apparantly the last and final event of “Three Apples.” :[ The 15-20 minutes show was put together by Irene + Stephanie and JapanLA, featuring over 20 artists and 14 models, plus Hello Kitty herself<3.

I attempted to take some pictures to share with you:]

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Featuring Designers:

Antiseptic Designs, Artifice Clothing, Boring Sidney, Bubbles and Frown, Ego Assassin, Fiftyseven-thirtythree, Iamchubbybunny, Jessica Louise, Onch Movement, Pink Macaroon, Pizzicato Kei, Shrinkle for Hello Kitty, Sugar Mafia, Topsy Turvy Designs, and Toxic Vision [If I missed anyone, please let me know!]

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Last picture with Hello Kitty @ Three Apples Exhibition Celebrating her 35th Birthday :]

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Hello Kitty Meet the Artist Party

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JapanLA & Sanrio in Association with Juxtapoz Magazine hosted today’s Hello Kitty Meet the Artists’ Party! Over 80 artists participated in the “Three Apples: Hello Kitty Art Show.” But about 20 artist were present in today’s party! Live Paintings were done throughout the day, featuring the artists below:

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Peekaboo Monster @ 2pm

Angry Woebots @ 4pm

Camilla d’Errico @ 6pm

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Hit+Run did a Live T-Shirt Screen-printing. With limited T-Shirts designed by “Three Apples” artists: 64 Colors, Buff Monster, Mark Dean Veca, Pasticgod, Crowded Teeth and Hit+Run based on their original art work in the Hello Kitty Art Exhibit. $20 per T-Shirts, one T-Shirt per person and you can have up to 3 prints on one T-Shirt!

At the reception, I met over 15 artist who participated in the Hello Kitty Art Gallery:

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I met Dorothy aka (Dessert Obsessed) at Gary Baseman’s Workshop last Sunday! She is so awesome, she is like a two in one package dessert + Hello Kitty = <3 In the middle is Misha, she is totally into Hello Kitty, I had a chat with her and she told me she’s been to every event they had so far :]

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Plasticgod :] He’s super cool, he was one of the artist who arrived super early to the event today! He told me he was dropping off his second collection of Hello Kitty artwork and he decided to just stick around.

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I really like Angry Woebots style, his piece from the Hello Kitty Art Gallery was an angry cat, but I guess he decided to do something different today.

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Buff Monster is just hilarious, I took his “Toy Workshop” last Sunday and he just kept laughing at all our paintings, he really made it fun!

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I didn’t get to talk to Mari Inukai for long, but she was born and raised in Japan and came to the US to pursue her studies in art.

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Dan Goodsell also know as “Mr. Toast” released a 19 piece watercolor of Mr. Toast and Friends with Hello Kitty and Friends, for sale at the show today for $30 per piece. If you are interested in seeing pictures of his artwork, you also check out his blog.

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I wanted to take Natalia Fabia’s Jewelry Workshop two weeks ago, but I waited until last minute to sign up and the workshop was already SOLD OUT! If you have already check out her art piece for the Hello Kitty Art Gallery, isn’t it realistic? When I first saw it, I asked my boyfriend, why did this artist just take a picture, anyone can do that! He told me to look closely, I was indeed Shock!!

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I spotted out Melly Trochez right away when she was carrying her Gift Bag from Sanrio:] Her piece is so distinct from other artist. If you look closely, on the top right corner she wrote her boyfriend’s name on it. I’m not sure what language it is in, but it blended in with her art work so smoothly.

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I was sitting down on those white couch towards the back of the gallery and Thomas Han had his back face towards me, but I definitely notice him when he turn towards me. And other fans were trying to get his autography too!

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I was speaking with Camilla d’Errico’s sister before she completed her live painting today, she flew over from Italy just to see her perform! How exciting it that to have such a wonderful sister <3 Camilla herself also flew from Canada to be here at the event today, her painting is so fine and detailed.

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Two artist in one picture, how often does that happen:] Here we have Jason Han to the left and Luke Chueh on the right.

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To be honest, I have really examined Jim Manfood’s art work, I’m holding my “Three Apples book and here’s his piece.

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I didn’t spot Melissa Contreras until the finale live group painting. She’s wearing a pendant that she drew for the Hello Kitty Art Gallery. She told me she also designs Jewelry and she might be collaborating with Sanrio to make a Jewelry line.

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Crowded Teeth, her art work also featured in today’s Hit+Run T-Shirt Screen Printing.

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Deph was one of the artist’s whose work did not make it out to the exhibit due to the limited amount of time they had to complete it.

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Gary Baseman try to run into my picture with Hello Kitty, so I invited him to take a picture with us :] He is such a nice guy, I probably spend more time talking to him than any of the other artist out there tonight. I also took his “Figure Drawing Workshop” last Sunday, he found me on Facebook and asked if I was the, “troublemaker in his class.” I thought it was hilarious!

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As I was planning to leave tonight, I got stuck in the doorway and I spotted out Simone Legno, the designer for Tokidoki.

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Here are the Finished paintings from today’s show, again by Peekaboo MonsterAngry Woebots and Camilla d’Errico.

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Hello Kitty @ Meet the Artist Party Three Apples Exhibition Celebrating her 35th Birthday :]

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Three Apples: Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary

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THREE APPLES: AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF HELLO KITTY <3

Today marks the grand opening of Hello Kitty’s Three Apples Exhibit, it is the first and only official Hello Kitty event hosted by Sanrio in North America. I always dreamt of going to one of these events in Asia and now it’s here. In honor of Hello Kitty’s 35th Birthday, Sanrio has collaborated with JapanLA to host this event at Royal/T Cafe in Culver City, CA. Here is a brief summary of the event I extracted from their web page.

  • Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 35 anniversary at “Three Apples” and fill your heart with Hello Kitty Colors:hellokittythreeapplescolors
  • A Hello Kitty art gallery curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of JapanLA with collaborations of over 80+ contemporary artists and fans.
  • A Hello Kitty Apartment featuring wall-to-wall Hello Kitty products.
  • A Retrospective gallery of Hello Kitty’s product since 1974 to present. With kitty items along with collaboration with Betsey Johnson, Paul Frank, Tokidoki and MAC. Featuring a more “unique” section with special items, “Only in Japan.”
  • For the next three weeks of celebration, fans are invited to Hello Kitty breakfasts and tea parties, fan appreciation day, Halloween party, birthday party, meet the artist party, bats and cats masquerade party and fashion show. All events are free of charge<3
  • Don’t forget to visit the pop-up store with Japanese imported goods and pick up a limited edition item from Hello Kitty’s 35th anniversary collection.

For more details you can visit the official Sanrio’s Three Apples Page.

As for me, for the next three weeks, I’ll be occupying myself with many Hello Kitty events to come:] I arrived super early today with about 5-6 people ahead of me. There wasn’t a crowd since today is Friday, most people were probably at work or school. So, I loaded myself with picture every around the corner, hoping that I didn’t miss any spots.

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“By attending this event you consent to be photographed and/or filmed and agree to the free use of your image for promotional and publication purposes. Thank you and have fun!”

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They also have a Hello Kitty claw machine/UFO catcher:

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You also get this Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary 5 Pack Plush at your local Target, $19.99 and Toys R Us $22.99. It was $1 for 2 tries here at “Three Apples:] GOOD LUCK!

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Photo by Hello Kitty Airstream. “In celebration of Hello Kitty’s 35th Birthday this custom designed Hello Kitty Airstream Trailer will be offered in an exclusive auction on Ebay!” For more information you can check out their web page.

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I manage to take a few shots of the inside before they take off tomorrow. I spoke with the owner and he said the airstream will be sitting in storage before the new owner takes over. I’m so sad to see it go!

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And yes of course I visited the pop-up store. I walked out spending more than I had expected:] But, it was totally worth it for the limited edition kitty<3