Ballet, French Toast, and Exciting News!

This past weekend was quite a busy one.

Friday morning I woke up craving something sweet so I called two of my friends, Courtney and Carol, and we rode over to a cute little restaurant called Jack’s and Joe for breakfast. If you were driving by on the street, you might not even have noticed it was there, as it’s settled back in a little corner between the 7-11 and an H&R Block. Since it is so small, they can only serve around 35 people at a time, however their food is so delicious and well-known in the area that people will wait outside under the palms for an hour if necessary to have some of their famous specialty pancakes. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of pancakes, I have to be in the right mood to eat them, so Carol and I opted to split a french toast platter appropriately named “7 minutes in Heaven”, and believe me, it tasted like heaven. It was three massive pieces of thick french toasted covered in butter and nutella, topped with fresh strawberries and bananas. It was amazing! We each also tried one of their smoothies which were equally as heavenly.

Later Friday night the three of us got a little dolled up then hopped a bus with USC’s Visions and Voices (the Arts and Humanities initiative here) to watch a ballet-theater collaboration titled “A Rite” performed by Jones/Zane Dance Company and City Company. The performance was a modern adaptation of Rite of Spring by Stravinsky and was so stimulating and complex that I don’t think I could adequately describe it with words to someone who hasn’t seen it, but I’ll do my best. What stood out most was how extensive the layers were of this show; the music, the lighting, the dancing, the acting; each piece worked together in harmony to create perfect moments on stage while also serving its own unique individual purpose simultaneously. Overall it was a very enjoyable show that I think anyone who really appreciates theater or dance would readily enjoy. I would suggest looking up the original Stravinsky piece first though and reading up a bit on it before watching this version as it will help you follow the story better and understand more of the artistic choices made on stage.

Now Saturday. This is where my exciting news comes in! I spent 8 hours Saturday afternoon helping famous fashion designer Sue Wong prepare all the food for the after party of her fashion show happening TONIGHT! The experience was incredible and I learned so much being in the presence of someone so talented and skilled at what they do. She’s been in the business over 40 years and you probably have seen her designs at Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s, or Sak’s Fifth Avenue. At first her presence was a bit intimidating, but after a while it became clear that she was just a hard-working woman with high standards and a passion for excellence in everything she creates. And her home (1 of 3 mansions) was absolutely breathtaking! So many celebrities have lived there before her, like Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Depp, so every single room carries a piece of history from every decade from the 1950’s forward. She gave us all a personal tour and I was speechless at how beautiful and intricate all the designs were in every room!

And so onto even BIGGER news…

Tonight I will not only be helping at the after party to serve over 300 incredibly prestigious guests (including a British Ambassador!), I also have the opportunity to sit in on her fashion show and will be taking over her Instagram/ Twitter for some cool pictures of the show and perhaps a few looks behind the scenes! I can’t tell you how excited I am! So if you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram to get the latest updates on what’s happening at the show and after party and once I arrive at the studio I’ll post a picture and the link for Sue’s Instagram/Twitter so you can follow all the events from her feed as well!

And tomorrow I’ll be sure to post all the pictures from the events here on my blog as well!

Here’s to a glamorous night!

<3 Ash



  1. March 9, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    sounds amazing!

    • March 10, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      Thanks! It was so much fun! I’ll be posting all the pictures from the fashion show tonight hopefully! 🙂

  2. March 9, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Yay! Have fun and get lots of good shots 🙂

    • March 10, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      Thanks, it was a BLAST! I’ll be posting all the pictures tonight hopefully!

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