Hello Kitty Con: Hello Kitty Friendship Station Pop-Up Shop

One of the main things that all con-goers look forward to is the shopping! Especially when there are Hello Kitty Con limited edition exclusives!

Check out the menu below (click for larger view):

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The Hello Kitty Friendship Station Pop-Up Shop was the official Hello Kitty Con shopping destination offering a HUGE selection of kittilicious goodies! It was located upstairs and the lines were looong! I’ve heard some people were waiting in line hours just to get some shopping done!

Please enjoy the eye candy below… You know I wanted two of each and every single thing in the pop-up shop — but I didn’t have a hundred zillion dollars on me.

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How kawaii is this Kitty on her tricycle? I wish I could have taken her home — I woulda made room in my tiny apartment for her! I mean, who needs a dining table and chairs, anyway!? n_~

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Here is one of the con limited edition exclusive items — this supercute plush! I love that she is wearing a Hello Kitty visor!

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Another exclusive was this vinyl figure! For my collection, she is a MUST-HAVE item.

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It’s a bit strange for me to like something where Kitty-chan’s face is covered and I cannot see her eyes, however, this design is so iconic and it was used heavily in the wild postings… And I just really like it! It cost $36 and was limited to one per person. n___n

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Now, in my opinion, the ultimate #1 MUST-HAVE is the bobblehead! Why? Because Kitty-chan is so darn cute as a bobblehead! She is all ready to go to a convention with her classic blue overalls and her throwback handbag, coin purse and camera! Is there really anything not to like about this item? The bobblehead was $22 and there was a limit of one per person. @___@

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The 40 Favorite Things necklace was another con exclusive — and gorgeous in real life… The retail cost for this was $175. I did the math: 175/40 = $4.38/charm, which is about how much they would probably cost if they were re-ments. This was also limited to one per person.

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So pretty!

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All of Kitty-chan’s fave things — and there’s 40 items to represent her 40th anniversary!

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Supercute bracelet featuring Kitty in her plane…

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Dangling earrings…

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I loved all the vintage replicas. Here is a printed and embossed coin purse…

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Another coin purse featuring Kitty sitting in front of a rainbow. So happy and sweet!

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iPhone 5/5S cases — I would have gotten the calculator one if I still had my 5S!

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Awesome pins…

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That calculator is so adorable! I actually am in love with the artwork/graphics that are featured in the pop-up shop!

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This was a ID/badge holder…

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Coin purse lanyard…

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Tin lunch box and stickers!

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So the amazing artwork and graphics were most noticeable on the bobblehead and file folders! (I guess also the necklace). Look how cute this is! @___@ Kitty-chan playing the claw machine for some vintage Kitty products! =^_^=

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There she is again! Behind her are all of her fave things! <3

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Yet another cute design — is Kitty-chan looking into a store window? Or inside her room? I wish she was peeking inside my room because that would mean all those things are on my shelf!

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This is more like a real throwback — wasn’t this a design for one of the store bags?

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The artwork I am in love with… I want to be this Kitty — Hello Kitty Con attendee, collector, photographer, shopper, cute friendly girl! *Sigh* =^_^=

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Wall of mini bags, keychains, bags, socks, etc…

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This graphic does really put a smile on my face. n_n

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Hello Kitty Precious Moments porcelain figurine…

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Nail Art book…

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Puzzle and Chogokin x Hello Kitty robot…

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Luggage tag…

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Keychains…

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Pins…

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Lanyard and pins starter kit

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School bus collection of pins

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Comes with certificate of authenticity

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Packaging is so kawaii and the pins are beautiful!

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Revoltech Hello Kitty

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Chogokin x Hello Kitty robot — on my wishlist! She is so awesome! She can be transformed into so many different positions — great for photos! =^_^=

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I saw this tiny sleeping/blushing Kitty that fit in the palm of my hands on the preview night — when I went back to take her home with me, she was no longer there. T___T

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Cute plush headband, no? You can always have Hello Kitty hanging out with you if you wore this… n___n

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There was also a Hello Kitty plush hat — I tried it on but I think my head is too large…

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So cute tho! She has a HUGE head and small body… Which makes this even MORE kawaii than normal!

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Knee socks!

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Hello Kitty x Spot (Target dog) plush…

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How cute is Spot’s outfit?

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The Hello Kitty Friendship Station Pop-Up Shop was a pretty large space.

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And I was super excited to see a section of tokidoki x Hello Kitty plushes! Just in case you do not know, tokidoki x Hello Kitty is one of my all-time fave collabos ever! I am completely biased since I work at tokidoki, but I’ve been claiming that this is one of my fave collaborations *BEFORE* I started working there. =^_^=

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I also love these cuties… Anytime Sanrio designs Hello Kitty + another one of Sanrio friends — I just adore! Especially if Kitty is wearing a costume of one of her buddies!

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Kitty + My Melody — btw it’s My Mel’s 40th anniversary in 2015!

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Kitty + Keroppi = double kawaii, neh!?

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Kitty + Purin!

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Kitty + Mimmy = twinsies! <3 <3

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More plushes! One of my weaknesses! I had my eyes on more than a one in this section! @___@

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More photos of the shopping heaven space…

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Japan LA Clothing…

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Official con gear…

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The merchandising was really organized well and spaced out nicely.

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Even as you walked to get in line to pay, there were beautiful displays of products luring you in…

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And as if that wasn’t enough, while you stood in line, there was another island with shelving for you to grab some last minute things you may have missed inside the pop-up shop…

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And your last chance to grab something you may have forgotten was when you finally made it to the counter — with plushes calling out your name! =^_^=

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The pop-up shop was superkawaii… If you made it all the way down here — thank you so much for reading. I mostly wanted to share my kittirific experience with my fellow Junkies who could not make it to Hello Kitty Con.

Wanna see what I added to my kittilicious collection? You must come back for that! Stay tuned for more! n_~

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Beats by Dre x Hello Kitty

Er-mer-gerd! Have you heard the news yet!? Beats by Dre and Hello Kitty are teaming up just in time for Kitty-chan’s 40th anniversary! Btw, isn’t it about time?

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

This collaboration offers two kittilicious items to add to any Junkies everyday collection — Solo2 and urBeats!

Hello Kitty has taken over beats’ most popular headphone — Solo2. Now you and your favorite friend can hear your music wherever you go. I love the design on this pair — and I would wear these everywhere! =^_^=

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

For $249.95, you get the Beats Solo™2 on-ear headphone + RemoteTalk™ cable + Carrying case

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

Dressed up in her signature bow, Hello Kitty urBeats are designed for fans on the go. And it comes with an adorable collector’s pouch that will protect them in style! The pouch is freakin’ cute! @___@ And these are so purrr-fect for the gym!

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

For $149.95, you get urBeats™ earphones + In-line control microphone cable + Storage pouch + Four (4) pairs of ear tip fittings

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

Isn’t that the cutest earbuds pouch you have ever seen!? @___@

Hello Kitty x Beats by Dre Collaboration

The special edition Hello Kitty Solo2 and urBeats are listed online, but not available for purchase yet. Be sure to click on “notify me when available” button so you can get updated via email! And since the Holidays are coming up, it won’t hurt to start making your wish list — this is obviously on mine! =^_^=

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The Hungry Hunt Is On!

When Jaycee told me about Hello Kitty Reading Day, I thought, “How fun!” I invited Jordan to hang out at the Beverly Hills library so we could participate in the Hello Kitty Reading Day and then go on the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt in the Sawtelle area.

But then Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt started on Friday — I was following along Theresa, her collection of pins and the #hellokittyhungryhunt on Instagram! And it made me want to have to collect the pins too! =^_^=

My friends and I met up at Lollicup in Sawtelle at 11:30am! The cashier was super nice and the pin is cute.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Lollicup Sawtelle

We were able to order our Strawberry smoothie and collect our first pin for $5! The bad part was… the smoothie took about 45 minutes to one hour to get — long long loooong line! x__X And they ran out of strawberry flavor and strawberries… So we got mango flavor. :/

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Lollicup Sawtelle

While we were waiting for our Lollicup order, we waited for our ramen pin at Daikokuya right next door. The line was long — but this is no surprise — their ramen is my fave! This was actually the best experience for me since we had time to sit down as a group — JoradnJaycee, Jen and I. We talked about how excited we all were for Hello Kitty Con and what we were planning to wear and other Hello Kitty things!

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Daikokuya Sawtelle

There were three choices of ramen you could order from the menu. I got spicy ramen! 😛 The total for the ramen meal + pin was about $17 with tax + tip.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Daikokuya Sawtelle

Here is a detail of my seaweed with Hello Kitty’s face stamped out.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Daikokuya Sawtelle

I was SO happy with my two pins I collected! ^___^

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Lollicup and Daikokuya Pins

After ramen, we headed to the Beverly Hills library for Hello Kitty Reading Day… Unfortunately, there wasn’t much going on there. We were able to get a couple of Hello Kitty crowns — but that was it. T____T

So what did we do next? To Dylan’s Candy Bar! I was already stuffed but we were a little disappointed about the non-Hello Kitty activities at the library… And since we were in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt pin collecting mood…

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

We all ordered the special Hello Kitty sundae, which was $15. The ice cream flavors I chose were mint chip and cookie monster (the blue one with cookies in it)… I was overloaded with sweetness.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

We also checked out the collaboration products between Hello Kitty and Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Hello Kitty Stuff at Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

Hello Kitty Stuff at Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

Hello Kitty Stuff at Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

Hello Kitty Stuff at Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

Hello Kitty Stuff at Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

Hello Kitty Stuff at Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove

Hello Kitty Con is this week! Ahhhh!!! =^_^=

Hello Kitty Con Wild Posting Spotted at The grove

Jaycee and I are super excited!!! If you see us at HK Con — please say hi!

Hello Kitty Con Wild Posting Spotted at The grove

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Sole Mates: Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Sole Mates: Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

If you do not believe in sole mates, the new Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell collection might be able to convince you otherwise. Hello Kitty and Jeffrey Campbell have teamed up on a limited edition collection for Kitty-chan’s 40th anniversary, bringing you a range of unique platforms, all made with love. This collection is inspired by the runway, street style and vintage looks. Prices range from $160 – $315. The collection is now available at Sanrio’s online store and Jeffrey Campbell’s online store.

Beautiful product photos below:

BARCLAY $235
Lug sole open-toe platform sandals with gold Hello Kitty studs.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

FOXY $170
T-strap platform sandals with all over Hello Kitty comic print and iconic red bow.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

HIHELLO $200
Vinyl rainbow platforms with Hello Kitty laser cut face at toe and iconic bow.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

ICY $315
Clear platform wedge booties with trap door and removable Hello Kitty bows. Comes with two sets of colored bows you can switch out or mix! This pair actually seems like it is the most fun! =^_^=

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

LITA FUR $195
EXCLUSIVE Faux fur lace-up platform boots with iconic bow and graphic heel.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

LITA $200
Platform lace-up booties with a supercute all over Hello Kitty print.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

SCULLY $200
Lug sole platform Mary-Jane with Hello Kitty contrast stitching at toe and iconic bow at ankle. I was told this pair is the most “me”.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

MULDER $215
Lug sole platform boots with laser cut Hello Kitty face and iconic bow.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

SUEBEE $160
Cheetah print platform Mary-Jane with laser cut Hello Kitty face at toe.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

ICY MARY JANE $260
Mary Jane shoes featuring signature Icy wedge heel. Touch-to-open the back and fill it with whatever takes your fancy! EXCLUSIVE TO SANRIO.COM

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

FORTY $275
JC EXCLUSIVE signed by Jeffrey Campbell. Over-the-knee Hello Kitty graphic print platform boots.

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Which one is your fave?

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Stylish lifestyle images from Jeffrey Campbell’s site:

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

Hello Kitty x Jeffrey Campbell Limited Edition Collection

You can place your orders now at Sanrio’s online store and Jeffrey Campbell’s online store.

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Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt!

Did you hear the news? Sanrio has teamed up with some of LA’s hottest food spots to launch Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt! This will give all of us Junkies in the LA area yet another chance to join in the celebration of Kitty-chan’s 40th anniversary!

Hello Kitty's Hungry Hunt Collectible Pins

Starting October 24th and running through November 21st, participating venues will each offer a kittilicious Hello Kitty food or beverage item on their menu. These creations are made exclusively in honor of Kitty’s anniversary. When you order the special kittified item, you will receive a collectible Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt pin featuring Kitty-chan enjoying that specific treat(see image above from LAist).

Sanrio Partners with Select Los Angeles Restaurants to Launch Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt

Below is the official press release:

Sanrio Partners with Select Los Angeles Restaurants to Launch Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved pop icon Hello Kitty, has partnered with a selection of Los Angeles’ hottest foodie spots to launch Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt. Debuting for the first time in Los Angeles, a hub for some of the nation’s most delicious and innovative food and beverage spots, Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt will give these specially selected dining venues the opportunity to join in the celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary.

Starting October 24th and running through November 21st, participating venues will each offer a yummy Hello Kitty food or beverage item created exclusively for this special occasion. Curated to bring a diverse offering ranging from modern American comfort food such as burgers, to sushi, ramen, and other delicious varieties of Asian fusion, to tea and scrumptious desserts, the program is sure to offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Embracing Los Angeles’ culture of culinary adventure while promoting Sanrio’s “Small Gift, Big Smile” philosophy, each Hungry Hunt menu item will also include a collectible Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt pin featuring Hello Kitty enjoying a different treat from each of the participating restaurants. Throughout the duration of the Hungry Hunt, fans and foodies can follow the official Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt map to visit each location, enjoy all of the tasty treats and collect the limited edition pins that feature Hello Kitty holding each restaurant’s special food item. The pins are available while supplies last.

Restaurants participating in Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt include:

  • Lemonade (Downtown L.A): known for its seasonal southern California dishes and overall popularity amongst the Los Angeles community, the acclaimed fast casual cafeteria-style eatery will feature a special Hello Kitty Lemonade. Collectible pin:  Hello Kitty holding a glass of lemonade.
  • Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (Downtown L.A.): the third and newest outpost of the hip neighborhood restaurant in the City West district will mix up its widely enjoyed modern American comfort food offering with an adorable Hello Kitty Bento Box from Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura, including a burger with pink cheese, fries, spicy tuna salad, chilled green tea latte, and strawberry cruller donuts with ice cream. Collectible pin:  Hello Kitty holding a burger.
  • Charm City Cakes West (West Hollywood): the buzzworthy bakery founded by renowned chef Duff Goldman will offer its cutest creation yet in a custom designed Hello Kitty cupcake. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a slice of cake.
  • Daikokuya (Sawtelle): the authentic Japanese ramen bar will enhance its culture-rich atmosphere with Hello Kitty Ramen.  Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a bowl of ramen.
  • Café Dulce (Little Tokyo): situated in the heart of Little Tokyo, this specialty café/bakery will welcome Hello Kitty to their diverse menu with Hello Kitty Donuts. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a donut.
  • Zip Sushi & Izakaya (Little Tokyo Arts District): the delicious sushi and Asian fusion restaurant will bring Hello Kitty’s signature charm to their already imaginative and vibrant take on cuisine, offering a special Hello Kitty Sushi item.  Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding sushi.
  • Seoul Sausage (Sawtelle): The Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” Season 3 winners who are known for their Korean BBQ inspired street food, will offer a delicious Hello Kitty Sausage. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a sausage.
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar (The Original Farmer’s Market at The Grove): a perfect match for the beloved pop icon, this acclaimed confectionary emporium famous for its signature infusion of art, fashion and pop culture into its delicious sweet treats will feature a Hello Kitty Sundae. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a sundae.
  • Chado Tea Room (Little Tokyo/Japanese American National Museum): known for revolutionizing tea drinking in Los Angeles, the culture-rich tea room will bring Hello Kitty’s adorable appeal to tea drinkers with a special blend of Hello Kitty tea and scone.   Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a cup of tea.
  • Xlixe Pizzeria (Little Tokyo): the restaurant that brings mouthwatering hand tossed New York style pies to LA’s Little Tokyo dwellers will switch it up with a supercute Hello Kitty Pizza.  Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a slice of pizza.
  • Lollicup Coffee & Tea (Sawtelle): known for their delicious concoctions of milk and tea based beverages; the bright and flavorful atmosphere of this hotspot will naturally incorporate Hello Kitty’s unique charm with a Hello Kitty Boba Drink.  Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a boba drink.

Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt is one of many components in the celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary. The roster of exciting events include Hello Kitty Con 2014, the first ever Hello Kitty fan convention taking place October 30th – November 2nd;  Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, the museum exhibition being held at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) that opens on October 11th; and the global ‘Share a Hug with Hello Kitty’ campaign that spreads the message of fun and friendship.  They all come together to make Los Angeles the premiere destination for Hello Kitty fans to join the celebration.

Sephora x Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes!

One more month until Hello Kitty Con and guess what? Sephora is hosting one of the cutest sweepstakes ever! Enter for a chance to win a trip for two and a lot of other goodies –> http://seph.me/11Cgj9T

Sephora x Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes!

In celebration of the exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary collection, enter for a chance to win the ultimate Hello Kitty experience in LA 10/31-11/1. You and a friend can win:

  • economy airfare to LA for you and a friend
  • two two-day passes to Hello Kitty Con
  • two invites to Hello Kitty’s official anniversary party for you and a friend
  • two-nights in the Hello Kitty Sweet Suite at the LINE hotel for you and a friend
  • a Hello Kitty welcome package
  • two Hello Kitty ruby Swarovski crystal solid perfume cocktail rings
  • transportation to and from airport
  • makeovers from a Sephora pro artist for you and a friend
  • $500 gift card for dining

Sephora x Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes!

Sephora x Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes!

Sephora x Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes!

Sephora x Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes!

If you have not entered yet, just click on this link: http://seph.me/11Cgj9T

*No purchase or payment necessary to enter sweepstakes. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Open to U.S. residents (including Puerto Rico) other than Rhode Island. Must be 18 or older, and a Fan of Sephora on Facebook to enter. Enter by 10/7/14. One entry per person per day.

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Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Did you know Sephora is back with a new Hello Kitty collection in honor of Kitty-chan’s 40th Anniversary!?

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

She’s iconic. She’s adored. She’s known around the world. Now, Hello Kitty is bringing her playful spirit to a new beauty line presented exclusively at Sephora. This sophisticated collection mixes the essence of Hello Kitty with a touch of style and fun. With charming designs and luxurious formulas infused with ingredients she loves, Hello Kitty Beauty is the ultimate must-have. Hello Kitty. Hello Pretty.

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

The first of these limited edition products can already be found online! As of today, you must be a Very Important Beauty Insider (VIB) to qualify for these products.

Ruby Compact Mirror – Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette – Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

An Apple A Day Trio Lip Balm Set – Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection at Sephora

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Official Hotel of Hello Kitty Con 2014: The Line Hotel

Hello Kitty x The Line Hotel

This is super duper exciting news! Sanrio is partnering up with The Line Hotel so that Hello Kitty Con-goers have a supercute and kittilicious place to stay while in LA. There is also a special VIP party for Kitty-chan herself at the hotel lounge area. I hope I get an invite so I can report back to my Junkies! *cross fingers*

Oh! For the lucky Junkies who get to stay in a Hello Kitty room, you will also get to take home some kittitastic goodies, like the robes, slippers, cushions and more! I wonder what else will be available. I wonder how it will be designed! Guests who stay also get to order room service and have SPAM Musubi made by chef Roy Choi. Btw, it’s not just ANY musubi — it will be a very special Hello Kitty one! Looks like the Hello Kitty rooms are already available. During the convention, the rooms run about $230/night for a king to around $500/night for a suite. =^_^=

Hello Kitty x The Line Hotel

Official press release below:

Sanrio Announces Partnership with The Line Hotel for Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary

The Line Hotel Signs on as the Official Hotel of Hello Kitty Con 2014

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for the beloved pop icon Hello Kitty, has partnered with The Line Hotel to become the official hotel of Hello Kitty Con 2014, the first ever Hello Kitty fan convention.  The Line Hotel is one of Los Angeles’ newest boutique hotels acclaimed for its chic atmosphere and unique, collaborative conceptual design.  In celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary, this partnership will bring the pop icon’s universal charm to numerous aspects of the hotel, offering a rare and exclusive Hello Kitty experience for fans, from unique Hello Kitty themed rooms to serving as the location of Hello Kitty’s official birthday party.

“Our collaboration with The Line Hotel offers a super fun extension of the Hello Kitty Con fan experience,” said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing at Sanrio, Inc. “For a limited time, Hello Kitty will be infused into several elements of the hotel as part of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration. We anticipate local fans as well as those visiting from all over the world will enjoy these exclusive Hello Kitty packages.”

Timed concurrently with Hello Kitty Con 2014 from October 29th – November 2nd, The Line Hotel will feature a full lineup of one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty promotions including:

Hello Kitty Super Sweet Stay Package: A select number of hotel rooms will infuse Hello Kitty’s supercute style into the hotel’s cool, contemporary ambiance. The rooms will feature Hello Kitty décor with special complimentary items available for guests to take home after their stay including Hello Kitty robes, slippers, cushions and more.

Hello Kitty Sweet Stay Package: Each room will offer an exclusive Hello Kitty welcome amenity package including a highly collectible, limited edition Hello Kitty x The Line Hotel plush set and additional surprises such as gifts from SEPHORA’s Hello Kitty Beauty Collection and Loungefly.

Extra Hotel Specials: Famed environmental designer and The Line Hotel collaborator, Sean Knibb will create a special Hello Kitty lounge for all hotel guests to enjoy that will later be converted into the VIP room for Hello Kitty’s official birthday party. Additional promotions will include sweepstakes hosted by both Sanrio and SEPHORA to win a stay in one of the unique Hello Kitty rooms; a Hello Kitty SPAM® Musubi offering created by famed chef Roy Choi as a limited-time special for the room service menu; custom designed Hello Kitty x Linus bikes for hotel guests to ride; a collaboration with lifestyle brand Poketo for limited edition products available at the Poketo shop in the hotel; curated Hello Kitty art within the hotel; and more.

The Official Hello Kitty Birthday Party: Saturday, November 1st is Hello Kitty’s birthday! Hello Kitty, The Line Hotel, SEPHORA and Loungefly will co-host Hello Kitty’s official birthday party on her actual birthday. Guests that book any of the Hello Kitty room packages on Saturday, November 1st will have access to attend this exclusive invite-only event.

All Hello Kitty room packages are available at http://www.thelinehotel.com/. Fans can purchase their tickets for Hello Kitty Con 2014, being held nearby at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at http://www.sanrio.com/hellokittycon-tickets/.

Sanrio’s partnership with The Line Hotel is one of several contributing components in celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary, including Hello Kitty Con 2014 as well as Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, the first-of-its-kind Hello Kitty museum exhibition taking place at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) from October 11th – April 26th, 2015.  Hello Kitty will continue promoting the global ‘Share a Hug with Hello Kitty’ campaign to spread the message of fun and friendship with special appearances at each of the events and festivities, making the Los Angeles area the premiere destination for Hello Kitty fans to join the celebration.

About Sanrio®
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who celebrates her 40th Anniversary this year.    Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences.  Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 80 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.

About The Line
The Line is a new Los Angeles hotel collaboration from the Sydell Group (of the NoMad Hotel in New York) that opened January 1, 2014 in Koreatown. The mid-century building, originally built in 1964, has been restored, and fully renovated with re-imagined public spaces and guest rooms designed by Sean Knibb. The hotel is the first to draw inspiration from the distinct Korean culture of its surrounding neighborhood and includes two restaurants by Koreatown’s own Roy Choi (celebrated chef behind Kogi, Chego and A-Frame), nightlife by the Houston Brothers (the duo responsible for prominent LA lounges such as La Descarga and Harvard & Stone), noted art and design shop Poketo, and amenities including a coffee shop and pool. http://www.thelinehotel.com

Contest Time! Hello Kitty Con VIP Giveaway

Hello Kitty Con is getting closer… And guess what? Sanrio launched a brand spankin’ new contest — Hello Kitty Con VIP Giveaway!

Hello Kitty Con VIP Giveaway

This is the *BIGGEST* giveaway yet! What’s at stake? The *GRAND PRIZE* winner receives a trip to Hello Kitty Con! Yup, you and a friend will have the chance to be VIP guests at HK Con! The prize includes airfare, lodging in a Hello Kitty room at the official hotel partner for HK Con, tickets to HK Con and access to a special VIP event!

Totally kittitastic, no?

You know what else is kinda awesome? HK Guy and I are guest judges! @____@

All you have to do is share your love of Kitty-chan — which is pretty easy to do and if you’re like any of the Junkies, you do this on a regular basis… ^___^

The contest runs for three (3) weeks. There is a new challenge each Friday. The first challenge: Hello Kitty Flashback week — Sanrio is giving away a limited-edition 40th anniversary Hello Kitty prize pack which includes a double pen pouch, mug with stirrer and a cosmetic pouch! Supercute!

limited-edition 40th anniversary Hello Kitty prize pack

Do you have a fave flashback memory of Hello Kitty throughout the years?

Here are the rules on how to enter:
1. Follow @HelloKitty on Instagram or Twitter (you probably already do)
2. Instagram or tweet a photo of your fave Hello Kitty memory
3. Tag your picture with #HelloKittyCon and #HelloContest
4. Include a comment with your photo to identify the Weekly Challenge theme — and make it good! You know how I looooove nostalgia! n_~

Make sure your Instagram or Twitter accounts are public, or else the entry does not count. X_x You must be at least 18 years old (and above the age of majority in your state) and a U.S. resident (sorry international Junkies T___T but please feel free to share your pictures). Read Official Rules and FAQ’s for complete details.

Good luck, Junkies! I cannot wait to see the entries! =^_^=

Sanrio Partners with Japanese American National Museum for First Ever Hello Kitty Museum Exhibition in North America

Sanrio Partners with Japanese American National Museum for First Ever Hello Kitty Museum Exhibition in North America

More info about the HELLO! Exploring the supercute world of HELLO KITTY at JANM! Offical press release is below:

Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for Hello Kitty, has partnered with the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) to present Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, a first-of-its-kind museum exhibition in honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary.  Opening October 11th and on view through April 26th, 2015, Hello! will explore the phenomenon and evolution of Hello Kitty through an extensive product retrospective featuring rare, unique and vintage pieces from Sanrio’s archives that embody the company’s mission of fostering and sharing happiness, friendship and fun, and an art exhibit featuring 40 mixed-media works by contemporary artists. Workshops, lectures, and panel discussions will be offered during the run of the exhibition.

“Hello Kitty is a beloved icon, both within the Japanese American community and globally. JANM is delighted to partner with Sanrio to share her fascinating story in the form of an exhibition and its catalog,” said Greg Kimura, President and CEO of JANM.  “The exhibition itself is going to be a blockbuster, with hundreds of sensational historical artifacts plus multi-media works by outstanding contemporary artists who have been inspired by Hello Kitty. It’s designed to appeal to Hello Kitty fans of all ages and we look forward to sharing Hello Kitty’s story with the world.”

The exhibition’s combination of a product-based historical and sociological examination with a curated installation of contemporary works will offer opportunities for the public to explore Hello Kitty’s role in bridging Japanese and American cultures in the U.S. as well as her influence on contemporary art. The unique perspective of Hello Kitty’s evolution and brand legacy will also offer insight into fans’ emotional connection to the global icon.

“Since her debut on a small vinyl coin purse in Japan, Hello Kitty has become a global icon embraced by fans of all ages,” said Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio.  “We celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th milestone anniversary with this first of its kind museum exhibition at JANM exploring her Japanese heritage, her impact on American culture over the last 40 years and her unique ability to connect with fans on many levels. This multi-dimensional exhibition brings the essence of Hello Kitty to life as we share her message of friendship and community with fans. ”

The exhibition will be co-curated by Dr. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of pop culture-inspired boutique JapanLA. Yano will curate the retrospective component of the exhibition to feature rare and iconic artifacts from Sanrio’s archives.  Artifacts including a variety of plush spanning a 40 year timeline, Hello Kitty’s first telephone, stationery items and many more vintage products from the 1970s and 1980s will be on display along with more contemporary objects such as the one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga, diamond jewelry and a Hello Kitty talking robot, allowing fans to connect to Hello Kitty’s history and view her evolution as a true cultural ambassador. Jamie Rivadeneira will curate the exhibition’s art component, bringing in a selection of mixed media works that demonstrate Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. A diverse list of artists, including Audrey Kawasaki, Brandi Milne, Gary Baseman, Kazuki Takamatsu, kozyndan, Osamu Watanabe, and Simone Legno for tokidoki, will be featured in the exhibition.

“When I began doing research on Hello Kitty in 1998, I approached it as a cultural anthropologist trying to make sense of the phenomenon,” said Dr. Yano.  “In the process of interviewing fans, critics, artists, and Sanrio people, I came to appreciate the cleverness with which she has been created and sustained, as well as the wide variety of meanings given her. My hope is that the exhibition will capture the wide range of not only products, but also some of the emotional and aesthetic reactions to the products.  These are ‘omigod’ moments of Hello Kitty inciting laughter, astonishment, affection, and maybe even dismay.”

“The art portion of the exhibition shows how Hello Kitty fits into any world to add cuteness,” said Ms. Rivadeneira. “Her simple design makes the perfect canvas for artists to interpret her through their unique style.  Several different mediums, including sculpture, paint, ink, ceramics, animation, plush, photography, and wood were used to show that Hello Kitty can be interpreted in many ways without ever losing her core essence. Hello Kitty interpreted in art evokes a sense of nostalgia for people of all ages.”

In addition to the exhibition’s historical exploration and art installation, several interactive workshops, lectures and panel discussions will be offered to further examine Hello Kitty’s cultural impact and how her message of happiness, friendship and fun has resonated around the world.  Sushi-making classes, artist panels, and special screenings are just a few programs that will give the public further opportunities to engage with the exhibition and the expansive world of Hello Kitty.

To commemorate the collaboration between Sanrio and JANM and pay tribute to Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary, JANM will produce a catalogue highlighting the art and artifacts from the exhibition. It will serve as both an overall guide for the exhibition and a collectible souvenir for fans to purchase from the JANM store. Other special Hello Kitty products exclusive to the exhibition will also be available for purchase at the museum store, including Hello Kitty and JANM co-branded items such as plush, bobble heads, tote bags, t-shirts, and other collectibles.

The exhibition is a specially ticketed event at JANM. Tickets for Hello! at JANM are available to JANM members beginning August 18th and for the general public beginning September 29th. Visit janm.org/hellokitty for further details and to obtain tickets.

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty is a key element among several events and collaborations celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary, including Hello Kitty Con 2014, the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention in partnership with Target at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA running October 30th – November 2nd. Fans can purchase their tickets for Hello Kitty Con 2014 now at http://www.sanrio.com/hellokittycon-tickets/; Hello Kitty Con 2014 ticket holders will also have same-day access to the museum exhibition at JANM located next door to MOCA.  Unique collaborations with a diverse list of brands, new product releases, and Hello Kitty appearances around the globe to promote the Share a Hug with Hello Kitty! campaign will round out the year of festivities.  Further details and updates on Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration can be found at http://www.sanrio.com/hellokitty40th/.