This here is my best “Summer you best not go away” look. And the entire look I’ll have you know was made possible by one of my absolute FAVORITE LA based brands, DSTLD. If you’re not familiar with DSTLD, they make the most incredible denim and basics for a fraction of competitive brands in stores. They create the product and sell directly to the consumer – thus cutting out the middle man, and thus making the goods more affordable. I became familiar with DSTLD right around when I started my own blog about 4 years ago, and every year they continue to impress me more and more. They’re always right on the pulse of trends and fashion, they keep it simple and structured, and they love the grey scale as much as I do. We’re two peas in a fashion pod DSTLD and I!
I feel honored, and actually proud to say that I attended the FIRST EVER fitness festival hosted by Propel Water this past weekend in Los Angeles! Co:Labs Fitness Festival was a weekend created by Propel in hopes of bringing together the best of the fitness and musical entertainment worlds for two days of sweat and fun. Fitness lovers – including myself – had access to 25+ workouts over the weekend lead by some of LA’s most beloved studios as well as exclusive studios located in Miami, Denver, Chicago and NYC. Some classes were stand alone studio classes, some were collaborations between two different studios, and some classes were accompanied by live musicians including Big Boi, AlunaGeorge, Spencer Ludwig and Gabriel Garzon-Montana. BESIDES the countless opportunities to get your sweat and groove on, Co:Labs had plenty else to keep festival goers busy and entertained including a braid bar, a pop-up shop, DreamPops galore, restaurant pop-ups including Sweetgreen, Pico House, and Di Alba, PLUS of course all of the Propel water your heart desired.
Anyone else feel like the end of summer is beginning to close in on us? You can’t make me buy sweaters and boots just yet, I simply refuse. In light of us somehow already being midway through August, I have been taking FULL advantage of restaurants with patios, outdoor adventures, and air-conditioned movie theaters this past week. I am savoring every last minute of summer I can get and I am loving it. I’m even hosting a pizza and sangria party in my backyard this weekend because we’ve had such wonderful warm nights.
The current obsession with nail art is REAL. The more unique, the more fanciful, the more compliment inducing, the better. And being the manicure qween that I am, you know I’m right there at the forefront of the trend. While I’m relatively loyal to my current nail salon, there is something quite enticing about the latest nail salon to set up shop in LA called Color Camp. Take a quick gander at their Instagram account and you’ll see why, but the fact of the matter is they’re tapping into the nail art niche and quite honestly they’re, well – nailing it.
When your best foodie friend goes into a new restaurant three times in two weeks… you need to find out why. Enter Cosa Buona – a casual Italian-American joint in Echo Park helmed by Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento). Cosa Buona has been open for a little over two months now and has easily become a friendly neighborhood favorite. It’s the perfect place to go for a low key delicious meal – wether that now be lunch, dinner, or even for take-out. The general consensus seems to be that Cosa Buona is a favorite because it is what it is – great pizza, great food and drinks to have with said pizza, all with a low-key cool vibe.
I took a look at my Instagram feed this morning and realized that I might have a problem. I think I’m addicted to stripes? My entire vibe right now is stripes – unintentionally! Does anyone else feel like stripes – especially statement stripes – are having a real moment? Or is it just me. Could very well be just me going through a phase, but the striped items I’m currently scooping up are just out of this world incredible. Like these House of Harlow pants I bought on Revolve. Holy sh*t talk about the perfect pants. I might look a bit like a circus tent but I’ll tell you what, I’ve never gotten more compliments on a pair of pants in my life. I was worried I would only wear these a few times because they really are quite the statement but to my surprise I’ve already had to get them dry cleaned twice – I’ve had them for about three weeks.
I can’t seem to stop buying button down shirts from Madewell right now. “This one has little palm trees, I’ll take it.” “This one has has an open back! I’ll take it.” THIS one has a great plaid color palate, I’ll take it!” – me, every time I step foot in Madewell. I just absolutely love a good lightweight shirt for summer, and Madewell makes all the best ones. (I know I’m already really selling this hard and I promise this is not an ad, just a personal observation!)
Another trend of sorts that I am loving this Summer is the statement shoe – remember last week when I chatted about my love for statement mules? Well this week it carries over to my love for a good pair of summertime statement heels. The key is to find a pair that make you want to go on vacation, and make THAT your statement.
After 7 years of living in Los Angeles, I FINALLY had the chance this year to attend the city’s beloved FYF Fest. FYF has been an annual Summertime music festival in LA since 2004 and with each new year they seem to continue to raise the bar on themselves. The fact that I got to see Iggy Pop, Bjork, Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, and Missy Elliott all in one weekend is just downright insane – it doesn’t even seem possible! FYF may have been my fourth music festival this year, but it was easily one of the best weekends I’ve had in 2017. There are few things I’d rather do on a summer day than get dressed up in newly purchased clothes, hang with friends, listen to live music, snack on delicious things, and sip on refreshing Angry Orchard Hard Cider. If I had the chance to do it all over again this weekend, I would. But for now while we patiently wait for next year’s FYF Fest, here are a few things I picked up this weekend to help you prep for your next festival!
Ask me, “where can I get the best pasta in LA?”, and today I would tell you “Felix” – without an ounce of hesitation. The opening of Felix Trattoria has quite possibly been the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year. With the somewhat abrupt closing of beloved Bucato, foodies familiar with chef Evan Funke’s pasta could finally rejoice over the news that he’d be back and better than ever. Felix Trattoria, located right on Abbot Kinney in Venice, opened back in April and has been the city’s most exciting obsession since.
If there’s one shoe I am seriously crushing on this year, it’s the mule. It took me a minute to get to this place, and now that I’m here I ain’t lookin’ back! I’m not typically drawn to flats, but there have been so many great flat mules coming out this year that I seem to have changed my tune a bit. I don’t think there’s a single girl in LA right now who doesn’t have a pair of mules to pair with their high waisted Levi’s. It’s definitely become part of the “LA girl” look, especially for Summer. We here in the City of Angels are all about ease, comfort, and yet anything “chic”, so mules seem to be the no brainer!