Oh hello! It’s me! I’m back again, totally alive, all is well. Last week I was shooting something VERY exciting with Visit California, so I was a bit MIA on all fronts while filming. We’ll have to wait to chat about the shoot logistics but in the meantime, it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Turns out it’s still summer in LA – who knew? So it’s been miserable the past few weeks attempting to wear even ONE of the trends for Fall. If it doesn’t look like a mini dress and sandals, I don’t wanna wear it. But I’ve been making a point to find ways to pair my new favorite trends for Fall with practical pieces from Summer. One of my favorite looks right now is high waisted shorts – the ones we wore ALL summer – paired with the perfect long checked blazer for Fall. You can make this look so chic yet casual, and the best part is you probably wont over heat in this 80-90 degree weather but you’ll still be rocking a hint of a cooler weather look.
If you’re tapped in on the happenings within the fashion world, you’d know that Fashion Month has just come to a close. While I love seeing what’s coming down the runway, I personally love seeing the street style surrounding the shows even more. It’s where I get my more “realistic” inspiration for what to be wearing – especially what to be wearing right now. I absolutely LOVED all of the menswear inspired looks – nothing makes me happier than a bad ass power suit. But of all the recent street style looks I loved, I was hands down drawn the most to the looks that incorporated bold reds or bold reds paired with bold pinks. I looked at some of these looks and thought, “I DEFINITELY need to try that.” Wearing pink and red together makes for quite the statement, but there are certainly ways to take the trend and make a bit more casual or approachable for day-to-day look.
For as long as I could write and draw, I have had an obsession with beautiful stationery. It may have once started somewhere with Lisa Frank and Gelly Roll pens, but to this day if I’m in the presence of stunningly crafted paper goods, I’m likely to feel inspired to buy something. Or in many cases, a lot of somethings.
Dempsey & Carroll, one of my now favorite engraved paper crafters, could arguably be the “O.G.’s” of beautifully crafted and chic stationery – as they have been doing so since 1878. Their products are always known for quality, creativity, and craftsmanship and recently they’ve created a beautiful collection inspired by travel called the Jet Set Collection. The Jet Set Collection is comprised of their unique sets of stationery that represent four of the world’s most iconic cities: Paris, London, New York, and most importantly – Los Angeles. Drawing inspiration from the collections playful yet vintage interpretation of Los Angeles, I would love to share with you – my fellow Angelenos and jetsetters – my personal guide to the 5 best things to experience in the City Of Angels:
One of my absolute favorite fabrics right now, especially when it comes to dresses or skirts, is tulle. I never would have imagined all of the fantastic ways the fashion world would breathe new life into such a timeless elegant fabric, but in 2017 I have been amazed by new takes on an old trend. Tulle has always had this “fancy”, “stuffy”, “fluffy”, connotation in my opinion, but the way this fabric has been reimagined and styled this year is nothing even remotely close to any of those descriptions.
I said it once (a day) and I’ll say it again, my happy place is wherever I can find a delicious bowl of noodles. And boy oh boy does aptly named “We Have Noodles” indeed have delicious noodles. Helmed by chef Darren Sayphraraj, We Have Noodles opened in the heart of Silver Lake just a few weeks ago with a concise menu that is focused on pan-Asian favorites. They’re offering all of the classics you know and love; everything from cold sesame noodles to pho, to khao soi, to ramen, and beyond. In short, it’s the place where all of your Asian noodle fantasies can come together in one convenient spot. And the best part? They’re all made quite fantastically. Sometimes I find that when a restaurant concept tries to do too many different things at once – *and do them all well* – everything ends up being just “ok”. But with We Have Noodles, I happened to be very pleasantly surprised to conclude that every noodle dish was delish in their own right. Authentic with certain creative licenses, but not off-puttingly so. Not a word, but let’s just go with it. If I lived any closer I’d probably be ordering from them on a daily basis.
Happy official first day of Fall! AKA – “Summer in LA part II”, as most of us Angelenos fondly refer to it as. I say that, but remember when it rained yesterday? I never believe my iPhone when it shows showers in LA… but this time it was real! Naturally we’re back to sunshine and blue skies today, so mini skirts and crop tops are back in rotation. In the spirit of the transition from Summer clothes to Fall clothes, I’ve been throwing on some looks that are not only appropriate for the weather, but are also appropriate for current Fall trends.
I have taken quite a bit away from all of the trends that hit New York Fashion week, and one of my absolute favorites for Fall is PASTELS. Key pieces in pastel tones are going to be such a fun trend to play around with, especially during these “transitional” months in Los Angeles – AKA basically just the continuation of summer. I love a good pop of color, and I’ve been having a lot of fun trying on colorful anchor pieces – like these high waisted, linen, wide leg trousers – and building outfits around them. Gold/yellow was such a huge trend this Summer, and I love this more muted pastel-y yellow as we head into that typical Californian Indian summer.
Let’s just immediately note that when Jonathan Gold says Pizzana‘s pizzas are comparable to some of the best in the world… you take that shit seriously. Pizzana, owned by Candace and Charles Nelson (the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes) and actor Chris O’Donnell, is officially the best thing that has ever happened to Brentwood. AndI totally mean that. I feel like I’ve been eating a lot of pizzas lately, namely “wood fired” pizzas, and while I’ve never met a pizza I didn’t really like, Pizzana blows any and all competition completely out of the water. Italian born Chef Daniele Uditi is a pizza whisperer. A genius. A master. I sound like a complete and total super fan, and truth be told I totally am. Ask me my favorite pizza place in Los Angeles… Pizzana is it. End of story, drop the mic.
Nothing says “Summer in America” quite like a good old fashioned trip to the local county fair. I have so many memories from a number of fairs I’ve visited over the years, and even as I get older these silly fairs still maintain a bit of their strange nostalgic luster. I suppose the reality of the situation is though that funnel cakes will always taste delicious, riding carnival rides will always be a bit hilarious, and people watching will always be priceless entertainment. So much like most Americans, I continue to make the effort every year or two to visit the fair for a delightful culmination of all that is “America”.
I had to leave paradise this morning and MAN was that hard. I spent most of the day yesterday and this morning taking in all of the beauty that is the Fairmont Grand Del Mar property in the San Diego area, and for obvious reasons it was very difficult having to leave so soon. The fun had just begun! The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a five-star resort in every single aspect. In fact it’s rated as Trip Advisors #1 luxury hotel in the United States – which is just one of many accolades actually. But being that we’re heading into the long holiday weekend, which is kind of a signal to the “end of summer”, it felt like an opportune time to bust out the last of my summer purchases.