You know that little part of Hoover St, between Bellevue and Melrose? You might not actually not on first thought, because it consists of literally two blocks. But it’s turning into two blocks of pure joy. One might even say… a block party, if you will.
I appreciate these condensed cool blocks; these little LA nooks that are seemingly “nothing”. Because when you actually go to them, or accidentally discover them, they turn into a whole lot of something. And ultimately, you end up wanting to come back time and time again – because once it becomes the next York St., you’re going to be able to say “I was a fan before it was a thing” – one of our favorite things as Angelenos’ to claim.
Below are a few of the cute, locally owned shops and restaurants that have popped up on the latest and greatest “cool block” in LA. But as there is always so much left to discover, chime in if there are other undiscovered blocks that need checking out! Continue reading →
London finally called after 29 short years, and when London calls… you go. You get the hell across that pond because what’s on the other side, just past Heathrow airport, is a city of complete and total wonder. If you’re a traveler, at some point in your life you’ve probably heard, “you have to go to London, you would love it.” It’s just something people in the know say, like “fruits and vegetables are good for you.” London is just one of those “duh”, “obviously”, must-go places. So finally as of 2 weeks ago I journeyed to the land of our forefathers’ fathers : the land of stunning architecture – both new and old. The land of the world’s best accents, greatest pubs, most rich history/culture, and arguably some of the absolute best *and and most fashionable* people. Whether your planning your very first trip or just looking for a little travel inspo, this here is my Angelenos guide to getting properly aquatinted with Londontown.
It’s February! How the f*ck did that happen? And somehow I am STILL behind on life post returning from Europe. I promised a London guide this week and well… it’s taking a bit longer than expected. All good things do – amiright. In the meantime, I want to talk about the best color ever in the history of colors: red. AKA… my spirit color. I’ve been regularly wearing red lipstick since high school – been trying to be Gwen Stefani since I was 12, and red lips seemed like the easiest way to get there outside of bleaching my hair. These days though red is a frequent “accent color” in my everyday wardrobe. Sometimes it’s the whole damn thing, but for the most part I love to use red as my pop of color.
Feathers = extra. It’s kind of just a fact. A jacket like this can’t help itself but scream “HEY HI HELLO HEY HI LOOK AT ME.” I think we all enjoy a certain level of elevated fashion, as well a certain level of attention… but it can be tricky to find the happy medium with those loud pieces you just can’t help but love. You’ve probably got a few of those in your closet don’t you. It’s those ridiculous embellished boots or sandals, it’s that weird printed top you got on sale and thought “I can make this work”, or it’s that feather jacket you saw at a sample sale and bought on principle alone. – guilty.
If there’s one trend certainly brightening up any typical grey winter hues, it’s the abundance of striped rainbow sweaters. I’m seeing them EVERYWHERE right now – from Instagram to stores, right on the streets of Los Angeles. I’m not typically one for bright colors – maybe in moderation – but I am loving this fun “youthful” look.
Okay I’m just going to put this out there. Some of my favorite restaurants in LA are vegan restaurants. YEP – totally serious.
Maybe it’s because they pay more attention to the ingredients and flavors put into each dish to make up for the lack of meat, and in doing so, the dishes they create are so deliciously thoughtful. Maybe I’m just turning a new, healthier leaf. But whatever it is, I can’t keep myself from “going vegan”.
I’m not a vegan, and the liklihood of ever becoming the full blown thing is slim to none. I blame cheese. But restaurants like these put up a good argument for taking the plunge. Because isn’t it great when there’s healthy, plant-based options that don’t actually seem like they’re made from vegetables. Being a vegan doesn’t have to be as hard as it may seem. Aside from cutting out meat and all animal by-products, eating a plant-based diet is made a lot easier (and tastier) with the following restaurants.
Have you ever wanted to make your own clothes… kind of… but not really? Like, you love the idea of customizing your clothes but you’re sure as shit not about to actually make any yourself – OR pay the premium to have it made for you. Those of us who are fashion obsessed enough have definitely had dreams of tweaking things here and there to satisfy our particular and personal fashion standards. I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve thought, “god, this would be so much cuter if it had different sleeves”, or “why are the pockets here instead of there”. Or even worse, “why are there no pockets?” Well fortunately friends, its 2018 and we have Frilly.
Dating is hard. We all knew that. But for whatever reason it has always felt especially hard in LA. Are there too many options? Too little? Is there anyone just nice or normal out there? The simple fact of the matter is you can meet people anywhere if you’re motivated enough – yes, even in LA. If you’re lucky enough to find said nice or normal person – and god willing they even live on your side of the 405 – the first date is crucial. We’re all about big first impressions in LA, and whether you’re swiping right or meeting people IRL, I’ve listed out some first date spots that will at least set a good vibe. It’ll be up to you to do the rest maestro!
True Life: I’m addicted to buying faux fur coats. I know. You’re like, “Caroline, you live in Los Angeles. It’s 72 degrees today and it’s January 5th.” Trust me, I have the same internal conversation with myself every time I find a new coat, but I cant help it! A part of me thinks it’s because they’re such a novelty. A part of me also thinks, wow, they’re all so inexplicably affordable. And another part of me is just like DAMN they come in fun colors and they’re so ridiculously fun to constantly pet. It’s only weird if you think it is. Whatever the root of my obsession may be, I have obviously become quite the faux fur collector and connoisseur, so I’m sharing with you my 5 favorite coats out there right now that are, faux, fabulous, fun, and most importantly – way affordable.
I know some people with some serious civic pride, I may even be one of them, but out of all of the places I’ve been I’ve never truly experienced local love and hometown pride quite like it is in Seattle.
Let me just start with the fact that there are collectively no nicer human beings on earth than Seattleites. It’s just a fu*kin’ fact. They are so kind and so genuine that it actually hurts my feelings. Secondly, Seattle is just an absolutely beautiful city. I know, you’ve heard this before right? Well, I can’t help myself. It’s truly pictureperfect, in all its Pacific Northwestern glory.
Most importantly, the culture in Seattle is incredibly fun, approachable, charming, and rich. From the people, the food, the coffeeshops to the microbreweries this town is filled with incredibly cool small businesses…. And, between flights, entertainment, and accommodations, it can be a pretty affordable trip!
I spent 4 days in Seattle just a few weeks ago, and with the help of several Seattle friends – both new and old – I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things the city has to offer. Your next cold weather weekend getaway awaits.