There are few better things in life than experiencing a festival in its first year of existence. With the growing popularity of music festivals in general, I’ve been fortunate enough to actually experience several “first festivals”. But my favorite “first festival” so far? Easily Arroyo Seco – a festival that’s actually held right here in Los Angeles. Last weekend on the grounds around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena the very first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend brought 25,000+ fans together to enjoy two days of live music, booze, food, and most importantly – fun.
The weather this week could seriously not have been more perfect – seems so fitting for the first official week of Summer! Naturally whilst strolling around Santa Monica yesterday, I decided to stroll on down to the beach to take in the beautiful Summer setting. This was one of those days where I felt so incredibly grateful to live where I live. To be able to just say, “you know what? I feel like walking down by the beach right now”… and then just doing it on a whim while its 80 and sunny… is kind of amazing. I really am so grateful for this city, this weather, and these beautiful beaches. I’m actually wearing a shirt that was made as a collaboration between Madewell and The Surfrider Foundation to support the foundation’s mission to protect and preserve our beautiful coastlines. They have a small limited collection out right now that includes this ADORABLE t-shirt that comes in blue or red writing, along with a great little straw tote and some fun pairs of sunnies.
Have you ever pondered partying in another galaxy? Preferably amongst like minded Star Wars super fans? Well thankfully for us, dreams really do come true sometimes and places like Scum & Villainy Cantina quite literally “pop up”. Truth be told if you actually are a legit Star Wars geek and you live in Los Angeles, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already been or at least heard of Scum & Villainy Cantina. Scum & Villainy Cantina is a temporary pop-up built to make you feel as though you have been transported to a bar in another Galaxy far far away – much like the one you’d find on the planet Tatooine in Episode IV. So as you can imagine, Star Wars fans are all over this like a slave bikini on Princess Leia.
Two of my favorite trends this Summer: yellow, and cold shoulder tops. There’s something so “take me on a vacation” about both, and the best part is that both trends are incredibly versatile and budget friendly. I have found so many chic cold shoulder tops for less than $100, with some of my favorites being even less than $50.
All I ever think about anymore is when will I get to have Magpies Softserve again. You think I’m being funny, and sadly I wish I was! But being that my favorite food is ice cream, and Magpies is special ice cream, it all a true story.
Magpies opened about a year ago and since then I have heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone that has gone. I’m honestly not quite sure what took me so long… maybe the distance, but now that I’ve been I can’t imagine NOT having it.
Fact: great fashion does not always have to come with expensive price tags. Case in point: the Who What Wear collection for Target – where more and more pieces showing up in my closet are coming from! I say this EVERY time they come out with a new collection, but this month’s collection is absolutely stunning. It perfectly embodies the Summer California girl who’s kicking ass at the office and having a great time on the weekends. I am definitely the “weekend” California girl today, as I am actually up in Paso Robles hanging out at one of my all time favorite wineries: JUSTIN! I just knew this dress would be perfect for the weather, it would be beautiful amongst all of the beautiful vines, and it would be just an easy breezy all-in-one outfit to throw on for a tasting and for dinner.
Wow. And I’m embarrassed to report that it’d taken me this long to actually DINE at the legendary Michael’s in Santa Monica! But alas, in celebration of a little spacial revamp and a brand new chef, I finally made it in. Michael’s is easily one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Los Angeles, and what I find to be incredibly admirable is that they have continued to evolve with the changing of time while still maintaining a peak level of authenticity and quality. Beloved and respected chefs like Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman, Brooke Williamson, and Sang Yoon (just to name a few) have all manned the Michael’s kitchen at some point, and the level of prestige that this Santa Monica mainstay upholds is something truly incredible.
It’s no secret at this point that LA girls love vintage, they love Levi’s, and they love denim. The trick though always seems to be, “where do we get said vintage/Levi’s/denim!” Los Angeles may be a sprawling city full of boutiques and fashion opportunities, but when it comes to discovering the best finds, you’ve got to know where to go to get them and then what to do to modernize them a bit.
Do you have those pieces in your closet you want to wear regardless of what the weather looks like outside? I have tons of those. In fact I’m convinced that just about everything in my closet can be worn anytime – at least in Los Angeles. Denim and pleather/leather/vinyl are those materials that can totally complete any look, and as far as I’m concerned you can and should wear them whenever you like. Fortunately though it’s been relatively temperate around LA these past few weeks. It’s not too hot that I can’t wear my favorite vinyl skirt, but also not to cold that I have to coverup my favorite button down denim shirt.
One of my absolute favorite ways to “weekend” in LA is to head to Downtown Santa Monica and grab brunch with friends or family – especially during these especially sunny months. There’s always something fun going on around Downtown and always somewhere delicious to eat. I love being able to make an afternoon out of eating, shopping, and strolling, and since I’ve been doing a lot of weekend brunching in Downtown Santa Monica lately, I’ve rounded up the 4 BEST brunch dishes I’ve had in the area. You can make it a brunch walking tour if you please or you can try each item a day at a time, but these are four game-changer breakfast dishes that are not to be missed! *Mimosas optional.*