One of the most fun and girly things to do in LA is to have Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. The Langham is home to my absolute all time FAVORITE high tea service, which makes for the ultimate excuse to dress up and hang out with my gal pals. Dressing for tea is definitely a big part of the appeal because you can (and should) have so much fun with it!
I don’t know if you knew this but… calories don’t count in November or December. I know it’s weird, but if there were a time to feed those pie cravings, it’d definitely be now. I’ve been on a pie adventure lately, well truthfully I’ve been on a pie adventure all my life, but in the spirt of the holidays and giving slightly less f*cks about sugar consumption, I’ve been doing a bit of taste testing with proven positive results. Some slices I’ve revisited, some I’ve just discovered, but in honor of truly #treatingyoself these are my top 5 favorite pies in LA right now!
HIP HIP HOORAY! It’s boot season babes!!! And it’s almost cold enough outside in LA to wear them without sweating! If there’s one thing I buy myself every single Fall without fail, it’s a new pair of boots. Or several… because, variety, duh. Sure I have 10 pairs of black booties, but they’re all very different you see, and they all serve their very specific purposes. But when it comes to the trendiest of boots this season, you really only need to invest in one kind of over the knee boot. I’m not going to stop you from stocking up on several, but you really do only need one solid pair. I bought these black OTK boots last year at Nordstrom, and I couldn’t wait to bust them out again this year. They’re made by Marc Fisher – who I think makes the best OTK boots for the price – they have a great heel height, they’re comfortable, they’re still in style, and I didn’t have to break the bank on them.
The search is over, I have officially found my go-to weekday breakfast and coffee spot. Not only is it beautiful, neighborhood-y, and trendy, they also just happen to make some of the best coffee drinks and breakfast bites to eat I’ve had in this city. Great White only just opened at the beginning of September and these days judging by the packed tables and numbers of patrons in line, there are clearly a lot of people who share my sentiment. For very good reason I’ll have you; at first glance the assumption for the frenzy might be Great White’s perfect location. It happens to be situated right in the heart of Venice Beach foot traffic, just across across the way from the “VENICE” sign and right off Pacific Ave. But take a closer look, or have a sip of coffee or a bite of one of their small dishes and conclude that, yeah this place is trendy and ideally located, but it’s also just really fu*king good?
If I have one favorite thing in my closet right now it’s this silky soft duster from GM Studio. GM Studio is an LA based brand, they actually make everything in LA, and this duster has been the absolute best outerwear item to throw on while the weather in LA has been gently gliding into true Fall weather. It’s lightweight, the fabric is rich and it’s completely current and on trend. But really though the great thing about a duster like this is that it’s a piece that will never go out of style. I will always have use for a lightweight, comfortable, and neutral trench/duster.
Outside of the occasional delightfully purple ube treat, I can’t say I’m terribly familiar with Filipino cuisine. But my best friend/fellow Angeleno/food blogger Nastassia of @letmeeatcake fortunately is. She’s not only 1/2 Filipino and a foodie by trade, but she actually started the first Filipino food truck in LA back in 2010. Though Nas (as I like to call her) has moved on from her food truck days, she is still the authority on the local cuisine and I have loved learning about the delicious and colorful culture through her recommendations.
Nas is a dessert blogger, an excellent choice in profession if you ask me, and when she’d heard that Jonathan Gold had high praises for Sari Sari Store and their buko pie, it was decided that Sari Sari would be the perfect destination for our next “bff foodie adventure”. Take Grand Central Market, plus a lesson in Filipino food, plus eating said delicious Filipino food, plus friendship, and you’ve got a recipe for a wonderful quintessential LA experience.
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.