Movie-set like atmosphere? Check. Retro vibes? Check. Delicious food? Check. Craft cocktails? Check. An inspiring back story? Check. History? Check. Vintage bowling? Check. Welp, there you have it. Highland Park Bowl officially passes the Los Angeles “cool” test with flying colors. Highland Park Bowl was only recently re-opened a few weeks ago and already the place is making waves and a number of new fans in its wake. Highland Park is a part of Greater Los Angeles that going through a bit of renovations and renaissance as a whole and Highland Park Bowl in particular has been a huge part of the progression with the complete revamp and restoration of the city’s historic space. These days Highland Park Bowl is like stepping back in time to an era when the alley was at it’s peak; majestic and masterful in all its former 192o’s glory.
Every now and then there’s a restaurant that pops up in LA that suddenly becomes the standard, the test, that determines just how on top of your restaurant game you actually are. For weeks while engaging in foodie talk I’ve been frequently asked by friends and peers if I’d been to Winsome yet, and every time with a hint of reluctance I was forced to answer “no”. I’m never certain how it happens, why it happens, and how which particular places become the “chosen ones”, but when the community speaks, I listen. Winsome is one of the latest chosen ones. Now that I can finally say I’ve been I’m aware of the many reasons that may be, but even before having visited it was clear that solely by the looks of it, the place had appeal. Winsome is exactly as advertised: it’s winsome (adj: attractive or appealing in appearance or character.)
One pieces: IN, bikinis: OUT! Well, for some of us at least. One piece swimsuits have been making a killer comeback this past year or so, and it’s a trend we’re seeing more and more on women of all ages. There’s nothing unfashionable or matronly about a low cut or low back one-piece with a chic pattern, but there’s definitely something to be said about the way a one-piece can flatter any body type. I am all about adding a certain level of sophistication when it comes to swimsuits; I don’t think we have to completely cover ourselves up but we don’t gotta let it all hang out either, and generally speaking one-pieces aid in making that avoidable. One piece trends right now include suits with fun cutouts, low backs, high hip cuts, cool ties, one-shoulder, plunging neck lines, and of course a mixture of patterns/colors. In other words, THERE’S LITERALLY A ONE-PIECE FOR EVERYONE. If you want to be the cool girl on the beach or by the pool, not stressing about the way her stomach looks when she sits down, think about getting yourself a one piece! Here’s a few of my favorites from a few of my favorite brands to pique your interest:
Off-season prices… hotel/meal deals… vitamin D… I can come up with 101 perfect excuses to head to Palm Springs for a little getaway, but at present, ‘GreaterPalm Springs Restaurant Week‘ might be one of the best. Similar to how we do Restaurant Week here in Los Angeles, for a little over one week (June 3 – 12) tons of restaurants in the Greater Palm Springs area will be offering $28/$38/$48 prix fixe dinner specials, granting guests the ideal opportunity to experience all the best each joint has to offer. Most if not all of my favorite Palm Springs restaurants will be participants this year which is incredible – so many to choose from, so little time and waistband space. But even if you’re not “just here for the food”, between tours, shopping, hiking trails, spas, luxury pools, and museums there’s something in Palm Springs (and special offers!) for everyone.
Palm Springs is the epicenter for warm weather relaxation and is a favorite destination amongst mid century modern lovers and those of all ages feeling particularly tired and pale. I love the fact that every time I visit Palm Springs there is consistently somewhere new to stay, eat, or imbibe. The Angeleno dream is to eventually get to a point where you can say you’ve stayed at (or at least visited) The Saguaro, The Parker, L’Horizon, Sparrows Lodge, Korakia Pensione, The Ace, The Avalon, and every other incredible resort/hotel in the area. I’m working on it myself. When you’re not sitting poolside happily baking in the desert heat there are plenty of other ways to enjoy what the area has to offer. I’ve had a blast taking a Jeep Tour of homes once inhabited by old Hollywood stars, or visiting (and totally tearing up) at the Palm Springs Air Museum, or, post craft cocktails at Seymour’s at Mr. Lyons of course, trying to solve my way out of an Escape Room. But, at the end of the day if food is the name of your game and your ready to take yourself on the best little desert culinary adventure, let’s chat about a few dinner menus and restaurant participants from next month’s Greater Palm Springs Restauarant Week that are sure to be worth the trip alone.
Matcha, and oolong, and chai teas OH MY. Beloved LA staple and fashionable favorite coffee brand Alfred Coffee has decided to broaden their horizons and develop a whole new concept dedicated to the fine art of tea. Much like its older Alfred Coffee brothers, the very pink and adorable Alfred Tea boasts an almost literal eye candy esthetic with every single inch bordering on Insta-worthy captures. Alfred’s “fancy pink tea menu” offers around 30 different types of artisanal tea sourced from across the globe and ranges from a variety of green, white, black, and herbal teas.
When you imagine “vacation”, what does your next dream adventure look like? Maybe it involves a beach with piña coladas, maybe it’s strolling through cobblestone streets in Europe, or maybe it a mountain/lake situation; we could go on and on considering the dreamiest of options, but if there’s one thing all of these grand ideas share it’s that they are without a doubt intended to be memorable experiences. The best and most enjoyable vacations I’ve found tend to happen upon us when we need them most. As fun and fulfilling life in LA can be for most of us, the hustle and bustle of it all can just as easily wear you down and challenge your identity. I’ve found the “weekend getaway” to be a crucial component to surviving life at such a fast pace and all the while making the journey that much more rich and rewarding.
My recent weekend getaway to The Alisal Guest Ranch Resort was one of those adventures, one of those mind/body/soul vacations, I will truly never forget. What made it so memorable is due in part because I was in desperate need of some “me time”, but most of it I owe to the truly magical and yet completely authentic experience Alisal offers. If we’re so fortunate in life, we get to take vacations that change us for the better in an instance. You head home feeling like you’ve got a whole new perspective on things, you feel whole, and most importantly you feel all the more alive. To some Alisal might just be a great little 10,000 acre ranch style resort with tons of great outdoor activities, but to me and I’m sure any other past guests, Alisal is therapeutic.
Suns out. Shoulders out! If that weren’t already a thing it most certainly is now, because off the shoulder blouses are IN this Spring. From festivals to the streets of LA girls everywhere are showin’ a little skin and working, what I believe to be is, the most crucial trend this season. Off the shoulder tops are one of those items no girl can go wrong with: they come in tons of styles from structured to flouncy, a variety of patterns, and there’s a flattering fit for every single body type. This is also one of those pieces you can add to your closet to instantly add some fresh style at an affordable price. Fast fashion brands like H&M, Zara, and Forever21 have tons of cute styles to choose from, none of which will break the bank! Here’s a few I am currently coveting myself – all of which are under $50: