We all have those holiday dresses we’re dying to wear more than once right? Mostly because we spent a small fortune to sparkle, but we don’t want to sparkle for just one night do we? We want to sparkle at LEAST two more times, minimum. Velvet is an absolute favorite fabric of mine for Fall and Winter, and red, despite being my go-to holiday color, is also just simply my favorite color. Red – let alone red velvet – is quite the statement maker, but I’m a firm believer that both aspects are more versatile than they let on.
Echo Park Lake is quite possibly one of LA’s best kept secrets. First of all, there is a lake. And it’s amazing. You can go pedal boating in it for $10 DOLLARS. There are hotdog carts, ice cream trolleys and fresh fruit stands at every corner. And my most favorite part?
It’s perfectly populated. The community this park cultivates is one of understood complacence. You’re going to do you, and as long as you aren’t totally disruptive, nobody really cares. It’s pure bliss.
All I want right now is to wear a sweater or a coat, and I’m finding it a tad difficult with our current weather report. It’s been such a tease seeing girls in NYC bundled up in their fabulous coats and sweaters or watching commercials of people playing in the snow or experiencing Fall. Meanwhile back in LA, we’re all just stuck in a scene straight out of Groundhogs Day with no real hope of cooler weather. I know, poor us, but still! We like seasons too ya know!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been somewhat forcing Fall a bit with my wardrobe. And I’ve found that the easiest way to do that is to find the lightweight versions of all Fall necessities and style them accordingly. I love sweaters with shorts, or dusters with dresses., so on and so forth. But one of my favorite pieces right now is this super lightweight *but looks heavy duty* heather grey coat I got from Soksen Studios. This coat single handedly inspired me to even put a coat on in Los Angeles right now, and it has turned out to be a great wardrobe staple.
The little pockets of LA are what get me going. I mean, we have SO. MANY. PLACES. to choose from; the list of things to do doesn’t end.
One of my favorite pockets is in Los Feliz. There’s one block in particular, where that small town feel meets the energy of a big city. Nestled between Hollywood Blvd and Franklin St, you couldn’t miss it if you tried; and trust me you won’t want to.
If you’ve been to Paris you know there’s just something special, something different about the whole vibe of the city. From fashion, to food, to architecture, the whole town is a one-of-a-kind type of magical and thus a bit difficult to emulate or replicate outside of France. But here in LA with our smorgasbord of cultures, you betcha we have Parisians willing to take a risk and bring a bit of France to the streets of Los Angeles. And if anyone has done that and done it damn near perfectly, it’s Westside located French restaurant Belle Vie.
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.