Author Archives: Caroline @ Love & Loathing LA

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL – FEMALE OWNED BUSINESSES IN LA TO SUPPORT

 [my badass boss-lady friends Nastassia and Amy of THIS IS NA and my babe Julia of Krupa Consulting]

 

In the eternal words of Beyonce… “who run the world? GIRLS.”

So today, October 11th, we celebrate International Day of the Girl. International #dayofthegirl is a resolution adopted by The UN meant to recognize gender injustices towards girls around the world. Everyone is encouraged to join the UN in celebrating “girls everywhere who inspire, innovate, and take charge of their future.” (via @UN_Women on Twitter)

I meet or become aware of an inspiring woman in LA probably every single day. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many strong women, and we as a community are better in so many ways for all of their dedication and hard work.

As a female entrepreneur myself, I am proud to support female run businesses, in fact I make it a point! Whether it be the women in PR, marketing, blogging, branding, etc that I work with on a daily basis or those I simply just look up to and admire, I am a firm believer that we are stronger together. Today I want to give a major shout out to girls out there working on their dreams, daring to be different, and truly making a difference.

In honor of today, I wanted to share a list of a few personal favorite female run businesses in LA:

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HOW TO DRESS FOR LA’S VEUVE CLICQUOT POLO CLASSIC

 

The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is arguably one of LA’s best and most beloved events – AND I FINALLY GOT TO GO THIS YEAR!!! For the past five years I swear I have been out of town every single time it came around, but not this time my friends. This time I made a point to be in town, and goodness gracious did I make the most out of this opportunity.

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THE BEST SHOE STYLES FOR FALL IN LOS ANGELES

 

Can we all agree that we have a little bit of a shoe problem? There is no such thing as too many shoes. Even when they’re over flowing out of the closet… still – not enough. For whatever reason, Fall is always my favorite season to shop for new shoes. I love getting a new pair of booties yearly, and then getting another pair, and then probably just one more pair. But this year, in honor of my partnership with Johnston & Murphy, I am proud to say I am branching out and embracing different styles for Fall! And actually loving the results!

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WHAT TO BUY AT THE SHOPBOP SALE OF THE YEAR

 

One of my FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE sales of the year is finally here! So it’s time to do some serious shopping ladies! Shopbop’s annual sale starts TOMORROW (early access is today though so the code will work!) and ends Sunday, and the reason this sale is so good is because everything is technically on sale. Orders under $500 will receive 20% off your entire purchase, and orders of $500+ will receive 25% off. Just be sure to use the code ‘STOCKUP18‘ – and yes, once again it applies to regular priced items AND sale items.

I went through and did a lot of “heart-ing” to make sure I’d have first dibs on my top choices. I am on the hunt for ALL of the major Fall trends right now and so far these items are what I’ve got in my “favorites” pile!

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FUN

THE NEXT BEST THING IN “FUN IN LA” – TWO BIT CIRCUS

 

If I told you LA was home to a futuristic theme park would you believe me? Probably yes. And good on you because it’s true, and last night I got to experience just what that future looks like.

All I knew going in to check out this “tiny amusement park”, and “one-of-a-kind experience” was that it had a lot going on, it was heavily focused on interactive games, and that it was inside a 50,000 sq ft warehouse in the Downtown LA Arts District. It kinda sounded to me like a Dave & Busters, but the cooler, more fun, more “LA” version. I was almost spot on with that, but I had no idea just how cool this place actually was until I stepped inside.

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PLAID & ANIMAL PRINTS: THE BEST TRENDS FOR FALL

 

It’s happening! Fall styles are officially in full swing! If you kept up with all of your favorite influencers in NYC last week, you caught a first hand glimpse of where Fall fashion is headed this year. We saw jewel tones, corduroy, western accents, knits, and two of my personal favorite trends – plaid and animal prints galore.

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ALASKAN PHOTO DIARY

 

Raise your hand – or fluke – if you’ve been to Alaska. Now raise your hand if you hated it. (I guarantee no one is raising their hand because it’s impossible!) I’ve never been to a place on earth that more people in agreement over. Seriously. Everybody loves Alaska – myself now being included.

My parents and Tommy and I just embarked on a week long cruise through Alaska and it truly was the trip of a lifetime. I have never in my life seen a place so naturally stunning that it’s actually difficult to comprehend.

Now. I’ve always been honest about the fact that I’m not one for venturing too far out of city limits – the great outdoors is not exactly within my comfort zone. I’m not a camper, not even a glamper for that matter, but I knew Alaska was just one of those places in the world I needed to see. IRL.

Sure we saw a lot of the Alaskan great outdoors by way of a fancy boat – Silversea Cruises to be exact – but give me some credit, I am taking baby steps here! But thanks to said fancy boat, we were able to visit 5 cities within one week on our journey – Anchorage, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Each city offered something new and had its own unique charm, and I am grateful to have seen so much. I’ll have to come back for a moose sighting as well as a Northern Lights show, but I figure those are both great excuses to do so.

Here’s a little of what we saw along our journey through the great Alaskan territory:

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CHEERS TO 5 YEARS MY DEAREST FRIENDS.

 

Well friends, it’s official. Love & Loathing Los Angeles is FIVE years old. I cant even type one freakin sentence without feeling a bit emotional.

I remember the day I called my mom, so excited to tell her I was going to write a book about life in Los Angeles. I was overjoyed that I’d finally figured out how to use my time wisely while I was in between jobs and trying to figure out who the hell I was and what the hell I wanted to do. I am indebted to my mom for suggesting the brilliant idea of working my ideas out by creating a blog first – that way I’d have everything I needed to write a book someday. (That book is still to come, do not worry.) I’ve always loved that my mom knew what a blog was before I did – she really is my hero.

When I first started, I had no idea what the heck I was doing. All I knew was that I needed a website, a name and a logo, some social media accounts for support, and that I just needed to start. I look back and think, “how in the hell did I do that?” especially in such a short amount of time. But the fact of the matter is, determination and desperation are powerful drivers. And every fiber in my being was focused on creating a community in Los Angeles, about Los Angeles, for Los Angeles.

I’ve always believed LA could be a picture perfect place, and I knew at the very least all it would take to see it would be open mindedness, the desire to discover, and appreciation for such incredible diversity – culturally and geographically – packed within 503 square miles. I wanted nothing more than to be even a small resource for anyone who shared even a fraction of my same beliefs. I wanted nothing more than to be that friend in LA to anyone who needed one.

I look back and crack up over how adorably “blissfully ignorant” I was stepping into this space. I always joke that I thought I was such a pioneer, that no one had thought about writing a blog about LA before me. Come to find out I am one of many, but I have found my own voice within the space, and I am honored to a part of such an incredible community of writers and bloggers. This city, these people, these platforms have inspired me, encouraged me, and have pushed me to keep going. It’s quite comforting knowing that I am not actually alone.

What I’ve learned over the past 5 years, what I still learn every single day, is that even as dedicated to this city as I am, I will never fully master Los Angeles. But boy do I love trying. And for that reason I will continue to embrace the challenge, keep learning, keep growing, keep exploring and more importantly keep sharing the beauty of journey, and thus hopefully inspire others to do the same.

A man I very much so looked up to and held the highest regard for passed away this year. He was one of my heroes, and if there were a perfect way to describe my sentiment towards the City of Angels, this would be it:

“If you live in Los Angeles you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple of weeks, stay in a hotel in Beverly Hills, and take in what they can get to within 10 minutes in their rent-a-car. The thing that people find hard to understand is the magnitude of what’s here. The huge members of multiple cultures that live in the city that come together in this beautiful and haphazard fashion. And the fault lines between them are sometimes where you can find the most beautiful things.” – Jonathan Gold. 

My heart is so incredibly full thinking about what Love & Loathing LA has become. And the truth of the matter is I wouldn’t be where I am without the unconditional support and love from every single one of you who take the time to read my posts, to visit my page, to watch my Instagram stories, send me emails, share your opinions, so on and so forth. From the bottom of my heart thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope Love & Loathing LA has made moments and memories for you that you’ll never forget, and that this space has given you more reasons to love LA than loathe it.

I think the most important thing I’ve learned in these past five years, years that have had their high highs and their low lows, is that success is arbitrary. But what’s undeniable is the measure of success is summed up by a person’s ability to persevere, to tough it out, and to never give up on what’s important to them. Success and failure are on the exact same road. Success is just further down that road. I have a lot of work left to do here with Love & Loathing LA and I hope you’ll stick with me to see it all through.

 

XO,

Caroline

 

YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND CHECKLIST

It’s ALMOST that time. That three to five day weekend time, where summer officially ends and the elicit fall wonders finally begin to take hold. I, like Leandra, love summer and hate everything else, although I will say Fall should be a sweet reprieve from the insane heat we’ve been experiencing. One can hope!

But in the meantime, if you’re like me, you’re getting out of town this weekend – or for a full week in my case.(HEY ALASKA!)  So I wanted to make sure you had time to grab/do the last minute essentials so you have the best weekend possible.

Here’s what you’ll need:
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THE BEST ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE FASHION BRANDS YOU SHOULD BE WEARING

 

The more I learn about the fashion industry, the more I am finding myself wanting to invest my money in goods made by local, ethical, and sustainable brands. It’s not to say I am not still a bit of a “hoo-er” (as I prefer to call it) for a few fast fashion brands like Zara, but I have been actively making a point of it to discover and support brands rooted in creating fashion consciously.

The incredible thing about living in a place like LA is that there are tons of brands, big and small, that are founded on doing good by their community – on a local and global scale. The cherry on top simply being that just because they’re ethical doesnt mean they sacrifice chic – au contraire. Here are a few of the brands I love right now that you need to be wearing yesterday:

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