- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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KEEP meets Polyvore meets Pinterest meets Cher’s outfit-making program from Clueless, fashion addict app Cult Collection is all of those AND a pair of Jimmy Choo’s. The super fun, super easy to use app works solely based on your unique style and taste you establish via selection of a few of your favorite celebrity fashion icons, some of the name brands you shop, popular hashtags, current trends and so forth to build your very own, very tidy, supreme closet for a master fashionista.
All items featured are made/designed/crafted/(or) located in Los Angeles and can be purchased online for $25 or less. PLUS… A handful of these products are made by crafters who are participants at this weekends Unique USA’s LA Holiday Market (December 6 + 7) – so if you’re in LA get your tickets so you can shop these goodies and more in person!
1. Art of Tea Holiday Sampler (White Winter Chai, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Butterscotch & Pumpkin Pie) | $25 | *Use our discount code ‘LNL20’ for 20% off your purchase! – good through 12/31
2. Compartes “Donuts & Coffee” Chocolate | $9.95
3. Concrete Geometric “Mini Octahedron” | $15 (or 3 for $30) *Unique USA
4. m. greenwood Jam “Apple Butter” (+ many more jams) | $9 *Unique USA
5. Pocket Square Clothing Tie Bar | $15 *Unique USA
6. Suburban Riot “Polka Dots Navy Red” Socks | $12 *Unique USA
8. Candlessentials “Pure” | $22
9. ColourPop “Lippie To Go” Holiday Set (top 5 sellers) | $20
10. McFaddy Candy Co. Handmade Toffee | $16 small / $22 medium ($30 mix & match flavors – 4 oz jars) *Unique USA
11. Groundworks Coffee (Limited Edition Holiday Blend & More) | $17.95
12. Granola Mama’s Handmade “Granola Gift Pack” (12 oz bags of best sellers: Hanalei Blend, Paris Blend, Holiday Blend) | $24 *Unique USA
‘Small Business Saturday’ is tomorrow, and I’ve got you prepared to shop for everyone on your list – yourself included. All of the products and items featured are either designed/made/or sold locally in Los Angeles. So there’s that. Happy Shopping!
1. Panel Co ‘Titanium’ Wallet | The best money clip / wallet ever. They come in different metals as well! | $80
2. Barkeeper Cocktail Gift Basket | All Gift Boxes come in a vintage-style shaped hat box and include spirits, bitters, tools, recipes, and glassware. | several options, all between $75-$1503910 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, CA 90029 | Phone 323-669-1675
3. Belcampo Sausage Medley | Jalapeño-Cheese, Bratwurst, Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, Breakfast, Merguez and Polish.| Buy in store or online! | $90Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
4. Apolis ‘Standard Issue Organic Pocket T-Shirt’ (Charcoal) | Free shipping on orders over $50 through November 30 | $48
1. Haati Chai ‘Himana’ Neckpiece | Use code ‘BLACKFRIDAY’ to get 45% off your purchase through November 30!! | $73 regular price
2. Anarchy Street ‘In the Raw’ Bracelet | TODAY use code “THANKFUL40′ and get 40% your order! | $36 regular price
3. Gypsy05 ‘Obertka Double Ombre’ Scarf | 40% off deals on Cyber Monday PLUS an extra 35% off with code ‘cybermonday35’! | $65
4. Frends ‘Ella’ Rose Gold & White Headphones | on sale for $49.95
5. Clare V. Foldover Clutch Black/Creme | In store and online! $220Silverlake: 3339 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026 Santa Monica: 1318A Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403
1. Kelly Lamb ‘Angle’ Vase | $95
2. Apolis ‘Los Angeles Market Bag’ | $68
3. Casetify ‘Los Angeles toile de jouy transparent’ phone case | TODAY use code ‘BLACK2014’ for 20% off + free shipping! | $39.95
4. Huckleberry Cookbook | In store and online! | $25-$30Santa Monica: 1014 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401
SHOP LOCAL SATURDAY: 10 Shops In LA To Stop In This Weekend
1. Poketo | DTLA: 820 E 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90013
2. Chevalier’s Books | Larchmont: 126 N Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004
3. Shareen Downtown | DTLA: 1721 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
4. Mohawk General Store | Silverlake: 4011 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
5. The Well | DTLA: 1006 S Olive St Los Angeles, CA 90015
6. Accents Jewelry | Santa Monica: 2900 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
7. Botany | Brentwood Country Mart: 225 26th St #41, Santa Monica, CA 90402
8. Lost & Found | HOLLYWOOD 6320 Yucca Street Los Angeles, CA 90028 | SANTA MONICA 2230 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
9. Alchemy Works | DTLA: 826 E 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90013
10. Aust. | Venice: 1617 Abott Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
“I’ll take one of everything – in other words, the entire store” were my first thoughts upon walking into Beverly Grove vintage design store, Style de Vie. I had barely walked 3 steps into the cozy showroom and I’d already decided I was not to be fooled by the deceivingly large space and its delicate clutter of vintage finds; it would decidedly be an incredible task to find something I didn’t want to take home with me. This particular LA based vintage design and fabrication house has items and elements you thought you could only find in shabby shape at the flea market, at an auction, or brand new and knocked off from mega mainstream design stores – Style de Vie is everything us vintage decor nerds hoped and dream would exist, right here in the City of Angels.
Screw Third Street Promenade and online shopping, all of the labels and trends we’ve ever hoped and dreamed to shop are available right by the beach in one fabulously free spirited spot. Principessa boutique is one of Venice’s Original (boutique) Gangsters and since their grand opening in 2001, this bohemian chic storefront has since then remained one of Abbot Kinney’s shopping staples. Always carrying the hottest brands and catering to the latest “Abbot Kinney culture” trends, Principessa is the California/LA girl’s dream come true. The Principessa girl is described as a treasure hunter, a risk taker, and a lover of luxury; you may be all, one, or none of those things but if you, like me, appreciate individual expression through dressing in a distinctive style, Principessa is your shop.
I’m beyond thrilled to share my feature on the BLND PR blog, CLICK HERE to read the interview!
I’ve been looking for something like what Panel Wallet makes, for what seems like forever. When I don’t feel like carrying around a purse or my unnecessarily large wallet around, I’ve always been desperate for something small enough to fit it my pocket or in my clutch all the while successfully holding my shit together in one convenient place. Coin purses are too big and bulky (plus they’re coin purses…), going without any clasp-age is risky, so this is where Panel Wallets enters the picture and saves the day – they were created to solve all of these problems and then some. Founder and creator Ben Lang wanted to create an ultra sleek yet attractive and functional wallet for guys and girls alike and I must declare: mission accomplished.
Panel is the thinnest wallet EVER!
The idea of Panel was conceived based on the needs of a single person, but a quick search proved that it solved many problems that other wallets don’t.
Learning that we weren’t the only ones searching for a better solution led us to create a product that we’re confident you’ll enjoy, just as much as we’ve enjoyed the process of developing it.
We like to beautify here in Los Angeles, so much so in fact, we’ve actually got an entire convention dedicated to our beauty obsession coming to town this weekend where we will talk about, try, and buy all the beauty world possibilities – for an entire day. It feels like every year I live in LA I add on another beauty treatment to my already very cluttered very expensive regimen, but sadly living here it all feels like the norm. It had me contemplating, Los Angeles has a lot to offer in the beauty and pampering area, what are our greatest gems to aid in boosting self-confidence by way of makeup, hair, and everything else in between? Being an Angeleno, far too deep into this shit for my own good, here’s a few beautification spots in Los Angeles I can’t seem to live without. Warning, once you pop the fun don’t stop!
1. Get Some Lash Extensions | Beautifully Mad
Madison of Beautifully Mad is LA’s lash whisperer, and she’s here for you and any of your lash and face related needs. The most necessary unnecessary thing you’ll ever add to your own beauty regimen, but trust me it will probably become your favorite. (guilty)
Black Apple Gallery is known for hosting some truly extraordinary events and their latest production, Contraband 2, held this year at Sofitel’s Riviera31 was nothing short of spectacular. Yes, spectacular. A little curious having a slightly anarchic street art show at one of LA’s chicest hotels, sure, but I’m going with the idea that maybe there was some sort of commentary about society that I’ll be trying to decode for a minute…. artsy shit. Anyway, regardless of my OCD like need to unveil meanings behind art shows, the show all together appeared to be a complete success; in true art opening-night fashion drinks were flowing, a DJ was spinning, LA’s most art savvy (I’d like to think I’m included in that statement) and curious folk alike were in attendance, and throughout the entire show I witnessed red dot after red dot go up on just about every piece on display. Red dot means sold fyi, if you didn’t know that it’s time we get your ass to an art show ya slacker! They’re awesome!
Black Apple Gallery pays very close attention to what’s good on the streets, and who/what seems to be making serious cultural impacts, so for this particular show the Gallery hand-picked 15 of the worlds most highly regarded street artists to take part in this one night only event. Artists from all over the world, from London, Norway, Paris, to Japan brought in pieces specifically for the attitudes and tastes of us, dare I say… quite special, Angelenos. Each artist truly expressed a different facet to what exactly ‘urban street art’ means to us; we experienced pieces from true spray paint graffiti, ironic stenciled commentaries on relevant social topics, beautifully depicted beauties, etc – all created with a wide range of mediums and of course a variety of materials and items in which the pieces were rendered on. Contraband 2 had quite a bit of variety but the message and common thread was loud and clear. Black Apple Gallery had one of the incredible artists, Ben Naz, create a limited edition print release specifically produced for the show titled “LA Love”. …you know that saying “nothing haunts us like the things we didn’t buy”? Welp. I’m haunted. But the good news is this sort of experience, this “one night only”, “only in Los Angeles, “ultra exclusive” urban street art production seems to be the thing with Black Apple Gallery, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for us next. Stay up-to-date on the latest Black Apple Gallery news too and hopefully we’ll see you at the next one – blackappleart.com
And while you’re at it, knowledge yourself and check out the Contraband 2 Artists:
LA Local Spotlight | Chalk Repertory Theater | “Classical & Contemporary Plays in Unconventional Spaces”
When I told my mom the other day about my plan to go see an “outdoor play”, her immediate reaction was, “oh you love plays! That sounds like so much fun!”. I thought about that for a second and began to recount a flutter of memories dating back to my childhood, memories of all the plays I’d been to with my mother (she had season tickets to a variety of theaters in San Francisco for years), but still I couldn’t help but respond, in my annoyed daughter-like tone of course, “no, YOU love plays, mom.”
I gotta hand it to my mom, because of her and her love for plays I really have seen just about every major production, besides Cats – I think I’m ok with that, so I was definitely cultured at a young age in that respect. Some plays I genuinely enjoyed, some I genuinely did not, but as with most activities that cost money to enjoy, the opportunities to catch more productions fell by the wayside. Bars and live music became my interests and by the time I got to college I really believed I just wasn’t a play person anymore.
When I’d very recently been given the opportunity to see a whole new kind of play production, very unique especially to the city of Los Angeles, I was admittedly weary but completely curious. Chalk Rep’s latest production Lady Windermere’s Fan, a play written by Oscar Wilde, was being shown outdoors on the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library’s grounds, and as far as I was keeping track on account of my curiosity, each night kept selling out? They we’re clearly doing something right and I wanted to discover for myself what it was that had people attending in droves. Really though, besides all that I’m quite honestly interested in anything involving trying something new, visiting a place I’d never been to in LA, and seeing something I’d never seen. And of course any excuse to picnic and enjoy this gorgeous LA summer weather in a picturesque setting is a major plus.
I made it in time to catch Chalk Rep’s very last show of Lady Windermere’s Fan, and after having seen the show I’m so so glad I didn’t miss it in its entirety. This was not your average sit down, ass falls asleep, drawn out “I’m wondering when this will be over”, production – the play itself was completely entertaining, the cast was incredible, the audience got to take part (in a totally not weird or uncomfortable way), and we moved around with the storyline to a variety of locations on the grounds – phenomenal. I couldn’t believe by the end of it just how incredibly enjoyable the whole evening was, even my friend I’d wrangled into coming with me was in complete shock over how much he appreciated it as well. I was disappointed in myself to think that even for a second I was worried about whether or not I’d enjoy it, because truth be told that play was one of the most impressive, most unique things I’ve done in LA thus far.
It’s experiences like this one that remind me how fortunate I am to live in such a creative melting pot of a city like Los Angeles where incredible companies and groups are providing these kinds of “only in LA” experiences all the time. Chalk Rep in particular has clearly put a lot of effort and thought into their production and because I have now seen, first hand, their unique take on new ways to experience plays, you can most certainly consider me a fan. They should be having another production in the works soon, check back on their site for more info! – chalkrep.com