For LA being such a creative “hub” if you will, I’ve still found it somewhat difficult to actually find new ways to continue the creative learning process (without having to sign up for school/ a course). Obviously there are plenty of activities like Paint Night, pottery classes, or random one-off creative events around town, but for the longest time I hadn’t really been able to find a place I could consistently count on to offer simple creative type classes.
After graduating with a degree in Art from Chapman in 2011, it was genuinely sad for me that I couldn’t keep up with my painting, or “art-ing” in general. I had no space to paint, no inspiration to draw, and no one to push me. I’d eventually given in to taking courses at OTIS, which for a more in depth look into a subject I still highly recommend, but I couldn’t keep shelling out $500 at a time every time I had a creative craving. But then, just one month ago actually, I was introduced by a friend to a place called Makers Mess – aka everything I feel like I’ve been looking for in terms of continued creative learning in a short, easy, and fun way in LA.
And the award for cutest restaurant name… cutest concept… basically cutest everything goes to… KISMET! And I haven’t even told you my favorite part yet: Kismet is run by a dream *girl power* team (Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson of Madcapra fame, and formerly New York City’s Glasseriein) in partnership with the beloved team behind Jon + Vinny’s. It was destined for greatness and greatness it has already achieved.
I am feeling very proud of what I’m about to tell you… I officially found my first article of vintage denim at the Rose Bowl Flea a few weeks ago!! You’re like “congratufu*kinlations”, but here’s the deal… 1. I don’t shop for vintage well 2. there’s something slightly gross to me about it still. I KNOW. I know. I’m starting to get over it, but you see now why this purchase was so exciting?! There really is something super thrilling about finding the perfect piece at the perfect price. And this denim jacket was just that – it was just someone else’s for a long time prior. (ew. no. not ew.) So as mentioned, I actually went to the Rose Bowl flea specifically to look for denim, and surprisingly after trying on about 100 different mens Levi’s jackets I found this basic little blue gem. Oversized jackets are so in right now and I was feeling bit left behind in the denim department, I also decided it was probably a good idea to get a head start on Coachella clothes too…sooo… (Yup we’re going there. I promise we won’t talk about it much, but I AM going again this year and will definitely be doing a lot of shopping in preparation! Naturally!) Continue reading →
Can we talk about how good Chinese food is (seemingly) really freaking hard to find in Los Angeles? WHAT IS THAT. I’m all ears if you’d like to school me on decent Chinese places in LA, but me personally, before last week there’s no way I could have offered you even one recommendation. But thankfully as of December LA is home to an AMAZING fast casual Chinese food joint called Fat Dragon, and it really is everything I needed and wanted in my life – finally the void has been filled.
Let’s be real for a second here ladies, there’s getting your nails done and there’s getting your nails done. I’m not totally sure I knew there was a difference before I paid a visit to Base Coat nail salon in the DTLA Arts District last week, but my oh my… have my horizons been broadened. Like most pampering involved appointments, you hope to have “an experience” and at Base Coat a well rounded experience is exactly what you get. For me it’s not just the fact that I’ll get a nice manicure/pedicure, you can get those just about anywhere in LA, but what really sets Base Coat apart is how they offer their services and the standard to which they uphold themselves.
As you may know, last weekend I traveled to Phoenix/Scottsdale to catch the McDowell Mountain Music Festival as well as spend some time exploring Scottsdale. M3F (short for McDowell Mountain Music Festival) was the FIRST official festival to kick off what I call “festival season”. Before you know it Coachella will be here, and Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, etc. etc. I appreciate the “idea” of festival wear, like they’re clothes you reserve JUST for going to this event, but if I’m being honest with myself that really isn’t how I roll nor will it likely ever be.
Well, it’s official. Scottsdale Arizona is really easy to get to, really easy on the eyes, and really easy to hang around. Prior to this past weekend I thought taking a trip to Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona meant hours of travel time to a place that might as well be Palm Springs, but oh, OH was I totally wrong. Scottsdale is just 5-6 hours away from Los Angeles by car or a short one hour long plane ride – practically the same amount of time it would take to get to Northern California. The city itself is absolutely stunning with it’s picturesque desert scape backdrop and architectural uniformity. But not only is Scottsdale an undeniably beautiful city, it’s easily one of THE best destinations in the West for dining, creating, adventuring, relaxing, and pampering – trust me even in just one weekend, I feel like I experienced it all. If you’re thinking about heading out to Arizona’s city of sunshine and sophistication, here’s what not to miss!
MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON IS OFFICIALLY UPON US!!! And this past weekend I was fortunate enough to kick it all off at one of the coolest most intimate festivals I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. McDowell Mountain Music Festival is going on their FOURTEENTH year of bringing the Phoenix/Arizona community together by way of live music, and with each new year the festival seems to grow and grow in size and popularity. A lot if not most Angelenos have probably never heard of M3F, but fortunately this is where I come in – to finally fill you in on one of music’s best kept secrets. The festival is already scheduled for next year on March 23-25, 2018 and here’s what you need to know:
LA is beginning to look a lot like it’s old self lately! The sun has decided to bestow it’s grace upon us, therefore I am busting out every color in my closest and mashing it all together. As one does from time to time.
Somewhere up there at the top of the “LA’s Most Picturesque Restaurants” you’ll find places like Republique, Gracias Madre, and most recently – Manuela. OhManuela. I’ve been hearing nothing but amazing things about this place and once I finally had the chance to go, I completely understood why. As mentioned, Manuela is easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in LA right now; it’s located right in the heart of the Arts District in the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel arts complex which is of course complete with art galleries, a garden, and most importantly – chickens. I damn near screamed (in delight) when I saw REAL LIVE ADORABLE HENS in Downtown LA, just sitting there hangin’ out in a garden. Very casual. This garden and those chickens however belong to Manuela who clearly have taken the quality of their ingredients to a whole other level. It’s not all that often that a restaurant has such close access to their very own garden in Los Angeles. (Real estate is quite hard to come by in case you didn’t know!)