I said it once (a day) and I’ll say it again, my happy place is wherever I can find a delicious bowl of noodles. And boy oh boy does aptly named “We Have Noodles” indeed have delicious noodles. Helmed by chef Darren Sayphraraj, We Have Noodles opened in the heart of Silver Lake just a few weeks ago with a concise menu that is focused on pan-Asian favorites. They’re offering all of the classics you know and love; everything from cold sesame noodles to pho, to khao soi, to ramen, and beyond. In short, it’s the place where all of your Asian noodle fantasies can come together in one convenient spot. And the best part? They’re all made quite fantastically. Sometimes I find that when a restaurant concept tries to do too many different things at once – *and do them all well* – everything ends up being just “ok”. But with We Have Noodles, I happened to be very pleasantly surprised to conclude that every noodle dish was delish in their own right. Authentic with certain creative licenses, but not off-puttingly so. Not a word, but let’s just go with it. If I lived any closer I’d probably be ordering from them on a daily basis.
Happy official first day of Fall! AKA – “Summer in LA part II”, as most of us Angelenos fondly refer to it as. I say that, but remember when it rained yesterday? I never believe my iPhone when it shows showers in LA… but this time it was real! Naturally we’re back to sunshine and blue skies today, so mini skirts and crop tops are back in rotation. In the spirit of the transition from Summer clothes to Fall clothes, I’ve been throwing on some looks that are not only appropriate for the weather, but are also appropriate for current Fall trends.
I have taken quite a bit away from all of the trends that hit New York Fashion week, and one of my absolute favorites for Fall is PASTELS. Key pieces in pastel tones are going to be such a fun trend to play around with, especially during these “transitional” months in Los Angeles – AKA basically just the continuation of summer. I love a good pop of color, and I’ve been having a lot of fun trying on colorful anchor pieces – like these high waisted, linen, wide leg trousers – and building outfits around them. Gold/yellow was such a huge trend this Summer, and I love this more muted pastel-y yellow as we head into that typical Californian Indian summer.
Let’s just immediately note that when Jonathan Gold says Pizzana‘s pizzas are comparable to some of the best in the world… you take that shit seriously. Pizzana, owned by Candace and Charles Nelson (the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes) and actor Chris O’Donnell, is officially the best thing that has ever happened to Brentwood. AndI totally mean that. I feel like I’ve been eating a lot of pizzas lately, namely “wood fired” pizzas, and while I’ve never met a pizza I didn’t really like, Pizzana blows any and all competition completely out of the water. Italian born Chef Daniele Uditi is a pizza whisperer. A genius. A master. I sound like a complete and total super fan, and truth be told I totally am. Ask me my favorite pizza place in Los Angeles… Pizzana is it. End of story, drop the mic.
Nothing says “Summer in America” quite like a good old fashioned trip to the local county fair. I have so many memories from a number of fairs I’ve visited over the years, and even as I get older these silly fairs still maintain a bit of their strange nostalgic luster. I suppose the reality of the situation is though that funnel cakes will always taste delicious, riding carnival rides will always be a bit hilarious, and people watching will always be priceless entertainment. So much like most Americans, I continue to make the effort every year or two to visit the fair for a delightful culmination of all that is “America”.
I had to leave paradise this morning and MAN was that hard. I spent most of the day yesterday and this morning taking in all of the beauty that is the Fairmont Grand Del Mar property in the San Diego area, and for obvious reasons it was very difficult having to leave so soon. The fun had just begun! The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a five-star resort in every single aspect. In fact it’s rated as Trip Advisors #1 luxury hotel in the United States – which is just one of many accolades actually. But being that we’re heading into the long holiday weekend, which is kind of a signal to the “end of summer”, it felt like an opportune time to bust out the last of my summer purchases.
“Vegetables, cocktails, natural wine, good times” – if that doesn’t just about sum up the epitome of life in Silverlake, then call me crazy. “Veggies, cocktails, natural wine and good times” is also exactly what you can expect to experience at Silverlake’s latest little obsession, Botanica. Botanica is an adorable little restaurant and market right in the heart of the Silver Lake Blvd action, and in just a few short months has become a beloved local mainstay.
So far 2017 has been the year of statement stripes and polka dots for me. I can’t seem to get enough of either of these trends and patterns this year, and it all seems to be culminating as the end of summer nears. I bought this absolutely fabulous blue polka dot dress hoping I’d whisk it away with me to frolic around in on the streets of the Amalfi Coast. But, clearly that didn’t happen, and my chances of pulling that off before the lounge chairs and umbrellas are removed from the beaches are slim to none. I actually pre-ordered this dress MONTHS ago thinking I’d have to wait until September for it to arrive, but much to my happy surprise it arrived a few weeks early. The only problem was, as mentioned, I had nowhere terribly exciting to wear it. So instead of saving it for some fabulous engagement, I’ve been constantly wearing it around the streets of Los Angeles. I can’t believe how many compliments I get on this dress, each one only proves to me that the price I paid for it was worth every penny.
If you are the proud owner of a luggage tag that reads, “I love not camping.” the likelihood of you being the outdoorsy type is pretty slim. Well friends, as it turns out I am said owner of said luggage tag. I have simply never been one for dirt, mountain lions, bugs, granola bars, tents, and sleeping bags. I love nature, (come on of course I love nature) just typically from a distance. Preferably from the window of a nice little cozy cabin – Kidding. Kind of. Trips to places of the earth with no cell service or civilization aren’t typically my preferred method of adventuring, but in being “forced” to head to Sequoia National Forests this past weekend, I am – to my surprise – now singing a different tune.
The Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley here in the beautiful state of California. I had the pleasure of visiting a few parts of the vast park during a quick weekend getaway to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays, and it was an experience this non-nature girl will genuinely never forget. If you’re looking to escape city life for a little relaxation mixed with a little adventure, this is the magical bucket-list place you need to visit, and this is what you need to do:
This here is my best “Summer you best not go away” look. And the entire look I’ll have you know was made possible by one of my absolute FAVORITE LA based brands, DSTLD. If you’re not familiar with DSTLD, they make the most incredible denim and basics for a fraction of competitive brands in stores. They create the product and sell directly to the consumer – thus cutting out the middle man, and thus making the goods more affordable. I became familiar with DSTLD right around when I started my own blog about 4 years ago, and every year they continue to impress me more and more. They’re always right on the pulse of trends and fashion, they keep it simple and structured, and they love the grey scale as much as I do. We’re two peas in a fashion pod DSTLD and I!