SHOUT OUT TO ALL MY MID CITY PEOPLE!!! Woo Woo! Yeah. If you even know what or where Mid City is, good on you! It’s mostly a residential neighborhood I would say, but little do most people know there are some serious eats tucked in these quiet corners. I have been a Mid City resident myself for the past year, and coming from a bustling neighborhood like downtown Culver City to sleepy Mid City was a bit of an adjustment. I couldn’t just walk to Culver Blvd and have some of the best dining in LA at my fingertips anymore. In Mid City I definitely had to look a little harder, but when I did I was surprised to find some of the best most TRULY neighborhood type restaurants I’ve found in LA yet. And they’re all right here, in the middle of the city. If you’re ever passing through or just looking for a great local spot to stop in, these would be my 5 favorite places in Mid City:
HAPPY EARTH DAY!! (I know, a Sunday post… whaaa?) But because today is such an incredibly important day, I wanted to share with you guys a list of sustainable micro-brands I’ve discovered on Instagram who offer goods that are all ethically produced in some shape or form.
Sometimes, when you think about everything in mass, it seems like it would be hard for one person, or even one brand to make a difference. But if everyone thought that way, nothing would ever change, amiright? Making conscious and continuous steps towards living a more sustainable lifestyle really does matter, and it can start with something as small (or as big) as your wardrobe. So on that note, see below for some sustainable brands I’m loving right now – AND – as always, let me know if I missed any of your favorites in the comments!
I absolutely LOVE festival fashion, but I will never go too far out of the realm from what I’d wear on vacation or even on a day to day basis. Sure there’s something to be said about upping your accessory game or wearing a bolder than usual look, but you wont ever catch me in glitter, a mesh top, out of control fringe, or cheeky shorts. Ya just wont. I love to dress for festivals with color, fun textures or prints, and eccentric accessories in mind. The goal is to try to stand out without looking kitchy or costumey. I saw a lot of really epic outfits this year – was loving the cowboy boots and metallic tops/skirts/dresses/kimonos – but if you were curious what I rocked each day, well here you have it!
If you’re local to LA then you know that there are more than a fair amount of farmer’s markets here in the city. At this point, it’s safe to say there’s pretty much one in every neighborhood. Or at least one within 2 miles of every neighborhood. Which, still – a lot.
Sure you can find a market in LA on any given day, but that one magical market where you can stroll amongst never ending rows of colorful produce, take in the smell of those tacos cooking or that popcorn popping, and of course maybe even run into a celebrity while you’re at it, is the one you want to be at. You know you’re in the right place if you see chefs and celebs. And though there might be some debate over this, I would argue that the Hollywood Farmer’s Market is the best. You can find it on the cross street of Ivar and Selma Ave, every Sunday from 8am – 1pm. To fully master the market, consider the following:
One thing I’ll never get tired of – trying new makeup or beauty products. I’ve been dabbling a lot lately looking for new moisturizers, trying a few of the trends my friends swear by, and discovering new cosmetic brands I now cant seem to live without. Because I’ve been such a busy little tester bee I thought I’d share with you the products I’ve recently discovered and am absolutely LOVING.
The blessed event is almost upon us. Coachella is going on their 19th year, and so are most of the attendees. Kidding! Kind of! But truth be told I’ll always have a strange love/loathing relationship with music festivals – kind of like my sentiment towards Los Angeles (wink wink). It’s mostly love with just a tinge, a smidge of distain and annoyance. Just a smidge. Nonetheless one of my absolute FAVORITE parts about Coachella and other festivals is the fashion. You’ll never see me as giddy to shop than for a vacation or a festival. I’ve been doing quite a bit of shopping for next weekends festivities and if there’s a few things I’m not heading to the desert without, it’s these:
Instagram can turn into a deep, cavernous hole. Don’t you have those moments where you’re sitting on the couch, you open your app, and then all of a sudden an hour of your life has passed you by and, for a brief moment, you lose all semblance of time and space?
Well, the other day, I decided to capitalize on this behavior and jot down a few of the brands I had stumbled upon. It’s great to support smaller businesses trying to make it in this world. It’s also more sustainable. So see below a few recently discovered brands that are feeding my soul one image at a time.
The sun is shining, baseball season is back, and it’s beginning to finally feel like Spring in Los Angeles! Time to start shaving my legs again! Kidding, kind of. I have been having an absolute field day with Spring trends – cant get enough of these circle bags I’m seeing everywhere, small frame sunglasses, pastels, florals – so many trends! If we HAD to narrow it down to 5 crucial items though, worthy of investing in, these would be it:
I am definitely having a moment with colorful monochrome looks. I am actually definitely having a moment with color?! I decided a few months ago that what was somewhat lacking in my wardrobe – and on my Instagram – was color. Los Angeles is made up of such a vibrant and happy culture and I felt like perhaps I needed to represent that a bit more accurately through my style and thus through my social media and blog. It’s actually been so incredibly fun and challenging to pick clothes out and style pieces in a whole new way, I’ve genuinely come to have a appreciation for my newfound take on LA style. I’ve always played it relatively safe through the grey scale, but little by little, bright sweater by bright sweater, I feel like my style is finally evolving. I am having fun with it, I am taking more risks, and receiving more reward for it – even if it’s just simply me feeling like “fuck yes” in the outfit, it feels like it’s paying off inside and out.
In honor of World Happiness Day – which seriously puts a smile on my face for no other reason than the fact it’s a day dedicated to smiling, basically – I’m putting together a list of 10 things that I love about living in Los Angeles!