JUST THREE MORE SLEEPS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS!!! Yay! And just TWO sleeps until I’m 29. Ugh. Kidding, kind of. I absolutely love the holidays. My house looks like a Christmas explosion (in a good way), I’m guiltlessly eating cookies, putting fuzzy socks and cozy robes on, and I am incessantly rocking my absolute favorite color – red. Red is hands down my “spirit color”, and if there were ever a time to wear an all red ensemble, it’d definitely be during the holidays. I’ve been wearing this suit for a few months in actuality, but it seems so incredibly fitting for this time of year.
I don’t always wear floral prints… but when I do! They look a little somethin’ like this. For me the issue I have with some floral prints is that they start to border on “children’s section” vs “I’m a classy broad and I like flowers.” But when you find the right print, on the right dress, at the right time of year – magic. There’s a few brands out there who are always hitting these prints out of the park no matter what time of year it is, namely Reformation, but right now Zara has been hot on the trend this season as well.
LA is full of trends. And as we know, trends fade. One thing that has stood the test of time amid the ever-changing LA climate? Coffee! With entire Instagram accounts dedicated to latte art alone, coffee shops in LA have learned to get creative when it comes to their concoctions.
The crazy thing is that these drinks look as good as they taste. So below are five of the most LA coffee drinks you can get in this fabulous city that taste as good as they look. And trust me, I’m an expert.
We all have those holiday dresses we’re dying to wear more than once right? Mostly because we spent a small fortune to sparkle, but we don’t want to sparkle for just one night do we? We want to sparkle at LEAST two more times, minimum. Velvet is an absolute favorite fabric of mine for Fall and Winter, and red, despite being my go-to holiday color, is also just simply my favorite color. Red – let alone red velvet – is quite the statement maker, but I’m a firm believer that both aspects are more versatile than they let on.
Echo Park Lake is quite possibly one of LA’s best kept secrets. First of all, there is a lake. And it’s amazing. You can go pedal boating in it for $10 DOLLARS. There are hotdog carts, ice cream trolleys and fresh fruit stands at every corner. And my most favorite part?
It’s perfectly populated. The community this park cultivates is one of understood complacence. You’re going to do you, and as long as you aren’t totally disruptive, nobody really cares. It’s pure bliss.
All I want right now is to wear a sweater or a coat, and I’m finding it a tad difficult with our current weather report. It’s been such a tease seeing girls in NYC bundled up in their fabulous coats and sweaters or watching commercials of people playing in the snow or experiencing Fall. Meanwhile back in LA, we’re all just stuck in a scene straight out of Groundhogs Day with no real hope of cooler weather. I know, poor us, but still! We like seasons too ya know!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been somewhat forcing Fall a bit with my wardrobe. And I’ve found that the easiest way to do that is to find the lightweight versions of all Fall necessities and style them accordingly. I love sweaters with shorts, or dusters with dresses., so on and so forth. But one of my favorite pieces right now is this super lightweight *but looks heavy duty* heather grey coat I got from Soksen Studios. This coat single handedly inspired me to even put a coat on in Los Angeles right now, and it has turned out to be a great wardrobe staple.
The little pockets of LA are what get me going. I mean, we have SO. MANY. PLACES. to choose from; the list of things to do doesn’t end.
One of my favorite pockets is in Los Feliz. There’s one block in particular, where that small town feel meets the energy of a big city. Nestled between Hollywood Blvd and Franklin St, you couldn’t miss it if you tried; and trust me you won’t want to.
If you’ve been to Paris you know there’s just something special, something different about the whole vibe of the city. From fashion, to food, to architecture, the whole town is a one-of-a-kind type of magical and thus a bit difficult to emulate or replicate outside of France. But here in LA with our smorgasbord of cultures, you betcha we have Parisians willing to take a risk and bring a bit of France to the streets of Los Angeles. And if anyone has done that and done it damn near perfectly, it’s Westside located French restaurant Belle Vie.
One of the most fun and girly things to do in LA is to have Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. The Langham is home to my absolute all time FAVORITE high tea service, which makes for the ultimate excuse to dress up and hang out with my gal pals. Dressing for tea is definitely a big part of the appeal because you can (and should) have so much fun with it!
I don’t know if you knew this but… calories don’t count in November or December. I know it’s weird, but if there were a time to feed those pie cravings, it’d definitely be now. I’ve been on a pie adventure lately, well truthfully I’ve been on a pie adventure all my life, but in the spirt of the holidays and giving slightly less f*cks about sugar consumption, I’ve been doing a bit of taste testing with proven positive results. Some slices I’ve revisited, some I’ve just discovered, but in honor of truly #treatingyoself these are my top 5 favorite pies in LA right now!