The current obsession with nail art is REAL. The more unique, the more fanciful, the more compliment inducing, the better. And being the manicure qween that I am, you know I’m right there at the forefront of the trend. While I’m relatively loyal to my current nail salon, there is something quite enticing about the latest nail salon to set up shop in LA called Color Camp. Take a quick gander at their Instagram account and you’ll see why, but the fact of the matter is they’re tapping into the nail art niche and quite honestly they’re, well – nailing it.
When your best foodie friend goes into a new restaurant three times in two weeks… you need to find out why. Enter Cosa Buona – a casual Italian-American joint in Echo Park helmed by Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento). Cosa Buona has been open for a little over two months now and has easily become a friendly neighborhood favorite. It’s the perfect place to go for a low key delicious meal – wether that now be lunch, dinner, or even for take-out. The general consensus seems to be that Cosa Buona is a favorite because it is what it is – great pizza, great food and drinks to have with said pizza, all with a low-key cool vibe.
I took a look at my Instagram feed this morning and realized that I might have a problem. I think I’m addicted to stripes? My entire vibe right now is stripes – unintentionally! Does anyone else feel like stripes – especially statement stripes – are having a real moment? Or is it just me. Could very well be just me going through a phase, but the striped items I’m currently scooping up are just out of this world incredible. Like these House of Harlow pants I bought on Revolve. Holy sh*t talk about the perfect pants. I might look a bit like a circus tent but I’ll tell you what, I’ve never gotten more compliments on a pair of pants in my life. I was worried I would only wear these a few times because they really are quite the statement but to my surprise I’ve already had to get them dry cleaned twice – I’ve had them for about three weeks.
I can’t seem to stop buying button down shirts from Madewell right now. “This one has little palm trees, I’ll take it.” “This one has has an open back! I’ll take it.” THIS one has a great plaid color palate, I’ll take it!” – me, every time I step foot in Madewell. I just absolutely love a good lightweight shirt for summer, and Madewell makes all the best ones. (I know I’m already really selling this hard and I promise this is not an ad, just a personal observation!)
Another trend of sorts that I am loving this Summer is the statement shoe – remember last week when I chatted about my love for statement mules? Well this week it carries over to my love for a good pair of summertime statement heels. The key is to find a pair that make you want to go on vacation, and make THAT your statement.
After 7 years of living in Los Angeles, I FINALLY had the chance this year to attend the city’s beloved FYF Fest. FYF has been an annual Summertime music festival in LA since 2004 and with each new year they seem to continue to raise the bar on themselves. The fact that I got to see Iggy Pop, Bjork, Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, and Missy Elliott all in one weekend is just downright insane – it doesn’t even seem possible! FYF may have been my fourth music festival this year, but it was easily one of the best weekends I’ve had in 2017. There are few things I’d rather do on a summer day than get dressed up in newly purchased clothes, hang with friends, listen to live music, snack on delicious things, and sip on refreshing Angry Orchard Hard Cider. If I had the chance to do it all over again this weekend, I would. But for now while we patiently wait for next year’s FYF Fest, here are a few things I picked up this weekend to help you prep for your next festival!
Ask me, “where can I get the best pasta in LA?”, and today I would tell you “Felix” – without an ounce of hesitation. The opening of Felix Trattoria has quite possibly been the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year. With the somewhat abrupt closing of beloved Bucato, foodies familiar with chef Evan Funke’s pasta could finally rejoice over the news that he’d be back and better than ever. Felix Trattoria, located right on Abbot Kinney in Venice, opened back in April and has been the city’s most exciting obsession since.
If there’s one shoe I am seriously crushing on this year, it’s the mule. It took me a minute to get to this place, and now that I’m here I ain’t lookin’ back! I’m not typically drawn to flats, but there have been so many great flat mules coming out this year that I seem to have changed my tune a bit. I don’t think there’s a single girl in LA right now who doesn’t have a pair of mules to pair with their high waisted Levi’s. It’s definitely become part of the “LA girl” look, especially for Summer. We here in the City of Angels are all about ease, comfort, and yet anything “chic”, so mules seem to be the no brainer!
I’d heard nothing but praises for Tallula’s since they opened their doors back in May. But even outside of the praises from peers, it didn’t take much convincing once I’d learned that the masterminds behind everything that is good in Santa Monica (i.e. Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive, Huckleberry, and so on) were behind this project as well. I honestly didn’t even know what the concept was, nor did I know what kind of experience I’d be walking into. But frankly, I didn’t even care! I was totally surprised walking in to Tallula’s to find that it was Mexican restaurant, and the surprise could not have been a more sweet.
I constantly go back and forth between wondering if I can actually pull off the bandana trend. They’re honestly not the easiest of accessories to pull off, but when you do, it’s awesome. I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge – especially a fashion challenge – so I’ve been having a ton of fun playing with how to wear one of my current favorite trends hitting the streets of Los Angeles.
Saunas. So hot right now. (wink wink.) But really – infrared sauna studios are a thing! And HotBox Sauna Studio Downtown has successfully turned me into a major fan. HotBox might not be the first infrared sauna studio, but they are the absolute best when it comes to creating the most appealing and enjoyable sauna experience. The studio opened in Downtown LA just a few short months ago, and already they’ve garnered quite the number of returning sauna goers. With their absolutely stunning branding, their highest of quality saunas, pricing, and overall experience, it really is no wonder.