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.
Is there seriously anything better than finding things you love from your favorite designers on sale? I absolutely L O V E a good sale, and the sales going on this Summer are making me one very happy shopper. Where I feel like I scored the most though was on these amazing Stuart Weitzman suede ankle booties – they’re on sale right now for $263 from $535 and they come in three colors! I stopped at just the nude pair because I could very easily go crazy and buy them all, but the great thing about these nude boots is that they’re great even for Summer. I feel like I can honestly wear these with just about anything – jeans, a pair of cut off shorts, a dress, whatever! I love that these in particular are not only crazy comfortable, but because they’re nude and they’ve got this great slimming effect. I am all about any slimming effects these days, lets be honest.
Last week I had the most INCREDIBLE opportunity to join the luxury fashion website Farfetch on a grand “Summer in LA” adventure. In just one day we shopped till we dropped at the stunning Maxfield boutique, we sipped on sparkling champagne by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we roamed *privately* through the brand new Marciano Art Foundation, and then we ended the night by *privately* dining on the rooftop of one of my all time LA favs – Mama Shelter. YEP. TRUE STORY PEOPLE. Talk about peaking early, the first day of Summer was already the best one this season I’m sure of it!
There are few better things in life than experiencing a festival in its first year of existence. With the growing popularity of music festivals in general, I’ve been fortunate enough to actually experience several “first festivals”. But my favorite “first festival” so far? Easily Arroyo Seco – a festival that’s actually held right here in Los Angeles. Last weekend on the grounds around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena the very first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend brought 25,000+ fans together to enjoy two days of live music, booze, food, and most importantly – fun.
The weather this week could seriously not have been more perfect – seems so fitting for the first official week of Summer! Naturally whilst strolling around Santa Monica yesterday, I decided to stroll on down to the beach to take in the beautiful Summer setting. This was one of those days where I felt so incredibly grateful to live where I live. To be able to just say, “you know what? I feel like walking down by the beach right now”… and then just doing it on a whim while its 80 and sunny… is kind of amazing. I really am so grateful for this city, this weather, and these beautiful beaches. I’m actually wearing a shirt that was made as a collaboration between Madewell and The Surfrider Foundation to support the foundation’s mission to protect and preserve our beautiful coastlines. They have a small limited collection out right now that includes this ADORABLE t-shirt that comes in blue or red writing, along with a great little straw tote and some fun pairs of sunnies.