A VACATION DO-OVER IN OJAI

October 20, 2014

Filed Under : TRAVEL

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A few weeks ago, Kyle and I went on a Palm Springs + Sedona + Grand Canyon trip. I’ll use the term “went on” very loosely seeing as Kyle got flu symptoms literally on our way to Palm Springs (first leg of the trip). We arrived at the amazing Korakia Pensione, where he spent the ENTIRE time (2.5 days) in bed, while I laid by the pool solo in between checking his temperature and replenishing canned chicken soup. HASHTAG NOT IDEAL. We ended up canceling the rest of the trip (red rocks of Arizona, I hardly knew ye).

Moral of the story is: my parents felt bad for us and said we could crash their trip to Ojai the following weekend. God bless parents. Ojai is one of my favorite places on the planet, so of course we tagged along. We had lots of good food, laid out at the pool all day every day, rode bikes, got massages, went to the farmer’s market, did a little shopping (yes and yes to Summer Camp and Modern Folk Living), and generally oogled over the beauty that is the Ojai Valley Inn (where we stayed). THANKS MOM AND DAD.

So that’s all she wrote for summer. It’s been real (real hot) and I’m totally and completely ready for fall now.

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RAG & BONE JEANS, THOUGH

October 14, 2014

Filed Under : STYLE

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We all have those ONE pair of jeans that never fail us. You know the kind. The ones you reach for when you’re feeling especially good, or especially bad. When you’re a little bloaty, or when you’re really rocking it out like nobody’s business. The jeans you grab for traveling, for a night out, for work, for every day. For me, it’s the Rag & Bone/JEAN High Rise Skinny Jeans, no if’s, and’s, or BUTT’s about it (pun intended).

I got them a few years ago during the Shopbop Friends & Family sale, because you never pass up 25% off at Shopbop. Also Rag & Bone jeans at 25% off is my kind of Christmas. Is there anything better, really? Anyway, the Friends & Family sale is back right now and I wish I could buy those jeans all over again. Instead, I’m eyeing this leather skirt, these simple but super cute black pumps, this cozy cardigan, and this heather gray tee.

SALE DETAILS:
25% Off Friends & Family Sale, 10/14 – 10/16
Promotion Code: FAMILY25
Jean of all jeans.

LIFE LATELY

October 7, 2014

Filed Under : MY LIFE

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Olive trees. That was my only request in finding a wedding venue. It must have olive trees. I just love them so much – the texture. the jade green, two-toned leaves. the spindly trunks and branches. the way it reflects light in photos, so serenely and pure. Olive trees, I tell ya. Making all my wedding dreams come true since 2014. Now, everywhere we go, I insist on taking pics of all the olive trees within a 20 mile radius. But we need more pics, I always say. Just to see how they look in the 4pm light. And then the 4:30pm light, then the 5pm light. Always in search of that golden glow. Even in our swimsuits and beach coverups, no shame here.

Anyway, what’s been going on? Aside from my daily hunt for olive trees, I’m going to take a page out of my friend Ann-Marie’s handbook with a little update about what’s been keeping me busy as of late:

Reading: Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl and The California Sunday Magazine. Loving both so far. On the topic of Lena, watching these videos made me so happy.

Watching: The new TV series, Transparent, on Amazon. I highly recommend binge-watching the whole season in one night (or two). Here’s the trailer.

Planning: Well…I’m trying to plan the wedding, but the key word here is trying. That shit’s been hard. Luckily I have a good idea of what I want visually, I just need to execute it. But that’s the hard part, am I right?

Wanting: Everlane loafers, long cardigans, the new Glossier products, and some cooler fall weather please.

Feeling: Like I want to chop my hair off again. Who needs all that hair anyway?

Craving: A date shake. We bought fancy Medjool dates at the Ojai Valley farmer’s market and I can’t wait to blend those babies up. Dates + bananas + almond milk + cinnamon.

Loving: Everything by Small Spells (especially the moon cups), this eye print in Kristen’s house, and my new Olio e Sasso lip balm (also here).

Missing: Our weekend trip to Ojai. Talk about a magical couple of days. Hot as hell, yes, but that place is so beautiful, I can’t handle it.

A CASE FOR MOM JEANS

September 18, 2014

Filed Under : STYLE

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Mom jeans. WHO KNEW? I never thought I’d get on the bandwagon, but then these Madewell Perfect Summer Jeans came along and really flipped the switch on me. They’re so comfortable and hit at the hip just so. Baggy but not too baggy. Tight but not too tight. Flattering but not too flattering. Exactly what I need in a relaxed weekend jean.

Plus, this heat wave that’s rolling through LA is making it virtually impossible to fit into any of my skinny jeans. I mean, I have no AC in my apartment and there’s no way a pair of skinny jeans are happening. They ain’t gettin up. So it’s settled then, mom jeans for the rest of September and probably the rest of my life.

Wearing:
Gap tank, old (similar here)
Madewell Perfect Summer Jeans
Baggu bucket bag
Madewell d’orsay flats

More favorite mom jeans here:

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THE LA STAPLES

September 17, 2014

Filed Under : AROUND LA

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A few weekends ago, we had friends in town staying with us and neither of them had spent ANY time in Los Angeles before. You can only imagine how excited I was to show them around my favorite city and HOME! They were here for less than 2 days and that meant we really had to strategize about where to go. It really got me thinking about what the MUST-VISIT places are when you come to LA. Ya know, like if you had 24 hours to see the dang place, what would you be terribly missing out on if you decided to spend all your time at Hollywood & Highland? For example, don’t spend all your time at Hollywood & Highland. I’ve narrowed my favorite visitor staples down to 4 things:

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY: This is my favorite place in LA. Sure, there is a great view of the Hollywood sign, but don’t forget about that downtown skyline to the left or the Santa Monica coast to the right if you squint real hard and the haze isn’t too heavy. Goodness, it gets me every time. You can’t forget about the architecture of the Observatory itself. STUNNING, I tell you. You’ll get lots of likes on your Instagram. AND YEAH, it’s educational too! Take a gander through the place and learn a thing or two. I always leave inspired and humbled by the beauty.

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ABBOT KINNEY: You can’t really beat the mix of shopping and restaurants on Abbot Kinney in Venice. New stores are popping up every 2 minutes (or so the legend goes), but there is so much GOOD, it’s unfair. On the West side of the street, start at Urbanic and make your way all the way down to Tortoise General Store, with Aesop and Warby Parker stops along the way and definitely a juice shot at Kreation (Rag & Bone just opened on that side as well). The east side of the street I couldn’t even list all the great stops (pretty much every store), but you can’t miss Steven Alan Annex, Firefly, and a lunchtime fix at GTA (Gjelina Take Away) or Axe.

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DOWNTOWN: Knock out the Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, and brunch at Bottega Louie in one shot if you can, then pop over to Grand Central Market for a snack/coffee/popsicle and the Bradbury Building for amazing architecture. Still have time to wander around? Head over to the Arts District for pie and Poketo or Olvera Street.

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TACOS: I’m not about to start a debate about where the best tacos in LA are. I probably still haven’t even experienced them yet. But you can’t go wrong with Guisados or Kogi Truck. The Guisados menu is straightforward, but so unbelievably delicious. Order one of each taco if you’re feeling adventurous (and hungry). Kogi Truck is another level of LA. It is LA. I beg of you: please seek out a Kogi Truck on your next visit. The chicken burrito with extra kimchi is my go-to.

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