La La Land Highlights

5.15.2017

Bar Chloe in Santa Monica (Order The 1449.)

I'm holding off from a full-fledged guide to my favorites in LA until I return for a work trip in June. 'Til then, here are five highlights from my long weekend in La La Land with my resident tour guide, Mimi. 

Santa Monica beach
waterfront walks


shopping along Abbott Kinney


Gracias Madre sno-cone margs with Meems

Malibu Country Mart

temperatures that make 10-mile walks tolerable 

Rose Café in Venice
girly brunches + beverages

happy week!

Sense Appeal XXXV: Abstract Art, Gingham & Al's

5.02.2017

for the eyes:
how cool / Christopher Spitzmiller-esque is top right? 

Abstract art by Erin, my super-talented sister. See her clever Christmas card circa 2011 and stunning chalk art circa 2014. Support by following her Instagram.

for the mind: I feel strongly that there will forever be a time and a place for handwritten notes, and this experiment proves that, sometimes, that time is when we'd usually reply with a text message.

Abbey and I at Club Nomadic

for the ears: I hadn't been to a concert in what felt like years when I saw The Chainsmokers Super Bowl weekend. After a series of hit singles, they just released their first album. My favorites are Don't Say & Wake Up Alone.

skirt // dress

fashion for feel: I got on the gingham bandwagon real fast when my sister wore this J. Crew guy on Easter Sunday. I had given up shopping for Lent, so this was my first purchase after my fast. To score free shipping, I added this accordion stripe skirt to my cart too, and with the advice from my sister Amy, will keep it afterall.

for taste:
the veggie sampler #3
I'd drive by Al's Quick Stop a number of times and heard that hidden inside the unassuming convenient shop was a haven of Mediterranean food. I finally tried it and was most impressed with my vegetable plate, especially the taboulli.