a week’s end

Isn’t it funny that the weekend is really the end and the beginning of a week? I know it isn’t everywhere but it makes me giggle, probably because my “weekends” never really fall on Saturday or Sunday. The glory/downfall of working in retail is that you’re weekend might fall on a Monday and Tuesdays or it might be a Friday and Wednesday. The glory is that if I want to go shopping it’s rarely busy and parking is a breeze. The downfall is sometimes I have to be up at 8am and can stay out too late then night before when everyone else wants to.

Since I got a rare Saturday/Sunday off Jeremy and I decided to drive down to Newport Beach. We read in the sun, zoomed around on bicycles and ate frozen bananas. There is a ferry that takes you from Balboa to Balboa Island, basically and retirement community for the uber rich- but they had a candy store with loads of salt-water taffy, so I was happy.

Today we stayed low key and walked around Silverlake with some iced coffees from Intelligentsia (predictable I know) and Jeremy picked up a new record at Vacation Vinyl. I love the shops there and they even added a few new ones.

Very excited, my first music festival is coming up soon, well first one outside of Albany. All in all it was nice to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the busy beaches and brunch goers this weekend. Sorted all my cleaning and practiced my ukulele- what more can you ask for in a weekend?

What did you do this weekend?

 

Unique LA

Yesterday, Jeremy and I went to Unique LA at The California Market Center in Downtown LA. It was gorgeous out, the sun really impressed me today and so did the craft fair. There were 300+ local vendors, selling everything from jewelry to hot sauce. We tired ourselves right out walking up and down the aisles, you could seriously get lost in there! I snapped some pics of some of the particularly cool things, but there were countless booths full of awesome treasures!

Who doesn’t love a good bow-tie? The well-dress dudes running the Pocket Square Clothing booth had their bow-ties very nicely displayed.

This vendor had little cut outs to take pics with, I just thought they were really cute! So did the little girls in front of me, they were picking them up and kissing them. Ha!

I made a purchase at Kyyote, Amanda makes all the intricate jewelry by hand and in LA. Props. Her stuff is beautiful and she was one of the most friendly shop owners, double props! I will definitely be making another purchase from her shop, her stuff is very beautiful!

My last stop was Favor based out of Portland. Really simple and lovely stuff. I picked up a ring here to go with another tiny ring I already have. Stacking is all the rage apparently, and it’s fun to mix and match. I really enjoyed walking around in this cool space and seeing all the different type of artists. I’m really looking forward to the Holiday Show in the fall!

What did you do this weekend? Spend it with you mom, or are you far apart like I am with my mom?

Rainy Friday

This picture is from a short day trip to Malibu with Jeremy a few weeks ago. We love Malibu but haven’t gotten to explore it as much as we’d like. The farmer’s market is fun and we got some “artisan” salt from Hepp’s Salt Barrel. The views are always so beautiful. All this beach talk between Malibu and the Santa Monica Pier has got me thinking of bathing suits. Which is very appropriate on this rainy day!

Hot Dot Underwire Halter. $52/$50. J.Crew online only.

This is ADORABLE. Super retro, conservative without being too covered up. I’d get this one right now if I didn’t have a yellow polkadot bikni from Guess… but I guess you can never have too many polka dots…

The one thing I’ve learned from working in retail is that animal prints (done tastefully) never go out of style! I love this one piece by Vince Camuto available at Lord & Taylor for $104. I like that the print is classic with a trendy detail, the neon piping. Fun for pool side!

And of course you need a cover up! This one from TopShop is ADORABLE. and I need it. For $42 it wont break the bank. I can imagine walking around in Vegas in this bad boy so I might need to make a virtual “trip” to TopShop soon.

What’s on your radar for swimwear this season? I am so excited for it to actually be warm enough to wear a bathing suit! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tar Pits and M83

Last night I saw M83 with Jeremy and some friends who just moved out to Los Angeles.

Amazing, amazing, amazing show.

It was at Club Nokia which is right near the Staples Center and Nokia Theater, so basically the place was swarmed with Lakers fans, Rick Ross groupies (no disrespect) and the very mixed crowed going to see M83… Usually you see a very general type in the crowed but there was so many different type of people at this show, including a huge crowd of frat brothers in front of me… again no, disrespect but like- YOU’RE ALL 6ft TALL. I CAN’T SEE OVER YOUR FIST PUMPS.

Okay- now that I got that out of my system, yesterday was actually a super beautiful day which made me feel super in love with Los Angeles. I drove a friend to pick up his car and we decided to kill time at the La Brea Tar Pits…

The tar pits are adjacent to LACMA so we walked around some more… such a cool little area within the heart of LA. I can’t wait to come back here in the summer, although I imagine the smell of tar is way worse in the hotter months.

Since we partied pretty hard last night (ha ha) I’m keeping it low-key for the rest of the weekend, although I have to work tomorrow during the day. Have you ever been to the tar pits in Los Angeles? I think it’s so random that there is just this prehistoric area in the middle of a lot of hustle and bustle!

Malibu

A few weeks back me and Jeremy went to Malibu which is about 15 miles up the Pacific coast. It’s a very picturesque place, in fact a lot of commercials are filmed on that large rock where people were rock climbing. We went for a quick hike on the trails at Point Dume, I thought it was pretty funny to call it Point DOOM. Ha, haaa… no, no one else thinks it’s funny? Okay.

After a strenuous 30 minute hike, Jeremy and I hit up Malibu Seafood. Which has some pretty great clam chowder, now I say pretty good because I grew up on Cape Cod clam chowdah and NOTHING beats clam chowdah from Cape Cod.

I love being in LA but getting out and taking an adventure or working the few weddings outside of LA is fun. I enjoy seeing the different way of life and scenery. Oh and the fancy cars! Do you like exploring or adventuring? If that’s even a word… regardless what places have you discovered and what were your favorite- are they near or far?