Tag Archives: Los Angeles

Camp Flog Gnaw 2016

You guys, Outside Lands is tomorrow and I wasn’t even thinking about it. How far removed we have become in the last few years. Actually though I went to go see HONNE last weekend while I was in LA and it was like the first show that I’d been to in months since February or something. I’d forgotten how happy these used to make me, how expensive they were, and how much time I dedicated to shows every week and then every month.

This lineup looks great though! This is the first time I think I’m actually hearing about this festival, but Alina, The Internet, A$AP, Chance, Schoolboy – the gang’s all here!

It’s important to note that this music festival name was so hard for me to remember that when I searched it in Google right after to find an image of this lineup, I typed in “Camp Flag Gnog.” Nailed it.

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Blog Roundup

  • 5 Things that are harder than registering to vote
  • Gay Marriage, A Year Later [New York Times]
  • Kevin Durant leaves OKC to join the Warriors. Just give them the trophy already. [ThePlayersTribune]
  • Lollapalooza Columbia cancels entire festival because headliner Rihanna pulls out for fear of Zika Virus [Nylon]
  • Photographing the real Barack Obama [The Guardian]
  • Productivity is about what you don’t do [Jocelyn Glei]
  • The one food you should never eat according to Anthony Bourdain [TIME]
  • JetBlue does something sweet for mothers on Mother’s Day [Travel + Leisure]
  • How awkward are you? (a quiz!) I got the “I’m not awkward, which is awkward.” Man, can’t win [Man Repeller]
  • How to say “Thank You” [James Clear]
  • A generator that guesses your age and status based on what apps you have on your phone. [Washington Post] This wasn’t entirelyyyy accurate for me.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Wedding Mondays everyone! It’s been awhile since we’ve had one of these and I honestly was going to go to bed before scheduling one ahead of time, but then I remembered that every time I have said that on a Monday I usually end up too lazy after a long work day and just heading straight to bed. So we’re going to stick to commitment this time around. I was looking in my queues to see if I even had a wedding video when I saw this one by Lindsey and Saman. But wait – didn’t I already feature this?! Something made me think that I had because I had remembered telling Mandi all about this wedding video from this adorable couple in LA which took place at one amazing venue – Lombardi House. I dug through my archives, but couldn’t find it and then I remembered… this is the Grimace Films wedding video that I fell in love with and Mandi and Eric’s wedding video vendor!

For her most recent post, she had told me that to pick the video that I wanted to use and I seriously considered this one but thought – well I’ve already featured it (but I actually hadn’t!) and ended up choosing the one that I knew that she truly loved.

I love this wedding video for so many reasons. Ugh, the bride! The groom! The venue! The first look! Seriously, what’s not to love? We could go on and on shouting each aspect that we love, but you should probably just watch for yourself.

You can view the rest of the feature at Green Wedding Shoes here.

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Larchmont

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Tank top – Topshop / Shorts – Aritzia / Purse – Vince Camuto / Birkenstocks

I have never made a smug face like that before, but it’s funny to see it brought out of me in LA. Gelesia took me over to Larchmont Village during my September visit and boy, was it a sweltering day. I know it looks like we’re keepin’ it real cool here, but that’s the face of a girl who is completely overheated. It could’ve been worst, honestly, luckily for us this tank top was pretty breezy and lightweight and these shorts were loose and airy. We survived.

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Favorites of 2015

Whoops! We’re already two days into the new year so we’re just a little bit behind on this, but we couldn’t move forward with other posts without writing this one first. 2015 was good to us, but we’re even more excited for 2016 and what’s ahead!

Favorite Style Icon: Olivia Culpo

So we have to admit, Olivia wasn’t always on our radar, but in 2015 she kind of came out into her own. After being linked to Nick Jonas for quite a while and splitting from him earlier this year, she started to wear the “single-girl” look flawlessly. We might even go as far as saying that she was the role model for a lot of newly-single girls. She sort of rebounded with Tim Tebow for a bit, but that didn’t make headlines as much and instead she was being recognized for what she was wearing day to day and on the red carpet. Additionally, she’s part of the Revolve Girl Gang with all of our favorite fashionable bloggers!

Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka

Favorite Getaway: Los Angeles

It’s so hard to pick a favorite! This year we went to Austin and Portland for the first time which was so much fun, but honestly spending some quality time with one of your best gal pals and talking wedding stuff with her is hard to top. I loved staying with Gelesia and seeing LA through her eyes. It also doesn’t hurt that we love a lot of the same things and can eat six meals a day together. She also doesn’t mind standing in being my photographer for a weekend – the feeling is mutual though ;)

Runner Up: Austin

Favorite artist of the year: Kehlani

We haven’t stopped listening to Kehlani since we first learned about her this summer. Now, everyone knows that I’m a huge fan of the girl anthems and she’s our poster girl for 2015. Kehlani’s music really hits home to a lot of people which is why she’s actually one of the most successful artists of 2015 said …everyone. I also read this feature on her the other day through The Fader that I would recommend. You can either listen to her music first or read this, whatever the case, you’re going to be sold on her. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been blasting her album on the 101 up to San Francisco and singing at the top of my lungs. In case you haven’t realized it yet – she’s a badass so when you sing like her, you feel like one too.

Runner Up: Leon Bridges

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: The Affair

I know – I can hardly believe that I didn’t select Vanderpump Rules again for the 3rd year in a row. When I was negotiating with Comcast earlier this year, they threw in Showtime for me and I spent that time getting all caught up on this addicting television series. I only had it for 90 days so when the show returns for its next season, I’ll have to ask for this back. I absolutely love love love the show though and it’s crazy because the characters aren’t at all likable. In fact, Noah Solloway is kind of like the worst human being ever and so is his daughter Whitney – jesus. Regardless, we’re hooked and we can’t help it. When I first heard about the show, I thought it was all romance and drama, but now it’s turning into a murder mystery and we don’t hate it.

Runner Up: Super Girl

Favorite item purchased this year: Oak + Fort Scarf C15

I’m never letting this piece go. The first time I saw this scarf featured on Oak + Fort’s Instagram, I knew I had to have it. Yeah so that’s another thing this year, we developed a really unhealthy habit of seeing things on Instagram and then buying it right after. Real talk though, this oversized scarf though sometimes bigger than my entire body is the comfiest coziest piece I’ve ever owned! I love wearing it with my dresses or using it as a blanket when I go out somewhere. You really can’t go wrong. The other day I was strolling through Nordstrom and two people working the floor had complimented me on it… one right after the other in the same department. Even everyone else knows how strong of a piece this is.

Runner Up: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases

Favorite albums (in no particular order):

  1. Kehlani – You Should Be Here
  2. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  3. The Flavr Blue – Love Notes
  4. Justin Bieber – Purpose
  5. Little Mix – Get Weird
  6. Beat Connection – Product 3
  7. The Internet – Ego Death
  8. Alina Baraz – Urban Flora EP
  9. Miguel – Wildheart
  10. Madeon – Adventure

(We are very happy to see two Seattle groups on here! Well, I mean I made this list so I chose them, but they had a great year!)

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Favorite online past time: Instagram

Oh goodness, isn’t it obvious? We love Instagram this year more than ever! If you’re not following me yet, come and join us! You’ll likely see more daily updates there when we can’t always get to the blog itself.

Runner Up: What other apps do we need to be using?

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Milk Jar Cookies

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While I was in LA last weekend, I mentioned to Gelesia that we had to stop by Milk Jar Cookies before my flight. I actually blogged about them two years ago when they first opened their shop on Wilshire, but because I don’t visit LA that often, I never had a chance to stop by. Luckily, Gelesia is like me and we LOVE eating multiple meals a day and both have a sweet tooth. She had never been there either so it was kind of fun discovering and introducing something new to her! We were hoping to get to the airport around 5ish and the shop itself was closing at 5 so we made it in with five minutes to spare! I was so worried I actually decided to call them up and ask them if they could maybe you know… stay open for a couple minutes after. They couldn’t guarantee it – as expected, but it was worth a shot! We were nearly frantic about these cookies. Gelesia and I weren’t the only ones who had the idea of coming in right before closing because as soon as I arrived, a line quickly formed behind me. I felt slightly guilty that I was about to purchase a dozen cookies (there was barely a dozen left!) knowing that there might be some people behind me that were going to be unhappy with me snatching them up! I guess I’m just really glad/lucky that I came when I did.

How darling is this shop though? It’s literally a pastel dream. Because I like my co-workers so much I purchased a dozen for them to share the next Monday and encouraged them to cut them in pieces so they could try a bunch of flavors. My favorite Sherwin decided to eat a whole Rocky Road cookie though because he didn’t read my email that closely. Kid couldn’t help himself!

  • Banana Split
  • Chocolate Chip Walnut
  • Chocolate Pecan Caramel
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
  • Rocky Road
  • Lemon Blueberry (which G and I shared on the car ride to the airport!)
  • White Chocolate Raspberry

I’m not even lying to you; these are the best cookies I’ve ever had. Sometimes I think I’m on the verge of shipping myself another dozen because I love them so much.

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Even the box was all done up! Each cookie came in its own plastic wrapping with a sticker detailing which flavor it was. When I sent the email out to my coworkers that I had brought these back I told them that it was “literally a party in your mouth.” And the box is a party too.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Performs on 3rd Street Promenade Today

This is nuts! A lot of people really don’t like 3rd Street Promenade because it’s so touristy and always kind of crowded, but I absolutely love it here. I think there are some amazing musicians that you can spot while walking through it. After all, it’s where I heard Andy Grammer for the first time. Today, Carly Rae Jepsen tried her hand at busking and sang her popular hit “Call Me Maybe.” I wonder how many people actually recognized her for who she was! This video is kind of funny. I think some guy threw in his wallet – I’m sure he got it back after.

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Yow Yow’s LA Weekend!

Alright, well if you couldn’t guess it from my not-so-subtle hint last week, I was in LA last weekend! My darling friend Gelesia is engaged and getting married next year and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She’s been with her fiance for about six years and I really didn’t want to meet him for the first time on their wedding day. We had been talking about visiting each other for a few months now, but with her launching her own line and wedding planning, it seemed like a better idea for me to visit her right before my busy season. We enjoyed our weekend so much together that we’ve agreed that we’ll be making two trips a year to see each other in our respective cities. Next year, she’ll get a couple extra trips from me because of her bachelorette party and her wedding day, but I’m not complaining!

Above is one of the last photos we took from the weekend (at my request!) When I visited her, I couldn’t help myself from looking through some of the pieces she was creating. I fell in LOVE with this dress and begged her to let me try it on and let me wear it for a photo in her backyard. Also, how great is this view of downtown LA?

For a throwback, here’s a photo from when I last visited Gelesia six years ago in LA! We were babies and I overedited this photo.

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LA’s Churro Borough

2015 is seriously the summer for sweet treats and my many cravings. Next month, I’m headed to Los Angeles for some “me” time and to see some of my favorite people. I’m there for a longer weekend, but as always am making a ton of plans already ahead of time – well sight plans and of course eating plans. I just read about Churro Borough last week and this is at the top of my list! Yes, you’re seeing this correctly. It’s a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich! I have no sense of how close and far things are in LA so I’m imagining that I’m going to be racking up a ton of Uber rides to get to everywhere I need. Because… who rents cars anymore, right? I’m just kidding, that would probably be the smart thing to do.

Here is just a preview of some of the things I’ll be eating when I’m there next month and of course more to come!

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Frank Flakes

Just two days before Frank Ocean was set to appear at FYF Fest, he pulls out! His replacement? Kanye West of course. This is actually something that I’ve always wondered about having worked in the music industry, but I’ve never found the answer to. What happens when an artist flakes out on the lineup that they are supposed to be a part of? Does the artist leave the music festival organizers high and dry? Does the flaky artist help the organizers by coming up with a possible alternative for them like my interviewers do when they can’t make an interview? Unlikely. Does the artist get penalized/black listed from said music festival? I have so many questions.

However, the biggest question that I have is – where is Frank Ocean? He promised us that new album in July and we’re almost done with August. Now he’s pulled out of FYF which is making me even more concerned. Is the album not done? Will there even be an album? Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time now and I hope that he’ll have a good reason for us when this is over.

Here’s the new FYF Lineup poster. Wow, those organizers worked really quick!

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Blog Roundup

– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]

– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]

– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]

– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]

– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]

– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]

– When to close your eyes [Instagram]

Most Exclusive Website [Herman Yung]

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Snaps for a Snapshot

Rose Byrne in a Burberry Prorsum Dress

The Burberry “London in Los Angeles” event at Griffith Observatory last night was full of just outstanding looks. Usually, these types of events will only garner one look that I will highlight for “Snaps for a Snapshot,” but in this case, there’s no way we can include just one.

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Chef Roy Choi Visits Silicon Valley

Chef Roy Choi paid my office a visit the other day to talk about his new project loc’l with Daniel Patterson and to do a Q&A with my employees and it was awesome. For the last couple of years, I’ve been watching videos on him and his work through Doobybrain the blog that I read on a daily basis and each time I feel like I’m learning so so much not only about what good food really looks like, but why food is important and how it drives him in his work. It felt really special to have him in our office and talking about the things that he’s achieved. I both love and hate these kinds of things because a) it makes me wonder what I’m doing with my own life and then b) I leave these things feeling completely inspired! I’m pretty sure my co-worker and I were messaging each other during this whole talk and saying how we wanted to go change the world after this. I felt like I could especially relate to Roy when he talked about what his childhood looked like with regards to food – always a full fridge and just competely hearty meals prepared every night by our moms. S/o to Moms. His vision for just wanting to feed people is badass. I’m looking forward to trying out some of his food the next time I’m down in LA.

Also, hearing that Roy mentored Jon Favreau while filming “Chef” was super cool. I finally watched the film on Netflix a few weeks back and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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This has to go down for being one of my favorite pictures of all time because hello- I’m the most awkward person ever. Probably a truth – Roy didn’t even know I was in the picture until after the picture was taken. I’m like five seconds away from just peeking out from behind his right shoulder.

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Currently Craving:

For years, I’ve been listening to all of my favorite LA bloggers raving about the egg sandwich from Eggslut. I’ve seen the pictures. I’ve heard what they had to say. And now, this video. I die. I had my very first egg sandwich when I moved to the Bay Area and I haven’t stopped ordering them since. (BTW the best one to order is from Plow in Potrero Hill) My friend Mandi and I have such a love for egg sandwiches that we have even considered trying every single one at every brunch in SF and rating them for all of you on Yow Yow! We haven’t given up on this idea yet. I can’t wait to try Eggslut the next time I’m in LA!

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