Friday, March 27, 2015

VICEROY
SANTA MONICA



i'm a big fan of hotels whether just stopping by for lunch or staying over. when mackenzie tipped me off to the viceroy in santa monica, i knew i had to visit. the cabanas, striped decor, and canopy of palms made for perfect surroundings during our leisurely lunch. we actually ended up staying the night (totally unplanned as i mentioned here we stayed in an airBnB...long story) and the king size bed was like sleeping on a cloud!

entirely designed by kelly wearstler, she refers to the hotel style as “modern colonialism,” a fusion of british colonial impressions and bold, modern perspectives. 

if you're visiting santa monica, i'd highly recommend a visit or stay at viceroy!

wearing: favorite striped tee & shorts (similar).



Thursday, March 26, 2015

LINEN DENIM
POPOVER



linen denim popover 
classic chino shorts
mirrored sunglasses
navy crossbody (similar)
photographed by emily stone

i don't think you can own too many chambray shirts. i prefer popovers to full button downs, especially during the warmer months, because they can easily transform from a casual top to a swim coverup. this linen denim iteration is super soft, oversized just a bit, and i love how it's longer in the back. i wore it on the flight to LA (wake up call: 4AM...) all the way through dinner. 

ironically, almost every restaurant we went to (gjelina, salt air, gjusta, gracias madre, and hinoki & the bird) had hosts and servers dressed in chambray shirts. 

who makes your favorite chambray? i'm partial to gap & j.crew!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

VENICE
CALIFORNIA

venice beach, california. what comes to mind (to me) are the iconic images of surfers and skaters, colorful murals, and an artistic, laid-back community  all sufficient enough reasons for me to choose the eclectic beach town as our home base for the trip to LA. we stayed in a colorful, clean, and modern airbnb loft which suited our needs perfectly. we were two blocks in one direction from the ocean, two blocks the other way from abbot kinney, and a quick drive to malibu, santa monica, and beverly hills (all day trips that i'll post about soon). read on for our favorite venice spots.


SEE:
SIDE STREETS (1;5), VENICE FISHING PIER; VENICE BEACH (2)
 for cute surfer-watching, fresh air, and sand/sea for miles, our first stop after dropping off our luggage was the water. we wanted to take a surfing lesson but time got away from us...i'll leave that to the pros (AKA matt bauer, a talented, venice-based creative director / photographer and surfer i met up with). next time! you can easily bike ride or walk around the pedestrian-only promenade that runs along the beach. the sunsets are killer, too.

EAT & DRINK:
GJELINA (3), SUPERBA (4)
these two meals were probably the food highlight of the trip. gjelina is absolutely beautiful and the menu is extensive with so many fresh options. we chose the pomodoro burrata pizza & caramelized onion arugala pizza, salt and pepper frittes, and grilled broccolini (with rosé on the side of course). superba was also insanely good. we ordered the special; a fried chicken sandwich with apple slaw. there are no words! 

GJUSTA BAKERY (6)
i really enjoy morning routines, even on vacation. every day started with a quick walk to blue bottle on abbot kinney for an iced almond milk latte followed by a scenic stroll to gjusta bakery (which is owned by gjelina). i can't even do justice to the atmosphere here...it's so laid-back yet every design detail is meticulously thought out. everyone is friendly and the staff is clad in mismatched chambray. throughout the trip, we sampled the porridge waffle, bacon, croissant, banana bread, blood orange juice, and baguette. all were delicious.

SALT AIR (7)
this was our first dinner of the trip. the outdoor seating was just what we needed after a long day of travel. the pan roasted chicken and brussel sprouts were fantastic, as was the service. i absolutely loved the illustrated menus and branding, too - pictured above.

WANDER:

ABBOT KINNEY BOULEVARD (8)
for a mix of designer and local, abbot kinney is a must-see. from rag & bone and steven alan to ilan dei venice (obsessed) and fiore floral (flower and succulent heaven), there were so many unique shops to pop into. we also stopped by the piece collective (pictured above), a colorful cottage filled with decor, gifts, artisan pieces, and those cute floral espadrilles

VENICE CANALS

while i don't have a proper photo of the canals, they were certainly a sight to see. the greenery, plant life, and foliage of venice (well, california in general) was truly needed after the cold winter on the east coast. we wandered over the bridges and stopped at every interesting looking cacti and succulent we came across. we even met up with the very talented whitney who has the cutest cottage right on the canal!

Monday, March 23, 2015

MELROSE
PINK



i'm wearing:
oxford crop top | highrise jeans (the best!)
sandals (similar) | mirrored sunglasses
nail polish


i have so many photos, little day trips, highly suggested restaurants, new friends, and incredible views that i want to share from my trip to california. i thought i'd start out with these vivid pink wall shots first! i've seen the bright facade (it's the paul smith store in west hollywood) all over instagram but my sister and i needed to see it for ourselves. we even met a few fellow photographers who had the same idea as we did. snapping a few fun photos was the perfect break from wandering melrose avenue. many more LA snapshots to come.

PS! the jumping image was taken on an iPhone6 (as are all of my photos). we used the camera's "burst" feature. if you're not familiar, you hold/press down on the camera button instead of just tapping once. this will capture action and movement. you can then select the best image from the series. mark's iPhone skill is the reason it only took one take but i can't discredit my own jumping abilities back from my cheerleading days! ;)

photographed by: mark wynsma


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

packing list:
cobalt 



top row: bucket bag | sunglasses | swimsuit
middle row: coffee table book | rain jacket | lipstick
bottom row: sandals | boat tote | cashmere tee

there's no doubt about my attraction towards each and every shade of blue. as the weather begins to turn the corner, my standby navy needs an update - making cobalt, along with other saturated hues, at the top of my summer packing list. how perfect would any of these pieces be for hanging out dockside at the surf lodge?

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