Even though I grew up in The Valley, I almost never made it out to the other valley (the San Gabriel, to be exact), and only recently was made aware of the incredible food scene. The SGV is home to some of LA's best Asian food, even being dubbed "America's Asian Food Mecca" by Eater, so my own ignorance regarding a huge portion of LA's dining scene is admittedly pretty embarrassing. But after learning so much about the taco scene during last year's Taco Madness Tour, I realized it was time to once again educate myself...by eating my weight in dumplings. I enlisted my good friend and certified foodie, Max Baldi, as well as our own Social Media Guru Sharlene Park, who willingly took this grueling food journey with me. Watch the video below to see all of our amazing bites (including a GIANT soup dumpling that required straws and sucking the juice out of it), our various shenanigans, and which places we chose for our top 5!Read More
We all know that West Hollywood is home to many of the city's best hotspots. So when a new restaurant opens in the area with a lauded Chef, modern outdoor patio, and location next to another hotspot, we pay attention. By renowned Latin American chef Diego Hernandez, Verlaine opened in the old Dominick's space this past Spring, presenting West Hollywood with a new space to eat, drink, and be seen. But in case you think this spot is all scene and no substance, think again. The restaurant is decidedly ambitious, crafting both an impressive bar program and a menu that's undoubtedly a departure from our typical choices of tableside guacamole and crispy tacos. And after experiencing a few growing pains when they first opened (which lead to a mixed review from LA Weekly's Besha Rodell), the Chef and management team have recommitted themselves to improving all aspects of the food and service.Read More
As most Angelenos, I've been known to live in my jeans, tees, and workout wear. But occasionally, the time comes when I want to go full glam, take a nice drive along PCH to the Getty Villa, and pretend like I'm a hotel heiress on an Italian summer vacation. While I could've gone full Dolce & Gabbana-inspired dress, I decided to LA-ify my riviera look by sticking with jeans and a super on-trend one-shoulder ruffled top. To step up my denim game, I opted for my favorite McGuire Flare Jeans; the high-waisted, flared silhouette adds some oomph and drama, while this gingham JOA Top (now $35!) is pretty much everything I wanted for summer. If you haven't been to the Getty Villa before (this was my first trip-- can you believe it?), I highly recommend stopping in to take in the art, sights, and for some serious #gramming.Read More
For some reason, there's an apparent a rift between NorCal and SoCal. Though I've never felt much need to personally get involved in it, I do wonder how it began. Maybe it started with the Dodgers vs. Giants rivalry? Or maybe its roots go all the way back to the Gold Rush? Either way, the tension usually consists of San Franciscans painting Angelenos as hella vain, culture-less douchebags while we gloat about our warmer weather and laid back lifestyle (and rag on NorCal's constant use of the word "hella"). Yet despite this pointless competitiveness, Californians still love to travel and momentarily forget about how much they hate one another to take advantage of all our state has to offer. I recently enjoyed a short trip up North to celebrate the launch of Hana Gin, and in my few days there, had the chance to stay in a cool boutique hotel, check out some delicious restaurants, and enjoy an intimate shopping experience with a local brand.Read More
With my love of white brick walls and black leather jackets, sometimes I almost forget that L.A. is actually a bright, colorful place with tons of character. With our blue skies, palm trees, and Spanish-style architectural influences, the city can occasionally feel more like a foreign dreamland than the traffic-ridden place where I grew up. This realization was even more evident to me upon my recent experience at Just One Eye boutique with Farfetch. Though the boutique is an L.A. staple, I had never visited before. It's hidden amongst the familiar, yet more industrial, streets of Hollywood in Howard Hughes's old office building, with barely a sign to alert you to its presence. The space inside is quirky, artistic, and filled with unique designer goods ranging from indie fashion labels to off-the-runway picks from Valentino and Gucci. Contrasting the modern boutique was the old-Hollywood courtyards of the building, complete with art deco tiles that look like they came straight from Tulum, while the green shrubbery gave the building a secluded, Beverly Hills-bungalow feel. Accordingly, I had to play around with my favorite Tulum-goes-to-Hollywood (if that's a genre?) style pieces at the boutique, picking out this breezy Lisa Marie Fernandez dress to go with my casual Chloé slides.
Photos by Sophia SinclairRead More