My previous trips to Catalina were usually school related-- softball tournaments, outdoor education trips-- so I never really thought of Catalina as a getaway destination until I was recently invited to go by Osea Malibu. Since I'm already a huge fan of Osea's non-toxic, locally based products, having the chance to enjoy one of their facials at the Catalina Island Spa was absolutely a no-brainer for me. I packed up, drove to Long Beach, hopped on the Catalina Express (dramamine on hand, of course), and arrived in no time. I was immediately taken aback by how beautiful the island is; Avalon is a relatively small town, but it's incredibly charming, and you just can't beat their beachside views. I walked (walked!) from the ferry to The Pavilion Hotel, a lovely boutique hotel overlooking the water, where I stayed for the evening. I enjoyed a really great dinner at the upscale Avalon Grille, and had a pretty low-key night.Read More
Sometimes I forget how crazy it is that there's actually an island off the coast of Long Beach-- Catalina! I used to visit when I was a kid, and only recently rediscovered this beautiful island gem for a trip with Osea (but more on that another time!). Since this was a beach/spa trip, I had to pack accordingly, trading in some of my more minimal summer pieces for lightweight, flowy pieces like this patterned wrap dress. It was the perfect occasion for my Kayu straw bag, which is a great carryall for beach days or traveling! And of course, I had to pack my trusty straw hat, some glam shades, and a classic pair of nude sandals.Read More
Feeling overwhelmed with restaurant choices this week? Here are 4 of our recent faves from Santa Monica to Silverlake.Read More
Recently, I had a major spring cleaning kick, and thoroughly cleaned out my closet. I donated a bunch of clothing, and ended up selling some through The Real Real (which I would highly recommend checking out if you have designer clothes to unload). Not only was the process so satisfying and cathartic, but it left me with plenty of fresh space in my closet. However, I didn't want to just fill this space with pieces I'm only going to wear a few times before getting rid of-- instead, I've been thinking about more sustainable ways to consume fewer pieces of clothing. And so I was incredibly excited to try out the new Rent the Runway Unlimited option. You've probably heard of Rent the Runway, right? That site where you can rent a dress for a wedding or special event. But did you know that you can also rent everyday pieces and separates? Their unlimited service allows you to pick 4 pieces that you can wear and swap out for more pieces anytime you'd like, all for a reasonable monthly fee. For me, it allows me a constantly evolving wardrobe for photoshoots and events that, instead of going to waste, gets sent right back to Rent the Runway in exchange for something else. It's fun, easy, and incredibly convenient (and I'm not even getting paid to say any of this). I started off with a few high end pieces like this A.L.C. crop top (that fit beautifully), and these white Free People denim culottes. I feel like my wardrobe has been reinvigorated, without being weighed down by too many pieces. It's been so fun experimenting with new styles, and trying designers and pieces that I wouldn't normally buy because of either their price or style.
Check it out here and get $30 off our first order!Read More
Beverly Hills may not be LA's...youngest...neighborhood, but sometimes it's still fun to get dressed up and have a swanky night out in The 90210. There's always the iconic Spago's if you want to spend a pretty penny, or one of the neighborhood's many staple Italian restaurants. But if you want something a bit newer and fresher, you should look no further than Georgie, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's almost 2-year-old spot at the Montage Beverly Hills. Taking over the former Scarpetta space, Georgie has been quietly serving approachable modern American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's one of those restaurants that's been on my "list" for some time now, but only recently did I have the chance to finally check it out.Read More