I'm an old fashioned kind of gal. Though I definitely appreciate the convenience of browsing my next purchases from the comfort of my own bed while wearing sweats and watching old episodes of Grey's Anatomy, I actually prefer to physically go into stores, try things on, and experience the quality in person. Which is one of the many reasons I've loved shopping at The Village at Westfield Topanga-- I know, you guys are probably getting tired of hearing me talk about it. But they have new spots opening up all the time (Rent the Runway just opened their first West Coast store there the other day!), and honestly, I can't even begin to tell you how lovely it is to have a nice mall with awesome stores within a 15 minute drive from my house. This month, I spent a day moseying around the outdoor mall and enjoying new and old offerings alike, coming up with 4 great spots definitely worth a visit.Read more
The summer festivities have been in full swing for weeks now (can you believe it's almost August?), but considering how many fantastic events are still on our social calendar, it sometimes feels like we're just getting started. Of course, our favorite get-togethers always revolve around food, and luckily, the number of food gatherings this season seem to be growing exponentially. With so much going on, it becomes increasingly difficult to sift through everyone's overwhelming lists and pick out the essential must-go's. So we're going to make it real easy for you; if you're in need of entertainment and sustenance this weekend, look no further than the first annual 'Uncorked' Food and Wine event hosted by The Village at Westfield Topanga this Saturday, 7/23 from 4-7pm.Read more
Undoubtedly one of the best additions to The San Fernando Valley since the opening of Scratch Bar, the new Village at Westfield's Topanga is a breath of fresh air amongst the industrial-looking strip malls of Canoga Park. A haven filled with colorful outdoor seating, plenty of greenery, and contemporary decor, The Village also boasts great spots like Sushi Katsu-ya, Pressed Juicery, Susie Cakes, Dry Bar, Burke Williams, Go Greek, Fleurish Flower Bar, and many more. And while it's a fantastic place to grab a bite and take a leisurely stroll, it's an even better place to get some serious shopping (and pampering!) done. I particularly love checking out their boutiques, many of which eschew the prototypical mall offerings by focusing on local designers, contemporary brands, and more specialized merchandise. Over the next few months, I'll be telling you all about my favorite spots, how to visit, and what to buy! Below, a few favorites of the moment.
A local staple, Jet by John Eshaya rose to prominence in the 90's and early 2000's from it's placement in hotspot boutique Fred Segal. His ridiculously soft and sumptuous sweatshirts sent shoppers into a frenzy, while his elevated basics continue to impress local Angelenos who live in their jeans. Their new store at The Village certainly does justice to this hot L.A. brand, showcasing their on-trend jeans, relaxed-cool tees, and comfy body-con dresses. I particularly loved this white option; fresh and cool for the summer, it can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels and dressed down with this white denim jacket.
For an experience that's more high-tea than jeans-and-tee, check out Varga for all your femme fatale needs. The store is part sweet, part modern pin-up, with everything from studded bustiers to floral midi-skirts (I loved this one for summer). Paired with a halter knit tank (which I love with just about everything), they give you plenty of options for edging up your look-- like with this super on-trend black choker. With a selection of sunglasses that basically can't be beat, Varga is the perfect choice for a unique piece that rounds out your closet, or finding a cute gift for an accessory-loving friend.
Finally, another favorite of mine is the Village outpost of make-up and beauty lounge, Blushington. With locations in Newport, West Hollywood, Dallas, and New York, this beautiful, modern space is dedicated to brow maintenance, on-the-go facials, but mostly providing an excellent make-up application. What sets them apart from experiences at Department Stores or Sephora is that they pull from many different brands and don't have to push certain products on their clients. Their professional make-up artists are clearly beauty enthusiasts who stay abreast of the current trends and the newest, hottest products. I came in recently to get my make-up done for a party (see the before and afters above), and couldn't have had a better experience! The make-up artist was helpful, informative, and totally attune to my needs and preferences. I felt at ease in her capable hands, and loved the black-and-silver smokey eye, light contouring, and nude matte lip that she applied (I also got so many compliments that night!). I honestly wish I could have them do my make-up everyday!
Thanks to Westfield for partnering with me on this post!
As you may know, I’ve been making a concerted effort to change my health habits; while I still enjoy the not-so-occasional indulgent meal at any of my favorite new restaurants, I’ve been trying to factor in some healthier alternatives and frequently utilizing that Classpass subscription. The struggle has certainly been real, but I consider myself lucky to live in a city where health-conscious food, fitness, and people are not hard to find. Though the journey may be far from over, I’ve learned a lot about my eating habits, and I’ve picked up some helpful tips for creating a health plan that is actually sustainable (like how a juice cleanse simple doesn’t work for a foodie like me). Finding options that are healthy, packed with benefits, and actually satisfying is always a challenge, but I finally did, so I had to share it with you!Read more