Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Over the weekend I went on a hike in Temescal Gateway Park. I had been once before, but it started to pour rain so it wasn't that great of a time...this hike was much more pleasant!
Temescal Gateway Park is located right off Sunset Boulevard, about 5 minutes from Pacific Palisades village (which is the perfect place to stop in for brunch on your way home) though the trees and canyons make it hard to believe you are still in Los Angeles.
There are a few different paths you can take, but the most popular one seems to be a relatively easy mile or so hike up to a waterfall and bridge. I definitely suggest checking out this hike next time you need a bit of nature!
15601 Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA
Monday, August 8, 2011
|Me (second from left) and the girls taking touristy photos in Austin!|
A few weekends ago I visited a friend in Texas for a girls weekend. I had never been to Texas before and loved every minute of it; we bought touristy cowboy hats, ate barbeque, floated in a few rivers and listened to country music. Below is a more detailed account of my favorite things that we did, saw, ate and bought!
Dude, Sweet Chocolate
This chocolate store features chocolate infused with flavors you would never imagine, and they taste so good. I tried the Black Gold (black garlic, sweet wild mushrooms) and the Miso Happy (red miso, tahini and black sesame, and bought a mixed box to take home for my boyfriend...though I probably ate most of them for him ; )
408 West 8th Street, Dallas
The Soda Gallery
I don't typically drink much soda besides the odd Diet Coke, but this nostalgic shop dedicated to all different kinds of soda blew me away. It could have been that it was over 100 degrees in Dallas, but the ice cold natural rootbeer that I tried in this shop tasted like the best thing in the entire world!
408 North Bishop Ave, Dallas
We had breakfast at Oddfellows, a really cute brunch spot that is casual with a bit of a gourmet twist. They are know for their fresh, American style meals, handcrafted coffees, and apparently really amazing beignets - I had never tried beignets before so I didn't have anything to compare them to, but they were really good. If you haven't tried them or heard of them either, they are little doughnut like pastries dusted with powdered sugar and served with honey and lemon...very yummy and very bad for you!
316 West 17th Street, Dallas
Victor Tangos is an amazing restaurant serving inventive food that seems to be best enjoyed as shared plates - we ordered a ton of stuff because everything looked so good. Some of our favorites were the Mini Chicken and Waffles and the Wild Mushroom, Asparagus, Fontina and Truffle Oil Flatbread. Their food is fresh and inventive, they have tons of great drinks and an extensive wine list, and a really fun atmosphere. This is a great spot to check out if you're in Dallas!
Katy Trail Ice House
This beer garden style restaurant is a great place to get a little break from the heat. Katy Trail Ice House is a great place to enjoy something off of their unique beer menu while sitting either inside their icy air conditioned restaurant or out on the patio under a cool water mister!
Feathers Vintage Boutique
Austin is packed with amazing vintage boutique's, but this one was hands down the best. Feathers is stocked with bedazzled cowboy boots, colorful tunics and any belt, top or piece of jewelry you can think of. They have an amazing selection and their prices are reasonable. This is a must-stop for any girl heading to Austin!
1700b South Congress Ave
image via great vintage blog Rags From the Past
South Congress Cafe
South Congress Cafe is a bit of an Austin institution - when I told anyone that I was going to Austin, the first thing they said was 'You have to eat at South Congress Cafe'. So, we did! The restaurant is located on bustling South Congress Avenue and apparently always has a long line that's totally worth waiting in. Their menu is classic American food gone gourmet - some of their amazing sounding menu items include Eggs Benedict with Crab Cakes, Carrot Cake French Toast and Jalapeño-Venison Meatloaf. Now I want to go back to try everything!
1600 South Congress Avenue
This antique store is filled to the brim with gorgeous items from jewelry to signs to furniture to vintage photographs. It's almost overwhelming but totally worth checking out this amazing shop!
1512 Southgress Avenue
The Salt Lick
On our way back to Dallas from Austin we stopped at The Salt Lick for some traditional Texas BBQ - the one we ate at wasn't the original and most famous location, but it was definitely good! We sat outside and listened to the live band playing and tried all sorts of bbq! It was a quintessential Texas experience and I definitely recommend checking out this restaurant if you're ever in Texas!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
As part of their current Tim Burton exhibit, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art is now playing Tim Burton movies at Hancock Park on Friday evenings. This sounds like such a fun idea - I want to pack a picnic and do this on of these weekends!
The movies start around 8 o clock or whenever the sun goes down. Below is the upcoming schedule:
August 5th - Corpse Bride
August 12 - James and the Giant Peach
August 19 - Pee Wee's Big Adventure
August 26 - Alice in Wonderland
Click here for more information.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I picked up a Royal Apothic candle a few weeks back while shopping at one of my favorite stationery shops Sugar Paper (blog post here) and it is now one of my absolute favorite candles.
I had never even heard of the brand but am happy that I now have; the candles come in gorgeous tins and have really great scents with cute names. I have the 'Versailles Afternoon' which is a blend of tuberose, carnation, jasmine and marshmallow! Next I want to try the 'Caprisian Bay' or' Venetian Grove'.
These candles last for a really long time (I light mine nearly every night) and make a great gift, and best of all they are reasonably priced. The large tin I bought was about $15!
Check out their website for details on stockists and other products: royalapothic.com
Image via beautiful and inspiring blog A Bloomsbury Life
Monday, August 1, 2011
Up until now, seeing fall merchandise everywhere has depressed me (I feel like it has barely been summer yet; I want to think about beaches and bikinis, not boots and blazers!!) but when I checked out Shop Bop recently, that all flew out the window.
Their pre-fall 'Ultimate Closet' collection is all of a sudden all I can think about; I love the chic, easy looks that they have put together, and that they are not too fall-y just yet. Check out these looks and more at shopbop.com
For Canada Day I organized a dinner at Soleil Restaurant in Westwood, a little French Canadian bistro that I had read makes really great poutine. In case you don't know (like most of my skeptical American friends who I made come with me) poutine is a popular French Canadian dish made of french fries, cheese curds and gravy - sounds weird, but I promise you it's good!
We tried a some of their gourmet takes on poutine as well as a few other dishes, and everything was great.
Even if you don't particularly want poutine (though you should at least try it!) I recommend checking out Soleil.