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Drybar Date

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I have two words for you: Dry. Bar.  Well, technically it's one word...Have you ever been to Drybar?!?   It's a blow dry only salon, and it's the besssst.

My Ali  is skipping town (let's not talk about it.  there are no tears left), and as a treat, her cousin gifted her and a couple friends a girls night to Drybar (thanks Anna!).  So we put on some cute outfits, polished up our makeup, and high-heeled it over to their Marina del Rey location to get our blow-out on.   

First off, the branding is genius.   Gray and white base with bright, energetic yellow everything.  Simple and perfect.   

As soon as we walked in, they handed us each a mimosa (in a yellow stemmed champagne flute).  An early score for Drybar!  We flipped through their Menu, which features styles like: The Cosmo (loose curls), Mai Tai (messy, beachy waves), and Straight Up (basically TV hair).  Then, they washed our hair (giving a little extra head massage love) and took us all to the counter, where we spent a good 45 minutes getting our hair played with and watching a chick flick.  It was the bomb.


Cutie pie! 

I was feeling torn between Mai Tai, Cosmo, and Straight Up, so my stylist said she'd do "Hollywood hair," and that sounded great to me.  I LOVED the result!  The curls were pretty tight at first and then relaxed over time.  And, I didn't wash for 2 additional days, and it kept a fun loose wave (with the aid of some dry shampoo to cut the oil on day 3).  


Loved it!  Also, Isaac, one of our stylists--I can't even.  Seriously the cutest ever.   There's a pic of all 3 of us somewhere but I can't find it?!

Anyway we followed it up with a small plates dinner at  Zengo...which is a whole other blog post. Stay tuned for a little story I like to call Edamame + Chorizo.  Yeah, that's right...And vino at Sonoma Wine Garden at the Promenade.  Sigh, it was the best. 

I don't think I'll be able to go to Drybar all the time, but for a special occasion or girls night out, it will be at the top of my list every time! 

Now...I'm off to think of the next brilliantly simple company idea... 


Friday Favorite: Espanol!

Hola!  Me llamo Lauren.  Que tal?  Estoy muy bien, gracias! 

I'm doing something I always wanted to do, you guys--I'm learning Spanish!  Well, starting to, at least.  I took Spanish in 5th + 6th grade, but then French in high school.  Living in LA, I really wish I was fluent in Spanish because 36.7% of our city speaks  it.  

So when Parker told me about the Coffee Break Spanish podcast (of course he did), I started downloading it ASAP.  And it's amaaazing!  

I started from the very beginning, which is the basics: greetings, name, where you're from, etc.   The format does make it really easy to learn so far.  Also, the hosts are Scottish, so they are super fun to listen to even when they are speaking in their normal accents.  I actually feel like Mark + Kara are my real-life buds already.  Plus, Parker and I love singing the theme song--you'll see what I mean. 

If any of you are interested in learning Spanish (or they have other languages too), I highly recommend subscribing to the FREE podcast on their site HERE or on your mobile device!  It's easy to listen to while you're commuting, working out, washing dishes, or anytime you have a few spare minutes.  

Buenas Tardes, amigos!  Hasta luego! 


Westie: Urbanic Paper Boutique

When we started with these Wesites, I warned you they will get pret-ty specific.  So, when I tell you that I am awarding a Westie to my favorite paper store, you shouldn't be too surprised.  There are always chain paper stores like PaperSource, which are great in their own right.  But this local one is the bees knees!

The Westie for Best Paper Store goes to... 

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Urbanic Paper Boutique  

Stationery, Invitations + other fine things

Website HERE, located at 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

I just love Urbanic!  First off, any of you love paper stores as much as I do?!  They always have the cutest cards, wrapping paper, and specialty gifts.  As far as store genres go, they are one of my Top 5.  Urbanic excels in this category because of owner, Audrey Woollen's keen sense of design.  Even though there is so much variety going on, not one piece in the store feels out of place.

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I can spend hours browsing all the notecards, calendars, pens, and washi tape.  It's like the adult version of butterflies in my tummy when I would get to go shopping for school supplies--still makes me go eeeeee!!   I mean, these staplers!?!


And this entire nautical summer display...


And could this speak anymore to my heart?!


I love sending unique greeting cards, so I always get them here.  Urbanic curates products from brands that have so much personality and humor, making any card you send way more personal.  And, they always have Rifle Paper Co., which you know makes me swoon. 

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It's a must-see on the Westside!  Add that to the list of my happy places... 

Check out Audrey's blog called Parcel Post for even more creative inspiration.  And, stop by the Urbanic store or website soon, and make sure you tell them Westside Bestside sent ya!


Friday Fave: I brain

As you know, my hubby tends to find awesome apps and tell me about them.   And today's app is one I use almost every single day and I love it!  You may have heard about it--I feel like they sponsor lots of things these days so I'm always hearing ads for it...



"Your brain, just brighter."  I love that.  It's a workout for your brain, and I'm not kidding you, I can seriously tell a difference after using it for about 10 minutes a day for just a few weeks!  

I have the free version, which lets you do 3 brain workouts per day and keeps track of your progress in a variety of categories: Speed, Memory, Attention, Flexibility, + Problem Solving.  Parker upgraded to the paid version, which adds additional features including 5 daily workouts and the ability to compare your results to others.  The free works great for me!

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I KILL IT on the speed games, folks.  But I literally get an actual headache on this one game called Pinball Recall.  It's for Memory and Attention, and I'm legit awful at it--unless I do this weird blinking thing at the beginning to take a mental photograph of the pinball paddles to engrain them into my memory.  Total weirdo, I know.  

Download the FREE app HERE on iTunes, or check out their WEBSITE with more info about the science behind Lumosity.  

Then hit me up and let's chat about how crazy awesome our brains are!

Just a reminder that this post is not sponsored by Lumosity.  Westside Bestside receives no compensation from companies or brands we write about, unless specifically noted! 

Posted on August 2, 2013 and filed under brand spotlight, friday fave, smart.