Posts tagged #LA

Two if by Sea | Etsy Vintage Shop

I recently revamped my Etsy shop, and it's now full of lots of fun, vintaged treasures for sale!

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I LOVE thrifting/yard sales/estate sales/flea markets, and while I try to just window shop, it's easy to build up quite the collection.   Once my hubby starts throwing shade at my accumulating pile of vintage goodies, I know it's time to start selling them off!  So, yes, the shop is basically an excuse to fuel my habit.  Oops!  But of course I also want to share all my treasures with you fine people of the internet. 

I have lots of mid-century items found in LA and Palm Springs, and other items of various styles from my travels.  

Hop on over and check out the shop!  And please stop by often, as I'll continue adding new wares for you to browse and buy. 



Thanksgiving, California Style

It's almost turkey time, hooray!  Does everyone have fun and yummy plans for this year?  Since we are in flux between houses (yes, I will hopefully write home reno posts soon...), we are not hosting this year.  But a potluck with dear friends will do the trick!

I thought I could still share some Thanksgiving inspiration with you, since we hosted at our place last year.  I went with a clean + modern twist on traditional Thanksgiving decor.  It didn't hurt that all my decor was free (thanks, Nature), or something I already had.  And the beautiful, crisp Autumn sky was the perfect backdrop for our outdoor meal!


Our everyday white plates looked so fresh on earthy Kraft paper. I created a center runner of lemons from our backyard, candles, and clean foliage from a tree.  The table still felt autumnal with lighter greens and yellow, instead of traditional darker hues like burgundy, red, or hunter green. 

The first Thanksgiving I lived in LA, we had Friendsgiving on a rooftop patio.  I fell in love with outdoor dining.  I take advantage of it that as much as possible.  Sigh, have I mentioned I love LA?

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We had the most delicious plate of food, mostly thanks to my friend Callie, who is basically a chef.  She made some sinful gluten free versions of old Thanksgiving staples, and our pal Zak made his famous loaded deviled eggs--yum.  

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Oy, I think I just gained 5 pounds just reminiscing about that plate of food.  I was pretty proud of my first solo turkey too!


This year, I'm going to make pecan pie, potato casserole (totally healthy. psyche!), and THIS delicious recipe for Sausage + Swiss Chard Stuffing--I made it a couple months ago for the Darling Magazine Friendsgiving spread photo shoot, and so I can tell you it is scrumptious from experience (anyone at that table look familiar?)!

via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

Hopefully next year I can give you a peek inside hosting at our new place! 

There's SO much to be grateful for this year!  I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends, family, food and lots of thankfulness.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday Favorites: HP, Secret Santa + more...

Happy Friday!  Some of my favorites from this week...

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If you know me at all, you'll know that Meyers Briggs personality profiles and Harry Potter are two of my FAVORITE things!  And here they have been smushed together?!?!  Looks like I'm Lily Potter--who are you?  CLICK HERE!

I'm totally signing up for the largest Secret Santa in the world on Reddit!!  Who's with me?

30 Seconds to Mars' amazing, heartfelt video about LA.    Love this city!

Touching Skype video...many tears... 

Putting time in perspective, some cool graphs

 THIS amazing tumblr about Blue Shirt Bros, chronicling something we all see every day.

More London recaps and new house "before" pics coming next week!   Have a great weekend!


Posted on November 8, 2013 and filed under friday fave, random, LA.

Grab a bite on Venice Beach

I just kind of assumed that most of the beachside restaurants in Venice were tourist traps; overpriced, concession stand food, and cheesy beach-themed decor (except for the super nice places like Piccolo).  

But, a friend told us about this place called Larry's right down by Venice Beach, so we went this week.  


Photo by: LA Times

Photo by: LA Times

It was a total surprise--not sure how I've missed it before!

The ambience is super cozy and beachy, with tons of outdoor seating.  And the food was really good!  I ordered one of the specials: short rib over a fried polenta cake (so crispy-YUM!), served with grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus.  Everything was yummy!  Parker had the burger which was OK.  

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I forgot how magic Venice can feel on a warm summer night.  

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Their claim to fame is that nothing is over $15, which for this side of town is quite the deal!  You can check out their YELP or Website/Menu.  They are located at 24 Windward Ave., oceanfront. 

So, if you're in town and want reasonably-priced Venice Beach food that doesn't suck--make your way over to Larry's.   

And thanks, Riss, for the recommendation!


Posted on September 4, 2013 and filed under LA, restaurant, yummy.