Have you ever felt like you were going full-speed ahead but there never seems to be enough time to do much of anything?
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and starting my new job, so I didn’t have much time to work on the blog. I would get home from work, eat dinner, work on a few entries that have been in draft mode for a while, then go to bed. It seemed like I wasn’t getting any posts finished to the point where I was satisfied with them.
I finally had some time over Labor Day weekend to take some outfit photos and work on a couple future entries and it felt good to work on my own creative stuff. My new job is going well, but that kind of design is so different and more standardized, so this blog and my freelance projects are my creative outlet.
I’d like to thank my husband Ross for humoring me and helping out with the various aspects of this blog, mainly taking photos of me and also always being game to eat at whatever restaurant I want to review. On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, we decided to stay entirely local in our neighborhood. No driving anywhere! The nice thing about where we live is that it’s very walkable. There are tons of amenities, restaurants, etc. nearby that you can walk to easily, which is not what most people think of when they think of LA. In most people’s minds, LA is a very sprawly city where you need a car to do anything. A lot of the LA area is like that, but I’m grateful that I live in a part of the city with a cozier neighborhood feel. The weather was gorgeous, warm but not too hot. We walked over to the lake and took a bunch of photos in this dress that I bought at the Dear Creatures sample sale a few months ago but had not worn yet.
I really love colors and prints, and lemonade, so this Dear Creatures dress stood out to me. It’s also super comfortable and has pockets! I love dresses and skirts with pockets.
Dress: Dear Creatures
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: old, Seychelles
Hair bow: old, ModCloth (similar bow here)
A light outfit post; Ross took these at the lake near our apartment. I bought this skirt recently at the Dear Creatures sample sale. When I went home and put it away in my closet, I realized that I now have 3 pastel pink skirts. Maybe I should branch out to other colors.
Every so often, a few former co-workers and I go on hikes (these are pretty short hikes, just a couple miles). It’s great to exercise and all, but the best part is going out to eat afterward. And then sometimes we get dessert. So many options around for dessert. Baked goods or pastries? Bubble tea? Ice cream? It all depends on your mood.
Ross had some free time before he had to go to set for the last day of shooting on the film, so we went to a few places I love in the San Gabriel Valley.
The SGV is a region in Los Angeles County that is known for its Asian population and concentration of good and affordable Asian restaurants. You can find restaurants representing the different cuisines of China, Vietnam, Korea, and so on. But the SGV has a LOT of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, so much so that there are restaurants specializing in specific regional cuisine such as Sichuan, Cantonese, or the typical Americanized Chinese food.
I was laid off from my job about three months ago. I knew it was coming, as the company I worked for was shutting down and every week there was another round of layoffs. Those last couple of weeks at work were…interesting, as everyone was kind of on edge even though we all knew we had the same fate. The day I got laid off, I wasn’t sad or surprised. It was more of a “oh well, time to move on” feeling. I think what I missed most of all was the routine, and my awesome co-workers.
The Wildfox Couture sample sale. I waffled on whether or not to go. I heard it was really crowded, hot, sweaty, and that there were long lines no matter what time you went. I had never gone to one of their sales because I thought it wouldn’t be worth it. But when you look at the retail price of Wildfox Couture clothing, and then at their sample sales everything is $50 or less, it’s hard to resist.
Los Angeles is a mecca for people with alternative diets (vegetarian! vegan! gluten-free! raw! etc.) and you can find a vegetarian version of almost anything here. It’s usually very easy to find good vegetarian options even at places that don’t specifically cater to vegetarians. Vegetarian versions of dishes I thought I could never eat again are plentiful here, including Vietnamese pho and Japanese ramen.
I know the idea of vegetarian or vegan ramen sounds blasphemous to most ramen purists but when it’s done well, it tastes really good. And in LA, there are a variety of places that serve vegetarian ramen, one of them being Ramen Champ.
I went to the Dear Creatures sample sale this past Saturday, and I came home with a bunch of cute stuff. One of the cool things about living in Los Angeles is the ubiquity of sample sales, from well-known mainstream designers to indie brands (such as Dear Creatures) that are usually sold through websites like ModCloth or ShopRuche. LA’s Fashion District is home to the West Coast or national headquarters of many clothing brands. Because of the concentration of clothing companies, there are sales all the time in downtown LA. Most notably, the big ones are in the Cooper Design Space or the California Market Center. Not all sample sales are located in downtown; many other brands hold sample sales in their warehouses or offices throughout Southern California, including Orange County.
My husband Ross is a screenwriter and film producer, and a movie he worked on premiered at the Vista Theater in Los Feliz on Tuesday! I got to attend and dress up and pretend to be the glamorous wife of a movie producer (hahah uhhh, no, I’m not glamorous at all). The Vista Theater is one of my favorites in LA; the seats have lots of leg room and the interior has a kind of Art Deco, 1920s Egyptian theme going on. Also, the Vista’s movie tickets are only $9, which is pretty much unheard of anymore.
I love fruit. Luckily, living in California, I have access to a lot of seasonal, fresh fruit throughout the year. Strawberries are my favorite, but blueberries are a close second. Blueberry season in southern CA just ended so I made a batch of my favorite muffins with a big container of blueberries I bought recently. However, this recipe for blueberry cream muffins works just as well with frozen blueberries if you don’t have any fresh ones on hand.