Leimert Park

by Gabrielle Antonette

My fault, totally, but you have to act on this info immediately otherwise you may miss a very special spectacle. Leimert Park is always good, but Lakwena Maciver's "I Remember Paradise" show at Papillion Gallery is ending tomorrow, and you'll want to catch it.

I'll make it easy for you:

1. Starting right now, don't eat anything.

2. Tomorrow, go to Dulan's (4859 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043) for lunch. Anything you order comes with a dozen other things, and a meal ends up lasting about a week. And it's a really good week, because all the food is so tasty.

3. Walk a half mile north, stopping along the way to notice all the cool signs, flowers, LA history.

4. Enter Dreamland/look at the art at Papillion (4336 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008) between noon and 6 p.m.

Posted on March 21, 2015 .

DTLA: Flower District

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

One of the best parts of living in a huge city like LA is having access to the expansive commercial districts. The flower district is, perhaps naturally, one of the highlights. If you don't spend much time downtown, it's easy to forget about. It's not hard to get there (it occupies many blocks around 8th/San Pedro St), but it isn't exactly on the way to anything either. If you're looking for a little bit of color, or--you know--you actually want to buy flowers, it's a great place to stroll around for a couple of hours. 

We went on a recent Sunday morning to check out Poppy + Rose. It's a cute and casual place right in the heart of the district. We suggest keeping it simple, and just grabbing a coffee and a pastry before you get to wandering, if you'd like to check it out. Note: the flower district isn't technically open on Sundays, but there were more than a handful of shops open when we were there. It might actually be an ideal time to go. You can get the gist without all of the chaos...unless, of course, chaos is something you're into. Also note: some of the shops have no-photo policies that they enforce. So watch out for that. 

Ladies Day at the Strip Mall

by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum

Not every weekend can be full of adventure, and we are the first to admit that. Sometimes you just have to stay home to put a dent in that Netflix queue. Sometimes you have to do laundry. Sometimes, if you don't have a dryer, and it is a rare overcast day in LA, you have to take your laundry to the laundromat. Best case scenario: there's a nail salon next to the laundromat, there's a cute new coffee shop across the street, and your girlfriends are down to make an afternoon of it. So we hung around Sunset and Fountain a few weekends ago, we did laundry, chatted, got pedis at Oasis Nails (a little pricey, but enjoyable, plus we scored some matching "fashion shoes"), and then we paid too much for tasty and taste-ful coffees at the coffee shop: Dinosaur. Not bad for laundry day. 

Posted on January 23, 2015 .

Long Beach: Aimless Edition

by Gabrielle Antonette

Whenever I spend time in Long Beach, I try to put a finger on its je ne sais quoi, you know? I come up with theories. It's our Oakland, it's our Jersey, etc. I like that everything is a little bit older, and that the people who work at places are genuinely sweet to me. I've already shared with you some of my favorite places to shop, in addition to one of my favorite places to nosh, Number Nine. This time, I urge you to wander aimlessly. There are special things happening all around in terms of culture, architecture, and ocean. 

Posted on December 10, 2014 .