New SoCal Favs

15 Apr

Last month, I was able to spend a few days in my favorite place on earth – Southern California. It’s always so lovely seeing all of my friends, discovering new places to eat and shop as well as spending time surfing at the beach. Didn’t do too much shopping on this past trip, so the following post will be more of a #foodporn post. Like I did with my last travel post (see here), here are some of my new favorite things about SoCal.

1 – Ace Hotel – When I went last month, the hotel had opened a few weeks prior. The Ace Hotel is a small chain of hotels, they can be found in New York City, Palm Springs, Portland and most recently Los Angeles. It is located in the historic United Artists building in downtown LA. I had the pleasure of going to their new bistro L.A. Chapter. Not only were the food and drinks incredibly tasty, the atmosphere was very chic yet also laid back and also we had the funniest waiter. The menu was original and fairly priced. After dinner, I took a tour of the hotel. I loved all the books and music in the lobby, everything about the building was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend checking out the hotel, if not for a stay then for a brunch, lunch or dinner. You can make reservations easily via Open Table.

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2 – Urth Caffé – Alright, this place isn’t a new place but it’s become a staple when I’m in Los Angeles. I purposely plan my day around the different Urth locations in and around Los Angeles. Honestly, the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. It opens super early in the morning and stays open until late at night. Some of my Urth favs: Almond Milk Green Tea Latte, the Urth Salad, any of their croissants, the Coconut Pound Cake and their homemade granola. My mouth waters, as I write this post. I think I’ve developed an addiction to Urth Caffé!!

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3 – Veggie Grill - Is a chain of vegetarianvegan and gluten free restaurants that serve food cafeteria style. I knew one of their latest locations had just opened up in Carlsbad, so I took the opportunity to pay them a visit. They have a very extensive menu, great homemade drinks and pride themselves in only serving healthy food that is good for the mind and body. I ordered the Crispy Chickin’ Plate as well as a side order of their Mac N’ Cheese. Both plates were very filling and all tasted pretty good. You can get a good meal for under $15. My favorite was their cauli mashed potatoes!

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4 – Los Feliz – Is a new area I got to explore on this past trip located just west of Hollywood. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with lot’s of pretty homes as well as a little “downtown” area located on Vermont Street with plenty of super cute shops, bookstores and yummy restaurants. I checked out the French bistro Le Figaro for brunch. They offered all the best typical French specialties and also had a counter section, where you could buy baked goods and desserts to go. I wish I could have spent more time in the area, it’s definitely on my list of places to go back to on my next visit.

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5 – Laurel Hardware – Is a trendy relatively new restaurant and bar located on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. I met up with friends there for dinner one night. There are two rooms and an incredibly big patio at the back. The first room is quieter and has a more “dinning room” vibe where as the back room has a lot more of a “bar” feel to it. Lot’s of local models, musicians and young entrepreneurs have been seen flocking to this place. The night I went, the place was definitely filled with lot’s of young and beautiful people. Small but solid food and drink menu. The menu contained lot’s of sharing plates including many vegetarian options. I loved their open kitchen concept as well as the fresh flowers and candles that were on each table.

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All in all, another incredibly memorable trip with tons of new discoveries!

Till next time SoCal!

 

 

 

 

Spring Denim #DailyOutfit

14 Apr

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a restful and beautiful weekend! Happy to finally be able to bring out some lighter shades of trousers now that the weather is warmer and that it’s more “appropriate” to do so. I got these rad pale denim skinny moto trousers during my last visit to LA. I’m so obsessed with the Anine Bing jeans I had bought last summer that I had to get new pairs and this one seemed perfect for the spring and summer. I’ve never owned too many pairs of light denim but these were just too cool to pass up. Plus, they look awesome with a lot of bright colors!

A little music inspiration to end your day - HAIM! In case you missed their set at Coachella this weekend, you can watch it in full HD –> here.

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 Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper – Light Denim (get them here)

Pamela Love x Nine West brick moto booties 

Urban Outfitters neon print poncho 

Biko Jaci Necklace – Lilac (get it here)

5 Questions With: Hannah Georgas

13 Apr

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Photo by Justice McLelllan

I first met the fiery redhead Hannah Georgas not too long after I moved to Toronto. At the time, I was working for AUX TV and had the pleasure of chatting with her just before the release of her first full-length record. I right away felt a connection with this fierce woman. She’s an incredible songwriter and always writes the most touching lyrics. In the past couple of years, she’s gone on to tour around the world, play countless festivals, receive Juno nominations, etc. She will be heading to the UK in May to play a series of dates including The Great Escape festival before doing a round of festivals across Canada this summer. She always has the cutest dresses on stages and a really fun style, so I’m thrilled she took some time off of writing new material to answer a few of my questions. Here are my 5 Questions With: Hannah Georgas.

1) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?

I grew up living under the same roof with my three sisters who were all into style and fashion.  They had very strong opinions about what they liked and didn’t like.  I was a bit of an outcast or at least I felt that way..  I enjoyed keeping things fairly simple and casual.  I remember getting into the flare on my pants (size of flare varied over the years) in high school and bought a lot of my jeans from a place called Jean Machine at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, Ontario.   

My style has evolved over the years and I no longer sport anymore body piercings.  I was almost kicked out of the house for getting my eye brow pierced (my poor mum).  Little did she know I had my nipple pierced at one point..ouch!

I think for the most part though ‘everyday Hannah’ has remained fairly consistent.   

I really enjoy finding vintage pieces.  I started getting into vintage shopping when I moved out West and was attending university.  I think my budget had a lot to do with it at the time and then I started finding cool dresses for stage wear and other musical endeavours.  Everyday life and performance life are two really different things in my mind.  I have a lot of fun dressing up for shows and I love the idea of having something visually appealing for the audience.  I enjoy transforming and showing a different side of me on stage.     

2) Who are your style icons?

These are artists that I adore and draw a lot of visual inspiration from..

MIA, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Tim Burton, Chan Marshall from Cat Power, Peaches

3) How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?

I like to put together and prepare pieces/dresses that I’m excited about before I head out on the road.  I always make sure I bring the right undergarments (bodysuits, nude bras, underwear) for certain pieces I have.  Performance shoes are a big thing for me too and having the right ones for a specific outfit.  

4) Who are some of your favourite designers and/or brands?

Treana Peake is a designer from Vancouver and has a line called Obakki.  I have been wearing a lot of her pieces the past while.  I love her work and she’s an inspiration to me.  Her designs are beautiful, comfortable and elegant.

5) What makes you feel good/confident as an artist and performer?

Feeling comfortable in my skin is my number one thing.  Keeping myself healthy and fresh is also very important to me too.  I get a little fussy about my hair situation pre show and so a good hair day always makes me happy.  Walking off stage and feeling like I gave it my all makes me a happy camper. 

Thanks so much for your time Hannah!

Big Picture #DailyOutfit

10 Apr

Yesterday, I let anxiety get the best of me. For the first time in a very long time, I had an anxiety attack on my way to work. I used to get them all the time when I was in University but over time I was able to control them. Yesterday, I lost sight of the bigger picture and let the small things get to me. Though I always try to keep a positive attitude, there are some days where it’s harder to stay focused on the most important things in life, which to me are: health, family & friends and happiness. Grateful to have lovely people in my life who help me stay on track and relaxed. Yesterday was a reminder to always take time for yourself, to take a few deep breaths when all seems a little overwhelming and to focus on the big picture!!

Luckily, I was able to take some rad outfit pics with Offner a few days ago. Love the look I had on yesterday. Harem pants are actually the most comfortable thing ever!

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 Photos by @Offner

Forever 21 leopard print harem pants (similar ones here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Anine Bing Bohemian black hat

Biko Rena Ring Necklace (get it here)

H&M basic brown tee 

 

 

Purple Lips #DailyOutfit

8 Apr

My makeup artist totally got my mood today! I was feeling a little grungy in the morning when I got up so the purple lips and dark eyes were the perfect addition to my look! Do you guys like purple lipstick?

I’m finally able to take my bike back out, couldn’t be more stoked!! Yay for spring!!

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Photos by @Offner

H&M distressed boyfriend jeans

The Balconies tee (similar ones here)

Vanessa Mooney Black Queen Necklace (get it here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

Zara Green Shirt with gold skull buttons (similar one here)

California Wine Fair

8 Apr

If you’re always on the lookout for the hottest new wines or an avid wine fan, the California Wine Fair is where you wanted to be last night! Many of California’s wineries are currently in the midst of their 35th annual wine fair tour across the country. Yesterday, 450 wines from the state of California were being presented at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. This was the wine fair’s fourth stop this year. Several hundreds of people came out to sip wine, meet folks and chow down on yummy appetizers.

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We were all given a map, a fair guide and pencils to mark down our favorite and not so favorite wines of the evening. Though I’m in no way the biggest wine “connaisseur”, I’ve really developed a lot more wine knowledge in the past year and a half, thanks to travels and also Offner, who had sold wine back in the day in France. Honestly, after tasting a dozen wines, it became a lot harder to differentiate all the smells and tastes.

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There was an all-around great vibe at the fair last night. Offner and I had fun looking at different wine names and labels, looking for the ones that stood out the most. I particularly enjoyed this rad label taken from a poster found in Nashville and transformed into a wine label by the Three Thieves called “The Show”. I also really enjoyed hearing about the history and location of each winery, their vines and products.

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If you’re on the west coast, fear not, the tour will be coming to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton at the end of April. Same goes for the east coast, the tour will be in Moncton and Halifax at the beginning of May.

Last night got me even more excited about my upcoming Napa Valley winery tour this summer! Great times!

 

 

Shimmer #DailyOutfit

7 Apr

Two of my favorite things in life are California (yup no surprise here!) and wine! I therefore couldn’t be more excited about having been invited to the California Wine Fair taking place at the Fairmont Royal York this evening. So I figured I’d dress up for the evening with some green and shimmery black. I’ll have a recap post about the event on the blog tomorrow, stay tuned!

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Photos by @Offner

Free People Key Pendant

H&M shimery black pleated skirt (similar one here)

HM green sleeveless embroidered blouse

Zara diagonal zip studded green blazer

Zara gold stud high heel boots

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

5 Questions With: Jacquie Neville of The Balconies

6 Apr

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Photo by: Dylan Leeder

I first met Jacquie Neville almost five years ago now just after moving to Toronto. Back then, her band The Balconies had also just moved to Toronto from their hometown of Ottawa. Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the chance to watch The Balconies grow as a band and also see Jacquie improve and gain a ton of confidence as a performer. She definitely was born to be a star! The one thing I’ve noticed since day 1 is her super cool rocker chic look. I therefore wanted to know more about what inspires her style.  Her band The Balconies will be heading out on their 5th cross-Canadian tour in May with Head of the Herd followed by a slew of festival dates this summer and upcoming tours in Europe and the UK. They’ve already started writing their follow up to Fast Motions, which was just released in January. Here are my 5 Questions with Jacquie Neville:

1 – Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?

As a teenager my parents were supportive with my ever changing sense of “style”. Sometimes I concocted outfits that made them go:  ”huh?!” but they understood that being a teenager was for discovering and inventing yourself. In my mid-teens I turned to the punk scene – I admired the sense of community and I felt I could relate easily to those around me. It didn’t matter if you were wearing the most recent pair of designer jeans – it was about the music and about wearing whatever you wanted and feeling confident about it. I often opted for black jeans and a black t-shirt; and it is still my go to. I feel most comfortable and like myself: Tom-boy-ish with a feminine twist I guess. If I want to feel a little fancier, I add a leather jacket or vest or sequin jacket. I try not to think too much about what I wear now because to me, it’s all about the music.

2 – Who are your style icons?

When I was a teenager I was fascinated by haute couture fashion and spent hours drawing my own “runway” outfits. For my thirteenth birthday my parents bought me a sewing machine and I created my own pieces for a while. I was captivated by Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen – that whole world was so unique and new to me; but it seemed unattainable and unrealistic for a girl living in a small town outside of Ottawa. I quickly realized that being fashionable didn’t necessarily mean you were stylish and vice versa. I discovered that being stylish is about how you wear something and wearing what works best for you and your body  - being comfortable in your own skin means you’ll be confident in your second skin. I admire Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Freddie Mercury and Marceline from Adventure Time.

3 – How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?

Every time I pack for tour I glance into my suitcase and all I see is a mound of black fabric. Haha. I always tell myself “I should really get some colour in my wardrobe” but then I realize…it’s just not me. Black jeans, black tees, black blazers, leather vests and jackets…black boots. I also MUST ALWAYS have my feathers to wear in my hair. I call them my “Power Feathers”: a show never feels right without them.

4 – Who are some of your favorite designers and/or brands?

I get all my feathers from my friend Cara Said (She Said Jewelry) her pieces are so unique – I’m her biggest fan. On a daily basis, I covet everything from Springsioux: a store and label based in Paris – everything they create is incredible. I was lucky enough to visit their store last year and I got spoiled.

5 – What makes you feel good/confident as an artist and performer?

What makes me feel confident is knowing I am well rehearsed. Even if we don’t have a full rehearsal before a show, I always make sure to practice my guitar and vocal parts – I am constantly wanting to evolve and improve. Because I exert so much energy in our live shows, I make sure I sleep a lot, eat well and I also do a lot of interval training. It’s necessary to be physically fit for long tours: making sure my body is healthy, well-rested and strong guarantees good, high-energy shows…and won’t risk burning out.

Thanks Jacquie! Have blast on the road!

 

 

Seeing Blue #DailyOutfit

4 Apr

Happy Friday everyone! Incredibly excited for the weekend! Running, watching movies, playing music (yes, yes, you read right!) and eating good food are on the program for the next two days. What are your plans for the weekend?

I’ve been watching so many movies and docs as of late, that starting today, I’m going to be of posting my movie of the week every Friday. This week…

My movie of the week: is Anchorman 2. Never would have thought this but the second instalment is even funnier than the first. The storyline gets a little out of whack at times but all in all, a good time from start to finish. Tons of really cool cameos, great styling and a really interesting critique on the state of television today. If you didn’t catch it in theatres, it’s now available on iTunes.

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For today’s outfit, I’ve piled on some denim and paired it with some blue and white and some silver jewelry.

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 Photos by @Offner

H&M chambray buttoned-up shirt (similar one here)

Forever 21 southwestern trim denim jacket (get it here)

Steve Madden leather booties (similar ones here)

Uranium silver evil eye necklace 

Springsioux Lady Muerte ring (get it here)

Zara scoop neck white tee 

Be A Shark #DailyOutfit

3 Apr

I love anything to do with sharks! I’m obsessed with Shark Week, I love watching documentaries on sharks, I love learning about them and hope to one day be lucky enough to go on an expedition to swim with them. I have utmost respect for these creatures. Though a bit scary, sharks are so smart and have such distinct and interesting characteristics. So I was pretty stoked when OIA Jules created some pretty gold shark tooth inspired necklaces. I loved my big necklace so much, I recently got a miniature version of it as well. I wouldn’t say I would describe myself as being a “shark” but I do love the confidence these animals have. I think it’s ok to have shark-like confidence once in a while!!

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 Photos by @Offner

OIA Jules Giant Gold Dipped Shark Tooth Pendant (get it here)

OIA Jules Baby Jaws Necklace (similar one here)

Forever 21 spotted dolphin shorts (get them here)

H&M yellow stretchy jersey tee (similar ones here)

Zara gold stud high heel boots

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

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