California Bound #DailyOutfit

Woke up to rain this morning but it doesn’t matter because tonight I’m California bound! Thrilled! Though, I’ll be spending most of my trip in the LA area, we’ll be flying in and out of Vegas exceptionally this time. So for tonight, I’ll be spending the night in Vegas at one of my favorite Casinos – the Luxor! I love the Luxor, not because it’s the fanciest, or the newest, but because they have the raddest pool and neatest overall design! I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt and though my travels haven’t taken me there yet, it’s nice to see a pyramid and the great sphinx ūüėČ

Really looking forward to staying in Venice Beach, seeing my friends, going to eat amazing food (Bulan Thai, Flore, Urth Caffe… I’m coming for ya!), going shopping, spending time in my favorite little place on earth – Encinitas and going surfing!! I feel very fortunate to be able to go back to California once again. It’s a love affair that began in 2005… and I’m not quite sure where it’ll take me ūüôā

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For today’s travels & rain, I kept it simple and comfy! It’s always cold on the plane, so I always make sure to dress warmly. I’ve worn sandals, skirts and dresses on the plane but realized over the years that I always end up regretting my decision, because I’m ALWAYS cold! So for today’s travels, I’m wearing my favorite snakeskin leggins, my silk tank and a few layers of jackets and sweaters. Also wearing a few of my favorite Verameat jewels (can’t wait to go see her new shop in Beverly Hills!!) plus some Lionette and Biko armcandy and my¬†#Wanderlust bracelet…

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American Apparel snakeskin leggings (similar ones here)

Zara silk leopard tank 

HM faux-leather bomber jacket 

HM gold spike necklace (similar one here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

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

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

Verameat gold brass initial ring

80%20 Callie leather boots (get them here)

30 days and counting…

In exactly a month from today, I’ll be back in LA.¬† Since I first visited LA in 2005, the California coast has quickly become my second home. There are many reasons why I love California but I think the main ones are: the people, the surf, the lifestyle, the nature (their big trees, colorful flowers, gardens, mountains, the ocean, the dessert) and the culture.

I usually try to go to California at least a few times a year to surf on my board (My lovely friend Maggie has been keeping it for me these past couple of months, I miss it tremendously!), to hang out with my friends (I can’t wait to see you ladies!!!), to eat great food (Bulan Thai, Flore, Cafe Gratitude, Urth Caffe), to drive on the Pacific Coast Highway (freedom!!), to hang in my favorite little towns (Encinitas, Venice, San Clemente, La Jolla, Santa Monica, etc) and to go shopping (Melrose Blvd, 3rd Street promenade, Main Ave.).

Contrary to what some people may believe, Californians are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Some of my favorite people on this planet are from LA and its’ surrounding areas. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming and laid back there.

All this to say, I couldn’t be more happy to be going back next month… And if you’ve never been to California before, it’s definitely worth the trip. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this place!

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Favorite eats in LA

I just got home on Sunday night from my vacation on the west coast. As a vegetarian (going on 10 years this year, hellz yea!), I love traveling to California because they have such a great selection of veggie or vegan-friendly food. They’ve also got lot’s of farmers markets and great organic and local products to offer. ¬†During my vacation, I always try to hit up new places to eat and this time was no different. ¬†Here are three of my favorites in the LA area:

1 – Flore Vegan

Located in Silverlake, just east of Hollywood, this small vegan restaurant is absolutely amazing! I ordered a vegan “Club Sandwich”, which included tempeh bacon, battered baked tofu, eggless mayonaise, avocado, tomato and sprouts, all served on fresh sourdough bread. It was accompanied by a delicious little salad. ¬†I also had one of their amazing vegan treats: I ordered a peanut butter and chocolate cupcake, which was hands down the best cupcake I’ve ever eaten. I like this place because unlike some vegan restaurants, Flore really fills you up and is relatively¬†inexpensive¬†for all the food you get ($10.95 for the club – photo shows only half of the club :p). They apparently also serve a delicious brunch. I highly recommend going for a visit!

2 – Bulan Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

Bulan Thai has two locations: one in Silverlake and another on Melrose Ave. in LA. Their dishes are creative and super tasty. I ordered the vegan “Hot Wings”, which give Sadie’s (One of my favorite vegetarian restaurants in Toronto) a run for their money. They are veggie chicken wings deep-fried and flavored with special hot sauce. I also ordered the vegan “Tasty Sweet & Sour” dish, with tofu, veggies and their yummy sweet & sour sauce. There are so many different things on their menu: Soups, Noodles, Appetizers, Rice, Curries, etc. It’s hard to pick out something to eat. I like this place not only for the food but also for their great service and friendly staff.

3 РVenice Beach Wines 

You wouldn’t even know this place existed if you were just walking by on Rose Avenue. Located in Venice Beach, this small tiny wine bar is a great place to discover new wines and eat lot’s of fantastic cheeses and food. They’ve got wines by the glass starting at $7, an extensive selection of beers and a delicious food menu featuring charcuterie, mini paninis, cheese, pizzettes, etc. I couldn’t resist getting some cheese (those who know me know I live for cheese), so I ordered the Beemster and Triple Cream St Andr√©, which were served with jams and warm baguette. Both cheeses were great, the portions could have been a little bigger for the price but for the quality of cheese they served, it wasn’t bad at all. I also ordered a mini panini – pear, aged cheddar and truffle oil. Wow! What a combo! I think I ate that thing in just a few seconds. ¬†They’ve also got tons of options for non-vegetarians as well. I also loved the ambiance and warmth to the place. ¬†Definitely worth the trip!

So there they are! If ever you’re in the area, I hope you’ll pay them a visit.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Mel

ps. All this food talk is making me hungry… is it lunch time yet?