California Highlights

Just before leaving for Montreal on assignment for work, I spent almost two weeks in California for a little r and r. Here are some of the highlights of my trip:

1- Venice

It was my first time officially staying in Venice on this past trip. @Offneraurelien had stayed there before and definitely is very fond of this beach town. Though I’d hung out in Venice and had meetings there, I had never really explored the town more: the infamous boardwalk, the enormous guys work out at Muscle Beach or those dressed up asking for money to pose for pictures, etc. What I liked about Venice is the fact that not too far from that madness, you have all the beautiful canals and homes in quiet streets. I envy those who live in that area. How about a nice kayak ride after breakfast or a coffee on your porch overlooking the canals and being just two blocks from the ocean?! Sounds dreamy! What I also fell in love with in Venice is Abbot Kinney street. The street totally screams MEL! I love all the quaint coffee shops, the abundant choice of restaurants (you must go to Gjelina – the Caramel & seasalt pot de crème is RIDIC! & 3 Square Café + Bakery) the cool clothing and vintage shops and its overall vibe!

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2- Deus ex machina

Located in Venice, this coffee shop/bike shop is a cool laid-back spot for a croissant and coffee in the morning. If you like the old motorcycle culture, surfing and coffee, then Deus is the place for you! I loved how friendly the staff was there. They don’t offer a very extensive menu but the stuff they do offer is yummy. Plus, they’ve got a cool shop design. Deus is always putting on some rad events in the Venice area, so make sure you check them out!

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3- The CheeseStore of Silverlake

Those who know me, know how much I LOVE cheese! I don’t think I could live without it. We stopped by the Silverlake cheese shop for a little “goûter” one afternoon. Their selection was fantastic! They had so much variety, cheeses that are hard to find even in Toronto, fresh baked goods and a wonderful selection on wines. Plus, their prices were really affordable! I loved sitting down on their bench out front in the sun and enjoying my goûter!

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4- Reel Inn

@Offneraurelien had been telling me about this place for quite some time now. He claims that Reel Inn was the coolest little taco restaurant in all of LA. Located on the PCH right at the beginning of Malibu, Reel Inn looks like some crappy wood shed. You would have no idea that they serve a huge variety of fresh fish they caught that day as well as some good old tacos. You could see it in Aurelien’s face just how stoked he was to be at his favorite “taco fish” spot. I loved their terrasse and super cosy atmosphere.

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5- Dr. Woo

While on vacation, I had the chance of getting tattooed by the ultra talented Dr. Woo, who works at Shamrock Social Club in Hollywood. I’ve been following his instagram feed for the last couple of months and am a big fan of his work. He’s tattooed some bloggers I follow, celebrities, musicians and regular folk like myself. I’d been thinking of getting the word “Wanderlust” tattooed on me for quite some time now and thought he was the perfect guy to do it! Love the script that he did. For those who don’t know what wanderlust means, it’s “A strong desire to travel”. Seemed fitting!

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There were tons of other fantastic things on this trip – daily Urth Caffé stops, Café Gratitude, bike rides, my entire birthday extravaganza, Micheal Jackson slot machines in Vegas, Universal Studios, surfing, Encinitas, etc. Can’t wait for the second part of our adventure in July!!

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Houndstooth #DailyOutfit

Happy Thursday!

In exactly two weeks I’ll be heading back to New York!! I couldn’t be more excited to be going back to one of my favorite cities in the world. Can’t wait to shop, see friends, hang out and have the best time! I’m also really looking forward to seeing the lovely ladies of Lionette and also Verameat. Hoping to mix a little bit of business and fun during the weekend!

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But before I head to New York, I’m making my way to the great Canadian prairies next week for the Juno Awards. I haven’t been to Regina since 2006 so I’m excited to see that city again and be smack dab in the middle of the country. It’s going to be a wild week: not only are we covering the Juno Award festivities (doing a live hit, hitting the red carpet, etc.) but we’re also shooting the first ever BRBR cooking show, the first taxi BRBR show as well as doing a bunch of acoustic sessions and interviews with local artists. I’ll be updating my blog daily with what I’m up to, what artists we’ve met, etc. So stay tuned!

And prior to all of that, I’ve been asked to take part in a special music video being partly shot in Toronto this weekend. It’s for one of the biggest rappers in France – his name is Disiz. The talented @offneraurelien is directing his new video. I couldn’t be prouder of him! It’s truly my pleasure to play a small role in the video.  Check out the rad track below:

For today’s outfit, I decided to take out my houndstooth skirt, combine it with a plain white tee and bright red blazer. I also added some of my favorite jewels from Lionette, Oia Jules & Biko.

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H&M Red open front blazer (similar one here)

Forever 21 Houndstooth print skirt (get it here)

H&M basic white tee (get it here)

80%20 Callie leather boots (get them here)

OIA Jules Metallic Leather & Gold Ring Wrap Bracelet (get it here)

Lionette HARLEM necklace (check the site for more info)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)