Posts Tagged: los angeles

shop tour :: ReForm School

ReFormMy last California shop tour has been posted on Poppytalk today! You can check out my full post here.

I will be taking a break from blogging over the next few weeks while we get ready for the holidays. Amazing to think that one year ago we were living in London, UK and getting ready to head to our friends in Cambridge for Christmas. This year, we’ll be hosting Robert’s parents for a few days as they have decided to stay local and not make the trek over to the British Virgin Islands where his sister lives. Here’s to hoping to sit in front of the tree and enjoy hot drinks and all those naughty things you only eat during the holiday season!

Happy Christmas.

shop tour :: Poketo

poketoRobert and I stopped by Poketo, a producer of limited edition lifestyle goods in collaboration with artists from around the world, on our last visit to the Arts District in Los Angeles. Founded by husband and wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo specializes in limited edition art products, clothing, and homewares. Check out my full post here of Poketo’s newly opened 4,000 sq ft boutique over on Poppytalk today!

city guide pt 2 :: LA

We used Airbnb in LA and found the perfect one bedroom in Silverlake with a breath taking view of the Hollywood Hills. Trust me, I did not want to leave this place! My favourite part about living in California? The fruit trees! My dream would be to have a lemon tree in my backyard… bliss! Here’s my final round up. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

Handsome Coffee Roasters :: 582 Mateo Street :: We parked in the Arts District and walked past a gangster film shoot before arriving at the coffee shop. I love this place. Coffee was fantastic, pastries are from Proof Bakery, and the staff was super nice.

Urbanic :: 1644 Abbot Kinney Boulevard :: A pretty paper boutique filled with stationery, greeting cards, and a nice selection of Le Pens (my favourite!). I’ve been following them via instagram for quite awhile, so it was great to see all of their store displays in person.

Broome Street General :: 2912 Rowena Avenue :: One part general store and one part cafe, this was a great little place tucked into a quiet neighbourhood in Silverlake. They have a large seating area outside and a curated selection of goods inside including handmade bow ties from Forage and cards from Rifle Paper Co. For a small space, they have a great mix of products for sale and beautiful displays.

Torrance Antiques Fair :: A fairly large market with friendly stall holders and some great friends for low prices. I picked up a mint condition 5 piece set of Pyrex bowls for $30 and if I had room, I would have brought home more Pyrex, a chair, and a suitcase set. Definitely a new favourite!

On the Lot :: Follow them via twitter to see when and where they will be opened. This is where we had dinner on our last night in LA and it was just perfect! They have a rotating team of approx. 6 food trucks that meet on a weekly basis. We tried Lomo Arigato for Japanese Peruvian fare and the Mandoline Grill for viet subs!

Have your own favourites? Share them below!

city guide pt 1 :: LA

My work has brought me to LA a few times in the past where we stationed ourselves more or less in the Universal area and Burbank neighbourhoods. Although, we only had a {very} short 4 days here, we came with a completely different mindset on this trip – sun + palm tress, independent shops, and coffee culture. Los Angeles, I love you!

To help you plan your next trip, here are some of the places that we visited:

Poketo :: 820 E. 3rd Street :: Pronounced poh-keh-toe, they are probably best known for their vinyl artist wallets and their recent collaboration with Target. I’ll be posting more about them soon!

La Otra Taqueria Escuela :: 7615 Beverly Blvd :: I came here for their ceiling made of wooden shoe forms and I left talking about their pork belly tacos for weeks. They were so good that we went back the next day for more. Seriously. This is a stop you don’t want to miss.

Liz’s Antique Hardware :: 453 South La Brea Avenue :: If you love vintage and reproduction hardware for your home (skeleton keys, cabinet, furniture, lighting), this is the mothership. Worth a visit whether or not you plan to purchase any of these items.

Grove + Farmers Market :: 189 The Grove Drive :: This place brings me back to my earlier visits to LA when Jess and I would come here to spot celebrities. Ha! Lots of shopping and restaurants… heard great things about the Umami Burger, but didn’t have a chance to check it out.

Reform School :: 3902 Sunset Blvd :: I first heard about Tootie and Billie from Handmade Nation and added it to my list of places to visit. Fantastic shop filled with handmade goods, stationery, clothing, and other small gift items. I’ll be posting more about them soon!

Intelligentsia Coffee: 3922 West Sunset Blvd :: Just down the street from Reform School, its one of those places that if you love coffee, you have to at least visit once. The staff were all wearing hats and looked like they could break into spoken word, but besides that, the space and iced coffee was great!

Melrose Trading Post :: 7850 Melrose Avenue :: 1 of the 3 antique markets that I hit up during our visit. Tons of vintage clothing and some housewares and furniture. Worth the $2 admission, but definitely a hit and miss depending on which stalls are open when you visit. Found one seller that divides their time between LA and Detroit with a gorgeous selection of ice cream scoops (circular, triangular, and square!) and chocolate moulds.

Guisados :: 2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave :: Found this place via instagram and decided to try it out. Definitely off the beaten path, but just spot the line up at the door and you know you have arrived. We ordered the sample platter each and a melon juice to share. Not exactly sure what was on the platter, but everything was tasty except for the one that burned my lips off. :|

Stay tuned for part 2!

in the city ::

Our time in California is coming to an end, but what an action packed adventure this has been! We used to come down to LA on a yearly basis to work on an event and looking back, we can see how we have changed over the past years. Dare I say matured!? I’m not sure what we used to spend all of our time doing, but now we are chasing down the duo from Big Gay Ice Cream and seeking out those independent shops and eateries via instagram + foursquare feeds.

I have a ton of work ahead of me including organizing all the pictures from the past week. In the meantime, enjoy a few instagram shots. Find me on instagram under lotusevents.

from top to bottom: In croissant heaven at Tartine SF | our place in LA | visiting the Square offices (Did you know that Square is now available in Canada and will be at Got Craft? Read more here) | street art | Venice Beach | still drooling over those pork belly tacos from La Otra Taquiera Escuela | Handsome Coffee

Psst… Can you spot us on Ultrateg‘s blog about Big Gay Ice Cream‘s last day of their LA Pop Up shop?