weekly finds: la style

weekly finds

Hello and happy Friday! Today is our last day in California, and we’re finishing up the week with some beach time and a friends wedding tonight, (which Dina is actually officiating!). The past two weeks have been nothing short of amazing, and I’m feeling extra grateful that we were not only able to take a proper babymoon and spend a week of quiet, and relaxed time in Palm Springs, but that we’ve also had the opportunity to spend another week here in LA, working and playing a bit too. There is something about this California sun that keeps me smiling whether working on a deadline or not! While I’m super empathetic to the unfortunate drought the state is facing, I can’t help but enjoy the sunny days, and warm temperatures after leaving such a sh*tty east coast winter behind. For the sake of California though, I do hope it rains. But after tomorrow, when we leave!

While in LA, we stayed at an excellent beach bungalow inspired AirBnB in Venice, and had the chance to check out some epic local restaurants and shops. For this Weekly Finds post, here’s a round-up of what we discovered. I’ve documented much of our trip on instagram so pop over there for some visual reference of the past couple of weeks. And stay tuned for my Palm Springs round-up in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend ahead, and I will catch you on the flip side. xx

RESTAURANTS:

Gjelina: Many friends who live locally recommended this restaurant, which is in the heart of Venice on Abbot Kinney. It was delicious, with a menu that included small plates, pizzas and entrees. Good for people watching too, get there early if you don’t have reservations, because it’s definitely a hot spot. If not, call ahead and reserve your table.

Cafe Gratitude: In the span of 6 days, I ate at Cafe Gratitude 3 times. It’s a vegan spot, but probably the best one I’ve ever eaten at in my life. Since I’m gluten free, there were also a ton of options that I can’t usually get in any typical restaurant like a GF baguette. I worked here during some of my mornings (yay for free wifi!), and between the buckwheat pancakes, vegan blt and sparkling rose water, I’m salivating thinking about it now. Be sure to ask for the question of the day.

AOC: Located in Beverly Hills (and not the same as the one in NYC), we had dinner here with friends during the week. A more upscale and posh place, this is the type of spot where you may or may not catch a celeb spotting. The food was amaze, and environment super hip. Be sure to order the bacon wrapped dates and the shared dessert platter!

Blue Plate: This Santa Monica lunch spot is super casual and cute, but yummy too. Great for brunch, we both had awesome salads. Located on Montana, a good strip for shopping too.

Venice Ale House: More of a pub/bar atmosphere, I met a friend here for lunch because I was jonesing to eat on the beach! A large menu to choose from, all of the food is organic and fresh with gluten free bread options too. Great for people watching, the restaurant is right in the heart of the Venice beach strip.

KreationAnother organic spot, located on Abbot Kinney, Kreation was good, but not half as good as Cafe Gratitude. I did however order a greek salad sandwich on a gluten free baguette which was nothing short of amazing.

Moon JuiceSomeone I know recommended this spot which is your typical fresh pressed juice place. I only went here once, and drank one juice (pineapple, cucumber, jalepeno), but apparently this place is the bees knees according to locals. It’s expensive so be prepared to spend at least $10-$12 per juice. It’s located across the street from Cafe Gratitude on Rose Avenue in Venice.

SHOPPING:

Beach House Brand: If you’re in Venice, and on the hunt for cool beachwear, GO HERE! I didn’t buy anything but I could have pretty much bought the whole store. Full of epic caftans, swimsuits, and beach paraphernalia, this shop is located at the beginning of Abbot Kinney near Main street.

Planet Blue: This store should easily be renamed “Coachella” because everything in the store could have been seen on someone at the music festival. Everyone shopping in the store actually looked like they were on their way. Lot’s of fringe, maxi dresses, suede hats, bikinis and boho inspired gear, head over to this store if you are looking to embrace your inner hippie. We picked up a cute, bohemian beach blanket for the baby boo. There are a few locations in LA.

Flannel: Located on Abbot Kinney, this boutique is an Australian one, and after visiting on a previous trip I knew I wanted to hit it again. I love the breezy, beachy bohemian styles they carry and I wound up scooping up what could be the prettiest dress I’ve ever bought to wear now (with bump) and after.

Burning Torch: I couldn’t find any silhouettes that worked for my current prego bod in this awesome boutique located on Abbot Kinney, but if I was not 27 weeks along, I may have bought everything. Perfectly in line with my personal style, the store was full of cool, beach’y but edgy and urban styles. I especially dug the rack in the back full of one-of-a-kind items made from recycled fabrics!

Aviator Nation: If you’re into surf inspired, cozy tees, sweats and sweatshirts this is your spot, located on Abbot Kinney. The quintessential boutique to fulfill all of your surfer-style fantasies. Dina has loved this brand for a while, which I discovered in Story in NYC. You can order their gear online, but we picked up a few cute items for the little on the way.

The Piece Collective: If I opened my own boutique, I envision it would look something like this. Located at the end of Abbot Kinney, the free-standing lifestyle store is perfectly merchandised with miscellaneous accessories from coasters to candles to jewelry to tote bags, with hanging space for apparel too. It is light and airy, and a shopping experience that made me happy despite not purchasing a thing.

weekly finds: palm springs edition

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We are out, en route to Palm Springs for 8 days of babymoon’ing and since heading to the desert, I pulled together a few of the items (or versions of) that I’ve packed in my bag for this week’s Weekly Finds post. I figure that since spring is here, summer is not far behind, and spring break vacations are on the rise, ya’ll might benefit from some of these goodies too. I hope you enjoy this post, this Friday and your weekend ahead! I’ll be taking next week off, but will be back soon and am excited about the features lined up for the months ahead! xx Jenny

SHOP IT: 1. BANANA REPUBLIC hat // 2. VAALBARA embroidered clutch // 3. L*SPACE bikini  // 4. COOLA spf 30 sunscreen // 5. MELISSA ODABASH caftan // 6. HATCH COLLECTION jumpsuit // 7. ILLESTEVA sunnies // 8. ANCIENT GREEK lace-up sandals, 9. J.CREW beach bag // 1o. HAMMAMAS beach towels

weekly finds: all things denim

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Whether it’s to work, on the weekends, date night, or (these days) even to a broadway show, denim is a fabric that we all seem to gravitate to. Jeans are versatile and go with just about everything. They are the perfect antidote to our polished pieces, and add just enough edge and relaxation to whatever you pair them with. Like the Australians say, they help to “rug it up”. Now that denim is one of the trending fabrics for spring, retailers are busting at the seams with new iterations of our beloved favorites. I’ve pulled together a few styles for this Weekly Finds post that I’m coveting. And no need to worry about purchasing anything too trendy. Denim will live on forever. I promise. Happy shopping, and weekend!

SHOP: ALL THINGS DENIM 

Swap out your full length denim for a skirt this spring/summer. I’m loving this, this and this one, all from A.P.C. And I really love this longer, 70’s inspired version from H&M.

These Rag & Bone denim shorts are pricy, however you know you’re going to live in them all summer long. So they definitely would be worth the cost. These Madewell ones are super cute too though, and a quarter of the price! And how could I forget these Levi’s when doing a post on denim!

This Zara denim shorts jumpsuit is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m thinking it may even work with a baby bump. Maybe even this dress too.

Wear your denim to work with this Asos denim print dress style.

If you follow me along on instagram, you would have seen that I’m jonesing for a pair of maternity bell bottoms. Well, I haven’t found any yet, but have been dreaming about this pair from MIH.

These Madewell overalls are so good that I want to buy them now in what I predict my post baby size to be.

I imagine wearing this Splendid shirtdress running on errands and then having it double as my beach cover-up.

If you’ve been searching for the perfect fitting denim jacket, in the perfect wash, it’s right here at Madewell. The chambray shirt is pretty spot on too.

If you’re more into an oversized fit like me, this Asos denim jacket may be even better suited for you.

White denim is always in style, and I’m loving this Current/Elliot iteration of the classic pencil skirt.

I’m crying that I can’t wear these Michael Kors chambray wide leg pants this season. Wha!

Celebrate your inner hippie with this Zara denim embroidered dress or this one from Topshop.

weekly finds: spring wishlist

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Hello and happy friday! First and foremost I want to give my mama a shout out because it’s her birthday today and while I sadly won’t get to see her in person, I love her to the moon and back and am wishing her the best day ever! Now, speaking of wishes, a peek inside my 70’s inspired spring wish list because as my belly continues to grow, so does my shopping list. I won’t be able to fit into half of these pieces, but I’m sure you will! So let me live vicariously through you! Please! Happy weekend. xx

SHOP IT:  1. J.CREW cuff // 2. STELLA MCCARTNEY swimsuit // 3. J.CREW mules // 4. TOPSHOP lace top // 5. CHLOE shoulder bag // 6. PAUL AND JOE SISTER dress // 7.  MIH flared jean // 8. RAG & BONE fedora // 9. FRAME denim overalls // 10. ILLESTEVA sunnies // 11. H&M silk scarf

weekly finds: inspiring women

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For this Weekly Finds post, I’ve pulled together a list of women who have been super inspiring to me. Like a sponge, I have been absorbing all of their beautiful energy, and I wanted to introduce you to who these incredible creatures are. I’ve met most of these women after launching Your Soul Style which has opened countless doors and relationships in my life. I am eternally grateful for this journey, and meeting these strong individuals who are paving their own way – entrepreneurial, creative, soulful, and designing the lives they want to live. All the while giving back to their communities of women and establishing platforms that perpetuate goodness in the world. True women with Style From The Inside Out. Take a peak at these ladies, the incredible businesses they have created, and head over to their sites to learn a bit more…

Clockwise from top left:

Carly Burson, Founder, Tribe Alive | I’ve written about Tribe Alive in spotlight posts here and here, but I’m continuously inspired by my friend Carly and wanted to include her in this feature. Tribe Alive is all about purposeful fashion, employing indigenous women from countries like Honduras and Ethiopia and giving them opportunities to make a fair wage income they wouldn’t have otherwise had. The merchandise is beautiful, all handmade by local artisans and while the company is just about to launch only their second collection, Spring 2015, Tribe Alive is making major strides in the marketplace. Carly, mother of beautiful Elie, entrepreneur, world traveler and do-gooder is someone to watch. A woman who has been inspiring me since the day I met her, she is ambitious, and determined to make this world a better place. Follow her along on the Tribe Alive site, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Latham Thomas, Founder, Mama Glow | I’ve attended a few events with Latham Thomas, founder, and author of Mama Glow: a hip guide to your fabulous, abundant pregnancy, and felt her energy and spirit radiate the room from the moment I took notice. Latham, who is also a yoga teacher and doula is all about the mind & body alignment for women both expecting and not. She facilitates the important and impactful message of wellness, and believes in the community of women and taking care of yourself, starting from the inside out. It is evident that she practices what she preaches by her beaming soul, and when I recently heard her speak at the Beyond Mom event, I knew she was someone I wanted to stay connected to. Follow her along on Mama Glow, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Randi Zinn, Founder of Beyond Mom | Randi Zinn began Beyond Mom as a way of bringing a community of women together who can inspire and collaborate with one another. “She encourages moms to cultivate a life “Beyond Mom” – one that embraces the gifts of motherhood but expresses all that they are as individuals: creators, businesswomen, thinkers, friends and so much more”. After attending my first event two weeks ago, and meeting Randi in person, I took notice of her leadership, and her position as a strong role model to women who are pursuing their dreams outside of having a family. As I embark into my own journey towards motherhood, I’m so grateful to have connected to Randi and her community. Get involved on the Beyond Mom site, and follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Liz Teich, Stylist & Editor of The Brooklyn Stylist | If you google “Fashion Blogger”, you will fall down the interweb rabbit hole since there are over thousands in NYC alone. With that said, most are pretty consistent with the standard fashion blogging format, sharing outfits posts, etc. but what I love about Liz Teich, stylist and founder of The Brooklyn Stylist, is that she provides so much more! As a professional stylist and fashion expert, Liz offers tips and strategies that are useful. I admire her witty and not-so-serious perspective, and am inspired by her approach to fashion and style. While she is totally in the know when it comes to what’s going on in the industry, she keeps things real and authentic. Stay tuned for a full spotlight feature in the coming weeks! In the meantime, follow her along on The Brooklyn Stylist, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Jessica Pallay, Co-Founder of Well Rounded NY | Upon my first meeting with Jessica, I knew she was someone I’d be inspired by. At the time she was working for a non-profit company, co-running Well Rounded NY, raising her two beautiful little girls and didn’t skip a beat. So well spoken, and articulate – a woman who keeps it real. Her authenticity comes through in her personality and spills over to the site which covers relatable and relevant information for the ‘cosmopolitan mom’. Jessica is the kind of woman who I look to when I wonder if I can do it all once the baby arrives. She has shown me that I am capable of running my own successful business, tending to a family, and staying sane in-between. Follow her along on Well Rounded NY, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Domino Kirke, Co-Founder of Carriage House Birth | I recently just met Domino, but was immediately taken aback by her radiating energy and spiritual soulfulness. Domino is the co-founder of Carrige House Birth, a center which provides birth services including doulas, placenta encapsulation, and pre and post natal birthing classes. Domino will actually be acting as our Doula and I felt compelled to include her in this feature because although we’ve just met, I’m inspired. In a time of unknowns for many women, where there may be fear and anxiety about the impending experience, the combination of her practical knowledge with emotional intelligence is a rare find and ultra comforting. Her nature is gentle, centered and peaceful, all necessary vibrations when bringing life into this world. She has worked with tons of women in this city, and has giving them the tools to empower themselves through their individual birthing experiences. I am so grateful to be in such good hands. Check out her site, Carrige House Birth.