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Alfred Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee (Arts District + other locations) – The company works with farmers around the world to source delicious and sustainable coffee. They sell their coffee within 48-hours after roasting, to deliver peak flavor. In the cafes they are constantly tasting each coffee to determine which day it will achieve peak flavor.

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen (Brentwood + other locations) – This is one of the most Instagramable coffee and tea shops in LA. It’s hard not to want to take a pic of a delicious latte, with a cute coffee bar in the background. Alfred is known for it’s motto that is displayed in every location, But First Coffee. 

Alfred Coffee LA

Aroma Coffee and Tea (Studio City) – Not only is it another cute place to grab a coffee, but it also has amazing food. This is a neighborhood hot spot with lots of industry professionals meeting and working. The cafe is located in a converted house with expansive yard, which is used as the patio.

Aroma Cafe Studio City

Coffee Commissary (Hollywood + other locations) – The shop offers a variety of boutique roasters, all brewed to perfection. The Hollywood location is located in the Siren Studios Building, where you can sometimes spot talent coming in and out. The outdoor walk-up window is a quick and easy way to get your caffeine fix.

Coffee Commissary Hollywood

Rubies + Diamonds (Hollywood) – I love the inventive infusions at Rubies + Diamonds, which isn’t a jewelry store. Some of my favorites are Rose Vanilla Latte and Coconut Sea Salt Cold Brew. This is the place for coffee with a twist and it will get you away from the regular black cup.

Best Coffee Shops LA

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (Venice Beach + other locations) – Intelligentsia’s mission is to make the coffee experience a memorable one. It’s an experience, from the act of making and brewing the coffee to the ritual of enjoying it. This is definitely felt in all of their shops and in the experience of waiting for a fresh cup.

Note: The best coffee in LA comes from the neighborhood boutique-style shops.

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This summer was so hot I couldn’t think about wearing jeans, especially during the day. It still continues to be blazing outside. When the temps get this high the only type of pants I want to wear look a lot like pajamas. I reach for cool, airy cotton and loose fitting pants. I wear these harem pants when I’m lounging, and they have become great pants to write in. My writing attire has to be casual wear. Nothing restricted.

One Tribe Pants, Black Tee {Similar}

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Photography by Abigail Collins

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STAY

Hotel Erwin – Hotel Erwin has some of the best views of the coast in Venice, and is located just steps away from the ocean and famous boardwalk. Locals and tourists enjoy sunset cocktails on the roof. One of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen was on the roof at Hotel Erwin.

Venice Beach House – For something less hipster and more California beach house chic, book a room at this quaint inn. The home was built in 1911 by Venice Beach developer Abbot Kinney. The house fit perfectly in his romantic concept of Venice in America.

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Venice Canals – One of my favorite things to do in Venice Beach is walk the canals. It’s peaceful and relaxing, makes for some cute pictures, and you can check out all of the different houses along the way. The man-made canals were built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney, but since then a lot of the canals have been drained and turned into sidewalks.

Venice Boardwalk – Muscle Beach and the boardwalk are often times what people think of when they hear beaches in Los Angeles. The boardwalk stretches about a half mile along the sand. From here you can look out over the Pacific Ocean and watch the surfers and boats roll by. Shops, restaurants, street art and artists, all make up the famed boardwalk.

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Abbot Kinney Boulevard – This upscale shopping district is a nice place to get away from the crowds down by the beach. There are lots of boutique shops, restaurants, and bars. There are too many to list, so make it a destination and check them all out. It’s one of my favorite shopping destinations in LA.

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Late Sunday Afternoon – It feels like you’re walking into someone’s home when you step into Late Sunday Afternoon. It’s located on the trendy strip of Lincoln Blvd in Venice, where new restaurants and shops are popping up all the time. The company works with dead-stock fabrics from downtown LA to make scarves, ascots, pocket squares, and more. They also sell unique gifts from other creatives, which makes up their small local shop and factory.

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Christy Dawn – Christy Dawn, the founder and designer, uses deadstock fabric for all of her vintage inspired designs. Her classic looks are made by artisans in downtown Los Angeles. In order to minimize their carbon footprint, Christy Dawn uses deadstock fabric and sews a limited number of pieces, numbering each one that is made.

LCD – The high end boutique focuses on supporting new up-and-coming designers and emerging their customers in these designs. They also work with new jewelry designers, photographers, and artists. This is a location for all fashion and art lovers.

Strange Invisible Perfumes – Although it’s sold internationally and online, the best place to shop for these perfumes is at the flagship store on Abbot Kinney. The owner developed the brand to make high-end perfumes from authentic botanical essences. All of the natural fragrances are bottled in Venice.

Note: Fist three photos by Abigail Collins.

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The sheer trend is here to stay for fall. If you watched the VMAs or saw any of the red carpet pics, you saw a lot of sheer blouses and skirts. It’s also been all over the glossies and my favorite fashion sites. Pulling off the sheer trend without a camisole or non-sheer top underneath requires a bit of confidence. It also depends on where you’re wearing it. I wouldn’t suggest wearing sheer to the office, but you can definitely get away with it for a night out.

I used to not be confident wearing a sheer top with a bra underneath showing through. But as the confidence grew, as well as the trend, I started to wear it more and more. If you’re unsure of the trend, my best advice is to get a pretty lace bra and just go for it.

Sheer Blouse {Similar}, One Teaspoon Shorts, Krewe Sunglasses, St. Laurent Paris Booties, Fringe Purse {Similar}

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This weekend I spent some time in Ojai with my best friend and family. I’ve posted about Ojai before {here and here}, and wanted to share some more finds I’ve discovered.  There are still so many restaurants and places I want to go back and checkout. It makes it easy to go up there when I love seeing my family there too.

My friend and I started the morning early at Meditation Mount. I definitely suggest going to the 8:30-9:00am meditation class. It’s held every morning the center is open, which is Wednesday through Sunday. This not only sets your day spreading peace and calming your mind, but it’s the best thing about the center, besides the view. After the meditation, take a very short walk to the end of the path to enjoy the view.

Ojai-Mountains

We then made our way to some estate sales and stopped to have breakfast at The Framer and the Cook. This organic restaurant is also a small organic market, where fresh bread is baked daily, and canisters of loose leaf tea can be mixed and matched to create your own blend.

After breakfast we hit up three different thrift stores on the main drag in town. New 2 You was very shopable, which is hard to find in a secondhand store. Next to it is Pink Thrift, my other favorite. The shop smells like essential oils and incense, so your clothes come home smelling like Ojai and not dusty old closet. It makes me not want to wash the clothes I bought.

Weekend in Ojai

We arrived at my cousins’ relaxing ranch-style house later in the afternoon for a swim and to soak up the sun. I felt like a kid again jumping and diving into the pool. That’s the best feeling. After swimming and snacking, we enjoyed a light dinner and good conversation.

Weekend-in-Ojai

Note: Already looking forward to my next weekend in Ojai.

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