Ledlow Restaurant

Ledlow Restaurant

The Ledlow restaurant is located inside the historic San Fernando Building downtown. Previously Pete’s, a favorite neighborhood burger joint, Chef Josef Centeno recently changed the name, menu and vibe of the restaurant. I don’t know if the loyal locals like the change, but since I never went to Pete’s I’m digging Ledlow. We went for brunch, which mellow and we didn’t have to wait in a huge line. The menu isn’t huge, but it has all of the tasty essentials. I went the healthy route with steel cut oatmeal with kumquats and maple syrup. A cozy meal on a cloudy morning.

Ledlow has become a popular evening restaurant, serving small-town American dishes in the heart of downtown L.A.. This new spin on American classic dishes and drinks has brought in some new regulars.

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Note: Explore downtown.

Wednesday Woman of Note: Jassy MacKenzie

Jassy Mackenzie

I recently read Drowning by Jassy de Jong, an exotic sexy read much like 50 Shades of Grey. Although I didn’t read 50 Shades, I know they have some of the same elements. A hot guy and girl and sex. Drowning, on the other hand takes place in South Africa, so it has the exotic location element. Since travel is one of my favorite topics {to read, to do, to talk about}, I was immediately hooked. After I read the book I wanted to know more about Jassy. I’m so excited she sat down to answer a few questions and share more about her life. What an inspiring woman and writer!

Describe a typical day. I’m usually rudely woken at about 5:30 am by my young cat, Spot, savaging my feet under the duvet. Mornings include a quick cuddle with my partner Dion, walking through dewy grass to let the horses out before dawn, the smell of fresh brewed coffee, and settling down to work at the computer in my home office. Afternoons are spent fighting the temptation to sneak into the bedroom for a quick nap, and doing catch-up writing if I didn’t have time in the morning – I have a day job editing a hairdressing magazine so I have to juggle work and creativity. Evenings go hand in hand with the aromas of cooking and the clinking of ice cubes in a wine glass.

What encouraged you to become a writer? The need to tell stories. In writers, it’s a compulsion – there’s no way to keep them inside you.

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What inspired you to write Drowning? I wanted to write a romance with some complexity, that asked difficult questions of the characters and forced them to make some tough decisions. Life and love aren’t always easy and I wanted my heroine, Erin, to have to grow during the story, face real challenges, learn more about herself, and earn her happy ending.

How do you get into the creative flow? Do you ever experience “writers block?” Yes, I think every writer does. Sometimes I just force myself to write through it. Going for a walk and thinking about the story is another effective way of dealing with it. I think it’s because exercise oxygenates the brain and finally gets it working. Like rebooting a computer!

Jassy Mackenzie

What are your top 3 beauty must-haves? A good cleanser, a good moisturizer, and fabulous perfume. The cleanser and moisturizer are important because I have dry skin and live in a dry climate. Perfume is an essential – to me, it’s more important than make-up because fragrance is such a mood enhancer.

Who’s your fashion icon? I have two icons who work in the industry, designing and dressing the who’s who. Firstly, David Gillson of Carlton Hair in Hyde Park, Johannesburg – a top hairdresser with an in-depth knowledge and passion for fashion. He’s an amazingly flamboyant character with a strong signature style and a real personality, he is also an incredibly humble family man who is never too busy to help out, or be kind. Secondly, Thabo Thunderstorm Maserumule, who is a local fashion designer that produces the most breathtaking outfits, combining traditional African culture with modern style. He absolutely loves his work and puts his heart into every garment that he creates.

How would you describe your style? Casual but colorful

Where have you been daydreaming about traveling to? We’ve been having a heat wave here in South Africa, so I’ve been daydreaming about traveling to Iceland to enjoy watching snowy, frozen landscapes, and seeing the Northern Lights.

Jassy Mackenzie

What’s next for you? I am currently at work on my next thriller – I write the Jade de Jong thriller series as well as romances. There’s also another romance waiting in the wings, and lots of other ideas in my head that I can’t wait to get started with.

What’s your biggest passion? Outside of work, writing and my relationship, it’s riding horses. I have a young Thoroughbred who has proven to be quite talented at dressage, and I am so enjoying the journey of schooling him up and learning more about this equestrian discipline.

Jassy Mackenzie

Note: Check out Jassy’s books!

http://www.jassymackenzie.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jassydejong

http://www.amazon.com/Drowning-Jassy-Jong/dp/1938231961

Outside

Venice Canals

Sometimes you just need a little family time outside to help you get through the hardships in life. My cousin came down this weekend to relax, explore L.A. and catch up for some much needed girl time and family time. We spent most of the weekend outdoors, which made me remember when we were kids playing outside. Not only did it bring up great memories but it was also very cathartic. There’s something about being outside, walking and talking that’s therapeutic. Maybe it’s because I spend a lot of time inside. In my car, in the office all day, in the yoga studio, in my thoughts. Hiking through Griffith Park and walking the Venice Canals brought me physically outside and out of my thoughts. It was a much needed release.

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Anthropologie Vegan Leather Jacket, Anthropologie Shirt, MOTHER Jeans, Sam Edelman Booties, Sole Society Purse, Halogen Scarf, Alex and Ani Bracelets, Target Belt

Note: Take a walk outside today, even if it’s for 15 minutes. I guarantee it will make you feel good.

Wednesday Woman of Note: Emily Popp

Emily Popp

I met Emily at a beauty industry event when someone introduced us by chance. It wasn’t until several months after that we finally met up for dinner. We immediately hit it off. We bonded over our love of writing, fashion and beauty. I admire Emily’s career drive and her infectious joy. She brings so much light to every situation, we always end up giggling and having fun no matter what we’re doing. I’m so happy she was able to share her story of breaking in and tips how to fight writers block. I need to save that one when I’m in a lull.

How did you break into the fashion world? I actually got into a career of fashion journalism because of my background in improv comedy. I moved to New York City after college, and I had never even been to a red carpet event before in my life. But I was given my first job as a red carpet reporter because I had experience in improvisation—which is what event reporting is all about.

Shortly after, I joined The Daily Front Row as a writer/reporter, which was an invaluable experience for me. My job was twofold: writing in the office during the day and then covering industry events at night. I was able to interview my fashion heroes like Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera as well as personal idols of mine like Salman Rushdie, Joan Rivers and Bill Murray. And I got to experience Fashion Week from a super-intense, up-close-and-personal perspective.

Emily popp

What made you move to Los Angeles? While I cherished my New York City years, I always knew I wanted to land on the west coast. So I eventually made the cross country move and landed in LA, two and a half years ago. I worked as an editor at Total Beauty Media and then later joined E! Online.

So what are you doing now? Now I am in a new chapter of my career where I’m focusing on combining my three loves: writing, style and comedy. You can find me hosting fashion and entertainment videos for Glam, and I am working on an up-coming series with two of the most talented women I know, who also happen to be my good friends. It’s an exciting time because even though there are challenges, there’s nothing better than laughing with people you love and calling it work!

Glam TV

What encouraged you to become a writer? I’ve loved storytelling for as long as I can remember. I loved hearing a good story and I loved re-telling my experiences. I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer, but I always knew I wanted to tell stories.

How do you get into the creative flow? Do you ever experience writer’s block? There are certain times of the day where I “flow” better than others, and that’s typically at night. I’m a true night owl. I definitely experience writer’s block, and I actually have Pandora stations I use specifically for when I hit a wall. The Simon & Garfunkel station is great for writer’s block and so is Sam Smith. Listening to something soothing and relaxing usually helps jolt me out of my block.

Beauty host Emily Popp

What are your top three beauty must-haves? Under eye concealer, mascara and tinted lip balm (I love Fresh’s Sugar Rose Lip Treatment).

Who’s your fashion icon? The 60′s is my favorite decade for fashion, and I’ve always loved Twiggy. And for modern day, I do love Taylor Swift’s style. She’s perfected that retro vibe without looking costume-y.

How would you describe your style? I love color and prints. I don’t like fussy, but I definitely gravitate towards feminine styles; I’ve got way more dresses than I do jeans.

Glam host Emily Popp

Where have you been daydreaming about traveling to? I’ve been daydreaming about going to Japan for years, and this summer it will be a reality! I’m traveling to Tokyo and Kyoto at the end of May, and I’m pretty much through-the-roof excited.

What’s next for you? In addition to writing, editing and hosting, I’m working on a series with two of my good friends and creative partners.

What’s your biggest passion? Telling stories, style, laughing. When I can combine all three, I’m golden.

Emily Popp writer

Note: Follow Emily on Instagram @epoppy and watch her on Glam’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GlamVideoStudio

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