Smorgasburg, DTLA

On Sunday we headed to Smorgasburg in Down Town LA, which is the largest weekly open-air food market in America. Honestly I can’t quite articulate how amazing this place was. So, many, food options! They had everything from vegan tacos to lobster platters, and a whole ice cream ally! We went for Little Llama Peruvian Tacos, ice coffee & Nana Pops for desert.

First up the tacos were amazing but bloody difficult to eat, I think this was due to not being able to bag a seat at one of the many picnic benches. Instead we headed to a shaded spot at the edge of the market to tuck into our tacos. I had a pomegranate-glazed pork belly on a gluten free corn tortilla. We shared half of a chicken one, which had fried mashed potatoes in it and then Dave had beef marinated with garlic & ginger. They were so good and as I’m typing this, I wish they were what I was having for my dinner!

After tacos it was time for Dave to grab a coffee and I wanted a pudding. I opted for frozen raspberry and banana dipped in dark chocolate with a topping off sprinkles from the ever-so-cute Nana Pops. They don’t have a website but this family run business are on instagram! Let me tell you this was the best pudding I’v’e had in a long time!

I really enjoyed wandering around the different food trucks and in the middle row of the market is craft, fashion and plant stalls. Selling a whole mix of things from beautifully handmade jewellery, custom pet illustrations and handcrafted concrete planters & plants. Lot’s I wanted to buy but alas I’m on a spending band (did break it to buy a Zara dress, that I totally needed in my life) until I’m working I’m trying really hard not to blow all my dosh.

I can’t wait to go back to Smorgasburg again with friends. Our tactic next time will be to arrive earlier than we did, (get there for breakfast time instead of lunch) then divide and conquer, get multiple people queuing up for different vendors at the same time. Some things we would loved have tried but due to huge queues and the midday sun (which was hot!) we gave them a miss. Although we queued for our tacos and they were worth it!

DTLA Skyline

While out and about this weekend we found ourselves in Down Town LA. We stopped by this location next to rail tracks, Dave had found this location for car photoshoots and wanted to check it out. It’s a pretty sweet spot with the whole of DTLA skyline in the background. Dave offered to get some snaps of my outfit so I fixed my fringe and got to posing.

I’m wearing a dress from Zara, which I actually brought for a wedding next week in Vegas. As I’m all about re-wearing and getting cost per wear out of each item I own, I took it for a test run. For its first outing I teamed it with my trusty Vans but for the wedding I’m thinking red heels. This little red straw bag was one of my best buys this year, it was in the Topshop sale and I got it for a steal! It fits so much inside it, has that Mary Poppins never ending depth, meaning I can fill it with all my crap I seem to carry around with me.

I had fun swirling around in my dress and I can’t wait to wear it dressed up in Las Vegas. We’ve got a road trip planned and I can’t wait, we have some really good spots plotted in. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of snaps to share when I’m back! If you’ve been to Las Vegas and any recommendations of must see places, send them my way! Please & Thank you.

What I’m wearing –
Dress – Zara
Bag – Topshop
Trainers – Vans
Sunglasses – Ray Bans

Photos by Dave

Laguna Beach

On Saturday we jumped in the car and drove about 2 hours south to Laguna Beach. Now this is one beautiful place, with its coastline 7 mile long and includes 27 beaches and coves.
Before heading to the beach we wandered around some of the art galleries, and clothing stores. There were some beautiful independent stores. Then it was time to hit the beach. We wandered along the coast line stopping to take in the views, around each corner was another breath-taking view of a cove and golden sand.

Time for lunch, we headed to Las Brisk restaurant which was located on the top of the cliff with perfect views of the sea. We had cocktails and tacos, my favourite combination! Then it was time to jump on the free shuttle bus back into town. It reminded me of something out of a film, very cute and quant. Would highly recommend using the bus to jump from cove to cove if you visit.

What I’m wearing –
Dress – Urban Outfitters
Boots c/o Just Fab
Sunglasses – RayBans
Bag – Topshop
Scarf tied on bag – Freepeople

Photos by Dave & myself

Exploring our new neighbourhood

Art by Pipeled

Abbot Kinney & Venice Beach

Heres a quick round up of some of my new favourite stores and beautiful street art in our local neighbourhood. We live about 20 minutes walk to Abbot Kinney and 30 minutes to Venice Beach. On Saturday armed with our cameras, we headed out to explore.

I brought a very cute hair clip from Ananda, there was so many nice things I wanted to buy in this store. It’s quite an alternative store and a little on the hippie side but some very nice dresses and hair accessories. I could have easily spent some dosh in here.

Aviator Nation firstly has a seriously cool exterior and retro vibe, Ive got my eye on some of their 70’s style logo tees. Very fun and colourful unisex store, well worth a visit, plus that wall is perfect for getting a new instagram shot!

The store Burro is probably my favourite, it has a lovely mix of fashion, lifestyle and stationary. I think it’ll be the place I buy birthday cards & gifts from. It has so many nice things to look at. I could of easily picked up multiple cards, books and candles if I had the budget*

*currently un-employed as I’m waiting for my EAD work permit to be processed.

The lovely greeny/teal wall we found in Venice. We had walked to the beach but with it being a sunny Saturday, it was heaving. We will be back and I’ll make sure I take plenty of snaps to share with y’all. If you have any recommendations of places we MUST see in Los Angeles please send them my way!

Art by Louis Masai

1354 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Aviator Nation
1224 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd,
Venice, CA 90291