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joan’s with penny

My sister and I met for lunch on Friday afternoon at the new Joan’s on Third in Santa Monica, where we had delish salads and sat on their patio, partly because it was a nice day but also because I brought little Penny with…who is as cute as ever but sometimes acts a little crazy whenever we bring her anywhere new and exciting. She definitely needs some more training! I was so excited when Joan’s opened here on the Westside as I’m a big fan of the original location (remember this blog post?), but the one here seems to be having a few issues – I hope they can figure it out because I’ll be pretty sad if it ever leaves.

The rest of the weekend was pretty relaxed, with lots of walks with Penny and a visit to the farmer’s market, though we did go to a bat mitzvah on Saturday (the first one for both Justin and myself) which was actually really fun! It was really neat to see how much time and effort going into preparing for the event. This post was a bit rambling I just realized, so sorry for that – have a good Monday!

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on my radar…

 

A (very) random assortment of things I’m currently loving, from a Matisse inspired painter to a very delicious sparking soda…

1. I’m a little bit obsessed with this fabric from British textile designer Penny Morrison, and really want to make a large bolster pillow for my bed with it. A few Etsy shops sell pillows using her fabrics if you end up loving her designs as much as I do!

2. The Go Between. I just ordered this book and am really looking forward to reading it. I can’t remember where I saw it recommended but it sounds like such an interesting story – I’ll report back.

3. Hudson Grace makes the most gorgeous, well, everything, but these oversized linen napkins are particularly great. I have them in pink.

4. Ahh this shoe. I wore a similar heeled version as my wedding shoe but I just love this flat since it’s a tiny bit more practical (although very expensive for a shoe). I’d pair it with distressed denim to tone down the fancy a little bit.

5. Veronica Beard has been on a roll lately. I have a few pairs of their pants and have tried on their shirts and dresses in shop, and am happy to report that their tailoring and craftsmanship is on point. I really love this dress and think it’d be such a cute Spring wardrobe addition – I’m just hoping it’ll go on sale!

6. I’ve tried every flavor of Spindrift and think that the Blackberry is the best one. If you’re not familiar, they’re similar to La Croix but contain actual bits of fruit which make them taste a thousand times better, while still being super refreshing and low in calories. You can search on their site to see if they’re available in the grocery stores near you.

7. Wayne Pate is a New York based artist and seems to be all the rage right now. I first read about him a few years ago in a magazine, and was re-reminded of him when a client bought one of his pieces a few months ago. His work is so interesting and ranges from abstract black and white drawings to whimsical, colorful paintings. You can buy his prints on One Kings Lane and on his site.

8. My friend Kirsty is the designer behind Retrouvai, the most gorgeous LA based jewelry line. Her brand motto is to create modern heirlooms which is such a neat sentiment and one that her current line captures perfectly. I’d definitely keep this ring to pass on to my daughter one day.

the strand

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Joie Jemima boot (on major sale) / Gap trench coat / The Row t shirt / Rag & Bone jeans / Aritzia scarf / Maison Scotch hat

The weather has finally cooled down here enough to wear a light jacket during the day and a heavier one at night, which is very exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I love nice weather and living by the beach but sometimes you just need a change, you know? I actually think I almost like the beach more when it’s not super hot – I love bundling up and sitting on the sand with a cozy blanket at sunset, or taking Penny for a nice long walk without worrying about her overheating or me getting a sunburn. I have a feeling I’ll change my tune if it stays grey and rainy for very long, but for now that’s how I feel 🙂

I’ve had this Gap trench coat for years, and I have to say it’s probably one of my favorite purchases since it gets quite a bit of wear and is such a classic. I think if I lived somewhere where it really did rain a ton like Vancouver or London I would consider ‘investing’ in a timeless Burberry trench, but I have to say that this one looks pretty good after all these years and is (just about) as chic. I’m off to take Penny for a little walk along the strand where these pictures were taken before heading to work – we’re just about finished with a big project and it’s exciting to see everything finally coming together.

Have a good day!

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