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    Los Angeles Arts District

    Photos by: Laura Nolan

    Outfit Details:

    H&M Sunglasses
    Ruche Dress (No longer on the site)
    Victoria’s Secret Sweater (Old)
    ASOS Leather Belt (Old)
    Anne Klein Satchel
    MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
    My best friend Laura visited me this past weekend, and we decided to make a trip down to the Los Angeles Arts District. Because we’ve been friends for so long, we have definitely fallen into a routine and always frequent the same places. Therefore, a trip to the Arts District was a great way for us to change things up a bit.

    The Pie Hole

    While we were in the Arts District, Laura and I decided to stop by The Pie Hole. It’s definitely a great place to visit if you consider yourself a pie lover. Although I don’t usually like pie, my Chocolate Crostata was to die for! Laura let me sample her Earl Grey Tea pie and it was equally delicious. It is really funny because our meal at The Pie Hole pretty much set up the scene for the rest of our weekend. We pretty much lived off of dessert and coffee for the next two days.
    Since Laura was volunteering as my photographer for the weekend, we thought that it would only be fair that I do the same for her. Laura is a certified yoga instructor, and is participating in an eight-day yoga challenge on Instagram in which she has to document a different pose each day. The Los Angeles Arts District provided the perfect backdrop for me to take pictures of her striking some awesome yoga poses. I’m always amazed at how strong and flexible she is, mostly because I could never dream of doing half the things she does. I really hope she wins!
    This was my favorite mural that I saw that day in the Arts District. It’s right next to Wurstkuche. I love how it almost looks like a pencil and water color painting.
    The Los Angeles Arts District is so beautiful! It was really hard not to upload all my pictures because I wanted to document everything I saw. It was also such a beautiful day to explore the area. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m so excited that I can finally wear layers. I got the grandpa sweater that I’m wearing from Victoria’s Secret about two years ago, and it is my favorite layering piece. It is extremely cozy and comfortable. Furthermore, I would go as far as to describe it as a very stylish blanket.
    Although I have visited the Los Angeles Arts District several times, it was nice to really take the time to explore the area a bit more. More importantly, it was wonderful having the opportunity to do so with my best friend. I’m really looking forward to having more adventures around L.A., and hopefully even getting out of the city to visit friends next time that I get a chance.
    Outfit, Travel

    A Stroll through Downtown Pomona

     

     

     

     

     

    Photos by: Ashley Madeline

    Outfit Details:
    Denim Jacket (old)
    Free People Dress (similar here)
    Target Flats
    This past year, I have been thinking a lot about my physical and mental health and have even taken the extra step to implement self-care activities into my daily life. One of these activities is my daily walk that I take with my coworkers during our lunch hour. Getting out of the office has been a great way for me to take a break from my work, get some fresh air and enjoy the outside world. I’m lucky enough to work near Downtown Pomona which hosts both the Arts Colony and Antique Row. It’s such a vibrant part of town, and it’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll because there is beautiful artwork anywhere that you turn.My favorite piece of art in Downtown Pomona is this beautiful mural that can be found next to La Bomba Vintage on 2nd Street. You probably can’t tell from the picture that this was a very cloudy day because the mural just brightens up everything around it.

    Speaking of cloudy days, I’m so glad that it’s finally sweater weather in California!  I love it when it gets cold outside because I feel like I’ve suddenly inherited a new wardrobe. I’ve been meaning to wear this long-sleeved lace dress from Free People for a while, but I hadn’t had the opportunity until now because of the endless Summer in SoCal. This dress can be little too dressy for work (or taking a leisurely stroll through town), so I paired it with a denim jacket and black tights to tone it down a bit.

    I really hope that I am able to enjoy this sweater weather for a while longer. As much as I enjoy my daily walks, they can be unbearable in extremely hot weather. And as I said before, I’m really just looking forward to be able to implement layers into my daily wardrobe.

    P.S. These beautiful photos were taken by my wonderful coworker Ashley Madeline. She has a new blog about her Etsy shop which you can check out here.

    Food & DIY

    Give A Little Love-D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day Cards

    Photos by: Sarah Veyna
     Lately many of my friends and I have been getting into the habit of sending each other greeting cards and letters. Several of my friends are abroad or living in different states, and writing letters is an easy way for us to keep in touch without the hassle of coordinating Skype sessions in different time zones.
    In order to add a special touch to my next round of greeting cards, I decided to make them by hand using a block print. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought that it would be fun to dedicate this post to D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day Cards. Block printing is a very fun process that you can easily do at home. Keep reading to learn how…
    Supplies:
    Black marker
    Fine tip pen (optional)
    Linoleum block
    Carving tools (You can purchase a lino handle
    and cutters individually, or purchase a set.)
    Block Printing Ink (I recommend using a brand that is water soluble,
    since it easier to clean up.)
    Foam or Glass Palette
    Brayer
    Note Cards ( I bought these at Target.)


    STEP 1 and 2: Draw and Carve Out Your Design*

    Begin by drawing a design on your block using a black marker.As you begin to carve out your design, keep in mind negative space. Negative space is what you don’t want to print out on paper and are going to be carving out using your tools. I recommend that you distinguish negative space by either carving out all the blank parts of your drawing, or all the parts drawn in with marker.

     

     
    STEP 3: Roll Out Your Paint
     
    Squeeze out a small amount of printing ink on your palette, and roll it out using the brayer. As you roll out the paint, make sure that there is an even coat of paint covering the brayer. This step is important since you will be using the brayer to coat your stamp.


    STEP 4: Paint Your Block


    Use the brayer to cover the block in paint. Roll the brayer over your stamp in different directions in order to create an even layer of paint. You will have to repeat this step every time you make a new print.
     
    STEP 5: Make Your Print
    To make your print, place the block on a notecard and hold it firmly for a couple of seconds. I would recommend placing a stack of newspapers, or any other kind of padding, underneath the notecard that you are printing on. If you place the notecard directly on a flat surface, you can’t place as much pressure on the block and the quality of the print does not come out as clear.



    STEP 6:  Let Your Prints Dry Overnight


    Finally, lay the prints flat on a surface, and let them dry overnight.

    STEP 7 (OPTIONAL) Write In Your Text: As you can tell from the finished product above, I went ahead and wrote a message using a fine tip pen. Because of the size of my print, it was easier for me to write in my text. If you are going to add some type of lettering using the block, I would remind you to carve it out as a mirror image so that your lettering won’t come out backwards when you print on paper.
    * My final print is not identical to the original design on my block because it did not print out exactly the way that I wanted it to. If you find that your print isn’t quite working for you, you can always wash off your block using water and soap and modify your design as you go along.