Archive for the ‘Los Angeles’ Category

String Lights and Summer Nights

In fashion, friendship, Good Eats, Los Angeles, love, mr. and mrs. pooch, music on August 24, 2013 at 1:44 am

Recently I was going through old blog posts and remembered how I used to share photos of things that made me happy, inspired me or just good moments. So I’m thinking I’ll do that again today in hopes that a few of these will make you smile as well.

Finally buying THAT pair of shoes I’ve been wanting for forever. These add just enough spunk to my wardrobe.


Seeing my husband on the big screen! My heart skipped a beat the first time I bought a ticket to see my husband in his first film. I’m a little biased but he did great and the movie was hilarious. You can download it on iTunes!


Having my husband’s parents over for dinner and uno at our new place for the first time – incredible! We ordered pizza from their favorite pizzeria, Lamonica’s and enjoyed a summer evening out on our semi-furnished balcony.


The first time we saw the stringed lights on over the balcony. Few things in the world give me happiness like great ambiance. I even covered my eyes for the ‘big reveal’ – I love it out there.


Getting our wedding photos back and realizing how blessed we were to have found the photographer we had. Nicole at Sorella-Muse Photography completely captured the essence of our day. She is nothing short of amazing and I’m so happy we found her and have her in our lives.


Figuring out how ridiculously simple it is to use our crock pot and then spending an entire Saturday eating homemade teriyaki wings and watching season two of Friday Night Lights.


Seeing my absolute favorite twosome Johnnyswim  (think Johnny and June Cash meet Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) and the brilliant Emeli Sande (get her album, you’ll put it on repeat) with hilarious girlfriends. I was blown away by the sheer talent these two artists displayed. No gimmicks – just a love for what they do.


That’s plenty for now!

xx – jess


Cheap Couture…kinda

In budget, fashion, Los Angeles on September 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

So this isn’t really couture – that was definitely an overstatement on my part. What it is though is a cheap way to update any piece of clothing! This little tidbit of advice comes from my dear and stylish friend J.R who taught me how to take an average shirt, cardigan, blazer or jacket to the next level.

A few weeks ago I took a trip to LA’s fashion district downtown and spent a few hours perusing shops, finding awesome buttons and just taking in the bustle. I left with about 30 buttons ranging from big silver ones with horses on them (perfect for my blue Express blazer in serious need of updating) to some gold and floral print small buttons that I have already begun to add to an awesome oversized tan blazer I inherited from my mom annnnnnd I grabbed  a blue “silk” (using that term extremely loosely) top that looks super cool with leggings, skinny jeans, tucked into a skirt, shorts, etc.

The top was all of $18 bucks and frankly looked fine but not GREAT. I needed this purchase to look GREAT! So what did I do? I plopped down in a chair, borrowed some needle and thread from my roomie and switched out the buttons (which were 25 cents each – if that). Every time I wear this shirt I get tons of compliments on it.  The simple button switcheroo took this shirt from average to awesome and is now one of my favorite tops!

Try it, You’ll like it, I guarantee it.  What commercial did I steal that from?? Men’s Wearhouse? Who cares – have fun with your wardrobe for next to nothing. Easy, Breezy, Beautiful…Ok I’m done!


Solid Advice

In inspiration, Los Angeles on September 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

Couldn’t have said it better myself.


the ride

In Los Angeles, the great outdoors on February 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I finally own a bike. And I love it. I don’t ride it nearly as much as I’d like to, but my 7speedbeachcruisinghybrid bundle of joy is just…Perfect.

This morning I went for a ride along the strand. And I loved it.  If I can I want to do it every Saturday morning until the day I die. I didn’t bring my ipod, I wasn’t texting every 5 minutes and I had nowhere to be.  Perfect.

It was surreal looking over and seeing the waves crash, surfers out in droves, and 70 year old best friends taking their traditional Saturday stroll. Perfect.

I’m locking away all of these memories, moments, feelings for that day when I need to feel that all is, well, Perfect.


true grit

In fashion, Los Angeles on February 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Now channeling John Wayne…saw this beauty at Gossamer in Venice, CA…currently obsessed.



In California, Los Angeles on January 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

It’s been in the 70’s for the past two weeks…people, it is January. I’ve been spending every moment possible with my feet in the sand, running around as if I’m a kid again. Summer in January is officially one of the best things to ever happen to me and I am praying it doesn’t end any time soon.


pumpkin ravioli and pr

In Good Eats, Los Angeles on December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm

After finally getting on each others schedule I met up with one of my near and dear friends W.B! W.B is a guy who took a risk by quitting his ‘perfect’ corporate job and moved out to LA to defy the norm – and he’s doing it, really, really, doing it!  We met at our fav spot, Rush Street in Culver City. The dimly lit bar/restaurant resembles a Chicago style sports bar with an entire wall opening up to main street.

After spending the first thirty minutes talking a million miles a minute with crazy hand gestures and arm movements we finally order our meal. After some back and forth with the waitress we end up ordering the same thing: Pumpkin Ravioli.

UNBELIEVABLE. INCREDIBLE. PHENOMENAL. PERFECT. (my camera phone photos don’t do it justice AT ALL)

I never savor food, this time I savored every single bite. W.B and were so caught off guard by the deliciousness of this dish we barely talked except to say: Ohmygoodness! and wow – is this for real? and do the whole roll your eyes, put your fork in the air, and salute the food gods for the mix of velvety pumpkin puree surrounded by a slightly chewy ravioli pocket and topped with roasted butternut squash, a hint of curry (we think) and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Delightful.

We told the table next to us. Yep, we did. We were those people telling other people what to order with no shame  – ” sir, i’m telling you one bite of this amazing concoction and you’ll regret ever thinking about ordering the steak”

We cleared our plates and then spent another hour talking work (PR for me, Acting for him) – talking about what we do – who we want to become – how we’re going to get there – and how when we’re there we’ll look back and say, “remember that pumpkin ravioli at Rush Street…yeah that ravioli was out of sight.”


Going Back To Cali

In fashion, Los Angeles, Work-Fits on December 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

During a random YouTube binge I ran across an old school gem: Going Back to Cali by LL Cool J.  As I watched the video two things happened:

1.  I was able to recognize a lot of places in LA – rad!

2. It hit me that this video was made in 1989 and the fashion in it is pretty similar to what we’re wearing now.

Here are four pieces I think will be timeless – ok let’s be real, these are four pieces I hope will never go out of style.

Going Back To Cali
  • Stripes: I LOVE stripes, and have loved them for as long as I can remember. They are so versatile : with white shorts and sperry’s they’re the perfect touch to a Hampton’s inspired outfit – with a tight black skirt, suede pumps and attitude you are ready to turn heads at any upscale lounge – or throw a striped shirt on under a boyfriend blazer, with dark skinny’s, and quilted flats, voila  you are work place chic!
  • Wayfarers: Classic. So classic that any age, shape, height, or outfit can be topped off with a pair of these.  I’ve worn them with sweats and then with a dress/heels. I’ve seen every one from tweens to senior citizens rock these shades and frankly, they look out of sight (a little phrase I picked up from one of my 80 yr old great aunts at Thanksgiving).
  • Tall boots: In Cali people wear boots year round – it’s strange but when hobo-chic is the city’s signature style you tend to adjust.  In the summer, tall boots look killer with a print dress and a jean vest, in the winter, pull them over a tights and toss on a warm baggy sweater…love.love.love.
  • Big fat gold watch: I know gold goes through phases when it’s really classy and then really tacky – I’m praying to the fashion Gods that it stays classy for at least another 10 years!  I’m a firm believer that a bold time piece is the finishing piece to any ensemble.  In the Going Back to Cali video, LL Cool J’s watch is sooooo gaudy but soooo bold!

Going Back To Cali by jayers21 featuring silk t shirts

flips and funnel cake

In Good Eats, Los Angeles, mr. and mrs. pooch on November 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

oh man – I think A.P is addicted : )

He’d never had a funnel cake…ever!! In my world that is a federal offense. I had my first funnel cake in Amish Country Pennsylvania at the age of like 6! Yeah I was hooked on this sugary, doughy confection early and haven’t been able to give it up since. Every fair, carnival, boardwalk, I go to I’m searching high and low for the lone funnel cake stand. Though I must admit I’m not into the fancy stuff – don’t go adding weird strawberry compote or chocolate or any of that business- just give it to me piping hot (the kind of hot that causes me to repeatedly burn my tongue, because I refuse to wait for it to cool, but I’ll just say: omg.it’s so gooood.i can’t help it. yeah you know that feeling!) and covered in powder sugar.

Eat hard. Play hard. That’s my motto…at least when you’re at the Santa Monica Pier!

We headed over to what I like to call the ‘gymnastics area’ but I’m certain it has a more formal name than that…anyway I showed off my 2nd grade gymnast skills and A.P attempted to out do me…hmmm I think not – I have a dismount to rival Dominique Dawkins…sort of. Anyway here’s me judging A.P after he mastered a flip on the rings!

Flips & Funnel Cake <—– THE VIDEO!!! 🙂


Ring me Up

In fashion, Los Angeles on November 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple everywhere else then doing something quirky with your accessories. How awesome is this ring?? I think my girl over at The Delicious View should invest in this little diddy 😉

This piece of hotness came from a store called Ananda in Venice Beach, CA. (no website otherwise you know I’d be linking like crazy). I was there last month for First Friday….during First Friday’s the streets of Abbot Kinney are lined with food trucks plus the galleries and boutiques stay open extra late – it’s pretty much amazing.

OMG this reminds me I have to share about a killer boutique on Abbot Kinney called Gossamer – dudeeeee talk about wanting everything in the store!! – Look for that post coming soon!