Monday, June 22, 2009

My Little Fashionista

Let’s be honest: living in L.A., it is hard not to shop. Fashion has not only become a pastime to many L.A. residents, but an essential part of everyday life. From Melrose to Rodeo and Robertson to 3rd Street, L.A. has it all, including my “Little Fashionista,” Rebecca Gutentag. An L.A. native, this up-and-coming designer has got it all: femme edge, a keen eye for detail and the ability to take scraps of this and that and turn them into fabulous new vintage pieces.

In these crazy economic times, it’s all about using what you have to get what you want. Rebecca has taken up the hobby of rummaging through her mother’s old – yet fabulous! – 80s outfits and reworking them into some of the most hip and modern fashion pieces around (see picture above). By re-using what she already has, she’s not only able to bring life back into what was once labeled “passĂ©,” but she is also cutting back on her consumption (goodbye waste; helloooo reusable treasures)!

For all of you budding fashionistas out there, Rebecca recommends using leather scraps from local upholsterers, broken jewelry chains, old pins found at your local vintage store and a bit of needle and thread to create your own unique (and sustainable) jewelry!

Some of Rebecca’s favorite vintage stores include:

Resurrection LA, located at 8006 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 651-5516 ( )

Jet Rag, located at 825 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 939-0528

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Things will be great when you're Downtown

I have lived in L.A. my entire life (born and raised in the Valley, in fact), however, I can probably count the number of times I have been to Downtown Los Angeles on both hands. Afraid to venture out of my comfort zone, I stuck to my own daily activities: shopping on Ventura Blvd., drinks in Studio City, movies at the Sherman Oaks Galleria and lunch at little cafes along Ventura (favorites include: Il Trem in Studio City and Aroma Bakery & Café in Encino).

Feeling a bit suffocated by my immediate surroundings I jumped at the chance to take a “Walking Tour” of Downtown L.A. led by members of the Los Angeles Conservancy. A whole whopping $10, the tour gives you a look back at what used to be known as “The Wall Street of the West,” as well as a glimpse into the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s.

One of my favorite spots along the tour was the Alexandria Hotel. Currently a low-cost residential hotel, it used to be Los Angeles’ most elegant hotel frequented by Hollywood legends including Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Rudolph Valentino and Clark Gable. In a word: glamorous.

Tours are about two and a half hours long and begin around 10 a.m. Whether you are interested in exploring Downtowns’ Gallery Row, or experiencing original Los Angeles architecture at its finest, there is a tour for you.

Visit or call 213-623-2489 to reserve a spot for you and your friends, then carpool Downtown and take a walk through one of the most fascinating cities in all of L.A.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pluots & Strawberries & Raspberries OH MY!

I feel like Dorothy walking down the yellow brick road, but instead of being surrounded by Munchkins I’m surrounded by creamy ripe avocados, sweet dried fruit, gorgeous bouquets of flowers, stalks of fresh basil, raw almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts…the list goes on!

Located right off Bundy and San Vicente, on S. Gretna Greenway the Brentwood Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 9:00am-1:00pm.

What’s more there are little “boutiques” set up for your perusal. Looking for some handmade jewelry? You’re covered! Looking for photos from a local photographer? They’ve got that too. Thinking of adopting a pup? They’re there waiting for your love, affection and even a home! Pretty much whatever you need, the Brentwood Farmers Market has it!

Make sure to bring your appetite as there are many options for snacking (handmade pastry anyone?), lunching (a Chicken Gyro perhaps) and even sampling (a tasting of that delicious looking apricot – yes please!)

So, slip on your ruby red slippers, click your heels together three times and get yourself to the Brentwood Farmers Market.

Don’t forget to bring your reusable totes!