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commodity goods…

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i am a self-professed fragrance junkie. since i was a child, i have always been fascinated with perfume and it’s sensory power. i feel like scent can bring you back to a place, a memory, & make you feel all around better. if i happen to skip a sprayΒ in the morning, i feel like i’m missing a bit of me. so, imagine my excitement when commodity came out with the brilliant idea, to bring the sometimes overwhelming process of scent shopping to your door step!

after ordering, the try-on kit arrives neatly packaged with all the useful tips you’ll need to find your next signature scent. once you narrow it down (and let me tell you it’s quite hard!) you’ll find a nice credit sitting in your cart towards your full size or travel size purchase. the pressure of figuring out “will this scent work for me?” , near a salesperson is gone. it’s on your own terms. man or woman will love this nifty service! it’s beautifully designed so the fragrance shines through, not the marketing noise…Β 

my top fragrance picks: paper Β | Β moss Β | Β gold Β | Β whiskey Β | Β wool Β | Β caneΒ 

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vacation daydreams…

it feels like my early vacation to a little border town from puerto vallarta was so long ago. non-touristy, boca de tomatlan was the perfect place to lay low, relax & enjoy late nights laughing with friends. the days were filled with epic views of the coastal terrains & no shortage of homemade prepared meals. it’s safe to say it was paradise, even if for a few sweet days…Β 

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ace hotel downtown…

it’s the start of the new year & in los angeles all the buzz is about the ace hotel setting up shop. one can’t help, but want to see with their own eyes the transformation of the old united artists theatre. so i made a morning of this field trip & it is stunning. as a lover of breakfast, the meal at la chapter was one of the best plates ever, along with a latte fromΒ stumptown roasters.Β the staff was attentive & quite charming. so for all the talks about this “new kid”, it’s worth your time. welcome ace!
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“there is so much to look at & you will encounter many just gazing straight up”

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ace hotel dtla Β | Β 929 south broadway, los angeles, ca 90015 Β  | Β  la chapter instagram Β |

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monicais..., thoughts

2014…

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every time a new year rolls around, this sense of hope & positivity flows through everyone. i love it. i don’t care for the celebrations, drinks, or the party favors. i enjoy the static energy of people wanting MORE for themselves & the dreams they keep reaching for. even if sometimes “the date” means nothing really (cause you can change your life whenever you feel like it) , i like the idea of “starting over”. what are some of your resolutions or dreams Β for the year?Β 

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casita del pueblo

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last saturday, i headed toward the lovely city of whittier & took a stroll through the historic downtown. loaded with tons of cafes, restaurants, & indie shops, i happened to linger into casita del pueblo on philadelphia street.

“entering this shop is sensory overload in the best possible way”

there are so many things to discover that it’s best to start with a “first lap” & then settle in. if you appreciate vibrant, colorful mexican folk art, you’ve found a small treasure trove inside yolanda garcia’s family run boutique. the lovely ixchel, briefly told me about the store’s history & many relationships with local artists, community outreach, & city events. one thing you’ll instantly feel, is the warm of color, shades indigenous from mexican landscapes, clothing, & art that shows the boldness within the culture. a fun place to pick up a unique gift (especially if you’re looking for dia del los muertos items) or a piece to spruce up a dull home space, something i’ve been looking to do in my own dining room. i can’t wait to score some brunch & wander back into this little hideaway, Β i’ll certainly be back…

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// Β casita del pueblo Β // Β 13100 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601 Β // Β (562) 693-2844 Β //

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echo + air

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i recently came across echo + air & was immediately drawn to the modern feel of la based designer jordana howard’s passion for minimal, simplistic beauty.

“her pieces have a great sense of movement & i could totally see these two silhouettes as “my go-to’s” while jetting around the los angeles streets.”

one look at the whole collection & you instantly feel influences from her scandinavian roots in both color & design. i can’t wait to see what else this emerging talent features next!Β 

shown: “emma” top | “alter ego” dress

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