enamel diction…

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if you live in los angeles, you know that finding a reliable/affordable hair & nail salon is quite a challenge. although there are tons to choose from (too many if you ask me) most of the time your trusted person, eventually moves or worse the salon closes down. so while heading down pico towards paper or plastik cafe for that afternoon perk, i spot the cutest curb appeal coming from enamel diction, who coincidentally i had discovered on instagram.  

instant love affair created.

i met one of the lovely owners, mariana stanciu who along with australian design duo/color experts Tamara Sheeran & Sean Morrison created this safe haven. she cheerfully chatted me up about the salon’s inception & ultimate goals to brighten up this patch of pico real-estate. upon arrival, i notice all the lovely details: the bright skylight, comfy leather chairs, clean & inviting space, plus a collection of nail polish that one dreams of. (rgb, uslu airlines, you name it they have it) my experience was so relaxing & fun, that i never once felt the doom from terrible experiences of sub-par nail salons.

this is my new place. just like when i found my current hair salon, i want to scream it from the mountain tops & i wish them all the success in the world… 

*last three images by tiffany rose photography

enamel diction | 5405 west pico blvd, los angeles, ca 90019 | (323) 900-0355 | instagram: @enameldiction 

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 spray 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… 

my top fragrance picks: paper  |  moss  |  gold  |  whiskey  |  wool  |  cane 

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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 from stumptown roasters. 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  |  929 south broadway, los angeles, ca 90015   |   la chapter instagram  |

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  for the year? 

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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,  i’ll certainly be back…

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

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