Archive for September 2015

Randyland Recap

I had seen some local press coverage on Randyland and its colorful curiosities, but as a South Hills native working in downtown Pittsburgh, it’s rare that I venture to the Northside. But thanks to RADical Days, which provide free entry to some of Pittsburgh’s most popular attractions, I decided to visit the Mattress Factory and just so happened to pass Randyland on the way there. I am ALWAYS on the hunt for color and bright, happy spaces, so Randyland captured my attention immediately. Three stories of yellow, a lime green row house, and a neon map?! Those are just some of…

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Guide to Claremont

October will mark my 3rd visit to this gem of a Los Angeles suburb, so I thought I’d share my guide to great eats & treats! The small town, which lies 30 miles east of Los Angeles, is known as “the land of trees and PhD’s,” because of the seven undergraduate and graduate institutions within city limits. Graham attends Western University of Health Sciences in nearby Pomona, so when he’s in class and off studying during my visits, I walk into the “village” and hit up the following spots. Auggie’s Coffee – this hybrid coffee & ice cream shop in the…

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Bottega Louie

Last week, I met my cousin Christy in Downtown LA for brunch at Bottega Louie. She had planned to stop by the Fashion District to pick up supplies for her latest costume design project, so the restaurant’s location worked out perfectly! The interior was a gorgeous white, wide open space, filled with gold and marble accents. The neutrality really set the stage for their colorful confections and candy-colored gift items. From wine, to sprinkled pretzels, to sky-high towers of macarons, these treats were made for pretty gifting. I had seen many a colorful macs from Bottega Louie on Instagram, but…

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Santa Monica + Venice Beach

On my most recent visit to see Graham in Claremont, a small college town 30 minutes east of Los Angeles, we took a weekend day trip to Santa Monica! I loved finding all of the colorful things on the Pier and we even caught a live dodgeball match on the beach! On our way out, we stopped by Joan’s on Third, a gourmet food market with the most gorgeous natural light and penny-tile floors. It may have been Labor Day weekend, but I don’t think summer ever really ends in a place like this.

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