Every other Wednesday we get a delivery of locally sourced, organic goods from our friends at the Venice Merchant. Be sure to check out their recipes on their site. Recently they teamed up with Pitfire Pizza and now you can get fresh pizza dough at home. We can be seen at Pitfire more often than we’d like to admit and get it delivered all the time. I could probably recite their entire menu if given the challenge. I am pretty obsessed with their Tuscan bean soup and kale salad (and pasta and pizza, naturally). Mia loves to be in the kitchen and we figured we saved about an hour having the dough already prepped. Mia, you are a champ! Dinner was delicious and Mom got to spend a little extra time at Firefly.
Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
A few things I am loving….
1. “Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes” by Sophie Dahl | 2. “Mama” hand screen printed greeting card by Beau Ideal Editions | 3. Bath Salts and Soak by Barr-Co. | 4. Tahiti beaded bracelet by Julie Rofman | 5. Margaret Solow necklaces | 6. India Retro Bralet and Low Rise Boythong by Eberjey | Available at Firefly.
It’s so gorgeous out, Los Angeles. Je t’aime!
Los Angeles candles by Sisters of Los Angeles | Je t’aime postcard by Sugarboo Designs. All at Firefly.
It’s delicious! Quaint atmosphere and friendly staff. I can’t wait to go again. Barnyard Venice.
I hope you won’t take this personally, but seeing as my roommates and I can’t really afford a guard dog or alarm system right now, this seemed like a happy alternative for all involved. I mean, I’ve got my shoe collection to think of here! Don’t worry, I’m SURE no one will actually take this door mat by Reed Wilson Design seriously…
…but might I suggest taking a quick look at this list of badass guard dogs?
Whatever happened to Summer’s Sunday Funday?! Oh, that’s right – the NFL stole all my friends. Luckily, I have the perfect solution to still hang out with everyone, while not being forced to stare at big men in stretchy pants all afternoon: Color Me Drunk, a drinking activity book. My pals watch their game. I drink their beer, and everyone gets to have a little fun between the downs. Go Vikings, Redskins, Giants, Broncos!
It’s hard to beat this hot summer weather we’ve been having on the westside for the past weeks (this must be when the weathermen go on vacation!), but the heat is making everyone around town a little more lethargic. I see it everywhere: people slowly strolling to lunch down Abbot Kinney instead of a quick pace; happy hours are filling up an hour later; friends take ten minutes longer to bike over than in the cooler winter months. Even my coffee buzz is taking twenty minutes longer to hit me in the mornings! These are the dog days of summer, and here in Dogtown we only know one remedy to combat the sleepiness and take advantage of the heat: go to the beach! (Or Alaska. But the beach is much closer.)
Even in the 1920′s, the beach was the go-to place to beat the summer heat!
First thing’s first – you need to be prepared to spend a couple hours in the sand. You’ll need a good sunscreen, cute sunglasses, and…a comfortable (and cute) place to sit. We recommend these turkish towels – they’re easy to pack and easy to clean, plus they double as a warm wrap when the sun goes down! If a traditional towel is more up your alley, Pendleton makes fantastic patterns; try one in an easy-to-find color like orange or yellow. You’ll be able to spot it faster when you’re coming back from a wave surfing sesh. Every time I go to the beach, I like to have a notebook on hand just in case of random thoughts, making to-do lists, or getting some cute surfer’s number – this driftwood decomposition book by Michael Roger is the perfect size for purse or beach bag!
If you’ve got a little one with you, we’ve got them covered, too! Make sure they’re protected from the elements with a hat – we love the weight of this cotton sunhat! This little cotton onesie by Mixt Studio keeps your little beach bum’s bum covered, at the playa and at home. And who can resist a beach cruiser with a bell?
The best part of living in Venice? It’s easy to transition into evening mode straight from a day at the ocean – especially with these options! Try this mint tunic dress by Free People, with a pair of comfy yet classy flip flops; we love Tkees. It’s an outfit that looks at home at the boardwalk juice bar and at Gjelina! Make sure to pair it with a couple pieces of jewelry – my favorite is this sea urchin necklace by Alkemie. Nothing ruins a good time like a wet swimsuit, however, so make SURE you store your wet suit in this waterproof bag before you head off to dinner!
Need some beach tunes? We’ve been digging Pandora lately – try the Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, or Beach House for some good stations. For bonus points, get some music by local favorites MK & the Gentlemen Enjoy!
My friend Lauren from Powersuit stopped by Firefly last weekend to shoot some video footage of Firefly. I think she really captures the essence here. Naturally, Miss Mia steals the show. Enjoy! Thanks Lauren!