For the next 12 days I’ll be ringing in the holidays with some of my favorite places and people in Atwater Village. I still can’t believe it’s only been a year since Sam and I moved to this awe-inspiring east side hood of Los Angeles. During our time here we have made it our mission to explore the neighborhood and because of that we have discovered a sense of community, wonderful locally owned businesses and unique people that makethis village a true home. So let’s get this conversation going with our first stop: Atwater Village Farmers’ Market.
TheAtwater Village Farmers’ Market is an original pop-up market filled with tons of vendors bringing a mix of locally grown produce, prepared foods and tasty samples. Occurring 8am – 2pm every Sunday, this farmers’ market supplies the community with some of the best stuff out there like oyster mushrooms, squash flowers, chiles, fresh herbs and eggs. In addition to the goods, they have some pretty awesome services as well. Sam has taken a fancy to the knife sharpening tent for his tools and I’ve pretty much traded my brunch card in for Pescadores De Ensenada fish tacos and homemade juice. Now while some yelpers call this market small because it isn’t filled with arts and crafts, I call it just right. The size allows you to do the shopping you need and not be a lookie loo. I think one yelper said it best, it’s not frou frou and for that I applaud it. Here are the details to help make your visit the best:
Located at Wells Fargo Parking Lot, 3250 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 right off of Glendale Blvd.
Open Sundays from 8am – 2pm
Bring cash. If it slips your mind there is a Wells Fargo ATM onsite.
No dogs allowed but you can always sit with them and watch the neighborhood cruisers.
Preferred time to go: near closing. You’ll have less foot traffic and better pricing for all those veggies you need.
Go hungry. The prepared food at this farmer’s market is the best. You have options like papusas, fish tacos and pie all in one stop. Perfect alternative to brunch and they have sitting in the center of the market.
Parking is free around the neighborhood but just be prepared to search for a spot as Atwater tends to be busy on Sunday.
Samples are plentiful and most vendors are very nice. Just don’t leave a mess behind.
Don’t forget to bring your own bags. You’ll be able to carry more home.
Do you have a favorite farmers’ market? Do you prefer to shop for locally grown produce? If so, let us know in the comment section below. Love to hear how you support your community and what other vendors are bringing to the table!
Of course the last month of the year is ending super fast and there are a ton of things to be taken care of and goals to be made. Luckily these jams have been helping me dance my way into SERENITY NOW mode. An eclectic grouping of some up and coming artist like The Limousines (not true if you listen to Sirius XMU) and some tried and true like PJ Harvey and B&G favorites MS MR. My personal favorite I can’t get enough of is Beirut’s Nantes. Maybe it is an ode to my triumphs this year and that’s why it resonates so much.
If you had a to sum up your year in with one song, what would it be? List it below and we’ll add it to our Music Mania playlist for the end of year.
Let me guess, you totally clicked through to this post because of the word BOOZY. If so, we have a lot in common. I found this beautiful cocktail while pinning my life away on Pinterest right before Halloween—the perfect time for something pumpkin. Plus, I needed an adult-worthy sweet treat for my party. Thankfully Minimalist Baker and I crossed paths. So days before the bash I tested it for Sam. The moment was just right as we had been working outside all night and needed something good to warm us up. 5 minutes later, this libation transported us to the porch with mittens on talking about the harvest moon. Just kidding, it actually got us knee deep in talk about our love for Psych. What I loved most about this recipe: Dana’s instructions. She keeps it super simple and straight to the point. Now get to the store and grab your essentials. This drink trumps any pumpkin spice latte out there. I can guarantee that. Important side note: Sam and I tried both versions of this beverage. I preferred the Kahlua while Sam favored the bourbon version. Cheers!
1. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the milk, whisking often (about 3 minutes).
2. Once melted, add the rest of the milk, the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice and stir vigorously to incorporate.
3. Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate into two serving glasses, add one ounce of Kahlua OR one-half ounce of bourbon (bourbon is much stronger in taste). Top off with hot chocolate, stir and then top with whipped cream, caramel sauce and more pumpkin pie spice (optional).
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I mentioned last week that I was asked to participate in the launch of We Are The Contributors, a creative community and publication created by Melanie Bielhe and Sandra Harris. Well, today I’m going to give you a glimpse into my creative process for the still life I created. I haven’t shared much about my profession on the blog but what better time than now, right? First off, a little background on how I became involved in the project. I’ve been a huge fan of Melanie’s blog Inward Facing Girl for some time and earlier this year hired Melanie for a much needed creative coaching session. I was stuck in a rut and boy, did that session get the ball rolling. Fast-forward to October when I finally got to meet my creative savior in person at Camp Mighty and the rest is history.
When the email from Melanie and Sandra hit my inbox I knew it had to be something fabulous and, of course, it was. The invite to the project outlined the mission. Would I be interested in creating an artwork as a tribute to The 100th Armory Show going on in New York? With a degree in Art History, this was an easy answer: hell yes I would! Let’s just say my reply back included a few too many exclamation points due to excitement. You could say I exercised my inner Elaine Benes. Now that I was committed, what on earth was I going to make? I had 30 days until deadline which meant I would worry and dabble in self-doubt for the majority of it. I did know I wanted to use my photo styling and design skills but lately I’ve been fascinated with photography. Normally, my role on set is directing the shoot sure as hell not taking the photos. Well, eff it. This time I would jump in head first and get myself behind the lens. Again, panic mode came into play but luckily my support team was there to kick me back into the ring. That’s what friends and family are for right? I started doing my crazy brainstorming method of mind-mapping, collecting images for prop inspiration and last but not least, talking Sam’s ear off. I had selected my muse: Edvard Munch’s Madonna. It was the perfect excuse to tap into my dark side but add some pop culture. In my mind it would be a commentary to today’s society inundating us Madonnas with constant distractions, a variety of opinions and massive amounts of consumer objects. The goal was to make this chaos beautiful. So with that in mind, I set out with my prop list and went to shopping…um, I mean to work. Most items I had in my private collection but I needed candles, skulls and ink asap. I found my desired objects at Michael’s, Saturday by Kate Spade (isn’t that HOLLA iphone case excellent?), Wacko Bookstore, Sephora and The 99 Cent Store. My prop closet provided the rest: custom made Bourbon and Goose flask by my good friend Anne of Give Studio, handmade God’s Eye from the Camp Berrini trip, La Perla that I scored 1o years ago at Sak’s (on sale of course) and painted gold leaves from my favorite place Griffith Park.
Next came styling the set and adding the illustration piece for the woman’s form. Kind of hard to do when you have 3 pets running around your makeshift photo studio. Let’s just say there was a lot of glitter spilled that day and Willie Nelson licked about every paint stroke I put down. Needless to say, I was having the time of my life being creative again. My creative hiatus was officially over. I felt like Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give when she cries her way through an emotional breakthrough. Being back in my element had reignited faith in my creative self. Thank you Sandra and Melanie! 2 lattes later and my natural lighting almost gone, it was time to edit with the help of good ol’ photoshop. No crazy retouching here people. Just cleaning up traces of little paw prints and massive glitter explosions. Hours later, I was done. Not by choice as Sam had to pull me away from the computer.
Voila! My piece,Lady M, was ready to be sent to the dynamic duo for review. Next came the hard part: waiting to see what feedback Melanie and Sandra would have. It was the weekend but I swear I must have checked my email every 5 minutes. Thankfully Melanie’s reply back was quick and it was all positive. I could now chill out but then a new waiting game began: seeing what everyone else had created. There were nine other contributors and everyone was being pretty quiet on what they were producing. This just added to the excitement. December 2nd couldn’t come quick enough in my eyes but when it did, my pinterest feed was on fire. I these gorgeous pieces in my feed and then quickly jumped over to the site. This first group of contributors produced a complete variety of work—all different styles, and mediums. Some of the contributors I already had been following, like Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator and Alicia Caravolo but now I could add a few more awesome artists to my list. This mix of handlettering, illustration, photography, watercolor and collage has me feeling completely blessed to be part of this inaugural first-time participation. Now enough of my blabbering, go see the work for yourself and better yet, get involved! This is a creative community that you should be a part of. Exercise that creative bone and see what emotional breakthrough you have. I’m telling you, art therapy works and you’ll come out of it with a new creative community.
This past week I adventured out in Gigawatt to The Huntington Library for an instameet up with Sisilia Piring. I hadn’t been to the Huntington Library in years and quickly regretted that when I drove into the property. The colors of the leaves were bright yellow and blanketing the top of the streets. It was truly the perfect day to meet wonderful new people—enjoying time just taking pictures and chatting about our addiction to instagram. The hours flew by and plenty of ground was covered in the different landscapes throughout the park. Impossible to document it all but the perfect excuse to venture back for another day. Plus this is the perfect place to take visitors and family for the holidays.
Strongly recommend the Bonsai Garden. Once a upon a time I tried my hand at growing a bonsai and failed miserably due to lack of patience. My faith was renewed by a volunteer at The Huntington when she encouraged me to try again. This has Go Mighty life list written all over it 2014.
The desert garden reminds me of home and quickly became a favorite. The barrel cactus are glorious and there is a wicked Joshua tree that’s a must see.
There is a Children’s garden straight out of storybook land and will most likely restore your inner child. Everything is miniature and awesome. Don’t forget to play with the magnetic shavings located near the fatty crow sculptures.
Did you know bamboo is a type of grass? Keep this in mind when getting lost in the jungle of this magnificent garden.
Have a thing for koi fish? See them in action at the lily pond where they’ll put on a show for you. I can honestly attest this a big favorite for kids. The koi will entertain for hours.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108