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10 Things I Love About LA

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I moved to Los Angeles a little over three years ago, and although it is very different than Texas, there are so many things I absolutely love about this beautiful city. Keep reading to see my top ten favorite qualities about this beautiful California stop.

1. You are always surrounded by beautiful scenery. I sometimes get distracted driving because of the stunning views.

2. I love all of the near-by escapes in this state! There are the cutest little beach towns that are so charming and slow-paced. Laguna Beach is our all-time favorite, but we also love Malibu, Santa Barbara, Ojai, Carmel, and Big Sur + we have so many more places to explore!

3. Friendships are a beautiful thing in this city. Most residents are from a different state, so you live life so closely alongside people; it is really special and unique.

4. I love that there is never an end to exploring this city, and each neighborhood is highly different than the next. Studio City is so different than Echo Park; Beverly Hills is very different from Brentwood, and the list goes on. You truly never get bored here!

5. Los Angeles is very ahead in the wellness game. I have always studied health, but being in this city has opened my eyes to so much – it has smoothie shops that use adaptogens, grocery stores with the most pristine tonic bars and the newest of the new everything i.e. bone broth locally made in Venice Beach, coconut probiotic yogurt made locally, and unlimited charcoal-infused juices.

6. Spontaneity is extra fun in this city. Jase and I love last minute stay-cations or weekend escapes, and this city makes it extra easy to do. There are endless places to experience – we enjoy everything from driving to Malibu for a beach escape, visiting the most special local market in Echo Park, or visiting the creativity and hustle and bustle of downtown LA.

7. There are so many hidden gems here – the facial spa I go to has a special place in my heart. Carasoin is owned by the most lovely couple, and it is an embodiment of a lifelong dream by it’s Founder, Lena Bratschi. It is so special because they personalize your treatment based on your skincare needs that day. While Lena was treating my skin, I asked her how she became passionate about her business. Her answer only made me love her more! She was super close to her granny growing up, who lived in the midst of beautiful gardens in Switzerland, and she would make homemade beauty products straight from plants. #dream

8. The church we go to started several years ago in Jason’s living room. It started as a bible study with no intention to grow, and now it is an LA church plant. It is so humbling to be a part of, and the impact of the community is extra sweet.

9. The opportunities here are endless! I run into the most creative, inspiring, talented people on the daily. It is really amazing to see people with pure ambition pursue their passions whole-heartedly + it is so encouraging to see people walking fully in their skill.

10. I love LA because Jason is here ha! It has taken me time to adjust to this city, and he makes it extra easy and do-able to feel like this is home.

 

10 Things I Love About Dallas

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It blows my mind when my friends in LA have never been to Dallas, Texas; this sweet southern spot is full of so much charm mixed with city living. Texas is such a gem of a state (all of us locals are a bit biased), and it has the most safe, settling feeling about it. Can I get an amen? After moving to Los Angeles, I appreciate this lovely place more than ever. I miss the gentlemen opening doors, chivalry displayed at its best, predicted traffic, and the genuine smiles you pass on the daily. I was just talking with a local here in California this week about how Southern living is so centered around quality time with people rather than the next task, trip, or adventure. Both are beautiful, but the initial seems to be extra meaningful.

Here are my top ten favorite qualities about the Big D.

1. The people. There is nothing like the people in Dallas; this city is truly filled with the most genuinely sweet and warm people. I feel like everywhere I go, I run into some one I know – it makes the city feel like a cozy small town in the best of ways. Not to mention, my life long friends are there as well as my family. This is what makes the city the most wonderful place in my opinion!

2. I love the little neighborhoods that branch off of the city; there are so many hidden gems such as Bishop Arts District, Trinity Groves, Highland Park, Legacy, Deep Ellum, Uptown, Knox/Henderson, and Preston Hollow. These suburbs each have their own sweet personality and create such special places to call home.

3. Everything is so close by! No matter where you are, there seems to be several grocery stores within a five-minute driving span. Every thing is right at your finger tips! Also, a “far” drive in Dallas is on average twenty minutes with no traffic. #adreamcometrue

4. Football is life here. For those of you that know me know that I am a huge Cowboys fan, so I love being in the city that represents this amazing football team + the stadium is my heaven. Everyone’s schedules are determined around the games, and the watching parties are the most fun excuse to have big get-togethers with all of your loved ones! P.S. I loved growing up tossing the football with my dad and learning how to throw a solid spiral throw from my guy friends.

5. My arm prosthetist as well as my eye prosthetist are in Dallas, and they are the best of the best! What a blessing they both have been in my life.

6. Travel is extra easy from Dallas since it is in the center of the South.

7. The city is so clean. Dallas is so well taken care of; it is one of the things I appreciate most about this city.

8. When I land, I feel like I am home. It is so settling, cozy, and comforting. It is very family oriented and every place is filled with the most friendly faces!

9. This city is known for its restaurants and shopping. A few favorites: R&D Kitchen, Bird Bakery, Nick and Sams, True Food Kitchen, La Duni, Mi Cocina, Crudo, Sea Breeze, Eight 11, and of course, Northpark Mall + all of the cute villages for shopping.

10. I have an obsession with the Tollway. Is that weird? Lol. I know every swist and turn and the traffic patterns + it is just fun to drive. Even though I live in LA, I still thoroughly enjoy reading the Tollway update emails – I can’t help myself ha!

11. Oopsies. Can I get a #11? I am so grateful for the Village Church. It was a tool and a community that helped to shape my faith. The staff feels like family, and the impact of their lives, the way they wrapped around my family during hardship, and the heart of the leadership has forever changed my life.

 

The Year Of Pinterest

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We are calling 2018 the year of Pinterest– the year where we will be inspired more than ever by the style, the recipes, the interiors, the words, and the general beauty discovered on Pinterest. Out of all social platforms, it is hands-down the most inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing. In 2017, we were blessed enough to connect with a now dear friend, Lauren Curry. Lauren lives in LA, has a heart for the Lord, loves all things that LSK represents, and has a crazy talent for finding the most lovely pins and curating a page that genuinely reflects the heart and soul of LSK. Below are a few favorite pins from a few favorite boards, but be sure to check out all of our boards, here. Get ready for 2018 too, we are going to do regular inspiration posts featuring current pins and how they are inspiring us. We would love to hear from you in the comments- let us know how Pinterest inspires you and what you would like to see us pin in 2018. xo Lo, Melis, and Lauren. 

sartorial inspo.

faith.

pretty tables.

travel goals.

gal pals.

eats.

the pins: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6  

 

Comfy Clothes To Live In

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Who else has been living in comfy clothes lately? The winter season definitely brings upon an urge and desire for coziness, comfort, and relaxation and comfy clothes fit that bill perfectly. We rounded up some New Year’s Eve outfit ideas last week for the party-goers and dinner dates, but this post is for those that have a movie date at-home planned. From joggers to slouchy sweatshirts and comfortable yet pretty bralettes, scroll down to see a list of comfy clothes to live in. Wear them to ring-in the New Year at home or stock up for nights-in and slow mornings in January and February. Enjoy xo

NYE LOOKS

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With Christmas in less than a week, we all know that New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. Below are a few things that we are loving for NYE looks, depending on your plans. We’ll be doing a comfy clothes round-up next week if your plans are to stay in with some yummy food and a glass of wine or two 🙂 Today’s round-up though is for the ladies who have a fancy soiree to attend. We are loving a variety of metallics, different textures, and of course anything black- the epitome and classic and chic. A gorgeous shade of yellow-gold also has our hearts this year and looks so elegant when paired with black. Let us know what you are planning to wear in the comments and feel free to share any links to things that you are loving. xo

 

CURRENTLY WEARING: 

sunnies | tank (c/o) | denim (c/o) | belt| coat (c/o)

Dressed-Up In December

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There is something about getting dressed-up in December that just feels right. Of course there are days though that wearing jeans, oversized sweaters, and boots totally feels right, too! I love this look because to me it is dressed-up in a practical, casual way. It can totally go from lunch with the girls to a holiday get-together that night. Also, as you guys know, this hat (sold out at Free People, but similar here) and this bag (read more about my love for Cuyana, here) have been on-repeat for me lately. It is fair to say that they are my go-to accessories this season and complete almost any look, dressed-up or dressed-down. Those are the best kind of accessories- versatile, minimal, and tres chic. Scroll down for the rest of the outfit links, xo.

THE LOOK

hat (similar) | top (similar) | skirt| bag (c/o) | boots  (c/o)

images by felicia lasala 

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