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Lo’s Favorite LA Restaurants

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Hey guys! Today we are sharing Lo’s favorite spots in LA for good food, lattes, acai bowls and more. Scroll down for the spots + her favorite things at each place. Send this list to anyone you know in LA or save it if you are considering taking a trip to the west coast. P.S. Reading this will make you hungry, just a heads up! xx

Soho Malibu

(Malibu)

*forbidden rice bowl and the squash soup

The Montage

(Beverly Hills)

*acai bowl with crunchy almond butter

Moon Juice

(West Hollywood)

*matcha pearl and chai tea spirit dust latte

Erewhon

(West Hollywood)

*reishi cappuccino

M Cafe

(Beverly Hills)

*teriyaki bowl and almond milk matcha latte

Pace

(Laurel Canyon)

*the best salmon with sauteed spinach and green beans, vegan soup of the day

Gjelina

(Venice)

*homemade pomodoro pizza

Catch

(West Hollywood)

*wagyu short rib tacos, hellfire roll

Craig’s

(West Hollywood)

*spaghetti squash primavera, sesame crusted salmon

Nobu

(Malibu)

*crispy rice spicy tuna, baked hand crab roll, spicy acai martini

AOC

(West Hollywood)

*long-cooked cavalo nero, sweet potatoes, grilled pork tenderloin, arctic char

Son of a Gun

(West Hollywood)

*chilled peel & eat shrimp, fried chicken sandwich, crispy brussel sprouts

The Springs

(Downtown)

*sweet miso salad, spaghetti alla carbonara

 

images of Lo via ragdoll LA 

May Mood

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Our May mood when it comes to style is all about shades of white- ivory, cream, and everything in between. With summer around the corner, the fresh, light, and carefree color is calling our name. An all-white outfit is so versatile and the pieces on their own can easily be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe. Traveling this summer? Timeless pieces in white are the way to go- light sweaters, white denim, bone color leather slides, etc. Scroll down for links to the items below.

*feature image via Anthropologie 

skirt | sweater | hat | slides | dress

The Nespresso Life

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Spring makes me feel refreshed and enlivened; it gives me extra ambition to clean out the closets, fill our house with fresh, colorful flowers, and make extra time for rest and peaceful morning rituals. The change of seasons consistently seems busy but yet there is always a sweet, subconscious reminder to slow down. Coffee in the morning (and sometimes in the afternoon) seems to be the perfect way for us to escape the daily grind, and it’s how I make sure to have a little “me time” in between all my to-do’s. What do you incorporate in your daily routine to rest from the hustle and bustle? To think. To reflect. To just sit. P.S. Sometimes a cup of coffee is a fun excuse to invite your bestie over to sip a cup with you!

My mom introduced me to Nespresso a few years ago when she made me a frothy cup of coffee that was dairy free (win win). This goodness in a cup won me over from the very first sip, and now it is a staple in our house. We are kind of obsessing over the new Nespresso VertuoPlus because it always delivers an extraordinary cup of quality coffee or espresso with ease. We are all about the quality of coffee in the Kennedy household, hence the fact that we are big fans of Nespresso, and we love the all-new design and fresh new colors of VertuoPlus. Cheers to Spring renewal! Not to mention, I love that this dreamy coffee company brings together the know-how of all its coffee experts, who have sourced the top coffee beans from around the world and perfectly roasted each coffee blend.

When I am researching kitchen products, I love to know what it does. The VertuoPlus machine conveniently makes two cup sizes, 8 oz. Coffee and 1.35 oz. Espresso, all at the touch of a button. It uses two different capsule sizes: large capsule for Coffee, and a small one for Espresso. And it’s easy! What to do: press the lever (it automatically opens), insert a capsule, and press the lever again (it automatically closes). Then press the button, which will start the brewing process.  The machine delivers the optimal in-cup results for each blend using barcode reading technology to recognize if it’s espresso or coffee, how much water, how hot, etc. Then you get a beautiful cup of crema-topped quality coffee or espresso. Umm…taking a writing break to go make a cup now.

The most fun part: Nespresso’s Aeroccino milk frother is ideal for preparing hot or cold milk froth. The milk frother creates a soft and finely textured milk froth in a convenient way. Who else is on that homemade almond milk latte kick?

A major bonus: Sustainability is at the heart of everything Nespresso does. They are committed to having a positive impact, including giving their capsules a second life through recycling. With the Nespresso recycling program, they provide several options to send in your used capsules for them to recycle, free of charge.

The Nespresso VertuoPlus truly is one touch to extraordinary!

P.S. You know we are all about health over here, so I am kind of obsessed with the fact that all of the water tanks are BPA free.
This post was created in connection with my participation in Nespresso’s VertuoPlus program.

 

 

 

Spring Style Mood

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Spring can be a tricky time of year with rainy days and cooler-than-expected temperatures, especially on the East Coast! However, once the sun is out, temps warm up, and summer is on the horizon, our spring style mood definitely heats up. Lo is loving two-piece sets (see below) + sunnies that make a statement. Wide leg crops, embellished sandals, and the modern Americana palette of red, white, and blue totally have her heart. For me, I am loving the classic combination of black + white as always, plus denim skirts, the bold color of red, easy sundresses, and two-piece sets as well. Lo and I are both fans of fedoras and wide brim hats, so we will definitely be reaching for those as we continue spring and go into summer. Bonus, hats also help with sun protection, so wearing one is a definite win-win. For more tips on staying safe in the sun, read this. Scroll down to see Lo style a top + short set and below that are a few style items that we are loving. xx

OUTFIT DETAILS

top | shorts | shoes | bag | sunnies **all c/o**

images by Felicia Lasala

SPRING STYLE MOOD BOARD 

Lo:

Melissa:

10 Good Reads That We Are Loving

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Read on for links to 10 good reads that we are loving // xo

* making your closet a happy space (because I’m addicted)

* foods that help promote a healthy, beautiful glow (goop)

* the healthy dose of turmeric (well + good)

* eight healthy daily reminders (sakara)

* the working girl detox (goop)

* inspiration for an organized bathroom (my domaine)

* how to have hard conversations without conflict (goop)

* the benefits of vitamin D3 when it comes to autoimmune diseases (goop)

* making nontoxic sunscreen with Shiva Rose (marysia)

* an energizing anti-inflammatory facial massage (because I’m addicted)

Ragdoll LA

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I am just going to lay it all out there – I live for sweats, cozy tees, and oversized sweatshirts. My parents literally had to limit my sweat pant purchases growing up because I seemed to fall in love with every pair I saw. Even to this day, when I walk through our front door, I am in comfy clothes faster than anything, with a candle lit and a cup of Sakara tea by my side. With all of this said, my excitement when relaxing ensembles were deemed appropriate for public appearance was on another level.

I love when random decisions turn into the best realizations. My parents were in town last month, and we ran into Kreation on 3rd Street for a juice and popped into a store called Ragdoll. My mom and I were immediately lost in the effortless essentials – the vintage sweatshirts, the most perfect puffy sweaters, and the casual tees. The lovely founder and designer, Lisa Larson, came out for a quick visit, which made me feel even more appreciation for the brand.

I have so much respect for family owned businesses, and I love Lisa’s story and how she describes her brand : “Just like me, Ragdoll is a mix of European chic and slouchy Los Angeles lifestyle. From LA I like the very casual way you dress, and from Europe I love the aesthetic and colors. I’m a Ragdoll. I like to dressy classy with a touch of sexy, vintage, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

I couldn’t help but leave the store with two sweatsuits; the blush pink sweatshirt and track pants might be my favorite, and I couldn’t leave without the classic black sweats and coordinating pullover. They are perfect for travel days, running errands around bustling LA, and they are oh so perfect for a cozy night in lounging on the couch with takeout food watching This Is Us.

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