This past weekend I had the chance to go to the Renegade Craft Fair. The location was moved this year to one of my favorite places in the city, Grand Park.
We had a great time looking at all the artisan crafts, learning about their techniques, and getting inspired. There were booths with jewelry, hair accessories, chocolates, jams, furniture, prints, handmade clothing, photography, ceramics, baby toys, blankets, bags, and so much more.
There were so many booths we had to take a break for lunch at Belcampo in Grand Central Market where we refueled with delicious hamburgers.
I walked away with a turkish towel from The Folding Room ($30), gold heart stud earrings ($5), a soy candle made in downtown LA by P.F. Candle Co. ($11), and a coral headband from The Perfect Hair Ties ($16). I’m really in love with all my purchases, especially this towel. I read about turkish towels on a lot of travel blogs and wanted to get one for our trip to Japan this fall. I love how small it is in my swim bag & how quickly it dries. I hung it up when I came back from the pool and it was dry in under 2 hours!
Even though I spent more than I meant to, it’s nice to support the local artists and many gave us discounts for shopping at the fair. Please check out their stores from the links above & support. Renegade will be back in LA December 14th & 15th.
There are many film fests in Los Angeles but I didn’t know until this summer that there was a film fest in Topanga Canyon. The film fest brings some great docs, narrative features, & shorts that usually have some time to the local community.
The doc we saw, titled “GMO OMG“, was the story of filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s quest to find out the risks & effects genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are having on our health & our environment. While I can’t say I feel 100% compelled to give up things like Breyer’s ice cream, I always appreciate the awareness docs create. I’m going to do my best to try & incorporate a little more organic food in my shopping. Especially while I live in Los Angeles with an abundant amount of resources to shop local.
After the screening, we were invited to a catered lunch (free with proof of ticket purchase or $12). It was interesting to watch all the patrons from our screening ask the caterers if the food was organic & GMO free (which it was).
Great films, organic food, and a beautiful location nestled in the canyon. Not bad Topanga Film Fest, not bad. TFF will be back next summer for anyone who wants to check it out.
One things I love about living in Los Angeles has been the DELICIOUS fresh produce that’s always at my finger tips. Going to the farmers market to buy veggies, fruit, and eggs is one of my favorite parts of the week.
Lately I’ve been venturing to other farmers markets around the city. Sometimes it’s nice to see if there are any special vendors and sometimes you just need to know where you can buy more fresh plums in the middle of the week because you ate them all on Monday. Neighborhood: Atwater Village
Location: 3250 Glendale Blvd (Wells Fargo parking lot)
When: Sundays from 10am – 2pm
Specialties: They always have live entertainment. This week was a folk trio.
Favorite Purchase: This fresh squeezed orange juice ($3)
I always admire the people who only buy what’s in season and use that as inspiration to cook amazing meals for the week. I grew up eating Mexican food and fast food the first 18 years of my life so I’m still working on my recipe repertoire, but it’ll get there!
I love outdoor movies. There’s nothing that beats curling up in a cozy sweater under the night sky watching your favorite movie after having just eaten a delicious picnic. Add a bottle of wine in there & I’m in heaven.
Last night I went to my first Street Food Cinema screening at Exposition Park to see Bridesmaids. SFC is known for combining movies, live music, and food trucks together in one event. My roommate and I had a fantastic time. The screen was large enough that you could see even from the back, the sound system was great, and the crowd was really nice (thank you people next to us who let us borrow your wine opener).
We weren’t sure what to expect so we packed a picnic (outside food & beverages welcome) but I think next time we’re going to go the food truck route. I recommend showing up about an hour and a half before the screening to claim your spot and catch the band.
Also, I just have to say that their portable bathrooms were the CLEANEST portable bathrooms I’ve ever been in. I didn’t know using a portable bathroom could ever be a pleasant experience and it was! So kudos to whoever those guys are. (I’m going to pretend it’s not weird to comment on the bathrooms)
These ladies came prepared. I really hope those are their actual bridesmaids dresses.
It was nice to see that my roommate and I weren’t the only two girls on a gal pal date. In fact, the crowd was mostly girls which was awesome because when those cute puppies came on the screen, the “Aww” that came from the audience was so loud that I started laughing.
Who: Street Food Cinema
When: Now until late-September
How Much: $14.30 with fees for general ticket
What’s Playing: Pretty In Pink, Weird Science, and Labryinth are up next