Road Trippin’ Down the Coast

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Its finally starting to feel like fall, and I’m freezing my ass off! So I was just reminiscing about my awesome road trip this summer, and decided to share some pics will you guys.

My main man, Jeremy, and I drove down the California coast from Los Angeles to San Diego back in August. Here are some of the pics from the road:
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Flea Market Madness

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On the 2nd Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, hosts one of the world’s largest and most unique flea markets. Because this coming Sunday just happens to be the 2nd Sunday of August, I figured it would be a good idea to do a quick blog post on the upcoming festivities. This way, I can encourage you to go on Sunday and give you some advice on it!

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Firstly, these pictures were taken at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, when Jeremy and I went in July. So, yeah, the heat was sweltering and the sun was super strong–that’s why the lighting is weird in some of these pics. Anyway, if you’re going to the flea market during the summer months (this week included) you need to wear sunscreen, bring water, and rock comfortable sneakers. You are going to be in the sun all day, and the place is HUGE so you’ll do a lot of walking.

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You’re also going to want to bring a bag and lots of cash. Most of the vendors at the flea market only accept cash, and they won’t give you a bag for your purchases. Once at the flea market, you can find lots of free parking in the surrounding area (if you’re willing to walk) or you can pay for parking at the stadium itself.

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At the flea market, you’ll find lots of cool trinkets, vintage finds, and tons of antiques! Even if you don’t buy anything, a trip to the flea market is like going to a museum–or stepping into a time machine–it’s an incredible experience. Whether you’re into art, furniture, fashion, or just want to see some cool stuff, I recommend you definitely make the trip this Sunday to the Rose Bowl.

You won’t be disappointed!! Take a look at some of the fun I had when I went:

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***Check out this awesome antique necklace I bought that day! Keep your eye on my Instagram account today (@fourelevenblog) for a chance to win it!!***

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Cupcakes and Cashmere for Club Monaco

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Last night I threw on a Michael Kors dress and headed into the famous Beverly Hills for a special treat: Emily Schuman was throwing a launch party for her brand new Club Monaco line.

The event was held in the Club Monaco store, itself, on Beverly Drive. There were red velvet ropes, doormen, balloons, and–of course–cupcakes!

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I was greeted by a sales associate who gave me a tour and showed me the new Cupcakes and Cashmere collection–designed by Emily, herself. The line includes some classy, staple pieces like a leather skirt and a practical trench-coat. However, the star of the collection is undoubtably a jeweled, backless dress, which Emily personally modeled at the event.

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I got the chance to chat with Emily a little bit about the line. I told her that I work with so many bloggers, but I don’t always follow them–but hers is one of my favorites! (By the way, she’s just as beautiful in person as she is on Cupcakes and Cashmere.)

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It was a really special night, and I was so excited to have met one of my idols (or, “The Cupcake Lady,” as my boyfriend calls her…)

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You can view the entire Cupcakes and Cashmere line here.

Annex Launch: May/June 2014

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This month we launched another amazing, jam-packed issue of Annex Magazine. Our May/June cover star, Drake Bell, hosted a private viewing of the issue atop the Skybar in West Hollywood, on the night before the issue was released to the public.

I had never been to the Skybar before, but it definitely will not be my last trip–the venue certainly set the cool, high-end vibe of the whole party. I was running Annex’s social media for the event, so it gave me a great excuse to take pictures of, and speak to, all the high profile people at the event.

I had such an amazing time partying it up with the whole Annex team, and was so excited to see the finished issue that we all have worked so hard on.

You can view the entire May/June issue for free at www.AnnexMagazine.com –you can also find the official pictures from the night on the site, but in the meantime here are some of my personal snapshots:

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Annex Launch Party – April

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Hey guys, just wanted to share some pics from Annex Magazine’s launch party for their April issue.

The party was held at OHM Nightclub in the world-famous Hollywood and Highland complex.

This was my first launch party as a writer for Annex, so I was kind of nervous. Everyone was dressed so cool, and I kept thinking to myself, “Everyone in here is somebody.” All around, it was a really cool experience.

I had an insane time partying with Don Benjamin, who covered the men’s issue, and Karrueche Tran, who covered the women’s issue. The after-party even featured a live performance by the Cataracs!

Here are some of my pics:

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Nick Verreos’ Oscar Party

Designer and television star Nick Verreos sure knows how to throw an Oscar party.

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With the Academy Awards approaching this weekend, Verreos invited the press to an exclusive Oscar-themed media event, where he premiered his latest NIKOLAKI gown designs.

I was invited to this event two separate times: once for Four Eleven and once for my position at Annex Magazine (you can see my Annex write-up of this event here.) I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to learn that Four Eleven is on somebody’s media list somewhere…

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My front row seat at the runway–omg I’m the media? Woah!

I was equally excited to find my lovely blogger bestie, Mariya Dandonyan of The Gracious Lady blog, at the event. I also met several other bloggers, writers, and stylists throughout the night–all while sipping a glass of champagne. I was definitely in my element and having fun playing the part.

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Me with style ambassadors NORRISxTHRASH

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Chilling with Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock–who also happens to be a FIDM alumna!

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Blogger posse: Me, Mariya, and my new friend Ashley Wiley. Check out Ashley’s style and beauty blog.

Verreos’ models walked down a luxe red carpet as photographers flashed and captured their every move. I really felt like I was covering an actual awards show. Maybe one day I will be :)

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Bloggers, bloggers, bloggers…classic.

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T. Riddle Showroom

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A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram (@fourelevenblog) of me dressing a mannequin. The location of the photo was labeled as the “Cooper Design Space” (a wholesale fashion mart in downtown LA), and a lot of people started asking me  about how and why I was there.

For those of you who don’t already know, I’ve been working in a showroom there since October. It’s pretty hard to believe I haven’t written a post about it yet! So here it is, a day in the life of a showroom intern:

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What exactly is a wholesale showroom?

A wholesale showroom is where buyers for different retailers can come to pick out the different items that they want to sell in their stores. In other words, you shop retail in Nordstrom’s stores, but Nordstrom shops wholesale in our showroom. All designers and brands have showrooms to display their lines. Wholesale prices are usually half of what you’d pay for something in a store, but showrooms are not open to the public. You need a retailer’s license to shop in these showrooms, and usually you can’t buy single pieces (you would need to order 6 of each piece.)

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What are my jobs?

A lot of merchandising. I hang up samples and organize the many racks of clothes in our showroom. I unpack, steam, price, hang, and take pictures of new samples. I also do a lot of paperwork and filing. (Classic intern stuff…)

Do I get free clothes?

No. I wish I was that cool! But I am able to take advantage of special sample sales and deals within the different showrooms in the building. I’ve met a lot of interesting people in the hallways and elevators who have offered me some great deals on clothes! Also, I can put in a “personal” order on anything in the showroom without having to adhere to the “6 piece minimum” rule, so that’s pretty cool. But I think the coolest part of my job is seeing everything before it is available in retail stores. I get to work with lines that wont be released until July 2014! It’s super exciting and like being “in” on a secret :)

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Wanna come check out the wholesale scene?

Many of the showrooms downtown host “sample sales” on the last Friday of every month, which are open to the public. You can get great bargains with no sales tax. Some tips: you will need to pay cash, you won’t get shopping bags–so bring one, and there are no dressing rooms. For more info, check out the sample sale page on the CMC’s website.

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On my first date with Jeremy, I asked if I could show him around downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) for the day. “Downtown?” He asked, “Why? So we could get mugged?”

This basically sums up the view many LAers share of our downtown district. But lately, downtown has really been cleaning up its act. With new cafes, fancy restaurants, gyms, and shopping destinations popping up all over the 90015, the area is attracting more and more positive attention from tourists and locals alike.

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The new mall (located on 7th Street and Figueroa…obviously…) already features several great commodities, such as downtown’s first Target, a Gold’s Gym, and a new spa center. The list of eateries at FigAt7th is impressively fun and current with famous names like Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, California Pizza Kitchen, Morton’s Steakhouse, and dozens more joining the scene.

The mall is generating the most buzz, however, for the new flagship stores set to open their doors in Spring 2014. (A “flagship” store just means it’s the bigger, better, awesomer version of the store you see in your average mall.) The names on this anticipated  list include Zara, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Sunglass Hut, and more!

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Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 5.06.17 PMWith all the excitement surrounding this new mall, I had to go check it out for myself. And it looks awesome! The mall is modern, clean, laid out beautifully, and in a prime location. I think it’s safe to say that this little shopoholic will be spending a lot of time here once some of these big ol’ stores open up. Want more info? Check out the Fig&7th website!

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Look, you guys! I’m wearing the shoes I made :) Check out the post by clicking this pic.

The Graffiti Run

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In the past, people ran 5K’s to raise money for charities or to train for other longer runs. Until recently, running a 5K has been a means to an end, but nowadays there are plenty of “themed” runs that even non-runners can participate in just for fun. There are obstacle races (like the famous “Mud Run” and “Wilderness Scramble”) as well as several themed adventure races (like the Hunger Games themed “Run For Your Life 5K”).

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Met these lovely ladies in the parking lot. Starting out the day as blank canvases!

Perhaps the most popular type of these new “fun runs” is the color run. This is when participants begin a race wearing white clothing, then run through a 5-Kilometer course where they’re sprayed with colored powder along the way.

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Color Explosion

Today Jeremy and I drove out to Pomona, California to participate in a color run known as the Graffiti Run. While we had to register in advance and pay for this race (registration was about $45 per person,) it was definitely worth-it! Upon checking in, we received Graffiti Run t-shirts and sweatbands, we were also each given a packet of colored powder and our race numbers. The race took place at the Los Angeles Fairplex, which is also home to the Auto Club Speedway and the LA County Fair.

Participants were asked to wear white clothing, but some people went so far as to wear white capes, tutus, and wigs! As we all ran the course together, we were ambushed by Graffiti Run volunteers who splashed us with the colored powder. The powder stuck to our clothes, skin, and hair–turning us all into running works of art! The powder used in these races is non-toxic and supposedly won’t stain your clothes (we’ll see when I wash my t-shirt later…)

At the finish line, there was a festival with live music, food vendors, and more color throws. Picture thousands of people throwing different colored powders into the sky–it was incredible! Jeremy and I partied with so many interesting people and had such a blast!

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This guy ran the race in a mascot suit!

After I got home, the color rinsed right off my skin and hair, and it didn’t stain my shower at all. The event was well-organized and well-attended. Overall, the entire experience was hugely positive, and I would definitely like do another color run in the future.

Bring some color to your run: Check out the Graffiti Run website! Or look for other color runs in your area, such as The Color Run, Color Me Rad, or Color Vibe.

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Real Food Daily

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Blissfully singing to radio because he has no idea what he’s in for today…

Date day with Jeremy! When my carnivore boyfriend makes the critical error of allowing me to pick the venue for lunch, where does he end up? At an organic vegan restaurant of course!

As you might already know, I don’t eat meat and most dairy hurts my stomach. If you didn’t already know that, you’re probably thinking, “Wow, that must mean you’re really healthy, because all you eat is salad!” But no, it just means I eat a lot of frozen waffles (Leggo my Eggo!)

real-food-daily-westSo because I’m such a pain in the ass about food, eating out isn’t always so fun for me. That’s why Real Food Daily (RFD) is one of my favorite restaurants. The menu seems like a typical menu with all the regular offerings (omelets, hamburgers, pizza, burritos…) but everything served at RFD is 100% vegan-friendly! “Vegan” means that the food doesn’t contain any ingredients that come from an animal. This is so much fun for me, because I can order bacon or nachos and none of it will hurt my stomach (it’s really soy meat and soy cheese!) It was so exciting to look at the menu and not hav627e to automatically rule-out any of it. I could order anything I wanted!

Feeling like a kid in a candy store, I ordered a BLT on a spinach-tortilla wrap.

While I was super happy being at RFD, I was honestly pretty nervous about bringing Jeremy there. I felt like it could have been a major fail of a date…But while he was (understandably) skeptical about the whole “vegan thing,” seeing the menu put him at ease–he agreed that everything sounded appetizing. In the end, he ordered a taco and loved it! He also ordered a burger which he didn’t love as much: “It’s not that it’s bad,” he said, “It just doesn’t taste like an actual burger.” Oh well, at least he didn’t go hungry.

RFD is a great place to go on a date, because you can chow down on a greasy mexican food and not have a stomach ache after! (Again, not really cheese)

My advise? Make sure you go on a Saturday or Sunday to take advantage of their “Weekend Brunch Menu” (served 10am – 3pm!) And make sure to try one of their smoothies!

All in all, I highly recommend a trip to RFD to anyone–even non-vegan–who is looking for a fun food adventure. Click here to find an RFD location near you!

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