I decided I wanted to try working
a red kimono into my 4th of July attire.
So Jeff and I
went in search of one in
Los Angeles's Little Tokyo
this past weekend.
I love a reason to search new areas
was quite delighted with the offerings in
Playing with some
4th of July styling
I chose and all white outfit
to make my boater
vintage brooch necklace the focal point.
My Craft Made bag by Levi
is always a perfect choice for shopping excursions
because not only does it have generous leather handles
but the back pack straps make for
perfect hands free shopping!
When ever Jeff and I go out exploring
I always pack not only heels and flats
always have a dressed down version
of the outfit
for real exploring of new areas.
Certainly not as fashionable
but so much better for searching out hidden treasures!
Which we usually always find with enough effort.
For lunch in Little Tokyo
we wanted to find a place with a true feel of the area.
And we did just that when we spotted
this quaint alley way
on our walk in one of the older sections of
It turned out to be the
A restaurant is composed of several interior rooms
as well as the sweetest alley garden
that comes alive at night with twinkling lights.
We sat inside at one of their long community tables
and met a large group
that had taken the train into downtown
to go the the Dodger game.
I am most impressed with LA's mass transit
that has improved so over the last decade!
Jeff ordered a whiskey drink which came with
the ever popular bacon
which this time was much more show than flavor.
But I was completely smitten with the use of
just one extra large cube of ice.
I'm wondering how I can reproduce this at home.
Exploring new cultural areas
wouldn't be complete
without exploring new foods.
Our waitress at the Far Bar
recommended a Japanese bakery
where we took some new to us goodies home.
We also tried the iced Vietnamese coffee
(which was very strong and sweet)
as well as the
Hong Kong milk tea.
I enjoyed the green tea donut
the next morning at home.
My favorite LA find this weekend
Jeff and I always drive some unknown streets
while in new areas.
I have seen the reverse side of this smokestack for years
form the freeway.
It boldly says The Brewery
having had just come from
I thought checking out
a brewery would be fun.
Imagine our surprise
when upon driving in
we realized it wasn't a working brewery
"the worlds largest
Artist in Residence Art Complex!
Opened in 1987
in what was once the factory for
Pabst Blue Ribbon
it has more than 100 artists living in
The really exciting part is
they open 1600 acre campus
to the public twice a year
with the next opening
October 25th and 26th
from 11 to 6.
The artists open up their studios
are present to meet
sell their works direct to the public
during the event!
My calendar is definitely marked for the occasion!
As always my friends
I wish you love and joy
as you style your life