It’s finally spring here in Los Angeles! Everything is in bloom and there are vendors with buckets of flowers back at the farmers markets. Over the weekend, I was inspired by the bunches of fresh lavender I saw and picked one up thinking it would be delicious in homemade granola. The addition of lavender really enhances the granola by giving it a light and floral flavor and a wonderful indigo appearance. It takes no time at all putting it together because you simply pour the ingredients in a bowl, mix and bake. Not to mention, my apartment currently smells delightful after baking a batch!
Almost every single day of the year, there is a farmers market happening in Southern California. Again, this is just another reason I love living in a climate where year-round there is the opportunity to buy local and organic produce. It is so much fun to stroll the different aisles at the market, meet the farmers, taste the baked goods and fruits, and get creative with the ingredients in your meal plan. Before moving to California, I had never used persimmons and now I can’t imagine the harvest season without them. Here are my top five East LA markets:
There are some artisan ladies in Los Angeles that I have been admiring for some time now after attending the Echo Park Craft Fair last May. They are all extremely talented and make high quality, unique goods right here in Los Angeles. It is completely refreshing to be living in a community that supports local artists, especially female ones! After pining over all their creations, I put together the ultimate East LA Sunday brunch or farmers market outfit that will bring in tons of confidence and compliments!
- Rachel Craven Textiles: Long Linen Cocoon Dress
- Block Shop Textiles: Alma Indigo Scarf
- Beatrice Valenzuela: Concha Cuff
- Annie Costello Brown: Arc Drop Chandelier Earrings – Oxide Blue
- Clare V: Leopard Petit Simple Tote
- Jenni Kayne: D’Orsay Flat – Black Ponyhair
Angelino Heights is a small quarter within the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, California. It is most notable for its Victorian era residences. It is also the second oldest district in Los Angeles. I happen to live right down the street from the famous Carroll Avenue, and it is such a treat to stroll down this quiet neighborhood and look at the detailed homes. Some of the houses are in beautiful shape others need a million dollar renovation. It reminds me of a lovely neighborhood I used to live in Ohio: The Old West End. Push the walk further about 15 min and check out the Echo Park Lake down the hill or grab some of the best tacos at Guisados.
Shareen Vintage is one of my absolute favorite vintage clothing stores in Los Angeles. It is located in a huge nondescript warehouse close to Chinatown with racks on racks on racks of incredible clothing, including mint condition and designer dresses from the 1950’s, 1960’s & 1970’s. If you are like me and live for vintage dresses, or are looking for a themed party dress – this is the place to shop! It has a “no boys allowed” policy which it is an ideal place to spend an afternoon playing dress-up with your girlfriends, but be prepared because there aren’t any actual changing rooms. Shareen Mitchell also has a line of bridal gowns, evening, and ready-to-wear pieces. On my most recent visit, I picked up the most beautiful, one-of-a kind magenta ball gowns that I can’t wait to wear to a holiday party this year.