5 Things to do in LA This Weekend

1. Barnsdall Park Wine Tasting
This summer-time favorite started years ago through a small group of friends and has since turned into a must-have for hipster Angelenos.  If you’re into wine, picnicks, food trucks, and gorgeous views, this is the thing to try.  Plus, if you’re into architecture you can get a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. Tickets are $25. Get more information here

2. Jubilee Festival
Silverlake Jubilee Festival is held in the epicenter of hipsterville at Sunset Junction.  The 2-day festival features 6 stages, food vendors and curbside shopping.  Headliners for this year’s event include Kinky, Aloe Blacc, Autolux and many more.  Tickets start at $20. Get more information here

3. Jazz Reggae Festival
For 25 years, the Jazz Reggae Festival has been providing a mash-up of hip-hop, reggae and jazz in LA. Headliners for this year’s 2-day festival include Bobby Womack and The Roots. Reggae Day will be headlined by Collie Buddz, Shaggy, and Don Carlos. Tickets start at $29. Get more information here

4. Santa Monica Beach & Pier
Santa Monica Beach & Pier provides a full-day of activities. From sunning at the beach, to recreational activities on the pier and shopping and dining at 3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, you can spend the whole day lazing away in SaMo. Free beach access, parking approx. $5. Get more information here, here, and here.

5. Griffith Observatory
Hands down one of the greatest spots in LA and yet I know life-long Angelenos that still haven’t been to Griffith Observatory.  Even if you just visit and walk around the building and grounds, you will enjoy beautiful 360 degree views of beautiful LA! Also, you may want to see the short show in the planetarium, which is very cool (even for you non-nerds).  Admission is free. More information here

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Derives: Lazy Days of Summer

{ J Crew top, Forever 21 skirt, Chloe heels,  vintage bracelets, Gustto clutch, Pucci scarf  }

Ah, the lazy days of summer.  The BF and I decided to enjoy an incredibly lazy Saturday afternoon at Larchmont Village.  We were desperately craving the delicious sandwiches at Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits, & Cheese.  If you haven’t stopped by this tiny deli, you are missing out on their super scrumptious sandwiches – they have a limited menu of 5 sandwiches, but you will leave satisfied.  We also stopped by the fairly new Goorin Brothers Hats shop to get the BF a new fedora – love the decor and the selection of hats.  Of course, I did some shopping and bought myself some new dresses for our summer trip to the mid-west to visit BF’s family.

Dérives, Event

Dérives: GATE

On Friday, I spent the evening at the opening reception of GATE.  I was very excited to meet artist, Anna Magnuson, to exchange my Eiffel Tower figurine for the reincarnated hand drawing.  Anna is sending me my hand drawing soon – I am anxiously waiting.  I was taken back by the exhibition – all of the artwork was interactive and user friendly.  When I arrived at 6 pm, there were several families with small children who were running around the exhibition interacting with the art.  It reminded me of when my mom used to take my sisters, brother and me exploring. It didn’t matter the mood she was in, or if was sunny, or if Santa Barbara was a 2 hour drive – she would make a day trip out of it for us.  It was a strange feeling, to be in the middle of an exhibition that I helped organize, but all I could think about was those wonderful memories with my mom.  It gave me the warm fuzzy feeling, like when you’re sick and sitting in bed, with mom by your side helping you drink your tea.  It became even more emotional for me, when my mom came to the event and was proudly telling the world that I was HER daughter. My favorite moment was when my mom described one of the artworks as “cute.” Mind you, this artwork was an lcd screen and had the effect of blood dripping down.  The woman next to mom looked at her and asked, “cute?”  My mom turned to her and said, “did I stutter?”  This was a classic mom quote and I had to share it with the artist, who absolutely loved my mom. 

BF decided to take some pictures of me interacting with the art, but I thought I would let you appreciate this picture. 
{ BB Dakota crochet shorts, Free People blouse, Alice & Olivia blazer,
 Forever 21 booties, Marc Jacobs clutch, Vintage ring }