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Meet Hiro — our lovable, little pup who is making the first of many guest appearances.  It’s quite a sight when he goes crazy and starts flailing around in the grass.  Seriously, what a life.

While I won’t be rolling around in the grass, I will be enjoying the last few days of spring break with a little sun, bbq, and good times with great friends.

Happy weekend everyone!

comfort cuisine.

After my overwhelming experience with vintage shopping in LA, the boyfriend and I hunted down a nearby food truck (with the help of Find LA Food Trucks). The Comfort Truck was parked up on a curb, commanding Melrose Avenue in all its fire engine red colored, intoxicating fried food smelling glory.

James and I shared a fried chicken wrap, stuffed with corn relish, and a heaping to-go box full of thick, creamy mac n’ cheese. I. Love. Mac. And. Cheese. And surely enough, the Comfort Truck truly lived up to its name. The food was delish, sentimental, and perfectly indulgent.

gap utility jacket; f21 scarf + top; hco shorts; rayban aviators; madewell bag; nicole sandals

As the weather in California was absolutely perfect, I attempted to make the most of my Gap utility jacket. It’s casual and comfortable, without trying to be too literal. I lucked out when I got it last spring at a unbelievably generous sale price. It’s been one of my favorite things to wear ever since. Unfortunately, with the temp rapidly rising, I think it’s time for this layering staple to go into hibernation soon.

As for me, I’ll be out on the prowl for more food trucks the next time I’m in LA. I plan to have my Twitter feed full of food truck recon. Let me know what your fave meal on wheels is so I can scope it out during the next visit!

my vendetta with vintage.

I’ve been to LA more times than I can recall, but I’ve never been there with this particular objective: try a stab at vintage shopping. I’ve always wanted to boast, “Oh this little thing? It’s vintage.” Okay, not really, but there is an untapped world of used goods out there – a treasure trove aged with history and waiting to be discovered.

So on Sunday morning, after already losing an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time (also a first experience grumble, grumble), I woke up and hustled over to the Melrose Trading Post for their weekly flea market.

The amount of junk commingled amongst the treasure was dizzying. But that might’ve been attributed to the nutritious breakfast I had thanks to the hotel’s 3-minute waffle iron. Anyway, I dove right in and immediately found an adorable scarf with bold colors and a fun pattern for $2. I thought it was a good indication that it was going to be a successful first venture into vintage.

Unfortunately, I soon became overwhelmed and reverted into indecision mode. There was so much stuff just bursting out of boxes. Talk about overstimulation. So instead of continuing the hunt, I ended up taking in the sights, sounds, and smells. That in itself was a great experience.

After I checked out all the flea market vendors, I headed over to Jet Rag Vintage. My research (if you know me, you know I do my homework before I travel!) indicated that every Sunday, Jet Rag has a yard sale where every piece is $1. I wasn’t even close to ready for the absolutely mayhem about to be witnessed.

If there’s anything that I’ve learned from my miserable Black Friday experiences at an outlet, I should’ve known that cheap goods equals chaos. Again, I stood aside, preferring to watch people digging through piles, hoarding heaps of clothes in corners, and even snatching pieces out of each other’s hands. I’ll pass, thank you.

Inside the store, I had a more pleasant experience as everything hung on racks and was sorted by type of clothing and period of time. By this point, I was exhausted and just browsed the racks for the sights.

I walked away with only the scarf that I purchased at the beginning of the day, but I did learn a few things from this experience:

  1. The early shopper snags the best goods.
  2. Come with a mission and have an idea of what you’re looking for; otherwise, you’ll easily lose yourself in all the junk.
  3. If you’re looking into vintage clothes, have your sewing kit ready. Many items don’t have size labels and are in need of some re-shaping.

I haven’t decided whether vintage is for me quite yet. It was definitely an adventure, but also incredibly exhausting. And while it’s a lot easier to browse the racks of Forever 21 and H&M, I do plan on giving it another go. Next time, it’ll be vintage with a vengeance.