Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here in Los Angeles, 81Âº in the middle of January. So of course I had to go out in shorts and a tee and have a nice outdoor lunch. I headed to one of my favorite places Auntie Em’s cuz’ they have an amazing meatloaf sandwich and their red velvet cupcakes are my favorite in LA.
When I walked through the door I noticed they had some fancy new sodas in a display case, so I decided to try it. It’s called Real Cola and is bottled by Empire Bottling Works, a company based in Bristol, Rhode Island that’s been doing it since 1930. The bottle is way cute, featuring a cupcake on the top, and their phone number on the side, in case you want to order a case. I thought overall the soda was pretty good, not overly sweet and not overly carbonated either. I noticed that BevMo! does sell it online, but they’re sold out for now, so good luck trying to find it!
As a part of my epic shopping trip at Urban Outfitters, which I wrote about in the Damien Correll pillow post, I also found these sweet Mike Perry bandages, which come in a rad old school tin case, and features 4 different bandage designs, which I sadly did not take photos of. I never thought I’d run across hip bandages!
Mike also recently updated his site with tons of new work, starting 2K9 out right. I really loved the images from the Landscape Between Time & Space exhibit, especially the second image with the earth, sun, star, brick pyramid, and tree skateboarding down a hill. Way too cool.
He’s also part of a group show coming up here in LA at the Tinlark Gallery called Inspired + Oddducks on Saturday. The show features Martha Rich, Ivy Jacobsen, Marcie Paper, Kime Buzzelli, Yu-i Chan, Souther Salazar, Amy Huddleston, Rachel Papo, Anne M. Hall, Tanya AguiÃ±iga, Mike Perry, Henrike Stahl, and other surprises.
I’m not really a sweets person, my taste buds prefer a more savory palate, but I came across these Swedish gingerbread caramels and I HAD TO buy them. I grew up eating caramel flavored hard candies, courtesy of my grandma, so this was something I was definitely a fan of. Add in the gingerbread flavor and how can you go wrong?! I was handing these out to everyone I know, making them taste these cuz’ they were that yummy.
Not only that, but the box is just about the cutest thing ever. The faces on the top and side remind me of Friends With You!. The side patterns are called Snowstar, “a pattern derived from farmhouse tapestries from happy occasions, handed down for generations since viking times, found in weavings know as dukagang.”
I bought these on a cute little shop on 3rd Street, but thankfully you can purchase these online from KALA Style. They sell a box of these for $10, which sounds like a lot for candies, but trust me on this one.
A few weeks back I went on this epic shopping trip to the Urban Outfitters in Burbank, hearing good stories about them having couches and tons of great stuff. It turns out they were right, and one of the awesome things I found was this sweet pillow designed by Damien Correll as a part of that Nylon Mag collab they had with UO. I’ve slept on this pillow, and it’s real comfortable, and the stark black and white look great on the gray of my couch.
Sadly, the pillow is no longer for sale on the UO site, so check around and maybe you can find one for yourself. On a side note, the red plaid blanket was something I found in an antique store in Sacramento. It’s a Troy Robe blanket from the 50′s and I’m absolutely in love with it. The best part? It was only $12. Gem find.
This weekend I took a ton of photos of random things from my life that I thought everyone might enjoy, so the next five or six posts will be kind of all over the place. To start things off really randomly, is a deodorant. When I was in Roseville for X-mas, I desperately needed some deodorant, so I decided to hit up the new Whole Foods that recently opened. I was a bit frightened… I don’t need some Tom’s of Maine, hippy, patchouli smelling, bull shit… I just want some deodorant.
But then I stumbled across the amazing deodorant called Organic Grooming by Herban Cowboys. I was immediately drawn to it by the black packaging and it’s silver ink, very masculine and clean and restrained. So visually, I was satisfied. But what about the smell? Well, they’ve created their own scent called Dusk, which is very manly, sort of an old school deodorant smell, but really nice and subtle.
But that wasn’t all. The deodorant is also 100% vegan, and it contains no dyes, alcohol, or aluminum. Aluminum is thought to cause Alzheimer’s and alcohol and make your pits burn, so this, in my opinion, is a gem of the deodorant world. I know this post reeks of corporate shilling, but honestly it’s a great deodorant and an excellent alternative to all of those major brands.
Check out their whole line of products, including soap, cologne, shave cream, and after shave, all of which you can pick up on Amazon.