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Vacay Moments in Daily Life

Vacay Moments in Daily Life

Shoot you guys, I love vacation. I know that this is stating the obvious, it’s just I’ve been ridiculously lucky to have a lot of extra special downtime this summer and now I don’t feel like working as much. I can’t deny, it’s an uphill battle.

I’m all for the expression, ‘Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,’ but let’s get real, doing what I love means I’m pretty much working ALL the time.

Unplugging and getting away from the everyday grind has been eye opening because I’ve realized I’m taking life too seriously. I need to incorporate little vacay moments on a weekly basis to mix things up.

I think for me this means doing things like going to a tiki bar, sitting at a sidewalk cafe, trying to make poke at home and kayaking in the Bay. Any suggestions? What does a vacation moment mid-week or month look like for you?

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Still Gone

Still Gone

Hi friends, the vacay mode got real...Hawaii was a dream, and now I'm finding my footing again in SF! Pat Conroy said, "Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey." I couldn't agree more - however the team and I will be back in turbo mode before you know it, stay tuned! xo

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Poke Primer

Poke Primer

I’m elated to report I’m in Hawaii for a little R and R! Two activities are ruling my vacay - relaxation and poke.

Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish, tossed over rice. Bon Appétit’s Where to Find the Best Poke in Oahu was a fantastic read, as I organized our itinerary.

My plan is to hit up Tamashiro Market, Ahi Assassins and Ono Seafood, if not more and report back!

Photo credit: Bon Appétit

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Hyper-Local Guide to a Stellar Long Beach Weekend

Hyper-Local Guide to a Stellar Long Beach Weekend

The Long Beach you think you know is cooler than you realize…22 miles from downtown LA or an hour flight from San Francisco to the quaint LGB airport, it’s brimming with vintage charm and a growing number of thoughtful entrepreneurs, notable eateries, and talented makers. Our founder, Jenny Hwa and Cassandra Malone, founder of the cool kids destination California Drifters, partnered up to share their favorite spots and past times…if you love sunny skies, locavore culinary experiences, unique shopping nooks, artisanal coffee purveyors and retro flair keep reading, so you can curate a lovely long weekend in this often overlooked seaside town…

Where to stay

Women’s clothing

Home decor

    Men’s clothing

    Food + cocktails 

    Coffee, Juice + Donuts

    Activities + to dos

    If you know and love Long Beach and its surrounding areas, please click 'continue reading' and leave comments to add your own contributions! 

    Photos courtesy of Design Sponge, The Varden Hotel, 6th and Detroit, Roe Seafood and Hollie Wood Style.

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    Spotlight | California Drifters

    Spotlight | California Drifters

    Instagram is sensational for stumbling upon people you would never have otherwise found or had the chance to know; I recently came across California Drifters and was immediately smitten with their cool, yesteryear vibes and artistic curation of goods. It was founded in Long Beach by Cassandra Malone, who launched an e-commerce business a year ago and has now opened a brick and mortar shop in an up and coming neighborhood to create a more immersive experience. Conveniently, I was heading to Long Beach so I could check out the new intimate space in person…I was mesmerized with desert-inspired feel that reflected Cassandra's lifestyle; we had a great time talking shop and I loved learning more about her vision…In her own words:

    “I wanted to create a retail space that felt more like a museum filled with local craftsmen, infused with an authentic feel, that would stay true to the artist. Many of the featured artists in the shop are good friends that I love and support…I only offer products and brands that I truthfully love and believe in personally.

    After working with companies, like Seven For All Mankind, I’ve drifted consistently, always inspired by life and nature, while searching for well-imagined works from craftsmen to fill my home. Now I can share these works with the local community and abroad via our site.”

    A few of my shop faves (and items I went home with) include:

    Earth + Element - Moon Mug

    Luna Noel - Earth mood perfumes handcrafted in congruence with the moon cycle with only essential oils, living water and crystals

    Loft Creative - Cactus Print No. 16 (as featured on IG)

    Mohinders - Women City Slipper

    Earth + Element - Gold Triangle Cups

    Stop by California Drifters online or say hello in person - 2714 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814

    Photo credit: Stephanie Castillo

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    Food Lover's Guide to NYC

    Food Lover's Guide to NYC

    I lived in NYC for close to 10 years, so when I travel back for a visit it’s always a whirlwind of chummy reunions and a race to see how many new foodie places I can try. This recent trip was no different and I’m sharing some of my standout favorites here, in case you find yourself heading there and are looking for some gems, new and old…

    La Mercerie - French eatery, pastry counter and stunning home decor shop all in one - inside Roman and Williams Guild. 

    Uncle Boons - Incredible Thai food and cocktails with fantastic service and Bangkok flea market-decor. 

    Le Coucou - Sophisticated French fare served in an airy, beautiful setting. 

    The Up & Up - Charming cocktail lounge offering thoughtful, handcrafted drinks in a speakeasy style space. 

    dell'anima - Petit and festive Italian restaurant - I highly recommend the chef's counter and trying their unique selection of orange wines 

    Maison Pickle - Bistro-chic emporium offering amazing French dip sandwiches and an enormous menu of other goodies, like chicken liver pate on homemade brioche buns and tomahawk steaks. 

    The Fat Radish - Down home vibe cafe with major style serving modern British fare with conscientious service and interesting wine list.

    The Long Island Bar - Vintage watering hole serving up cocktails and classics like deviled eggs - loved the retro surroundings. 

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