Current Obsessions

Best Hair Salon in LA, Chan Luu BraletteWhen your butt could have sat in the same salon chair as Jessica Simpson, Julianne Hough, or Selena Gomez (to name but a few) you know you’ve come to the right place. (And I’m not saying that because I think it’s ‘cool’ to have your hair cut at the same place as a celebrity, but because the one thing they all have in common is GORGEOUS hair!) Well I recently got my hair cut at this very salon, Nine Zero One to be exact, by one of their stylists named Molly. And I have to say that my hair feels totally healthy and refreshed. But the reason I’m sharing all of this with you is to pass along some great pieces of advice Molly gave me during my visit:

  1. Ditch the straightener; opt for blow drying your hair instead, which is less prone to causing breakage
  2. Be really gentle while brushing; aggressively tugging at your hair will also cause breakage
  3. Take biotin (500-700 micrograms per day). It’s supposed to promote thicker, fuller, healthier hair, at a faster rate of growth, which is appealing to someone like me who’s hair grows at a snail’s pace (I just keep telling myself that slow and steady wins the race). Anyhow, wI did a little research, and it seems harmless enough, but I would definitely recommend consulting with your physician to determine whether or not it’s right for you before taking.

Great Songs 2014, What to listen to now White Arrows are a Psych pop group made up of LA locals. A coworker at GUESS introduced me to their song ‘Coming or Going’ and I’ve been hooked ever since! It’s in my Soundcloud playlist (https://soundcloud.com/justjilli) and I always end up listening to it when I’m getting ready to go out, or ‘DJing’ (I use that term loosely) at an afterparty.

Best coffee maker, Review of NespressoMy parents got my fiancé Max and I a Nespresso (Citiz & Milk – this means it has a milk … attachment) when we moved in together, and it’s totally revolutionized our morning coffee drinking routine. Every morning we enjoy the best latte in LA* from the comfort of our own kitchen. We don’t even get the urge to go to real coffee shops anymore, which is really saying something for a couple who used to frequent pretentious coffee shops more than I’d like to admit B.N. (Before Nespresso).

* This statement may have been slightly hyperbolic. The best latte in town arguably hails from either Intelligentsia or Stumptown, but the fact that I can’t even say with 100% certainty that either of these are actually better is a testament to how good Nespresso coffee really is.
Embroidery, Vintage, Denim

I was gifted these vintage ‘See by Chloe’ shorts, and I’ve been in awe of them ever since. I seriously feel like they have ‘traveling pants’ status because they couldn’t fit me better if I tailored them myself. And that’s only one of the many reasons why I love them! They’re almost too beautiful to actually wear, covered in such intricate embroidery that I feel like I’m wearing art every time I put them on. I also love that they’re such a statement piece they require only a simple white or cream top to complete the look. But best of all, they’re vintage, and that means that are inherently echo friendly, which, you may have noticed, has started to become a recurring theme of this blog. Vintage shopping not only has a positive environmental impact, but is also an excellent way to make sure that your style is always unique, not to mention the fact that vintage clothing is usually way better quality than its modern counterpart. With that said, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite vintage shops in Los Angeles:

  • The Way We Wore (http://thewaywewore.com)
    • Expertly curated selection of vintage gems
  • Hidden Treasures (http://www.hiddentreasurestopanga.com)
    • Opposite of ‘The Way We Wore,’ and aptly named. But if Kate Moss and the Olsens shop here, they must be doing something right! Not technically in LA, so make a day trip out of it
  • Hayoka Hideout (http://www.heyokaleather.com/HeyokaHideout.aspx)
    • Speaking of that day trip, when you’re in Topanga, you have to check out this sweet little spot, with new and vintage finds. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to stop at the Inn of the Seventh Ray for lunch or dinner.
  • Chuck’s Vintage (http://www.chucksvintage.com)
    • denim centric shop with a side of vintage tees and cowboy boots
  • Wasteland (https://www.shopwasteland.com)
    • A consignment store where you can buy as well as sell… Essentially recycling old clothes while making a little money? Count me in!

Chocolate, Mini Chocolates, Recipe for ChocolateI grew up snacking on Bridge Mix, and if you you’re not familiar with the contents of this bag of chocolate covered goodness, then I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your parents hate you. (BTW, it’s basically just an assortment of chocolate covered fruits, nuts, and ‘crèmes’). But I’ve never really been much of a fan of the fruit part, which is, in essence, 1/3 of the ingredients. Anyways, it only took me 20 plus years and endless bags of rejected chocolate raisins, but I finally realized that I didn’t have to resign myself to life at 2/3 satisfaction . Why not go for 100%? And that’s when it came to me, why not make my own bridge mix, filled with my own personal mélange mini chocolate covered things. It’s really simple, just:

  • Go to the store
  • Pick out 5-6 bags of yummy chocolate covered things in miniature form
    • In my case: Peanut M&M’s, KIT KAT Mini, Milky Way Mini, Junior Mints, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Creme Drios, Reese’s Mini
  • Open all the packages and mix the chocolates together in an airtight container (you will probably need more than one container)

It may sound obscene, but no-one’s telling you to eat more than a couple handfuls at one time. And if you do exercise any measure of self-restraint, this snack will last you quite a while!

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4 thoughts on “Current Obsessions

    • Thanks Lauren, they’re all amazing in their own way. However, the mini day trip to Topanga Canyon with a lunch stop at Inn of the Seventh Ray is definitely highly recommended!

      xo, Jilli

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