I Dream of Jeans

There was a point in time where shopping for new jeans was as much fun as bathing suit shopping. In case you can’t hear my sarcasm, they both sucked. Bathing suit shopping still sucks but jean shopping has become a great experience. You probably have your favorite brand of jeans. I honestly wear more than one brand but I’m very partial to J Brand.  I had heard from friends about the J Brand Outlet near downtown.  Almost two years ago I made my first trek with my friend.  We were skeptical.  Jean shopping in an outlet now that could be a disastrous combination.   We were elated with our experience. It was like we walked into jean heaven.  We went early on a weekday morning when there was no crowd. It is easy to get to right off the 10 Freeway and there is parking right in front.   The guys that worked there were beyond helpful and honest too.  The answer is “Yes those do make your butt look big but try these instead.”  Their opinion and knowledge of the jeans left me with 4 new pairs of jeans and no buyer’s remorse. By the way I bought all 4 pairs for less than 1 pair at retail.  I’ve been back a few more times and always left with a pair or two of jeans that become part of my daily uniform.  If you are thinking to yourself there is no way I’ll ever make it there or I don’t even live in the LA area fret not, they ship all over the country. So if you know your favorite cut and size email them –  info@jbrandfactoryoutlet.com

Monday – Thursday 10AM – 5PM
Fridays 9AM – 4PM
and 2 Sundays a month from 12PM – 4PM

J Brand Factory Outlet
1225 East Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 748-1408

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Hey Lulu, meet Will…ChillbyWill

I’ve been salivating over my friend Christina’s (and her business partner Corrina Wall) new line of workout gear, Chillbywill, for a few weeks now.  You can only imagine how excited I was to check out her trunk show at Burn60 on Saturday morning.  I’d seen a pair of pants (New Power Crop with skull insert) I wanted on her Instagram feed @chillbywill.   Saturday morning these pants became mine.  Upon returning home from my workout, I decided to put my new pants on.  Even though I’d already worked out my afternoon would be spent at the park playing handball and practicing baseball, thereby justifying my choice in workout clothes. Okay who am I kidding if I could I would wear workout clothes all the time. After all I do live on the Westside of Los Angeles and have a child.   Isn’t workout attire the default uniform?  All joking aside,  my new pants fit me like a glove.  The material sucked me in (this is a good thing) and they were beyond comfortable (not sucked me in like Spanx where I get a stomachache). The pocket on the side was also a great place for my phone and keys.  Running around these pants performed well (meaning they stayed in place, the waist didn’t fall down, etc).  I can’t wait to buy a few more pairs.  Speaking of buying them, you can order them online http://store.chillbywill.com/.

By the way the picture above is the picture I saw on Instagram.  Those are my new pants but that is not my body.  And if you don’t like skulls don’t worry there are other styles to choose from.

Show Me The Waze

We already know I’m a late bloomer. It is 2014 and I just started a blog.  What I’m about to profess my new found love for is not new, but thankfully it’s become a new addition to my life.  I’m talking about Waze.  If you don’t already use the Waze app you are depriving yourself of time.  Here are a few reasons why I love Waze.
– I made it to Bel Air from Santa Monica during rush hour in 32 minutes. It look me down streets I never knew existed.  The only warning was at one point I had to cross Sunset without a light.

– Driving down Lincoln to Washington is no longer something I do. Waze showed me another way and an added benefit was I saw an entirely new neighborhood.

– Before I drive somewhere, I know what I’m getting in to.   If there is traffic and it is going to take awhile, Waze knows.

Waze is more than a navigational service. I know how to get from my house to my office.  However, I still check with Waze every morning and evening before heading out so I know which route will get me there the fastest.

Is there an app you can’t live without? If so, fill me in.  In the meantime I hope your driving experience gets Waze better.

All Hail To The Queen

It has to be my dad’s fault. He was hairy. I’m talking full on back hair sweater style.  I DETEST my own body hair.  Laser, electrolysis, waxing, planing, you name it, I’ve done it, do, tried it, or want it.  In my quest for hairlessness, I’ve gone to a lot of different places. I’d like to think I’m some what of an authority given my personal experience.  I will tell you, Queen Bee Salon and Spa, is the place to go for your waxing needs.  With Spring around the corner and Summer not far behind bathing suit season is almost upon us.  And lets face it razor burn is gross and au natural is not making a come back anytime soon.

 The owner and Queen Bee herself, Jodi Shays, is one of my favorite people.  Besides her expertise in hair removal, she is funny,  has a great sense of style, stocks fabulous products, and has a great staff.   I’ve contemplated laser but the thought of not having a reason to see Jodi is a deterrent in itself.  In addition to a fabulously charming Culver City location, Jodi has opened a second hive in Brentwood a stones throw from the country mart. This is now my go to location. While it lacks the cute outdoor patio found in the Culver location, I am still overcome with a sense of zen the moment I walk through the door.  

If you need more than my word, check out some of what the beauty experts have to say about the Queen Bee.

Knead Me

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Not to make you barf but every day is Valentine’s Day for me (lol).  However, I did use Valentine’s Day to score a deal at one of my favorite places, The Massage Place.  I love getting massages.  I’m definitely the person who goes in for a cheap manicure/pedicure and comes out with a $100 receipt because I continually say yes when asked if I want 5 minutes more.  The point of telling you this is that I love massages so much I’m willing to even get one when seated in a spa pedicure chair with my right hand contorted across my left because the woman doesn’t have enough room to come to my right side.  If only I could control myself and realize I’d be so much better off if I stuck to the mani/pedi and left the massaging to the experts.

Speaking of experts, I frequent the Massage Place Pacific Palisades location but prior to their opening I’d go to Montana Ave.  I’ve been getting massages at the Massage Place for years now.  It is convenient, affordable, and I’ve never been disappointed.  I like deep tissue/sports massages.  Oswaldo and Ash are my go tos but in all honesty I’ve never had a bad experience. The hours are great – my favorite time to go is Sunday night at 8pm.  There are no spa like frills but if you want a great massage this is the place. I would be shocked if you didn’t find a therapist or too you love.

Regardless of what you feel about Valentine’s Day, heart yourself and take advantage of the special 3 1-hour massages for $126. If that is too scary of a commitment then buy a single massage for $47 (gratuity not included). I promise the ~$65 you spend (massage + tip) will be worth it and much more satisfying then the $1/minute charged by the nail salon.

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Flo Knows

Flo knows that my favorite blue box is actually a blue cooler bag. Flo knows that when I get home from work I’m tired and want something healthy and tasty ready to eat.  Flo knows I’m price conscious and I care about value.  Well to tell you the truth Flo doesn’t know anything about me personally.  I bet you are wondering who is Flo.

I read about Flo a few weeks ago on Jen’s List. I’ve found more than a few great things on Jen’s List over the years. I’m sure I’ll write about those finds over time.

The post read:

Affordable Gourmet Organic Gluten-Free Vegan Meal Delivery

Ever wondered why there isn’t a great meal delivery that’s both Vegan AND Gluten-free? Well, there is, right here in LA and Orange County. Chef Florence brings her skills and recipes as personal chef to the stars right into your home with her meal delivery service, FoodFlo. You’ll save time and feel fantastic with her organic, vegan, gluten-free meals made with local farmer’s market ingredients. 1 week of meals starts at $125 including delivery. A great way to shape up after the holidays!

http://www.foodflo.com/

The menu looked delicious and the price seemed fair. Vegan, gluten free, have I gone off the deep end.  No. I haven’t. I don’t have any known gluten sensitivities (I’ve never been tested for it) and I’m not vegan, but I have to say I feel SO MUCH better when I eat this way.   I know $125 isn’t cheap but I could easily spend that grocery shopping at Whole Foods and then still have to do all the prep and cooking myself (I love Whole Foods by the way).  Also, I’ve seen other meal delivery services and know this is a good deal. I guess it is all about picking your vices.

When my blue bag arrived I was like a kid in the candy store. My biggest problem was everything looked so good and the meals all sounded interesting. I had to do everything in my power not to open each and every container and sample them all at once.

Some of the items in this week's delivery

Some of the items in this week’s delivery

Today I received my second delivery.  I ate the Vegetable Enchiladas with Mole Salsa/Green Beans and Herbs for dinner.  Yum is all I can say.  I’m excited to try the other entrees this week and I’m thrilled that I don’t have to think about packing my lunch or making my dinner.

So if you want to know my favorite blue box, that is it.  Sorry Tiffany you just don’t do it for me.

I’ve Got The Power

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I swear every New Year I think about how I should do more yoga. I also think about how I want to do pull ups but that hasn’t happened and I think I’m over pull ups.  Anyhow, this year after hearing my friend Carly rave about Corepower I decided to give it a try.  She told me there was a class called yoga sculpt.  Sculpt, YES, I need a lot of sculpting.  I was a bit intimidated so I enlisted the support of a good friend.  My friend was up for trying something different.  She does a lot of yoga but Corepower was new to her  We arrived and managed to squeeze our mats so they were next to one another.  We sat down on our mats and began to take it in our surroundings.  At one point before class started she looked over at me and said, “I feel like I’m in the movie This is 40.” Sadly I’m closer to 40 then I am 30 and I got what she meant.  We were flanked by beautiful young women (this place draws a UCLA crowd) scantily clad in sports bras and short shorts. Although I could say age and having birthed a child were my excuse, truth is I never looked like them. As if they were not enough to distract us, in walks a tall, dark, and very chiseled man shirtless and in what I’ll call hot pants.  At this point I was feeling amused.  Regardless of how the class turned out, I knew I’d have some material and visual candy.

Class started and the teacher, Marxel, cranked up the heat and turned up the music.  We did a series of yoga poses and the pace was fast.  Before I knew it I was dripping with sweat and loving every second of it.  I was no longer concerned with the people around me, I was more concerned with myself. OMG I was getting my butt kicked.  Push ups, mountain climbers, up dog, down dog, chaturanga push up, was there no mercy.  Sweat was coming out of pores I didn’t know I had and I felt winded – sprints winded.   I wasn’t the only one sneaking in an extra child’s pose here and there.  Anyhow, about 3/4 of the way through class we picked up our weights (I stuck with 3lb weights) and incorporated them into the movements.  You’d be surprised how heavy those weights begin to feel.

Although I was glad when we took our final savasana, I felt great.  In fact so great that I decided every weekend when possible I would go to Corepower Yoga Sculpt. I’ve now been 4 times.  I’m hooked. Marxel was out of town one of the weekends and there was a different instructor. She was great in her own way but not as hard.  Rumor has it (according to friends and other people I hear talking after class) Marxel is the hardest teacher.  I’m not telling you this so you’ll be that much more impressed with me or think I’m more insane then you once thought. My point is that each instructor is different so give it a try and see for yourself. If you don’t like to work out and don’t like to sweat then don’t go.  But if you are up for a challenge (and have consulted with a physician and are ok to exercise) give it a try.

And if you ever want someone to go with on a Sunday morning, let me know.