‘Tis the Season for Yelp’s “Nifty” Boutique

It’s a Thursday and I’m 27, so naturally I’m inclined to stay in after a long day at work to trudge through the same old routine: eat dinner, mindlessly thumb through Facebook on my iPhone while in bed, and fall asleep with the TV on around 10:30 p.m.

But every now and then, I shake things up a bit and socialize during the work week and thanks to Yelp’s “Nifty Under $50” event, I got the chance to cross a gift off of my Christmas shopping list.

Yelp Nifty Under 50 Holiday Event

The event was held at the Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake, CA. (Which I’ve driven by countless times always questioning whether the building was an auto repair shop or a burger stand — apparently, it was neither.)

Here are a few of my favorite small businesses from the event.

Charlie and Marcelle Jewelry

These ladies were so sweet! They took to time to answer all my questions about their beautiful pieces. I bought a friend a couple things (don’t worry– no gift spoilers here). Check out their Etsy shop! Super reasonable prices, and really great stuff for those who like dainty, stackable jewelry.

Charlie and Marcelle Jewelry

Charlie and Marcelle Jewelry 2

Winey Guys

This is pretty cool stuff. Their featured material of choice are repurposed wine barrels and liquor bottles. Too bad I’m the biggest wino I know, or I’d have bagged a few of these as gifts.

Winey Guys

The fiancé bought a balancing wine glass holder for just $15.

Winey Guys 2

Pet Pigeons

Pet Pigeons designer Veronica shared that she self-mined some of the stones used in her pieces. Her wire-wrapped jewelry were truly a work of art. I caught myself gravitating back to her table, fascinated with how she composed each item.

Pet Pigeons

Dear Doggy

Pets need love, too. Which is why our very own household brat, Bailey, will be rocking a new Christmas scarf from Dear Doggy. They had an assortment of bow ties that could turn any dowdy pup into a dapper dog.

Dear Doggy

Bailey will be wearing the grey scarf! (left)

Dear Doggy 2

Krave Jerky

Last but most delicious is Krave Jerky. We bought five bags: chili lime, black cherry pork, basil turkey and doubled-up on garlic chili pepper. Everything was so so so good. I can’t stand it. Good (or bad) thing for us, they say they can be found at Whole Foods, Albertsons and other big grocers in L.A.

Krave Jerky

I’m new to Yelp events, but this experience has gotten me amped for the next shopping blitz. Guess I should review the event on Yelp???

Suite 707

TPOLA Gifting Suite

4th Annual Two Point Oh! LA Summer Picnic Goes Poolside

There are a lot of things I look forward to in July.

Fireworks, summer nights, my birthday week (Leo babies unite), and last but not least, the Two Point Oh! LA annual summer picnic. I brought my bestie, the great and mighty Kara (also my unofficial stylist ;D), along for the festivities. Here’s what we captured in between all the fun…

TPOLA Founder Kelsi Smith really upped the ante this year, with a full cocktail station brimming with yummy pink lemonade, spiked watermelon punch and refreshing mojitos.

Two Point Oh LA Picnic - Cocktails

Two Point Oh! LA Picnic - Food

Aaaaand there goes my healthy eating plan. Complete with a burger bar and taco bar, the TPOLA team ensured we stuffed our gullets before the gifting began.

I can’t say no to tacos. Ever. Nor can I say no to 3D flamingos. The tacos were excellent, by the way– I’m determined to have an AYCE taco and sushi bar at my wedding (just a side note).

Two Point Oh! LA - Tacos

Two Point Oh! LA - Cocktail Time

After stuffing our faces, we sat in the pool lounge contemplating the meaning of life and other complex theories.

2013 TPOLA Summer Picnic

Now for the juicy deets of the gifting suite…

TPOLA Gifting Suite 2013

Say hello to my new little friend. As soon as my eyes caught sight of this spicy red satchel dubbed “Natassia” from the lovely ladies of Sole Society, I was hell-bent on getting this sexy piece of arm candy in my collection stat.

Mission complete.

Sole Society Red Satchel Handbag

As you can see, Sole Society did NOT make the choice easy. At first, I was completely confundled about all the accessories being showcased by the company, but the mystery was revealed when I learned that Two Point Oh! LA’s fave shoe company has just recently tapped into the accessories market.

Enter this gold-studded cuff– badassery all around, but for functionality’s sake, I had to keep my focus and bee-line it to that satchel.

Happy with my decision!

Sole Society Accessories - TPOLA Summer Picnic

Sole Society

The event’s best kept secret was the “Champagne Deck,” which housed more goodies from the gifting suite. Clearly, the venue, ICIS Living, knows how to make its residents feel like VIP.

ICIS Living

An armchair stacked with Thursday Friday totes greeted me at the door. Instead of going for the classic Birkin tote below, I opted for their lesser known “Leopards” collection, and snagged a mini.The ladies of Thursday Friday also gave us bloggers a close-up and personal peek into their newest collection, which included a large American flag handbag printed on canvas. I wanted that SO BADLY– especially since I’ve still got 4th of July fever in me. Unfortunately, that one was hands-off.

 Thursday Friday Tote BagsThursday Friday

Kara chillin’ like a villain and looking super pro as I scope out the gifting suite.

Kara - TPOLA Gifting Suite

First in line was this Glytone daily cream moisturizer. I grabbed one, but in all honesty, my freak-of-nature skin rebels when I apply sunscreen ANYTHING to my face.

Glytone Daily Cream Moisturizer

Capwell + Co. certainly knows how to keep a gal guessing. Each velvety pouch contained a different piece from their collection. This peach and cream faceted necklace was the first one I pulled out, and was a strong contender until I came across a layered silver necklace with turquoise stone pendant. In all the excitement, I regularly forgot to snap photos of the products I actually chose. Ah, well.

Capwell + Co. Jewelry - Two Point Oh! LA Picnic

The frenzy captured in time– completely forgot to pickup the sheer baggie of what appeared to be lipstick, though. Bummed.

2013 TPOLA Summer Picnic - Gifting Suite

And then… there was Lulu’s. They generously gifted each blogger an item — a dress, separates, accessories, whatev. I narrowed my choices down to three dresses (psst! I picked the one that’s hidden.)

Lulu's - Two Point Oh! LA Summer Picnic

Tada! Ultimately, I went with Lulu’s Blaque Label “See You Around” cutout maxi dress. What do you think?

Lulu's Blaque Label See You Around Maxi Cutout Dress

Such a gorgeous courtyard at ICIS Living. When can I move in?!

TPOLA Summer Picnic 2

Finally, no TPOLA event is complete without the signature candy bar. Those treats were addictive in the best kind of way.

Two Point Oh! LA Candy Bar

Two Point Oh! LA Candy Bar 2

Two Point Oh! LA Candy Bar 3

“I love ice cream and candy.”

Kara - Ice Cream

I’ll check in soon to review the other products that I received, including the Pati Dubroff Pro Neutral Eye Palette, Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, IT Factor Quick Blowdry Smoothing Lotion and Detangler, Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, and Lift Lab’s Daily Cleanser and Mask (btw I’m already loving this after ONE use. No joke.)


Two Point Oh! LA Flea Market Love

I know it’s super super late, but the past few days (read: weeks) have been insane. Anywho!

Last Sunday, I headed over to the Two Point Oh! LA Flea Market, where I browsed the closets of the coolest LA bloggers.

Two Point Oh LA Flea Market Items

Two Point Oh LA Flea Market

Couldn’t take my eye off of this lion head necklace, straight from the jewelry box of Melanie Lee, blogger at

Lion Head Necklace

Jenn Calonia

I eventually circled-back to that lion head necklace for an easy $10.

Lion Head Jewelry

Behind the Scenes: Los Feliz Fashion Fest

On July 24th, I modeled for Cowgirl Heaven at the inaugural Los Feliz Fashion Fest located at the Los Feliz Village Street Fair.  The Fashion Fest was produced by Two Point Oh! LA’s very own, Kelsi Smith.  Bloggers paired with designers to style and model local LA brands.  If you ever get a chance to walk a runway, I highly recommend it!  It’s such an adrenaline-riddled experience.

View from the secret air-conditioned hair salon; it was our haven from the tortuous sun.

Thanks to Vitamin Water for keeping us hydrated!

The Two Point Oh! LA Blogger’s Lounge.

Make-up before the show

Eileen Lee of LA Lovetta is getting her hair did!  As you can see, I’m next in line.

Garments destined for the runway.

Kelsi Smith of Two Point Oh! LA taking a well-deserved minute to breathe.

Hair, makeup, and wardrobe set for Cowgirl Heaven.  As we awaited the big runway reveal, I snagged a pic with our blogger/stylist Bree Cooley of Stylist Diva.


With our powers combined…

Taken right before the show.  I don’t know if I’d be so bold as to wear those pants again (they contour the good and bad!)