How to spend a day in Silverlake | MustacheMelrose.com
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A Day in Silver Lake

Remember that time I went to Silver Lake and walked around with three neato people drinking iced coffee, dipping in and out of shops, eating brunch, laughing over Mimosas (not at Mimosas—I would NEVER), drooling over puppies at the dog park (GIMME) and swearing I would get back in shape (I haven’t) after almost passing out when walking up a steep set of stairs? No? Oh that’s right, because I haven’t told you about it yet! Well I did do all of these things and they were haaaamazing.

I live on the Westside of LA, so of course I never make it to Silver Lake on the Eastside. But Eastside peeps never come over here either so it’s like totally fine. We have an understanding. I always hear how cool Silver Lake is though, so I made it a point to lure Scott into the car to meet a couple of wild and crazy gals for a day of hanging in Silver Lake. We started with brunch at Barbrix, where they offer $8 bottomless Mimosas and free advice (and $1 oysters at the bar on Mondays!)

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1618 Silver Lake Blvd.
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1617 Silver Lake Blvd.
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1716 Silver Lake Blvd.
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1626 Silver Lake Blvd.
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Style, Travel

Hawaii Vibes

GUYS! Can we please talk about how cool Hawaii is? I MEAN COME ON! Scott and I just got back from our trip and I’m still soaking it all in. We watched an active volcano glow in the night, we hiked into a crater that was once filled with lava and we ate our weight in Li Hing Mui laced shaved ice. There’s so much more, you guys. I plan to share the gazillions of pics I took as soon as I get a chance to edit them all.

I wanted to say hi in the meantime. Hi! I also wanted to share a few fancy items I picked up at T.J. Maxx before the trip. I took a look at my wardrobe and realized I needed to stock up on some new duds. Sigh. My weight has been fluctuating all over the place and it seems I’m a little too big for my britches these days. (What’s new, AMIRITE LADIES?)

I headed to T.J. Maxx because it’s my favorite place to find cute, inexpensive and unique items. Check out my real-life finds I bought and packed for the the trip below, then keep scrolling for a few other Hawaii-approved items that caught my eye on the T.J. Maxx website. Oh, and P.S… Follow along on my Instagram today and tomorrow (AND FOREVER OR ELSE) because Scott and I are headed to Disneyland to celebrate his birthday. AHHH! I KNOW! I’VE NEVER BEEN!

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Very J Tie Die Dress $16.99, House of Harlow Daisy Round Sunglasses $39.99, Maison Scotch Peakaboo Back Mini Dress $39.99

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A.B.S. 5 pocket boyfriend shorts $19.99, Lovers + Friends Friday Night Crop Top $29.99, Maison Scotch Hawaiian Printed Boyfriend Shorts $19.99

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For Cynthia Linen Anchor Print Cover-Up $24.99, Shore Shapes Swim Dress with Tummy Control $24.99, Lagaci Printed Cover-Up Maxi Dress $16.99

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Philosophy Floral Dress $24.99, Capelli Marled Floppy Hat $12.99, Cynthia Rowley Silk Strappy Dress $39.99

 

 

Cruising Around Marina Del Rey | MustacheMelrose.com
Los Angeles

Cruising Around Marina Del Rey

Who needs dry land when ya got boats, you guys?! Scott and I took a short trip down the road to Marina Del Rey to celebrate Memorial Day and our friend Jenni’s birthday. (Hi Jenni!) We met a group of pals at the Fisherman’s Village, a cute little spot with shops, restaurants and a lighthouse. (It’s also known for being the former home to a famous banana stand.) We all chipped in to rent a boat from Marina Del Rey Boat Rentals. At only $15 per person, it was quite the deal! We spent a couple hours cruising around the Marina, snacking, sipping and waving at fellow boaters and paddle boarders. There were some shimmies involved too. And bows. And Rosé. If you’re ever in the area, grab some friends, pack a cooler and get ready to squeal and giggle at a few seals. Pro tip: Do not leave a cup of Rosé resting on the table. It will fall over into your lap.

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Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Los Angeles

Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Scott and I recently went to watch a movie at the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is one of my favorite things to do in LA. Like, the best. Cinespia is the awesome company that puts on these really well organized events. Every May, they release a line-up of movies that are so good, they usually sell out within a week or two. We’ve been to see Scream (where the audience screamed in unison), Back to the Future and now, Animal House. Here are my favorite things about movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery:

Food and dranks: You should definitely pack a picnic, blankets, a tarp to put under your blanket, pillows and wine and/or beer. We saw a group of peeps making Sangria while waiting in line. My heroes. Read up on some other good tips here.

People-watching paradise: The people who attend these events are super friendly, fun and usually dressed in some sort of costume. Scott and I wore togas and we spotted a few College tees. I wish I could stare at everyone in line without them thinking I’m a total weirdo. (I am.)

Comfy: As long as you bring a hoodie and some blankets (it gets cold), you’re all set! There isn’t a bad place to sit… unless you’re sitting in the Porta Potties, which are surprisingly clean! Scott and I usually get there 30-45 minutes early so we can nab a spot front and center. It’s my favorite spot, but even if you’re in the back, you’re good. The film is projected onto a huge wall of a mausoleum and the speakers ensure you can hear every line. (Unless you’re chomping on crackers.) Oh, and there are live DJs and a slide show of beautiful vintage movie posters from Film Art Gallery to entertain you while you get your picnic and blanket situation set up.

Easy to get there: Some people do the whole parking thing, but Scott and I like to Uber. No parking, no problem! Plus if we have a couple glasses of wine, we know we’re safe Ubering back home. Don’t drink and drive, duh.

So much more: Seriously, top five favorite thing to do in LA. There’s so much more to love. The grounds are gorgeous and you can stick around a bit after the flick to check out the graves of famous residents like Johhny Ramone, Vampira, Mel Blanc and more. Also, the photo booth is worth waiting in line for.

Visit the Cinespia website to buy tickets to upcoming movies (only $15!), and definitely sign up for their newsletters to be the first to know. Check out Hollywood Forever’s site to see what bands are performing there… another fantastic LA must.

Enjoy the pics!

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Wheel House Cheese in LA | MustacheMelrose.com
Culver City, Los Angeles

Wheel House Cheese

Okay, my favorite things go like this. Scott, then corgis, then popcorn, then cheese. And I think wine and IPAs are in there somewhere. And queso. And guac. Okay there’s a bunch, but let’s move on to the point of this post. CHEESE! Scott and I made a visit to a new-ish cheese shop near our hood in LA, Wheel House. It’s a cute little spot filled with meats, charcuterie, olives, crackers, jams, and of course, CHEESE! Need a gift for mom this weekend? Cheese. Need a platter for a party? Cheese. We were a bit overwhelmed looking at the large selection of goodies. Blues, Bries, hard cheeses, soft cheeses. Oh good lawd, I was in paradise. Thankfully there were a couple very nice cheesemongers happy to steer us in the right direction. (Thanks Ben and Noble!) Ben let us try a few different cheeses and schooled us on the origin and how they were made. We ordered the Moses Sleeper brie-style and Bayley Hazen Blue from Jasper Hill, along with the Manchego-like Malvarosa from Spain. Shout out to Valencia and Vermont for making some dang good cheese! They were so amazing. Though we took our cheeses to go, we plan to come back to enjoy a cheese, meat and/or Paté board on their patio. By the way, my patio pic is a bit outdated. Their outdoor space now looks like this! So cool. Wheel House is in the process of getting their license to sell beer and wine (hopefully by next month!), but in the meantime you can bring your own wine. There’s no corkage fee and no need to bring glasses—they have you covered! Ben insisted that beer and cheese make a good couple, so I can’t wait to come back to get his recommendations. Wheel House also offers classes so be sure to sign up for their emails to get first dibs. Next time you’re in the mood for cheese, visit Wheel House. And bring a date!

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48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas | MustacheMelrose.com
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48 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas – Part 2

After tastings at 4 different wineries, Scott and I were in need of a bit of a reset. We took a quick power nap back at the hotel and downed a couple Dirty Chai’s from Java Ranch before setting off to explore the main drag in Fredericksburg. Side note: Some of the nicest people on the planet work at Java Ranch. Seriously! We went back the next morning and had so much fun chatting at the register that we almost forgot to order. Ha! Meanwhile on Main Street, we stopped into Hondo’s (a must), before meeting a lovely Longhorn named Bingo. Hey girl!

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