Instagram Sundays / 03

Last Sunday I metup with Cori Magee for brunch, some wine and lots of life and girl chatter. Definitely left feeling inspired and am always excited to meet a kindred spirit.

Our garden has been growing like crazy! I gathered all of these in one go. Had no idea we had so many green peppers. Feeling super grateful for being able to grow some of our own food right in our yard.

I hate to talk about this but fleas are SO bad this season! Even with meds from the vet, both our cats and #rustytaylorlee are still having issues. I’ve been hearing the same troubles from friends… what’s the deal? Anyway, I’ve been bringing Rusty to work with me every so often now that Christopher has been working long days at Civilianaire.

Saw this little baby over by the studio. I’m so into Deus ex Machina‘s Parking Lot d’Elegance which has totally become a thing of it’s own on Instagram 

I went on a little field trip last Thursday and made a pitstop at 356 Mission – the new Ooga Booga store/gallery. I loved the vibrant colors of this group of plants and succulents in the doorway. So pretty, pretty.

I spent a good part of my weekend weeding and cleaning up our garden. I had neglected it for most of the summer and while most would have given up with the half burnt-sun bleached tomato plant, and flowering basil – I’m giving it another go.

Anyway, follow me on Instagram here to see my daily explorations!

Lovelist / 03: Everyday Home Essentials

Homebody. That’s me. I’m not quite sure when it began, but let me tell you… it is glorious. Sure, I’m up for a weekend adventure as much as the next gal, but sometimes it’s just good to be home. Since we moved to LA from Chicago nearly 3 years ago, I’ve been trying really hard to only buy things that I really want in our space since we really don’t have much storage in our Venice bungalow. As we’ve paired down, I’ve started to really love the things we choose to bring into our domicile. Here are a few we use on the daily + some on my wishlist that I love.

Top 5 Everyday Home Essentials

1 / HAY Tea Towels – These fun everyday towels designed by danish designer HAY are bright, modern and perfect.

2 / Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap – I really got into Dr. Bronners after watching the documentary “Dr. Bronners Magic Soapbox” on Netflix. This soap is literally the only base cleaning agent you’ll ever need. I use it for literally everything – as soap in the shower, shampoo, fruit + veggie cleaner, and evens cleans grease.

3 / Palo Santo Sticks – I first discovered these at Individual Medley in Atwater Village with my friend Melanie. Palo Santo literally means “Holy Stick” or “Sacred Wood” and is a highly natural wood/aromatic incense used for centuries by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes as a high spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing, to get rid of evil spirits and misfortune, as well as for medicinal purposes. It’s is often used by shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies. I love sage but this is so next level!

4 / Mondrian Glass Tumblers – We found a set of 4 of these at Out of the Closet in Venice, pretty much brand new, and I am obsessed. I’ve always had a place in my heart for Mondrian and gladly welcomed these babies into my home. Heavy duty and uber practical, I drink everything from almond milk to rose from them.

5 / Kaleido Trays – HAY does it again. These mix + match modern geotastic trays come various sizes + colors and stylishly hold everything from keys, to letters and even accessories.

 

Exec House Cleaning Review + Giveaway

We’ve all been there – it’s Saturday morning and according to your usual weekend routine, it’s time to give the domicile a good ‘ole cleaning. While you have the best of intentions to sweep up all that pet hair, vacuum, wash that pile of dirty dishes and take out the trash – the fact of the matter is, you’re tired. You’ve just worked five 10 hour days in a row and let’s be real – the last thing you want to be doing is house work. Am I right?

I was recently introduced to a new house cleaning service that is about as meta as the rest of my 2.0 existence! Based out of San Francisco, Exec is the first of it’s kind – a maid service that uses 100% eco-friendly cleaning supplies which keeps your home and pets safe from hazardous chemicals that are found in most products.

So I scheduled my first Exec cleaning a couple of weeks ago in mid-July and let me say, I’m not sure I can go back to doing all our cleaning on our own every single week anymore. At roughly $100 for a one-bedroom house, you totally get your bang for your buck. The ladies who came to our bungalow left our place spotless and I was especially happy with all the grout they got out of the bathroom, and they even cleaned the ceiling! Let’s just say that our bathroom has no ventilation at all aside from a window, so it can get pretty gnarly in there. So… are you ready give Exec a try? Sign up here and get $40 off your first cleaning with coupon code “lalovettaclean”

If all of this hasn’t hooked ya, here’s a few more reasons why Exec is awesome:

+ It’s super easy to book an appointment and pay securely online from your phone or computer. Plus, tip is included and if you aren’t 100% happy for any reason, they’ll come back and clean for free!

+ They send you text notifications when the cleaners are on the way and even when  they’re finished.

+ Exec is bonded, licensed, insured and has been featured in The Huffington PostWall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes. Now that’s impressive!

Onto the fun part… I’m giving away a free house cleaning to one lucky reader located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, Washington D.C. or Seattle!*

Here’s how you enter: Leave a comment telling me about the craziest mess you’ve ever had to clean up. For additional entries, follow me on TwitterInstagram, Pinterest and Facebook then leave a comment below letting me know you did (separately for each platform please). Good luck!

*This post is sponsored by Exec Cleaning but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Please check availability in your area for Exec Cleaning. Giveaway ends 8/20/613 11:59 pm PST. This giveaway is open only to the continental United States residents only and must be at least 18 years of age. This contest is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest. LA LOVETTA is not responsible for lost or damage prizes.)

Instagram Sundays / 02

It’s been a few weeks since my last Instagram recap + so much has happened! Here we go…

I’ve been finding inspiration in the most unexpected places. I am obsessed with the color orange lately and love how vibrant this orange is combined with the yellow, whites and pinks. This shot was some shag from a pillow at a recent photo shoot. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Last weekend I picked up this new little guy from a random swap meet we stopped at out in Ontario. I love succulents and this String of Pearls goes perfectly in our kitchen. We have a few hooks that the last tenant left above our stove, which I’m now using to hold plants.

Christopher and I celebrated out 9th anniversary a couple of weekends ago! It’s been a great ride and I look forward to more adventures together. I love this shot Jamie took about a year ago of us at Cafe 50’s… I think it captures our dynamic so well.

Last weekend for Memorial Day, we went back to Joshua Tree on a whim and it was one of the best trips ever! We camped at our spot again but this time, only had to make one trek out. The highlight of our night was watching the moon rise over the rocks. Yes… rise.

We stopped by Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree for breakfast. I love this spot so much! They have amazing vegetarian options and the restaurant has such great vibes all around. Highly recommend going there if you’re ever in the area. You won’t regret it!

I’ve really been getting into beer lately, especially local micro-brews. We discovered The Tap Room in El Segundo a while back and have now been popping for a growler every now and then. Support your local breweries, and stick it to the man!

They say growing your own food is like growing your own money. Well, we finally planted our garden on the side of our house and it’s begun to bear fruits + veggies! Super exciting and rewarding.

Katie brought in her amazing new collection of work to share with us. This set of postcards she and her friend Julie created is entitled “The Highs and Lows of Summer” and I think I am now obsessed with their collaborative project The Slow Season. Incredibly beautiful stuff.

Our friends Jose and Dennis came to visit! They stayed at The Cadillac Hotel in Venice which equated to too much fun. Can’t wait to see them soon…

We found these treasures yesterday while thrifting on the west side. 70’s Snoopy rug hooks and a 50’s Dennis the Menace doll. Such great finds – it’ll be hard to part with them next weekend at the Venice High Flea Market… we’re going to be selling stuff!

During our venture out and about yesterday we also stopped by one of our favorite record spots. Digging for vinyl is most def one of the best ways to spend a weekend afternoon.

 

The Artist’s Way: Morning Pages

(Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Journal, French Days Pen from Urbanic)

A couple weeks ago I began reading The Artist’s Way. Part guide to creative discovery, part self-educational course, it’s basically a 12-week journey to higher creativity. So much has been going on in all parts of my life recently, that I actually haven’t done a full week of what should have been week 1 and what the book calls “morning pages.” (I know, I know… get with it and just do it!) Each morning, you are supposed to write out three pages or thoughts, frustrations, joys – anything really. But, you must do this first thing in the morning. The thought behind this concept is that you need to get out all of the random things that are stuck in your head out, and only then will you be able to focus on other thoughts. I’ve managed to get about 10 days of morning pages done but starting next week I am dedicated to truly completing a full week so I can get on with the rest of the course. I have to say though, that I believe this works and even from the little I have done, I have felt a difference. Days when I do morning pages, my thoughts are more lucid and I am more focused. It’s interesting that the simplest of exercises can help bring about creativity, right? I’ve heard so many great things about doing The Artist’s Way that it makes me want to learn more about what others do to help with their creative process. Anyway, wish me luck as I attempt week 1 once again… hope to report back with week 2 soon!

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