Posts in LIFESTYLE
New Year, New Little Tokyo Discoveries

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a great start to their year. I know my posts for 2017 were a bit sporadic towards the end of the year. The reason for this is I noticed myself sharing restaurant reviews that I wasn't particularly passionate about.

For 2018, I want to focus more on story telling, particularly travel and city guides. Currently, I have trips planned for San Diego, Salt Lake City, Cancun, Vegas, Phoenix, & Portland. That's just through March! I'm hoping to add an international trip as well as a few more weekend trips throughout the year. Stay tuned for the best of all of these cities!

I kicked off my new year with a day in Little Tokyo. I had a blast covering Delicious Little Tokyo last summer and this time, I wanted to focus on new discoveries, both food and shopping, that make Little Tokyo so fun. I've partnered with Go Little Tokyo (yay!) to share some of my faves. 

1. Tea Master Matcha Cafe & Green Tea Shop

450 E 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The store name speaks for itself but just in case, this little shop nestled in the Honda Plaza across from Sushi Gen features ceremonial grade matcha as well as unique green tea gifts. We opted to start our day with a Matcha Latte, the famous Soft Serve, and some Baked Tofu Donuts. Also a huge plus, all the lattes are served with oat milk. It's like they know I'm currently oat milk obsessed. It's a perfect start to your day or post meal treat. Either way, definitely check it out if you can't get enough of Matcha!

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2. Poketo Pop Up

374 E. 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

I'm a huge fan of lifestyle stores that have a little bit of everything. My bank account, not so much a fan. Poketo has two other stores at The Line Hotel in Ktown and The Platform in Culver City. They've opened up this Little Tokyo pop up to showcase the best of their offerings. I had a hard time not taking home all the delicious candles and cute accessories. Not to mention, the chic stationary was screaming my name. 

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3. Far Bar

347 E 1ST STLOS ANGELES, CA 90012

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Ok so I'm cheating a little because this is totally not a new discovery. I've been time and time again but it deserves a mention because of how much I love it. The vibe is super chill and they have ample local beers on tap. Their food menu is good and includes my favorite Wasabi Fries, extra wasabi please. At 3pm, they open up the back patio and entrance. There's strung up lights, outdoor seating, and chill music. Obsessed. 

For this round, we got Wasabi Fries, Duck Fried Rice, and Sliders Bento Box. Oh and a beer. All so good. 

4. bae 

369 E 2nd St Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

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This coffee, doughnut, soft serve spot is neighbors to the former American Apparel store. They feature artisanal coffee and donuts as well as unique soft serve flavors. You can even upgrade to get the charcoal cone. The interior is hip with gray tones and make for the perfect instagram backdrop. I mean, they have a neon sign that says "With Love, From Bae." Can you say #bestoftheday. 

I opted for the Fruit Pebbles & Toasted Cinnamon swirl topped with mochi and corn flakes. Next time, I'm going to try the Charcoal Pineapple to give my black and white dreams come true. 

What are your favorite spots in Little Tokyo? I'm always looking for an excuse to spend time there.

xo, Jenny

Delicious Little Tokyo Jul 21 - Jul 23, 2017

One of my favorite areas to visit in LA is Little Tokyo. There's always something exciting going on whether it's a fun festival or spotting people dressed as their favorite anime character. But let's talk about the real reason I love Little Tokyo, the food. The area is filled with everything from Traditional Japanese Cuisine to new age Fusion Food. Essentially, there's always something for everyone. 

This week from Friday, July 21 -  Sunday, July 23rd, Go Little Tokyo celebrates their 2nd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo which highlights all the delicious food and drink Little Tokyo has to offer. There are tons of workshops, tastings, and culinary celebrations going on all weekend. Baldoria is offering a pizza workshop - yes please. There's even a spam masubi making class!

Check their website for more details! Hope to see you there! In the meantime, here are some of my favorite moments from my most recent trip to Little Tokyo. 

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Have you had the Takoyaki or Mitarashi Dango? One is fried octopus balls and the other is sweet sticky mochi on a stick. Both are my favorites! Get them at Mitsuru Cafe in the Japanese Village Plaza Mall. They also make these delicious red bean cakes called Imagawayaki. 

Afterwards, we went to the popular Cafe Dulce. They made incredible donuts and have refreshing coffees and teas. My favorite donut is the Strawberry Cream and Cinnamon Toast Crunch but you HAVE to get a half dozen in you plan on taking a cute photo. Obviously! They'll be hosting a latte art competition during Delicious Little Tokyo. 

I always finish off my Little Tokyo experience with a Pinkberry. Maybe because it's right by where I park and manages to lure me every time. Either way, I enjoy my original tart with strawberries, mochi, toasted almonds, and yogurt chips. 

xo Jenny

Social Media Monday: Lucie Fink, xofashionica, How I Built This, Poshmark

It's not secret that I'm on social media & my phone - a lot. More than I'm honestly thrilled to admit. There are pros to my inevitable carpal tunnel though! I have a slew of favorite Youtube channels, Instagram accounts, podcasts, & apps that I adore. So here's to another segment of my blog I'm naming Social Media Monday where I share my current internet favorites just in time for the start of your work week full of long commutes and traffic jams. 

Youtube: Lucie Fink

 image c/o: instagram.com/luciebfink

image c/o: instagram.com/luciebfink

On my flight home from Detroit (travel guide coming soon), I explored their "Series" television and something possessed me to click on the image of this adorable, smiling girl. The title was "Try Living with Lucie" and I literally had zero expectations. What I got was this charismatic, hilarious, pizza loving New Yorker who tries tons of trends and documents them for Refinery29. Topics include, not washing your hair for 10 days, eating pizza everyday for 5 days (sign me up), and 5 days of no sugar (hard pass). She also manages her own channel and is a self proclaimed stop motion goddess. I normally hate Try It videos because I feel the participants are scripted and spewing random comments for reactive value. But Lucie is so genuine. I just want to be her friend. The best kind of people honestly. So Lucie, when can we get pizza and make chocolate?

Instagram: xofashionica

I honestly am so obsessed with this little human whose creativity I cannot get enough of. She's got impeccable style that mixes unique thrift finds (see her Youtube channel for Game of Thrifts) and on trend pieces I can only dream of pulling off. Also, can we talk about her gorgeous AF hair? Literally, Nica, are you an Asian unicorn? Teach me your ways! I always feel so inspired after looking at her Instagram and for good reason. She takes great care into each and every detail of every photo. A true creative who constantly broadens her horizons. Also, girl loves to eat and eat well for that matter. You are my kind of people!

Podcast: How I Built This

I'm fully aware this podcast is not new. In fact, there's a great playlist of episodes for you to binge on (always half full amiright?). The podcast is however, new to me. I think NPR basically rules the pack of informative podcasts. How I Built This is no different. It focuses on entrepreneurs and interviews them on exactly what the title says, how they built their businesses. From Sara Blakely of Spanx to Nolan Bushnell of Ataris then later Chuck E Cheese, How I Built This inspires me to work harder and build my social media to something more than a collection of photos. Also, I'm a nosy biatch and I love to know how people did what they do. So this podcast is totally up my curious alley. 

App: Poshmark

Poshmark is an app (and desktop site) that allows you to buy and sell both new and preloved clothing. While some people buy wholesale and start boutiques, I think the majority of people are selling from their personal collections. I've been selling my preloved clothing, shoes, accessories for years. Literally since I was 14. I started this journey on ebay and was religious to it for years (basically up until this year). But as of late, their seller protection has been complete shit and as a result, I've chosen to close down my ebay operations. I've also tried all of the in store resell boutiques like Buffalo Exchange and Wasteland but they take so much of your potential earnings, it's literally robbery. I can honestly write an entire blog post on how to resell your clothing and make $$$. Let me know if that is of any interest to you and I'll gather all my experiences. 

I've been selling on Poshmark for 6 months now and there are so many little tricks that I've picked up that have helped me sell over 300 items that otherwise would have continued to collect dust. A few reasons why I love Poshmark. 

1. Amazing buyer AND seller protection.

2. The ability to negotiate and make offers. 

3. You control your pricing and can list items at your leisure. 

4. You can transfer your balance directly to your bank account whenever you want. This only takes 1-2 days to process. 

If you love Poshmark too, leave me your closet handle so I can check out your store! 


What are your current social media faves? Let me know!

xo, Jenny

REVIEW: HELLO, FRESH

People often ask me, do you cook a lot. I often respond with a snort and and a smile. Then something along the lines of, I'm better at eating. All snorts and retorts aside, I do want to cook. I honestly just have a hard time finding a block in my schedule to do so. Then there's the whole, I have to buy a WHOLE bag of spinach when I only NEED 2 handfuls. The remaining ingredients always go unused and I feel guilty. This is where Hello Fresh comes into the picture. 

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We source ingredients directly from independent producers to deliver you nothing but fresh, top-quality products. And, you don’t need to be home to accept a delivery. Our boxes are layered with an isolating wool and ice packs to keep ingredients farm fresh and cool until you get home.
— www.hellofresh.com

At this point, most people have heard of these meal delivery kits. Essentially, you get just enough ingredients to make delicious meals. Most places have different plans that range from dietary restrictions to family size. The meals are delivered to your door, three at a time, and typically take 30-40 minutes to prepare. Super simple instructions are included with step by step photo instructions. 

I chose the family meal plan and got 3 kits. The first one I made was the Shrimp Linguine.  

It may not seem like a lot, but the shrimp was deveined which is a HUGE deal to me. There's nothing worse than biting into your meal and realizing the shrimp wasn't properly cleaned. Also, the Oregano was so fragrant, it made my kitchen smell so good. 

I was very proud of the finished product! I ate it over the course of 3 days and it tasted just as good as day 1. You can use code DAILYJ35 for $35 off your first box! If you do end up trying it, let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

xx, jenny

BEAUTY: Daniel Jordan Salon + Short Bob

For those who've known me since my adolescent years, they can recall a time when my hair was down my back and ended right above my waistline. But since my horrific ombre hair experience and the endless dye jobs to get back to my natural color, I've worn my hair shorter. The ombre turned my straight fine hair into a broomstick so I chopped off about a foot of hair one fateful day. And I just keep going shorter. 

I continuously bounce from salon to salon but I think I've finally found my home base. Daniel Jordan was opened by a husband & wife duo in the Encino Town Center. The open space, minimalist design, and friendly staff are just a few of the reasons why I love it there. I opted for a cut + conditioning treatment + blowout; except I don't do blowouts because I think they look weird on me so my stylist curled my hair instead. We took off about 2 inches of hair and I couldn't be happier with the results. 

I've been really into taupe nude hoodie lately and I just found this cozy piece at Forever 21. It is embroidered with the popular "Love is patient..." quote. Firstly, I love the quote. Secondly, it reminds me of A Walk to Remember. I paired it with my Forever 21 Skinny Jeans + Vagabond Combat Boots. The ultimate on the go outfit. 

x, jenny