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Meet me at 3rd and Fairfax

“Meet me at 3rd and Fairfax” is the slogan for the historical Los Angeles Farmers Market. It’s a wonderful place to go for lunch, shopping and people watching. Because CBS studios is nearby one can occasionally add celebrity sighting to the list of things to do, though it seems to happen less often now that the open air shopping mall known of as The Grove opened on what was once miles of parking lot. I’ve spent long afternoons at the Farmer’s Market since I was a kid and remember how it used to be, but honestly, I like it even more now. More shops and restaurants equal more fun. There’s also a cute old-fashioned double-decker trolley connecting the two venues. It stops near a non-functioning antique gas station erected recently which adds a whimsical museum-like quality to the historical appeal of the place.   Continue Reading →

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Los Feliz at Night

It was Friday night. My husband and I were hungry and we wanted to go somewhere fun or at least someplace new. The neighborhood of Los Feliz is not new by Los Angeles standards, nor is it new for us, but we hadn’t been there in many years so we headed east to check out the scene on Vermont Avenue. Continue Reading →

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Summer Style Classic: White and Black


Wearing crisp, lightweight white garments in the heat of the summer just feels right. It looks great too, which is why white is a summer fashion classic. Recently I’ve been pairing white with touches of black, but I didn’t come up with the idea on my own. I have my fellow personal style bloggers to thank for the inspiration. Continue Reading →

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Window Shopping and Dinner in Old Town Pasadena

Old Town Pasadena is a lively shopping district filled with great restaurants and trendy clothing stores.  It’s located in beautiful Pasadena, a charming city known for its craftsman cottages a wide tree-lined streets set beneath the hills North-East of Los Angeles. Old Town is also a designated historic district. Some buildings date back to the 1880’s – old for Los Angeles! When my parents moved to southern California in the 1970’s the area was considered very seedy, even dangerous, but in the early 1980’s money for redevelopment flowed in, tasteful refurbishment of the lovely 1920’s facades occurred, and now the area is revitalized and charming. Old Town is a favorite destination for the whole Fonseca family.  When we’re not here with the kids my husband and I stop by together to try new restaurants and peek into the stores. There’s everything here from an Apple Store, to the foodie’s heaven Sur La Table, to the usual mall shops like Zara and The Body Shop. Continue Reading →

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Brunch and Shopping on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles

La Brea Avenue runs north to south across the middle of the city of Los Angeles.  This long, heavily trafficked artery connects the southern edges of the city near Inglewood to the hills of Hollywood in the north. The word “brea” means tar, which is appropriate as the street runs past a working oil field near Baldwin Park and passes quite near the La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Boulevard.  Most of the avenue is commercial, but between Wilshire boulevard and Beverly Boulevard the stores become more expensive and the focus turns to home decor emporiums, antique stores, high-end vintage boutiques and elegant restaurants.   Continue Reading →

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