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growing roots in LA.

Have any of you moved from the comfort of your home town to a brand new city? It’s hard and exciting, scary and exhilarating all at the same time, right? A melting pot of emotions in full effect. The unknown creates such drive and adventure, but at the same time, bursts of homesickness creep in. Before my move two years ago to beautiful Los Angeles, I had only experienced short term city swaps from Dallas to the Big Apple. Knowing I would be there for a few months created this ambition to experience all I could before I would arrive back home. Now, I am in for a new situation – coming to grips with the reality that Los Angeles might be home for life.

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So how do you begin?

PRIORITY #1: FRIENDSHIPS
Correct me if I am wrong, but the people that closely surround you develops the comfort of home. Yes, the local coffee shop or the running trail adds to the familiarity, but community at large is what settles you in. I must brag for a minute on my sweet man; Jason has been the most patient and grace-filled husband who has pushed me to grow in comfort with his already created California community (12 years and counting), and has been the one I run to to be reminded of how to make new friends. But, seriously! {enter laughing emoji}.

Side note: as you know, it takes intention and vulnerability to develop new close relationships! If we are honest, it can be utterly intimidating and exhausting. My piece of advice: stop expecting friendships to immediately be the same as your life-long ones at home, don’t lose hope, and enjoy the process! Allow yourself to be vulnerable + allow yourself to go outside of your comfort zone. That’s what builds the depth and fights against loneliness.

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I was talking to a friend today who moved to LA at the same time I did about two years ago, and we were confirming that it takes TIME to feel at home in a new city. The two of us have walked this journey together, of one day despising the traffic-filled canyons to the next day obsessing over the beach towns and stunning hiking trails in the neighborhood. The conclusion: we have learned to be patient with ourselves, realize the beauty around us and great progress we are making (even if it feels slower than we expected).

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PRIORITY #2: FIND YOUR SPACES
Let’s be honest. It takes time to create a new home – to find and decorate a living space, to discover a new Pilates studio and juice shop, or your go-to breakfast cafe. Although they take research and test-tries, when you connect with a place, it’s such a victory!

exploring your neighborhood | lolo magazineMoving can be such a hard, yet beautiful thing. Focus on the positives of the accelerated growth it brings and keep yourself open to change. Be grateful for the opportunity that takes you outside of your familiarity and adds more depth and strength to your life. P.S. It’s okay to still have those missing home blues, too! The streets you grew up on will be home forever.

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OUTFIT DETAILS //

splendid dress (c/o)| tom’s sunnies (similar) (c/o) | superga sneaks (non-platforms, here)

The LO List: Lovemarks Top

Day 11 is here, and we have picked out an item for all the fashionistas out there! We are dying over these Lovemarks tops, so we thought we would give our readers a chance to WIN one. Lovemarks is a brand inspired by the idea that love is experienced through design, product and nature. The lightweight pieces are enhanced with fine trims, sequins, patches and burnout patterns. Want a chance to WIN? Find out below!

Here’s how you enter: Head to our Facebook page to answer this question “What style tops do you wear the most?”

AND “Like” LOLO and Lovemarks on Facebook. To increase your chances, tweet @LOLOmagazine  and @LovemarksCo with the #LOlist hashtag.

Good Luck!!

For the Weekend Cheat Day: LA’s Go Burger!

If you’re like me, you have days where you crave nothing more than an all around amazing burger; and if you are going to have a “cheat day” from healthy food, it better be worth it, aka it better be perfectly cooked beef, perfectly complemented toppings, and toasted, (yet soft), bread.

My absolute favorite place to go for the BEST burgers in Los Angeles is GO BURGER on Sunset Boulevard. Each entrée is heaven on a plate. They have plenty of options to choose from; such as 100% Black Angus beef burgers, turkey burgers, salmon and house-made Veggie Falafel burgers, and 100% American Kobe beef hotdogs. The great thing about GO BURGER is that if you decide a “cheat day” is not an option for you, the Salmon or Veggie Falafel burgers are a healthier alternative. Being a frequent customer, the salads are scrumptious as well.

Once you have had any of the sides offered at GO BURGER, you will be dreaming about them in your sleep, (if you weren’t already drooling on your pillow while fantasizing about the burgers). Comfort food like Mac N’ Cheese and corn on the cob, and an array of fries; Skinny fries, Waffle fries, Sweet Potato fries, and Duck Fat fries. Yes, fries that are doubly fried in duck fat. Are you hearing the hallelujah angels yet? There are also yummy onion rings, cole slaw, and an arugula&radish salad.

Now, for the perfect meal topper, it is essential that you order one of their incredible milkshakes! They have choices for children in addition to adult selections when you need to wind down from a long day. Let me tell you from a personal taste test…the best shake I have had! Creamy and delicious, any of the GO BURGER shakes will be a perfect match to go with your meal, or a crowning dessert when you are done. GO BURGER has a casual and open environment with exceptional service, sure to have you coming back for more.

Don’t worry sports fans; you won’t have to miss a single play when you want GOBURGER. They have Sunday Brunch Kickoff! They open the doors at 10:00am with NFL Sunday Ticket on the televisions. GOBURGER even has specials like a build-your-own Bloody May bar and Mimosa pitchers for just $10! Along with, buckets of Guinness Black Lager, 5 for $5. Last but not least, drum roll please, the Burger Benedict.  Monday Night Football offers another selection of awesome food. They create two team-themed burgers that go head-to-head for the title of “Burger of the Week!” Um, HELLO, sign me up. Now green light to GO BURGER! There’s a table waiting for you.

Fall Must-Haves from the Girls at Kitson Themselves

Here at Kitson, we have put together a few things that are MUST-HAVES that LOLO Readers would like for Fall (at least we think so)! From Marc Jacobs gloves to J BRAND corduroys, we are so excited to start wearing these autumn earth tones. Take it from us that two tone shoes are something everyone girl needs this year, and what better place to get them than Kitson’s totally rad online shop? Great news: You can get all of these items online today. Be head of the trends people!

The Story Behind the Blogger: Tracy Nour

Los Angeles is a city saturated with places to play, love, and see! For non-locals and residents alike, the over-population of awesomeness needs a personal perspective, lenses to look through to spot the newest hot spots (or maybe old ones that are super cool and totally loveable). So for you travel fiends and city explorers, fashionistas and personal style blog addicts, head over to exploRED in Los Angeles. After one scroll down the page, it’s bound to end up on your favorites!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging after I moved to LA so that I would have an “excuse” to really get out and explore myself and the city. Beyond this, I wanted something to put all of the things I loved in one place. I love fashion, traveling, music, etc. and I wanted to be able to share this with my friends and family. I found after a month or so that my outfit posts were getting the most attention, which was flattering of course, so I have really tried to incorporate fashion as much as I can.

What inspired you to start it?

I was sitting at my desk at work, looking through some online shops when my friend leaned over and asked me why I don’t look at fashion blogs. She immediately showed me all of her favorites and I was so overwhelmed (in a good way) by all of the amazing photography and clothing. I thought, “Wow, I could do this!” and I went out a few days later, bought a DSLR camera, and started exploREDinLA.

What is your favorite part about it?

My favorite part about having a blog is having an archive of memories. I love going through old posts and reminiscing on what I was doing that day or how fun all of the different experiences were. It’s really amazing to have a digital “memory box” versus the ones I had in high school full of printed out photos and concert tickets… It’s also fun to see how I’ve changed even since I started. Sometimes I look at old posts and I’m like “I wore that?!” It’s just fun…

What is the mission for your blog? In what ways do you hope to influence others?

My mission is to give people inspiration to get motivated, to take risks and do what they love. I think it’s great to take risks in fashion and hopefully, through my own, I can inspire others to do the same. Through sharing music, restaurants and events, I hope to help others discover something new that they may not have found on their own.

What is your favorite restaurant in LA? 

My favorite restaurant, as of right now, is Echi Sushi. It’s super casual, in walking distance from my house, and has the best fish and seafood I’ve had in LA. I get the baked mussels appetizer and a California hand roll probably 3 times a week… my friends tell me I’m going to turn into a sea creature. Oh well! It’s sooo yummy!

Favorite coffee shop? 

Favorite coffee shop is probably Urth Cafe. Cliche, I know, but it’s the best place to people watch and has great boba tea.

Favorite store to shop?

My favorite store to shop is Kitson on Robertson Blvd. I love that there’s always new stuff from designers all over the world, and it doesn’t carry what every other store has. Also, I can’t walk through without laughing out loud reading the quirky book titles and little knickknacks.

Style icon?

My celebrity style icon is Kourtney Kardashian. She always looks so put together and classy, but not boring. She stands out in a room and her outfits are always stunning. On top of all of this, the way she carries herself is beautiful in itself.

The Fashion Night Out Scoop: What’s Your Plan?

September 8 is rapidly approaching, AKA Fashion Night Out is rapidly approaching! Who’s excited for this national sartorial extravaganza? We are! In accordance to this big fashion night, grab your calendars, check your city, and start scheduling. Here are our LOLO favorites in the Big Apple and Sunny Los Angeles:

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Read on for more not-to-miss events!!

MERCEDES-BENZ & DEREK LAM

“Let Me C Your Style”- Mercedes-Benz and Derek Lam are searching for this season’s “Crosby Girl” to go along with the season’s must-have accessory, the C63 AMG Coupe.  This Fashion’s Night Out, they will be hosting an open casting call for an awe-inspiring, effortlessly chic, confident, contemporary, style setter at the most stylish address in the world – 10 Crosby Street. 

Stop by Derek Lam’s Soho store and see if you have what it takes to be the next “Crosby Girl”.  The “Style Panel” will be comprised of judges Derek Lam, Model Hanne Gaby Odiele and Casting Director James Scully. 

 A DJ will be spinning beats inside and never-ending champagne and drinks will be flowing.

DEREK LAM

10 Crosby Street (between Grand & Howard Streets)

 

ESPRIT

Keep your shopping energy on high for Fashion’s Night Out by heading to ESPRIT in Soho. The feel-good retailer will debut a branded street truck outside its Broadway location, plastered with images of Gisele Bundchen and Erin Watson from their new campaign. Stop by for 40% off bounce back cards to the store and grab some Sheets™ for a much-needed energy boost.

DJ DL will be spinning tunes inside ESPRIT’s Soho store to keep the night’s celebration going.

ESPRIT

6:00pm-11:00pm

583 Broadway (between Houston & Prince Streets)

 

VIA SPIGA

Via Spiga will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out 2011 in their Soho boutique with the following offerings:

  • Gelato Bar: Provided by Pop Bar, a special Via Spiga Gelato Bar will offer a unique selection of flavors to customers shopping in-store.
  • Free gift with purchase: Customers who make a Via Spiga purchase during the event will receive a branded set of three custom Essie nail polishes in the Via Spiga Fall color palette (gray, raspberry and mulberry).
  • Tweet-Up Giveaway: Customers in-store and online will be asked to tweet why they love Via Spiga on Fashion’s Night Out for their chance to win a free pair of shoes or boots. There will be a total of five winners, with one winner announced each hour of the night.

Via Spiga Fashion’s Night Out

6:00pm-11:00pm

487 Broadway (between Broome & Grand Streets)

 

DANNIJO

DANNIJO is keeping Fashion’s Night Out happy, lighthearted and cool with their very own DANNIJO Ice Cream Truck. Parked outside DANNIJO’s Meatpacking District showroom, the designers will be inside the truck selling jewelry, iPhone, iPad cases, exclusive items and giving out free ice cream to anyone who makes a DANNIJO purchase.  Swing by for sweet deals and sweet snacks.

DANNIJO

7:00pm-9:00pm

423 West 14th Street (between 9th and Washington Streets)

 

HANKY PANKY

Hanky Panky will be customizing thongs and boy-shorts with RHINESTONES! Free with any Hanky Panky purchase!

Hanky Panky

Time TBD (Ends at 11pm)

Bloomingdale’s SOHO (504 Broadway between Broome and Spring)

 

HAVAIANAS

Located both in and outside of the Ace Hotel, Havaianas will be bringing a captivating taste of Brazilian culture to Fashion’s Night Out’s biggest block party.  Each customer will have the opportunity to customize their own flip flops with “Make Your Own Havaianas.”  These FNO sandals will be sold for $25 and $2.50 per pin with proceeds going to Opening Ceremony’s charity of choice. Guests will be entranced with the authentic Brazilian market feel as a traditional Brazilian Fortune Teller will be on-site to offer color aura readings to help consumers choose their custom color combinations for “Make Your Own Havaianas” as well as giving out Brazilian Wish Bracelets and Havaianas tote bags.

Havaianas

6:00pm-12:00am

20 West 29th Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)

 

VICTORIA’S SECRET PINK

Come celebrate Fashion’s Night Out 2011 at the Victoria’s Secret PINK’s SOHO store.  Enjoy a DJ’s upbeat tunes from 6:00pm-11:00pm and receive a free limited edition panty with any PINK purchase while supplies last.

Victoria’s Secret PINK

6:00pm-11:00pm

565 Broadway (on the corner of Prince Streets)

 

ONLINE EVENTS

PIPERLIME

Love Rachel Zoe’s picks for Piperlime?  Then hurry to Piperlime.com at 6:00PM on September 8th for an exclusive online event.  Witness the reveal of Piperlime’s exciting new lineup of celebrity guest editors.  Be one of the first to shop the editors’ new picks and score a special treat in honor of Fashion’s Night Out while supplies last.

See the worldwide schedule here!