Hipster Greek Statues

As usual, work is crazy and I’m delayed trying to get you the Font Friday and the Weekend Guide. As an “I’m sorry” I thought I’d share this gem to hold you over. Leo Caillard created these pieces with photo retoucher Alexis Persani. Thank you to “Today I Learned” for sharing!

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Do This Today Weekend: Atwater Village Beer, Wine and Food Festival

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It’s time for the weekend! Get your tickets to Sunday’s Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival HERE! A $30 ticket gets you 12 tastings and an awesome Sunday, which is a pretty good deal.

Event: Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival  (event link)
Location: Atwater Village, Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Sunday April 28 1pm-6pm
Cost: $30 gets you 12 tastings HERE)

Secret Stair Walk #14: Magic Gas

—  In 2012 I had the goal to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I was 10 walks shy of meeting my goal, but thats means I get to enjoy the Secret Stair walks in 2013! These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

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This walk begins by one of my favorite Echo Park spots, Chango Coffee. That strip of shops are very independent, local, hipstery spots. It’s adorable and a fun location that also feels like a set from Portlandia. The name of the walk, “Magic Gas”, comes from the gas station on the corner of Echo Park Ave and Morton Ave.

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The stickers and graffiti in this neighborhood are a lot of fun. It makes me feel like I should be slapping Life Absorbed stickers on all the posts.

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Door and texture fun.

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Up, up up!

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I feel like such an old person, as I have no clue what the above square barcode thing is called, nor do I know how to use it. Frankly, I’m okay being left in the dark on this.

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I think I’m being watched.

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Sculpture graveyard? Or sculpture maternity ward?

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Knock at your own risk.

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Sometimes public roads start to look like driveways…

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… and then become steep dirt paths.

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I love the Echo Park hills and the views that accompany them.

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Graffiti fun by the recycling center.

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Another great day of getting out there, getting exercise + vitamin D, getting to know the neighborhood, and getting to do it for the big price of zero dollars. Sometimes frugal activities can be awesome.

Triple BONUS Do This Today: Comedy Palace

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This is my TRIPLE BONUS Do This Today! Wow- tonight is jam packed with fun! Tonight Maria Bamford is headlining a free night of comedy at the Comedy Palace. Doors at 9pm and the show starts at 9:30p. Other comedians include Sara Benincasa, Justin Cousson, Katie Crown, James Fritz, Lauren Ashley Bishop, Edward Salazar, Kate Berlant and hosted by Matt Champagne.

Event: The Comedy Palace (event link)
Location: 2112 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles CA
Time: Thursday January 31, 9pm doors, 9:30p show
Cost: FREE!

Leisurely Sunday Brunch

Happy Sunday everyone! There’s nothing like a relaxing free Sunday to enjoy a leisurely girls brunch to help rewind the life batteries. If you haven’t visited LaMILL in Silver Lake, you are missing out. It’s pricy, but it’s definitely worth the cost as they are coffee experts. It’s also a hipster-actor-celebrity hotspot. I love coming here to people watch and today we saw (in addition to lots of hipsters in wild print adult onesies) Fitz (from Fits and the Tantrums) and an adorable actor from The League.

After a super fun brunch and successful fabric shopping trip downtown (near the fashion deal mecca Santee Alley), I am home baking up a quiche (see the recipe here) while breathing in the scent of apple spice to get me in the fall state-of-mind. Happy Sunday everyone! May your week ahead be mellow and positive!