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Monday, December 10, 2012

Look + Lunch :: Carousel in Glendale










Outfit details: Scarf - AT. Hat - Don't remember, oops. Tacky holiday bracelet - Gift from my mom. Shorts - American Eagle. Socks - Target. Booties - Forever 21 (similar/cuter pair here). Penguin sweatshirt - Rainbow Swirlz. Glasses - My usuals from Warby Parker.


"Are you going to a costume party?" That's what my roommate, Sergio, asked on Friday night as I was walking out the door in this outfit. He swears he didn't mean it in a negative way -- I just don't think he's used to living with a blogger. Boy, is he in for a treat! ;) I absolutely love my new neighborhood, by the way. (If you're not interested in geography at all, feel free to skip this part...)



I moved out to California a little over three years ago now, and I'd always lived within the same two-mile radius, in either Van Nuys or Sherman Oaks. I'm now in Glendale, about 13 miles east. I'm still a Valley girl, it's just a different neighborhood. It's fascinating to me that LA County is 4,752 square miles -- and my old county in Michigan was 570. Boggles the mind! Anyway, Glendale is awesome. I'm within walking distance to multiple Starbucks, two gyms (new year's resolution?), and two malls (which include a massive Forever 21, Barnes & Noble, movie theatre, H&M). I wasn't planning on moving here, but it ended up working out -- and I'm super happy!

As for the outfit, it pretty much looks and feels like pajamas. I don't think there's anything less flattering than a big sweatshirt with loose shorts, but I tried to sex it up with the knee-highs. Either way, I felt extraordinarily comfortable for a dinner date with my good friend Celeste. I'd been looking for a good Lebanese restaurant out here, and I'd heard great things about Carousel, so I was stoked when she brought it up. We walked there (of course) and it was a beautifully crisp night. I drank my 7-11 coffee on the way. Pure class, right?

The food was delicious. I ordered the Vegetarian's Delight which was pretty much pita with various dips. Hummus is definitely on my list of favorite foods. I also got the lentil soup, which was scrumptious as well and the perfect temperature. I'm impatient and hate when I have to wait for my food to cool. (First world problems.) We also had some great banter with our server, Freddy, and the decor was awesome to boot. It was overall a wonderful experience, and I got to relive it throughout the weekend with my leftovers!



I can't end this post without mentioning the social network icons on my left sidebar. I purchased them from this beautiful shop, and I really think they make a difference in the look of my blog. I also fixed the 'grab buttons' on my lower right sidebar, thanks to this step-by-step post (and bothersome emails to these ladies). My blog is starting to come together along with my life and I'm looking forward to settling into a routine. But what about you? How are you doing?

15 comments:

  1. I love GLENDALE\PASADENA! I think I keep telling you that! And Carousel sounds like a place I need to eat at! Oh, you can come too! ;) LOL! Hmmm, what costume party did he think you were going to? You look adorable as always! Oh, and I plan to be back and forth between L.A. and San Diego. I owe my family\friends in L.A. some quality time. I suck. -Jess

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  2. love the blue shorts! Thought it was a skirt actually. This outfit is so full of colour!
    Love the look of your blog, i wanna change mine so bad too and already know what i want but it's so expensive I'm trying to hold off to use it as a reward to myself someday for when i feel i am truly comfortable with or feeling like I've established or most familiar with my voice. :) Plus more followers to see it of course lol

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    1. ok just clicked the link and realized you got your icon from my favorite blog shop! Sweet! her stuff is awesome :D!!

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  3. I LOVE Carousel! Such a yummy yummy restaurant!

    Glendale, huh? Wow- that is a big change! But I know it is supposed to be super walkable and I am always a fant of that...

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  4. Damn! I should have known better than to come to your blog when I'd almost convinced myself to not order takeout tonight ha! This place looks and sounds incredible and you two look totally adorable. I love this penguin sweater. I don't think I'd ever take it off. I'm glad you're settling into your new hood nicely and your blog looks great! I still have to get mine up to par since I lost everything in that whole domain debacle (long story!). Well, I'm off to order food...specifically a curry! XO

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  5. Omg you're in Glendale! I work in downtown Pasadena (well when I DO come in on site), right near the Forever 21 haha. We're like neighbors!!

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    1. The 2 gyms are nice...but beware of Porto's LOL!

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    2. I'm telling ya girl, we NEED to meet up!

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  6. Your blog is definitely looking nice - I noticed your social media buttons upon first loading it up! I always love your pictures - you have so much fun. xoxo

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  7. Your blog is looking clean and sharp, Steph. Your effort really shows.

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  8. I love Glendale and always gravitate there to shop, it's just so easy and accessible and not like the mad-house in other parts of the city. Last summer when I lived in Los Feliz I went there all the time. Maybe if I move back, we'll meet up for lunch--but we can do that anyway, I'm in LA all the time :)
    xo Mary Jo

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  9. Your skirt is such a great shape and colour! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Love the whole outfit, really reflects what my style's been like seen I left the office world. Casual, comfortable, playfully sexy with pops of color. Dressing up days are over...for now. :)

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  11. We're practically neighbors now! I live in Eagle Rock (:

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