Magpies Soft Serve

Labor Day may be the traditional seasonal signifier of summer’s end, but here in southern California it’s usually just the start of our most blistering summer heat! The cure for such unfavorable weather patterns? Soft serve ice cream!

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Magpies Soft Serve is conveniently situated within walking distance of our apartment, so much like our local pizza place, this Silverlake shop has become a regular part of our daily lives. When the weather is particularly hot, there is nothing better than walking out into the warm night air and strolling over to get a cone (or cup in my case) of cool, sweet soft serve.

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7th Year Hitched – St. Vincent and Silverlake Favorites

It’s been a bit quiet round the blog lately because I decided I needed to spend some time offline celebrating a personal milestone – my 7th wedding anniversary with husband.  It’s amazing to think how time has flown, how much has changed, and how a few important things have remained the same.  On August 30th, we celebrated our actual wedding anniversary by going to see St. Vincent (and Erykah Badu, though we didn’t stay for her set) at The Hollywood Bowl.  It was a great show.  St. Vincent is like…  a real rockstar!  She’s like Bowie.  A total performer.
Earlier in the day, Husband allowed me to go shopping at a couple of my absolute favorite shops here in Silverlake – Clover over on Rowena Ave. and Yolk on Silverlake Blvd.  They both have the coolest stuff and I picked up what I like to call “a toy surprise” at both.  I got a gold necklace with a tiny heart charm at Clover and a bottle of my new favorite perfume – Leila Lou at Yolk (smells so delicious!)

 

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Then we extended the celebrating to this past Saturday and enjoyed a special dinner out at another Silverlake establishment, Alimento.
Alimento, headed by chef Zach Pollack, serves up some delicious authentic Italian food, in a small, casual setting.  The restaurant was a bit loud for a romantic dinner, and I wasn’t knocked out by the starters, but my main was like, the most heavenly pasta dish of my life!  (It was the radiatori with pork sugo, kale and fennel pollen in case you want to try it!) Our dessert was pretty amazing too, and the wine was simply to die for!
The rest of the weekend we took things easy, visited my parents, caught up on laundry, that sort of thing… All in all, it’s been a nice couple of weeks.  Actually, it’s been a nice 7 years!  Here’s to many more! 😉

 

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This Must Be the Place

Hey there Blogland, how ya been?
Well I’ve been all kinds of busy, and I have some very big news…
After nearly 7 years of living in Beverly Hills, the boy and I have moved.  We’ve moved east, to Silverlake, where (according to this Forbes article) the hippest hipster kids hang out!  It’s been something of a drawn out move – roughly 2 weeks of toting things back and forth between our two places, but as of today, we turned in our keys and are officially, 100% residents of Silverlake.
Hooray & Hallelujah!  
Our time at the apartment we left in Beverly Hills was the longest I’ve lived anywhere besides my childhood home (where I am happy to say, my parents still reside) and I was rather emotional yesterday as I packed up the last of our stuff, did a final swipe of the vacuum, and locked up for good.  It’s like the end of an era.
We moved into that place a year into our marriage  (now 6 years strong) and it felt like HOME.  It saw our honeymoon days, our early financial struggles, our tragedies, and our joys.  It was the site of so much love, dancing, music and laughter.  It’s where I cried and wrote and dreamed and discovered just how much  can do and all the things I can be.  It was warm and “lived in” and lovely.  It was our home and I am going to miss it. 
With that said, I am so excited about our new place…It’s bigger, with two balconies, and sooo much potential for cuteness – I can hardly wait to decorate and share just what an adorable place we’ve landed! I am obsessively compiling inspirations on Pinterest, and slowly planning out how we want to decorate– I’ll be sure to share some of my ideas later this week.  In the meantime, let me end this era with a quote….
“You know you’ve made it when you’re living in Beverly Hills…But for us that was just the beginning.” — The Boy.

Cheers,
Heather