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January 2015

Parties, Delectables & Pretty Things

“The North Fork’s Best Kept Secret”

Small Holdings Farm is a designer/stylist’s dream spot. Beautifully curated by Sherron Franics, SHF has assembled an amazing collection of vintage treasures. From Farm tables, Country, Primitive and Industrial Decor it’s impossible not to find something perfect for your decorating project or home. The North Fork has always been a special place to me with it’s vineyards, farms, endless fresh produce, beautiful scenery, quaint towns and beaches. After receiving a gorgeous vintage camera as a gift from my dear friend Gabrielle she brought me to this spectacular shop. I fully encourage making the 90 minutes drive from NYC to check out the North Fork and stop by Small Holdings Farms. You will not be disappointed!




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Native American Love in Amsterdam

Through the magic of Instagram I came across this cool little company MOLI – My Own Little Indian. MOLI is two moms who came together through their love for home decor, accessories and Native America Culture. They have great design aesthetic, soothing color palette and they’re not afraid of feathers! This gypsy girl loves feathers and a tipi. But back to MOLI – I’m really into the simplicity and organic feel of their work. Check them out for unique baby/kid & home gifts.

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Michael Levine’s LA – Fabric Haven

One of my all time favorite fabric stores is Michael Levine’s in LA. When I lived in LA it was my go to place, when I visit it’s a must do. It’s got an endless & extensive assortment of all types of fabrics – textures and patterns. Flannel, jersey, kints, linens, cottons, buttons, zippers, beads, yarn, zippers… Fun colors and up to date styles that are so affordable! The notions wall is overwhelmingly huge. Love my favorite sweet sales gal – Quadalupe!

Don’t miss the separate upholstery fabric store and the Loft (upstairs) where fabric is sold by the pound across the street.





Michael Levine’s

920 Maple Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90015


Store Hours – Monday-Saturday 9am- 5:30pm Sunday 11am- 4pm

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Ciro’s Restaurant Authentic not Artisanal Mexican Food in Los Angeles

Boyle Heights is a predominately Mexican American neighborhood just east of Downtown LA and is home to Ciro’s restaurant. Ciro’s is a family run business for thirty years offering some of the BEST Mexican Food. The Flautas are constantly rated #1 in LA. They’re also known for their Carne Asada but the real treat is their Salsa de Aquacate. This Salsa is chunky, spicy, fresh with chiles, tomato, onion and chunks of avocado. The minute you sit down a bowl of it appears with some chips and it’s delicious! It’s all about the food here it’s personal.

I went for breakfast so I had the Mexican Style Eggs which were great. Portions here are large, the menu has a huge selection and it’s very affordable.


Address: 705 North Evergreen Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone:(323) 269-5104








Gypsy Travels

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine LA

When I lived in LA one of my special power spots was the serene and beautiful Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, and it still is. If you’re one for lush beautiful gardens and major tranquility then you must go for a visit. It’s ten-acres of gardens, natural spring fed lake, swans, ducks, koi fish and plant life from around the world make this wonderment one of a kind. Even a portion of Gandhi’s ashes is enshrined there!

This magical spot came through a real dream of an oil company executive. He woke up in the middle of the night dreaming of the property as a “Church for All Religions”. After having the dream three times that same night he woke up and looked up “Church of All Religions” in the phone book. The only listing was for the Self-Realization Fellowship Church of All Religions in Hollywood. Blown away by his dreams he decided to contact Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters. Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of SRF, came to the phone and before the man could say anything, Paramahansa said “You have property for sale? When can I see it?”. He visited the property the next day and quickly starting plans for the open-air shrine of all religions he wished to establish in Los Angeles.

The Self-Realization Fellowship @ Lake Shrine is a place where one can go mediate, have a wedding ceremony, stay and do a meditation retreat. It’s doors are open to all. When you walk the grounds – the air smells cleaner, the sunlight bounces off the lake and the greenery and environment hug you.

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CO-OP 28 “Handmade, Vintage, Home” 1728 N Vermont Ave Los Feliz LA

I just LOVE this store! The minute I stepped in the salesgirl said Hello! from across the store then made a b line to me and asked- Would you like a glass of wine? White or Red? It was perfect! Besides the amazing customer service and welcoming vibe this store has got a great assortment of products both vintage and new. Home decor, jewelry, cool gifts, soaps, candles, clothes, books, furniture, signs, and art. It’s the perfect shop for gift buying. Everything is well-displayed,  great visual merchandising. I was very impressed. The check out table is faced with stacks and stacks of books, other display tabletops are old doors. I met the owner, Marci, a fellow Brooklyn girl and she didn’t stop moving! Even as we chatted she was assembling gift boxes, grabbing unreleased jewelry from the back to show me. I, of course, bought a piece of jewelry – a delicate little bracelet with a simple arrow on it I felt it was perfect for my gypsy Sag moon. Marci features a lot of local artists and the jewelry collection is totally of the now or “up and coming”. My consort, Brad, bought himself a fabulous pair of vintage 1970’s military linesmen leather boots. When you make your visit to this gem give yourself ample time to soak it in, it’s more then shopping it’s an experience.



Store sign created by artist Keri Rosebrough, who used

around 6,000 pieces of trash to make it.







some photos courtesy of softpedia, afar, angelenoliving and frontiermedia