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Our World

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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1. Artists & Fleas: When I first moved to Los Angeles, I went to the flea market every Sunday, but the tradition waned after G and I furnished our home. The passion for the hunt was reignited after moving into our office space downtown. Furnishing and decorating an industrial space with a completely open floor plan has been challenging, and has required mixing in lots of unique, vintage, flea finds for warmth and character. I couldn’t be more thrilled that the New York-based market, Artists & Fleas, has opened a once-a-month Los Angeles location down the street in the Arts District. I can’t wait to wake up early one weekend, get coffee, and explore the offerings. - Emily

2. SoFar Sounds Concerts: If you’ve ever been to a concert where you can’t hear the artist above the noise of the crowd (which is great sometimes, but a killjoy when you’re there for the music), all I can say is go to SoFar Sounds, which hosts intimate concerts in homes and stores. It’s a great, low-key way to spend a night out with friends, and you never know who’s going to be performing until you get there. Plus, not only is it free (unless you reserve a guaranteed ticket) but it’s BYOB so you don’t have to pay concert venue prices for a beer. - Alina

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3. Preacher on AMC: When our intern told us that Preacher, a new show that airs this month on AMC, is supposed to be similar to Walking Dead and Breaking Bad (two shows I love), I had to pause everything to watch the trailer. It’s so creepy it’s almost hard to watch, but I couldn’t look away. I can’t wait to binge-watch it with G (since I already have a feeling we won’t be able to stop at just one). - Emily

4. Prête: I’ve written a lot about my weekly blowout habit (here and here) which is why I was beyond excited about the launch of Prête, a members-only service with unlimited blowouts for $29 per visit at the cutest under-the-radar salons within your zip code (the one I visited was at a literal bungalow two blocks from where I live). My first experience using the service was a 10-out-of-10 incredible, and I could not recommend it highly enough. - Alina

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5. Qapital: This app makes saving for large expenses mindlessly easy. Once I’ve set a goal, such as “Upcoming Bike Trip,” I can connect it to my bank account and apply different rules to it, like “Add $2 every time I get a coffee.” I can even connect it to my Apple Health App so that every time I go on a bike ride, it adds a set amount. It’s amazing how quickly it all adds up. - Geoffrey

6. Maryam Nassir Zadeh: They say you’re a shoe, bag, or jewelry girl, and I have always been the first. I have a weakness for great footwear, and the designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh is my latest obsession. She’s taken the shoe world by storm in the last few years, creating mules, slides, and other of-the-moment styles that have become a fixture for indie It-girls in L.A. and New York, and look as high-end as Celine. I got lost on her website the other day and want almost every shoe style she makes, in every color. But these luscious pale pink slides are my current top pick. - Alina

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7. Shout and About: I always love to have cute cards on hand so that I’m never caught empty-handed for friends’ birthdays and special moments. After discovering this adorable shop in Echo Park I was happy to find they also have an online shop. It’s a great place to stock up on paper goods like this "Let's Boogie" disco ball card, which was too perfect to pass up.  - Emily

8. & Other Stories Earrings: I recently added three new piercings to my line-up, so earrings have been top of mind as I shop. I was thrilled to stumble upon the website & Other Stories, which offers an amazing collection of sleek, on-trend earrings. Even before seeing the prices, I loved them for their unique, clean designs - but once I realized most pairs run between $14 and $29, I was hooked. I am a hoops girl through and through, and they have so many pairs of deconstructed, modern hoops I love, like these graphic gold ones - Alina

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9. Sharks Exhibit at Taschen: Tomorrow we're going on a team outing with our newest employee (you’ll meet her soon!) to visit the Sharks Exhibit at the Taschen gallery on 3rd Street, which includes prints and “shark portraits” by photographer Michael Muller - taken without a cage. I’ve long had an obsession with sharks (for years I celebrated Shark Week with great fanfare), and though I've heard the exhibit is small, I've also heard it's well worth a visit. Follow along on my snapchat tomorrow (e.schuman). - Emily 

10. Highland Park Bowl: The other day I was checking out a beautiful new coffee shop in Highland Park called Civil Coffee (a bonus pick for this month’s Our World). While there, the barista asked if I’d been to the new bowling alley next door yet. He leaned in, and very seriously said: “it is, without question, the coolest bowling alley in America.” It was such an emphatic, genuine endorsement that I resolved then and there to plan a bowling night with a group of friends. Our new associate editor, Leslie, who just moved to Echo Park, said that no fewer than ten of her friends brought up the bowling alley in the last week - so it’s safe to say it’s a hot attraction. It also happens to be a historical gem that dates back to 1927 when it was a Prohibition hangout, which makes the history buff in me giddy.  - Alina

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11. RE/DONE: I’ve always loved the look of vintage jeans - pre-1970’s Levi’s being a mainstay I’ve turned to time and time again - but the site RE/DONE simplifies the process of hunting for the perfect fit which can be daunting and time-consuming. They recycle worn, aged denim from vintage Levi’s and Hanes into modern shapes that work more seamlessly with my closet. - Emily

12. Dark Sky: In planning outfit shoots, I always have to be hyper-aware of the weather, down to the minute, to make sure I don’t get rained out or that the wind isn’t frantically blowing my skirt up, Marilyn Monroe style. The app Dark Sky tells me the weather at my exact location, down to the minute it’s supposed to start raining, so I can stay dry and don’t lose time waiting for inclement weather to pass. - Emily

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