Just last week our good friends, Brandy Lewis and Sara Flate, opened MAKERS MESS -- a new and beautiful art studio, in Silverlake. The studio offers art and design classes for just about everyone -- whether it be a girls' night out learning the basics of mixology or pom pom making for the kids. Over the weekend we helped to celebrate their opening with T-shirt decorating and a tour of their lovely space.

MM T-shirts ready for guests to design beneath a stunning installation by Meghan Shimek.

We spy our favorite Hedley & Bennett aprons!

The kids had a blast decorating shirts. I can see Brixton enjoying many a class here.

Their gift area has really special pieces and cards, on beautiful custom copper and raw wood displays. 

See their full schedule HERE.

Brixton's Outfit: T-shirt - Munster Kids, Pants - Koolabah, Shoes - Vans

MAKERS MESS is located at: 602 N. Hoover, Los Angeles, 90004

Congratulations Ladies!! Can't wait to get in on some classes! xx


Our very favorite ice cream, once only available in Santa Barbara and Montecito, has just opened a brand new shop in Santa Monica! Rori's Artisanal Creamery is the creamiest, highest quality ice cream out there and we just about lost our minds when we learned they were coming to LA. We stopped by over the weekend to celebrate their arrival.

These little hooligans couldn't get enough.

You can grab pints to-go, like I did. 

Check out these ingredients. Stellar stuff!!

Two scoops of Fresh Mint Patty for me after Brixton went to bed! ;) Welcome to LA, Rori!!! xx

Rori's Artisanal Creamery is located at: 910 Montana Ave., Santa Monica


One of my best friends, Jodi, gave "The Day The Crayons Quit" to Brixton when he was a baby. The bestseller, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, has become quite the classic in our house. It is probably one of the funniest children's book I have ever read. Every time I read it, I laugh out loud. 

When little Duncan goes to open his crayons, he finds a stack of letters from his crayons and they are all quitting! Each letter of complaint is hilarious. I like to read them in silly voices to Brixton. It's such a good one for the whole family. 

Brixton's tank is by Mini & Maximus via Thumbeline. xx


Mom/Grammie and I took the kids to La Cañada's Descanso Gardens for the most beautiful morning. I had forgotten just how stunning it is there. The overcast skies and cool weather made it feel like the beginning of fall and we were in Heaven.

Founded in 1953 by E. Manchester Boddy, Decasnso is home to 160 acres of gardens and woodlands, in addition to the gorgeous 12,000 square foot mansion, The Boddy House - available for wedding and private events. 

Adorable cafe, across from their gift shop.

Their new water-wise, sustainable center circle.

The kids had so much fun walking around and exploring. 

Duck and ducklings!!!

The kids were pumped for the Enchanted Railroad.

**Check the website for run times, as it doesn't run every day.

Descanso has great seasonal activities, so be sure to check out their online calendar. The spectacular "The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns" Halloween installation, runs Oct 1st-Nov 1st. Click The Rise FAQ for times and details.

Discanso Gardens is located at:

1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada, Flintridge, CA 91011

Click HERE for hours and more.




We first learned of the great Hillstone Group with R&D Kitchen in Santa Monica. You may have seen Sissy's recent post on The Honor Bar, Montecito. We are kind of obsessed. These guys just KNOW HOW TO MAKE A BURGER. I'm not sure if there's one I like better. Hillstone has mastered the art of adult and kid-friendly, upscale comfort food. And it turns out, that more often than not, Jason and I want to go to their Beverly Hills location - South Beverly Grill, on most Friday nights. It's upscale and beautiful inside but totally kid friendly. And did I mention that they make damn good burgers?! If you are looking for seriously good baby back ribs, they make some delicious ones too. South Beverly Grill also offers a special sushi menu that their other locations do not.

I love the moody decor. Yet it's a very family-friendly place.

Table for 1? You can pull up a stool and enjoy your meal at the pretty bar.

We love piling into a big red booth and "trapping" Brixton in. Hehe.

Sushi is made-to-order at their sushi bar.

Spicy Tuna Roll with jicama and fresh wasabi.

Thai Steak and Noodle Salad

Cheeseburger and Fries. Yes, please.

South Beverly Grill is located at:

122 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

Happy Friday! xx