Review: jimmyCASE

Minimizing clutter has become a new concept that I’m embracing, considering how much I love to over pack – whether it’s my purse, suitcase or work bag – it can be a little tough. At work, I use to hold my wallet, phone, key card and car keys in my hand when I went out to lunch because I didn’t want to carry my big work bag. It got a little irritating to try to hold everything with my hands, then pay and hold a coffee or my lunch AND everything else; completely my fault of course for choosing not to bring a bag with me, but I just like to grab and go sometimes.

I got a chance to test out the jimmyCASE and I’m thoroughly pleased that I can easily combine my wallet essentials and my phone. It makes transferring purse necessities to a clutch or smaller bag super simple. I have the iPhone 6S wallet case and I really enjoy it. The iPhone case with card holder is nice and snug so it makes it easy and safe for cards or money not to fall out. And overall I dig the classic look of the wooden phone case. It really makes it easier to swift through the usual wallet junk I carry and focus on the items I really need with me: ID, ATM, Credit Cards or most used reward cards. Have you tried something similar?

 

How do you minimize your bag clutter?!

 

Note: While jimmyCASE was provided for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Dine for a Cause @ The Outlets at Orange

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. I don’t know very many people who have not been affected by cancer in some way or another. Breast cancer in particular has affected two aunts of mine, one of which lost their battle a few years ago, so finding a cure is personal. I love to support and bring awareness to the diseases in any way that I can.

Luckily, The Outlets at Orange have partnered up with Susan G. Komen for the #MoreThanPink campaign which allows locals an opportunity to help support the cause. Guests looking to participate can dine at Lucky Strike Lanes where 10% of diners’ proceeds will be donated on October 27, all day.

I had an opportunity to checkout the new restaurant inside of Lucky Strike called A2Kitchen and order a few bites and delicious drinks. If you haven’t been to Lucky Strike, I encourage you to go. I personally love bowling, but they also have pool or the opportunity to sit and catch a game on any of their large screens. The ambience is fun, swanky and sophisticated cool with the dazzling chandeliers and stark wooden elements that surround the place. A great date night, girls night out or a fun place to hang out with anyone who likes to have a good time with a strong drink.

Be sure to support a great cause, as every donation makes a difference on the 27th! Or be sure to checkout what other events The Outlets have scheduled for the month of October here.


Trendy LA Restaurants Worth the Hype

LA is notorious for having trendy eateries and hotspots. But everyone who lives in LA knows many of those places are a little overhyped and overpriced. Luckily I’ve done my research (aka a lot of eating) and have come up with a list of some of some of my favorite restaurants that are worth the hype and the terrible valet costs.

Beverly-Grove

  • The Bazaar: I celebrated my 30th Birthday here and absolutely loved it. My friend called this place a “dining experience” and that describes it perfectly. From the service to the décor to the unique food, it’s a foodie’s dream come true. This place is definitely a splurge, but worth it. Recommend so much on the menu, but especially the Philly Cheese steak.

the bazaar

West Hollywood

  • Norah: This place is currently all the rage and getting in without a reservation is tricky. But their drinks, food and decor are worth the extra effort to make reservations. My biggest tip is to arrive early, as there is no valet or parking lots in the area, so you’ll need to drive around to find metered street parking.

Norahs in LA

  • The Church Key: Most people love or hate Sunset Blvd, I tend to avoid the high-traffic location, but make an exception with The Church Key. The ambiance, drinks and food are killer. While the service is hit or miss, their food makes up for it. Highly recommend for brunch or dinner. Order the donuts!

church key

  • Connie & Ted’s: If you love seafood, you’ll love this place. Great menu selection, location, service and ambiance. Everything we’ve tried we loved as it was fresh and perfectly seasoned.

connie and teds

Fairfax

  • Jon & Vinny’s: This place became popular so quickly and got such a backlash just as fast due to long waits and high prices. But the food is delicious, we love their pizza and their meatballs are amazing. If you want to go, I highly recommend reservations. But my top suggestion? Order take-out!

jon and vinnys

  • MILK – For desserts, this tiny little place knocks it out of the park. They literally have everything you could ever want, which is why their Yelp reviews don’t lie – this place is good.

MILK

Santa Monica

  • Blue Plate Taco – This place has views of the beach, the cutest patio seating and delicious Mexican food. It’s the perfect combination for brunch, lunch or dinner. While it can get touristy from being so close to the pier and Third Street Promenade, I highly recommend the margaritas and tacos.

blueplatetaco outside

Venice

  • Rose Café: There are plenty of trendy eateries in Venice with all the gentrification, but Rose Café rises to the top of my list. Great atmosphere, strong drinks and unique dishes that leave you stuffed to the brim. Highly recommend: Cauliflower T-Bone, Hanger T-Steak and Carbonara to name a few.

rose cafe

Hancock Park

  • Republique: We love this place! Not only is this place esthetically pleasing, but the food is no joke. You can see the open kitchen and how they make their breads and pastas. Everything is delicious. The lines start forming after 10am on weekends, so I recommend arriving early or making reservations for dinner.

Republique

 

Downtown

  • Perch: This place is the classic Downtown restaurant. Everyone comes here for the views, but their drinks are great and select bites are good on their menu. I can’t imagine not having a great time here, so it must be on the list.

Perch

Do you have any favorite LA restaurants? I’d love to hear what you recommend!

*All images are my own or from Yelp.