Abbot Kinney | Venice, CA | Mini Guide

Abbot Kinney Street Guide / Venice, CA

Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA is one of my favorite streets in Los Angeles. Walking up and down the street will soothe your soul. The buildings are beautiful, the food is delicious, and there is of of course no shortage of classic California palm trees and sea breeze. Anytime I have to wait traffic out after a day in the office, I’ll head over to Abbot Kinney for some coffee (Intelligentsia & Tom’s), walk around for a bit and grab a bite to eat.

I’ve included my MUST visit stops in this mini Venice guide. There are many, many other places to pop into as well, so I highly recommend spending an afternoon walking around and stopping in every storefront that catches your eye, you never know what you’ll stumble into.

1. Intelligentsia 

Coffee is always on point and the space itself spacious and designed to a tee. Take a seat outdoors, or cozy up to a counter seat. I highly recommend the affogato.

Intelligentsia - Abbot Kinney | Venice, CA

2. Gjelina and Gjelina Take Away

You can’t go wrong with Gjelina. It’s a feast for both the eyes and the belly. This is a place where you should branch out and try something new. Every time I’ve done this I’ve never been disappointed. It’s always pretty busy, so if you don’t have a whole lot of time I recommend heading next door to their Take Away store front. You can order much of the same menu, and you can even order slices of their delish pizza. Mushroom is my fave!

Gjelina Take Away | Abbot Kinney Venice, CA

3. Alternative Apparel

Comfiest and softest cotton basic pieces for every day wear. I always stop in to browse the beautifully edited store, and to hang out in their outdoor space. How neat is it that they open up their lovely patio to anyone and everyone, to commune, enjoy some wifi and just hang!

Alternative Apparel / Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA

4. Tom’s Flagship Store / Coffee

Again, we’ve got stores opening up their space as a communal refuge. I love everything about this. Shared spaces are my jam. And add the element of beautiful design and you’ve just injected so much motivation into my work session. I love bringing my laptop in and getting some work done all while enjoying some coffee, or a Juice Served Here.

Tom's Flagship Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA // Coffee Shop

5. Urbanic

My favorite place to buy some beautiful greeting cards and peruse office supplies. The store is packed full of items you can’t believe you didn’t already have on your desk already.

Urbanic Paper Goods Store / Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA Some other lovely Abbot Kinney sights

California California Design on Abbot Kinney,  Venice, CA   One of many design fronts on Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA

Super Simple Baked French Toast

Super Simple Baked French Toast Recipe Up until a few weeks ago, I had never ever in my life made French Toast. My whole life I’ve always seen it as some type of messy and complicated recipe. Boy was I wrong. I found a few different baked french toast recipes on Pinterest and simplified the versions to my taste. It’s quite likely that I will be baking up french toast every Sunday for a very, very long time. Try it. It’s so easy and delish you won’t regret it! I PROMISE!

Super Simple Baked French Toast Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 sourdough baguette, 3 – 5 days old
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • powdered sugar for the top

Topping:

Warm maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 F

Slice the sourdough lough into pieces that will line up in your pan. I cut mine into 6 rounds to make individual servings. Butter the top and bottom of each piece.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Add milk, vanilla extract and salt and whisk it all together until the ingredients have formed a foamy consistency. Pour it all over the bread. You’re going to let it soak for about 30 minutes and while it’s soaking you will want to flip the bread every 10 minutes to make sure everything is coated. The bread should be wet, but not falling apart. If all the liquid hasn’t absorbed within the 30 minutes, go ahead and pour off the last bit of liquid.

After the 30 minutes, sprinkle the sugar all over the top of the bread Bake until the bread is puffy and golden in color. About 30 – 40 minutes. I always broil the top for a few minutes to get a darker and crispier topping. Once it’s cooled for a few minutes, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut and serve each piece with warm maple syrup!

It’s seriously so easy, there’s no excuse to not try it!

A Walk in the Park

Why, Sometimes I've Believed As Many As Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast | Central Park

The scenery in Central Park during the Fall is an absolute dream. I ended up walking through the park multiple times during my most recent trip simply because I could not get enough of the leaves. These leaves will stop you dead in your track. They are everything.

Having spent pretty much every Fall in my existence in Southern California makes for warm season without a whole lot of change in scenery. Which is why for me, there’s something so magical about walking through rows and rows of trees in Central Park. Your mind can’t help but wander, and you become lost amongst the cool air, quiet, trees and ponds. It’s inevitable to not feel as if you’re a child, wandering through some foreign magical place like Wonderland. And, quite frankly, you start to dream up and believe the most impossible things. That’s exactly what happened while I made my way through the park. So many dreams appeared while I took the time to wander and photograph, and I found so much clarity while the real and fantasy danced around in my mind.

If you didn’t know, daydreaming is one of my favorite activities. It clears your brain, opens up the creativity and makes you smile like a child. My best ideas come to me in daydreams. Some are far fetched and insane, and others are perfectly reasonable. I like to take away something from all my day dreams. I believe if you open your mind up to complete clarity, whatever ends up appearing/happening provides some sort of insight into your soul. Your true dreams, desires and emotions come through crystal clear.

I’d like to think all of us take some time each day to daydream. If you aren’t – do it!

For those of you who want to see more of the best city ever, NYC, click here  Central Park in the Fall

Fall Leaves in Central Park Central Park Gazebo from Sex and the City Movie

If you’re a Sex and the City fan you’ll recognize this gazebo from the movie. It’s where Miranda and Kerry meet up to discuss Miranda and Steve’s possible Brooklyn Bridge reconciliation. Central Park in the Fall Central Park Skyline

The Print Mix

Mixing Prints | Tribal + Stripes | The Kina's Blog

Forever 21 Geo Printed Cardigan | Cotton On Striped Long Sleeve Tunic | Bauble Bar Iced Lariat Pendant Tassel Necklace | Faux Leather Leggings | Lace Up Canvas Booties

I’m a huge lover of an all black ensemble, but there are times where I do enjoy mixing in a bit of patterns. My favorite mix at the moment is this tribal inspired sweater with some black and white stripes. Both pieces are oversized, so pairing them with some sleek faux leather leggings balances out the entire look.

I’ll probably be wearing this exact outfit on Thanksgiving. The only difference will be a swap out of these booties for some sneakers. Hope you all are looking forward to this excellent short week! xoxo

Mixed Prints | Geo + Stripes | The Kina's Blog

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The Dream List

The Dream List | The Kina's Net-a-Porter Wish List

If I could make purchases with a currency called “what makes my heart skip a beat,” these would be the pieces I’d purchase. One of my favorite things to do at night is to scour the internet for things that blow my mind. It’s part of the reason why I started blogging. I wanted to share these pieces that made my heart stop with all of you. Sometimes the pieces that draw me in are the simplest things (lot’s of neutrals) and sometimes they’re extravagant (bauble earrings + cobalt blue), but any time I let my mind wander to out of my budget sites I always thinking about what I have in my closet that could be used to emulate the piece. Try it, it makes cyber window shopping oh so much fun!

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Fall Moto Chic

Fall Moto Chic Outfit Inspiration | The Kina's Blog

Zara Faux Leather Jacket | Asos | Forever 21 Striped Long Sleeve | Asos Faux Leather Skinnies | Forever 21 Plaid Button Up | Seychelles Black Booties

Since I’m still embracing the grunge elements of the 90s, I decided to put together a look the combines some of my favorite grunge and moto elements. A leather jacket over plaid, paired with sleek black pants and boots are in my mind simple perfection!

And The Grunge Beat Goes On

Plaid Tunic + Faux Leather Leggings + Nike Ski Hi Dunks

Plaid Tunic | Faux Leather Leggings | Nike Ski Hi Dunks

Everyone loves to sift through their closet and get rid of pieces they aren’t wearing any more – it’s an excuse for more right! Well, something I’ve learned as of late is that we shouldn’t be getting rid of everything and anything.

Grunge. This is the first trend that’s come back that I vividly remember living through. The doc martens, plaid, dickies, sun in, overalls, floral print, hats, etc – I HAD IT ALL at some point during 96 – 2000. And, what do I have to show for it – well nothing!

I so so so wish I had held onto my dickies, my Bulldog overalls, floral print swing dresses and tanks, so I wouldn’t be buying new pieces. The fit has definitely changed, but I could’ve altered all of those pieces to fit me now. I’ve read a few pieces of commentary that state you shouldn’t be wearing the trend again if you’ve lived through it, but I would like to ignore that piece of advice. If anything I’ve learned that fashion truly is cyclical and I will be holding on to my most treasured and worn pieces, even if I feel like I won’t wear them because you just don’t know when you’ll want to again. I never thought I’d wear overalls again, but man do I love the heck out of my overall dress now!

Lesson Learned. Trends come and go, so hold on to your favorite pieces because THEY WILL come back in style and you’ll want to wear them again.

Grunge: Plaid + Overalls + Sneakers Grunge: 90s Denim Overall Dress 90s Grunge Inspired Outfit 90s Red Plaid Button Up Red Plaid Button Up

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