8/3/16

The Westside Collective does The Westside

~Badass Babe Series Part 2~

Featuring some of our fave babes and the inside scoop on some of their fave things.
Our Babe Heather Roma Pollock
(photocred: @hanaleilove_photo)

Check Heather Roma Pollock + The Westside Collective  - https://www.thewestsidecollectivetruck.com/

Here's her Lalaland: My home of 10 years and now forever. 

-Places I love in my hoods where my shop is (Venice) and where my home is (Topanga):

   1) Eat + Meet (Venice) Deus Ex Machina:  Best breakfast parfait, to go sandwiches and favorite in town meeting place for business meetings (when I need to get out of my shop) http://deuscustoms.com/flagships/emporium-of-postmodern-activities/
 2)Coffee + Canyon Vibes (Topanga) CafĂ© Mimosa: Favorite place to feel the local vibes of my eclectic canyon village and have coffee meet ups with our friends.
    



3)Hiking in Topanga Canyon state park.  Beautiful country and it feels amazing to be surrounded by all of this beauty while still being close to the city.


     4)Beers with friends at Venice Beach Ale House.  Amazing food too.  Boardwalk seating and great people watching.

     5)There’s no place like home.  My favorite place to be is at home with my family.  Hot days are the best when we have friends over and chill by the pool!









7/29/16

Straight for the Tassel







The Joni Necklace

New design out of the studio:) Couldn't be more excited to be working in this medium!

I feel in design it's really important to listen to your business associates, customers and friends. They sometimes know you and where you should go before your inner compass kicks in.

Many homies kept saying, Suzy, work in leather! And then,,like presto, my Franco-Italian Leather Luxury genes showed up.  I'm literally obsessed and entranced by glorious leather, especially w/ sterling silver accents!!  Hope you are too! I have a feeling we'll be making a foray into bags eventually...

Inspo: -Joni Choker- was inspired by 60s and 70s music icons, with their fringe costumes and tassels etc,, but then we did it in black to have a more edgy LA streetstyle vibe. And of course because BLACK is EVERYTHING. ...We think, the hippie vibes, combined with it luxuriousness, ie being all genuine leather and sterling silver, that this item is 100% Rossmore approved to get you mad compliments.

Enjoy. xx

I'm wearing:
Necklace: Rossmore LA Joni Choker.
Top: Mark and Estel T-Shirt

7/28/16

Olive My Soul.


I'm not sure if I've ever shared that I'm of Italian and French descent. Pretty much half and half on both sides. I feel that in my work I'm very French. very demanding! With an almost severe attention to quality, excellence and perfection!In my daily life,  and especially my palate, I'm all Mediterranean. Relaxed and attentive to more subtle delights. It's far out, sometimes i feel like my ancestors are right there on the tip of my tongue, "More olive oil!" they shout, or "Mangia, mangia!"I recently made some olive oil ice cream that speaks to this part of my soul.I used a non-custard style recipe, no eggs, no cooking! Easy! (see, relaxed!)  Go light on the sugar, it tastes better when the sugar to milk to olive oil to salt ratio is just right. If you put too much sugar in, then you won't taste the divine olive oil. Use a high quality table oil. something you would drizzle over a delicacy. I like Partanna, its from Sicily like my great grandparents! USE HIGH QUALITY milk too! This is so subtle it needs quality across the board in order to make it lovely! Serve in a multitude of ways, try cherry tomatoes as a garnish! But I'm partial to drizzle a little extra oil over the top and add a few sparse flakes of Maldon Sea Salt. 
Enjoy xx Suzy






 





 















Olive Oil Ice Cream
1 ½ cups 1% milk (you can use 2% or even whole if you’d rather) USE GRASS FED!!
1 cup 10% (half & half) cream
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup good olive oil (I like to use something Spanish  ITALIAN, try PARTANNA from Sicily, for a lovely herbaceous flavor)
Large pinch of salt
1 tablespoon TITOs Vodka (to slow freezing process;)
  1. In a bowl, whisk STIR sugar and salt into milk until well dissolved, if you whisk you will get an icey -ice cream.
    1. Chill mixture in fridge about 1 or more hours (or 15-20 minutes in freezer if you’re pressed for time)
    2. Remove chilled mixture from fridge and whisk stir in olive oil
    3. Turn on your ice cream maker and add mixture to bowl; add vodka early in churning process
    4. Once ice cream is properly mixed, transfer to a storage container and let it set in the freezer for a couple of hours. This step is optional, but I like my ice cream a bit firmer set than the soft-serve consistency that you get from an ice cream maker. (I use the Cuisine Art Ice Cream maker from William Sonoma.)





7/13/16

Rogue Closet "An Ode to LA and Denver"


~Badass Babe Series Part 1~

Featuring some of our fave babes and the inside scoop on some of their fave things.
Courtney Rotolo
My site: Rogue Closet: http://www.roguecloset.com
“An Ode to LA and Denver: 5 of My Favorite Places”





1) Beverly Hills Juice: http://www.beverlyhillsjuice.com/
Beverly Hills Juice is my absolute favorite place for a chilly, filling, (mostly) guilt-free fix, and the first thing I thought of when I was asked to write this list. My go-to combo is the Apple Lemon Ginger Banana Manna shake. Trust me...just GO. I miss it every day.



2) Fairfax Flea/Melrose Trading Post: http://melrosetradingpost.org/
You don’t truly appreciate the flea market until you can’t go every weekend. At least, that has been my experience! The Melrose Trading Post was always a no-brainer for me when thinking of a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, or when I needed inspiration of any kind. 



3) AltHouse: www.shopalthouse.com
AltHouse is fairly new on LA’s boutique scene at just over 2 years old, but has quickly become one of my favorite shops for those special, avant-garde pieces to accent a closet. Owner Jennifer Althouse curates the most beautiful selection from designers such as Rachel Comey and Black Crane, yet keeps it down-to-earth as well with items from Levi’s and Levi’s Vintage. Also worth mentioning is the shop’s stunning interior; the space alone is worth a trip downtown.

4) RULE gallery: http://www.rulegallery.com/
I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-established art scene in Denver upon moving back home several years ago, and it continues to grow. Rule Gallery has gone through some changes over the last couple of years, but their artist roster is stronger than ever. I invested in my first pieces of art here this past spring, courtesy of the crazy-talented Caleb Hahne.





  5) Victoriana Jewelry: http://www.victorianajewelry.com/
Rossmore is, of course, one of my top picks for a contemporary brand, but I had to recognize one of the most gorgeous antique jewelry collections in Denver. I used to walk past this shop on Larimer Street between classes and gaze longingly into the windows. My fiancé and I found my engagement ring here, and I cannot say enough about the selection, owners and staff. 





7/8/16

BUT FIRST COFFEE


Some of our fav spots around LA to sip on some delish caffeine 













ALFRED COFFEE

DEMITASSE CAFE

GO GET EM TIGER

COFFEE HOUSE LA 
LITERATI CAFE



VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS DTLA 
VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS DTLA
PARAMOUNT COFFEE PROJECT
GROUNDWORK