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Eats in Orange County : CUCINA Enoteca

6.15.2016


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I was having one of those days where everything just felt a little off. I jammed my foot while slamming the car door, dropped my waffle while transferring it from the oven to my plate, and then subsequently burned my tongue trying to chow down while running late to an appointment. It was nothing terrible really, but rather a collection of tiny, yet annoying, events. So what does a person do when faced with a day like this? Eat Italian of course.

I hopped over to Cucina Enoteca with a lady who never fails to serve me a hot plate of encouragement when I need it. We gathered over a huge fluffy mound of focaccia and began to exchange words while simultaneously filling our hearts with tenderness and our stomachs with meatballs and pasta. We grabbed their fried squash blossoms (a total must), and saffron linguine. That little bit of TLC definitely made my day. We bid adieu, and I climbed back into my car (sans foot slamming) with a fresher and more positive outlook.


Sights in LA : LACMA

6.05.2016


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I've been totally swamped with work lately. Between building our Organic Cotton Initiative (check it out here!) and getting our Autumn line through production, I've hardly had any time to decompress. I definitely realized this was becoming an issue when I grabbed coffee with a friend of mine and she asked me, "what's new?". The most exciting thing to happen in my personal life should not be that I upgraded my Netflix to stream in HD. So, with a determination to do something "fun", I dragged my brother Kevin up to L.A. with me for a day of sightseeing and food. We stopped by the LACMA for some seriously gorgeous art. I loved how many of the pieces outside invited viewers to engage with the work. We moseyed around for a while and grabbed a delicious coffee at C+M before hopping in the car for the next leg of our day out. 


Style : Summer Layers

5.24.2016


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Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. When will it end?! The weather in Southern California is as testy and unpredictable as my adolescent self when I hit puberty. I've taken to slinging around this denim jacket lately, and it's been such a dream. The oversized nature lets me throw it over my shoulders when the chill sets in, or tie it around my waist for warmer settings. I've also been dying over these amazing Rag & Bone espadrilles. Something tells me that they're about to become a summer staple in my wardrobe. That is, if summer ever decides to grace us with its presence!

Top: COS (similar from Rag & Bone here) / Jacket: WAM (similar from Topshop here) / Shorts: Scotch & Soda (similar from Mango here) / Shoes : Rag & Bone (in black here) / Sunglasses: Ray Ban


Connect with Kestan

5.16.2016


At Kestan, we build our collections around the lifestyle a Kestan woman lives. We understand that every woman is multi-faceted, and we want to enable our customers to express their personality and ethics through their style. By embracing informed and modern design, we seek to offer a wardrobe for the fearless and spirited woman. 

With this notion in mind, we'll be launching "Kestan Community" soon. Here, we gather the stories of courageous individuals and delve into their creative processes and what makes them move. These features will also show how Kestan pieces seamlessly integrate into their busy lives on an aesthetic and ethical way. 

We're currently looking for more individuals from different industries with a story to tell. Whether you're a writer, chef, artist, accountant, or whatever you may fancy - we're interested in what you have to say. You'll join a community of women that include philanthropists, business owners, travelers, and more. Kestan wants to capture your story through an in depth interview all while wearing our beautiful garments. 

If you'd like to be featured on www.kestan.co as part of our community, shoot us an e-mail at support(at)kestan.co for more information. Let us know why you'd like to be part of the community, and feel free to send along your social media links as well!

Sights in Portland : The Grotto

5.12.2016


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The Grotto is a Catholic shrine and botanical garden that seeks to serve as a place of rest and meditation for people of all religions and walks of life. Mo' and I heard about it's sweeping panoramic views and lush greenery, and we knew we had to make it up despite the day being rainy. The lower level sits at the foot of a steep cliff where various religious statues were placed into a carved opening in the rock. From there, you take an elevator up the cliff to the top level where you can explore various shrines, lakes, a meditation area, and even a monastery. With such a serene sight surrounded by nature and fresh air, it's hard to leave the Grotto without feeling refreshed!