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[Local Entrepreneur Spotlight] Meet Dolly of Lilly James Co.

Meet Dolly of Lilly James Co.,ย the first of our first featured vendors in the LocalLove805 Marketplace!

Dolly hails from Paso Robles (one of our favorite 805 getaways) and sews handmade products — specifically leather clutches, bags, keychains and baby goods. And they are A-DORE-ABLE.

Read on to find out how she turned her hobby into a passionate business, Lilly James Co. [warning: get ready to feel her warmth and be inspired]!

Hi, I’m Dolly ๐Ÿ™‚

I was eight years old when my mother taught me to sew. We worked together with needle and thread on my great grandmother’s sewing table, …

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Our Favorite Mexican Restaurants

Buenos dรญas!!ย 

Here are a few of our favorite places to grab Mexican food (if you can’t tell already, it’s pretty much our favorite food genre).ย  Did we mention any of your faves? Check it out and let us know!

Plataย 

{28914 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills} — all-natural margaritas [try the blackberry + sage] + homemade tortilla chips!

Sabor Cocina Mexicana

{2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., The Lakes, Thousand Oaks} — huuuuge margaritas [and a killer brunch for the next morning]

The Latigo Kid

{NEW location: 5617 Kanan Rd., Agoura Hills} — …

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How To Burn Calories and Give Back To Your Community

…talk about killing two birds with one stone!

The HOPE4Kids Festival and Run is a community event that benefits the foster youth of Ventura County. ย Thisย 5K, 10K, and kids one mile “fun run” event takes place on Saturday, April 28th from 8am to 2pm in Lake Sherwood [2300 Norfield Drive, Thousand Oaks]. ย The festival and run is a community effort sponsored by Raising Hope Inc., Ventura County Children and Family Services, Living Oaks Community Church, and several other community partners.

This event is to raise awareness for the needs of foster youth in Ventura County as well as the need for additional …

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Our Favorite Local Brunch Spots

Not to sound too basic, but…

we LOVE brunch.

Like, borderline obsessed. And what’s not to love? Delicious, insta-worthy food. Acceptable day drinking, in public. Catching up with good friends. Beautiful, outdoor patios [our favorite, and — thanks to the 805 — it’s almost always patio-sitting weather :)]!

Today we’re sharing some of our fave brunch spots in the 805.ย  But friends, this is a two-way street — so if you have a fave brunch spot or two that we haven’t listed, please share in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

S A N T Aย  B A R B A R …

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Pop-Up Fixer-Upper: Part 1

It’s no secret that these LL805 ladies loooove camping — what, you haven’t seen all of our Instagram posts?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Both my husband and I grew up camping with our families all of our lives [he in a pop-up tent trailer, me in a camper on the back of my dad’s truck]. ย We have such hilariousย ridiculous fond memories of sitting with our marshmallow-clad roasters extended over a roaring fire, eating hot dogs, and getting into various types of mischief in the middle of nowhere.

Regardless of where we set up camp, one thing was for sure — nothing makes a strong family bond like having …

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The [hand]Writing’s On The Wall {Brown & Co. Designs}

As avid DIY-ers, we have beenย looovingย the new emergence of local artisans offering workshops on how to get crafty + creative in their own specialty.

One such artisan, Heather Brown from Brown & Co. Designs, has been offering brush lettering workshops that seem to sell out within hours of announcing a new one!

Lucky for us, we snagged two seats at her latest one, held at MadeWest Brewery in Ventura. ย Even on a Tuesday night, this workshop was completely …

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5 Musts for a Worthy Farmer’s Market [and where you can find them all]

The Farmer’s Market at the Westlake Village Promenade is definitely our new favorite addition to an already spectacular local shopping center!ย  Open from 10am-3pm on Saturdays, head to the Westlake Promenade Farmer’s Market to enjoy local produce, artisan goods, savories and sweets, as well as fun for the whole family!ย  There are always fun events coming up (like a pop-up CycleBar class, or even a petting zoo!) so you’ll want to head here every week to see what’s new.

These were our five favorite farmer’s market finds — what are your’s?

1. Fresh flowers

Our first stop at Vintage Grocers’ flower stand was …

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We’re // HOOKED // on Kanaloa Seafood

What started as an unassuming restaurant in the middle of an Oxnard industrial park, has quickly turned into our new favorite hidden gem.

Kanaloa Seafood, with locations in both Oxnard and Santa Barbara,ย is easy on both your environmental conscience and your wallet — while being some of the best seafood we’veย ever tasted.

Too good to be true?ย  NOPE.

We’re gonna let you in on a little secret… without naming names, Kanaloa Seafood supplies the exact high-quality seafood brought to your table that you …

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The Must-Not-Miss Wedding Event of the Year

Calling all who are engaged, almost engaged, planning a wedding, dreaming of a wedding… you name it! This is THE wedding event that you cannot miss.

Queue, the Camarillo Ranch Wedding Showcase:

Mix and mingle with 60 wedding vendors who can help plan the wedding of your dreams

Sample decadent food, desserts and beverages as you plan the perfect menu

Be inspired by the latest trends in rentals, lighting and decor to help you wow your guests

Enter or cheer on the Grooms Dance Contest before the fashion show (prizes include a free …

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Our Favorite Healthy Food Eateries in the 805

The holidays may be our favorite time of year, but it might not be our body’s favorite. Am I right?;) All the feasts, treats, spirits, stress… it can catch up to you quickly. But don’t fret! Now is the perfect time to start fresh (again) and get back to eating healthy:)

And lucky for you, we laid our our favorite healthy spots to grab a bite to eat in the 805. Let us know about your fave in the comments below!

New Year, New You. Let’s do this!

JOi Cafe {Westlake Village}

Check out our full blog post here on how JOi Cafe …

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