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

Meet Dolly of Lilly James Co., 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 🙂

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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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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In Best Of..., Local Eats + Drinks, local.drinks, local.eats

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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In Best Of..., Local Outdoors, local.getaways, local.parks, local.trails

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Sequioa National Park {local getaway}

Luke and I just spent a recent weekend at Sequioa National Park for our 4 year anniversary… and it was awesome. If you haven’t been yet, or it’s just been awhile, I definitely recommend it. We were looking into Zion and Yosemite for our anniversary, but both were a little too last minute to plan (and a bit further distance), so we opted for Sequioa — which is just a 4 hour (mostly beautiful) drive from home! img_9205img_9205 Sequioa National Park …
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In D.I.Y., Local Date Ideas, local entrepreneurs, Local Entrepreneurs + Shops, local.events, local.lifestyle

Why Macrame Will Be Your New Fave DIY

I’m sure you’ve seen those gorgeous macrame wall hangings on all of your fave ‘grammer accounts — and then you go to buy one, and you’re like, “hi, NOPE.”

Thank goodness for Jessica Needham, entrepreneur and girl boss of homeMADE Ventura!  She is totally rocking this DIY craft that we now love, and taking the 805 by storm with her own macrame workshops!  She invited us to stop by and give it a try this month… and now, we’re hooked. Our workshop was in the beautiful barn at Camarillo Ranch, and provided the prime environment for a beautiful summer Sunday.

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In Best Of..., Local Eats + Drinks, Local Entrepreneurs + Shops, Local Outdoors, local.beaches, local.drinks, local.eats, local.getaways, local.lifestyle, local.shops

3 Must Do’s When Hosting Visitors in the 805

Living in Southern California, you get a LOT of visitors. And living in Southern California, there’s a LOT to see and do. When you have visitors in town, it can be difficult to narrow it all down to just a few “must see” spots. We recently had Luke’s mom and sister in town from Wisconsin, and of course, high on their list of to-do’s was beach, wine tasting and shop.

So difficult to do in the 805, right?! HAHA not at all 🙂

Here’s a look at a few of our fave “go-to/must-see” local spots for out-of-towner guests:

First on the to-do list, beach.Point …
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In Best Of..., Eat.Shop.Play.Explore., Local Eats + Drinks, local.eats, local.events

Five Friday Faves (This Week’s Edition)

It’s the last weekend of July, can you believe it?! Insane. That means we have to live up summer as much as we can in the next few weeks. We can do this! #YOLO 😉

Here’s a few things we’re looking forward to this weekend in the 805 —

1.This Saturday, 7/29 at 11amWestlake Brewing is hosting Pints & Poses. Enjoy a yoga class followed up with a pint of beer for $15! More info here.

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s #LL805 Edition}

1. Sip & Nightlife

Sips N’ Giggles at Malibu Wines Tonight Friday, June 9th starting at 7:30pm at Malibu Wines. Come enjoy live comedy, wine and food under the stars in Malibu! You can purchase $5 tickets ahead of time here. Otherwise, it’s $7 at entry.

2. Eat, Drink & Play

Topa Topa Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party Sunday, June 11th 12-6pm at Topa Topa Brewery in Ventura. Put on your aloha shirts and join us for a day of …

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We did it… and so did YOU!

Guys, our BLOGiversary was a huge success! And it’s because of all of you:)

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 3 year BLOGiversary at RELM Wine & Beer Bistro in Camarillo last Saturday, 4/29. And, another HUGE thank you to our featured partners for donating such amazing, local goods to our community!

We heard time and time again throughout our event how excited guests were to be discovering new local businesses and making new connections. And guess what, that was our hope for this event!

We were blown away by the love and support we’ve received and are so …

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FREE event :: Come to our BLOGiversary Meet-up this Saturday, 4/29!

No one likes FOMO… so you should probably jot this down.

It is time to celebrate our 3 year BLOGiversary! As you should know by now [no stress if you don’t, because you’re here now and that’s all that matters :)], we are hosting a sip + social meet-up at our fave new venue. RELM Wine + Beer Bistro in Camarillo on Saturday, April 29th.

This event is free — yes, FREE — and not only will you have the chance to win one of many awesome GIVEAWAYS, or take home one of the 25 locally-curated SWAG BAGS, but you will also have the opportunity to connect with new faces and …

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