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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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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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Our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Shopping Local this Season

Okay, it’s the same old story every year: you want to come up with creative gifts, you want to shop local, you want to choose products that promote sustainability and environmental responsibility… but you still end up grabbing something off of Amazon — right?!

No excuses this year!ย  We’ve done the legwork for you by putting together our ultimate holiday gift guide, featuring local products + companies that will be sure to please any of your gift recipients!ย  All that’s left to do is browse through this list, click, and swipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Perfect Pumpkin-Picking Patches

Okay, sorry about that ridiculous title — I do love some alliteration…! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fall means all things PUMPKIN (and of course a few other things from our fall bucket list, am i right??). ย Sure, it’s cheaper to grab one from outside your favorite grocery store, but going to a pumpkin patch brings around a whole new level of nostalgia. ย Here are some of our favorites that are going on in the 805!

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Solar Eclipse Viewing on Monday, August 21 :: Thanks to our beautiful Santa Monica Mountains Parks Service, there will be 3 locations hosting Solar Eclipse events!

Downtown L.A. (L.A. State Historic Park; 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles): Bring out a blanket and enjoy one of L.A.โ€™s newest parks! Come straight to the park, or meet with rangers at 8:30 a.m. to hike over from the new Gateway to Nature center in El Pueblo. Calabasas (King Gillette Ranch; 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas): Join a ranger at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center for a program about the total solar eclipse and more at …

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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 youย have visitors in town, it canย 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, andย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

First on the to-do list, beach.Point …
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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.ย Put on your aloha shirts and join us for a day of …

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LL805 3-Year BLOGiversary Party! [recap + photos]

W O W.

We are still in awe of ourย amazing 805 community and how many of youย came out to our 3rd BLOGiversary party to build new relationships, support each other and celebrate our three years of this blog-venture!

For those of you that had to miss out on the fun, don’t you worry because we have a photoย recap (special thanks to local 805erย Kimberly Conley Photography for shooting our event!)ย and will be planning more #LL805meetup events in the future!Our BLOGiversary was hosted at the lovelyย RELM Wine …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. California Strawberry Festival {Oxnard} :: So… if you don’t love strawberries, you should re-evaluate your priorities. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can’t miss this event, which features so many vendors, food and drink options, contests, family fun, and live entertainment. ย It will be berry fun… okay I’ll stop. ย Be there this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm!

 

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