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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. You will no doubt be attending tons of parties + dinners over the next week — don’t show up empty-handed!  We have some easy tutorials for great hostess gifts that will cost you pennies [let’s face it — Christmas time gets a liiiiittle expensive!].

Mulling spice bags hung on a bottle of wine are perfect for getting people into the Christmas “spirit” (see what I did there?), and Chocolate Stir Spoons are a crowd-pleaser!

DIY Mulling Spices Gift - LL805


2. We love the Santa’s Cottage at The Promenade at Westlake — and the Santa there is the best! The pictures we captured there are pretty epic.  Be sure to visit there soon to get your #picwithsanta!

santas cottage local christmas

3. We are loving all of the Christmas lights, and recently headed over to Gemini Street in Camarillo to check them out.  We’ve also heard that there’s a neighborhood on Pinedale Road in Moorpark with great lights as well!  Where are some of your favorite light displays? We would love to hear so we can check them out too!

local Christmas light displays

local christmas lights

4. We recently had dinner at Girasol in Studio City and it was ah-mazing! Find out why you need to eat at this restaurant ASAP here. PS the fruit carpaccio is a definite must.

girasol appetizer

5. Need an extra dose of Christmas cheer?  Here are some spectacular FREE events happening in and around the 805!

local DIY mulled cider

Friday, December 18:

  • Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights [6:30pm] + Fireworks [8:00pm]

Saturday, December 19:

  • Simi Valley Town Center Family Fun Snow Day: 15 tons of real snow, plus cookie decorating, and snow play [9am-5pm]
  • Santa’s Reindeer visit the Malibu County Mart! [12-4pm]
  • Ventura Harbor Winter Wonderland + Holiday Marketplace: free Santa visits, live reindeer, + snowfall [1-5pm]
  • Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights (6:30pm) + Fireworks (8:00pm)


We are signing off for the next week because, well, FAMILY.  Follow us on Instagram at @locallove805 to see what we’re up to, and don’t forget to tag us at #LL805 so we can see how you’re spending the holidays!

xoxo, Your Team {LL805}

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