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[Local Entrepreneur Spotlight] Meet Lelaina from The Gannons Studio

Hi there! I’m Lelaina,

My love for art started when I was just five years old! Growing up I watched my mother paint and once I was old enough she started giving me canvases to make my own creations on (and let me tell you there are stacks and stacks of those creations!). Throughout my childhood I knew I loved art, but I hadn’t found that one technique that REALLY captured my heart. Then I discovered resin art and let me tell you, I became OBSESSED! My main love for resin art is that it takes two minds to create a piece. My mind AND

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

As avid DIY-ers, we have been loooving 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.  Even on a Tuesday night, this workshop was completely …

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Five Friday Faves

1. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and every mom deserves to be celebrated! In case you didn’t know, being a mom is HARD so to show your mom (or mother figure) how much you love and appreciate her (because you better!), we have our top 10 Mother’s Day ideas on the blog.

2. It’s our (Hayley and Tanisha’s) sister’s birthday this weekend (HBD Ry!) and we are going to celebrate with some local wine tasting at DeLiese Cellars and Giessinger Winery (we’ve never been to either).  We really like wine and love trying out new wineries.

What are some of your favorite local …

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Small Business Saturday {local shops}

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In case you didn’t know, this coming Saturday is Small Business Saturday- a day to celebrate and support the small businesses in our community.  Small businesses play a vital role in our 805 community and it is so important to go out and #shopsmall whenever possible, and this Saturday is the perfect day to do just that.

Here are a few of our favorite small businesses in the area and we would love for you to go out and support them or any of your own favorites.

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Beanscene {Oak Park} Raggamuffin {Newbury Park} Beanovino {Newbury Park} Tifa {Agoura Hills & Westlake Village} The French …

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Homemade Ventura {local shop}

We love to support small, local businesses, especially ones that make and sell things as adorable as Homemade Ventura.  Homemade Ventura was started by stay-at-home mom (of two toddlers no less!) Jessica Needham. She was born and raised in Ventura and was inspired by the laid back, small town vibe. She started creating macrame wall art using modern, but simple designs.  You can check out her beautiful macrame wall art on her etsy shop here.

Jessica will also be hosting a macrame holiday workshop at MadeWest Brewery in Ventura.  Join her on December 6th from 6-8pm and for just $60 a person you …

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Tunes & Tastings {Whizin Market Square}

Every Thursday from 4-8pm, the Whizin Market Square in Agoura Hills is hosting a Tunes & Tastings event featuring artisanal food pairings and performances from local musicians and artists.

We love the idea of exploring the Whizin Market Square’s different boutique shops while enjoying small bites and beverages made from fresh local ingredients!  It’s a great opportunity to try something new, as well as support local businesses and artists (which we are all about).

The shopping center’s restaurants will be offering happy hour specials as well.  For more info on these events check out their event page here.

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Local Entrepreneur Spotlight: Marianne Wilson Photography

We absolutely love supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs in the 805 area — which is one of the main reasons we started our blog back in April 2014! So over the next few weeks, we are taking time to share some of our favorite 805 entrepreneurs/businesses 🙂

Today we are speaking with Marianne Wilson Photography (who actually photographed our very own Hayley Texidor’s wedding in October 2012! You can see some of those photos here).

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LL805: What ignited you to start your own photography business?

MW: In 2008 Marianne was finishing up Art school as Joe was just …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. It’s officially 2016 and we’ve been taking the time to plan our goals for the year (personal and blog-related) as well as trying to figure out how to actually “stick to” our goals throughout the year.  It’s so easy as time goes on to forget what we were trying to accomplish in the first place.  You can read our recent posts here and here about our 2016 Goals and Aspirations.  What are some of yours?A Beautiful Mess holiday party

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. ICYMI: We are looooving all of this press about something we’ve known for, like, ever.  Ventura County was just recently ranked #1 most naturally beautiful county in the entire United States.  Hey, Santa Barbara, not too shabby for you, either — you came in at #3!  Other honorable mentions from the 805 include Monterey County (coming in at #9) and San Luis Obispo County (#21).  That’s out of 3,111 counties!

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Five Friday Faves :: This Week’s Edition

You made it to the weekend! Hoo-rah! There’s so much to enjoy this lovely (and hot) July weekend and we are sharing with you our Five Friday Faves! Enjoy!

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1. We were able to try the Summer Picnic Basket from The Grill on the Alley and oh em gee was it delicious! Such a great idea and perfect for all of those outdoor concerts happening this weekend or simply enjoying an evening picnic at a local beach or park.

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