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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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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!  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!  All that’s left to do is browse through this list, click, and swipe 😉

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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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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Every Fall, without fail, I get an intense urge to go to Paris.  Yup — just sell my worldly possessions, buy a one-way ticket, and live in the City of Light.

Since I don’t plan on doing that (yet), I should probably just head to Chocolatine French Café in Thousand Oaks for a crêpe and café au lait, take a chill pill, and pretend I’m sitting at a sidewalk cafe.

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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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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

This weekend we will be celebrating the mothers in our lives.  And whether you are looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift or a local event to attend, we’ve got a great list with our Five Friday Faves this week.  Enjoy!

1. Mother’s Day weekend shopping at The Closet: The Closet at The Promenade at Westlake is hosting the perfect event to celebrate mom and pick out a gift {and did we mention you can enjoy refreshments and special gifts while shopping!?}.  Today from 11am-2pm there will be personalized flower bouquets courtesy of Fleurish. And then tomorrow from 12-2pm there will be cupcake …

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Your Go-To Girls Night {Pinot’s Palette}

It’s what I like to affectionately call the “karaoke of the art world,” and it’s quickly taking the country by storm.  It involves canvas and Cabernet, paintbrushes and Pilsner, and it’s coming to a “Girls Night Out” near you.

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Intrigued?  KNEW IT.

Last week, we had the good fortune of attending the Media Soft Opening night for Pinot’s Palette, an art-class-meets-bar experience that totally wowed us.  Michelle and Amanda Green, who are adorable sisters and the owners of Pinot’s Palette, …

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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

We’re starting off this Father’s Day weekend with a good cup of coffee and our Five Friday Faves!

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1. Happy Father’s Day Weekend!  Where are you spending time with your dad/father figure/baby daddy this weekend?  Nicole is having brunch with the family at Sabor Cocina Mexicana at The Lakes [and maybe a margarita or two ;)] and Tanisha and Hayley are celebrating with a DIY brunch {and don’t worry we will definitely be sharing pics with you all later!}.

2. Need a little more wine and a little less ‘whine’ in your life?  Visit our new …

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Why We Love Carpinteria {And Why You Should Too}

Here at LocalLove805 we love cute beach towns, we love camping, and therefore we love Carpinteria.  This adorable beach town is less than an hour away from where we all live and one of our go-to spots for the summer. Ocean, sand, surf, cute town, quaint shops, fun restaurants… I mean, what more could you want??  And if camping isn’t your thing, you can also look into renting an adorable beach cottage or stay in a hotel! See there’s something for everyone!

Carpinteria is a very special place to my husband and I, because a little more than 6 years ago (?!?!) we got married …

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