Zinque

Zinque in West Hollywood is a quaint little spot I like to pop into if I am near Melrose Ave. They are open from 6:30 am to 12 am, so you can stop by at any point for breakfast, lunch, or dinner… or even all three! The menu is described as “French cuisine” but don’t let that put you off, there options for everyone. These options include burgers, salads, and sandwiches. My personal favorite is the dish under “Soups, Salads, & Bowls” section that includes quinoa, roasted beets, avocado, grated carrots, and cilantro. I usually add grilled salmon to give it a little extra level of flavor! Luckily this dish is both healthy and filling! However, it doesn’t matter how stuffed I am, I will always save room for french fries when I come here because they are BOMB! They are thinly cut and seasoned deliciously, a must if you visit Zinque! I also enjoy the ambiance here, it’s a great place to go if you want to catch up with an old friend or grab drinks after work and de-tress with your girls. If you are ever in the area and find yourself wanting something quick and easy grab a bite to eat at Zinque!

Changing the Perspective: Women in Advertisements

After hearing the plot of the show on an episode of CNN’s The 2000’s, I decided to watch Mad Men on Netflix. I am only on season 2, but from what I can see the female characters on the show balance out the crude remarks their male counterparts often make. I find myself cringing at their behavior, but it is still somewhat of a reality in the year 2019. Though us women are finally in the forefront of different companies and organizations, we still hear the same remarks the boys of Sterling & Cooper made in the sixties and seventies.

Not only were their remarks sexist, but their advertisements were too. They would assume all women had no other aspirations besides being a housewife or would put them in a light were the were only seen as an object. Mad Men of course is a television show, but it is accurate in its display on how women were represented in advertisements in the sixties.

Recently Budweiser, a company that boasts a predominately female marketing team, re-vamped some of their advertisements from the fifties and sixties to reflect women in a more positive light. Monica Rustgi, the VP of Marketing for Budweiser (and long time friend of mine!) spoke to Ad Age about the campaign. “For us, it’s all about using our past to really serve as a launch pad showing women in a more balanced fashion,” Rustgi states.

This is a fantastic move. It is always great to see women reflected in an accurate and relatable point of view. I also believe that this will set off waves for other big brands to move in the same direction. I hope to see more advertisements like this in the near future!

Fashion Files

Though this spring weather doesn’t know if it’s coming or going, I know that these bold spring fashion statements are here to stay! I love what I am seeing so far, a lot of bright colors and “in your face” patterns that can elevate your everyday style.

 E! News Correspondent, Morgan Stewart (@morganstewart) is absolutely slaying in this two-tone pink blazer. COME THROUGH MALIBU BARBIE!

 

There was a time when the so-called “Canadian Tuxedo” was a faux pas…. But I am obsessed. The suede boots give it a little pop of color as well. (@idressmyself)

I am absolutely living for statement hats for Spring 2019. Not only are they cute, but they are multipurpose! Living in sunny LA, a hat like this will come in handy (@kelsey_diprima)

The ever-so-flawless @yesjulz is serving cool girl vibes in this highlighter green two-piece outfit.

US Olympian Alyson Felix shows us she can be fierce on and off the field!

I really like the way @Mykennajean styled this light-weight Cheetah print coat (then again, I live and breathe cheetah print… so I might be bias!)

Swing by @LFstores and re-create this outfit if you want to be the coolest chick in town… a la 2019 Sandy from Grease! 

 

@Tiffanybal is tomboy Chic in her Yeezy Wave Runners and Grateful Deadgraphic tee!

Kreation Kafe & Juicery

Kreation Kafe on Abbot Kinney is described as a “cafe & juice bar.” This super-health conscious spot is perfect for brunch – and dog friendly! As soon as you walk in, the faux greenery makes you feel as though you are relaxing in a friend’s backyard. When seated, waiters hand out iPads that contain the full Kreation Kafe menu, which includes acai bowls, wraps, salads, smoothies, and much more. After the initial excitement of being handed an iPad when I went, I eventually decided on a kale wrap with chicken, which was delicious. Before leaving, I got a pressed juice. Being as clumsy as I am, I accidentally spilled the juice all over my shirt. Luckily, the waiter and the owner of the restaurant brought me a club soda and a rag and helped me get the stain out. The hospitality and atmosphere here at Kreation Kafe is very uplifting and relaxing, I will definitely be back soon.