NOVEMBER SAMPLE SALES: WE DID THE RESEARCH FOR YOU

Tis the season for a bargain. With Black Friday around the corner and retailers keen on beating last year’s numbers, it’s a buyers market. But before you set your alarm and cancel your AM yoga class, check out our list of November sales from the brands you daydream of. Warning: Sales may involve crowds of the fashion-y persuasion – caution should be exercised for these folks are not to be fucked with.

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3.1 PHILLIP LIM
WHERE: Cooper Design Space, Lobby Suite | 860 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90014
WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 9am-6pm & Friday, November 8, 9am-4pm
WHAT: Like many of us, you could not get away from your desk to wait in line and grab some affordable 3.1 Phillip Lim when they collaborated with Target, but the fashion gods have graced us with a second chance. Starting November 7th, you can get your hands on some of the designer pieces for up to 70% off! Both men and women’s ready-to-wear will be available, as well as a prodigious choice of bags. Snag some colorful basics, or finally dive head first into the print trend – either way, you should start camping out now, tell work/school you’re sick – your secret is safe with us.

MASON
WHERE: Mason Warehouse | 2444 East 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
WHEN: Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 10am-5pm
WHAT: Another LA native invites you into her downtown warehouse for a sale of monumental proportions. Michelle Mason’s clientele includes the likes of Solange – and we all know she can dress. Her pieces are on trend – some monochromatic, some color blocked and all completely sleek. If you want to feel superstar status, without looking over the top, put this sale in your calendar.  Accessories and clothing items will be starting at $40, as well as merchandise being restocked daily. While replenishment may sound like a reason to lag on this sale, you should def think twice.

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TIBI
WHERE: Cooper Design Space, Suite 4 | 860 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
WHEN: Thursday, November 21 & Friday, November 22, 9am-6pm
WHAT: In need of minimalistic pieces to complete your wardrobe? Grab some luxe designs at the Tibi sale with prices cut up to 70% off. Shoes, skirts, and leather jackets will be amongst some of the pieces you will probably find people fighting over. Arrive early, and strategically plan out your attack – you may not see another sale this grand until next summer!

ALTERNATIVE
WHERE: Alternative | 1337 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 & 219 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004
WHEN: Monday, November 4 — Sunday, November 10
WHAT: Eco-friendly fashionistas (and fashionistos) unite! Get together, grab a pumpkin spice latte – with soy of course – and head to the coast for some comfy, and very Californian, eco-friendly, staple pieces. Included in the sale, will be the brands most recent holiday collection which includes rich blues and greens on sweaters and bags. With already low prices, the brand is giving you 30% off. A great excuse to invest in comfort clothes to snuggle up with if the weather ever decides to get cold.

REBECCA MINKOFF
WHERE: Confederacy  | 4661 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 902027
WHEN: Monday, November 11, 11am-8pm — Sunday, November 17, 10am-3pm
WHAT: Come and support a California native. With deals consisting of 75% off, this sale is one you will not want to miss. Leave with the signature M.A.C or M.A.B minis or some ready-to-wear accessories and footwear. She has everything to make you feel on trend and expensive, while not maxing out your credit card.

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WHERE: Siren Studios Orange | 1050 North Orange Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90038
WHEN: Friday, November 15th 9am-8pm — November 16th 9am-4pm
WHAT: LA is known for their laid-back fashion choices, and what’s more of a laid-back staple than a perfectly fitting pair of denim? Whether your closet is bursting at the seams, you can NEVER have enough pants, ever. So, get on over to Siren Studies and grab some super comfy, super flattering bottoms in an array of styles and colors for half-off.

H. LORENZO 
WHERE: H. Lorenzo | 8660 West Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
WHEN: All of November
WHAT: Do you make bold fashion choices? Are you a fan of a monochromatic aesthetic? Are you… edgy? If you answered yes to even one question, you should make your way to the tent sale that is lasting all of November. With prices slashed up to 80% on both men’s and women’s collections you can finally express your inner badass with leather basics, coats for winter and shoes that prove you know a thing or two about luxe fashion – even if you don’t.

WEST SIDE MOVES: THE VENICE MUSIC CRAWL

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On Saturday, June 22nd, a little bit of magic touched down in Venice as the first ever Venice Music Crawl (VMC) took place. The event, which featured 60+ artists in a handful of venues ranging from burlesque bars to art galleries, drew in approximately 4,000 people total and kept pumping bass way into the night. Meanwhile, a stretch of Lincoln Blvd that is typically the opposite of photogenic and festive–filled with Bridgestone tire signs and stop-and-go-traffic–was transformed into a music lover’s Valhalla, immersed with color, sound, and energy.

VMC is a brand-new concept, started by Ben Adamson – who co-founded DANCEiSM and worked for HardFest, and Mark Rojas – who founded Venice Art Crawl and the Venice UI/UX Design Firm Sparkwave. “We see Lincoln Blvd as a fertile place for developing a music scene. Many of the spaces are closed, it doesn’t have foot traffic and is commercially zoned.  Rose, Abbott Kinney, and Venice Blvd have all been developed in the area and Lincoln looks like the next logical step,” said Adamson. If last week’s turn-out is any indication, Adamson and Rojas are on to something. Adamson said post-event, “It was a beautiful thing to see the seeds of a music scene developing.  Everyone was open-minded, free-flowing and totally immersed in the music. There are few organizations that put together multi-venue events in the world and I can’t believe we pulled this off!”

We’re stoked to watch and help VMC continue to grow. You can find out more on VMC’s website, Facebook, or via the App. In the meantime, below are a few key acts we caught at Venice Music Crawl that we bid you to keep an eye on:

 

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LA Witch:

The three-piece rock outfit brought reverb-soaked punked-out rock to Deus Ex Machina, the uber-cool bike shop, coffee house, which served up burgers and an elite set of up-and-coming indie music, hosted by All Scene Eye. The band have just wrapped up their residency at Silverlake Lounge and will be releasing their EP online this week.  Stay tuned on their Facebook.

 

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(Credit: Steffalo’s instagram)

Steffalo:

Steffalo, otherwise known as Steph Thompson, crafts sun-drenched ballads, in which her dreamy, wafting vocals draping over simple, acoustic guitar or blissed-out electronic jams. She had the crowd at Witzend jumping up and down and singing aloud. Feel free to mellow out to her cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.”

P.S. you can now pre-order her’s and Sun Glitter’s new EP out July 8 here.

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Midnight Therapy: Midnight Therapy is the collective collaboration of Jake from Beat Mass (LA/Madrid), Crash Landon (LA), & Max Jack (LA/SF), who “focus on taking you straight to Ibiza, Los Angeles with the funkiest tech house and underground sounds that catch breeze from the Pacific,” at least according to their Facbook. After turning up the volume at the gallery and arts education center Venice Arts, they are getting groovy this Sunday at Grand Park, as part of the free Grand Park Sunday Sessions in downtown, if you are around. Info here.

 

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Fox Hollow (above): These cuties were one of the early opener bands at Deus Ex Machina. They’re cute and sweet and… kind of awkward? Like a younger cousin to Vampire Weekend, who listens to the Beatles a lot. They’re so new they don’t have any music up (that we could find) but feel free to like ’em on Facebook.

The Get Down Boys (below): The Get Down Boys prove that “Los Angeles Americana-Blue Grass” is not an oxymoron. We first saw these guys at Villain’s Tavern downtown, where they caused us to dance our pants off. Saturday, they packed Witzend to the brim and got everyone humming and grinning to their banjo-strumming and sweet harmonies.

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Caught A Ghost: These guys make the type of neo-soul with mo-town flair that would be perfect for the next Bond flick…you know, when Bond is driving away in a Lamborghini Diablo in Capri, with a chick on his arm? If you dig Fitz And The Tantrums or Mayer Hawthorne, you’ll adore these folks. Fronted by Jesse Nolan, Stephen Edelstein on drums, and vocals and percussion from babe Tessa Thompson, “Caught A Ghost” provides the perfect grooves to accompany the weekend. Enjoy.

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(Photos and words: Faith-Ann Young)

FOOD SCOOPS: BANK OF VENICE

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Right off the beach on a prime corner lot, the Bank of Venice looks like it could be a historical landmark. Instead, owners Tom Elliott and Spoon Singh are hoping to create a cornerstone in the community. This is the same team behind the Venice Ale House, and they’ve brought over their local, organic menu. Singh carefully curates his menus, making sure his meats are sustainable, GMO-, hormone- and antibiotic-free. It’s what he feels the community he wants to build should reflect. That also inspired the feel of Bank of Venice. The name is a nod to the building’s original use, as a bank, and the interior has an air of nostalgic revival, despite being in the middle of colorful, beachy Venice. Singh describes Bank of Venice being an, “old world refuge on the beach.” While “old world” and “sustainable organic” might seem like disparate concepts, their fresh, California cuisine is easy and unpretentious and accommodating of both concepts.

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Though Bank of Venice has an impressive list of beers and California wines, we wanted to know what they had up their craft-cocktail sleeves. We started with a couple of their Soju cocktails: Bank Cosmo and The Mint. Their cosmo came with a hint of blueberry, and was very sweet. Almost like drinking a berry tea, the Bank Cosmo is great for those who prefer something fruity and easy to drink. The Mint is a chocolate mint mojito garnished with raw cacao and mint leaf. Refreshing and citrusy without being overwhelmingly tart, the Mint is balanced well by the cacao. If you don’t like chocolate (who are you?), never fear. It simply rounds out the flavor and gives it a rich finish without being overwhelming.

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Our meal started with the Burrata Salad and the Tuna Poke Nori Wrap. Made from local market finds, the Burrata Salad included asparagus, caramelized onions and raspberries served on a pillow of creamy burrata drizzled in balsamic and olive oil. A tasty combination of flavors and a fresh take on a salad without overloading on leafy greens. The Tuna Poke was also an example of masterful texture and flavor combinations: crisp cucumber, buttery tuna and avocado with toasted nori.

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Also served up was the Cold Wild Alaskan Salmon Sandwich which is poached and chilled, then served with avocado and lemon dill aioli on sourdough. Salmon is definitely the fish for everyone (sorry, tuna) and you can’t call yourself a Californian without loving avocado. Up next was Bank of Venice’s Meatloaf, which is based on a recipe by their general manager, Megan. Served on a bed of mashed potatoes and hearty vegetables, this modern take on an American classic is a little sweet with a spicy kick.

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California cuisine would be remiss to exclude a Mexican influence. Bank of Venice packed their starter menu with Latin-inspired dishes, and the one we sampled was Camarones Del Banco (wild Mexican white shrimp, sauteed in garlic, coconut and cerveza). Slightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this dish had a light, savory sweetness of coconut throughout that made us want to cook all our food in coconut oil. The final dish we sampled was another adoptee from abroad– Bangers and Mash. Pork sausage with garlic mashed potatoes, and caramelized onion sauce with spinach. Rich, comfort food. Just what we want from our local eateries.

We finished off our meal with one final cocktail, The Heat. This ginger-infused drink was spicy and had just the kick needed as we neared the end of our dining experience. Satisfied with our multi-faceted tasting, we’re confident that Bank of Venice, with its menu of American classics reinterpreted for the eclectic palate, is a much needed addition to the Venice community.

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More information: 

Bank of Venice
80 Windward Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Hours:
Friday & Saturday: 12pm-2am
Sunday-Thursday: 12pm-12am