Who would’ve thought that you could get affordable gourmet cuisine from a red food truck? We recently had award-winning Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s LudoTruck, and our taste buds had a little taste of heaven. Chef Ludo is known for his cutting-edge gastronomic cuisine and “pop up” restaurant LudoBites, and he brings his cuisine to the streets with an American favorite, fried chicken. Despite a small menu, we still had trouble deciding between all of the choices. We ended up with Buttermilk Chicken and a Honey Lavender Biscuit as our side. We especially enjoyed the rosemary seasoning on the tender chicken, and the lavender flavor on the biscuit. After our first LudoTruck, it is with no surprise that it was acclaimed as one of the 99 things to eat in LA before you die by Pulitzer Prize winner food critic, Jonathan Gold. This is a must-have if you are ever in LA!
Based in sunny SoCal, Gili Rashal Niv is the Editor-in-Chief, Founder and resident shopaholic of The Tip Jar, a site that gives daily tips for the best beauty products, fashion finds and store openings. No stranger to the fashion biz, Gili majored in Merchandise Marketing at FIDM, worked at LA’s top boutiques and has been featured in WWD, The Wall Street Journal, C Magazine and more. Now you’ll find Gili putting all of her fashion finesse into styling the well-heeled of the West Coast, as a personal shopper and stylist to many celebrities!
Gili is also a new mother (see photo of her and her daughter below!) and we were so lucky to ask her our favorite five questions and get best tip about styling this winter…
New York or Los Angeles, and why?
I’m definitely an LA girl and always have been. But I’m in love with NY and find whatever excuse I can to head east on mini trips a couple of times a year (as long as it’s not January or February…this West Coast girl can’t handle those temps).
Give us a sense of your personal style?
I haven’t really come up with a “label” for my personal style but certainly does have a So-Cal vibe mixed with a stand out piece to keep it looking different and my own. I could really live in a great pair of jeans and a good t-shirt, then mix in a cool jacket, great shoes and the most important part of all- a REALLY good handbag.
You’re best known for being a fashion and beauty expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?
Not to sound cliché but I’ve discovered in the last year and a half that being a mom is truly my greatest talent and accomplishment thus far. I’m really good at it! My daughter is 20 months old now and I absolutely love my time with her. The first year was filled with more sleepless nights than I could’ve ever imagined being able to withstand and it is by far the toughest job I’ve ever had. But there are no words to begin to describe how amazing every little moment is.
What’s your daily habit?
I stopped drinking coffee when I got pregnant two years ago and never really had any interest in going back. But I went to NY last month for a couple of days and couldn’t resist a Starbuck’s soy latte with the chilly weather. So since I’ve been back, it’s been an (almost) daily treat I’ve gone back to. And everyday while at my computer I always go to TheSartorialist.com for fashion inspiration, One Kings Lane for home finds, and Shopbop.com or Net-a-Porter.com and add things to my wish list!
What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?
I may never be able to give up my giant Celine leopard tote. I carry it everyday and know that it will still be cool in ten years from now. My go-to piece is definitely my Isabel Marant quilted cotton jacket. Obsessed with it and I find any excuse to wear it.
BONUS: Can you give us your best tip for styling this winter?
Pick up a leather piece! Leather leggings and pants are huge this season but if wearing leather pants isn’t your thing, get a nice leather jacket or a top or dress with leather detail. Make sure though to keep it simple and you really don’t need more than one piece! If leather pants are out of your price range, a great alternative is buying a pair of coated jeans that look just like leather. I love, love, love the Eve High Rise Coated Skinny Jeans from Habitual.
And invest is a great pair of shoes! I prefer cute cropped boots with my winter looks. They go with just about everything and because they’re so big right now, you will find lots of different options to choose from.
This all-girl band has had us in a trance recently. It’s probably a combination of their ethereal voices and layering melodies that make their music such an easy listen. They definitely give off a feeling of a punk-y, psychedelic band, reminiscent of the 1970’s. The really cool thing about Grass Widow is that all three of them, Hannah Lew, Raven Mahon and Lillian Maring, contribute to what each song is about. And there isn’t a “head” of the group either, just 3 women who like to make music and share it with the world. They even started their own record label, HLR, after touring Europe, England and China. The ever-creative women have also made some of their own music videos, several of which were written and directed by Hannah Lew.
“Goldilocks Zone” is one of the many songs we’ve had on repeat by them. Hearing the song and watching the music video make you question if you’re in The Twilight Zone, but we’re not complaining. They’re a breath of fresh air because they’re different than other bands that have been gaining popularity recently. We love that they’re not short on authenticity and they’re not afraid to be themselves.
Last year, when we first introduced the color vermilion to our collections, we explained its origin and our fascination with its ancient history. And this year, vermilion made its way once again into our collection on our Amalia Skinny jean. Although we adore the color by itself, we brought back the wash on our Amalia Skinny as it played a part in this color story below. We pulled the vermilion color from the glowing poppy’s, and we created our Amalia Skinny in Licorice from the darker shades in this landscape. Many times we look at washes alone, but it’s always fun to see how they play a part in the collection’s color palette!
Find more color stories on our Pinterest.
In Vogue Russia’s October issue, the magazine decided to do something different from the norm and go back to the country’s oldest traditions, the ballet. Instead of photographing a pop culture story, which most magazines do these days, Photographer Patrick Demarchelier beautifully captured Russian model Anna Selesneva in a series of photos titled “Lady in Red”. In each photo, Anna acts as a strict ballet teacher in chic red attire, while the ballet dancers are practicing at the barre. We admire Vogue Russia for creating such gorgeous scenes from one of their oldest art forms.
Lately, we’ve been really into this printmaking studio called Haven Press, started by Mark Herschede in Brooklyn, New York. There’s a certain something about it, maybe it’s their old world technique combined with modern technology or their traditional craftsman sensibility, that sets them apart from the rest. They feature multiple artists they have worked with on their website, and each of them are so unique and definitely worth checking out. One of our favorites is an interactive poster conceptualized by Roland Tiango. The artist describes his work best: “A poster the recipient completes by revealing spot-varnished type with hands made dirty by handling the poster, the back of which is coated with powdered pigment.” Haven Press also offers workshops for aspiring printmakers, or those who just want to get in touch with their creative side and learn a new craft. Their workshops cover everything from letterpress to screen-printing, and they’re all $300 or less! Whatever printing idea you might have, Mark is sure to be the one that can turn that vision into a reality.