Top: Lulus Mindset Black Floral Print Smocked Puff Sleeve Top. I bought this in person at the Lulu’s pop up shop when it was in Los Angeles. I like the billowy puff sleeves that add extra style to the fall colored floral pattern.
Hat: Anthropologie Lianna Rancher in green.
Roger’s Gardens is legendary for their seasonal shops and selection of unusual pumpkins and squash. The pumpkins vary in color, size and texture in addition to the traditional orange pumpkin. In addition, they have the long-stem pumpkin. While you are their check out their Halloween boutique with items at 30% off.
“Every pumpkin is a unique piece of art and will add creativity to your Fall displays and bring compliments from your family and friends. The growers practice sustainable agriculture, biological pest control, crop rotation and soil biodiversity. All the plants are non-GMO.”
Tanaka Farms is an Orange County treat for all ages. In addition to visiting the acres of the pumpkin patch visitors can pay extra Mon-Thurs for a continuous wagon ride ($6), barnyard educational exhibit ($6), corn maze, and U-Pick vegetable patch. Enter and exit through the produce market stand and buy some fresh fruits and vegetables to take home too. On Thursday, October 31st they close at 3pm which marks the end of the 2019 season.
“Tanaka Farms grows pumpkins of all sizes, colors, and varieties! The market stand also carries a variety of mini pumpkins, decorative corn, gourds, and dried corn stalks. They have wheelbarrows to use free of charge to transport your pumpkins to your car. They also carry a huge selection of pumpkin carving tools and holiday items!”
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is family owned and operated interactive experience giving people a chance to experience farm life at an urban pumpkin patch in Culver City. In addition to picking out your own pumpkin there are many activities offered (priced separately) such as pumpkin decorating.
Mr. Bones offers a huge selection of pumpkins from standard to specialty, gourds, and squash from farms in Northern California and Oregon, several of which are organic. Mr. Bones will close on October 30th but do have later hours so you can grab a pumpkin after work this week.
Soup Goddess (100% vegan) is one of my go to places to eat after working or auditioning in Burbank. It is in the area of Warner Brothers, The Burbank Studios, Walt Disney Studios and Universal Studios. After a recent audition I went to Soup Goddess to get one of their seasonal offerings (chef special)- the pumpkin chili that is gluten free! They usually have chili made with carrots, celery, onion, garlic, beans, vegetable broth, butternut squash, peppers and spices but you just might look out this fall to get the added pumpkin!
The helpful staff will let you sample the soups and answer any questions you might have. The majority of the soups are gluten free and all are vegan plant based. Taste the rojo lentil or tomato basil available everyday or get one of the chef specials – the pumpkin chili of course or, jackpot minestrone, or skinny butt squash etc.
Soup Goddess also has gluten free oats, salads, wraps, sandwiches, acai bowls and smoothies. I order the green day smoothie with coconut milk, spinach, kale, banana and pineapple.
Top: Forever 21 Ribbed Knit Shirt in Rust color. This shirt also comes in cream and black. A ribbed sweater-knit shirt featuring a basic collar, partial button-front placket, short sleeves, and a form-fitting silhouette.
Skirt: Forever 21 Tweed Mini Skirt. Find this same style in stores. The multicolor tweed color can also be bought as a tweed threaded jacket and skirt set from Forever 21.
Boots: Steve Madden Everly Over the Knee Boot in Black. I love how the stretchy back panel allows a snug form fit.
Seasonal Special: Herbal Pumpkin Spice Latte
One of my favorite fall drinks is “I am Spicy” from Cafe Gratitude made with coconut milk. Enjoy fall in a mug with astralagus, tumeric, goji berry, cinnamon, maca, maitake, roobios, ginger, nutmeg and rhodiola with almond milk (sub coconut milk) and maple syrup. I like how this herbal pumpkin spice latte is delicious without it being overly sugary.
Pair the herbal pumpkin spice latte with a slice of pie that is “remarkable.” The type of pie offered changes seasonally and since it is fall you most likely will see pumpkin pie slices that are vegan and gluten free. You can place your order in store or online for your Thanksgiving sides and pies. The 6″ pie selection includes pecan, pumpkin, chocolate coconut cream and apple that serves 4 to 6 people.
If you feel extra kind you might want to treat a friend and get them the “I am kind” – a chocolate crisp rice (puffed rice, quinoa, almond butter) bar that is gluten free and vegan.
The plates at the Arts District Cafe Gratitude ask you the questions “what are you grateful for?” This newer location is one of my favorites to order off the menu the “I am Liberated” pesto kelp noodles and now the herbal pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie and kind bar.
Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Handmade, Deliciously Interesting
Salt & Straw are known for their changing limited edition flavors that bring out the flavors of the season. Currently, you can grab an ice cream scoop or two from their spooktacular series. Try the great candycopia, creepy crawly critters, mummy’s pumpkin spice potion (vegan), black cat licorice and lavender, or dracula’s blood pudding. I like how the friendly staff will let you try flavors that you are interested in before you buy. The Mummy’s pumpkin spice potion is vegan and gluten free.
“In the middle of our lab, a cauldron boiling. Amber leaves of rooibos flicker, then flakes of pumpkin make the gruel thicker. A fuming broth of caramel sizzles, while a sliver of blackberry shoot fizzles. Three stinging droplets of vanilla smolder. Featuring August Uncommon Tea, this intoxicating, buttery concoction will satiate your deepest, darkest PSL desires.”
Jacket: White House Black Market Leopard Moto Jacket. The goldtone hardware, button cuffs and the detailing makes this moto jacket chic for the fall. I got this jacket at an incredible price when WHBM had one of their sales. Look out from time to time for deals.
Hat: Brixton Wesley Wool Fedora in Black
Bag: Alchemy Works Apolis Los Angeles Petite Bag in Natural. The Los Angeles bag comes in many different sizes. I got mine in person while shopping around downtown Los Angeles. You can order the Los Angeles Market Bag online , the lunch bag size with a strap to go over the shoulder, or create your own message on the bag size of your choice. I love the neutral color of these bags that are easy to clean on the inside because it is water resistant. “Your purchase helps break the poverty cycle. The female artisans who handcraft your bag receive Fair Trade wages, annual profit dividends, and a retirement fund…Every market bag is handcrafted in Bangladesh by people who receive Fair Trade-certified wages, annual profit dividends, and a retirement fund.”
Verve Coffee Roasters – Roastery Del Sur is the newest hangout and meetup space in the downtown arts district. The 7,000 square foot, two story building is home to the new cafe, one-of-a-kind craft coffee bar, ample outdoor and indoor seating and a coffee roastery that you can see for yourself. The all-day menu features a nice selection of food items , pastries and coffee based drinks. You can order a gluten free and vegan pastry made from Erin McKenna such as the seasonal pumpkin spice donut. Erin McKenna’s treats sit nicely behind a glass display at the counter on a designated tray separate from the other pastries offered. The food menu is labeled for items that are gluten free such as the avocado and matcha smoothie and acai and dragon fruit bowl.
Parking: Valet, 1st 30 min free w/ validation, $5 each additional hour w/ validation
Parking Valet Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-3pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
Top: O’Neill Juniors’ Ribbed Tank Top, Color Roan Rouge
Kimono: O’Neill Embry Kimono Top. I usually always wear the smallest size possible but am wearing this in a size small for the more over-sized drapped look. Wear it open or use the front self-tie as a wrap style. The allover floral print appears over a fall golden color. It is lightweight that is perfect for the California fall weather.