Beautiful Distractions No. 8

If you watched my Stories on Instagram over the last few days, you already know I was in LA for the Design Blogger’s Conference. It was a whirlwind of a trip, but I got to meet some incredible people, visit some amazing spaces, and was introduced to some new (to me) brands. So today on Beautiful Distractions, I thought I’d share some LA weekend highlights.

La Commune General Vintage Shop Los Angeles, CALa Commune General Vintage Shop



Ashley and I stayed at Erica Reitman’s AirBNB, Casita 42, in the LA. We’ve both stayed at AirBNBs before and this was one of the best…I’m not just saying that because Erica is my friend. Casita 42 offers a washer/dryer, kitchen, dining area, snacks, wine, and a fully stocked fridge full of LaCroix. Plus, it has an absolutely bonkers mid-century modern cool interior that she designed for the One Room Challenge.

Casita 42 Air BNB - Erica Reitman - Image via Bethany NauertErica Reitman One Room Challenge   |   Image by Bethany Nauert

At the conference there were a few new to me brands like Hudson Valley Lighting, Nostalgic Warehouse, Dowel (drooling over this chair…I mean, that green cushion, ERMERGERD, swoon…and this chair), Between The Sheets (their pillows are amazing), and lagrand. Buster & Punch was also there…I want this hardware in my dream kitchen. They designed their pulls with a plate to cover the holes in existing cabinet doors. And just sayin’, I think they would look fabulous with this faucet.

After the sessions, we ventured out a bit. I got to shop La Commune General (BTDubs, she ships) and visited Light Lab (they are neighbors and yes, the bath womb was just as pretty as it looks online). Sadly I missed 45 Three Modern, but I did purchase these gorgeous sculptural hands via Instagram the other night. Thank gawd for the interwebs.

Sunday morning, Erica took us to the Pasadena Community College Flea. Apparently this flea is waaaay smaller than the Rose Bowl, but personally, I thought it was ginormous. Three sections plus a parking ramp. Mark my words, I will drive my truck out and load up because it was bonkers good. During this visit, I bought the vendors out of art, and the folks sitting next to me on the plane were unpleased with my carry on luggage…they should be thankful I didn’t drag the 2 poufs with me. It was in the parking ramp where I first met Carri from La Commune General. Meeting her, well I can’t really explain, but I have a feeling in a past life we were besties.

At night, we dined at Cafe Birdie and found more even art I wanted to take home. Look at that lady in the photo below. We may need an intervention. The food was outta this world and the drinks were hella strong. My kinda place.

Café Birdie Restaurant Los Angeles, CA

When I returned home, a few boxes of fun had arrived. had their warehouse sale, so I picked up this and this. This coffee table book peaked my interest, so obviously I ordered it immediately. Beauty by Popsugar sent over some samples, and I’ll be busting that out to play with this weekend (will of course share on Stories).

Speaking of beauty, I just picked up another Hanacure face mask…and I’m obsessed. Yes, Korean skincare is all the rage right now, but this mask is one of my ride or die essentials. Upon application you look like a wrinkly old lady, it gets frighteningly tight and has an intense tingle, but man my face looks fabulous the day after.

That’s it for Friday! I hope you have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see you on the flip side!


  1. Sarah Montgomery March 9, 2018

    Hey! Loved seeing your recap. I have to let it sink in a bit more… Also congrats on being accepted into the High Point Bloggers Tour!

  2. Carri Dillon March 9, 2018

    We were totally besties!!

  3. Carla Aston March 10, 2018

    Sorry I missed meeting you! Love getting to LA and seeing some of the amazing shopping they have there for home decor. I featured Hollywood at Home on my blog today. They all have such special vintage style. 🙂

  4. Mary March 10, 2018

    How could you not have had a fun time?

  5. Michelle March 11, 2018

    Looks like you certainly had some fun! I could use a getaway myself. Gah. At least summer is coming soon…ish.

  6. Wajiha March 12, 2018

    February was bonkers.

  7. Elizabeth March 13, 2018

    Hello! I’m new to your blog but love all your great tips. Blogger conferences or any type of conferences are always a great get away. Those of us that work at home really need that don’t we?

    Your selfie is awesome!


    • kyla March 15, 2018

      Welcome Elizabeth! It really is good to get out of the house and conferences are such a great way to recharge the batteries. I came back with so many new ideas.


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