The Red Bread

July 19, 2014

Recently, we had the pleasure of stopping by a delicious Los Angeles gem. The Red Bread is a sustainable and organic eatery, and like their name says, they are very well-known for their fresh bread. The eatery was founded by Rose and David Lawrence and “True Blood’s” Lauren Bowles is their partner. We were lucky enough to talk to both Rose and Lauren and now we’re itching to come back to munch on more bread! Believe us, it’s worth the trip.

Red Bread, Zooey Magazine

Talk to us about why you decided to open the Red Bread in Los Angeles.

Rose: Red Bread, the brick and mortar, was opened in response to overwhelming support in the community. We had been functioning as a delivery service with our electric bicycle and attending the Santa Monica Farmers Market for a few years, with growing demand. The store allowed us a place to celebrate good food done right in all it’s forms, from sourdough bread, traditional jams and pickles, and our favorite charcuterie. We wanted to create a community space where people could spend time talking over a good meal, learn about food making and engage in positive change in Los Angeles.

What did you have in mind when planning its interior? It’s stunning inside and it just reminds us of a mix between New York City and Portland!

Rose: New York City is a place I leave my heart every time I visit. When we were designing the interior our ability to communicate was paramount. For us that meant chalkboard walls, so that we could continually update what was in season and we could fill walls with science when teaching classes after hours. It meant sourcing crates from our farmers so we could showcase their ingredients constantly, rather than keep them hidden from our customers. We worked with local craftsman for the tables and blocks, it was important that every piece have a story.

How long have you been baking and cooking? How did this menu come about?

Rose: I have been baking and cooking professionally for five years. Baking was my first love, it’s hard to count how many pies and cupcakes I made over the years for my own school projects or elections. I come from a big cooking family and always gravitated towards watching people work in their kitchens when I travelled the world. People were gracious to share their family secrets, the cultural value of a particular food, the sense of warmth generated by simple cooking. The menu at Red Bread reflects these ideas. Almost every dish is a comfort food from a different area of the world I or my staff spent time in, interpreted through the bounty of California Agriculture.

Red Bread, Zooey Magazine

What’s the most popular item on the menu? And what is your favorite? What makes everything unique?

Rose: The most popular items on the menu are Llapingachos (Ecuador), Black Hash (Russia) or Buttermilk Soup (Nordic). My favorite item is the Llapingachos.I grew up eating these Ecuadorian cheese stuffed potato pancakes on weekends while in Quito, Ecuador. From the mashing of the potatoes to the sizzle of butter in the pan, it is all sense memory for me. At Red Bread we serve it with some of our house cured collar bacon. What makes Red Bread unique is our commitment to building our own pantry from only local organic California Farms. There isn’t a jar or bottle opened in Red Bread we haven’t made from the ground up, mustards, dressings, sodas, jams, etc. These are the building blocks we use to make our food great.

Lauren: My fave items at RED BREAD… dear, how to pick?! If I’m feeling something savory for lunch, the meatloaf sand which is off the hook. And this is coming from a sometimes vegan so that’s saying something! For breakfast the fried eggs on her home made biscuits and house cured bacon make you feel like its 1943 and you could have a whole day of farm work ahead of you and you’d be just fine. Not sure why that makes sense but it does. And then of course there’s the cracked cookies. Name says it all.

How often do you come in to the Red Bread? Was it difficult starting out? As we understand how hard it is just starting any type of business.

Rose: I am in Red Bread every day. There are so many components in running a business, especially food. Even having started many businesses in my time as a lawyer, Red Bread was a tremendous learning experience because we wanted to do something so different. Not only in our food but our corporate structure. We were committed to giving back to our community through a donation to fight hunger with every sale. Thankfully, so much of what we were trying to accomplish resonated with the Los Angeles community.

Lauren: I try to come in at least once a week. Me and my family usually head there for breakfast Sunday mornings before we hit the farmers market. Best church ever. I’ve also taken Rose’s yeast class and bread making class. But I have a LOT more to learn.

Lauren, how do you balance being an actor, mother and Red Bread partner…etc ?

Lauren: As for balance… It’s not something I think much about. I really enjoy all aspects of each of those things and just let my instincts prioritize.

Rose, what’s the one greatest piece of advice you received for being an entrepreneur?

Rose: Pay attention. Stay flexible. Don’t give up. I think this is great advice for life, and I try to keep it in mind. As an entrepreneur starting out new information comes at your constantly, unless you are paying attention and listening you’ll miss it. Unless you remain flexible, you won’t be able to adjust. You won’t be able to redirect to something greater. So often it’s the unexpected which can profoundly change and move your idea forward. Once you get momentum a lot of naysayers will come out of the woodwork, don’t give up.

Photography // Jessica Castro

The American Made

July 16, 2014

American Made, Zooey Magazine

Today, join us in celebrating the beautiful small businesses who focus on American Made products! We love these fellow brands and love supporting them, therefore, we think you’ll love them just as much. We have carefully curated seven of our favorites thus far, and they have all been generous enough to give away one item from their shops to this collective bundle for one lucky winner.

Studio Mucci: The paper-garland craze is spreading and it’s because of the Mucciolo folks! We love their beautiful garlands and have two hanging in the office right now. They make the perfect seasonal and year-round garlands that certainly set decoration to the next level. Studio Mucci is giving away their Pastel Rainbow Tassel Garland (value of $35). This garland is handmade from premium Satin Wraps tissue paper and shiny reflective mylar. The garland is about 10 feet long with each tassel hanging approximately 12 inches. The tassels can be easily moved along the Jute cord to provide a more sparse of fuller look depending on your taste.

Crafts and Love: We love beautiful and simple jewelry, and what makes Crafts and Love a favorite is that they’re just that… and they’re vintage-inspired. Their jewelry is all handmade with love, too. Crafts and Love is giving away this Eliza (value of $42) pendant necklace, which carries a raw amethyst geode.

Wind and Willow: We found this shop on Instagram, and couldn’t help but admire all the lovely colors their feed contains. Everything is carefully made and decorated in Minnesota. Wind and Willow is giving away this rich Cherry wood bowl (value of $45). It was dipped in creamy chocolate brown and gooey warm white to inspire feelings of favorite summertime camping treat: s’mores. This bowl is perfect for a holding a fresh snack. It would be a beautiful and modern accent to a bookshelf or dresser to store special items.

The Mason Bar Company: Our long-time friend Bobbi runs the raddest company in Sonora, CA. We haven’t touched water bottles since owning our own tumbler from The Mason Bar Company. They are giving away a 24 ounce Mason Jar (value of $14.50), which fits nicely into cup holders so you can sip carefree while traveling! They even have colorful lids and straws to accompany your tumbler.

Fleet Collection: Oh boy, do we love this clothing brand. The fact that they’re made in Downtown Los Angeles makes it even better. Their vintage-styled dresses easily tops as our wardrobe favorites and essentials. Fleet Collection is giving away their Couqette Dress in Emerald (value of $68). It’s impossible not to be feel coy and flirty in this delightful fit and flare design of country elegance. And it’s almost just as impossible to resist the urge to twirl and dance with the full swinging skirt. And it has pockets (hooray!).

Jenna Leigh: Jenna not only is a great photographer, but she is also a watercolor painter. She is giving away this beautiful floral watercolor mug (value of $15) that she designed, and it is absolutely perfect for morning coffee… or a drinky drink.

Zuzii Footwear: Zuzii is easily our favorite flat-shoes brands and they are made in our home-base… Los Angeles! Their shoes are out-of-this-world and are so lovely that we just want to sleep with them on. Zuzii is giving away this limited edition pair for the ladies (value starting at $75). The shoes are made with cream-colored perforated suede, with white micro foil pattern and vegetable tanned insole. They’re also made to order, so you really know you’re getting bang for your buck!

How to take home these seven items?

1. Must be 18 + older to enter and be a US-resident at time of giveaway.
2. You must have a public Instagram account.
3. Follow all 7 brands including @ZooeyMagazine.
4. Repost the above artwork on Instagram with a comment as to why you love supporting American Made brands. Only one entry counted.
5. Hashtag: #ZooeyAmericanMade.

One giveaway winner will be selected and announced on July 24th, 7 AM PST on this page.

Good luck!

Summer Fresh Makeup Tutorial

July 15, 2014

Here at Zooey, we’re all about keeping things natural. So when it comes to makeup tutorials, we generally stay far from it. But after realizing how even the most inspiring and empowering women use makeup as art, we decided to test the waters with a tutorial from the talented Jennifer C. Nieman. Today, we work on a little summer fresh makeup – just a little pizazz for living under the summer sun.

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

Prep your face with the essentials. My favorites are Urban Decay prep spray, Embroylisse Moisturizer, Boots Eye Cream, and Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Primer. After prepping your face with the essentials add your favorite foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB Cream all over the face for a nice natural glow. My favorite is a Makeup Forever’s Face & Body Foundation.

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

I used my favorite face brush by real techniques started in the center of the face and blended outward. Conceal or brighten any areas of the face needed. I used my favorite under eye brightener under the eye. Dot 4 dots under the eye and blend with your favorite brush under the eye and the eyelid.

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

We all need a little extra brow every now and then! I like to stick to the shape and add where needed. My newest favorite to use is IT Cosmetic’s Universal Brow Pencil. Blend with the natural shape and add where needed. If you use to much you can always blend or tone down with a q-tip.

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

To add that beachy glow, I used Tom Ford’s Bronzer on the cheekbones and temples of the faceThe add some highlight to the 4 points of the face, (Above cheek bones, above eyebrows, bridge of nose, and the cupids bow.) My go to is Mac’s highlighter. Then tint those cheeks. All around I’m in love with Tarte’s Cheek Stain in the color Tipsy. Add to the apples of the cheeks and blend upward.

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

To get a perfect summer look with a colorful twist, I used Tarte’s newest Summer 2014 Palette “ Golden Days & Sultry Nights” If you don’t have this, make up a twist of your own. Start with a neutral base color blend all over the eye lid. Then blend a golden or bronzed color all over the lid for a nice warm glow. Do this by using a windshield wiping motion to blend all over with a fluff brush. Line under the lashes with a pop of color for some summer fun! I used the teal in the Tarte Palette. I also added a bit of drama by adding liner to the water line. A good choice with this look would be brown.

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

Then top of by curling the lashes, the one I grab every time is Kevyn Aucoin’s Curler. Finish off with a couple coats of mascara. A great one is Loreal’s Voluminous in blackest black. Make sure you use an eyelash comb to get those clumps out! No one likes a clump!

In the summer it’s great just to have that natural tinted look. To complete this summer glowy look I used a tinted balm from Tarte in the color Energy. You can add some gloss as well in a natural color. A fabulous one is Laura Mercier’s Lip Gloss in “Baby Doll”.

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

Zooey Magazine, Makeup Tutorial

Photography by Rustic White
Hair and Makeup by Jennifer C. Nieman
Styling & Jewelry by Crafts and Love
Model: Calee Lutes

Essentials of the Week / 2

July 6, 2014

Jane Eyre, Essentials, Zooey Magazine

This week, I’m feeling pretty casual and have a huge need to just read a great novel. One of my favorite novels is “Jane Eyre,” and when I saw this tee, I knew we had to include it in our week’s essentials. On my list this week are…

Emilie M. Bag: I’m a slight hoarder, so I always need huge bags. This is one that I’m in love with and have so much use for. I’m sure you can all relate too!

Jane Eyre Tee: I’ve got a huge crush on 19th century literature like a big nerd (proud of it). So I’m a little obsessed with Out of Print’s products. I mean… What bookworm wouldn’t be?

Minnetonka Moccs: Comfort is necessary, especially for always running out of the office each day. I’m never still, and while I think I can live in heels, I really can’t. So these moccs are dreamy for my feet.

Addie Skirt: Tucking my Jane Eyre tee under my skirt, and calling it a day. Dear Creatures is a favorite, so I can’t really imagine ever going wrong with something from their line.

Julia Glasses: In love with these Warby Parker glasses lately. I want everything from their collection, and when they came out with a Karlie Kloss collaboration? Well, I just about fell head over heels in love.

Jane Eyre Book: I have multiple editions of this book. It’s a problem. And I have it on my office desk just in case I feel like re-reading. I also finally saw the 2011 film adaptation with Mia Wasikowska and just about lost it. I. Love. Jane. Eyre.

Essentials // Lucia Tran, Editor-in-Chief
Illustrations // Katie Ryan for Zooey Magazine

So Worth Loving

July 3, 2014

So Worth Loving, Zooey Magazine

So Worth Loving, Zooey Magazine

So Worth Loving, Zooey Magazine

So Worth Loving, Zooey Magazine

We love brands with a mission and So Worth Loving is just that. Eryn Eddy Erickson decided to create this brand out of a desire to encourage the pursuit of happy lives, no matter who you may be and no matter who you will become.

Each product carries simple and empowering messages that are dedicated to all those who wish to be the best version of themselves. These messages also serve as a reminder that we are never alone in our battle and that each of us is very much worthy of love.

Surely, you know what it feels to have to submit to what is expected. But if it’s not you and you’re not happy, then it’s no way to live. You might think there is no one that understands or cares… but we certainly do and we’re listening. You are so worth loving.

So Worth Loving, Zooey Magazine

(Our photographer Megan is wearing the Love You. Love People. tank)

Photography // Megan Welker