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Happy July!

California Palm Tree
It has been just about two months since I started this blog, and it has been so much fun! I decided it was time to reveal who I am! I always enjoy reading blogs where I can put a face to the voice. So…(cue the New Girl theme song…”who’s that girl….”)
Green Wall Umbrella
This is me! I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and moved to California in for college. I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design, and knew immediately I wanted to move to Los Angeles. After working in the graphic design world for two years now, I decided to start this blog as another creative outlet.
Green Wall Pink Sweater
I love living in California, especially in Los Angeles. There is so much to do, see and explore, and design is everywhere. I’m always keeping my eye out for beautiful packaging, awesome logos, happy color combinations, talented local artists and a delicious gluten free cupcake. This blog also documents my adventures as a twenty-something discovering a new city with so much to offer.
FR2S Umbrella and Street
Thanks for stopping by and reading! A huge thank you to my friend Beth for helping take these photos of me, and driving around town to find the perfect spot!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or just want to say HI!, feel free to email me at jessica@fromraintoshine.com. Check out my Instagram and Twitter for more frequent updates and thoughts. Have a great Monday!

Walking Downtown LA: Part 3

The final surprise on Saturday was a trip to the San Antonio Winery, located right past downtown Los Angeles. It is the only winery located in Los Angeles proper, and I had no idea it was there. What an awesome spot! I highly recommend going to this winery for a quick day trip if you don’t feel like driving too far, a girls day or great date spot. Plus, taking the metro eliminates the need to drive! (Win-win for all!) The winery offers a tour of their space, a cafe, restaurant and a tasting bar. They also have several of their own brands of wine that are quite delicious. I am a moscato + reisling fan, and I fell in love with both of theirs.
San Antonio Winery
FR2S San Antonio Winery
FR2S San Antonio Winery
 The cafe offers wine by the glass, as well as snack plates. We got the cheese platter and it was more than enough for two, and quite filling.
FR2S San Antonio Winery
FR2S San Antonio Winery
I can’t wait to come back to this winery! I also highly recommend the tour of the winery. It’s quick, entertaining and informative.

Walking Downtown LA: Part 2

The second part of my Saturday birthday surprise was a trip to Bottega Louie. Since we were already in downtown, it was only a quick walk away. Visiting this patisserie + market  has been on my LA bucket list for a long time. Walking in to Bottega Louie was like walking into heaven. The floors and counters are a beautiful white and grey marble, and the glass display holds the most beautiful and colorful desserts. You immediately feel transported to Paris or New York. The sights, smells and sounds are overwhelming in the best way possible. Although I am gluten free, I still loved looking at all the desserts. I cannot wait to go back and eat at their restaurant.
FR2S Bottega Louie
FR2S Bottega Louie Macarons
How gorgeous are these colorful macarons!? I’ll take one in every color please!
FR2S Bottega Louie Macaron Box
This box of assorted macarons would be perfect for a hostess gift, or as desserts at your own party.

FR2S Bottega Louie
Adding to the elegance of Bottega Louie is the beautiful packaging they do. They have both branded tissue paper and boxes, very reminiscent of what you may find in Paris. Their pastel colors + gold complement their brightly colored desserts in such a classy way.
FR2S Bottega Louie Desserts
FR2S Bottega Louie Cupcakes
If macarons aren’t your favorite dessert, they have a wide variety of other delicious looking treats. I cannot wait to go back!

Happy Wednesday!

Walking Downtown LA: Part 1

I love celebrating my birthday, and making it last as long as possible. This past weekend, my boyfriend planned my final birthday surprise. He didn’t tell me where we were going, or what we were doing…all I knew was that I needed to be up early Saturday morning, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring my camera. He promised me I’d get some great shots for the blog (He was right! Ever since starting my blog, it is what I talk about 75% of the time, and he has been so supportive).

Saturday morning, we drove to the Culver City Metro Station and hopped on the Metro train heading to downtown LA. It was my first time taking the Metro in this city, and it was super quick and easy! We had a quick bite to eat at the Farm of Beverly Hills and raced up to our first stop, Pershing Square. Here, he finally told me what surprise one was: a walking tour of downtown LA’s Broadway Street and all the historic theaters! I love looking at vintage architecture while hearing the history of the buildings, so this was a perfect tour. We got to see several theaters that were once the symbol of opulence and glamour in the 1920’s-1940’s. Most of the theaters are too decrepit on the inside to allow anyone to go in, but the few we went into were magnificent. I highly recommend this tour, put on by the Los Angeles Conservancy. They have others as well, if historic theaters aren’t your cup of tea. Here is a glimpse at the awesome things we saw on this tour.
Downtown LA Broadway Street
Downtown LA Theater
Downtown LA Historic Theater
Check out Last Remaining Seats as a fun activity and chance to see these historic theaters. Once a month, they show a classic film in one of the functioning theaters! Pretty cool!
DTLA Los Angeles Theater
Inside the Los Angeles Theater. How beautiful is this, even to this day!
DTLA Palace Theater
As you can see, the Palace Theater is the site of the original Orpheum Theater. The Orpheum has moved several blocks down. You will also notice that there are many store fronts that now occupy the space where the theater was. Many of these shops are quite shallow, and don’t penetrate too far into the theater.
DTLA State Theater
The State Theater has now been converted to a church.
DTLA Sidewalk
DTLA Orpheum Theater
DTLA Orpheum Theater
The Orpheum Theater also takes part in Last Remaining Seats. It is still fully functional inside, and is absolutely stunning. I hope to attend an event here at some point.
DTLA Building
This was a great tour and awesome way to discover a part of Los Angeles I wouldn’t necessarily know about. It seriously felt like we were in another city!

This was only part 1 of my birthday surprise. Check back tomorrow for part 2!

Sweet Butter

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I like it even better on a lazy Sunday. This weekend, I went to brunch at a place I have been to several times, and always leave satisfied. Sweet Butter, located in Sherman Oaks, has a variety of breakfast + brunch foods, along with a market and cafe. Both the inside where you place your order, and the outside patio are so cute, you could spend all morning there sipping coffee and reading a book.

FR2S Sweet Butter
FR2S Sweet Butter coffee
Being from Seattle, I am a big coffee lover. I like it even better when the presentation is as cute as this.
FR2S Sweet Butter
The marketplace has lots of adorable + well designed cookbooks, and is a great place to find a hostess gift.
FR2S Sweet Butter
FR2S Sweet Butter
The outdoor patio has so much light and open space, definitely a secret garden feel to it.
FR2S Sweet Butter
I love the mini chalkboards hung on the walls with sweet sayings, accompanied by patterned kites and potted plants.

I highly recommend this place if you are ever in Sherman Oaks looking for a delicious breakfast spot. TIP: Get there early, this place fills up fast!

Mumford & Sons Concert

As you can probably tell, I am a big Mumford & Sons fan. This past Sunday, I got to see them perform for the second time in their Gentlemen of the Road Summer Stampede tour. They are even better live then they are on their recorded albums. Not only are they musically talented, who ever does their graphic design is has a great eye. Their signage, posters, t-shirts and other branded merchandise is so well done, they really have captured the essence of the “Mumford-y” style (see this previous post). To top it off, the light show that accompanies the music is awesome. I love how they keep it simple, yet engaging. If you ever get the chance, I HIGHLY recommend seeing them live.
FR2S Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road
Gentlemen of the Road FR2S Mumford & Sons
FR2S Mumford & Sons Flags
These banners were all over the venue, all with different designs that were very well done.
FR2S Mumford & Sons Stage
How great are the stage, lights and flags?
FR2S Mumford & Sons Lights
I love that the large screens above broadcast what is going on below, but is done in a more colorful way. I didn’t know where to look! Each song had a different color and light show that accompanied it.
FR2S Mumford & Sons Set List
At the end of their show, I was lucky to get an official set list. How awesome! They ended with one of my favorite songs.

I have been listening to all of their albums nonstop on Spotify since the concert (Spotify is awesome, I love that they have all of their live and studio albums available)!  Here’s to Mumford & Sons and the awesome band that they are!

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Office Dogs

I’m lucky enough to work in an office that is dog friendly, and several people bring their dogs in daily! I love dogs, so seeing these adorable furry friends running around the office totally makes my day.

Office Dog White Lab
This is O, a white lab mix rescue. He’s a big sweetheart, and wants nothing more than to be pet and loved. He also is a big fan of peanut butter, greek yogurt, and attempting to be a lap dog.

Office Dogs Barkely
Barkley is a 5 month old rottweiler and doberman mix puppy. This little guy was rescued from a local LA animal shelter (Lange Foundation) several months ago by two of my coworkers, and has tripled in size in that short time! He’s the puppy of the office, and can be found running around the office playing with the other dogs.

Office Dogs Chester Mango
Meet Chester and Mango, the cutest little chihuahuas you will ever see. I met these two for the first time yesterday and fell in love. Small dogs are my favorite, so you can imagine my delight when I saw these two pups. Plus, I had never seen a long haired chihuahua (Chester), and fell instantly in love. These two can hang with the big dogs, but when they’ve had enough, their adorable squeak-barks can be heard around the office.

Office Dogs Kobe
Last, but certainly not least, is this handsome dog, Kobe. Kobe is an 11 year old lab and is king of the office. You can find him laying around in front of his owners office waiting to be pet, or faithfully guarding the front doors. He was the first office dog I met, and loves a good belly or back scratch. This calm king can be found trying to get your attention by tossing tennis balls to himself or toward your desk in an attempt to get in a game of fetch.

Happy Thursday!


Font Friday 1.0

Happy Friday all! I’ve decided to start a new series, Font Friday. It will be several fonts that I have found during the week that I’m currently liking. I’m always on various websites (such as dafont.com or losttype.com) looking to see if any fonts catch my eye. Enjoy this week’s roundup, and happy long weekend!

Currently loving Silverfake, found here. It’s a great serif with an added personality.
Looking for a narrow, rounded sans serif, look no further! Meet Blanch, found here, from Lost Type Co-op. It comes in 6 different variations or weights. Take a look at the rest of their site, they have some great fonts.
Last, but not least, is a fun script font, found here at dafont.com called Lobster. I’m very particular with the script fonts I use and like, and this one caught my eye. I like that it is not too thin, yet has a weight variation.

Come back next Friday for a new trio!