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    Dude Be Nice /// A Hometown Pop Up

    Dude Be Nice /// A Hometown Pop Up

    Our friends at Dude Be Nice are hosting a rad in-store weekend pop up starting this Friday! Come join us for some shopping, panels that will inspire you, or community activities to meet others and keep your creativity sharp. If you'd like more information, want to RSVP to a free panel, or just want to know more about all that the weekend entails,

    HEAD HERE! Dude Be Nice's website has got all the info and details, and we encourage you to pop over to their website to get the full scoop.

    Back to School

    Back to School

    As summer is drawing to a close, we are excited to say LF is ready for all of your back-to-school needs! From tots to teens to college students to professionals needing new gear, we've got something for everyone. Backpacks, notebooks, novelty pens, journals, and even some pick-me-up items for teachers needing to keep it fresh (mugs, desk items, etc.) Whatever season you find yourself in as the school year starts back up, come say hello at the store and see if there's something for you. Cheers to a beautiful summer and we hope you have a fantastic time getting back into the swing of school.


    Affogatos

    Affogatos

    We love summertime here in Whittier, and ice cream is a big part of that love. Have you tried an affogato at the coffee bar yet? Proudly serving Fosselman's ice cream, paired with decadent cookie crumbles, a thin cookie to add some extra crunch, and topped with a shot of espresso or matcha tea if you prefer. We've got an awesome assortment of flavors, come in on a sunny summer afternoon and get your caffeine + sweet tooth fix all in one beautiful bowl. Hope to see you soon! Questions about the affogato menu? Ask your barista, take a look at the menu on the front counter, or message us. We'd love to hear from you.                                                                                                                                        


    WHITTIER LOCAL | MICHELLE, BULLET JOURNALER

    WHITTIER LOCAL | MICHELLE, BULLET JOURNALER

     

    We're excited to introduce our friend Michelle, loyal coffee customer and bullet journaler. Michelle works locally as an RN, but in the mornings enjoys a cappuccino, pastry, and some time quiet time on the Local Fixture patio mapping out her months via her beloved (and highly organized + eye catching) journal. Self-proclaimed stationery nerd, Michelle was kind enough to share more about how she got into bullet journaling, what it entails, and her thoughts on Whittier. Here's some highlights from our time on the patio:

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO BULLET JOURNALING AND WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

    “I’ve always been a pretty avid journaler. Like most people who find bullet journaling you just stumble upon it on the internet and you’re like ‘oh what is this’ and kind of get drawn in. It’s a community.

    It’s a way of organizing yourself. It’s very forgiving. You can make it your journal, your diary, a sketchbook. Some people have very different approaches to it. Some people are really minimal and just bullets, which is what it’s based on. Other people make it into this huge elaborate thing with calligraphy, photography, mixed media. I typically like the graphic grid ‘cause it helps me with drawing.

    It’s very pleasing to look at. It’s softer tones, white background. It’s calming to look at. And it’s cool to see into somebody’s world. A lot of time bullet journalers are students who are trying to stay organized and get through school. The audience is generally younger. Everyone has a different style, there’s one guy who does really fun cartoons in his. I’ve learned a lot. A lot of the beginning pages were experimental, but now I have a defined style. I’m really into the fish thing. It’s turned into a distinct style.”

    WHAT BRINGS YOU TO WHITTIER?

    “I love Local Fixture. I love the Uptown area, I’m really drawn to the small town feeling where it’s kind of a community, especially around this area. I like the local businesses, that there’s a farmer’s market here on Friday. I primarily sit outside here in the mornings to relax [on the Local Fixture patio].

    WHAT DREW YOU TO LOCAL FIXTURE?

    “It’s my quiet time since I get here so early in the morning. It’s a place for me to be outside, enjoy some sunshine and some breeze with good coffee. Bless this good coffee, bless Anthony. I love the outside space, especially being in the office all day, this is the only time almost that I get to be outside and enjoy doing what I do. The atmosphere of the shop is very welcoming, Vee and Anthony are very welcoming, all the patrons that come in are very welcoming, it’s things like that. It’s got a good community feel to it, which I love. I see some of the same people coming in and out, I see cyclists coming in. I see familiar things here.”

     “I think bullet journaling is for everyone. As long as you’re interested in organizing yourself and taking the time to sit down and do it. Most people build their own template, it’s blank pages and then they turn it into something that’s their own. It’s flexible, you can be as creative or minimal as you want. For me personally I would recommend it for anybody. It’s relaxing and has really helped me think through my processes and what I need to do, what to look for and things like that. It’s not exclusive to any particular work field. A lot of people use it to organize their daily lives.”

    WHAT IS A POSITIVE OUTCOME YOU'VE EXPERIENCED FROM BULLET JOURNALING?

    "If you write down your goals you’re more likely to fulfill them. It’s an additional motivation, and it helps gage where you’re at. That’s part of the beauty of writing down your goals."

    Thank you for your time, Michelle! Give Michelle a follow over on Instagram, her handle is: @yunchelle 
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    And, if you're interested in starting your own bullet journal, here's a list of resources from Michelle that would help you get started:
    A few journals I think are worthy of mentioning are @thelamejournal @fillthemwithgold @bujoella @amelia_studies
    My favorite products to use are 
    - pens/markers: Sakura micron pigment pens, muji pens, mildliner highlighters, and copic markers. 
    Notebooks: Midori notebook A5, leuchtterm 1917 sketch book, or moleskine dotted grid notebooks. 
    Washi tape and stickers from various sellers on etsy.