Sugar Fix: California Donuts

California Donuts

I take the same route to the studio every day. And every time I pass this shop called California Donuts. And I was always intrigued. I liked the retro sign, and that it was walk up window style. But I’m always running late and never stopped to actually give it a whirl. Then on one of my donut DIY posts on Instagram someone tagged them and I popped over to their account. And then I was like OK WE NEED TO GO. I mean, the concoctions they come up with. Holy. Moly. So one Sunday, Jeff and I ventured over to eat our way through their donuts… and that’s exactly what we did! Seriously, they were all awesome, but I’ll talk about some of our faves as we continue. For now, let’s look at some pictures of donuts.

California Donuts
California Donuts 
California Donuts

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So we tried all the varieties, the raised donuts (like those Homer Simpson, Matcha Green Tea and Oreo ones down there! ZOMG!), the cake donuts (like the one covered in fruity pebbles!!!) and Jeff’s favorite, the croissant donut. The crossiant donuts you see here would be the s’mores variety (DIE!) and the maple bacon (one of their most popular!). And these are only the tip of the iceberg. They have one of the widest varieties I’ve ever seen in all donut kinds so you can please EVERYONE! I can’t pick a favorite. I just can’t. So you’ll have to try them all. You’re welcome.

Croissant DonutsFruity Pebbles Donut Homer Simpson Donut

All Photos by Jeff Mindell for Studio DIY

(My hat is from this tutorial, donut necklace from here!)

The shop is family owned and we met Danette when we were there who was just the kindest! If you’re there on the weekend make sure you say hello to her, before stuffing your face with deliciousness. I like this place because it has that classic donut stand feel, and some of those staple classic donuts too, but they’ve also hopped on some of the more “modern” (?) donut trends and taken them to the next level. It’s the best of all worlds. Get thee to the donuts. Stat!

California Donuts | 3540 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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Studio DIY Headquarters: Finishing Touches with Target!

Colorful Studio
SO MUCH has happened since my last studio update! Furniture has arrived, stools have been donut-ed (DIY coming soon!), fringe has been hung and confetti has been thrown. Now that I’ve gotten some real furniture, and moved all my supplies into the space, I’m getting ready to get some final pieces to finish it off. I always find that you need to live (or craft? or party?) in a space for a little while before you know what you really need, don’t you? Luckily, Target‘s got my back. Which is great, seeing as Target is my second home. They know me there, especially in the party aisle. I’m the girl always asking for helium tanks. But today, I teamed up with them to go on an adventure to the home section and check out Target‘s revamped Room Essentials line which they debuted this summer! Behold a few of my fave pieces…

Target Room Essentials for Studio DIY HQ

Modern, simple, functional and affordable. Oh Target, you just get it. Have you guys checked it out yet? The line is great for apartments and studio spaces, or just for those of you looking for some basics that aren’t the boring norm. Bonus points for me.. so many pieces already came in Studio DIY colors! Shazam! Since I’ve found that I’m in need of two things, pretty storage pieces and a kitchen, I’m focusing in on those areas now. Let’s discuss.

Storage and Display: I bought several already but those filled up fast. (This always happens, right?) I chose to go with almost entirely open storage units for the space (to force myself to keep it all clean and pretty! Eep!) so I need my storage containers to be pretty. Ehm… CHECK! I love those black and white baskets SO much and the yellow wire ones will fit perfectly in the cubby spaces I’ve placed below the windows.

A Kitchen: Ok, so I can’t actually build a kitchen since I need it to be mobile in case we need to clear the space for a shoot. I have a fridge (More on that soon too!) but I need some prep space. Enter the kitchen cart. That’s my jam right there! It’s perfect for holding supplies for food (read: sugar) shoots and for storing some lunch essentials (eating lunch out every day is not in the budget anymore, my friends!). I also love that it’s already on wheels (I’ve made sure most pieces in the space are) because I can wheel it over to where I’m shooting for as needed. I think I could make this guy look pretty schnazy with some Studio DIY touches. Sprinkles!? Gold!? I bet you guys would have some amazing ideas for it… what do you think!?

I think once I get these final pieces in place and hang some of the awesome art I’ve gathered, I’ll finally (finally!) be able to share the finished space. It’s like, real good folks. I’ve been asked if it’s a kindergarten and a preschool by various delivery men. That tells you the amount of color, donuts and flamingos I have going on. So stay tuned! I’ll be giving a makeover to one of those pieces above and then it’ll be time for the big reveal. The ooohs! The ahhs! I can’t wait to share!

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.

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