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6 Things You Didn't Know About The Venice Canals
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Living on the Venice Canals for the past 3 years has been such a great experience. An area of L.A. that 10 years ago I barely knew anything about, the canals has now become near and dear to my heart. With it being such a popular tourist destination, I get asked A LOT of questions about the canals. The fact is, there's a lot of history about the canals, most that you probably didn't know. Check out below some of the most fascinating facts about the historic Venice Beach Canals, and how to get here! 

The Venice Canals are always a popular tourist and photo shoot location. Here I'm wearing a  gingham skirt ,  orange sunglasses , and  page boy hat . Photo via  Stefanie Marie .

The Venice Canals are always a popular tourist and photo shoot location. Here I'm wearing a gingham skirt, orange sunglasses, and page boy hat. Photo via Stefanie Marie.

1) The Venice Canals were built in 1905.

Opening day was on the 4th of July, 1905! Yes, they're over 100 years old. When they were first built, they were originally for families to come for vacation or for weekends, which is why the homes were smaller and mostly just meant as boat houses. There's still a lot of houses that are original and you can tell they were meant to be boat houses!

2) There's 6 canals, and each one has a name. 

There’s actually 6 canals and they’re all named: Eastern Canal + Grand Canal run north to south and make the two borders, Linney Canal, Sherman Canal, Howland Canal, and Carroll Canal are the four that run perpendicular to Eastern and Grand making a 2 mile loop. 

3)  The Venice Beach Canals are a replica of the Italian version.

The streets around the area are appropriately named things like “Rialto” for the Rialto Bridge. Grand Canal is named after the Canal Grande which is the biggest canal in Venice, Italy. There used to be gondolas for visitors to rent and take rides in. 

4) We have annual boat parades. 

If you're lucky enough to live on the Venice Canals like I am, you get to participate in bi-annual boat parades every year for Christmas and the 4th of July. Every year resident's deck out their canoes and kayaks and get to participate. There's even prizes for the fastest wind powered boat (no paddles!). 

5) Abbot Kinney built them. 

Most people don't even know this, but Abbot Kinney was an actual person. That's who essentially built the whole canal system and most of modern day Venice Beach as we all know it now. The famous street now known as "Abbot Kinney" was named after him. He came to California with tobacco money from New Jersey in the early 1900's and fell in love with Venice, like most people do :) 

6) They used to be MUCH bigger. 

The original Venice Canals were around a 7 mile long loop, but the Venice Canals have had various points of falling into ruin since they were built in 1905. In 1929 at the beginning of the Great Depression, half of them were filled in with concrete, due to the rise in popularity of cars. The remaining canals were almost filled in entirely in the 80's over budget fights who would foot the cost to repair them. Thankfully, they weren't, and eventually they reopened in 1993 with the way they look today.  Windward circle used to all be water up to where the Venice Sign is. It was called "The Lagoon", with each street stemming from it being canals. The entire area between Abbot Kinney, Pacific, and Venice Blvd. were originally water canals.

Part of the Venice Canals that are now destroyed. Pictured in the middle is "Little America Island" an island where houses existed in the middle of the canals. Photo courtesy of the LMU library. 

Part of the Venice Canals that are now destroyed. Pictured in the middle is "Little America Island" an island where houses existed in the middle of the canals. Photo courtesy of the LMU library. 

These canals were:

  • Coral Canal (now Main St.)
  • Cabrillo Canal (now Cabrillo Ave.)
  • Venus Canal (now San Juan Ave.)
  • Lion Canal (now Windward Ave.)
  • Altair Canal (now Altair St.)
  • Aldebaren Canal (now Market St.)
  • Grand Canal (now Grand Boulevard)
Venice Canals Lagoon 1900's courtesy of LMU library
Siting on a bridge on Grand Canal - part of what still exists!

Siting on a bridge on Grand Canal - part of what still exists!

Relaxing on the canals with a picnic and a magazine is a great way to spend any summer day. 

Relaxing on the canals with a picnic and a magazine is a great way to spend any summer day. 

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How to get here:

The canals are easy to find. They are just off of the beach - one block east of Pacific Ave. between Venice blvd. and Washington Blvd. I would recommend start on one end and walking through to the other. Use the map below to get you here. 

 
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All information in this post via Wikipedia, KCET, or from asking my neighbors :)  Check out this great article to learn more. 

Photos in this post of me courtesy of Stefanie Marie - check her out! 

Where to find: 7 of L.A.'s Best Walls
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I get a lot of questions about my blog, but today I'm addressing one of the most popular ones which is "Where do you take your pictures?". To start, finding locations for photos can be BRUTAL. For anyone who's ever worked in the production or entertainment industry, they can tell you that there is entire job descriptions assigned to "location scouting".  Basically, it's somebody's entire job in real life to simply find great places to shoot things at- and it's super important! While I live in Venice, it's obviously easiest for me to shoot my blog photos near my house, but I start to run out of ideas and spots. Here I'm spilling the beans with you about some of my favorite walls in Los Angeles for all of the bloggers, aspiring bloggers, photographers, and pretty much anyone coming to L.A. that wants to take some pictures with cool backgrounds.

Consider it your cheat sheet to an Instagram-worthy fashionable day in Los Angeles.

1+2) Are the rainbow and black and white walls featured below.

As these walls have just been painted in the past month or so and don't have a real name yet, they're sure to have one soon as they're a great place to shoot. I love that one side is rainbow and the other a stark contrast of black and white. Two locations in one! Caution- you have to walk through some sort of private dirt parking lot to get to it, and it says "Private Property". If you get arrested, definitely do not say The Style Sauce sent you ;)  

Address: 209 Broadway Street Venice, CA 90291

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3) The Paul Smith Wall

Ok, so this is the insanely popular wall that is pink and literally everyone has taken photos on it from Sincerely Jules to Ohh Couture (two of my favorite bloggers, btw). Anyways, where is it? Well, you can find it on Melrose on the side of the Paul Smith store. Go forth and fulfill all your pink fantasies.

Address: 8221 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood

 

 4) #LOVEWALL #BLEEDINGHEARTS

This one is right off of Abbot Kinney, so naturally I've taken a photo in front of it, but let me tell you it's QUITE popular! I was literally fighting off tourists for a spot in front of it which was incredibly comical to my crew and I when we were trying to get a snap. It's right on the side of what is now Greenleaf Venice.

Address: 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Me literally LOLing whilst trying to get a snap amongst stubborn tourists on the Love Wall, off of Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach. Not pictured: my friends laughing at me.

Me literally LOLing whilst trying to get a snap amongst stubborn tourists on the Love Wall, off of Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach. Not pictured: my friends laughing at me.

5) "Made in L.A." Wall

If you truly want to tell people you're made in L.A.- hit up this increasingly popular wall in West Hollywood. 

Address: 8025 Melrose Ave. (at N Laurel Avenue), West Hollywood

 

6) Shepard Fairey's District La Brea Mural

At the corner of La Brea and 2nd Street where the parking lies for the hip District La Brea Shopping district, there's an amazing and colorful Shepard Fairey mural. Part of it says "High Time" and then there's the word Peace and what looks like lotus flowers on a bright pink background. Check it out:

7) UniWolfCheetah

This combination of a unicorn wolf and cheetah is also poised just behind Abbot Kinney, and perhaps the most famous fashion blogger of them all - Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad- has a rendition of it in her very own home. Of course it needed to make the list. 

Address: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA

Me with the UniWolfCheetah shooting one of the first posts for The Style Sauce with Michele Andersen. 

Me with the UniWolfCheetah shooting one of the first posts for The Style Sauce with Michele Andersen. 

Check out the walls in this post, I'd love to hear which ones are your favorites!

x,

Genevieve

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A Weekend With Mom
Mother's Day The Style Sauce Fashion Blog on the Venice Canals

Mother's Day is one of those Holidays that I think is one of the most important. It celebrates the women who have given us life, and there's really nothing I could think of that is more important than that. While my Mom lives just an hour flight away in Palo Alto, CA, it's been 5 years since she's come down to visit me in Los Angeles. Despite this, I somehow convinced her to come down for Mother's Day this year- and I was unbelieveably excited when she actually said yes! We had an awesome weekend in L.A. There's really nothing like girl time with your mom. We basically just shopped, ate, got manicures, and all of the things in between. Of course, the apple didn't fall far from the tree, and Mom taught me all the saucin' I needed to know from a young age. It's fun playing dress up with her, even now. Thank you Mom for giving me life and coming to spend an unforgettable weekend with me, I hope you'll come to L.A. more often. 

We took some photos near my home on the Venice Canals before our night out on Saturday- pictured here is three generations, my Mom, Me, and my daughter Ladybug (yes, I know she's a dog, but she is literally my child so it counts ok??) 

How did you all celebrate Mother's Day? Whether your Mom is close or far away I'd love to hear how others spent the day with their Moms, "Moms", daughters, or celebrating womanhood in general.. This stuff really gets to me, I'm one of those people that cry during Visa commercials. I'd say don't tell anyone but I just put it on my blog, so there goes my big I'm not sensitive facade! Who was I fooling anyways? ;)

Check out our Mother's Day style and let me know what you think! You can shop a lot of what we're wearing in this post in the gallery below.

xo, Genevieve

All photos in this post courtesy of Brian Gove, Copyright The Style Sauce, 2016

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While I love this pink hat from Lack of Color Australia with almost anything, it's especially cute with a flirty little black wrap dress and heeled boot. Perfect to take you from day to night.

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Mom's sleeveless tunic dress is the perfect length and fit to dress up or down. We found it at a little boutique and I convinced to buy it knowing she'd be able to wear it with so much! 

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