- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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If I told you LA was home to a futuristic theme park would you believe me? Probably yes. And good on you because it’s true, and last night I got to experience just what that future looks like.
All I knew going in to check out this “tiny amusement park”, and “one-of-a-kind experience” was that it had a lot going on, it was heavily focused on interactive games, and that it was inside a 50,000 sq ft warehouse in the Downtown LA Arts District. It kinda sounded to me like a Dave & Busters, but the cooler, more fun, more “LA” version. I was almost spot on with that, but I had no idea just how cool this place actually was until I stepped inside.
Los Angeles has always been a bit of an oxymoron – in more ways than one. On one hand LA is a big city that promotes the quick pace of the hustle and bustle, but on the other hand it’s a city heavily focused on promoting slowing down and living that life of leisure. This juxtaposition actually happens to be one of my favorite things about LA. The fast life makes the slow life all the sweeter, and if there’s one thing I know about Angelenos… we hold “relaxation” in very high regard.
Besides the soothing sounds of the ocean shore, the feeling of the warm sun on your skin, or the sight of palm trees swaying in the breeze, there are tons of ways to relax in Los Angeles – as a matter a fact we’re a city obsessed with it. Whether it be a mediation class, a traditional spa, or a tranquil garden, here are a few of my favorite places around town to treat oneself and get a great mood refresher.
All I keep hearing is, “Summer is almost over” and can I just be the one to say, no it ain’t? I feel like Summer has just begun! August, September and October always seem to be our warmest months and it’s the time of year Angelenos can finally take advantage of LA’s splendor. We can go to the beach in peace, we can dine al fresco as often as we please, and we can drink rosé – aka Summer water – on an extended timeline!
It’s no secret that I absolutely love hosting at my house, and my most recent gathering was arguably my most crowning achievement yet. I, with the help of my friends from Society6, hosted my very own “Rosé All Day” inspired cocktail party in my backyard and had the absolute best time doing it. I really went above and beyond with this one, but the good news is it really wasn’t all that difficult to pull of.
On this particular post I decided to partner up with one of my favorite girls – and especially favorite bookworm – to combine efforts and bring to you a list of books we’ve loved, or at least had our eye on this summer. Nikki Best is an LA girl, a creative, a copywriter, a yoga and coffee enthusiast, but most importantly the author of a book herself. A year or so ago she penned “Haikantwithyou” – a really fun and clever quick read that tells a tale of a modern relationship in haiku format. Plus it’s a great coffee table read for when you’re done – I would know, I have it.
So with all of that said, both Nikki and I have spent a lot of time this summer reading – and listening – and these are just a few of the books we hope you guys might enjoy as well. I also included the local book stores in Los Angeles that you can find them – along with their Amazon links just incase you’re not in LA. But if you are in LA, get your butt to your local bookshop and take in all those fresh book scents!
Malibu is serenity defined. On one hand, you are literally standing on the edge of the world, where the water meets the land. And on the other, you’re surrounded by beautiful homes, delicious food, and a winding road that some how never gets old. It’s perfectly perfect and out of the way, so that when you do trek to Malibu you make it a ~thing. You’re treating yourself and you best live it up. So see below my perfect day in that magical place (I will disclose here that I’m starting farther away and working my way back in to the city).
Summer has officially begun. Well. Almost. You know what I mean. And before we ride off into the metaphorical sunset that might include getting on a plane and leaving this beautiful place we call home, I wanted to list out some of the top things happening in our own backyard that you won’t want to miss.
Summer in LA is a beautiful thing. It gives us hope. A reason to stick around. Summer Fridays. Outdoor movies. Rooftops. Suntans. Beach bods-ish. Festivals galore. Happiness at its core. And as long as we avoid the uber touristy parts of the city, this summer has the potential to feel like the whimsical vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Trust me.
OH THE POSSIBILITIES.
What do you think of when you think of Beverly Hills? Most people who don’t actually live here – even those who do – probably think “Rodeo Drive” and all of life’s luxuries that comes along with it, palm tree lined streets, and that famous “Beverly Hills” fountain on SMB.
And truth be told Beverly Hills is all of that for sure – plus a little extra. But there is so much more to this part of town that is worth enlightening anyone weary of the Beverly Hills bubble or simply convinced it’s a one-note neighborhood. Here are my personal and perhaps “not so obvious” favorite things to do in Beverly Hills:
If you’re local to LA then you know that there are more than a fair amount of farmer’s markets here in the city. At this point, it’s safe to say there’s pretty much one in every neighborhood. Or at least one within 2 miles of every neighborhood. Which, still – a lot.
Sure you can find a market in LA on any given day, but that one magical market where you can stroll amongst never ending rows of colorful produce, take in the smell of those tacos cooking or that popcorn popping, and of course maybe even run into a celebrity while you’re at it, is the one you want to be at. You know you’re in the right place if you see chefs and celebs. And though there might be some debate over this, I would argue that the Hollywood Farmer’s Market is the best. You can find it on the cross street of Ivar and Selma Ave, every Sunday from 8am – 1pm. To fully master the market, consider the following:
In honor of World Happiness Day – which seriously puts a smile on my face for no other reason than the fact it’s a day dedicated to smiling, basically – I’m putting together a list of 10 things that I love about living in Los Angeles!
[Photo cred: Casey’s Irish Pub via Instagram]
Don’t you just love holidays that don’t actually mean anything (to you), yet, are still SO. FUN. to celebrate? I do, I do!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays for me. Technically, the “Day of the Festival of Patrick”, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, marking the traditional death date of Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. It really involves celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and the heritage and culture of Irish in general.
Because Los Angeles likes to be included in all of these celebrations, I’ve noted the best things happening for your entertaining pleasure, in order of when (so you can hit as many as possible, of course).