- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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[Photo Credit: @loria91 via Instagram]
Echo Park Lake is quite possibly one of LA’s best kept secrets. First of all, there is a lake. And it’s amazing. You can go pedal boating in it for $10 DOLLARS. There are hotdog carts, ice cream trolleys and fresh fruit stands at every corner. And my most favorite part?
It’s perfectly populated. The community this park cultivates is one of understood complacence. You’re going to do you, and as long as you aren’t totally disruptive, nobody really cares. It’s pure bliss.
Some other things I love doing at this park:
The little pockets of LA are what get me going. I mean, we have SO. MANY. PLACES. to choose from; the list of things to do doesn’t end.
One of my favorite pockets is in Los Feliz. There’s one block in particular, where that small town feel meets the energy of a big city. Nestled between Hollywood Blvd and Franklin St, you couldn’t miss it if you tried; and trust me you won’t want to.
For as long as I could write and draw, I have had an obsession with beautiful stationery. It may have once started somewhere with Lisa Frank and Gelly Roll pens, but to this day if I’m in the presence of stunningly crafted paper goods, I’m likely to feel inspired to buy something. Or in many cases, a lot of somethings.
Dempsey & Carroll, one of my now favorite engraved paper crafters, could arguably be the “O.G.’s” of beautifully crafted and chic stationery – as they have been doing so since 1878. Their products are always known for quality, creativity, and craftsmanship and recently they’ve created a beautiful collection inspired by travel called the Jet Set Collection. The Jet Set Collection is comprised of their unique sets of stationery that represent four of the world’s most iconic cities: Paris, London, New York, and most importantly – Los Angeles. Drawing inspiration from the collections playful yet vintage interpretation of Los Angeles, I would love to share with you – my fellow Angelenos and jetsetters – my personal guide to the 5 best things to experience in the City Of Angels:
Nothing says “Summer in America” quite like a good old fashioned trip to the local county fair. I have so many memories from a number of fairs I’ve visited over the years, and even as I get older these silly fairs still maintain a bit of their strange nostalgic luster. I suppose the reality of the situation is though that funnel cakes will always taste delicious, riding carnival rides will always be a bit hilarious, and people watching will always be priceless entertainment. So much like most Americans, I continue to make the effort every year or two to visit the fair for a delightful culmination of all that is “America”.
I feel honored, and actually proud to say that I attended the FIRST EVER fitness festival hosted by Propel Water this past weekend in Los Angeles! Co:Labs Fitness Festival was a weekend created by Propel in hopes of bringing together the best of the fitness and musical entertainment worlds for two days of sweat and fun. Fitness lovers – including myself – had access to 25+ workouts over the weekend lead by some of LA’s most beloved studios as well as exclusive studios located in Miami, Denver, Chicago and NYC. Some classes were stand alone studio classes, some were collaborations between two different studios, and some classes were accompanied by live musicians including Big Boi, AlunaGeorge, Spencer Ludwig and Gabriel Garzon-Montana. BESIDES the countless opportunities to get your sweat and groove on, Co:Labs had plenty else to keep festival goers busy and entertained including a braid bar, a pop-up shop, DreamPops galore, restaurant pop-ups including Sweetgreen, Pico House, and Di Alba, PLUS of course all of the Propel water your heart desired.
After 7 years of living in Los Angeles, I FINALLY had the chance this year to attend the city’s beloved FYF Fest. FYF has been an annual Summertime music festival in LA since 2004 and with each new year they seem to continue to raise the bar on themselves. The fact that I got to see Iggy Pop, Bjork, Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, and Missy Elliott all in one weekend is just downright insane – it doesn’t even seem possible! FYF may have been my fourth music festival this year, but it was easily one of the best weekends I’ve had in 2017. There are few things I’d rather do on a summer day than get dressed up in newly purchased clothes, hang with friends, listen to live music, snack on delicious things, and sip on refreshing Angry Orchard Hard Cider. If I had the chance to do it all over again this weekend, I would. But for now while we patiently wait for next year’s FYF Fest, here are a few things I picked up this weekend to help you prep for your next festival!
Saunas. So hot right now. (wink wink.) But really – infrared sauna studios are a thing! And HotBox Sauna Studio Downtown has successfully turned me into a major fan. HotBox might not be the first infrared sauna studio, but they are the absolute best when it comes to creating the most appealing and enjoyable sauna experience. The studio opened in Downtown LA just a few short months ago, and already they’ve garnered quite the number of returning sauna goers. With their absolutely stunning branding, their highest of quality saunas, pricing, and overall experience, it really is no wonder.
There are few better things in life than experiencing a festival in its first year of existence. With the growing popularity of music festivals in general, I’ve been fortunate enough to actually experience several “first festivals”. But my favorite “first festival” so far? Easily Arroyo Seco – a festival that’s actually held right here in Los Angeles. Last weekend on the grounds around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena the very first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend brought 25,000+ fans together to enjoy two days of live music, booze, food, and most importantly – fun.
[image via @jenvyjams on Instagram]
Have you ever pondered partying in another galaxy? Preferably amongst like minded Star Wars super fans? Well thankfully for us, dreams really do come true sometimes and places like Scum & Villainy Cantina quite literally “pop up”. Truth be told if you actually are a legit Star Wars geek and you live in Los Angeles, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already been or at least heard of Scum & Villainy Cantina. Scum & Villainy Cantina is a temporary pop-up built to make you feel as though you have been transported to a bar in another Galaxy far far away – much like the one you’d find on the planet Tatooine in Episode IV. So as you can imagine, Star Wars fans are all over this like a slave bikini on Princess Leia.
Life is but a dream in the City of Angels. When us Angelenos reflect on how fortunate we are to live in such an incredible and diverse place, one of the first things we all agree on is that it doesn’t get any better than having immediate access to the best of what California has to offer: beach/mountains/desert and FORESTS. I feel like I’ve experienced quite a bit within the LA county borders, more than your average Angeleno one might say, but before last week I’d never been to the Angeles National Forest, nor even knew it existed.
I was actually recently inspired to find my nearest forest thanks in part to Boxed Water and learning more about their inspiring ReTree Project. Through this initiative the brand plants two trees for every social post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter that features their product with hashtag #ReTree. In partnership with the National Forest Foundation, the goal of their ReTree Project is to plant ONE MILLION trees within a five-year period. This year alone they’re planting trees in the Sierra National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest – they’re already up to over 500k trees!