- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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Oh hello topic I hardly ever speak on yet get asked about all the time! If there’s one question I get more often than others, it’s “how do you eat all that food and stay in shape?” Let me tell you, I may have decent genes (thanks mom and dad!), but at the end of the day it takes work. Shock of the century.
My true happiness depends on my ability to find balance. For example: I love wine, pizza, and all things sugary or buttery, therefore I must find ways to (as best I can) enjoy working it all off as well. Sure, if I had less of said wine and pizza I probably wouldn’t have to workout as hard, or I’d be in a lot better shape, but at the end of the day I can say with complete conviction that I am very happy with the balance I have come to find and the small choices I make on a day to day basis. (more…)
My blog here may be called “Love & Loathing Los Angeles”, but the “love” has always far outweighed the “loathing”. I suppose I won’t ever be completely on board with horrendous traffic, any and all parking situations, or the general cost of living, but there’s not much else to convince me that this isn’t exactly where I want to be. Things like palm trees, amazing people, tacos, the ever-present sun, and the fact that there is ALWAYS something to do are frequent reminders of that.
Last week I went and saw the (INCREDIBLE) LA-themed movie La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling *swoon*, and I am still in a state of warm and fuzzy feels. I found myself relating to the storyline and characters on such a deep level, to the point that it has all created quite a bit of wonderful and meaningful thought and conversation.
For all you last minute shoppers… *guilty*… here is a list of some of my FAVORITE gift ideas that you can get shop for locally! AND, get this: they’re all MADE locally too. Go team Los Angeles! May the shopping gods be with you all – Happy Holidays!!!
Austin. Is. Awesome. The cat’s been out of the bag on that one for a while now, but over the past few years Austin has become not only one of the best places to live, but also quite the hot and hip travel destination. Ask any Austonian about it and they’ll act like they’re not 100% clear on why, but for those of us who love and appreciate dining, doing things, and experiencing a little culture, Austin has more to offer than they’re letting on. With a self professed motto like “keep Austin weird”, what’s already not to love? There’s got to be excellent reasoning as to why 126 new people move in to the city each day, my guess is it probably has something to do with the tech startups, the growing economy, the people, the dining/drinking/music scene, and the big city yet soulful vibe. Just a guess. Whether you’re passing thorough due to work, visiting to attend one of Austin’s many incredible music festivals, or just heading to the neon sign city for the heck of it, here are 10 things to consider during your stay. *This is in addition to the 10 things I suggest you do in Austin that I wrote last year! Still totally on point, if I do say so myself.*
Fact: furniture shopping in Los Angeles can be just as depressing as apartment hunting. Especially if you’re not equipped with a big ol’ fancy budget that allows you to spend at your will, but even if you’re working with a decent budget it can be difficult to find things that justify the price tag. Those of us with taste that don’t want to blow our entire budgets on a lamp are somewhat limited in terms where we can shop LA; we’re over the days of shopping for everything at Ikea, we’re not quite at Restoration Hardware level, but we want something slightly more unique than what we’d find at West Elm. I was constantly underwhelmed and feeling “overit.com” with furniture shopping in LA until I’d recently gone in to Mar Vista’s ‘The Hängar LA’.