- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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I know some people with some serious civic pride, I may even be one of them, but out of all of the places I’ve been I’ve never truly experienced local love and hometown pride quite like it is in Seattle.
Let me just start with the fact that there are collectively no nicer human beings on earth than Seattleites. It’s just a fu*kin’ fact. They are so kind and so genuine that it actually hurts my feelings. Secondly, Seattle is just an absolutely beautiful city. I know, you’ve heard this before right? Well, I can’t help myself. It’s truly picture perfect, in all its Pacific Northwestern glory.
Most importantly, the culture in Seattle is incredibly fun, approachable, charming, and rich. From the people, the food, the coffeeshops to the microbreweries this town is filled with incredibly cool small businesses…. And, between flights, entertainment, and accommodations, it can be a pretty affordable trip!
I spent 4 days in Seattle just a few weeks ago, and with the help of several Seattle friends – both new and old – I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things the city has to offer. Your next cold weather weekend getaway awaits.
If you are the proud owner of a luggage tag that reads, “I love not camping.” the likelihood of you being the outdoorsy type is pretty slim. Well friends, as it turns out I am said owner of said luggage tag. I have simply never been one for dirt, mountain lions, bugs, granola bars, tents, and sleeping bags. I love nature, (come on of course I love nature) just typically from a distance. Preferably from the window of a nice little cozy cabin – Kidding. Kind of. Trips to places of the earth with no cell service or civilization aren’t typically my preferred method of adventuring, but in being “forced” to head to Sequoia National Forests this past weekend, I am – to my surprise – now singing a different tune.
The Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley here in the beautiful state of California. I had the pleasure of visiting a few parts of the vast park during a quick weekend getaway to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays, and it was an experience this non-nature girl will genuinely never forget. If you’re looking to escape city life for a little relaxation mixed with a little adventure, this is the magical bucket-list place you need to visit, and this is what you need to do:
The current obsession with nail art is REAL. The more unique, the more fanciful, the more compliment inducing, the better. And being the manicure qween that I am, you know I’m right there at the forefront of the trend. While I’m relatively loyal to my current nail salon, there is something quite enticing about the latest nail salon to set up shop in LA called Color Camp. Take a quick gander at their Instagram account and you’ll see why, but the fact of the matter is they’re tapping into the nail art niche and quite honestly they’re, well – nailing it.
GUYS I DID IT! Two weeks ago, I FINALLY took a proper vacation for the first time in a very long time. Sure, I’ve gone on plenty of quick work/play trips within the past few years, but nothing that could compare to what I experienced at The Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Honestly I can’t seem to shut up lately about what an amazing trip I had from start to finish, and while I owe plenty to my company (my boyfriend and parents) for making it so much fun, we collectively owe most of our trip of bliss to The Banyan Tree Mayakoba.
For LA being such a creative “hub” if you will, I’ve still found it somewhat difficult to actually find new ways to continue the creative learning process (without having to sign up for school/ a course). Obviously there are plenty of activities like Paint Night, pottery classes, or random one-off creative events around town, but for the longest time I hadn’t really been able to find a place I could consistently count on to offer simple creative type classes.
After graduating with a degree in Art from Chapman in 2011, it was genuinely sad for me that I couldn’t keep up with my painting, or “art-ing” in general. I had no space to paint, no inspiration to draw, and no one to push me. I’d eventually given in to taking courses at OTIS, which for a more in depth look into a subject I still highly recommend, but I couldn’t keep shelling out $500 at a time every time I had a creative craving. But then, just one month ago actually, I was introduced by a friend to a place called Makers Mess – aka everything I feel like I’ve been looking for in terms of continued creative learning in a short, easy, and fun way in LA.
Let’s be real for a second here ladies, there’s getting your nails done and there’s getting your nails done. I’m not totally sure I knew there was a difference before I paid a visit to Base Coat nail salon in the DTLA Arts District last week, but my oh my… have my horizons been broadened. Like most pampering involved appointments, you hope to have “an experience” and at Base Coat a well rounded experience is exactly what you get. For me it’s not just the fact that I’ll get a nice manicure/pedicure, you can get those just about anywhere in LA, but what really sets Base Coat apart is how they offer their services and the standard to which they uphold themselves.
Well, it’s official. Scottsdale Arizona is really easy to get to, really easy on the eyes, and really easy to hang around. Prior to this past weekend I thought taking a trip to Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona meant hours of travel time to a place that might as well be Palm Springs, but oh, OH was I totally wrong. Scottsdale is just 5-6 hours away from Los Angeles by car or a short one hour long plane ride – practically the same amount of time it would take to get to Northern California. The city itself is absolutely stunning with it’s picturesque desert scape backdrop and architectural uniformity. But not only is Scottsdale an undeniably beautiful city, it’s easily one of THE best destinations in the West for dining, creating, adventuring, relaxing, and pampering – trust me even in just one weekend, I feel like I experienced it all. If you’re thinking about heading out to Arizona’s city of sunshine and sophistication, here’s what not to miss!
MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON IS OFFICIALLY UPON US!!! And this past weekend I was fortunate enough to kick it all off at one of the coolest most intimate festivals I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. McDowell Mountain Music Festival is going on their FOURTEENTH year of bringing the Phoenix/Arizona community together by way of live music, and with each new year the festival seems to grow and grow in size and popularity. A lot if not most Angelenos have probably never heard of M3F, but fortunately this is where I come in – to finally fill you in on one of music’s best kept secrets. The festival is already scheduled for next year on March 23-25, 2018 and here’s what you need to know:
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.