- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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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’.
With each new season comes new beauty products. Similar to rotating seasonal flavors at your local ice cream shop, beauty products are a reflection of the time of year as well and must be tested, tried, tasted, and applied accordingly. Typically speaking, what’s delicious during the Winter won’t be as tasty during the Summer, so keeping up with what’s fresh and in season is imperative. (That goes both for ice cream and beauty products.) With the sunniest of seasons upon us I’ve been a very busy girl personally investigating all types of products from the absolute necessities to the just-for-fun ones. (I know, miserable.) I’ve been on the hunt for the best sunscreen to protect my face under my makeup (found it!), and per usual, I’ve been obsessing over all of the Spring/Summer makeup trends such as application of copper/coral tones. Somewhere in between I’ve discovered all kinds of products that we should all get our hands *and faces* on this Summer. So with no further adieu, grab a refreshing beverage and allow me to introduce you to your official Love & Loathing LA guide to the best beauty products for summer!
Off-season prices… hotel/meal deals… vitamin D… I can come up with 101 perfect excuses to head to Palm Springs for a little getaway, but at present, ‘Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week‘ might be one of the best. Similar to how we do Restaurant Week here in Los Angeles, for a little over one week (June 3 – 12) tons of restaurants in the Greater Palm Springs area will be offering $28/$38/$48 prix fixe dinner specials, granting guests the ideal opportunity to experience all the best each joint has to offer. Most if not all of my favorite Palm Springs restaurants will be participants this year which is incredible – so many to choose from, so little time and waistband space. But even if you’re not “just here for the food”, between tours, shopping, hiking trails, spas, luxury pools, and museums there’s something in Palm Springs (and special offers!) for everyone.
Palm Springs is the epicenter for warm weather relaxation and is a favorite destination amongst mid century modern lovers and those of all ages feeling particularly tired and pale. I love the fact that every time I visit Palm Springs there is consistently somewhere new to stay, eat, or imbibe. The Angeleno dream is to eventually get to a point where you can say you’ve stayed at (or at least visited) The Saguaro, The Parker, L’Horizon, Sparrows Lodge, Korakia Pensione, The Ace, The Avalon, and every other incredible resort/hotel in the area. I’m working on it myself. When you’re not sitting poolside happily baking in the desert heat there are plenty of other ways to enjoy what the area has to offer. I’ve had a blast taking a Jeep Tour of homes once inhabited by old Hollywood stars, or visiting (and totally tearing up) at the Palm Springs Air Museum, or, post craft cocktails at Seymour’s at Mr. Lyons of course, trying to solve my way out of an Escape Room. But, at the end of the day if food is the name of your game and your ready to take yourself on the best little desert culinary adventure, let’s chat about a few dinner menus and restaurant participants from next month’s Greater Palm Springs Restauarant Week that are sure to be worth the trip alone.
When you imagine “vacation”, what does your next dream adventure look like? Maybe it involves a beach with piña coladas, maybe it’s strolling through cobblestone streets in Europe, or maybe it a mountain/lake situation; we could go on and on considering the dreamiest of options, but if there’s one thing all of these grand ideas share it’s that they are without a doubt intended to be memorable experiences. The best and most enjoyable vacations I’ve found tend to happen upon us when we need them most. As fun and fulfilling life in LA can be for most of us, the hustle and bustle of it all can just as easily wear you down and challenge your identity. I’ve found the “weekend getaway” to be a crucial component to surviving life at such a fast pace and all the while making the journey that much more rich and rewarding.
My recent weekend getaway to The Alisal Guest Ranch Resort was one of those adventures, one of those mind/body/soul vacations, I will truly never forget. What made it so memorable is due in part because I was in desperate need of some “me time”, but most of it I owe to the truly magical and yet completely authentic experience Alisal offers. If we’re so fortunate in life, we get to take vacations that change us for the better in an instance. You head home feeling like you’ve got a whole new perspective on things, you feel whole, and most importantly you feel all the more alive. To some Alisal might just be a great little 10,000 acre ranch style resort with tons of great outdoor activities, but to me and I’m sure any other past guests, Alisal is therapeutic.
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