All posts tagged: West Coast

Complaining About LA Doesn’t Make You Cool

People complain to me about Los Angeles all the time. Mostly it’s grumpy folks who don’t live here, but sometimes it’s even those who have never stepped foot in the city. Everyone in LA is shallow! There are so many hipsters! The traffic is horrible! Everyone’s so snotty! There’s no culture! There’s no history! There are too many health nuts!  I wonder why friends, family, and acquaintances who live elsewhere feel the need to tell me how much they hate LA? Why they waste their time and energy whining about a place they barely know, to a person who openly loves calling Los Angeles home? There are folks who live here and can’t stand it because it’s not the right place for them, but some of them decide it’s objectively bad. LA’s too crowded, dirty, and pretentious…and I don’t fit in here because I’m different! These types of arguments seem to be based on a very narrow view of the city, ignited by ideas about what life’s like for predominantly white, upper-middle class people who live here. …

A Day in Santa Barbara, CA

A few weekends ago I took a day trip with my boyfriend to Santa Barbara, CA, just 80 minutes north of Los Angeles. This was my first time in Santa Barbara, and even though it was just a day, I can say that the small city exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be beautiful, but I was admittedly surprised by Santa Barbara’s lack of pretension. Our first stop was the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a stunning Spanish Colonial Revival-style building completed in 1929. Before checking out the rest of the city we got brunch at Mesa Verde, a cute vegetarian restaurant where the food is light and flavorful, and the plating is impeccable (I think flowers may come on every plate!). While in Santa Barbara we also stopped by Stearns Wharf, made our way down State Street, went to Old Mission Santa Barbara (where there happened to be a chalk drawing exhibit), and ended our day at Butterfly Beach, which was foggy and cold in the best kind of way. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to get away …

A Weekend in San Francisco

I spent last weekend in San Francisco with my boyfriend and wow, did we have a blast! It was my first time in the city and I already knew I’d love it before arriving, but San Francisco somehow exceeded my expectations. During our brief visit we checked out a few excellent vegan restaurants including Shizen and Golden Era, both of which would be enjoyed by vegans and meat-eaters alike. We hit up most of San Francisco’s iconic areas including Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the Mission District, Haight-Ashbury, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately we missed out on the Castro District, but that just means we have something already planned for next time. We also explored Golden Gate Park, took a few snap shots of the “Painted ladies” (or “Full House houses,” as I like to call them), and drove to the top of Twin Peaks road for a spectacular view of the city. On our last day we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and spent a little time in the beautiful town of Sausalito, and then we headed back home to Los Angeles. Now that I don’t live too far …

Creating a Cher Horowitz Inspired Outfit

This past July Clueless, the ultimate 90’s coming-of-age film, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Although the movie may be two decades old, I’d argue that its humor and the message at its core is just as relatable today despite Cher’s laughably large cell phone and compulsive use of irrelevant slang. Much of what’s so fun about Clueless is how each character’s wardrobe acts as an extension of themselves. Cher’s style is structured and preppy, but she takes risks with patterns and accessories, which is illustrative of her good-natured, yet sometimes wild personality. I was asked by Farfetch, an online shopping site where you can discover the latest in designer fashion, to recreate an iconic fashion moment in movie history. As both a student and resident of Los Angeles, I’m personally inspired by Cher Horowitz’s take on west coast prep, but I wanted to put a bit of a contemporary spin on her look. Here’s what I came up with: Although the outfit is simple and structured, the fun is in the details. Cher is all about pairing a tucked-in button-up with a sophisticated a-line skirt, and she’s also known to rock a chic headband. Since …

My Month Working in Beverly Hills

Oh Beverly Hills. So posh. So beautiful. So vapid. Believe it or not, I’m an enormous fan of Bravo’s reality series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I’m guilty of indulging in a little mindless entertainment and RHOBH does the trick. What can I say? It can be fun to watch an hour of rich people doing rich people stuff, and it’s also humbling to see that money doesn’t buy happiness. We all have issues, whether we can afford a Bentley or not. But my enjoyment of Beverly Hills does not extend beyond the television screen. About two weeks after moving to Los Angeles I was offered a job somewhere small and cute and just off Rodeo Drive. After only four weeks of working there, I came to terms with the fact that the job wasn’t the right fit for me. But as is the case with all things in life, the experience certainly wasn’t a waste. I met some wonderful women, discovered what I was and wasn’t willing to accept in a working environment, and realized that …

‘Drive Time’ – Women, Art, and Los Angeles

I came across this great short film from an online post on nylon.com. Commissioned by Swedish clothing line COS, Petra Collins’ film Drive Time features five young women talking about art, culture, and why they love living in Los Angeles. I was already convinced that LA is the city for me, but this short film really sealed the deal. I’m excited to meet more women pursuing creative careers, and can’t wait to find a home for myself in a city filled with such abundant culture and diversity. COS’ next film takes a look at NYC’s art scene and is directed by Aaron Rose. PS – If you like the song featured in Drive Time be sure to check out the band Cherry Glazerr, which is led by Clementine Creevy.