Two LA Urban Oases

Two LA Urban Oases

LA is not a particularly peaceful town, not really at all. Even after two years in LA, I'm constantly on the hunt for new spots that feel like an escape from the city. It's no easy feat a lot of the times but whether peaceful or not, the places to discover in LA are eclectic and countless. Yesterday I visited two different places I'd never been before, both attempt to be urban oases in the chaotic city but are opposites in almost every way. The first spot was Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens. I had never heard of it before.…

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Sunday Thoughts #3 // LA Arboretum

Sunday Thoughts #3 // LA Arboretum

It's not quite Sunday but it's been a little quieter here on my blog than I'd like, so I'm sharing some thoughts/updates! The photos are from our recent visit to Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, located in Arcadia. It's known for its free roaming peacocks. I had visited previously in high school, but that was before I lived in the middle of the chaos that is LA city, so I didn't appreciate how peaceful and well-maintained the arboretum is. If you live in LA I'd highly recommend a visit! But anyway, here's some randomness:  Movies // Every January and…

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My LA Winter Uniform

My LA Winter Uniform

Despite all the sales, I haven't been buying a lot of new clothing pieces lately, which usually automatically warrants a new outfit blog post. However, there has been one outfit that I've been wanting to share - this classic, simplistic "winter" outfit that's effortless to throw on and looks polished. It composes of: a neutral sweater or top, relaxed jeans, black booties, and a trench coat (same one as featured in this post). I've worn this outfit quite a few times now. It's the closest thing to a "winter" uniform. Normally I wear it with a thin sweater; but yesterday…

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Three Sundays

Three Sundays

December does not bring snow here in California but it doesn't diminish the holiday spirits. I've been a little behind on my blog this month because I've been spending extra time with friends whenever I could. I love that even though everyone's busy, the holiday season brightens everyone's moods and making plans becomes easier than ever. On each of the three Sundays of this month so far, I spent all day with friends exploring both SD and LA. I took my Olympus Pen around to for interesting snaps and spontaneous photo shoots. Each day didn't quite have enough content for…

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Pinafore Dress at Getty Center

Pinafore Dress at Getty Center

Last time I was at the Getty Center, the entire sky was black and orange. A huge fire in the mountains had transformed West LA into a scene from an post-apocalypse movie. This time around our experience couldn't have been more different. We got there a little after 3, so parking was discounted from $15 to $10. There weren't nearly as many people so parking also took almost no time either. The sky was beyond clear, the air was fresh, and the temperature was just right. We ventured to some parts of the center that we hadn't been before to…

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Casual Outfit in Orange, CA

Casual Outfit in Orange, CA

  Last Saturday I spent a few very relaxing hours in Orange - an older town in California a little more than half an hour away from LA. Despite of the proximity, it has a small town atmosphere that makes you feel like you're much further away. I love that feeling. We first stopped by Portola Coffee Lab, located inside of Provision Market, a combination of a beer/wine tasting room, an exotic beer market, and of course the coffee shop itself. It feels warm and cozy inside and we were able to grab the best seats in the house by…

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