California daydreams in motion with Holly & Ray.Read More
For my last night in LA, Myra takes me to the ultimate sunset spot.Read More
Search no further: I found the best milkshake in LA.Read More
Photos, burgers, and exploration along the road between Joshua Tree and Palm Springs...Read More
Chinatown after dark.Read More
Hangouts in Echo Park.Read More
My first day back in LA breathed creativity back into me that I tend to lose my grip on during winter in the northeast. Midcentury diners, big pink flower bushes, and late night walks through Downtown.Read More
Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, we escaped the city to find some of the Bay Area’s best kept secrets along the shoreline.Read More
Cruising along California’s Highway 1, or Pacific Coast Highway, is known as one of the most essential road trip routes in America. This was my third time taking the scenic route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Big Sur is repeatedly my favorite stretch of land to break up the drive through Los Padres National Forest.Read More
Upon check-out, the staff was kind enough to gift each of us room key tags as souvenirs. This place was a little taste of heaven, and I can’t wait to return someday.Read More
California • January 2015 • Mobile Diary Part II
Top left: A ruby beauty spotted in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Here, we stayed in a beautiful Victorian home, which is something I can now cross off my bucket list.
Top right: If you’re an Elliott Smith fan, head to his Figure 8 memorial mural in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to catch it on a day when it was recently touched up with fresh paint, as most of the left side of the wall has notes written by fans in remembrance of ES. So glad to meet you, Angeles…
Bottom left: Records and music stuff galore. This place is huge! You could easily spend hours aimlessly browsing. I almost always end up shipping myself something home from here. This particular Amoeba is in Los Angeles, but there is also one located in San Francisco.
Bottom right: Cafe Lizzi in Oakland was a great morning pit-stop on our first drive north. The staff here is extremely friendly. It’s always great to start a day of driving off with a positive attitude, and the dynamic duo who served us at Lizzi was chock full of sunshine.
California • January 2015 • Mobile Diary Part I
California has an abundance of many things that I love: flea markets, retro cars, and coffee. I spent a week driving down the coast with two friends earlier this month, as I have done similarly in the past. However, this time, we started further north - in the college town of Chico. California is the one state that I am obsessed with revisiting, because it seems like there are always new and exciting things to do and see each time I return. It feels close to impossible to truly do it all, but I certainly have many pins in my map thus far!
Top left: In Los Angeles, we discovered Melrose Trading Post, which is a weekly open-air market consisting of vendors selling mostly antiques and vintage goods. I highly suggest giving yourself at least a few hours to browse. There are dozens upon dozens of vendors containing an abundance of hidden treasures at very reasonable prices. I couldn’t pass up that vintage Super 8 camera! Later than night, we made our way to the Darkroom, a gastropub in West Hollywood. As a photographer, I felt right at home, given the name. Here, we made some new friends from Montana and took full advantage of the old fashioned photo booth!
Top right: In Oakland, and numerous other times throughout our trip, I fell in love with a bright red ruby beauty.
Bottom left: In the Silver Lake neighborhood within Los Angeles, there is an amplitude of fantastic coffee shops. We returned to Intelligentsia, a coffee spot we had uncovered our love for on a previous trip. They make a rockin’ soy latte. This spot remains my favorite!
Bottom right: In downtown Chico, a few hours north of San Francisco, our friend Andrew brought us to his personal favorite coffee shop: The Naked Lounge. The decor in here is warm and welcoming, and so are the baristas! Not to mention, the brew is top-notch.
“If somebody gave me $100,000 a week to move somewhere and live in a mansion and be a big shot, I’d refuse it. I want to be right here. It’s amazing, isn’t it?” -Leonard Knight (1931-2014)Read More