2.04.2016

LA Spots: The Sunken City

Welcome to a little Los Angeles hidden gem called The Sunken City.

I'm glad my first adventure of the year was this refreshing place. It was my first time here, so bare with me as I gush a little. The Sunken City is filled with so much contradictions, which is exactly why I loved it. It was a mix of a calm, beachside city and a cool, urban scene. Every turn you took had something new for you to see and admire, whether it was the ocean, palm trees, or all the graffiti art.

A little history behind it... The Sunken City was once a place of residence, but it crumbled in a 1929 landslide, which explains the remnants of concrete slabs, pipes, and an uneven terrain. It is a closed off, gated location with trespassing signs everywhere, however, it seems as though it is not regulated too much (enter at your own risk).

To enter, I've seen people crawl under holes under the fence, or climb around the fence - which is what I did. Beware, it can be dangerous as the end of the fence leads to a steep cliff right above the rocky ocean. Once you are in, you do have to hike up and down a few unpaved paths to see everything, so get ready to get a bit dirty. The cons are the pot smoking kids, litter, and broken glass, which is why I highly recommend wearing sneakers or boots. Other than that, it is filled with cute couples taking in the serene scene, kids strumming their guitars, and people just looking for an adventure.

To see exactly how I got in and more of The Sunken City, check out my video here.
 
xoxo,
Amy






{Beanie} RTH, Borrowed | {Long Cardi} Foreign Exchange | {Dress} DTLA Fashion District | {Socks} Choies | {Shoes} Summit by White Mountain via Ross | {Backpack} Steve Madden via HauteLook | {Necklace} thecomelycloset
 
Photography by Brent Shimasaki

1.21.2016

Get Active in Style!

Workout Motivation
It's a new year and a new set of resolutions have been put out there in the universe. To no surprise, getting fit and healthy is on the top of the list. Every year, I make this a priority as I know my body is starting to react to my increasing age, but this is the year I will actually fulfill this resolution! To give myself a bit of motivation, I decided to create a little "workout in style wish list". If nothing else will help motivate me, then I hope lusting over these fashionable workout pieces will get me out the door. Cannot wait to get in the groove, all while feeling good and looking good.

 
xoxo,
Amy

1.17.2016

Project 366: Week 2


 Day 10: A hilarious indoor sunbathing cat

 Day 11: Free bags of chips being passed out in DTLA - SCORE!

Day 12: Smelly goodness - gifts from a friend

Day 13: This just makes me chuckle, pure gold

Day 14: Making a sale on Poshmark is a glorious feeling!

Day 15: Feeling motivated writing out some ideas for the blog and admiring the notebook gifts from my boss :)

Day 16: I come to realize that there may be a lot of pictures of Mew in this project... she just makes me so happy! Some good R&R with my precious baby <3

1.13.2016

LA Spots: Zinc Cafe & Market


It was one of those days where I felt it in my bones that it was going to be a good day. Starting it off with a little brunch at Zinc Café was just the beginning. It was my first time there and not surprised at all by the layout and trendiness of it since it is located in the Arts District. There are tons of hidden gems in the Arts District as they hide between industrial buildings and factories, and Zinc Café was not an exception.
 
The café, along with its' mini market, is a very open space with large windows all around. The ambiance during brunch/lunch was very casual and quiet. We went on a Wednesday afternoon, so I was greeted with a very calming atmosphere with no hustle and bustle. Initially, I was worried that the "hipster" café would be lackluster and not filling for my belly, like I have encountered in other places, but boy, was it delicious and surprisingly both light and filling! I will definitely be back to try other brunch dishes, and I am curious to see the night scene and try its' menu.

The pros?
Chill ambiance, dog friendly, street parking (if you're lucky), vegetarian, delicious, indoor/outdoor seating, grab to-go market place
 
The cons?
Middle of nowhere, $5 parking lot, pricey-ish, uncomfortable outdoor furniture
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 What we ordered and highly recommend! - Full Menu
xoxo,
Amy

 

1.10.2016

Project 366: Week 1

I have decided to participate in Project 366 (it's a leap year!). People partake in this project for many reasons, but for me, the project is about creating memories for those random, mundane moments in my life. We tend to only remember those big events that overshadow all the other day-to-day little things that also bring us joy. Unfortunately, this project will also capture low moments in my life. I accept the fact that every day cannot be a joyous one, and will embrace all highs and lows. I am treating this project as the purest form of my honest emotions from each day of 2016.

Some of these images may not make any sense to you and may not be the best quality, but know that those moments have made an impact on me. I am definitely a little hesitant, as you'll see the ups and downs I will have this year and not the usual consciously thought out content you are used to on my blog, but I honestly cannot wait to see the end result. Let's try and avoid the ever so common "my life flashed before my eyes" and really have a moment to take it all in, one day at a time.

Join me on this roller coaster of a project, as I share my pictures (iPhone only) each week.

Week 1
Day 1: First meal of 2016 

Day 2: Visiting San Pedro's Sunken City

 Day 3: First time ordering room service. Breakfast in Bed.

 Day 4: First heartbreak of 2016. Trying to perk up with a minion selfie.

Day 5: Watching as these girls made their first appearance during the press conference. Derp face strong.

Day 6: Mew <3 She gave me a genuine look of concern when I was having a low moment.
 
 Day 7: Green Juice - getting back in the grind.

Day 8: Doctors. Taking care of some business and starting the new year off fresh!
 
Day 9:  Help running a great Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Fashion Show and raising $634 for charity at my organized sample sale!