Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 Things I've Learned from 2 Months in LA

Sitting in my bed listening to the now normal noises of the freeway (post Ferguson protest helicopter sounds), I've come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, I've learned a few things from residing in the City of Angels for the past two months. I'm heading to Seattle tomorrow evening for a little bit of a Thanksgiving break, but in the meantime, here's what I'm been storing in my mind for the past few weeks:

1. The people you surround yourself with makes a huge difference
Trader Joe's run(ning) with Ashlin
With Sam *from Seattle as well*
Pictures from Bianca's Facebook because she takes fab pictures.

To be absolutely honest when I first got to Los Angeles I was very overwhelmed. Its one thing thinking about moving to another state and completely changing your life, and quite another actually going through with it. Luckily I've been able to find some great new friends (certainly not all are pictured) who make me feel right at home. The kind of people who will sit on the couch with you laughing about a stupid movie one minute, but will give you real genuine advice the next. Anywhere can feel alright if you just meet the right people.

2. Hollywood isn't really Los Angeles
What is Los Angeles is how absolutely jambled and almost uncomfortably random this city is. From hundreds of donut shops lining the strip malls, to celebrity filled shopping events, to rundown street corners, to students bicycling to school through the concrete sidewalks; that is LA. Not the artificial & sterile tourist cover of  this place. So sorry, its not a fame center sparkling with money and perfection, its a real place covering a rather large section of Southern LA. But isn't that all the more interesting?

But you can still go and do this....

3. The best places are the ones you haven't visited yet
I was quite satisfied.

As a perhaps too avid checker of Yelp and other review sites, I tend to know how good a restaurant should be before I even set foot in the establishment. But the real method to finding both the best food and shopping in LA is to just try everything out. If you can't find delicious food here then quite frankly you should train your taste buds because its everywhere (ps. the Thai food at the Grove's market is absolutely yummy).

4. Public transportation here is just fine
Sunday subway sounds.

I don't know exactly where I heard about Los Angeles having a terrible public transportation reputation, but in all my experiences I have to say that's false. I frequently take the subway from a station near my apartment downtown and as far as I can tell its always been on time. I've also only had one experience with the bus never showing up, which for such a large place I'll just ignore and move past. Nothing negative I can say either about the train which I can easily take and be by USC in just a couple of minutes. A much better system overall than back in Washington. Just remember to keep your TAP card and not lose it like I did when I had just put 10 dollars on it.

5. You will meet (semi) famous people
Though I haven't technically had any real up close and personal encounters with *stars*, I have had a few experiences which certainly would not have occurred back home. Lets see: I've casually sat on the floor of a UCLA frat house with the guy who played the brother on Zoey 101,  I saw that blond curly haired actress from Orange Is The New Black while volunteering at a UNIQLO store opening event at Beverly Center, and I managed to have a semi casual conversation with Sky Ferreira's music producer. Oh and someone who hangs out with Lil Debbie and Soulja Boy lives on the 10th floor of my apartment....

6. Seeing places you've heard about will still be surreal

Knowing me, I tend to obsess slightly over music. Hence when I sat in the back seat of my friend's Jeep driving through Hoover Street, I just smiled to myself at the mere fact that I was in the location of a Schoolboy Q song. I might be the palest girl in my building, but I can still rock a bucket rolling through "the South".

7. Surprise, the news actually happens here
Meanwhile, on the roof last night.

Things that have happened:

  •  Freeway crash from driving the wrong way on the 110 right in front of my apartment 
  •  Blocked off freeway (last night) from protesters on the same freeway
  • Guy with weapon at donut shop the night before going (Smart? Maybe not, but then again when you need donuts you really need donuts)
  • A million other things that I don't actually want to know about to avoid paranoia

8. Be prepared to meet people way cooler than you
Its kind of a bummer but although you might have thought you were really the creme de la creme of the hip back in your town now you're just one in a million (quite literally). The girl next to you will have met Mac Miller last week, and the guy a few seats back will have sold jewelry to Frank Ocean. But all you can do is work hard until you know you've made it. Network, network, network and never settle.

9. You don't really have money to spend on threading your eyebrows (but you will anyways)
Your wallet will not enjoy a major metropolitan venue. It might soon convenient living next to 5 different nail salons and a million cafes, but that convenience will soon diminish when you check your bank statement. Maybe just eat a few less "Spicy Asian chicken wraps"....

10. The penguins in Madagascar were right

"Just smile and wave boys". To finalize this list lets quote a DreamWork's animated film. Lets just say you will encounter a few individuals with view points and attitudes you do not truly appreciate. But instead of fretting and getting all Disney channel tween attitude about it, just grit your teeth and walk away. There is no use starting drama where it isn't needed, in the end realizing it doesn't matter makes you the smarter person!

Now we'll just see what the next few months bring.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fantasy- Alina Baraz and Galimatias

For some...

Glistening and glimmering
Look of the day, a space age hip hop alien of sorts

School Daze

Do Good Deeds
Happy Birthday Greg (whoever you are).
Inner city foliage finds

Blue dreamy scenes from an afternoon stroll through downtown. Walked with Bianca after class just getting more of a feel for the area we reside in and snapping some photographs. I might be in a love (or lust) affair with the somewhat imperfect and grittier than advertised version of LA, with its filled to the brim mom and pop shops lining Broadway, and little bits of art you find in the most unexpected of places. Oh this is a place much more than just Botox and beaches.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hunnid Stax

Shirt: Stussy, Shorts: PHLO, Jersey: The Royal Seal

Keeping it one hunnid. 
Spent the day with the bossy in a good way Trina (who I talked to about Genuine Gem) yesterday, and went to Santa Monica to do some browsing at The Hundreds (after eating lunch downtown obviously, because real girls like to eat ASAP). I had a great time just hanging out with the Seattle home girl and relaxing post weekend homework overload. Also might have spotted a jacket at The Hundreds that I'm considering saving up some extra cash for. 

This "Death Row Records" wind breaker is something I could see myself throwing on to head out on a regular basis, and it's even cooler due to the fact that Death Row Records was a record label representing a variety of artists to the caliber of Tupac Shakur, Dr.Dre, Nate Dogg, and Snoop Dogg; overall very very Los Angeles.

So if you're in the Santa Monica area definitely pay a visit to the shop:

The Hundreds

For the rest of our Monday we met up with the lovely Pretty Bhamidi and hung around the pier eating ice cream, hopping on the roller-coaster, and snapping some pictures. I  just have to say I love how many new people I've met this year who all inspire me in different ways to stay motivated towards my goals. Those who really focus on their aspirations are certainly ones to keep in touch with. It's easy to get lost in a big city like Los Angeles, but if you believe in yourself you'll be just fine.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday A.K.A Mini Buns + Caffeine

When the Starbucks employee complements your hairstyle you know you're on to something. 

Coincidentally my top today was also very similar to the color of my (grande non fat iced) latte, which some could have mistaken for being purposely matchy matchy, but was really just accidental. Though seriously, sometimes dressing in neutrals and keeping it clean just feels sleek and classic, and a far cry from the crazy bucket hats and psychedelic prints which tend to inhabit my closet. Perhaps I'm starting to take some inspiration from the ever so pop culturally relevant Kimye:

I mean lets be real we all talked about Kim this week.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Running Home

When the evenings get darker and the weeks begin to melt together its hard to not become a little nostalgic for the days of the past. Adventure feels great and new, but there's something about being back home with all your favorite people that seems just a little cozier. Even if Thanksgiving doesn't mean a plane ticket (or car ride) back for you, there's still time to make sure to tell the people you care about how you really feel.

I've been saving this post for a while as I didn't really know how to word it, but a few weeks ago I received an email in the middle of the night that I sort of fell in love with. Its not even really the content of the email but more the idea of it. I wouldn't consider myself a hopeless romantic or even a crazy dreamer but there's something about the thought of meeting a person and just feeling like its right that's undeniably sweet sounding.

So go ahead, put on your headphones, light your fall candles, get a cup of piping hot tea, and write a letter. You don't have to proclaim your love for a stranger but just let your pencil express what's in your thoughts. Its really only words on paper but its so much realer than mindlessly pressing keys on a glass screen. If being real is a little crazy then shouldn't that be what we all strive for?

And in case you need musical suggestions:

Running Home- Brothers from Another

 Degas Park- Kevin Abstract

A Place Like This- Majid Jordan

Female Energy- Willow Smith

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FIDM x Street Style

As the middle of the week makes its return, we all need a little bit more coffee and a lot more inspiration. I snapped these pictures on campus today and I have to say people really brought their game today! From leather pants to lots of layering, the fall weather brought out a bit of a darker look than earlier occasions. And if this is just the beginning of seasonal dressing I can't wait to see the rest.
Everything about this look is perfection. 

Cloudy weather means the return of fur, and I'm not mad!
Might we have spotted a trend...

This oversized, silver jacket caught my eye; unexpected and cool.

Loved this unique way of accessorizing...

Simple and chic.

Bucket hats and leather, what else does a girl need?

Fall hair vibes.

Does everyone magically coordinate with their friends here?!

PS. If you are in any of these pictures be sure to comment with your name and social media handles