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Out and About: Sights from the Metro Expo Extension Tour in Santa Monica

May 17, 2016

I must admit that I’ve been on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) more times than I’ve been on the Metro in Los Angeles (My one and only time was with my guy when we rode to the Wilshire iteration of CicLAvia a couple years ago). It’s a shame, too, because the Blue Line is just a few blocks away from my apartment. But I digress. Last week, I had the chance to go out and about on a tour of the Metro Expo Line extension that’s opening up to Santa Monica, which is promising because my job is a short walk from one of the new stops. Maybe I’ll use that to get into work? We’ll see, but it was exciting to observe all the sights along the way. Click through the slideshow to see all the fun things I encountered on the train ride. Starting from the Culver City stop and going all the way to the Downtown Santa Monica stop (right at the intersection of Fourth Street and Olympic Boulevard, a short walk to the pier/beach and Third Street Promenade), I was amazed by the architecture of some of the older buildings, the growing list of places I’d like to visit, the hidden pieces of street art and murals peeking out unexpectedly. It all added to the wonder and surprise of getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Metro’s new line. There was a dope Obey mural that I didn’t get to capture, and getting that on camera may be worth another trip alone. I was particularly impressed by the art adorning the different stops, each unique and highlighting a diverse subject. There were piles of artistically scattered clothes and more intricate tile works of the iconic Far East. It makes for great scenery to sit back and enjoy while on board.

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Found Objects: Things Spotted Out in These Streets — Highland Park and Long Beach Edition

April 14, 2016

This Found Objects features some of the sights that I happened upon while out in the lively streets of Highland Park and Long Beach. Confession: This was the first time I’d ever set foot in that neighborhood, which is super close to Eagle Rock. I was out that way for a paper sale. Nerd alert! One of the designers I follow on Instagram was having a sample sale, so my mom, who also is a paper enthusiast (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!), came to visit so we could get some steals. We did, but the sale was way smaller than we expected so we had nothing but time on our hands. We walked York Boulevard and were bombarded with interesting visuals. My favorite was the “Gremlins” mural tucked away in an alleyway so secluded that you could miss it if your head was in your phone. Meanwhile, in Long Beach, I spotted this vibrant melting ice cream cone and another sidewalk sign that made me chuckle. Click through the slideshow to see all the gems.

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Out and About: The Getty Villa

March 28, 2016

I’ve always heard great things about the Getty Villa, but for whatever reason hadn’t ever gotten around to going. I got the chance to visit this Malibu/Pacific Palisades-area museum this past weekend when my friend Fifi celebrated her birthday there. It was a perfect Los Angeles day: not too hot, not too cold. I’m more of a contemporary art kind of gal, but it was nice to get out of my comfort zone and explore an entirely different era of art. Ancient Greece and Rome, to be exact. And you can see it all by clicking through the slideshow. There was so much beauty everywhere I looked, from the statues, statuettes and busts in bronze and marble, to the vases, to the architecture, to the gardens and flora inside. Even the floors and ceilings were a sight to behold. I also learned that a lot of those creepy, eerie dead eyes (you know the kind that follow you wherever you go?) were made of bone, stone and glass to resemble real eyes. Like, they’re intentionally that way. I guess you can say beauty is in the EYE of the beholder. See what I did there? I highly recommend making the trip to the Getty Villa (ticket reservations are a must), and while you’re on that side of town, try that new brunch spot you’ve heard rave reviews about.

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Out and About: San Diego by Train

February 17, 2015

Last weekend was filled with multiple occasions that called for celebration: my guy’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day weekend (and, thus, a four-day weekend for me). Being that Dash and I share a love of train rides, we decided to set off on an adventure to San Diego, where we both grew up, via Amtrak’s Surfliner, which hugs the coastline and offers some amazing views. You can see a few of the sights we observed on Friday afternoon in the slideshow above: the Pacific Ocean, the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Solana Beach and Old Town train stops, Downtown San Diego and more.

But what’s even more incredible are the myriad scenes that I couldn’t quite capture on camera. The picturesque views conjured up daydreams, made me thank God for His creation and gave me a sense of peace.

The majestic, three-story Craftsman with two wooden chairs set outside, surrounded by flower beds and a babbling brook. In an instant, I pictured in my head a privileged, idyllic lifestyle with my love, where money is no object and our biggest concern is, “Do we prepare the filet mignon or the salmon at our dinner party tonight?”

The lone egret resting in the marshland, seemingly with not a care in the world.

The iconic red schoolhouse in San Clemente that, if done right, houses the creative imaginations of dozens of brilliant, precocious children.

The amused elderly couples and awestruck toddlers waving vigorously at the passing train in Del Mar, as if it were a part of their weekly routines and that a very important person was on the receiving end of said gesture.

The pristine bluff tops sprinkled with native plants of plentiful hues. The sitting ducks wandering about the lagoons. The eerie, solemn pet cemetery in Sorrento Valley that always weirded me out in my youth.

The passing snapshots worth far more than these words of mine can convey. So I sit back and vow to enjoy the scenery on our ride home.

Out and About: Placita Olvera

January 26, 2015

I vividly recall visiting Los Angeles with my eighth-grade Spanish class. We took the Amtrak from San Diego to Union Station in Downtown L.A. and walked across the street to Placita Olvera, or Olvera Street, a historic Mexican marketplace. While there, we practiced our Spanish by ordering lunch and paying for tchotchkes in Español. Why I purchased a sombrero is beyond me, but a wonderful time was had by all. It’s been at least 16 years since I’ve been back to that culturally rich, vibrant, brick-paved plaza, which is a shame, really, since I’ve lived in L.A. County for more than eight years.

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Last Friday, my colleagues and I found ourselves near Olvera Street after attending a professional development workshop, so we took a short walk to the placita for a bite to eat. It was tough to choose from all the many options, but we settled on El Rancho Grande, where I feasted on these delicious taquitos with guacamole sauce. Their hot sauces were fire, too!

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After lunch, we walked around the various shops and saw so many things we wanted. How darling are these leather purses? No doubt they’re authentic.

See more of the sights from Olvera Street after the jump!

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Out and About: LACMA Lampposts

October 9, 2013

File this one under “hometown tourist,” as this is one of the things I’ve been wanting to see but have never gotten around to. This past Friday night I met up with my pal, Zita, in the Miracle Mile for a night of dive bars and exploration. Little did I know, we would pass the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and one of the most enviable photo-opp venues in the city: the lampposts, also known as the “Urban Light” installation from Chris Burden.

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Just gorgeous. The photo, of course, pales in comparison to the spot’s true beauty.

Interestingly enough, this large-scale assemblage sculpture consists of 202 restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s — the majority of which once lit Southern California streets.

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Seeing the sparkle of the lights across the clear night sky just does something for my peace of mind.

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And then there was a whole lot of this.

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Can’t forget about this either.

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