Sunday, July 15, 2012
Since my work generously gives you your birthday off, I indulged in playing "hooky" on my special day on Thursday. The day was low-key, just as I wanted. As you get older, the realization knocks you on the head that simple pleasures and what's authentic is more key to happines than, say, the big to-do. With that in mind, I enjoyed a latte at Peet's while people watching and flipping through magazines I got at the newsstand (such a weekend thing for me!), talked and texted with family and friends, ambled into a favorite boutique and bought a stellar summer dress on sale, oh, and then walked to the Montage Beverly Hills hotel for a massage I booked on a whim. The spa was gorgeous, and enjoying the relaxation room, steam room, sauna, and salt water pool was an ideal way to round out the afternoon. Then it was off to The Avalon, a hidden gem hotel in Beverly Hills with cool mid-century modern flair, for drinks around the retro kidney-shaped pool. After all that, I don't feel so bad about turning 30. I'm, gulp, embracing it... Dreamgirls here
Sunday, July 8, 2012
I wanted to start the week with a serene mindset, and so I hiked my favorite trail, Temescal Canyon, in the Palisades. Thank god the temperature had cooled and yet the sun was still aglow, dappling soft light onto leafy trees that canopied the forest scene. I zipped through the forest that feels like a hidden world, before winding up past sienna rocks to a wooden bridge that hovers over a creek with boulders that are fun resting spots. If it has recently rained, you can catch water trickling down the cragged rock wall facing the bridge, which is neat. Then, as you're almost at the summit, the forest breaks open to a bright blue sky and there it is ... the ocean stretching to the horizon. The hills of the Palisades and Malibu are to your right, the shoreline of Santa Monica and Catalina Island to your left, with the rest of L.A. -- Brentwood, West L.A., Century City, West Hollywood, Hollywood, eastside, downtown -- coming into view as you turn even more to the left. The view is unreal -- it always gets me. I know how lucky I am to be standing there to see it. To enjoy it. And with that, here's to a really good week...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Life got super busy in June, but now that summer's arrived and with today's mid-week holiday, I'm feeling the joys of lazy days and am esctatic to get back to the blog. A cup of black coffee is starting my Fourth off with a pow, and then I'll head for a run before going to the Dodgers game for some baseball, beer and the requisite hot dog. Fireworks at the park will be the perfect finale. Maybe they'll even have S'mores? Whichever neck of the woods you're in, Happy Fourth of July!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I'm digging the live music I've seen recently... Last week Ramona and I got to see Diego Garcia sing his heart out along with a Spanish guitar and cello at a sweet little church in Koreatown. It was inspiring! His passionate songs about romance and relationships, love and loss, connect you to something beyond yourself, and you can't help but feel the music. The experience. The now. While in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend to visit my sister, Natalie, we roadtripped for a day to the Sasquatch Music Festival that was about two hours away at the Gorge Amphitheatre. This iconic concert venue sits on a cliff overlooking a river, with green foothills glistening in the background. Along with the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., I think it's one of the most spectacular outdoor spots to see live music. Oh, I got to see Beirut and Bon Iver play, and they both rocked!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Vegas has become a go-to spot for living it up with high school friends. I made the desert drive a few Fridays ago to see Ms. Erica, my partner in crime since sophomore year who trekked around Chicago with me when I visited in April (there will be a "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" adventure Part II!). Vegas was a last hurrah of sorts, since Erica had just graduated from law school and was starting her intensive bar exam classes that Monday. Drinks. were. in. order! We met up with the rest of her gang, including her sweet boyfriend Blake and brother Chris, and snagged a coveted booth at Holsteins at The Cosmopolitan for eccentric burgers and famous "bam-boozled" shakes that come loaded with alcohol. My oreo shake with Bailey's irish cream was decadent, Erica's birthday cake version just like the famous treat! This joint was buzzing, but we made our way to the casinos to do some gambling and properly take in Friday night in Vegas. Erica and Chris have some mad card playing skills, and you bet I was taking notes! The next morning we lounged at the hotel pool, and it was like no time had passed -- we had our girl talk, our usual stacks of magazines and a cheery outlook for what was to come, whether it be passing the bar or collecting more adventures. It's these small moments that reel me back to an earlier day, connecting the dots between then and now, that bring loads more meaning to my life. High school reunions in Vegas, you're on!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Today makes one week since I aced my first-ever juice cleanse. I went 72 hours (that's three days!) without food, and I'm pretty ecstatic. A proper cleanse to reboot my system had been high on my to-do list, but I worried about the no food ground rule. Could I go a day, or heck, three hours, without chewing ... something? Eek! But alas, I had come down with a bad cold and my appetite dissapeared along with my energy, making it now-or-never timing. Each morning I picked up nutrient-rich juices from Pressed Juicery, which offers comprehensive juice cleanse programs at three locations in L.A. I did Cleanse #1, the easiest plan where you drink six special juices every two hours along with chlorophyll for hydration as needed and aloe vera an hour before bed for digestion. Two "greens," or vegetable-based juices, and two "roots" are joined by a "detox" juice and an "almond milk" concoction that is brilliantly left for last so you have something scrumptious to pine for. From my hair that's miraculously shinier to my skin, legs and digestive system that's been a rock star, the cleanse has brought about some fantastic results. I plan to do one every three or four months, and my mom is even thinking of having these little juices shipped her way so she can see what the new-age fuss is about!