Since May I’ve been saying that I wanted to visit Los Angeles and Southwest Airlines came through with the $50 one-way tickets from Houston to Los Angeles.
I flew into LAX and landed around midnight, so as soon as I finally got to my friend Kyle’s place I went to sleep.
The next morning I was greeted with a beautiful Los Angeles view and started my morning slow. I spent the early afternoon walking through the Fairfax and Pico area until I ended up at the LACMA. Unfortunately, it’s closed on Wednesday’s but I was able to take pictures of Urban Light outside the LACMA.
I continued strolling the streets until I ended up at a Goodwill and found cool velvet pieces for the upcoming seasons to sell on my Depop.
Later that night Kyle and I decided to check out an improv show called Cage Match at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
Before the show, we went to The Grove to enjoy some delicious macarons from Laduree and treats from Milk. From Milk, I got a red velvet cupcake and Kyle tried their limited edition Watermelon ice cream.
Cage Match at Upright Citizen’s Brigade is a competition against two improv teams where they are each given a topic from the audience and have 20 minutes to do their improv and the audience has to vote for their favorite at the end. The team that won are now 17 time consecutive winners and they definitely deserved it.
Me days are always important, so the following day I went to Santa Monica to explore and take photos. The last time I visited Santa Monica was over 6 years ago, so it was nice to be back and able to photograph it this time.
I began at the end of 3rd Street Promenade and walked across the bridge to the Santa Monica Pier then made my way down to the beach as the sunset. I made sure to snap a ton of photos along the way.
On Friday, I met up with Victoria whom I met through a Los Angeles Photographer/Model group on Facebook and we took a few photos at Mel’s Diner in West Hollywood, as well us up in the hills.
The homes in the hills are seriously so beautiful, like how can you be sad in LA with a view like that!?
After shooting, we parted ways and I walked through West Hollywood and marveled at the store fronts of all the beautiful designer stores before heading back to the apartment to rest up for the night.
As the sunset, I made sure to capture the aesthetically pleasing views from Kyle’s apartment. It has a lot of big windows that you can get by with not having AC or turning on the lights during the day.
Later that night, we met up with some of Kyle’s friend and headed off to a trio birthday party near UCLA. It was in a house, so it reminded me of the high school party days but without having to fear getting busted by cops.
We mingled, ate chips, and took pictures outside before heading back and ending off the night with bomb Mexican street tacos. You know the ones with corn tortillas, steak, crunchy chopped white onions, cilantro and your choice of 3 salsas.
On my last day in LA, I met up with an old friend, Kara, whom I’ve known since we were 12 and we headed to Echo Park to take some photos for a Youstyle Challenge post.
If I ever lived in Los Angeles, Echo Park would definitely be where I reside. It reminded me so much of San Francisco that I automatically felt connected and fell in love.
There was such a cool vibe and tons of street art all over the city, we even shot in front of one of them and got the sickest photos.
My flight was later that day at 6 P.M., so once I got back I took outfit photos for future blog posts, showered, packed, and went to Urth Caffe for my last meal in LA.
Kyle and I ordered the Melanzane Pizza which has house roasted eggplant, castelvetrano olives, tomato sauce, mozzarella and reggiano parmesan cheese and his roommate, Yan, ordered the D’Lox Pizza. It had smoked salmon, herbed marscapone, red onions, arugula, fennel and capers.
Due to a time crunch, I was forced to eat half of my pizza in my Lyft on the way to the airport, but it was so good regardless. Next time I visit, I definitely want to sit and be able to enjoy one of their drinks as well.
By the end of my trip, I was definitely ready to go home and be in my own space, but I had a such a great time none the less. The most interesting thing to me was how spread out Los Angeles was. I wanted to go to Malibu, but nope that wasn’t happening this trip.
Have you ever been to Los Angeles, what’s your favorite part of LA? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!