Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Down the Rabbit Hole”

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The other day my sister took me on a trail in the Highlands that was kind of off the beaten track, Los Leones. I hadn’t heard about this hike but was sold when she described it as “trippy like Alice in Wonderland.” As soon as we stepped into the heart of the trail and were surrounded by enchanting ivy, I understood exactly what she was talking about. I felt like I had “gone down the rabbit hole” and entered into Wonderland, definitely did not feel like I was in LA anymore. I even found the perfect rock in the woods to rest and have a little snack. I tried to keep my camera tucked away in my bag and just enjoy my environment, but could not help myself (though my pictures don’t do justice to the scenery), especially when we reached the top and there were spectacular views of the ocean. Sure Runyon Canyon is definitely popular among Angelinos, but why not try the road less traveled and step into Wonderland at Los Leones? I know I can’t wait to go back.

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Hidden Gems in the Highlands

Sorry guys, my SXSW post is taking longer than I had anticipated. It will be worth the wait though! Until then here are some hidden places I recently stumbled upon in L.A.

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“A Recipe For Success” at the Driskill Hotel

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My first day in Austin was already off to a fabulous start. I had a delightful lunch with my friend and Austinite Veronica, at a popular hangout on the Eastside, Blue Dahlia, which was followed by an eventful afternoon at the historic Driskill Hotel. I was thrilled that I was able to hear my favorite blogger Emily Schuman, from the fashion and lifestyle blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, deliver her inspiring, and insightful speech “ARecipe For Success”. I was also able to meet some other Cupcakes and Cashmere fans and even a fellow blogger and writer for the ManiCurious, Natalie. After the conference came to an end, I walked down the stairs of the majestic hotel, wandered through the exquisite lobby, and ended up at a SXSW art showcase. The showcase featured quite a mesmerizing display of photographic images for such a compact space. I then topped off my day at the Driskill Hotel with a Bluebonnet Mojito and warm biscuit at the hotel’s cafe down the hall.

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South by South Swag

As I mentioned last week I decided to hop on a plane and go to Austin for the mega media, film and music festival South by Southwest, or SXSW. Upon driving to the airport, I was a little apprehensive about my trip, but it ended up being the most incredible experience of my life and the best decision ever.

Every March they say the world comes to Austin and each year this media, film, and music festival frenzy gets bigger, badder, and sawggier. The SXSW experience can only be described as an overstimulating, culture shocking, mind and cluster fucking, kray kray shitshow of pure unadulterated awesomeness. This world is all about being super swag, exclusive, and being in the know. With 2000 performers, tens of thousands of people and over 90 venues it is impossible to always know what is going on, so you always have to be on your toes(literally transportation is impossible so you get to most places on foot) as well as go with the flow and see what happens. Keep an open mind and be creative, there is always another way. And don’t get discouraged if your initial plan might not work out, you may end up somewhere better. You really never know who you are going to meet or where you will end up.

Because this was such a last minute trip, I did not have a super swag VIP all access badge like many of my fellow festival goers. Though having the VIP Platinum badge would be fun, and make my trip a lot smoother granting easier access to the hottest parties, shows, films, and events it is not necessary and the majority of the festival goers have to make to do with what resources they have, including myself. Even the VIPs are never VIP enough and there is always something underground with another super exclusive list. I was indeed able to make it work with what I had, be resourceful, find other ways to make what I wanted happen, and slip under the radar. The challenge was actually half of the fun of my experience, and may be similar to the thrill of sneaking into bars and clubs for youths. In this epic multiple parter post, I will share my SXSW experience with y’all including my successes, setbacks, highlights, new friends I made along the way, as well as some cool hot spots I stumbled upon in one of my favorite Southwestern cities, Austin. Hope y’all enjoy!

*I want to thank all who helped make this happen. My incredible and supportive family along with the entire Camara fam who opened up their home to me and were the sweetest most hospitable hosts anyone could ask for.

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I’m in Austin bitch

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Hey y’all! I’ve just been in Austin for a few days and its already been pretty cray cray. I’m a little overwhelmed and going to take a break from blogging while I’m here. To tide you over till I return on Wednesday, I’m leaving you with a Davy Crocket quote on a quirky T-shirt, which are my sentiments exactly after an incredible 48 hours in this awesome city.

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HBW Carla Brooke

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Its my amazing mom’s birthday today! My mom Carla is a phenomenal artist and one of the most creative people I know. She always tries to do unconventional things. Whether that is having a round dinning table rather than the conventional rectangular one, choosing names for her children/dogs sending Valentine’s Day collages rather than the typical holiday card, or always trying to go to places off the beaten track. Though my mother tends to stick to knitting these days, she has made everything from collages to couches. Whatever she decides to make it is totally inspired, so I wanted to highlight and share some of her finest pieces today. I also found a beautiful picture of her on her wedding day, I thought I would include.

HBW stands for happy birthweek, because I am always a fan of extending birthdays and she definitely deserves a week of celebrating. These Bruno Mars and J Biebs songs are for you(I am not the biggest fan of the former, but I am of the latter). Hope its a good one mom! Thank you for always being a source of inspiration, encouragement, and support! ❤ Tay 

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SXSW

To give you a taste of the SouthBy music scene, heres some faves, selected by the awesome blog BLARE

If you’re a fan of listening to live music and doing who knows what in a city that makes you choose your own adventures, then there’s a good chance you’re a fan of SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST. After we endured a 46-hour trek from Toronto to Austin via train last Spring, the minute we landed into the home of the Longhorns and the somewhat unauthorized birthplace of independent sound, our hearts sank into our chests, and the neverending roller coaster of new music began. The weekend festival prides itself in main attractions, making SXSW the local town band, but the one you will forever love. Dusting off this year’s eclectic lineup injected with hip hop, garage rock, punk, R&B and electronica, here’s our picks – aside from favs Titus Andronicus, Santigold and Fiona Apple – for artists to tune into.

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