Over the summer I made a quick trip to my favorite bustling city Manhattan with my dad after attending a wedding on the Jersey Shore. This post also gives me an excuse to share a classic hit by iconic rapper and New York native Jay-Z. My trip began with a Chinatown bus adventure and ended with a mother f**ker with a hat. The trip may have also involved a meeting inside the Empire State building, walking into a free concert on the street, catching a Broadway show or two, sampling some of the island’s finest cuisine, cosmos ala some fabulous New Yorkers we all know and love, morning runs in Central Park, a Papaya Dog, and tea at the Plaza. The cherry on top of the cosmo was meeting the ridiculously good-looking, talented charmer, and star of the Broadway hit Catch Me if You Can, Aaron Tveit. You may recognize him as Tripp Vanderbilt on Gossip Girl, I mean if you actually watch that show. I was also thrilled to meet up with an old friend from high school and one of the most sophisticated and cultured girls I know, Sylvana. We had the most delightful day picnicking in Central Park and visiting one of my favorite museums, The Met. The NYU alum and art historian took me on a grand tour of the museum which included viewing an Alexander McQueen exhibit highlighting the life of the brilliant designer and visionary. We were even able to get a photo on the Met steps ala some other tres fab girls that rule the Upper East Side every Monday night. Come on you know you love them. xo
While relaxing in the Tuileries on my day off from work, one summer day in Paris I met some awesome girls from Austin Texas, Veronica and Ariana. We immediately bonded over fashion, cupcakes, carousels, Fitzgerald, Audrey Hepburn and Tautou films and well Gossip Girl and other delicacies. I decided to take them under my wing and take them to all of my favorite Parisian hot spots. This of course included a trip to my favorite Salon de Te La Duree. We decided to commemorate our friendship and trip with matching kitschy (and cheesy) I heart Paris lighters. Though the flame is dwindling, I still have my lighter and think of these girls and my trip every time I use it. At least we will always have Paris though… Photo Cred to Veronica Camara an aspiring photographer who took all of these amazing pictures. Check out more of this talented photographer’s work here: www.camaraphotography.tumblr.com
My sister Skyler and I decided to go to the Griffith Park Observatory this weekend. The drive over
there took longer than anticipated but when we got there it was worth the wait. We were able to relax and enjoy spectacular views as well as a yummy snack.
Like probably most Angelenos out there, I find myself having a love/hate relationship with the city I call home. I try to keep things chill on the Santa Monica Coast and distance myself from the chaos of downtown. However things are starting to get a little dull over here, which is why one of my resolutions this year was to venture outside of my Santa Monica bubble. I must have been inspired by the British architect Reyner Banham I was introduced to in an art history course last spring by one of the most brilliant professors on the Scripps campus. In this hilariously entertaining 1970’s documentary “Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles” the English architect/tourguide basically takes you on a wild ride through the city exposing you to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places in L.A. The clip I have posted is just a taste of his tour but I highly recommend watching the entire 50 minutes of the film, trust me you are in for a real treat. Hopefully one day I will grow to love L.A. as much as this cooky Brit did back in the day.