California – Los Angeles

I moved to metro Los Angeles in October 2016. Everyone always talks about how crowded and crazy it is here, but I think there are definitely ways to get around that. We live in the South Bay, which is much more calm and relaxed than other parts of Los Angeles, and there is so much to do. Every little city in metro Los Angeles is unique and has its own charm, which makes living here so fun because you can explore all of it easily.

Los Angeles

Staples Center

I’ve been to the Staples Center. Once, Mike and I went for a Lakers / Clippers game, which was fun because we had free lower bowl tickets from one of his vendors.

Around the holidays, the Staples Center puts up an Ice Arena for people to skate at. My work had our holiday party here twice.

I also went to the Drake concert at the Staples center with my work team and our client. We had a suite, and it was the perfect way to watch a concert there.

Deloitte

I also went to the Deloitte office to pick up my new laptop. The office has brand new modern furniture just like the Detroit office, and it is located right in the heart of downtown LA. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to volunteer with the firm at our annual Impact Day where we have local students from Los Angeles come and learn about STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). I also have had the opportunity to help with various recruiting events, interviewing, and onboarding trainings.

The Standard

Also while I was working in California, we stayed downtown at the Standard one night, which was super fun. The Standard is a really modern hotel that has a rooftop bar, and a really cool pool.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a really cool Art Museum. Mike and I spent a full day here exploring. I would highly recommend coming here for a few hours since there is so much to see as it is the largest art museum in the West.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

This museum is very unique, and very modern. A lot of the artwork seemed dark and sad, which was hard to relate to. Some of the art was beautiful and nice though.

The Getty Museum

Another really cool museum in Los Angeles is the Getty Museum. It has beautiful view’s of Los Angeles as well.

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The Broad Museum

Eli Broad opened his own free public museum to display some of his thousands of pieces of contemporary art work. You can reserve tickets online for free prior to going so that you do not have to wait in a long line to get in. Once you get in, the art work is really unbelievable. I highly recommend signing up for the main attraction on an iPad right when you get in because the wait times can be so long (it was 5 hours for us). They text you when it is closer to your spot in line, so you are free to walk around the museum or leave and come back.

Magic Castle

The Magic Castle is a clubhouse that you can only get into if someone knows a Magician. Mike and I went for his team’s Christmas party, and saw an amazing magic show. They even used me as a volunteer for one of the acts, and I was completely shocked when the trick worked.

Downtown Los Angeles

Mike and I have also visited other famous spots, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Last Bookstore. There is a lot of history in the city, and it is very beautiful if people know where to go.

Annual Women’s March Los Angeles

My company was a sponsor with the United Way in hosting a breakfast for women and making signs and posters for the 3rd Annual Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles. With everything that is going on in the United States in 2019, I went because I believe that every voice in our country counts, and there is no reason we cannot all succeed together. I do not like how divided our country has become, and I wanted to be a part of a movement that represents so many different type of people. It was definitely an interesting march, and I did not believe in everything that it was discussed, but it is good that so many conversations are being brought to the table now.

Los Angeles Flower District 

The Los Angeles Flower District is located Downtown in a six block floral marketplace, consisting of nearly 200 wholesale flower dealers. You pay $1 for entry, and then you are able to walk freely among all of the wonderful floral vendors. There are flowers, indoor plants, outdoor plants, vases, anything you could need related to florals. Mike and I bought a few flower babies to bring home, and we love them so much!

Los Angeles Fashion District 

I have not sewn in a very long time, but if I was into it, I would definitely come back to the Los Angeles Fashion District, located right next to the Los Angeles Flower District. There are so many vendors and stores that sell fabrics of all kinda. My favorite were the fabrics with all of the glitter on them!

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Los Angeles Art District 

I have been to the Los Angeles Art District many times for various art pop-ups. It is so fun and unique that people can have a creative idea, rent space for relatively cheap, and then so many people from Metro Los Angeles can come to visit. Every experience is unique, and I have loved them all.

29 Rooms

I went the day that this opened during the day, so it was not that crowded. For any art pop up or museum, I recommend going as early as possible so that you do not have to wait in long lines to see the art. There were 29 different “rooms” of art here to explore with different stories. There were many helpful staff around to help explain the art and take photos.

Museum of Ice Cream

The Museum of Ice Cream was full of exhibits and interactive spaces that were a lot of fun. In each of the different rooms, you get to try a different type of ice cream.

Rooftop Yoga

I took a Deep House rooftop yoga class in ROW DTLA, and it was amazing! Everyone was so happy and had so much fun. The class was the perfect level of hard and fun. In the end, we had a dance party. I love the yoga community in Los Angeles.

Skyspace Yoga

Similar to the Rooftop Yoga, I participated in a Skyspace yoga class by Bender Yoga at the OUE Skyspace located on the 70th floor of the US Bank building. It was a really fun yoga and dance party in the clouds up 1,000 feet above a sea of lights.

Wisdome

Samskara was an immersive art experience that featured works of transformational artist Android Jones. The art itself changed colors depending on the angle and time you were looking at it. We also were able to participate in VR simulations and a 360 degree video game. The entire experience felt like we were in a Burning Man Avitar simulation.

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market is a large indoor market downtown Los Angeles that has many food vendors, and has been open since 1917. They have every type of food that you could want. We went during the 100th anniversary.

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The Grove

The Grove is a huge shopping center in Los Angeles, and there are many different types of shops that all face outdoors. Walking around reminds me of walking around in Disney World. It is a very popular tourist place to visit.

Heyday Facial Spa

For my 29th birthday, I treated myself to a customized 50 minute facial at Heyday, and it was AMAZING! I had never had a facial before, and everything about it was brilliant. From the moment I walked in, the vibe was so fun and happy. My consultant was great and informative, and she told me about every step of the facial, and she started by looking at my face under two different lights to see what my pores looked like, if I had sun damage, etc, and then she applied a scrub, different fruit filled serums, and explained every step along the way. It was amazing and everyone should experience a facial here.

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UCLA

Mike is obtaining his Masters in Business Administration from UCLA. Occasionally, I go to the campus to meet him, and it is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever been on (Michigan State is the most beautiful 😉 ). For work, I often get to help recruit students from UCLA, and it is always a very enjoyable experience being on campus. A lot of movies and films are shot here, and I think it is definitely worth checking out the beautiful campus.

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Griffith Park 

Griffith Park is definitely something to see in Los Angeles. We had a picnic in the park, and then we enjoyed the views of the Griffith Park Observatory to see the Hollywood Sign.

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Rose Bowl Flea Market

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is held on the second Sunday of every month. It is full of various clothing, art, and food vendors. It is fun to walk around and see everything that people are selling. Michigan State University (the school that I went to), won the Rose Bowl football game in 2014, so it was fun to see our school name there.

Hermosa Beach

Mike lived in Hermosa Beach for two years while we were dating, so we have gone to almost every restaurant in the city; our favorite will always be Palmilla. I love how the town has a beach vibe, and there are always surfers out in the water enjoying the day.

Comedy and Magic Club

Hermosa has a Comedy and Magic Club, and Jay Leno practices here every sunday. Mike and I have visited the club multiple times as they often have deals, and they often have 10 comedians for 10 dollars. The most famous person that we saw here was Aziz Ansari, and he was really funny. I would recommend checking out a show at this little club.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is one of my favorite cities. I love it because it has a lot of really nice restaurants. My favorite restaurant is the Strand House because it is located right on Manhattan Beach Blvd by the ocean. You can sit at a table looking right at the water and the Manhattan Beach Pier. Mike and I went here for New Years Eve 2015 and had a great time. We live right near downtown Manhattan Beach, so we frequent here often. The sunsets are always so amazing, which makes it easy to love being here.

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Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. They have a Marina filled with sail boats that people live on, and they have a fresh fish market that people come from all over to buy fish. Mike has even tried a sea urchin from the market!

Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes is a city that is literally on the cliff of the Pacific Ocean. If there ever were a massive earthquake, many of the houses would probably fall into the water. Mike and I went hiking along the trail that is open to the public, and also stopped at Wayfair’s Church, which is in a lot of movies. The rocks that are in the ocean form these cool tide pools that are filled with sea urchins and starfish. It is a beautiful area. Also, at the top of one of the hills is a park called Rocket Ship Park, and it has a beautiful view of all of Los Angeles. Mike and I had some fun photos taken of us to have California engagement photos to remember our first home together forever.

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica is special because of the Santa Monica pier. We have gone here a few times when people come to visit, because it is such a famous spot. Lunch at Del Fresco’s right across the street is amazing. There are usually pretty cool street performers right on the pier as well. I also went to a silent disco at the end of the pier with some friends, and it was so much fun.

Snap Inc. 

Snap Inc., home of SnapChat, is located in Santa Monica, which started the era of calling the beach cities in Los Angeles Silicon Beach (similar to Silicon Valley in northern California). Snap is always doing fun activities, and they are volunteering to help the community.

 

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is a pretty interesting city. There is a boardwalk with all kinds of tourist stores. We went here with my brother to show him the famous Muscle Beach. There are also the Venice Canals, like the ones in Italy. Also, on the first Friday of every month, Venice has food trucks all over the city, and it is a really fun environment to go visit and try out some of the different local food.

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Abbot Kinney 

This mile long street is full of hipster restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and shops. It is fun to walk around and look around in the shops, and have some fancy craft cocktails.

Culver City

Culver City is located right near Venice and Santa Monica, and a lot of people live here because it is a very centralized location in Los Angeles, which is nice that you can get anywhere pretty quickly. There are also studios very close by (i.e. NBC, Sony, Fox). I go to the dentist in Culver City at Silicon Beach Dental, and I just wanted to share this adorable picture of their office. Everyone here is SO nice, and everything is so high tech. This office is great.

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Hollywood

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Mike and I received free tickets to see Jimmy Kimmel live. Besides waiting outside in the scolding heat with no shade for 2 hours prior to getting in, it was an amazing experience. Jimmy is such a funny host, and Tom Cruise was on the show the day we were there. It was really cool to see how the show is filmed.

El Captain Theater

For Halloween, Mike and I got tickets to see A Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D downtown Hollywood. While we were waiting to get into the theater, we had to wait outside, and it was amazing to see some of the costumes people were wearing downtown Hollywood.

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Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel is a really cool place to hang out, and it has 3 different bars. The outdoor pool bar is really cool, and would be fun to go to with friends in the summer and drink outside. The bar on the first floor is a speakeasy type of bar, where they have fresh fruit and ingredients, and they will make anything you would like fresh for you on the spot. The bar upstairs is cool because it has a bunch of board games in it. Mike and I played chess… I can’t remember who won ;-).

Hollywood Stars and Sign

Everyone knows of the Hollywood Stars and Hollywood Sign. They are cool to see once, but in my opinion, they are very over rated. It is actually very hard to get up close to the Hollywood sign, but there is a decent view from the Hollywood & Highland Mall.

Beverly Hills

Mike’s old roommate Luis works at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel Air. Luckily, he has given us tours of both hotels, which are absolutely stunning properties. All of the famous stars and rich people from around the world stay at the hotels. Mike and I stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and Zac Efron walked out of the building behind us and snuck in one of our pictures! I also took my mom to the hotel when she visited, and she absolutely loved it so much.

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Bel Air

One year, for Mike’s birthday, we ate dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant at Hotel Bel Air. The hotel is absolutely beautiful. Mike’s old roommmate works ate the hotel and gave us a tour of the entire grounds. It is the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. I love how it is unique and modern.

When my two best friends came to visit me for one of their birthdays, it just so happened that they were visiting during the weekend of the largest rain storm in Los Angeles in 15 years. We stayed at the hotel and had a girls night and made the most of being in such a beautiful hotel.

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Malibu

Madetor Beach

This beach is the Los Angeles beach that you see in models photos and in the movies. It has so many beautiful rock formations and cliffs.

Malibu Wines & Malibu Cafe

Hollywood chic would be two perfect words to describe this place. All of the girls are dressed in their stylish outfits, with their floppy hats, taking 37829 selfies. The concept of the venue is unique and exciting. You bring your own picnic, aka food and blankets, and then buy wine from the vineyard, and just chill out with your friends.

Malibu Cafe is just down the street from Malibu Wines. It is a huge outdoor restaurant, with hang out areas, and chandeliers hanging from the trees. It is a very fun and unique hang out spot, that I would have loved to go to with my friends growing up.

Escondido Falls

Malibu is known for its many hiking trails. The very first hike I ever did was on the Escondido Falls trail, which was beautiful. Personally, I thought it was challenging because you actually have to climb on your hands and knees multiple times. It is worth it though because you get to see a waterfall once you reach the top.

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Soho House Malibu / Malibu Beach House

Soho House Malibu is also known as Malibu Beach House, and it is a popular private club in Malibu situated right on the ocean. I visited here to go to a live podcast recording for my favorite podcast called “Almost 30”. During the podcast, we did a meditation, and we had a reiki master there, and I participated in my first reiki session. Reiki is a spiritual healing, and I can’t really describe what I felt, but I could definitely feel the positive vibration of so many open minded people. It was a great experience.

Six Flags

Mike, Luis, and I went to Six Flags in the Valley for Halloween for the Horror night. I had never been to a haunted house before, so I was so scared, but it was actually so fun. We only went on a few roller coasters, but we went to every single haunted house because we bought the fast pass.

Silver Lake

Silver Lake is a gentrified city near Los Angeles, and they have a famous rainbow set of stairs. Many “Instagrammers” go here. I only saw it because it was right near my friends house, but I love the colors and the heart, and I with more stair cases were painted so beautifully.

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Hawthorne 

The SpaceX Christmas Party was one of the biggest parties I have ever been to in my life. There were over 3,000 employees plus their dates there. The room was broken out into different rooms including a beach room, a dancing room, a casino, a ball pit, a clean room, a food room, a sweets room, and an outdoor area. The party was so much fun.

El Segundo

In a city called El Segundo, located just south of LAX, they celebrate Christmas to the MAX every year. There is a street called Candy Cane Lane, and they decorate every house on the street. It was really cute to check out.

Universal Studios

I went to Universal Studios twice within the same month for Grinchmas because they had a deal if you live in California if you buy a pass, you can come again for free. So I went once with my friend that is obsessed with Harry Potter, and it was so fun to experience it with her, and I went another time with my husband and other couple, and we had so much fun as well. I would definitely recommend coming here for a fun filled day!

Descanso Gardens 

Descanso Gardens is located north of downtown Los Angeles, and it is a beautiful garden with many different type of flora. Our friends had their wedding there in the summer, and we went back again in the winter for their Enchanted Forest of Light. The Enchanted Forest of Light is an interactive light show, and there were many children (and adults), enjoying walking through the gardens and forests enjoying the lights.

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