Hello from beautiful Venice Beach!
I arrived on Wednesday and it’s been a whirlwind ever since, packed full of new adventures. Over the winter, I spent nearly every day including weekends in my office and was in desperate for an injection of fresh inspiration. LA has has definitely delivered! Here are some of my favorite moments so far…
Palm trees are always photogenic and so different from my Portland surroundings — these views never get old.
The rosewater lemonade from Cafe Gratitude is unreal. This is one of my favorite LA places to eat because it’s all vegan and the entire menu is written in affirmations.
One of the highlights of this week was art directing a book cover shoot on the beach. Judging by the oodles of pink flowers, you can probably guess who it was for.
There’s so much natural beauty in LA that I’ve been slowing down to enjoy.
I’ve definitely taken advantage of slithering out of my winter wardrobe of black layers and into tons of brights. If you’re interested, this dress is now on mega sale!
One of the coolest spots I’ve visited during my time here is Violet Grey. It’s a beautiful little jewel box of a store featuring a tightly curated selection of beauty products sourced from around the world. They also happen to have a great magazine selection.
Having the opportunity to get away from my predictable routine and explore has reminded me of how easy it is to get stuck inside a tightly wound orbit where everything is the same, day after day. There’s so much outside of your house (and the internet) just waiting to be explored — even if it’s just a coffee shop down the street that you’ve never stopped into, open your mind to the possibilities of what’s beyond the expected. Take a different route to work, stay in a different hotel, visit a new grocery store, bar or boutique. You never know who you might meet or what you’ll discover.
“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” —Nate Berkus