This week I’m blogging from LA— Michael & I are up here for work…and we’re also house hunting.
We’ve decided we’re going to spend half the time in San Diego & the other half in Los Angeles. Totally new chapter! We wanted to mix it up a bit but without leaving SD permanently.
Over the weekend we explored LA & went to Gracias Madre ( all local/organic/vegan food + boozy snow cones ) and The Magic Castle ( it’s a showplace for magicians from around the word— really interesting ) with some friends. We also tried Earthbar…it’s SO insane. It’s a ‘bar’ with vitamin shots, cleanses, herbs, hangover remedies, protein smoothies, kombucha, aloe shots, liquid supplements, & kale-everything. So basically it’s my version of heaven. YUM. My picks:
And today it was hi-ho-hi-ho-off-to-work, but of course we had to have dinner at SUGARFISH.
If you’re ever in LA you have to ( have to, have to ) try SUGARFISH. It’s literally the best sushi…EVER. I know I’ve talked about it before but it’s THAT good. It’s a real, serious party in the mouth. If you’ve eaten there, you get it ( anyone?! ).
Sooooo the real question of the day is for all you L.A. residents: how in the hell do you manage the traffic? I’m honestly scared for my little ‘lateness issue’ with this gnarly traffic. Tips? This traffic is CRAZY.
I’m totally that girl that has 34572398420 shopping tabs open on my laptop.
Some are items I’m dreaming about…some are items that are gift ideas…& some are just cute-ass trinkets that I ( think I ) need to have ASAP.
And since in my everyday life is so annoyingly organized ( like crazy, psycho, control freak-organized ), there’s something kind of dangerous about leaving all my computer’s tabs open.
Secret rebel style…
That is, until my computer crashes & all the tabs close out & I can’t freaking remember what was open & FML.
You been there too?
Well, have no fear because the greatest website ever just launched. It’s called Giftry ( P.S. I totally had a ‘why didn’t I think of that idea’ moment when I heard about Giftry ).
Basically it’s all the items I’m lusting over in one place. I can clearly separate my lists— in the most organized way possible. This is perfect for an organized psycho because now everything feels less overwhelming/manageable & there’s not a million tabs open cluttering my cute ‘Hustle’ desktop.
So on Giftry, all I do is carefully categorize my wants/needs/maybes/gifts into separate lists. Easyyyyy, right?
Perhaps you guys remember my promise to do a TSC guide to New York City a couple of months ago?
Well, either way—ta-da— here it is:
Why now? Uh, honestly I’m currently battling the insane desire to go BACK.
I miss NYC.
The city is just so posh, timeless, & classic…with so much character.
Pretty much I’m a Gemini & lemme tell ya, us Geminis love stimulation. New York is freaking stimulating man.
Like Bob Dylan said:
“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”
So true, so interesting, so different, so into it.
Anywho- let’s get down to TSC sparkly, colorful NYC itinerary:
Picking a hotel in NY can be about as overwhelming as picking an Essie nail polish color.
There’s so many options!!
We stayed at:
Andaz 5th Avenue: our experience with Andaz 5th Ave was fab. When we arrived we were greeted with cutie little bowls of berries & flutes of chilled champagne ( the perfect combo right?! ). Our view was insane. The hotel room looked straight at The New York Public Library AKA where Batman was filmed (!!!). One of my favorite parts was the hotel’s charming coffee shop ( best iced tea ever! ) & the craft cocktail underground bar. Basically, this is a rad hotel with a lot of energy…so I’d definitely recommend this spot to anyone who likes to have a good time!
Ok so before I dive into the cocktail/restaurant/places to go stuff, let me talk about Michael & his itineraries.
Hmmm. How do I broach this little subjecty-subject?
Let’s just say the guy LOVES his itineraries.
Personally, I’m totally not Mr. Itinerary. My life is so planned/organized at home so when I travel, I like to be a gypsy, wonderlust, moon child explorer without plans.
But……every trip is the same story: Michael types out a three page ( minimum ) to ten page ( yes, ten…maximum ) schedule. Like I said, he LOVVVVESSS his damn itinerary. So as much as I would love to take credit for the following, I can’t. It’s all Michael’s research found on the pages of his beloved itnerary ( I feel like I should make a super nostaglic itinerary scrapbook for our kids- kidding, but kind of not really ).
Ok so here we go:
Cocktails! Woo-hoo! NYC has a realllllll insane cocktail scene.
Death + Company: amazing craft cocktails with some of the best bartenders in the US.
Milk & Honey: so much fun! A must-try. They’re also located in London.
Perla: in my favorite area of NYC: Greenwich Village. Try the cinnamon-infused bourbon & thank me later.
Please Don’t Tell: SERIOUSLY go!! It’s the BEST. This place looks like a typical NYC hot dog shop but don’t be fooled! You go into the little joint, pick up the telephone in the little phone booth, & hit the buzzer once. After a couple minutes someone will come into the phone booth & escort you into a little tiny speak easy. It’s so underground & so cute. My personal favorite bar in NYC. Plus East Village is fun. Remember to make reservations before you go.
The Dead Rabbit: super rad spot for cocktails. Some of the best bartenders & it’s won tons of cocktail spirited awards.
The Standard Grill: insane ambience // fun to people watch // make resos way in advance because it’s hard to get in. Side: their oysters are delish!!
The Smile for cocktails & brunch: the cocktail above is from The Smile & it’s a gin/mint/cucumber/soda concoction.
Seriously though, I have three pairs & wear them ALL the time.
(( First things first, little disclaimer: as posted last week, this is a new series I’ve started to showcase my favorite…everything. These aren’t sponsored posts…just some real deal realness. If you want to know a specific product fav, let me know below & I’ll make it happen )).
Ok so back to biz: these jeans…are well, phenomenal.
They’re perfect for a day super profesh day at the office, a night out on the town, &/or lounging around the house.
These aren’t the type of jeans that you want to unbutton when you’re in the car because they’re so damn uncomfortable. No, no the material is like stretchy butter ( if that were a thing? ). So not only are these babies the most flattering jeans ever, they’re superrrrr comfortable. Literally so comfortable you could practically workout in them.
Uhhhhh…so do you blame me for buying three pairs? Plus they’re a measly $59 bucks ( not that $59 bucks is measly, but seriously in this day & age, for jeans it’s kinda a steal…right?! ). I’m not interested in owning a bunch of $300 dollar jeans— because honestly jean trends come & go.
& let’s be real: jeans are hard to find. So when I find a pair I love, I freak out gnarlier than Oprah’s audience during Christmastime.
Anyway I’ve worn these black dimes for three years (!!!). THREE.whole.years— same pair. These jeans have obviously seen some shit ( kind of like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but without the sisterhood stuff ). They’ve been everywhere!
Oh, & the best part? If you get these jeans & they don’t fit you like a freaking glove, have them altered. For some reason these particular black skinny jeans are a dream to alter!!! The material just melts to your bod.
Note: they’re kind of high waisted ( which I personally love ).
What’s your favorite pair of black skinnies? Do tell.
Here’s how I rocked these jeans for a business casual Monday:
But not like, oh-I-casually-came-home-to-a-bouquet-of-perfectly-positioned-baby-pink-roses-and-my-desk-contents-just-naturally-look-chic-spilling-out-of-my-Celine-handbag-and-life-is-just-so-naturally-flawless kinda blogging.
And guys, I read the most AMAZING post. Basically the author of the site, Noor ( <<< love this name! ) writes about the ’8 truths about blogging reveal.’ She says “one of the things I’ve experienced that’s quite difficult about blogging is the vagueness of this job, or hobby. If you’re a blogger or someone who reads blogs all the time I’m sure you’ve heard many questions from family members or friends asking you about the details of blogging. Because there are so many things that are quite unknown in this field I thought about it and came up with eight truths about blogging and I’ll tell you what to learn from them.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Here’s the deal: when people ask me what I do & I say “I’m a blogger,” they look at me weird. Especially adults/the elderly. It’s kind of frustrating to have to explain my career but………
I’m ok with it because I’ve never been that fish that swims in the same direction as all the other fishies.
I guess I like swimming against the fish.
Ok, so I thought I would share her eight simple truths, but explain each truth myself. Basically share my own experiences behind the blog. So here we go:
♡ 1.} Most people won’t believe you’re actually busy because your run a blog:
Ohhhhh GEEEEZZZZ. This one is damn annoying I can’t even. First off, I run my blog as a business. It’s a business & brand first before it’s a blog. This is really hard for people to understand. A new business is like a baby ( kinda? )— it takes a lotttttt of TLC. As Queen of Jet Lags says, “I can’t recall the amount of times friends called me during a workday and I had this exact conversation. Me: ‘let me call you back, I’m super busy’ - Friend: with what? – Me: I have to finish so many things for my blog – Friend: how can you be busy with blogging? You just have to upload a picture of yourself?” THIS has happened many, many times. It’s almost like people don’t take bloggers serious.
My advice to anyone who has trouble understanding a full time blogger: think of the blog as a business.
My business entails: photography, editing, writing, replying to e-mails ( at least 150 to 300 a day ), cooking, graphics, meetings, conference/Skype calls, accounting, planning events, attending events, 2485987234827 to do lists, annoying tax shit, traveling for work, social media, designing, Blog-Doo, video, writing a book, &/or shooting. Lemme tell ya: it’s non-stop, round the clock work. But I’m not complaining, just explaining.
♡ 2.} Planning is the hardest thing to do as a blogger:
Planning is half the work. My schedule is all over the place & I’m my own boss so this can be difficult at times. I have to keep my ass on track. There’s been many ‘frustration tears’ cried over balancing my schedule. Sometimes I feel like I can’t juggle it all. Pretty much we’ve all been there.
The weather is also funny for shooting…no one wants to see grey-ass pictures. There’s also a lot of last minute changes ( like, a lot, a lot ). As Queen of Jet Lag says “a lot of collaborations come in last minute which seems to shake up things quite frequently.”
For me, I have a hugeeeee calendar on my desk, I use OneNote like every second, & my iPhone is full of notes that popped in to my head at midnight. Also, here’s a weird one for ya: I bring a piece of paper and a pen to Pilates & barre class. I’m so clear when I’m working out so having a piece of paper next me is golden. I’m able to jot down my thoughts on a whim.
♡ 3.} You and your readers are mostly not on the same page:
Hmmm. You guys are usually on the same page as me. I have to say, you guys are fucking amazing. But I will agree that sometimes I think a post is rad, & it turns out to be an ‘ehhh, so-so’ post. That kind of sucks but for the most part you guys are on the same page.
Queen of Jet Lags says ‘when I think a post is awesome you guys don’t give it as much attention to other posts where I’m not sure about whether I like them. I don’t know what it is, but it’s true.”
♡ 4.} The wrong perception ( AKA: “you want to be a model, right? ):
Oh, blow me!!
…but honestly!! Like, really?
Noor states, “I can’t tell you how many times people asked me if I was auditioning to be a model. No, I don’t want to be a model and yes, I just like posting my outfit pictures online.”
Let it be known: I’m not interested in being a model. I just want to inspire women to be the best version of themselves. If I wanted to be a model I would be at a GUESS? audition. I mean, right?
And obviously I’m not Gisele. So let’s throw the whole ‘you want to be a model’ thing out the window. I’m not aspiring to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway anytime soon.
I like to write. I like to create. I like to connect. That’s it.
♡ 5.} People lie about their analytics:
As QOJL says, “I’m a little naive to some things but I really found out that a lot of bloggers lie about their analytics. I do understand that if you want to get into a show or want a cool job you get very tempted to exaggerate a little but I think it’s sad people do this.”
Agreed. Own what you have. Why lie?
♡ 6.} Not everyone is going to like you:
Ever heard of “you can’t sit with us bloggers?”
Ohhhh geez…they’re out there. Bloggers can be as catty as the high school cheerleading team…& I’m not interested in the head flyer position.
According to QOJL, “bloggers get very competitive with each other and of course there’s a lot of gossip. I would strongly advise everyone to not get into this and to focus on your own thing, most importantly creating your own original content. I do have to say though that I made a couple of amazing friends which I’m sure I will hang out with for a long time.”
Bloggers can be ( note: can be, not are ) catty bitches. Just saying.
But I’ve met a lot of bloggers that are AMAZING! Some have even turned in to friends.
♡ 7.} Instagram is as important as your blog:
Ya. Face it: Instagram is a huge, important thing for bloggers.
I know, I know, say it isn’t so.
But it is.
Every management company/agency will let you know loud & clear: INSTAGRAM MATTERS for connecting with your readers.
♡ 8.} Blogging shouldn’t be taking over your life:
As Queen of Jet Lags says:
“When I focus on blogging and gaining a lot of followers too much I always seem to lack inspiration so I’ve definitely learned to not only do other things than blogging but also to keep surrounding myself with people who work in a completely different field as I find that this is the best to keep your head in the right place and the inspiration flowing.”
I confess, I confess, sometimes blogging takes over my world & I’m that annoying girl at the table who’s on her phone 24/7. BUT. I’m working on it. Seriously though. I am working on being more present.
Balance can be tough in any job & I’m a work in progress. Any tips?
*** TO READERS WHO ARE BLOGGERS: TIPS/TRICKS/ANYTHING? X le