Before living and working in downtown LA, I constantly took my car everywhere. It feels great to live in the heart of the city, where I have the option to walk to all my favorite spots, from boutiques to flower shops to cafes. When I heard that Metro Bike Share is now in DTLA, I was more than ecstatic. Now, I can run my errands quicker than walking and can leave my car at home. On this particular day, I grabbed coffee at the Ace, picked up fresh flowers at Birch & Bone, rented a Metro Bike at the station nearby, then rode it to Little Tokyo to meet up with some friends just as the sun started to set. It was the perfect Saturday!


This year the travel bug bit me pretty hard. I love to experience new places, see new sights, meet new people and try new food. After my trip to Catalina Island, I realized that an amazing vacation doesn't have to be on the other side of the globe, but can simply be an hour boat ride away. After living and working amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown LA, my day trip to Catalina was the perfect way to reenergize and relax. I haven't visited the island since childhood, so it felt like my first time. I was able to really soak in what Catalina Island had to offer through Catalina's Unlimited Fun Day Pass. I chose the Undersea Expedition and East End Adventure (see my highlights in the travel guide below), which I had a blast experiencing for the day. They have so many choices to suit everyone's likes from boating adventures like a Flying Fish Voyage, to land adventures like the Zip Line Eco Tour and Summit Night Adventure. Find out all the info: here. I definitely recommend it!! See my travel guide below for a closer peek into my trip, along with a few recommendations! See additional photos and links to all the places I visited, after the break...


I first moved to downtown LA because I wanted a shorter commute to work.  It ended up being one of the best decisions!!  Not only can I get to work in less than 10 minutes, but I love being immersed with great restaurants and shops and a constant array of events happening within walking distance of my place.  The area I frequent most has to be the Arts District (which is inspiring me to create a DTLA City Guide soon).  So when the amazing photographer, Cielito Vivas, reached out to collaborate and shoot me in my city, it had to be here.  Loved how the photos came out! Can't wait to post the next round of photos she shot.  See more after the break...


San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. It's just a short flight away from LA, but has a totally different feel. Because the weather is a bit chillier from adjacent bay, I find myself layering up with scarves, coats and boots more often, which I absolutely love. The city is so charming! I love getting lost and discovering new parts I haven't visited in the past. I feel so fortunate to have worked with Visit California and San Francisco Travel to explore new parts of the city. Please check out my city guide, along with my photo diary below. Full links to each place I mentioned can be found after the break! Hope you enjoy!


During this Bay Area trip, I was so fortunate to explore Oakland. Dubbed as the 'Brooklyn by the Bay' by the New York Times, I was quite excited to discover what this city, just outside of San Francisco had to offer. The wonderful team at Visit Oakland showed us the ins and outs, and I quickly fell in love with the city. They came up with a wonderful itinerary that really shows how “Williamsburg-esque” parts of Oakland are.  See my travel guide below for a few favorites I was able to experience, along with my photo diary. More after the break...
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