Christmas in NYC: Our colorful Christmas tree

This is the first time that I won’t be spending the holidays with my family because of the pandemic. Instead, Billy and I will celebrate our first Christmas in NYC (not vacationing this time, we moved here a month ago). Rather than getting upset that we can’t spend this festive season with my family, we decided to embrace it and start some new traditions of our own. Here’s what we’ve been doing so far and what we’re planning to do throughout the rest of December. What we’ve done so far… Listened to my Christmas playlist day and night. I start playing Christmas music throughout ourRead More →

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

In my last post, I announced that I’ll be leaving Los Angeles and moving to New York City. I talked about how Billy and I came to that decision and shared some of my favorite memories (and what I’ll miss most) about L.A. Attempting to condense over nine years of living in this beautiful city into one article is impossible and I hate knowing that I’m leaving out so much. As I scrolled through my photos, I created a folder and then narrowed down my favorite pictures so I can share them with you guys. Whenever possible, I’ve linked the event or place so youRead More →

Why I’m Leaving Los Angeles After Almost 10 Years

After living in Los Angeles for almost 10 years, Billy and I said goodbye to the city we instantly fell in love with. This past July, as we flew back to New England to spend the summer with my family, we knew there was a chance we wouldn’t be returning to L.A. (at least not for a while). The decision to leave wasn’t one that either of us took lightly. We went back and forth, discussing the pros and cons of leaving Los Angeles and moving to New York City. How we came to our decision to move to New York City It all beganRead More →

The Best of San Diego in Three Days or Less: Pacific Beach Pier

This has been, by far, the oddest summer I’ve ever lived through. As the world is still in a pandemic, international and even cross-country vacation plans are at a halt for most Americans. However, taking a day trip or weekend trip somewhere close by is the perfect alternative. The great thing about living in California is that we’re close to so many beautiful cities and coastal towns.  San Diego, my hometown, is the last county after Orange County and just north of the U.S./Mexico border. It’s about a two-hour drive from downtown Los Angeles, making it the ideal day trip or weekend escape. It’s breathtakinglyRead More →

It’s finally summer, which means a lot of us are ready to take some much-needed time off from our day-to-day routines. Flights are opening up at historically low prices and travelers are ready to book their vacations. With COVID-19 still considered a pandemic worldwide, the thought of flying can seem scary. However, you can still travel and stay safe if you take the right precautions. Here’s a list of airplane travel tips so you can stay healthy this summer while on vacay! Ask Yourself These Five Important Questions Before booking your trip, be sure to ask yourself these essential questions. Knowing the answers may helpRead More →

Everything You Wanted To Know About Being A Celebrity Stylist

Before I started A Girl in LA I worked in various fashion PR showrooms in downtown Los Angeles. One of the many aspects of my job was to assist the stylists that came in. This meant helping them find the ideal clothing options for their celebrity clients. The goal is to get the designers’ pieces good press, which is done by being featured on the red carpet, at award shows, in editorial shoots, and at media events—basically anything that will get people talking because of who’s wearing it. My job consisted of showing the stylists new designs, offering style suggestions, photographing the finished look soRead More →

How Los Angeles Plays A Role in Valley Girl Apothecary’s Incredible Candle Scents

Every now and then I find a candle company that I become obsessed with. I’ll go out and purchase an assortment of scents and place them in various spots around my apartment. For me, music and candles go hand in hand—I’ll rotate them depending on what playlist I’m listening to. Currently, my obsession lies with Valley Girl Apothecary. These handmade, 100% soy candles smell absolutely amazinggg, and as I sit here blasting Free Fallin’ I have the Ventura Blvd candle lit. The combination of coffee and vanilla has me mentally chilling somewhere in The Valley. Another one of my favorites is Valley Nights because theRead More →

The Museum of Illusions DTLA Mural

One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is the opportunity to visit a myriad of unique places. Last weekend Billy and I were invited to explore the Hollywood Museum of Illusions. I’ve visited a number of pop-ups and museums in L.A., but I rate this as one of the best immersive art experiences in Hollywood. It’s divided into two fantasy realms—the 3D Illusions area and the Upside Down House. Both are designed to spark creativity, make you laugh, and give you an escape from everyday reality. Here are our highlights (and favorite optical illusion photographs) from our visit. This illusion reminded meRead More →

What I Wore On My Five-Day Trip To The Big Apple

One of my favorite things about traveling is having the option of dressing differently than in my everyday life. This past December I spent time in New York City and Massachusetts, which meant shopping for winter attire. Before I left Los Angeles, I bought a Rachel Zoe leopard print coat, faux leather leggings, combat boots, a new black beanie along with a few more pieces. The thing with visiting the East Coast during the winter is that the weather is so unpredictable. I’ve been there when it’s below zero and when it’s in the upper 50s. This vacation, it was ideal—not so cold that walkingRead More →

My East Coast trip: visiting Central Park

Since I began blogging over three years ago, I’ve never taken any real time off. I’ve gone on a ton of trips, but I always found time to work throughout them. I’d wake up early and write before I started my day, head back to the hotel and edit photos or do SEO late at night (which technically didn’t feel like work because of the beautiful environments that I would vacation in). This past December, Billy and I took our annual trip to the East Coast. We spent five days in New York City, followed by time at my parents’ home in Massachusetts to celebrateRead More →