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 you can get more information and possibly visit it.
In the next few weeks, I’m going to be taking a step back from publishing new content so I can get my site ready for A Girl in NYC. Until I’m back, here’s a look at my favorite moments in Los Angeles.
Also, if you’re looking for a comprehensive guide on fun things to do in Los Angeles, check out my guide to LA—Part 1: Where to Sleep, Sip, and Shop, and Part 2: Where to Dine, Sightsee, Workout, and Get Pampered.
As the sunset and the sky got dark, it was comforting to know that I always had this stunning view to look at.
The historic Georgian Hotel on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica was one of the first Los Angeles hotels that I stayed at. The teal and yellow art deco building has been around since the 1940s and used to cater to old Hollywood.
Billy and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together (which happened to fall on his Birthday) by dining at Bottega Louie. This became a tradition of ours, although some years rather than dine-in, we ordered takeout instead.
Designing my jewelry display which became one of my favorite areas in our apartment.
My friend Diana and I after we got tattoos in The Valley.
A picture perfect Sunday was spent at The Malibu Pier and having lunch at either Malibu Farm (try the vegan chocolate oat banana pancakes), or Malibu Farm Cafe (the vegan coconut dish is perfect for lunch).
My first basketball game where I sat courtside at The Lakers versus The Bulls.
Pink, glitter, or teal, I would go overboard by placing colorful pumpkins all over our apartment.
Marching with thousands of people who support women’s rights was invigorating to say the least.
A sun-filled day at the shore in Santa Monica.
As we were unpacking our boxes, I took the unconventional approach of organizing our books by color, rather than alphabetical order.
While living in Los Angeles, I explored other areas in California. I took this photo in San Francisco back in 2011. I don’t remember what the building was, just that I loved the vibrant colors.
Billy DJing at a club in West Hollywood.
A view from our bedroom—these breathtaking sunsets happened almost daily.
One of my favorite New York City spots, Beauty & Essex opened up a location in Hollywood. This became my go-to place for a night out with friends. We’d start with dinner and drinks and then listen to the DJ spin until the club closed for the evening.
I made a point of going overboard with Halloween decorations because I didn’t do a lot of Christmas decorating since Billy and I were on the East Coast most of December.
My friend Jason and I at a bar in West Hollywood.
Candice and I at a skate show in Venice.
The rooftop pool at my apartment complex turned into my second home. I’d spend my days swimming, writing or sitting up there staring at the expanding skyline while listening to music.
It was the official start of our holiday season when Billy and I would walk a couple blocks to L.A. Live. We viewed the giant Christmas tree and ice skating rink while Christmas music played in the background.
The food display for one of our Fourth of July get-togethers.
It took us forever to hang pictures in our dining area, and once we did I snapped a photo since it felt like a huge accomplishment.
When my parents visited me, I brought them to the Love Street festival in Laurel Canyon. (It’s actually right in front of the home that Jim Morrsion lived in with Pamela when he wrote Love Street.) It was incredible to hear the look-alike performer cover some of The Doors greatest hits. Later that evening, we had dinner at the rustic Italian restaurant Pace.
I put up our “mini Christmas tree” before Billy’s Birthday so it could be lit while he opened his presents.
My friend and I parked on the side of PCH and hiked across a field. Once we got to the end, we were met with never ending views of the California coastline.
Our friends at one of our Fourth of July get-togethers.
After Billy’s graduation, his family and mine celebrated by going out to dinner and taking a walk down Hollywood Blvd.
I’m going to miss these gorgeous sunsets.
My family came to help me move from Santa Monica to Downtown. This picture was taken after a long day of unpacking.
The picturesque view of a marina in Long Beach.
Colori is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Los Angeles. From the street it looks like a hole in the wall, but inside they serve up some of the best Italian dishes that I’ve ever tasted. My go-to choices are the Spaghetti Pomodoro and the Fettucine Alfredo.