Monday and Tuesday I had a couple interviews and spent the rest of my time exploring the endless opportunities to enjoy espresso shops and the sand.
Wednesday I met Conner in Santa Monica for happy hour at The Independence and enjoyed a glass of crisp rosé before heading out to the Twilight on the Pier concert series in Santa Monica. It was “reggae” themed night complete with a funky band on the pier, and lots of samples of kombucha, tortilla chips, and more!
Thursday I met with my LA Theta alumni book club and we discussed our September book of the month: Manhattan Beach. We met at The LiteratiCafe and I ordered really good lychee tea. It has been a great way to meet other women who enjoy books and that were members of my sorority at one point and time, all over the nation.
Friday I met with a girl from an ad agency that I’m interested in, at the Bergamot Cafe in Santa Monica. Bergamot is an internationally known eclectic art gallery complex, featuring numerous types of galleries and other creative businesses. It’s a really cool space with a lot of culture that I highly recommend checking out if you’re interested in art!
On Friday evening, one of my bestest friends from high school graced me with her presence in Los Angeles. Victoria was visiting Long Beach for work and drove up to LA for the afternoon so that we could spend some time together! Naturally, we went to Mama Shelter in Hollywood for happy hour sangria.
Afterwards, we watched the sunset over the iconically famous California road trip destination: Mulholland Drive. How romantic. 😉
After sundown, Conner, our friend Michael and I went to explore the sunset strip in Hollywood and experienced the diverse nightlife scene and its Walk of Fame.
Saturday Conner and I went on an insanely challenging hike in Topanga State Park called the Parker Mesa Overlook Trail, where the last two miles were literally straight downhill at a 45% grade… but with gorgeous views that in my opinion made it worth it. 😉
That night I met up with another dear friend from college whose boyfriend was in Conner’s fraternity at Cal Poly and WOW just happens to live at our apartment complex… We went to Library Bar downtown (it actually is really close to the DTLA LA central library…) and enjoyed some “literary themed “cocktail drinks.
So much knowledge. About cocktails.
Sunday Conner and I had brunch at Neighbor in Venice Beach. Brunch probably my favorite part about living in LA. Besides the cocktail bars. And the coffee shops. Jk I love it ALL. I got the Buttermilk Pancakes which were adorned with blueberries, walnuts, coffee butter, and LOTS of maple syrup. I wasn’t hungry again until like, 7pm.
This week I was lucky enough to visit with a friend from high school, a friend from college, and meet new friends at a LA Theta alumni book club meeting. I’m so lucky to always feel like I’m surrounded by so many amazing people from past and present here in LA even if I’m a newbie to town.
Now, onto next week, where the interviews, food market explorations, and adventures of learning how to be an Angeleno (which is apparently an officially dictionary defined term, google it!) continue.