Week 9: Creating “Beauty Transformed” and life inspiration from the top of “Inspiration Point”

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This week I started my own Etsy business! I’ve been making silver wrapped sea glass pendants for a while, and I finally put all of my jewelry on Etsy for sale. I’m using the shop to raise money supporting mental health and women’s rights. Also this week, I also ate savory pupusas on a hilltop overlooking Hollywood, drank a “charcoal” latte, and hiked up to “inspiration point” to get some more inspiration for my career search. Read more, below ūüôā

On¬†Monday¬†I had coffee at Ignatius Cafe, my new hidden gem coffee spot near USC, and did some job searching. I had an interview for a media company in Culver City which just happened to be right next to where the LA Film Festival was also happening… CLASSIC Los Angeles. Watching them set up the first real red carpet that I’ve seen was really cool. Something is happening everywhere, all the time! It’s so exciting.

On¬†Tuesday¬†evening I met the young alumni Thetas at Margo’s in Santa Monica for happy hour drinks. I got the sparkling ros√© ūüėČ It was great to meet some new people as well as to keep up with some of the new friends I’ve met already in LA through the Theta alumni group!

On¬†Wednesday¬†I hung out at Rose Cafe in Venice and worked on my new Etsy site… I’ve been making jewelry for a while and I finally got the chance to put it online at my store called “Beauty Transformed.” It’s sterling silver plated wire wrapped sea glass pendants and bohemian style earrings, and I’m donating one dollar from every purchase¬†to the National Alliance on Mental Illness to support mental health awareness. The name of the ship was inspired by the many incredible transformations and the rough patches we all experience during our lifetime to become the strong and beautiful people we are today (just like the sea glass I use for my jewelry!). Check out my site, buy a couple pendants, and let me know what you think!¬†ūüôā

On¬†Thursday¬†I ventured into Silver Lake and checked out the indy hipster coffee shops and artsy vibes of the area. I went to Cafecito Organico and had a cafe au lait outside in their “wilderness” patio space. It was a really nice bright space with a lot of sunlight and plants, and lots of creative people working on all sorts of projects (one group of girls was planning the logistics of shooting their own documentary!).

That night Conner and I ventured into Hollywood for the Yamashiro Night Market and enjoyed its famously rich bundt cakes and amazing Pupusa food truck.

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On¬†Friday night¬†Conner and I went to LA Live’s Friday Night Block Party at the Staples Center complex. It was just like an enormous street fair! There were vendors, food, lights, drinks, and street performers like this one, who juggled knives while riding a unicycle… wow. LA Live is only a couple blocks away from out apartment which is really awesome because we can walk there whenever we want to!

Saturday¬†was national coffee day, and what better way to celebrate than by trying a “charcoal latte” at Loit Cafe in DTLA? It was unlike anything I had tasted before… and didn’t actually taste like charcoal if that’s what you’re wondering. Loit was a nice, clean minimalistic space great for studying or having a coffee date with a friend.

That afternoon Conner and I hiked up to Inspiration Point via Castle Canyon in Altadena which is north of LA. It was a GORGEOUS hike and view but pretty challenging… 10 miles long with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. We could see the entire LA area from the top.

Sunday we went to the Abbott Kinney Festival which featured yummy food, drinks, many talented art vendors, and lots of sunshine on my favorite street in Venice! It was absolutely packed, there were so many people. I got mango sorbet inside of a mango shell (how eco-friendly)!

It was a pretty good week, and I’m really excited to continue to develop my Etsy store and¬† to make more jewelry raising money for a good cause. I’m enjoying the chance to get to know the LA area more, while I have the free time to explore! Stay tuned for next week when I go to a job fair at the Angel City Brewery (they give you free *good* beer at adult job fairs!) go to Oktoberfest… in Pomona? And SEE ACTOR BRAD. FRICKEN. PITT. IN. REAL. LIFE. (it was a really exciting five seconds!).

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