What I’ll Miss About Living in Los Angeles

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

What I’ll Miss 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 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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Georgian Hotel

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

The immersive 3D mirror room at Sunny Hues “Happy Go Lucky” pop-up reminded me of a kaleidoscope.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

Designing my jewelry display which became one of my favorite areas in our apartment.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

I lived in Downtown Los Angeles for five years and it was only a few months ago I discovered the Morrison Hotel. Fans of The Doors will recognize this iconic landmark from the album by the same name.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

My friend Diana and I after we got tattoos in The Valley.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

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).

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Lakers games

My first basketball game where I sat courtside at The Lakers versus The Bulls.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Stinking Rose

One of my favorite date night restaurants, The Stinking Rose. Everything on the menu is delicious but my go-to dish is the gnocchi.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Thrift Shopping at Hidden Treasures

Los Angeles has a ton of options for vintage shopping, but Hidden Treasures in Topanga Canyon will always stand out for having one-of-a-kind pieces.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

Billy and I before seeing Buckcherry perform at The Rainbow Bar and Grill.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Quirky museums

I partnered with Museum of Illusions and had such an entertaining time touring the immersive experience. You can read all about it here.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Smorgasburg LA

For a fun (and tasty) weekend, I recommend heading to the Arts District and strolling through Smorgasburg LA. There are so many vendors with delicious foods to try. Once you’re finished, stop at Row DTLA for some shopping.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

Pink, glitter, or teal, I would go overboard by placing colorful pumpkins all over our apartment.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Brunch at Shutters on the Beach

When you’re having brunch at Shutters on the Beach, mimosas are essential!

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The women's march

Marching with thousands of people who support women’s rights was invigorating to say the least.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

Catching up with old friends at Perch LA.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Chateau Marmont

Whether it was Friday night drinks or Sunday brunch—heading to The Chateau Marmont was something I always looked forward to.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Music festivals

Day One of the Made in America Festival where I got to see Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Schoolboy Q, Afrojack, Gareth Emery, YG, and a ton of others perform.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Pacific Ocean

A sun-filled day at the shore in Santa Monica.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Random pop-ups

When OMG Dessert Goals came to L.A. I immediately grabbed a ticket. There were so many delicious sweets to try, but this banana pudding by the Pudding Truck was one of my favs.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The view from our apartment

As we were unpacking our boxes, I took the unconventional approach of organizing our books by color, rather than alphabetical order.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

Getting a tattoo at the famous LA Tattoo on Hollywood Blvd.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Road trips to San Francisco

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Watching Billy DJ

Billy DJing at a club in West Hollywood.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Brunch at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Whenever my mom came to visit we would have brunch at The Cabana Cafe in The Beverly Hills Hotel. I often got one of their flatbreads with a Pink Palace Lemonade.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Dessert from Bottega Louie

Celebrating Billy’s Birthday with pastries and macarons from Bottega Louie.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The stunning sunsets

A view from our bedroom—these breathtaking sunsets happened almost daily.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

I was gifted these candles from Valley Girl Apothecary when I partnered with the brand’s founder, Michelle Alvarado. This was the perfect collaboration since her candles represent various areas of Los Angeles.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Dining at Beauty & Essex

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Random pop-ups

29 rooms by Refinery 29 was so much fun; artists and activists created each interactive installation.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Pizza from Gjelina

A perfect day in Venice: Lunch at Gjelina, followed by shopping on Abbot Kinney, then a stroll through the Venice Canals, and ending the day on the boardwalk watching the sunset.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Cakes from Bottega Louie

This cake from Bottea Louie was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted. It was a mix of strawberry and cotton candy, with just the right amount of sweetness.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Decorating for the holidays

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Concerts at The Forum

My first concert in Los Angeles was seeing Soundgarden perform at The Forum. My friend and I made our way up to the front of the stage where I snapped this picture or Chris Cornell.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier brings back memories of when I moved to L.A. and I used to go there regularly.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

My friend Jason and I at a bar in West Hollywood.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Visiting The Broad

Out of all the art at The Broad museum, these iconic soup cans by Andy Warhol are my favorite.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

Candice and I at a skate show in Venice.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Rooftop pools

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Brunch at Perch LA

I can still taste the French toast from Perch LA topped with fresh berries.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Music festivals

The Sunset Strip Music Festival—I got to see Jane’s Addiction and Empire of the Sun takeover Sunset Boulevard and perform to an exhilarated crowd.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The ice skating rink and Christmas tree at L.A. Live

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Art galleries

I took this photo at the Please Do Not Enter gallery, where I got to view the pop-up “Kings & Queens” by Karen Bystedt. Inside, I was able to see her mixed media art which included photographs of two of my favorite pop culture icons: Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

The food display for one of our Fourth of July get-togethers.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Our apartment

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Love Fest in Laurel Canyon

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

I put up our “mini Christmas tree” before Billy’s Birthday so it could be lit while he opened his presents.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

For Valentine’s Day and our anniversary, I crafted this mouth-watering Sugarfina charcuterie board.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Friday nights at Avalon

Friday nights backstage at Avalon were always a fun time. Over the years, I saw many DJs perform and loved the energy of this club.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Spending the day in Long Beach

Exploring Shoreline Village in Long Beach with my family.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Venice Boardwalk

The Venice Beach Boardwalks unique and artistic approach to the typical California palm tree.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Day dates at the Malibu Pier

An afternoon date at The Malibu Pier.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

At the Staples Center (and beyond), Los Angeles came together to pay their respects over the tragic passing of Kobe and Gigi. #BlackMamba

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Day trips to Tijuana

I took this picture on a day trip from Los Angeles to Tijuana back in 2013.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The amazing views

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.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Monty's Good Burger

L.A. has no shortage of delicious vegan food, but Monty’s Good Burger remains one of my favorites.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Amoeba Records

Right before Covid hit, Billy, and I visited Amoeba Records in Hollywood. This photo will always signify the days before everything changed.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

Our friends at one of our Fourth of July get-togethers.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore became an oasis of mine. I’d spend hours getting lost in the labyrinth of books.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

This Star Map was a gift by Modern Map Art. It’s always been one of my favorite pieces that hung in our apartment since it represents Billy and I. Now when we’re decorating our new place thousands of miles away, it’s like we’re taking a piece of Los Angeles with us.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

After Billy’s graduation, his family and mine celebrated by going out to dinner and taking a walk down Hollywood Blvd.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The view of DTLA

This photo was actually the first logo I used for A Girl in LA. I took it while hiking to the Griffith Observatory.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: Sunsets over the ocean

I’m going to miss these gorgeous sunsets.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

My family came to help me move from Santa Monica to Downtown. This picture was taken after a long day of unpacking.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The Venice Canals

A stroll through the Venice Canals never got old.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles

The picturesque view of a marina in Long Beach.

What I'll Miss Most About Living in Los Angeles: The pasta at Colori

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.

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