Roses, From NY to CA, USA

“Stop and smell the roses,” they say. Well, you know what? I did, I do, and will continue to bow down and inhale their sweet, delicate fragrance because it is one of the simplest, most beautiful pleasures in life.

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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April 2012, Soho, New York

June 2013, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

June 2013, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

August 2012, Union Square, New York

August 2012, Union Square, New York

October 2012, DUMBO, Brooklyn

October 2012, DUMBO, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Red Hook, Brooklyn

May 2012, Red Hook, Brooklyn

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July 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Birthday Flowers)

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

April 2013, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

April 2013, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

July 2014, Brentwood, Los Angeles (Birthday flowers from Steph, Andrew, and Ben!)

July 2014, Brentwood, Los Angeles (Birthday flowers from Steph, Andrew, and Ben!)

March 2012, Laguna Beach, Laguna

March 2012, Laguna Beach, Laguna

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

March 2012, Carlsbad, S. California

March 2012, Carlsbad, S. California

May 2014, Huntington gardens, Pasadena, S. California

May 2014, Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, S. California

May 2012, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

May 2012, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

September 2014 in Brentwood, Los Angeles

September 2014, Brentwood, Los Angeles

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

May 2012, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rewind Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about New York. I miss it. I long for it. It was the first city I truly fell in love with. Looking through my photos brings back so many memories; I’m so glad I was given a camera to capture the city’s moments. New York always looks beautiful; never dull or boring. I looked over at the island Manhattan so many times from Williamsburg, and felt nostalgic for the New York I dreamt about at home in Sydney. It’s Williamsburg that I really miss the most. I wonder if I will recognize it when I return.

10th Street street art, August 2012

10th Street street art, August 2012

That's Manhattan, July 2012

That’s Manhattan, July 2012

At Momofuku Milk Bar, May 2012

At Momofuku Milk Bar, May 2012

Guard Dog, May 2012

Guard Dog, May 2012

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Draped in vines, May 2012

Fair day, May 2012

Fair day, May 2012

10th Street street art #2, August 2012

10th Street street art #2, August 2012

Comstruction, April 2012

Construction, April 2012

Music on Bedford Ave, May 2012

Music on Bedford Ave, May 2012

Coffee to go, May 2012

Coffee to go, May 2012

Ice cream, July 2012

Ice cream, July 2012

A restaurant's trimmings, April 2012

A restaurant’s trimmings, April 2012

At the Brooklyn Flea Market, May 2012

At the Brooklyn Flea Market, May 2012

Stormy Williamsburg, July 2012

Stormy Williamsburg, July 2012

Williamsburg Bridge, April 2012

Williamsburg Bridge, April 2012

Sunset over Williamsburg Bridge, July 2012

Sunset over Williamsburg Bridge, July 2012

Cliff’s Edge, Los Angeles

Magical spots that transport you far away from the freeways, smog, and traffic exist in LA  — you just have to go beneath the surface. Enter Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake. Although it’s located on busy Sunset Boulevard, once you walk through its door and cut across the restaurant, a glorious patio awaits with the open arms of an ancient Ficus tree. Hugged by sky-high bamboo hedges, you may as well be sitting in the tropics while drinking cocktails and feasting on comfort food. Unfortunately, Cliff’s Edge is no secret: it’s best to make a reservation if you want to be seated for Sunday brunch.

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Truffle fries, pomegranate mimosa, and a Campari cocktail

Truffle fries, pomegranate mimosa, and a Spritz cocktail

Frittata and pancakes

Frittata and pancakes

A deconstructed pavlova with chocolate, crushed pistachios, and chocolate cake. Delish!

A deconstructed pavlova with chocolate, crushed pistachios, and chocolate cake. Delish!

White Lotus, Los Angeles

Back in June, I visited The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. It was a hot day but the perfect time to visit for the blooming lotus flowers.

The flower is a diamond in the rough — it blossoms beautifully above the murky water from which it grows. In Buddhism, the lotus is associated with purity of body, word, and mind; in Hinduism, with beauty and prosperity.

Further, a “white” lotus (they also come in pink and blue) represents an awakening to the wonder of it all.

Here’s to a weekend of wonder…

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The Beach, Santa Monica

The bright light, the wide open spaces, the blue ocean — their combination is what makes Southern California so alluring.

Not to mention the history woven throughout its wilderness… If only the palm trees could talk.

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