Named for the developer who famously weaved canals into Venice’s urban grid, Abbot Kinney Boulevard remains one of the coolest streets in Los Angeles, even after GQ magazine named it the “hottest block” in America, 2012. Yes, new boutiques may have popped up since then, as have dining spots, but strolling the streets on a Tuesday still feels like a Sunday. Its laid-back attitude is alluring, not to mention that its vibe, to me, is quintessential LA: a little bit glam tinged with edginess; (20th century) historic and palm-fringed; creative, inspiring, and dreamy.
Love. You’ll find references to it everywhere you look: on walls, with family, inside a fortune cookie, and in latte art.
Love is the antidote to fear. I’m sending a generous dose of feel-good your way to amp up the peace quotient across the world. I hope you’ll pass it on…
This post isn’t directly travel related, but I wanted to share it to draw greater attention to ovarian cancer. I’d heard it mentioned in the news a few times but never knew the statistics and stories behind the disease. I interviewed Kelli Sargent for the Huffington Post on her experience with the effects of the cancer. When her mother, Nanci, was diagnosed, they partnered on a run/walk fundraiser, Run For Her, which has raised $6 million for research. Kelli and her father have continued to honour Nanci’s legacy, and lives of so many women out there, by coordinating the event annually.
It’s hard not to fear a cancer that has been tagged a “silent killer” for the inability to detect it in the early stages. Here’s to more research and more answers. Upcoming runs are scheduled for:
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Inaugural Run for Her Bay Area.
Sunday, November, 9 – 10, 2014 Annual Run for Her in Los Angeles.
If you’d like to read Kelli’s story, the interview is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marina-chetner/run-for-her-facing-ovaria_b_5808334.html
While researching an article, I got stuck on Pinterest and its slew of amazing pictures. I tried to drag myself away from the screen — it was tough. So, to make the most efficient use of my time, I decided to compile an honorary Pinterest board on the blog. Each image has some connection to LA… and that’s as much a theme as you’re going to get. Dream on!
“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.
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.