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.
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.
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…