Christmas Wishlist 2017 || #MerrieChristmas

IT’ S DECEMBER, HOLY SCHNITZEL!! Although I can still get away with wearing shorts in LA, it’s time to unfroze Mariah Carrey and Michael Buble, deck the halls with fairy lights and whip out the Christmas trees! As we entered the happiest month of the year, we also officially entered the season of gift buying and giving. If you live in a place where Black Friday is a thing, maybe you’re on it and have already started buying gifts and compiling your own gift wish list, but for me, I’m just getting into the spirit (and it was my last day of class today!). This year I don’t particularly need anything and I to feel like being in LA for the past almost 5 months is the biggest gift itself, but I think it would be fun to compile a list of things I kind of would enjoy having. Hopefully…

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Life in L.A. #5: Footsteps on Malibu Beach

This is one of those posts where I actually don’t have much to say – I spent a wonderful October afternoon laying on a beach in Malibu doing absolutely nothing. And l loved it. Sometimes you just need some silence and time to unwind and just relax. Thankfully, Southern Cali weather allows that to be on the beach with a cold drink in hand. Sadly, we didn’t do enough research beforehand, so we stayed around the Malibu pier an didn’t have the chance to go further up the Pacific Coast Highway (we will go back though, it seems absolutely beautiful). The pier was also pretty cool itself and there’s also a super cute place to eat directly on the pier called Malibu Farm and their menu looked delicious, so if you’re around there and hungry I’m sure it’s a good spot to grab a bite. Best of all, we had…

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Life in L.A. #4: I dropped a 6$ ice-cream?!

I know, I know. It’s technically week 5, but deadlines got the best of me and the previous weekend was spent watching some mum’s tutorials on how to make an endless fold card, battling the layout for that card in InDesign and fiddling with the curvy part of a number 2 for way too many hours. Anyways, with those two things done, my weekend was free, and I grasped the opportunity to soak up some sunshine on the beach (I know everyone reading this from Europe hates me for being able to have beach days at the end of September haha) On Saturday, we headed to this ice cream place called Little Damage. You may have seen it on BuzzFeed and 9Gag because it sells black ice-cream. Yes, like our souls (jk). It’s in the centre of DTLA, and it’s open from 12 pm to 2 am most days, so…

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Life in L.A. #3: Hiking to Spatial type and deep fried Oreos

Another place on my list of “Places I Can’t Believe I’ve Actually Been to” is a hike to the Hollywood Sign. Although, who would embark on this journey in nearly 40 degrees heat? That’s right; we would! Naturally, we rewarded ourselves for the 11 miles of walking with deep-fried-whatever-you-can-imagine at the L.A. County Fair on Labour Day! To begin with, the hike, going up to see the Hollywood sign has been a dream of mine ever since I was little. As for me and my friend Becky (another exchange student from UAL and yes, she has good hair) we’re riding towards the beginning of the trail, we made a realisation – we were going to walk almost 4 miles to some spatial typography. Now, this probably sounds very irrelevant to anyone who has no idea of graphic design, but to us, it was ridiculously funny. We decided to take the Mt.…

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Life in L.A. #2: Giant balloon dogs and egg sluts!

I had seen enough Infinity Room selfies on Pinterest and Instagram! Visiting The Broad Museum had been on my mind ever since I got to L.A. and it was time to go. This new contemporary art museum in DTLA is getting more and more popular every day, hosting over 2 000 works of art including pieces by Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Yayoi Kusama (a full on an exhibition of hers is soon to debut *squeaks with excitement*). It’s getting more and more popular with queues going around the building to get in. Luckily, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit it with a Press Pass (thanks to the lovely people at the Broad!), which enabled me to skip the line both for entry and for the Infinity Mirror Room. If you’re a blogger, I highly would recommend applying for one of these, at it…

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Life in L.A. #1 : Pardon, I don’t speak French + Wall of the Week

I face-timed my mum one last time before I closed my obnoxiously pink suitcases and once again headed towards the airport. During the last year, flying across Europe every two months became something normal. I became a pro at packing two to three months worth of clothing in a suitcase. I downloaded all of the available apps for managing trips. I also pretty much memorised my passport number. Anyways, back to the talk I had with my mum – after she gave me her typical ‘before-departure-did-you-bring-everything-mum-talk’ she told me a story. When she went to the USA, I was around 2-3 years old. After she came back, I went on a trip with her to the Rhodope Mountains. As we were driving, I apparently had noticed the sun reflecting on a mosque’s dome and had screamed: “Mummy, look America!” Apparently, I had no idea what “America” was, but it did…

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