The Changing Meaning of “Home” Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

I learned early on that when the outside world changes, the “inside” changes, too. “Home” becomes “shelter.” It’s no longer just a building that stores your bed, your couch, your favorite collection of books and all the other things that you’ve accumulated over the years. It becomes a safe place, a sanctuary, the greatest luxury on planet Earth.

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Pursuing Prosciutto at DTLA’s Charming French Cafe

I have a love-hate relationship with Downtown Los Angeles. I don’t mind admitting that. If you watch my stories on Instagram, you’ll often see me prancing around the city on the weekends, trying to find the best spot for brunch or coffee while constantly craning my neck and admiring the architecture. I love old, historic…

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Coffee Run at The Burlington Arcade in Pasadena

For someone who’s never been to England (OK, there was this one time I had an eight-hour layover in London, but that barely counts), I’m a pretty diehard anglophile. Blame it on The Great British Baking Show. Or maybe even Love, Actually. Or more realistically, my European heritage. So when my fashionista friend, Kristin, told…

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Practicing Escapism at The Huntington Library

We all have that place—that one place we go to that makes us feel like we’re somewhere else entirely. It could be an LA joint that reminds us of a café terrace we frequented in Paris, or an ice cream parlor, or a wall of paperback books. You get the gist. Up until August of…

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Exploring Rome: A List of My Favorite, Must-Do-Again Memories

A shadow shawls the playground of ruins like a protective parent. Everything is pallid, dark—except for a temple. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, which sits in Forum Romanum, was built back in 141 A.D. and later converted into a Roman Catholic church in the seventh century. It’s basking in a rusty, age-old golden sunlight…

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A Sparkly Evening at The Iconic Sheats Goldstein Residence With Swarovski

Close-to 17 years later, I think of those earrings when I arrive at an open house and cocktail party thrown by Swarovski. The occasion? Previewing the luxury crystal maker’s fall/winter 2020/21 innovations and trends with the theme: Love All.

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How To Dress For The LA Opera (And What To Expect)

A little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of spending an evening at the Los Angeles Opera. It was the closing night of a Verdi classic—La Traviata. Still slightly buzzed from a pink gin cocktail I sipped on earlier, I was feeling everything a little extra that evening. (I had the drink at…

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Brunch at The Former Rectory of St. Vibiana in DTLA

“I meant to ask you, have you ever been to Redbird?” I direct-message my friend-slash-fellow-journalist Kristin Vartan on Instagram. Aside from a knack for words, we also have a mutual respect for places with a past— museums, old residences, historic restaurants and cafes. Redbird, I discovered, is that sort of place, and as it turns…

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An Intimate Soirée at The Huntington Library

It’s hot. I walk with a sense of urgency, my heels pinching my middle and little toes every time they smack the pavement. In an utterly predictable bit of kvetching—because I always seem to wear uncomfortable shoes on days when I have to do the most walking—I tell my friend Kristin Vartan how my kicks…

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An Afternoon at Pasadena City Hall, An Iconic Landmark

I stretch my neck forward to look up at the sky through the front windshield, and for a second there, I lose all heart in the work I’m about to do. It’s gloomy, and the sun is showing no signs of ever breaking through the thick ceiling of congregated clouds. When I first discussed the…

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