Touring Hearst Castle, a fairytale-esque estate on The Enchanted Hill

The tour bus rattles as it makes its way up the winding, pristine slopes of Hearst Ranch—an 80,000-acre plot of land that surrounds the infinitely majestic and calendar-pretty Hearst Castle. The crowd inside the bus is typical—a mishmash of locals playing tourist in their state and actual tourists with their petulant, uninterested-looking sons and daughters.…

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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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Art, Beer and Art Deco Architecture Near La Brea

Anyone who knows me will tell you that, more often than not, you’ll find me wandering the museum grounds at The Getty. I love art, and I love places that make me feel like I can cross continents and time periods through art. My second favorite art mecca? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art,…

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Inside “Guo Pei: Couture Beyond” at Bowers Museum

I turn around the corner, and my breath catches in my throat when I see it. It’s almost like the curtain parts, and I’m treated to a grand, extravagant production. Guo Pei’s exhibit in Santa Ana is somewhat like a visual aria—beautiful music wrapped in overheated drama, punctuated by a masterly command of whispered emotions.…

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How To Score Killer Goodwill Finds

I started thrift-shopping at Goodwill a little over a year ago, right when I realized 80’s fashion was making a major comeback. I wanted the decade’s euphoric, maximalist aesthetic! I wanted those razor-sharp shoulders! Asymmetric ruffles! Lantern sleeves! And ah, those dramatic turtlenecks, too. Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars for cool, vintage-inspired looks…

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Where To Shop in Tbilisi, The Republic of Georgia

Confession: I’ve been wanting to write this post for a really long time now. In hindsight, I totally should’ve shared this guide eight months ago, back when spent my vacation in Tbilisi hunting for the coolest clothing stores in town. This was my first time explore my hometown from a fashion perspective. Then again, it…

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Exploring Orange County with Ayres Hotel

Not too long ago, I was approached by one of my editors to work on a guide to Orange County for Ayres Hotel Magazine. At face value, the task seemed easy enough. After all, there’s no shortage of things to do in the area. So, obviously, without skipping a beat, I said yes. After all,…

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Inside The Dior Backstage Pop-Up in Beverly Hills

When Peter Philips set out to create the Dior Backstage line back in 2018, he wanted to bring the everyday person a step closer to achieving the very same looks dreamed up backstage at Dior runway shows. Think: tawny eyelids kissed by the sun, just-got-back-from-a-run cheeks, and lips so plush and glassy they’d put that…

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