Concrete Geometric

Concrete Geometric

As part of my LA Loves series, the goal is to share my fave businesses, places to visit, and fab things to do right here in Los Angeles. I love learning and experiencing new things, and LA is a great place for workshops. I’ve learned how to make candles, clay wall hangings, meditate, and make the perfect cup of pour over coffee! Over the weekend Eddie and I had the pleasure of taking a Concrete Geometric Workshop - we learned techniques for working with concrete and color to create gorge planters. It was such a blast and the Concrete Geometric studio is super gorge. I wanted to share with you some pics from the day, and what I created. Makers gonna make!! Keep scrollin for all the fun :)

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Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens

Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens

I'm on a quest to visit all the Los Angeles botanical gardens I can get my mitts on and finally crossed this oasis off my list over the weekend. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a wonderful educational and research institution in San Marino, and the grounds are absolutely stunning. First things first - the Huntington Library is massive! Eddie and I didn't even see half of the stuff we wanted to, like the Japanese, Australian, and Rose gardens. We'll definitely have to go back and explore more on a second trip. The two gardens we explored this time around are the ones I most wanted to see - the Jungle Garden & Desert Garden. 

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The LA Arboretum

The LA Arboretum

If you're looking to spend a beautiful day outside surrounded by flowers, plants, and PEACOCKS, look no further than the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Over 127 acres of beauty in the city of Arcadia, the grounds are seriously breathtaking. And the peacocks!! Over 200 of them live here, and they roam happy and free. 

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Flores Lane

Flores Lane

I was introduced to Flores Lane through a candle making workshop at Angel City Brewery in DTLA hosted by Trish Baden, the creator. Eddie and I had a blast sipping beers, jamming to 90's rap, & learning about the candle making process from Trish. She gave off such good vibes and has a wonderful fun-loving attitude, plus the candles we made were deeeelish. Trish was nice enough to invite Eddie and I over to her home studio where she runs her small business, in the heart of West Hollywood. I loved hearing her story and seeing where she concocts all her candles. Keep scrolling for the magic!

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Rainforest Flora

Rainforest Flora

I'm always on the hunt for plant shops and nurseries in LA, so I kinda can't believe I had never been to this lil slice of jungle paradise called Rainforest Flora before! It's especially a must visit if you're a Tillandsia (also known as air plants!) lover, since that's their specialty. They're the largest producer of Tillandsias in North America and one of the largest in the world. How amaze is that? Complete with waterfalls, turtles, fish, and a jungle kitty, it really is a dream. 

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Walking in a Cactus Wonderland

Walking in a Cactus Wonderland

Get used to this magical cacti land, because you're going to be seeing a lot of it from now on! A couple months ago I didn't even know South Coast Botanic Garden existed, now I'm an annual member and plan on visiting/photographing it v regularly. Seriously, it's botanical heaven here. And right in Los Angeles! Palos Verdes to be exact. There are all different types of gardens here, but the Desert Garden is my fave. Cacti, euphorbia, aloes, and other succulent bbs of all shapes and sizes. Take a walk with me through this prickly dream land. 

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Beach Barcycle Birthday Bash

Beach Barcycle Birthday Bash

Having a Christmas eve birthday is a funny thing - bouncers, bartenders, and any sort of ID checkers always ask me, "What's that like?" Growing up, it had its plus and minuses. There was the occasional grouping together of prezzies ("This is for your bday AND xmas!"). Since school is obvi never in session on the 24th and everyone stays home with their fams around the holidays, I would sometimes get bummed I never got to celebrate with my friends on or around my day. But, having a Christmas eve birthday made the holidays and the month of December in general that much more exciting. Since I couldn't celebrate with friends the day of, my parties were always a few weeks before, which meant I got to prolong the excitement - a whole month of celebrating! And having your birthday the day before Christmas means a lotta cheer, prezzies, and CAKE packed into a 48 hour time frame. Fast forward to now and pretty much the same holds true! I don't usually go crazy to celebrate, I've actually gone years without having any sort of party because I know how busy everyone is during the holidays. But I wanted to do something this year, and I've been dying to experience the Venice Beach Barcycle - so I figured this would be the perf time to get some friends together to experience it with me. 

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29Rooms From Refinery29

29Rooms From Refinery29

There aren't many places that can truly make you feel like a kid again, but 29Rooms is one of them. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of this magical adult playground last week before they opened to the public - certain installments were actually still being constructed! Many thanks to Google & Refinery29 for letting me witness the magic. It was such a fun-filled afternoon! So many artists, activists, and visionaries contributed to this pop-up interactive experience, and the result is truly a magical, inspiring fun-house that really gets you thinking. I can't commend the creators enough for fusing activism, art, and technology all together! I wanted to share with you some pics of my fave rooms - especially since 29Rooms is only in LA for a couple weeks, and I know that (v unfortunately) a lot of people won't get to experience it for themselves. But if you do get a chance to go and explore, I can't recommend it enough. Go, go, go! All images taken of me were snapped by my friend Onelia :) 

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