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    Smorgasburg LA

    During my last trip back home to LA, I was finally able to check off Smorgasburg LA from my list of things to do. For those of you who are not from LA, you may be wondering what this is. Well, every Sunday Smorgasburg LA turns an empty parking lot into the place to be by bringing together an array of amazing food vendors and fun shops. But, let’s be honest, I was mainly there for the food. And while it was overwhelming to be surrounded  by so many options, I did manage to do my fair share of eating and was extremely satisfied with my picks. Keep on reading for a few of my recommendations.

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    Outfit

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Photos by Ale Veyna
    Outfit Details:
    Denim Jacket (Similar)
    Gray Turtleneck
    Black Skirt (Similar)
    Madewell Bag (Similar)

    Ale took these pictures of me when I was home in Pasadena last December. I had always wanted to take outfit photos at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and my sisters and I finally made our way over there after our visit to The Broad. Although this is a pretty simple outfit, the metallic walls of the Walt Disney Concert hall make me seem so much cooler, don’t ya think? All jokes aside, I really love how this ensemble is practical and comfortable, but still very cute. It’s perfect for days when I’m running all over town.

    On a different note, if you’ve been regularly following this blog for these past two years, you know that I have always blogged consistently. That is why I have no idea how I’ve managed to completely forget about this space for these past few weeks. During this time, I was busy with work, school and searching for an internship. On top of that, I was an emotional wreck for various reasons. All those things combined left me with very little time to work on new posts.

    The good thing about my break is that it’s made this whole blogging thing seem less routine. Although I still have two more weeks before finishing my first year of grad school, I’m hoping to be more present here once my schedule frees up a bit. In the meantime, you can always follow me in real time on Instagram.

    xoxo,
    Helen

     

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    Travel

    The Broad Museum

    After months of waiting, I was fortunate enough to finally visit The Broad Museum with my sisters Ale and Sarah while I was in LA last December. The Broad was one of those places that I kept enviously seeing pop up all over my Facebook and Instagram feeds since it first opened its doors back in September of last year, which is why I was so anxious to visit. The new contemporary art museum, located in Downtown Los Angeles, includes two floors filled with a wide and notable selection of contemporary art, making it a lovely addition to L.A.’s already amazing art scene. Even more exciting is that admission to the museum is free to the public, so all you have to do is make sure you reserve your tickets ahead of time to avoid waiting for hours in the long standby line.
    Although it was The Broad’s amazing art collection that first inspired me to visit, I was equally impressed by the design of the space. As if the white honeycomb-like exterior of The Broad weren’t gorgeous enough,  the interior design of the building is also very interesting. The curved cement walls give visitors the sense that they’re walking through a cave. There are also windows located throughout the building, allowing visitors to peek into the museum’s art vaults.
    As soon as we stepped through the doors of the museum, Ale, Sarah and I ran straight to artist Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrored Room’ instillation. You have to make a reservation to go in and the wait can take a while, but it is definitely worth it. Besides having the opportunity to take a very awesome Instagram-worthy picture, the instillation is pretty breathtaking. The surrounding mirrors and water create the appearance that you’re floating on air and surrounded by never-ending light, which makes for a very unique experience if you ask me.

     

    I had a blast visiting The Broad and am looking forward to visiting again next time in LA. There’s so much to see and experience that one trip to the museum doesn’t suffice. I hope that you enjoyed these pictures from my trip and that they motivate you to pay a visit to this amazing space if you’re ever in the LA area. Let me know if you do visit!
    xoxo,
    Helen