San Pedro has never been a place I immediately think of visiting, but this southern corner of LA County has its fair share of fun features to explore and enjoy. Over the holiday break, Moondoggie and I spent a day down there, casually taking in the city and the sights. Here’s my quick rundown of cool places to check out the next time you’re down near the port of Los Angeles!
Labor Day may be the traditional seasonal signifier of summer’s end, but here in southern California it’s usually just the start of our most blistering summer heat! The cure for such unfavorable weather patterns? Soft serve ice cream!
Magpies Soft Serve is conveniently situated within walking distance of our apartment, so much like our local pizza place, this Silverlake shop has become a regular part of our daily lives. When the weather is particularly hot, there is nothing better than walking out into the warm night air and strolling over to get a cone (or cup in my case) of cool, sweet soft serve.
One of my favorite things about our recent trip to New York was all the delightful pizza dates we went on – in search of the city’s perfect slice. But the Big Apple isn’t the only place to find a delicious slice of pizza. Last week, husband and I visited our own favorite local slicery – Tomato Pie.
Next in my series of #ColorPointes wall crawls – This beautiful wall in the arts district of DTLA from Free Humanity…
There’s maybe nothing quite as enjoyable as visiting a really good plant shop. Lucky for me, Potted is just a hop, skip, and a short drive from our home!
These days, plants are my favorite interior decorating staple and probably my biggest styling challenge. From having a curious cat who likes to munch on everything, to having a thumb that’s more yellow than green, finding and keeping the right plants for my home and lifestyle can be a bit tricky. But nothing gives me more confidence and inspiration than a quick stroll through one of the best plant shops around – Potted in Atwater Village.
I was feeling gloomy, as I sometimes do, and I had an intense need to surround myself in color, art, and creativity. So I went on an LA wall crawl…whilst wearing my pointe shoes.
If you’ve never been on a wall crawl, allow me to break it down for you. Basically a wall crawl is when you drive around the city to see, and perhaps take photos of, the best painted walls and street murals in town. Los Angeles is a sort of gold mine of good walls so, like a kid in a candy store, I mapped out a few of the walls on the east side of the city that I wanted to hit.
First on the list is this beauty in Atwater Village. This heart wall, painted by royalurbanart, is located just off Los Feliz Blvd, just east of The Morrison Pub, the Los Feliz Golf course, and Sante D’or Animal Rescue (where I got El Guapo.) The coolest thing about this gorgeous mural is how it has evolved and become a part of the community. People have written in things they love on the hearts, their wishes, their dreams… It’s really a beautiful spot that just exudes love.
I had been eyeing the wall for years, always thinking, I should take some pictures there, but just could never find the time. I’m glad I finally did it. You can follow more of my wall crawl on instagram with #ColorPointes.