I can’t believe I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of becoming a Los Angeles resident. This city is so exciting and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else at this point in my life. I’ve spent the past year exploring, adventuring and loving every second of my LA life. Because really, who wouldn’t love living here?
EAT & DRINK
A.O.C. – Beverly Hills
A.O.C. has become one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for brunch. Their menu is top notch and the outdoor patio is so welcoming. My favorite dish: Brioche with a Bellini.
The Biltmore Hotel Bar – Downtown
The Biltmore has beautiful architecture, good drinks and even better people watching. I love the feeling of old Downtown LA in this hotel.
Zinc Cafe – Downtown
Zinc Cafe in the Arts District is such a great place for dinner or just a drink at their bar. My favorite dish: Veggie Burger with a Matcha Green Tea Latte.
Le Pain Quotidien – Manhattan Beach
Organic, healthy dishes and fabulous coffee. My favorite dish: Banana Crunola with a Non-Fat Iced Latte.
The Culver Hotel Bar – Culver City
Extremely romantic outdoor setting with cocktails named after The Wizard of Oz. The bar is just as cool as the hotel inside.
Malibu Cafe – Malibu
Malibu Cafe is a hidden oasis in Calamigos Ranch. It resembles an outdoor picnic area, but with better food and fancy s’mores for dessert. It’s worth the drive through the canyon.
South End – Venice
Hands down the best pizza I’ve ever had in California. Also, the owners give you a wine tasting lesson and make sure to pair your food with the right bottle. All-around great service.
The Tasting Kitchen – Venice
I love this place not only for their food, but because it feels like you’re in a beautiful treehouse. My favorite dish: Eggs in a Basket.
Bar Chloe – Santa Monica
Old Hollywood glamour in one little romantic bar nestled by the beach in Santa Monica. Truly a hidden gem.
Verve Coffee Roasters – Downtown
Expensive, chic, and fabulous coffee shop. The outdoor patio is a must-see.
The Griffith Observatory
There’s no better view of Los Angeles than being at the very top of Griffith Observatory. I love hiking up here and taking in the city views.
The Getty Museum
On top of a hill overlooking Los Angeles, The Getty Center is filled with gorgeous landscape, art and culture.
The most funky museum that constantly features the best exhibits such as ‘Hollywood Costumes Throughout History.’
I’m so lucky to have the privilege to visit Raleigh Studios to see my brother and play around on the set of ‘Castle.’ Watching film and television being made from behind the scenes has always been a passion of mine.
I’m obsessed with architecture and the Bradbury Building is absolutely stunning. The Bradbury is iconic and my favorite movie, ‘500 Days of Summer,’ was filmed here.
Best. Workout. Ever. ‘Nuff said.
This cardio barre class tones every part of your body and leaves you sore for days. Love the cute studios and unique classes.
Ride Bikes in Manhattan Beach
Okay, I’m a little biased because I live in Manhattan Beach. Just look at how beautiful it is!
Hike Abalone Cove
Abalone Cove is in Palos Verdes and it’s the most breathtaking hike I’ve been on. The views of the California coast never get old.
Street Food Cinema
Outdoor movies, food trucks and beers. What more could you ask for during the summer?
Brentwood Farmer’s Market
I do most of my food shopping at farmer’s markets and I LOVE the one in Brentwood. They have such a large selection of fresh produce and so many fresh flowers.
Shop on Abbot Kinney
The coolest street in Venice that has every unique store you can ever imagine. From clothes, to stationary, to home decor. Also, tons of hidden ones if you can find them through the alleyways.
I’ve been on a massive Pinterest healthy recipe binge lately. When I came across this easy-to-make Italian Chicken Bake from The Pinning Mama, I had to try it ASAP. I’m always looking for quick and simple healthy meals because I don’t have a lot of time during the week. This recipe seemed like the perfect dinner after a long day at work.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Pesto Sauce
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Step 1: Go to Trader Joe’s for delicious foods. (Any grocery store works, really. But we all know TJ’s is the best.)
Step 2: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Pour yourself a glass of wine.
Step 3: Place boneless skinless chicken breast in baking pan. Cover chicken with as much pesto sauce as you see fit. Cut fresh tomatoes into big slices to put on top of pesto sauce. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over entire pan.
Step 4: Place pan into oven for 30-40 minutes.
Step 5: Ohh lala! Chicken bake is complete.
Step 6: Serve over a plate of rice. I opted for Brown Rice, Red Rice and Black Barley medley from TJ’s.
Step 7: ENJOY!
In a two part guest series, Ashley Altstadt let’s you in on her tips and recommendations for going after what you want, and ultimately landing a coveted spot in the fashion industry. This is part II.
Do as much as you can on the side.
When I’m not at my current job, I’m writing for online fashion magazines. Start a blog, take photos and show off your work anyway that you can. Companies want to see someone that takes the time to do what they love. Having a blog will also show off your personality and point of view to future employers.
Dress the part.
When you’re trying to land your dream job, you want to be taken seriously. I always go for a tailored pant or a midi dress for an interview. Employers want to see that you can put yourself together, but you also have your own…
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Ashley Altstadt completed seven internships throughout college, studied abroad, and got her dream job right out of school. With an internship at InStyle and Paige Denim under her belt, it’s no surprise that Joie, Current Elliott and Equipment scooped her up without thinking twice. In a two part guest series, Altstadt let’s you in on her tips and recommendations for going after what you want, and ultimately landing a coveted spot in the fashion industry.
How To: Get Your Fashion Dream Job
By: Ashley Altstadt
At the age of 24 I’ve just landed my fashion dream job of working as an International Sales Assistant for Joie, Current/Elliott and Equipment. My duties involve helping to manage accounts internationally, while also prepping for appointments abroad. My love of fashion and worldwide travel has finally come into one, and this is how I got here.
Throughout my years of college, I…
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