It’s been a little over a year since I graduated from the University of Florida. In those 4 years, I was always busy. I liked the challenge of completing two undergraduate degrees and a graduate certificate while balancing family and social life. I loved gaining experience while working part-time. Although some might say I was too busy at times, it worked for me.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt the need to be working on something to stretch my creative muscles, and I love being able to work on things I’m passionate about. After starting a full-time job, I realized I missed working on side projects, both professional and personal.
I’m just two months away from being able to say I’ve been living in California for one whole year. It’s obviously still a very different experience from living in Gainesville, but I think I can finally say I’ve adjusted. Granted, there have been a few occasions where I’ve done something that makes me stop and think “wow, that was so LA.” In these past ten months, I’ve discovered my love for succulents, colored walls and all things trendy.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love all things social media, graphic design, and dessert—emphasis on that last part. As a self-proclaimed cupcake connoisseur, gummy guru and sweets specialist, Sugarfina is one of my favorite places to satisfy my sweet tooth. With so many options available, it’s hard to pick just one favorite sweet treat. However, after reading Eater’s top picks, I knew I had to weigh in with my opinion.
I love road trips — minus the whole driving part. That’s typically where Kevin comes in. He loves driving. By now, he’s realized the best way to get me in the car for long trips is to sweeten the deal by offering something I love (like Instagram-able pit stops).
When we started planning our road trip to Las Vegas, I knew we had to make a stop along the way for Seven Magic Mountains. Seven neon towers of stacked boulders in the middle of the desert? Count me in.
I take immense pride in finding the most Instagram-worthy spots. So it should be no surprise I’ve been known to actively seek out the best and brightest walls in the area. Since moving to LA I’ve been able to expand my “pictures in front of cool walls” portfolio.
Lucky for me, there seems to be no shortage of lifesize murals and fabulous street art ready to be captured. From a neon pink wall to three-story “California Dreaming” mural, I’ll round up my current top 5 favorite spots.