“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Around LA – Amoeba, Hollywood

Around this time last year, I met one of my husband’s high school buddies for the first time.  He mentioned that if I liked music, I should check out Amoeba.  Not to be confused with a shape altering cell or organism, Amoeba is a large independent music chain that sells both new and used CDs […]

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Slow fashion versus Fast fashion

It’s hard to keep up with the various types of fashion production within the garment industry.  It’s even harder to discern the ethical implications of the clothing you buy given the lack of transparency about manufacturing processes.  To ethical fashion advocates like me, it’s important to get it right.  More often than not, the ethical […]

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One year in LA

On the 28th of November, I’ll have lived in the City of Angels for a year.  So much time has passed and I thought now would be a fitting time to share some more of this English lass’s thoughts on her Emerican relocation. When my husband and I arrived in LA, we planned that I’d be driving by […]

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Policy Position: Reject the Santa Monica LV Ballot

I recently wrote an opinion piece on the Santa Monica LV Ballot for a college course. With the general elections coming up, I thought people trying to decide on local issues might find my thoughts relevant. In discussions of urban development in Santa Monica, one controversial issue has been the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LV) […]

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Shift to the Thrift

In this post, I will be discussing my love affair with second-hand clothing and listing my four favorite thrift stores in LA (aka charity shops to English folk). Thrift stores usually carry negative connotations.  They’re often viewed as dingy, dirty places stocked with other people’s rejects.  Why would you want to pay for other people’s refuse?  Many […]

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a Pterosaur!

Last weekend, I visited the pterosaurs exhibition at the LA Natural History Museum.  I fell in love with the extinct family of bird-like flying reptiles who ruled the skies millions of years ago.  These mysterious creatures were not dinosaurs.  While some dinosaurs transcended their mass extinction in the form of birds, pterosaurs were completely wiped out. […]

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