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) […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

This place stinks!

I’m a bit of a cheese fancier you see and, since moving to the US, I’ve been on the lookout for mature cheddar.  British supermarkets offer a huge selection of cheddars, ranging from mild to medium and from vintage white to extra, extra mature! I’ve scoured Whole Foods, VONS, Target, Gelson’s, Bristol Farms and Trader […]

Continue Reading

Santa Monica Pier

I was asked the other day if I have a favourite LA landmark.  I may be a little biased due to living in Santa Monica but I realised that it would have to be the Santa Monica Pier. One of the things I love about Santa Monica Pier is the history Santa Monica Pier is […]

Continue Reading

Trying out the new METRO Expo Line

Last week, I took the new Metro Expo line extension from Santa Monica (17th Street/St SMC) to Downtown LA. It was an easy ride and I sat at the window taking it all in – or so I thought. On the way home, I saw entirely new sights and a tonne of street art that I […]

Continue Reading

A Londoner’s perspective on LA’s public transport

Let’s be realistic, the City of Angels isn’t known for its public transportation system.  The consensus here and abroad is that if you’re in LA, you need a car. I have a car! Unfortunately, I don’t have a valid California driving license (through no lack of trying) so I have instead relied on buses and trains. […]

Continue Reading