this land of angels

i have done quite a few posts of what is outside my backdoor, but this is what is outside my front door. LA! most people imagine beverly hills, beach babes, and celebrities…i would say it is quite the contrary. and as much as i can bitch about living here, there are a lot of things i appreciate about it. it is so culturally diverse, the sun is your best friend, i have a lemon tree in my backyard, and even after ten years of living here i still feel like i live in a different country!

i live somewhere in between echo park and downtown los angeles. across the street from the 101 (it is a lovely song in the morning) and just a few blocks from angeleno heights (the victorian era historic district). i can walk to chinatown, the disney concert hall, grand central market and on and on (however, i drive…i am so LA).  i admit, i was a bit scared of my neighborhood at first, but now i love how gritty and eclectic it is, and being so close to downtown LA.

take a right outside my front door and a few blocks west, sits a quaint little park (Vista Hermosa Natural Park) complete with natural vegetation and a soccer field. lots of little treasures await you along the way between  loads of suculents and cactus, painted telephone poles, and creepy houses. across from a small corner store nestled between apartment buildings, there is a set of painted stairs that lead up to what is suppose to be an art community. i am pretty sure it is a bit more sketch that that…but i appreciate the idea. i love looking at people’s gardens, old vintage cars sitting behind garage doors, and sometimes pure hoarding. i kind of love that stuff!  there are plenty of taco stands around the neighborhood, including the one two doors down in the neighbor’s garage.

 sure, pretty much everytime i leave the house i can see a homeless person somewhere on the corner. sure, the helicopters sound like they are landing on your roof due to traffic on the freeways? or crime?…who knows? sure ,the hose was stolen from the front lawn. sure, the high school kids love to sit on our steps and make out or smoke pot.  sure, occasionally people go through the garbage and recycling. but hey, that is city living! i got a view outside the front door and a little bit of paradise outside the backdoor!

(note: the sky is a different color in every picture. either, LA is that magical, or i clearly don’t edit with the same formula. 🙂 )

i have had this post pending for a while. i took the photos months ago. it is only fitting that i am posting it now. since, i have been back from Colorado, i feel like i have been looking at LA through the looking glass.  often, i forget the memories or the things i love…and yet, i feel full.  perhaps, i have eaten enough and what to come is dessert? i have nothing to dish out or admit yet….only talk of what i feel. i have been here before…it is just a matter of what i do with it. will i get hungry for LA, or venture to try something new and delicious? that is the question?

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Welcome to the bridge where I hope and intend to create a space for ALL the things I do and can't seem to quit. I am a stylist, a creator, a shop owner, a writer, an artist, a mama. Sabina Bloom was born FEB 2021 in a snowstorm and she has an extra special gift on her 21st chromosome. Here you will find us laughing, loving, creating, and navigating Down syndrome and our life together.

17 thoughts on “this land of angels

  1. thank you! love that you can relate to the photos. and yes, they are digital. LA i think is it’s own city in every way. probably what i love the most about it! thanks for stopping by!

  2. oh, man! how cool is this! thank you so much for reading!!! i am going to come over to your blog right now and check it out. it was so great to see you a few weekends ago. you are just the cutest! and i love your daughter dearly! much love. hope to see you soon!

  3. Hello! Come and have a look at my last post. I like your blog, so I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award!

  4. Great photos. Love the mood and tones. They look like they were taken with film, I was going to ask but I guessing that since you said you edited them, they’re digital?

    I grew up in LA and I love to hate it, but there are always things and places I really love and miss about it. This post definitely made me miss that city! I really like the area you live in. I grew up on the Westside near the beach, which was fantastic.. but East LA is my next favorite place.

  5. I like your post. I’ve never been to LA and your perspective seems much truer than any travel book’s. Very cool.

  6. Oh, sweet L.A.. I used to live there and felt like you do. Trying to find the beauty amidst the chaos is one of the best things you can do. Great photos!

  7. Lovely shots. I swear, the most beautiful thing about you Nanna is your curiosity. That is something that cannot be taught. I can’t wait to see where it takes you….love you. Xo

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