OCEAN BEACH

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You cannot convince me otherwise, there is nothing quite like a real beach town. We just returned from celebrating our 3 years of marriage on the west coast and Ocean Beach did not disappoint. I had read that it was one of the "last true beach towns" which is completely true to the way it looks + feels. Not swarming w/ tourists, the size of the community was just perfect for a long, relaxing getaway.

Our place was a block from the beach, where we could gaze at the water or watch the locals playing round after round of volleyball. A short walk in any direction and we could indulge in great coffee, local beers, quality pizza, and all of the awesome restaurants that were at our disposal. The town was relatively calm for a June weekend, but busy enough to see that the locals here take full advantage of the pho, pool sticks, and rum drinks offered in OB. We passed by an old Volkswagen bus w/ its doors wide open, where a group of surfers (fresh out of the water) were sipping some cold ones in the back and enjoying the sunny afternoon without a care in the world…. This is a place we could get used to.

LOS ANGELES

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Just got back from spending 10 days in LA! Though we both went to the west coast on work assignments, I wanted to use my free time on this trip as a way to photo journal some ideas for a new painting series. 

We mostly took walks in the Silver Lake + Larchmont neighborhoods, grabbing coffees + hitting recommended spots for tacos and sushi, but I made it a point to be mindful of my surroundings along the way. The amount of fun, colorful palettes + the natural art that blends among the west coast landscape was incredible. I made a conscious effort to embrace the bold colors and it just made me feel good. It was a highly inspiring experience!