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The Best Workouts in Los Angeles

Being new to the Los Angeles scene, I’ve been doing a lot of research into the best workouts in the area. It’s no secret that LA is a wellness-oriented city; we are home to some of the most talented personal trainers, the best-of-the-best gyms, and certainly no shortage of both tried-and-true and up-and-coming fitness trends.

Now that I’ve been here for a few weeks and had the chance to check out the fitness scene, I wanted to share some of the best workouts I’ve found. These range from hikes to yoga studios, and everything in-between. I hope you enjoy!

{runyon canyon views}

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1. Runyon Canyon. If you know anything about LA, you probably have heard about Runyon Canyon. This is without a doubt one of the mot popular hiking destinations in the area, and for good reason. I have started hiking Runyon a few times a week, and it hasn’t gotten old yet. What makes this place so popular is because it’s extremely dog-friendly, there are plenty of celebrity sitings, there are water fountains along the way, and the views are great as long as it’s not too hazy out.

2. Griffith Park. Griffith Park has a few different trails, with Wisdom Tree and The Hollywood Sign/Mount Lee being some of the most popular. They’re both great options depending on what you’re looking for: Wisdom Tree is a little bit more challenging, but the Hollywood Sign is a bit longer. The Hollywood Sign brings you up and close and personal with Los Angeles’ most notable landmark, and while you can’t get up too close to the giant letters, it brings you up behind them with the view of the city beyond them. Wisdom Tree takes you up to see beautiful views of the city, along with one lonely tree at the top. This is the one and only tree that survived the massive Hollywood Hills fire in 2007, and was originally planted by a man who dedicated trees to his mother. There is a also box where hikers leave things behind — ranging from business cards to handwritten letters, and everything in between.

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1. Wanderlust Hollywood. Wanderlust Hollywood is a cult fav and is from the makers of the famous Wanderlust festivals. The vibe here is amazing, with a mix of wood, metal and exposed brick. There are two floors, complete with a café and patio, multiple studios and a meditation room.

2. Set & Flow. Set & Flow has more a modern, sleek vibe than Wanderlust. It has super high ceilings and mood lighting/lighting therapy, which is — in my opinion — the coolest aspect of the studio. There is also kombucha on tap and Runyon is in walking distance… You can’t go wrong.

3. One Down Dog. One Down Dog has two locations on the Eastside, and has a different feel than most other yoga studios. They offer super unique classes with great playlists. They have a down-to-earth, upbeat vibe, and offer plenty of workshops, too — everything ranging from tarot circles to sound baths.

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1. modelFIT. Let me just start off by saying modelFIT is loved by Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift. Enough said. This fitness studio focuses on small muscle groups, striving to give you a long and lean look. They offer a variety of classes, ranging from toning to dance cardio, barre, and kickboxing.

2. Cycle House. Cycle House reportedly has the toughest spin classes in LA. Picture dim lights, intense music, amazing instructors, and sweat everywhere — that’s what Cycle House is supposed to feel like. Jessica Alba is a fan, so I am too.

3. Box Union. Think of Box Union as the Cycle House of boxing. It has dimmed lights, loud hip-hop music, and drips of sweat everywhere. There are floor-to-ceiling windows that set the tone for a great ambiance. The only downside is that it’s over in Santa Monica, which is a hike for me personally.

 

Do you have any more suggestions of workouts I should try? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Empty Apartment Tour + Update

Happy Monday! I posted a new video on my YouTube channel today, and wanted to share it here as well. I talk a little bit about my move, what I’ve done during my first week in Los Angeles, and give a little tour of my empty apartment before I moved in. I hope you enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed! Thank you so much for watching. Let me know if what videos you’d like to see from me in the future. x

I’m Moving (!)

Today’s post will be pretty short and sweet, I just want to announce some exciting news: I’m moving! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have figured it out by now because I’ve been teasing it a little bit. So, where am I moving, when, and why? Keep reading to find out 🙂

Drumroll please… I’m moving to Los Angeles! I am so excited to be moving to California. I visited LA (for the first time ever!) with my sister last October, and I fell in love as soon as I landed. After only a few hours there, I knew I wanted to move. Then, I was given a sign: We pulled up to a stop sign and I turned to my right to see this street art. It says, “your intuition led you here.”

If you’ve been following me and the blog for awhile, then you know I have moved to New York City three times. I always move there, and never love it as much as I hope to. I even told my friends and family that one of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to NOT move to NYC. Lucky for me, I had found another city that I loved.

I loved the vibe of LA, I love how heath-conscious and wellness-oriented the city is, I loved the people, I love how there’s both the beach and mountains… I pretty much loved it all, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I leave this Saturday, June 9th, so what can you expect after that? Lots of moving vlogs (subscribe to my YouTube if you want to follow along!), an apartment tour, and more content overall. I find it very hard to create when I’m uninspired, and with this new environment, I will be much more apt to create more content to share. I will be posting more on the blog, A LOT more on YouTube, and more on Instagram. I can’t wait.

 

You can see my LA travel diary and video here, if you’re interested in what made me fall in love with the city so much 🙂

Thank you so much for following me along on this journey! I can’t wait to share it with you. Do you have any recommendations things to do or places to go in Los Angeles or closeby? I would love to hear you suggestions. x

Los Angeles Travel Diary (& Video!)

I touched down back in New York a few days ago, and have been in a delirious state ever since… Jet lag has magically hit me much, much harder than it did for my trip to Bali! Anyways, today I’m back with my favorite kind of post: a travel diary. I’m sharing all of my favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the Los Angeles area (and boy, do I have a lot of recommendations!), and giving you all the details on my trip. Also, I have a quick video that I filmed while I was there, so stay tuned until the end to watch! Without further ado, here is my Los Angeles travel diary…

This was my first visit to LA, and I absolutely loved it! In fact, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the city. It is so, so different than New York City — my second home — in the best ways possible. We all know the weather is near perfect, it is so much less crowded when you’re walking around, it felt cleaner, the people were friendlier, it is much more progressive — the list goes on and on! The traffic didn’t even bother me. What might be my favorite thing is how you have the mountains and the beach right in the same area; that’s essentially my dream world 🙂

Did I mention that I saw Kendall Jenner, Brittany Snow (one of my absolute favorites), and Cameron Dallas? I never see celebrities in NYC for some reason, so it was so funny to see so many in such a short amount of time.

{around west hollywood}

We stayed at an Airbnb in West Hollywood, which ended up being my favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles. The palm-tree lined streets were filled with cute coffee shops, tons of amazing shops and restaurants, and the coolest street art everywhere you looked. It was amazing.

My absolute favorite places to eat in WeHo were Carrera Café or Verve for morning coffee, Rawberri for an açai or pitaya bowl, Urth Café for lunch, and Gracias Madre (all plant-based Mexican? Yes, please!) for dinner. All of these places were picture perfect, and I would go back to each in a heartbeat — there were so many more items on the menus that I would like to try!

{view from hollywood hills}

Hollywood Hills is truly amazing. The houses are gorgeous, the winding roads weaving up and down the hills are insane, and the view of the city of Los Angeles can’t be beat. We went on a quick hike at Runyon Canyon which was nice — it was sunny and beautiful and an easy hike. Parking was a little iffy — we were so happy that we were driving a Jeep Wranger that could park on the uneven grounds! I would love to do a hike to the Hollywood Sign next time around.

{malibu views}

{el matador state beach}

{malibu wine safari}

My other favorite area was Malibu, which is of course a little ways outside of Los Angeles. It was absolutely stunning; there are no other words to describe it. All of the beaches that we saw were gorgeous, but I’d have to say my favorite was El Matador State Beach.

We also visited Malibu Wine Safari which was nothing short of perfect. We did the Giraffe Tour, so we got to meet and feed Stanley the giraffe who is a retired Hollywood actor. (Yes, seriously). We basically all got into a safari-style truck like you’d see on an African safari and rode it around Saddlerock Ranch. We got to meet so many animals who all had the most clever names… My personal favorites were the llamas, including Barack and Michelle Ollama, the Dalai Llama, Kendrick Llama, and Llama Del Rey. In between meeting and feeding the animals, we tasted both red and white wines. Animals and wine — you couldn’t ask for a more perfect combo!

As far as food, Sunlife Organic was my favorite place that we ate at in Malibu. I had one of the best açai bowls I’ve ever had! Too good.

{santa monica}

{venice}

The Santa Monica and Venice areas are talked about a lot, but I have to say they weren’t my favorite parts of the city. I’m so glad I got to see and experience them, but I didn’t love them as much as the other neighborhoods that I talked about. The Santa Monica pier was fun to see (and the sunset from there is supposed to be really pretty!), the Venice sign was iconic (stop by Animal House to shop around while you’re right there), and I could sit and people watch at the Venice Skate Park all day long. Other than that, it was a little too gritty for my taste.

{a few random iphone snaps}

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I would be placing a heavier focus on videos moving forward. So, I decided to put together a one-minute look into my trip. It’s definitely not my favorite thing I’ve ever created, but it felt like a great way to get started with cinematography. I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of, “in order to get good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it.” It really resonated with me, and perfectly describes how I feel about videography at the moment.

That being said, this video was so much fun to create, and I can’t wait to make more (better!) videos soon. Thank you so, so much for watching — it really means more to me than you know! I hope you enjoy. And hey, if you have any ideas for videos that you want me to make, please just let me know 🙂

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So that just about wraps up my Los Angeles travel diary! Have you ever been to LA? What are your favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in the area?
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