When we pulled into LA the late arvo on the 4th of July we had quite a shock. All the talk of “glamour” and “stardom” surrounding the place, all the movies and music based on it, all the hype; but it was a real dive.
There was no shade anywhere, and you’d have to walk a whole long way, in the very exposing sun, to get to where you want to be. For those of you that know me, you know that the sun and me are not the best of friends, and when I looked at LA, I saw the catalyst between me and sun cancer.
Plus we drove into one of the biggest cities in the world, on the other side of the world, where everybody drives on the wrong side of the road. It set the ol’ stress’o’meters into full swing to say the least. Thank GOD Marissa did all the driving, although I think it nearly sent her to the mental asylum….We only pulled into ongoing traffic 3 times which is pretty good going considering! Good work Marissa!
The apartment we stayed in was in Silverlake, it was really lovely and it had an amazing view of LA. Our host, Dane was a champion and kept a lovely garden. Being 4th of July, there were a whole lot of fireworks going off EVERYWHERE. So we bought a bottle of ($18) Mandarin Absolut vodka and knocked them back on the patio while watching the explosions, as we took in how massive the place was, and wondered where the hell we were going to start with it all.
It took us a while to get going the next morning (possibly a result of the Absolut??) and trying to decide where to go was hard after being bamboozled by excitable fast talking LA-ites telling us every activity and shop to go to under the burning LA sun. But we set off to do the thing we do best, shop.
I felt like my relationship with LA changed after that. I very soon realized that from the outside, yes, it was a dive, but once you realise the full potential of what you can get out of it it is a wonderland. And I got a whole lot of dresses out of this wonderland.
Heres to shopping in LA!