Beachwood Canyon

LA a la Liz // My Hood Part Two

Hello, and welcome to the second and final (kind of) LA a la Liz post.  This column will now be called Seattle a la Liz.  Yes, my friends.  It is with the heaviest heart, but an excited one as well, that I tell you next week I will be leaving my beloved LA and Hollywood home for sweet Seattle.

It wasn't that long ago that I began shooting up there, meeting new people and becoming part of a very special little community. 

// I want to continue fostering those relationships as well as growing my business.  

I hope that you'll stick around and walk through this journey with me and for all you Seattle peeps, I can't wait to meet you :)  It's going to be an interesting year acclimating to a new city, but I know in my heart that it's time for me to do this.

I'll miss the weather, palm trees and LA culture in general. I'll miss my favorite brunch spots and the way the light hits my room at sunset. It  will all be challenging at first.  However, being away from my friends and family is going to be the hardest thing of all.  I'm so rooted and so connected to the people in my life here and I just can't imagine not having them at arms reach. 

 It's hard to explain, but for a long time now there has been something stirring inside of me, dying to break out of this cozy little life.  It's time to be brave, be risky and jump.  I'm going with my gut and following my heart.  I want to look back one day and be so glad that I took this leap and chose to believe in myself.  I've always said I want to do big things in my life and not just do what feels comfortable.  Well, I'm REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE and that's how I know this is going to be really good for me.  I'm looking forward to shooting weddings there and discovering new brands to work on lookbooks and content.  I'm ready.

Happiness isn't something that just happens to you or that you "find" per se.  It's a choice.  So, I choose to be happy. Even if that means leaving a life I love and starting a new one.  I have a feeling there are great things coming my way that I haven't even dreamt of for myself and I can't wait to share them with you.

I hope you liked all my favorite houses, nooks and crannies that make up my neighborhood.  When I reached my favorite spot to see the Hollywood Sign, the sky was perfect and it was almost like she was saying bye to me.  I'll miss seeing her every day, but I know we'll be together again in the future.


LA a la Liz // My Hood Part One

I often talk about my love for LA and being a rare local (I grew up 30 miles east of Hollywood), I thought it would be fun to start a new column showcasing all its special qualities.  From my favorite neighborhoods to favorite restaurants and even spots that hold personal memories for me. 

So, first up, my very own neighborhood!  I live in a little pocket of Hollywood called Beachwood Canyon.  Locals explain it as the "right under the Hollywood sign" area.  I've lived here for three years now and couldn't be happier.  I fall in love with it more and more every day.

On the weekends I take runs up into the hills and am constantly stopped by tourists who want directions to the infamous sign.  It makes me laugh because I have never actually hiked up to it myself. I know.  It's ridiculous.

I'm obsessed with the eclectic apartments and houses, the neighborly feel, the fact that there is so much history to my street.  I love that no matter what time of day it is, there are people walking their dogs.  It's the kind of neighborhood where everybody knows your name.  We say hello as we pass each other on the street and in the summer it's the best because we're all usually going to the same place.  Franklin Village. 

This special little strip holds local favorites such as Birds (Fridays are ladies nights - heeyoohh), La Poublle and Sushi StopMy personal favorite is Franklin & Co.  I love the vibe there, the food is amazing and the bartender has a heavy hand (never a bad thing).  I had my favorite first date there too so it's kind of the best place ever ;)  Also, Stop by Oaks Gourmet for their homemade tacos, boutique wines and specialty cheeses.  I can't be trusted here.  Like, ever.  I may have once (or twice?) had them deliver ice cream to my front door...

As the sun sets and you make your way back up to my place, you'll notice how the light changes and starts to disappear behind the trees and buildings.  It's my favorite time of day.  It usually smells like jasmine (it's everywhere) and you can see the Hollywood sign start to fade in the darkness. Feels like home.

// I'll be sharing more from my neighborhood soon including the nooks and crannies I often walk to and love (If you follow my snapchat or Insta Stories you know I love a good walk).  I hope you enjoy the new column!