Through the lens: photos from March


March was a lot like the photos below—busy, colorful and all over the place.

Anybody else feel the same? This month certainly had its highlights (a trip to San Diego, gorgeous weather as usual, etc.), but I never did feel like I had time to breathe. Every time I accomplished one small task, five more would pile on top of me. And because I expect more of the same from April as my second semester of grad school begins wrapping up, I’m trying to adjust my mindset and power on through. I can do this.

Despite the insanity, there were a lot of bright moments of I’m so glad I’m here. School might make me crazy sometimes, but I’ve never once doubted that this is the place for me right now. The following photos capture those bright moments perfectly.

fire escape


DTLA art

phone booth

heart Los Angeles

The above photos were all taken in DTLA, which I’ve explored a fair amount lately for writing assignments. Ask an Angeleno about the area, and you’re likely to get mixed reviews. (If you’re not familiar with L.A., downtown is NOT Hollywood—they’re a few miles apart.) The other day I Instagrammed a photo of a corner downtown, explaining how I’d fallen a little in love with that part of the city. Rachel commented on the photo and summed up my feelings exactly: “DTLA either creeps me out, bores me, or makes me fall in love with it, depending on the area/day.” But in this particular area on this particular day, I was smitten.

Below, a walking tour of the antique shops and street art in Silver Lake:

Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake

Sunset Blvd. signs

Living Room furniture

antique shopping in Silver Lake

Micheltorena Flea Market

street art

Silver Lake street art

Silver Lake home

A dog chilling on his Silver Lake balcony above and a long hike in Griffith Park below.

Griffith Park hike

Dan's Burgers San Diego

San Diego sunset

And a couple more memories from San Diego above.

The days, weeks and months might be feeling overwhelming lately, but if the photos above can teach me anything, it’s to live for the little bright moments. And when I stop and look back, I realize that there are a whole lot of them.

What were your favorite moments from March? What are you looking forward to in April?

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  1. My favorite part of March was my bf’s last day at his overnight job – 🙂 We have nights back! Looking forward to our Cherry Blossoms blossoming and my son’s soccer season starts this month! 🙂 Great photos Cassie – especially the third one with the yellow windows + matching flowers. Have a great one! -Iva

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Wow, you both must be so glad those night shifts are over! That’s gotta be pretty rough. Enjoy the upcoming outdoor season! You deserve it after a long, cold winter. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous photos! Look at that blue sky – *swoon*

    I still can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of March – how did that happen?! And I’m still waiting for Spring to properly appear! Good luck with April – my second year at uni is coming to and end too and between now and May the only thing I’ve got to look forward too is essay deadlines, mountains of revision, and then bloody exams!! Roll on June! 😀

    • Cassie Paton says:

      AHH crazy time at school. Good luck with your essays and exams! WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER.

      Hope spring makes it way to you sooner than later!

  3. I think this means that we should hang out in DTLA together and see what happens – it’s kind of like meaningless emotional Russian Roulette. Or maybe that’s too extreme. Who knows. Have you been to the arts district? We drove through there last week and saw the building where the gang from New Girl “lives” and there was a sweet bar and some cool shops and murals…I’ve been wanting to explore it more. Perhaps beer with a blogger there?

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Yes, yes, yes I would love to! The DTLA photos here were all taken in the Arts District. 🙂 That’s an area I really want to explore more of, and I’ve totally gotta see where Jess & the boys live. Beer with a Blogger and photo adventures abound!

  4. Awesome photos, as always. I’m on pins and needles waiting to find out if I got into graduate school or not. I’m supposed to know by Tuesday so it’s just a waiting game at this point.

  5. You’re making me want to move to LA very quickly! I loved your March. It looked so vibrant and fun! Here’s to a new month of living for the brighter moments. 🙂

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