Through the Lens: Photos from November

month in photos: November

Point Mugu beach

It’s always surreal when November transitions into December and the holiday craze kicks into high gear.

It’s especially strange when it’s 72 degrees and sunny. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I was grinning ear to ear when we kicked off November by camping on the beach (see above). Likewise when we wished it farewell on the beach (see last photo).

There were a lot of highlights for me this month. I stepped out of my comfort zone and produced a story for broadcast I was proud of, I had some revelations about money, and I explored more of my new city that I love so dearly. Here are a few of my favorite photos from November:

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Griffith Park is one of my favorite spots in L.A. I’d been a few times, but never on such a clear day. I didn’t know you could see all the way to Santa Monica (and the ocean!) from the Observatory. John and I hiked around here for a while and soaked up the sun.

We also revisited the old brewery downtown where hundreds of artists-in-residence dwell. We walked by one guy’s studio that was wide open. We stood there peeking in long enough that the artist, Sean Sobczak, welcomed us in and lit everything up:

Sean Sobczak

Brewery Art Walk

We partied afterward in a warehouse. This is the bathroom. I didn’t use it… I just wanted a photo.

DTLA warehouse

double exposure

Last week, we saw Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy from Anchorman at The Grove signing books. We got there just a few minutes before he arrived, and he walked right past us. I could’ve reached out and touched him. (I really wanted the chance to tell him I was the next Veronica Corningstone, but alas, the book signing line was too insanely long.)

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy

Thanksgiving was truly the highlight of the month. John and I celebrated, just the two of us. Neither one of us had ever cooked a Thanksgiving dinner before, but damn did we make ourselves proud. It made missing our families back home a little easier. (And now we know we’re totally capable of hosting it ourselves!)

candlelight Thanksgiving meal

Since then, I’ve been making the most of my Thanksgiving break. It’s so incredibly nice to have time off from the pressures of school. Yesterday, we headed out to Venice Beach and spent the afternoon strolling the boardwalk, people-watching, and sitting out in the sun. We even changed into our workout clothes and went for a run on the beach and through the canals.

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Of course, next week it immediately kicks back into crazy time at school for me, but there are really only a couple more weeks of that before winter break, if you can believe it. (I can’t.) Next week is the last week of classes before final projects are due, so wish me luck!

There’s so much to look forward to in December, I don’t know where to begin. But seeing family and friends when we go back home for Christmas is at the top of my list.

How about you? What did you love about November? And what are you looking forward to in December?

Found in L.A.: Brewery Art Walk

Brewert Art Walk

Last weekend, John and I ventured to the Arts District downtown to check out the twice-yearly Brewery Art Walk at the old Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery. The complex is one of the largest artists-in-residence communities in the world, and more than 100 artists open up their home studios for people to walk through and get an intimate glimpse of their lives—fun for those of us who like to see how these uber-creative types live and work. Best of all, the event is free.

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All kinds of artists live there—photographers, painters, sculptors, and mixed media artists. Some of the art was cool—and some of it sparked a discussion about how art is subjective anyway—but the neatest part about it was checking out the sweet lofts and the architecture of the buildings in general. Who wouldn’t want to live in a converted industrial space with giant, gorgeous windows and tall ceilings? It felt a little strange slinking in and photographing strangers’ homes while they chatted with other guests in the kitchen. You could tell some people cleaned up before they opened their doors to the world, while others still had dirty dishes in the sink.

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The atmosphere was casual and festive, and it felt like one massive house party. People were walking around with their dogs, there was food and beer (some people even brought their own), and the weather was perfect.

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The rooftop was pretty special, too. You could see all the way downtown and all the way to the mountains. Gotta love those clear days in Los Angeles.

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The exploration of a new city continues! I love how it’s impossible to be bored here, and you don’t have to spend a lot (or sometimes any) money to have fun. The next art walk will be in the spring, and I’ll be bringing my own six-pack.