Travel Diary: Los Angeles Day 3 (Part 2) - DTLA and The Last Bookstore

January 25, 2016 (continued): The next place I wanted to check out was The Last Bookstore which was in walking distance from Grand Central Market.

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On my way there, I spotted another cool electrical box with the Egyptian God Anubis, painted in a way that reminds me of Sanna Annukka’s scandinavian style animals.

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I passed through the Historic Core of DTLA with many beautiful buildings having an architectural style dating back to the early 1900s.

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Upon entering the store, I could see why this was a highly recommended place to visit as it was part art installation/gallery, part bookstore. There were sculptural pieces made of books everywhere in the main room, including the checkout bar station.

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When coming from the front the room to the left is the art/design books section, so of course it had to be filled with little bits of artistic expression. On the walls were these beautiful, largely detailed pencil(?) drawing murals. The back of the room had a large gallery of paintings in different styles, from thrift store chic to modern, contemporary works.

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Even the stairway area had little bits of art thrown in, albeit a bit creepy, even more so when I was editing this image and noticed reflected in the security mirror, that there was a person standing in the stairwell.

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Hanging above the stairs was a gothic-esque sculpture.

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Further up was an art installation reminiscent of something out of Harry Potter, where the books come alive appear to be “flying” out of the bookcase.

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Part of the upstairs has a few mini shops selling cool vintage trinkets, to paintings, to stationery bits and bobs.

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Once you reach the end of the loop of mini shops, there is an entrance to the upstairs part of the bookstore. Here, are even more sculptural book wonders, from little windows, to a lit up cave.

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Also sprinkled throughout are more artsy influenced installations including 3D murals, color categorized bookshelves and various vintage sculptures.

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Their inventory of books is a mixture of new, and secondhand with a few hard to find thrown in. I would recommend visiting whether you’re a bibliophile or quirky art connoisseur!

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On the way back to my car, I spotted a few more representations of DTLA’s eclectic mix of artistic inspiration like this pretty black and white building.

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To the *ahem* creepy.

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To the amusing.

THANKFUL THURSDAY: FREE WEEKLY PHONE WALLPAPER - WEEK 5

Round 5 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "No rain, no flowers"

See previous versions here.

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Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 4

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Round 4 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "Start somewhere."

See previous versions here.

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LA Guide: Free Art - MOCA PDC

A few weeks ago, I was wanting to get my culture on but didn’t want to blow my budget so I decided to check out MOCA at Pacific Design Center for free. It’s a small museum with a few rotating installations from different artists. It is also next to the Pacific Design Center which is an interesting piece of architecture in itself, while being surrounded by various sculptures planted around the area. If you’re in the West Hollywood vicinity it wouldn’t hurt to stop by and check it out.

All photos taken by me via iPhone 6.

Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 3

Round 3 is up for my Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper series. 

Quote: "There are seven days in a week and someday isn't one of them."

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Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper - Week 2

Here is round two of Thursday's free* weekly phone wallpaper, a little motivational inspiration to keep you going till the weekend! 

Quote: "The best way out is through." - Robert Frost

Check out the previous wallpapers here.

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Thankful Thursday: Free Weekly Phone Wallpaper

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I've decided to show how thankful I am for everyone who takes their time to check out my work, by giving you a FREE* weekly wallpaper for your phone. I'll be making these for as long as I'm still interested in creating them. Each one will have a simple reminder when you glance at your phone that will hopefully inspire, motivate or like this weeks one, a moment of zen in a world full of chaos. You can either screenshot my Snapchat or Instagram Story if you see this within 24 hours or download a high res version on that button above! Wallpaper is currently specified for the latest iPhones, but if there's a big enough demand I may make those for Android as well.

Hope every one has a safe, happy Thanksgiving and surrounded by those you love!

*Wallpaper is free for personal use. Please credit me when sharing. Not available to distribute for commercial purposes without prior permission.

Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens

I had come across the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens through researching my next mini adventure in LA. It came at a perfect time when there has been so much tension and emotions running high in the world.

The location is described as a spiritual oasis in the city, and when I visited today, I had found just that. There was this calming energy that washes over you the longer you stay there. I took one of the free tours that recalls the history of the restored mansion and development of the grounds. After your tour you are able to stay in the gardens as long as it is open publicly. You don’t have to come from any particular religious background as it is open for all to enjoy.

I thought the labyrinth was a beautiful physical manifestation of the philosophy that there are no shortcuts in life. You walk the path that is laid out, and you cannot cut across to reach the middle (your target). Walking the path allows you to truly contemplate, to build the foundation first, then when you reach your destination, you will have the right tools to allow whatever you wanted to grow into fruition.

I posted a snapchat (user: meganmatsuoka) and instagram story of my time here so check it out while you still can.

All photos taken by me on an iPhone 6.