Augusta in LA:4
Hi Denmark! Another virtual postcard from me to you. It’s extra long this time, because I had my boyfriend visiting the past two weeks, and it is his first time in Los Angeles (and California) so we’ve been doing the big guided tour, going to Palm Springs, driving 12 hours north to San Francisco and eating a lot of great food. Here is a little (big) recap of my last two weeks more or less.
First day we went to the Santa Monica Pier, a very touristy place, but a sight worthy none the less. It’s a loooong pier with roller coasters, ferris wheel, food joints, Japanese tourists all over the place, and a beautiful view over the ocean. This is the big entrance and little me.
We had a very typical American snack – The Corn Dog. A hotdog inside out, and the batter is sweeter. It’s so fucking awesome.
Yum yum yum. There is gonna be a lot of “yum” pictures in this post.
Then we went for a walk at Venice Canals, which is the cutest place on earth! Weird, pretty, cute, beautiful, awkward and original houses side by side along five canals with small bridges to cross. I want to live there when I retire, but unless I’m gonna end up making billions, that is not gonna happen, because The Canals is the most expensive place to live in Los Angeles. I’m wearing jacket by Opening Ceremony, shirt by H&M, shirts by American Apparel and sandals are Weekday.
Next day we went to get the best tacos in town, if you ask me. Escuela Taqueria; La Otra. That’s the name of the place and the have to-die-for tacos and chips. I always walk out from there thinking that if I should – God forbid – get hit by a car right there, it would okay, cause I would be truly happy. My boyfriend, Mikkel, loved it as well.
Especially this one taco is what makes it all worth it. It’s pork belly (not as gross as it sounds) and it tastes like a piece of heaven!!!
We also went to Palm Springs. If you read one of my last posts, you will remember I already went there with some friends a couple of weeks ago. This time it was only me and Mikkel and four days at Ace Hotel. I the middle of the dessert, that’s the destination. And it’s a little drive of 2,5 hour, so fuel was needed, the food fuel. Best fast food burger in USA is In’n'Out. Cheap as McDonalds, taste 100 times better. Plus they have the best milkshakes in town.
Off we went to Palm Springs after this great meal.
Arrived late in the afternoon at Ace Hotel. This is the view from our room. It was a little cloudy on the first night, but the following days it was clear sky again. Even with a little overcast, it’s still 40 degrees celcius in teh daytime in Palm Springs.
This is the view from the ppol. And this view was pretty much the only view we had for three days. We only went out of the hotel once, to eat a big ass steak at a restaurant, but other than that everything you need is at Ace. Food, sun, pool, drinks, music, tv, bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner. I highly recommend this place if you ever go to Palm Springs. I love it there.
After four days in the pool and with a sunburn on my butt, we headed home. On the way home, we went on a little adventure though, to a ghost town called Salton Sea. In the 50’s a bunch of rich people tried to make a paradise in the middle of the dessert. The created a big lake – the size of a small ocean – in the middle of the dessert and build houses, hotels, restaurants, tourist traps and schools and attracted people who wanted to be a part of the new tourist heaven. So a ton of people went to live there and make business there. Unfortunately the paradise had one problem. The “sea” wasn’t a real sea, and the minerals in it didn’t work so well with the fishes. Two times a year the shores would run over with dead fish as far as the eye could tell. Seven meters out from the shore, dead fish. It smelled awfully, and no one knew how to fix it, so eventually the town got abandoned. There are still a few people living there, but most of the city is a deserted city, with empty houses, old signs falling apart, ghostlike roads with names like Beach Heaven Road, Shore paradise Drive, King Sea Drive etc. It’s really fascinating and scary at the same time.
The sea still kills the fish, and the beach is covered in dead fish like this. You are literally walking on top of dead fish bones, shells and a lost city.
I think it is so creepy, that a town can be abandoned like this. It was like the abandoning happened in seconds, people leaving everything they had, and just left.
After a flat tire, a ghost city and a insanely hot dessert, we drove home through Joshua Tree, a national park in the dessert. The landscape was moon-like and incredible to look at. I’m wearing my favorite dress by Wood Wood and sunglasses by Opening Ceremony x Rodarte
Back from Palm Spings, and next morning we went on another adventure – a 600 km drive to San Francisco. Again, a pit stop is needed, and so is fuel. Neptune’s Net is an only seafood food place on the Pacific Highway 1, around Malibu, and it’s a really authentic diner with bikers and fried food.
Didn’t I tell you, fried. Fired seafood love. Clams, shrimps, calamari, cod, crabcakes and fries – all fried and served with dip. What more can you ask for? Shirt by Comme Des Garcon.
Due to a lot of pit stops, we entered San Francisco late in the night, but next morning we got up and explored the Berkley area, where the college is – look how Harry Potter like it looks! If I had to go to college, I would go to a school like this. Looks so full of inspiration compared to KUA on Amager – boring!
Then we went into the San Francisco area, and walked around for 12 hours, before we returned home. I really came to love San F, and one day I wanna move there I think. Of course I will move to Los Angeles before San Francisco though.
This spot might seem a little insignificant, just by looking, but it is a history landmark. The shop and apartment above housed Harvey Milk, the first openly homosexual man to be elected to public office in California. He started a movement, which is still being honored today, plus the whole area, Castro, is swept in the rainbow colored flag. Harvey Milk was shot and killed shortly after he had been elected. Watch the movie Milk with Sean Penn in the leading role. Sneakers by nike, jeans by Diesel (skinzee), Kenzo sweatshirt and Moschino fannypack.
We drove home from San Francisco sunday, but took a detour through Yosemite National Park. It was absolutely amazing, i’ve never seen anything that grand and beautiful. We sadly don’t have any landscape like this at home in Denmark, and pictures do this place no justice. But anyway here is a picture of the “Tunnel view” in the park. It’s filled with river, lakes, water falls, mountains, wild nature and bears, mountain lions, birds, and squirrels. If you ever go, remember to take a mental picture, cause that is the only thing that will do this place justice.
view ever. I’m scared of the water, but managed to swim from one side to the other, with out Mikkel holding my hand haha.
Okay, last picture, I swear. The last stop out of the park, was the great sequoia trees. Trees so big cars can drive through them, and as tall as a plane standing up. It was mind blowing. Take a look yourself, this is me in front of a fallen Sequoia tree, by the roots. Wearing A.P.C. dress and nike shoes and Moschino fannypack. I wish i could go back, but the drive up there is too long for me to embark on by myself, and my boyfriend is sadly leaving in a couple of days. I don’t want him to, but on the other hand I will be seeing him in two weeks, when I myself are returning to Copenhagen.
Augusta in LA:2
Greetings from L.A.! Life is good over here, and I’m still enjoying every bit of it. I had a very mixed week, so I’ll let the pictures talk for me.
First of all, the biggest news this week is my hair. I’d like to call it breaking news, cause it’s a big deal to me haha. I am naturally blonde, but ever since I was 10 I’ve been coloring my hair all kinds of colors. For the past three years I have had dark brown hair, but I decided, since being in the sun didn’t help my color to be any darker, that it was the right time to go back to blonde. So I did. I got my hair colored at Forme Hair Salon, and I owe Doreen all the credit for mazing AND natural again.
Kind of ironic, but I choose an all black outfit on the first day being blonde again. Shirt by H&M, pants by American Apparel, ballerinas are Chanel and bag is J. Crew.
I went to SOHO House, which is a very exclusive club, with some of my friends to hear YATCH play. You’re not allowed to take pictures in there, cause there are a lot of celebrities, and you have to be a member to get in. It sucked that I couldn’t take any pictures really, so I sneaked a picture of the view, which is the most amazing thing ever. All of Los Angeles by your feet.
This is a bunch of great people and friends. And we all went to the beach and hung out. The day ended up with Mexican food at a tacky but good place called El Cabana. That’s two thing I love right there, friends and Mexican food!
I got a very sweet postcard from my mom. I love moms, they are the best.
I already finished the only danish book I brought along after two weeks, so I was very excited when I got a package from my boyfriend and he had sent along a book in danish, yay. Plus he sent along orange colored candy such a Haribo’s Ferskener. He is the best, and is coming to town in two days. Can’t wait!
This is Tyler, he is one of my absolute best friends. Yesterday we went to Langer’s Deli in Korea Town and had the L.A. famous pastrami sandwich, which tasted absolutely incredible. I’m a BIG fan of pastrami, and I was thrilled! As you can tell from the picture, the deli is very old school deli looking; brown everything and all kinds of people hanging around eating greasy food. Love it.
Look at this bad boy! So delicious.
After we ate the sandwich, we went outside and passed a weird, small, Chinese/Mexican photo-in-ten-minutes-shop on the street and Tyler and I decided to get a really ugly postcard with me on made in there. He did a great job, you can’t even tell the grass under my feet is fake haha. Best 10 bucks ever spent.
That’s all from me for now. Remember to love your home, cause even thought the world is big, there really is no place like home. I’m just lucky to have two of them.
Augusta in LA:1
Hi Frede and all of you reading.
I’m halfway through my stay in Los Angeles. I arrived on the 1st of June and still have one and a half months left in this beautiful city.
The weather is crazy good, and I really believe that being in sunshine all day long, every day, makes you a much happier person. Life just seems easier when you don’t have to put on tons of layers of clothes before you leave your house. Normally when I’m in LA, I stay in an area called Echo park, but this time I live in an apartment in West Hollywood. It’s a nice area, but I spend most of my time in my two favorite hoods Los Feliz and Venice. However, West Hollywood, or WeHo as they call it over here, is a great shopping area and also has my favorite park – Runyon Canyon – right around the corner from my place. It’s dangerous to live so close to the store Opening Ceremony, but I will get back to that in another post here on the blog. Now, for some pictures!
This is one of the many great views you get from the top of Runyon Canyon. I love taking hikes here and do it a couple times a week. It is absolutely one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles (located in West Hollywood)! You get a great hike, beautiful nature, and a view over the city and if you are into it, you can also see the hills where all the celebrities and very rich people live.
Last week was 4th of July. 4th of July – also called Independence Day – is an American National holiday and celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence and marks the Revolutionary War that led to the Americans becoming independent of the British Empire back in 1776. Most people get the day off and basically just have big BBQs, drink beers, have city parades, sing national songs and they have insane fireworks all day and all night. I celebrated my first 4th of July with my friend Katie at her parents house in Huntington Beach with burgers, hots dogs, beers and jacuzzi. This is me and Katie.
The day after 4th of July Katie and I drove to the desert city Palm Springs. Before we left for a weekend of sun, pools and fun with our friends, who were already there, we stopped by a really good taco place in Venice. I will make a taco guide in another blogpost, cause you really need to eat tacos in Los Angeles – they have some of the best!
Off to palm Springs!
The crew at Palm Springs, in the pool. You spend a LOT of time in the pool, because Palm Springs is the hottest place on earth – at least to me it is. Daytime temperatures are around 40-45 degrees celcius and nighttime around 25-30. It’s insane! But Palm Springs is a very awesome place to have a get away weekend and I’m going there again next week, when my boyfriend comes out to visit me. This time we all stayed at a house, that my friend Jaymi rented for her birthday (which was the same week), but next time I’m staying with my boyfriend at The Ace Hotel – more about that place later.
Girls in bikinis. Jaymi to the left, me in the middle and Katie to the right. These two are my favorite girls in Los Angeles. I’m wearing a bikini by Mads Nørgaard.
Last day in Palm Springs. Look how incredible the scenery is here! Mountains surround the city, the sky is always blue and palm trees are everywhere. I’m wearing weekday sandals, H&M dress, Just Female kimono, clutch by J. Crew and sunglasses are Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.
I miss Copenhagen, and you too Frede, but I’ll be back soon with more pictures, recommendations and stories to tell.
Follow Augusta on Instagram @augusta_ga and on her tumblr here.
Say hi to my friend Augusta! She’s currently killing LA with her cool style and sweet radio voice. But she will be keeping us updated on the sunny and sweet life in LA for the next couple of weeks. An introduction is necessary though.
Who are you?
Hello everyone! My name is Augusta, I’m 24 years old and I’m a journalist and radiohost at DR P6Beat.
What are you doing in LA?
It’s really a mix of different thing; I’m making radio stories for my work back home in Denmark, assisting a talented radio producer named Lea Thau who has a show called ‘Strangers’, taking a break from Copenhagen, expanding my knowledge and horizon, hanging with friends, taking a little vacation here and there, and trying to find my feet again after a hectic year at DR.
Why did you decide to spend you summer so far away?
.. and for how long?
I’ve been working at DR since I was 19 years old, so I felt that I needed to see something different, and not just get away from it all like you do on a vacation, but for a longer period of time. I needed a change of pace and new surroundings for a while, so I decided to spend my summer in a place that has been my second home for almost three years now; Los Angeles. I have some really good friends here, and I use to visit them a couple of times a year. And every time I was in LA I felt like, I needed more! If you get introduced to the city in the right way, you realize that it is the most amazing place on earth. It’s filled with diversity, colors, good weather all the time, friendly people, big streets, great mountains in the middle of the city, sandy beaches as long as the eye can reach, (cheap) food for every mood, and a mystic vibe that shatters all those hollow ideas of a city only filled with hollywood plastic. It’s a place where I’ve always felt like life was easier somehow. But event though I love Los Angels forever and ever, I still have my heart in Copenhagen, so I felt 2,5 months was the perfect amount of time to be away for now.
En af mine yndlings tumblers er Fuck bloggers, som Cecilie Møller står bag. Hun blogger også på Hvem er Jeg og A Machine Life. Jeg har spurgt hende om hun ikke vil fortælle lidt om sig selv og dele hendes yndlings tumblrs, med os.
Hej alle Frede-læsere, mit navn er Cecilie og jeg er blot 16 vintre gammel. I dette indlæg vil jeg gerne fortælle lidt om mig selv, samt anbefale mine yndlings tumblr’s.
Jeg startede med at blogge med en veninde da jeg var 13, så jeg har blogget i godt og vel 3 år nu. Min egen blog, Hvem Er Jeg, er egentlig bare en blanding af en mode/livsstil/musik blog, og jeg har den egentlig mest for min egen skyld, da det er nemmere at holde styr på alt det der sker omkring mig via min blog. Jeg elsker (med stort E) hip-hop musik, farven pink, kaffe, min blå cykel, teater, Århus, min Iphone og prøver så vidt muligt at holde mig konstant opdateret.
Udover min egen blog skriver jeg også på A Machine Life, og der er vi cirka 11 skribenter. Vi ser ikke “bloggen” som en blog, men mere som et online magasin med de mest aktuelle nyheder fra både den danske og udenlandske mode – og musikscene.
For mig er blogging en rigtig sund hobby, da jeg gerne vil være skribent på Costume eller Soundvenue når jeg bliver lidt ældre, og at inspirere andre er jo bare endnu federe. Apropos inspiration, så er det også mig som står bag tumbleren Fuck Bloggers – tag jer ikke af navnet, det er ren og skær provokation/opmærksomhed.
Min favorit tumblr er helt klart Fonder, som ikke er ligesom andre tumblrs. Rachel poster glade farverige billeder og man kan virkelig ikke blive andet end glad når man klikker sig derind - http://f-o-n-d-e-r.tumblr.com/
Camilla fra Oxideret kører også en tumblr tilhørende til sin webshop, og der er der altså også nogle smukke billeder af piger, pinke ting, og flotte smykker - http://oxideret.tumblr.com/
Amethyst er en super smuk tumblr med en masse sørgmodige billeder, og “posteren” bag forstår virkelig at få den melankolske stemning frem - http://ammethyst.tumblr.com/
Danske Katharina Berggreen, som er grafisk designer, kører også en absolut fantastisk tumblr hvor jeg henter meget inspiration, en blanding af kunst, indretning, billedtekst, og så er navnet perfekt – http://libraryofbeauty.tumblr.com/
Cecilie Møller is behind one of my favorite tumblrs, so i asked her to tell us something about herself and share her fave tumblrs. See more Fuck bloggers, Hvem er Jeg and A Machine Life.