Hi, All,

I’m Julie, the author/photographer/taster/crafter/DIY-er of this blog.

How do I think my blog stands out when there’s a supersaturation of blogs in Los Angeles?

It doesn’t stand out. I blog because I like to write, I like to take photos and share them. I like to journal and chronicle all my favorite places, projects, and food. I feel blogging is timeless compared to the ever-so-trendy social media; I’m looking at you Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. With blogging, it’s an opportunity to create a space where you can share your thoughts more in-depth. Plus I love how in blogging, your photos come in higher quality because you’re not dealing with image compression (a la social media sites).

Anyways, another Los Angeles blog? To me, I like to think this is a real (native) person’s guide to living in LA. This is not the tourist/transplant nor the “Sex and the City” nor the listicle version of LA. A few things to learn about me an my husband:

  • This blogging gig is my hobby. I have a full time job — same with my husband
  • We have budgets. Come on. We pay a mortgage, property taxes, bills, and take care of two dogs. It requires us to be creative.
  • We don’t live in the tony parts of Los Angeles. We don’t live in Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills. We live in The Valley — where a significantly large population of LA actually lives. The Valley is an old vision of American suburbia — mid-century modern — which is hear is making a come back. I recalled a conversation I had a with my transplant housemate. My housemates works in Hollywood and before moving in with us, she lived in Studio City. Because rent is on the higher side for that part of town, she moved in with us to help cut some costs. She did not realize that paying lower rent meant driving a bit further to her job in Hollywood. But she’s not alone. To her surprise, a lot of her coworkers also make that same commute from the Valley and live even further than our neighborhood. Congratulations. You learned a large amount of people live in the Valley.
  • And we have dogs.


So there you have it: my husband and I are working people with 8-5 jobs, living on a budget, living in a not-so-trendy neighborhood. We learned the art of owning a few quality things than many, mediocre things and the best things in life are free.

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