Los Angeles | Descanso Gardens
Being in the middle of my college career summers for me have, historically, all looked very similar. I had my usual move back home, relax, spend time with family and friends routine. When school gets out it’s time for fun right? High School Musical dedicated a whole musical number to this after all! But this past summer was certainly atypical for me.
For the first three months I lived (solo) in the very sunny, star filled city, that is Los Angeles, California. It was here that I found myself experiencing the most concentrated of “first” I think I have ever experienced in my 21 years of life. Anyone who knows me knows that while I may be an introvert I also fear doing things alone. It’s a more than strange combination, I know but it is true! But I did it, I lived on my own in my first studio apartment (ok so it was an AirBnB in someone’s backyard but I was still alone.) At first the silence made me anxious. My first night alone I had to keep the TV playing for background noise. After some time though I found the quiet peaceful and got into a routine of 50 minute commutes, self-made meals, and Law and Order re-runs (looking back a crime drama may not have been the best choice at the time, whoops.) During those three months I split my time between my internship as a Graphic Designer at Ritual, a start up woman’s vitamin company in West Hollywood and my job as a sales associate at the amazing Sugar Paper, a luxury stationary studio in Brentwood. I was always on the move, from commute to work to commute again to home. Amongst this sometimes chaotic cycle I somehow found time to see some sights and play tourist.
One of my favorite days was an impromptu day trip to Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California with my parents. They had come down from our home up north for a long weekend and knowing my love for flowers my Mom Googled gardens in the area on a whim and it did not disappoint. The following photos are just some from our afternoon spent there strolling through the many outdoor gardens, poppy fields, and the stunning “Boddy House” that sits above the entire property. Being surrounded by all this beauty was really so good for my heart. It was life giving and allowed me to feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next few weeks of work that were ahead of me. It also provided me with some much need family time. Spending that weekend and that afternoon at Desconso was and still is one of my fondest memories from the summer and with my parents. Certainly one for the books (or the blog.)