I kept telling Ellen V Lora that I’ve always wanted to shoot on the bridge that goes over the Los Angeles River on 6th Street. She’s like, okay let’s make your dream come true. And we did. This is one of my favorite shoots of the year, and it was finally nice to check off something on my To Do List!
I came down to LA to check out Generation Beauty with Ally Chen (@fashionbyally). I’ve only been to BeautyCon so I didn’t know what to expect. It was definitely smaller than BeautyCon, but not as insanely crazy and definitely a lot more organized. I was just disappointed that there wasn’t a Creator’s Lounge of some sort where all the influencers could hang out and mingle like at BeautyCon. Other than that, a couple of us were bored after 15minutes, the others did go nuts going for the free stuff. The highlights of my visit was just meeting other YouTubers that I haven’t met, like Karina Lynn Kho, Charmaine Dulak, Anisa Xiong, Cassandra Bankson (click here), Sandi CutePolish, Alex Denmon. It was also great to see Christine Kkarmalove, Winnie LeSassaFrass, Cindy InfinitelyCindy, and Cristina Viseu. Check out the Fyuse version (click here)!
I got to see Michelle Phan in real life. The line was too long so I just snapped pics of her meeting her fans.
We didn’t stay for that long, and decided to get food. Ally, Cristina, Alex, Cindy, Karina and I decided to go to KoreaTown for Korean BBQ. I took them to Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong on 6th Street, the very same restaurant Lola Fair took me to a couple of months back. It was really fun hanging out with this group. You’ll just have to watch Alex and Cindy’s Vlog footage of our Korean BBQ experience and desserts at Mr. Coffee.
Skip to 1:36 for the KBBQ and Mr. Coffee dessert footage
Cindy’s GenBeauty, KBBQ, and Mr. Coffee Vlog
Day One was much nicer than Day Two of GenBeauty. Ally and I tried to go, but the weather was insane (I believe it was a storm happening), and the parking was ridiculous. We found out later that there was a Clippers game going on at Staples Center. No wonder parking was at $30-$40! Even though it was nice hanging out with friends, I still think BeautyCon is much more fun and worth the trip.
A short and sweet outfit shoot I did with Amy Nguyen (@ammish). I swept her in between her classes at UCLA for a quick shoot.
This past weekend, Ally and I decided to join my co-workers for a Lake Tahoe skiing trip. But we thought it would be more fun if we didn’t ski and explore/shoot around Lake Tahoe instead. On our first day, we walked around Heavenly Resort and tried out Heavenly Donuts. They were quite heavenly for sure, I went back again the next day for more.
My co-worker Matthias did most of the driving during the first two days. I made sure we were loaded with snacks for the trip.
We stayed at David Walley Hot Springs Resort in Genoa (just on the other side of the mountains from Heavenly Resort). It was much quieter and peaceful, with beautiful landscapes. This was the view from our room!
On the second day, we had brunch at Sprouts. I had the healthy stuff which was their popular dish of salsa, avocado, sprouts served on a bagel, and a side of chips.
We then walked around South Lake Tahoe and explored the region. We came upon a forest region with lots of cute cabins. The snow was at least 3 feet deep, your leg would get stuck if you weren’t careful.
It was also the first time I’ve actually walked around the lake. It was quite remarkable seeing everything blanketed in snow.
I had a hard time walking around, I brought the wrong kind of shoes. So I ended up walking like a grandpa while I used my monopod as a cane.
We finally reached a section of the lake that was a wooden walkway that brought you closer to the lake and gave you views of the mountains.
And yes, it was freezing cold. She had to borrow my jacket and gloves. Here’s one last selfie of us before we went to get lunch at a pub. She had Shepherd’s Pie and I had fish and chips.
On the last day of the trip, we had a really fun snow session at a park that had the freshest snow I’ve ever seen. My co-workers had a blast having an intense snowball fight and making snow angels.
Overall, it was a really fun trip! I had a really great experience with Tahoe this time around. I think we were lucky to be blessed with great weather and fresh snow. We didn’t hit any insane traffic either, but everyone did complain about being in the cars for too long. Hope you enjoyed my post!
I got a message from Canadian Actress/Singer/Dancer Melissa Molinaro last month to shoot with her, and it was the fastest I’ve ever replied back with a YES! We met up two weekends ago during my last visit in LA. Melissa is such a beauty! She is very fun and entertaining to shoot and hang around with. This girl can totally dance, I hope you got to see her Snapchats of her dancing to Beyonce. She’s definitely one of my favorite peeps to shoot in LA. be sure to check out her website: MAE + Melissa Molinaro.
Another one of my favorite shoots with Stephanie Danielle (aka The City Blonde) in downtown San Francisco. I really can’t wait to shoot with her again! She’s so amazing!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being a part of Love Culture‘s blogger brunch held at Zinc Cafe & Market in Downtown Los Angeles. If you’re a health nut, you’ll definitely enjoy Zinc! Christina from Love Culture invited me to be one of the photographers for the event, and I had a blast hanging out with pretty much almost all of my LA blogger favorites. Did I mention I finally got to meet Rocky Barnes?? THE Rocky Barnes? I couldn’t believe this supermodel extraordinaire was right in front of me. So whenever I meet a fashion celebrity (or any type of celebrity), I always play it cool. Never ever go fan-crazy when you meet a celebrity, that’ll put you right in the “fan” category with them (which is similar to getting “friend zoned” in the dating scene). Treat them just like you would with everyone else in the room. It’s the best way for both of you to get to know each other on the same page.
So here’s Pau ready to brunch!
Here’s Pau Dictado with Rocky Barnes! (Click to see Rocky eating fries)
The Love Culture Team. I love them. They are super cool and I can’t wait to hang out with them next time I’m in LA.
Ellen V Lora, photographer Anne Park, and Francis Lola. (Click here for squad goals)
Blogger babes Arika Sato (@arikasato), Francis Lola (@flamcis), Nina Nguyen (@ninzeey), Christine Hsu (@kkarmalove), Pau Dictado (@paudictado), Ellen (@ellenvlora), and Rocky Barnes (@rocky_barnes).
Stephanie and Connie being cute.
Hope you guys enjoyed the shots! Be sure to check out their Fyuse profile (@lovecultureofficial) for some awesome 3D #ootd and behind the scenes from the event!
P.S. Here’s what I did after brunch as seen on Arika Sato’s YouTube video (click here).
I was thrilled to meet up with Binh (aka @worelikealion) over the holidays in LA. I don’t get to see her much since she lives in Vancouver. So timing was in our favor when we both went back to Southern California to visit our families. I also got to meet her sister Minnie who runs Faith and Lace clothing brand, which you have got to check out! They have amazing stuff, and I would love to continue shooting more of their items in future shoots! Binh is wearing a sweater from the Faith and Lace Spring Collection!
Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you’re all off to an amazing start to 2016! Ally and I decided to do some fun and healthy things for the new year. First we went to the donation center to get rid of some of old stuff. I also realized 75% of the clothes I donated were from H&M, which made me realize that I need to stop buying trendy/cheap quality clothes and invest more in quality clothes that will last me a long time. Ally then took me hiking to Tank Hill, a cute spot in SF that usually only the locals know. It was very cold though so pho was definitely in our minds.
We hit up Perilla, a sister restaurant to PPQ, for good ole yummy pho. It’s one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants. I highly recommend their combo #1 pho, imperial rolls, and 5 spice chicken with garlic noodles! (Ally took this photo by the way, she’s really good!)
Our last stop was Project Juice in the Mission, on Valencia and 19th, right near my old work, Betabrand. I do miss hanging out at that hipster area, especially since Tacolicious and Boba Guys are right around there too. Project Juice is one of my favorite juice and smoothie places! My favorites are Get Up and Go-Go, Mint Chip Shake, and Mission Mocha. Okay so I love my chocolate-flavored smoothies, so forgive me if none of my favorites are the green stuff.
And one last thing, Ally loves her Acai bowls so she decided to order one from Project Juice Test Kitchen’s menu. It was definitely one of the best and flavorful Acai bowls I’ve ever had! I’m craving it as we speak! Definitely going back there again!
So one thing I realized this past weekend is that being healthy is being habitually healthy, meaning keeping up with healthy habits such as taking the stairs everyday instead of the elevators, or substituting breakfast burritos with oatmeal.
Stay tuned for more Adventures Series! (It’s most likely going to be with Ally LOL.)