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Back in April I was lucky enough to visit Singapore with my boyfriend Daniel. We planned our visit around Passover so we could be with his family for the holiday and so that I could finally meet his parents, Sarah and Lavi! I was going to post these photos sooner, but I wanted to surprise Daniel’s parents with a photo-book of our visit, which I finally gave to them this past weekend when they visited us in L.A. for July 4th weekend. After we spent a few days in Singapore we went to Bali, and some of those pictures were recently featured on Popover, so be sure to take a peek at those too! Also, if you or anyone you know will be visiting Singapore any time soon, I’ve written up a list of travel recommendations at the bottom of this post. Happy travels!

 

Like father, like son! Daniel picked up guitar after growing up seeing his father play. They play Flamenco music, so I’ve come to love Spanish guitar these past few months. Impromptu private concerts are one of my favorite things.

Daniel’s parents live in a lovely area of Singapore called Emerald Hill. The homes are converted Chinese shophouses, and all the rich and varied architectural details make it a beautiful place for a morning stroll, camera in hand.

It’s like I have a sixth sense for hipster cafes wherever I go…

Even though we were only in Singapore for a few days, we managed to fit in quite a lot, including visiting Chinatown and this ornate Buddhist temple before having lunch at one of the famous hawker centers.

The tea masters at Tea Chapter take the art of tea very seriously. It was such a pleasure to learn so much about tea leaves and proper brewing techniques.

On another afternoon we visited the Singapore Botanical Garden, which is simply incredible.

Singapore Travel Recommendations

Emerald Hill: charming neighborhood of converted Chinese shophouses, right next to…

Orchard Road: where you will go for ALL of your shopping needs. Really, all. And when you’re tired of carrying shopping bags, take a break at…

TWG: For tea and macarons in all different kinds of unique flavors.

Chinatown: Who can resist wandering through a bustling Chinatown, with all sorts of cheap and fun tchotchkes for sale?

Buddha Tooth Temple: Want to wander through a haze of incense and see Buddha’s tooth? This is the place for that.

Singapore Art Museum: Include a bit of art on a visit to Singapore by stopping by this lovely museum with rotating exhibitions (where Daniel’s mom volunteers as a docent!)

Singapore Botanic Garden: Beautifully tropical and lush, this is one of the most outstanding botanic gardens I’ve ever been to.

Anthesis: Great coffee on Robertson Quay.

Tea Chapter: Said to be the best traditional Chinese tea shop in Singapore.

Maxwell Road Hawker Center: With over 100 food stalls, this is a must for a taste of the local food. Also, coming from LA, it was pretty thrilling to get fresh-pressed juice for $2 instead of $12.

Marina Bay Sands: Glitzy and showy, yes, super pricey drinks, affirmative, but entirely worth it for the stunning views.

 

 

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larchmont mini-guide | coffee + sunday farmer’s market with kristina

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon with Kristina, one of my dearest friends. We needed to achieve precisely three things: catch up, take photos together, and get caffeinated. We decided to meet up in Larchmont Village. Larchmont is one of my favorite streets in LA, in large part because of gluten-free donuts. Just combine sidewalk cafes, cute boutiques, the requisite hipster coffee spot, a YogaWorks outpost, and a great farmer’s market, and you have everything I require in a Sunday. Scroll to the bottom for all the spots I think you should check out if you go!

We are both obsessed with Paris and all things French, so it wasn’t even a question of whether we should go in or not when we both spotted this shop…

Kristina is always so put together and chic. Even her simple weekend outfits put me to shame! But what makes her truly beautiful is that she is the kind of friend I can share my lofty dreams, secret fears, and rambling thoughts with. She is positively luminous!

Cafe Gratitude: One of my favorite places for a deliciously healthy vegan meal.

Babycakes: Gluten-free donuts?!?!?!!? Be still my heart.

Larchmont Farmer’s Market: Every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm. Browse for seasonal, organic fruits and veggies that taste ten million times better than their grocery store counterparts. You can also pick up flowers, fancy Himalayan pink salt, fresh pastries, and Health-Ade Kombucha (Kristina introduced me to the world of kombucha, and I’m already hooked. Which is the most LA confession imaginable, I know, but hey…probiotics are supposed to be really good for you!)

Chevalier’s Books: A well-curated selection of reads at this indie bookstore, perfect for a browse on a weekend afternoon.

Diptyque: Are these French candles overpriced? Yes. Are they the best smelling things on earth? Unfortunately, yes.

Pressed Juicery: In case you didn’t get your fruit and veggie fix at the Farmer’s Market, juice.

Go Get ‘Em Tiger: For all your hipster espresso needs.

Lette Macarons: 4 macarons equals one normal cookie, so probably get a dozen at least.

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  • Rachel - I love ‘Lette, I used to frequent their Beverly Hills location. The also have one on Fashion Island. Also, you know how I feel about The Pressed Juicery! I’ve never been to Larchmont, I feel it is a must go for us both next time I’m in town!ReplyCancel

featured on popover!

I’m so excited to share that my Bali travel photos and trip reflections have been featured on Popover! It’s the kind of lovely blog that calls for making a cup of coffee and poring over every post all morning long. So, I advise you to do that.

Well, I am writing this blog post at exactly 1:40 a.m. and a shuttle will be picking me up in two hours to go to the airport. There were two camps of thought on the sleep debate: my sister and my boyfriend both suggested I sleep, even if for a few hours, I said, I’ll just stay awake all night. Now I’m thinking there was something to their plan… I’m off to bed, and then off to New York in the morning! Looking forward to a week filled with fun things–spending time with college friends, NY museums, many cups of coffee, properly exploring Brooklyn, shooting an engagement session and an amazing pop-up dinner by HandMade Events, and definitely, 100%, without a doubt–brunching. And next week I will be sharing some more of my travel photos from Singapore and Bali, so stay tuned!

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fun headshots | amy

I loved doing this portrait session with my beautiful and talented friend Amy. As an actress, Amy wanted some portraits that showcased her personality a little more than the typical headshot. For me, this shoot is a reminder that as much as location scouting can be important, the spontaneous choices often work out in wonderfully unexpected ways. We simply went to the roof of Amy’s apartment building, and then walked to an alley down the street! The setting may also look familiar because I took some portraits of her friend Laura on the rooftop as well. To sum up, basically I’ve learned that LA rooftops around sunset are my new happy (photo) place.

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