Newbie’s Guide to the LA Subway

Newbie’s Guide to the LA Subway

Everyone knows that you need a car in LA if you want to get anywhere. Unfortunately, that kind of widely held belief that resulted in the legendary LA traffic. If you want to get to your meetings on time in LA, then sooner or later you will have to park your car and get on the LA metro.

So how do you go about it? Here are the steps you need to take.

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Plot Your Journey from Point A to Point B

This means to figure out where you are, figure out where you’re going, and figure out how you’re getting there. You can use the Metro’s own trip planner, but Google Maps also has built-in LA Metro data.

Make your plans, though you may be surprised at how the estimated times of getting from one location to another is somewhat (or in some cases considerably) longer than when you go by car.

If you’re driving to your starting Metro point, make sure that the station you’re going to has parking on-site.

Paying for Your Fare

Paying for your metro ride is done through your TAP card, which you can obtain from the vending machines in the metro station. If you’re not sure about buying them on-site, you can also opt to buy them online so you can have it with you when you get to the metro. This TAP card will have to be activated and loaded up, but it’s acceptable for up to 24 different transit agencies in the area. It’s not just for the LA subway.

Every one-way local trip will cost $1.75 no matter what. It’s doesn’t matter where you get on and off, nor is the time of day relevant. It will always be $1.75 unless you go for Express and Silver Line bus trips. Those will cost you $2.50 per ride.

Getting on the Subway

So you’ve reached the metro station you need to start with and you have your TAP card with you. Just get on the platform, and mind the warning in yellow regarding how you need to STAY BEHIND YELLOW LINE. Once your ride arrives, get in and find a seat of there’s an available one.

Above you, you have maps that help you keep track of when your stop is coming. So just stand or sit there in comfort, knowing that you won’t have traffic to deal with. You can also just ask other people who may be experienced riders if you have questions regarding the LA metro. Just be polite, okay? In general, if you’re polite then other people will reciprocate with friendly advice so you can learn the ropes quickly enough.

If you’re prone to boredom, then you can always fiddle with your smartphone to pass the time. It’s safer to do this on the subway than when you’re driving, right? Some people also bring books and magazines to pass the time, though in some cases it’s meant to discourage conversations with other people.

Once you reach your stop, get off. That’s basically it!

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8 Best Places to Visit for LA Vintage Shopping

8 Best Places to Visit for LA Vintage Shopping

It’s no secret that you can satisfy your craving for vintage fashion if you’re in LA. But where exactly do you go? While there’s no shortage of shops that offer vintage wares, here are the places you should visit first:

1. Scout

If you’ve got the budget for high-end vintage fashion, then Scout has the goods you’re looking for. Scout is the ultimate trendsetter, as its pieces influence the influencers in fashion.

Location: 8021 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

2. Rose Bowl Flea Market

You need to be in LA at the right time to enjoy the Rose Bowl Flea Market. But if you can find a way to be at the Rose Bowl Stadium on the second Sunday of the month, then you’re in for a treat. You can visit the best flea market in the entire west coast with more than 2,500 vendors offering you vintage treats for a bargain.

Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103

3. Melrose Trading Post

On any given Sunday, you can visit the Melrose Trading Post for unbelievable flea market bargains. Here you can find vintage clothes and antique jewelry and furniture from up to 200 vendors every week.

Location: 7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

4. FIDM Museum

While you can’t actually buy everything you see here, this place will give you an idea of just what kind of vintage clothes are available here in the epicenter of cinema. This museum is located on the ground floor of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s downtown LA campus.

Location: 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5. Paper Moon Vintage

You know a place is into vintage when its motto is “the older the better”. Here, the places are so vintage that pieces from the 1960s are unavailable—they’re too new to be considered! But if you’re looking for some 1920s flapper pizzazz or an outfit to match your Victorian tastes, here’s the place to visit.

Location: 4516 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

6. Tavin

This is where you head on out to if you’re looking for the 1960s and 70s fashion, but it’s also a place where Victorian threads are available as well. This is the hub of gypsy fashion in LA. It’s a surreal and dreamy shop, but you can lose yourself in the dream very easily here.

Location: 1543 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. Foxhole

What if you’re really into vintage denim? If that’s the case, then it’s a cardinal sin for you to overlook the Foxhole. Here, they really “dream in denim” as denim goes well beyond jeans and jackets. You can find vintage denim ponchos, purses, and even pillows. Try out their vintage denim jackets first, as they’re the first rate. The owners of the place can even stitch your initials on your items if you ask nicely.

Location: 3318 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

8. Avalon Vintage

The collection is quite diverse, coming from periods ranging from the turn of the century 1900s to the alternative grunge of the 1990s. whether you’re looking for sweaters from the 1980s or trying for silk jammies from the 1930s, you’ll get your fill of vintage style. In fact, even old music is available here with more than 6,000 records from bygone years.

Location: 106 N Ave 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

These places just scratch the surface of the LA vintage shopping scene. What’s more, new places open constantly so don’t forget to visit LA regularly to satisfy your urge for vintage!

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Top 10 Best Kept Secrets of the Régime des Fleurs Cult Perfume Brand

Top 10 Best Kept Secrets of the Régime des Fleurs Cult Perfume Brand

What is a cult brand? A cult brand is a brand that may not be very well known in general circles, but it inspires a devoted customer base. Such is the case with Régime des Fleurs, which is so low key that very few people know about it. Those who do know about, however, include some of the most knowledgeable experts in the fashion industry as well as the most fanatical artistic types in the niche of fragrances.

So let’s shed a spotlight into one of the most secrets yet sought-after brands in scents:

  1. Régime des Fleurs was actually founded in 2014. But they operated only in cyberspace, with cofounders Alia Raza and Ezra Woods communicating with customers only through their computers and through Instagram.
  2. For the most part, they relied on Internet word of mouth to spread the word of their perfumes. That meant they had to produce something that people would actually want to talk about, and they succeeded without a doubt. They used seductive notes like Earl Grey vapor and white ambergris to separate themselves from the rest of the crowd. Their fragrances were also blended by hand, which gave them an artisanal quality.
  3. Even their bottles were designed to catch attention. These were all custom-painted. They used unusual hues and shades, including lustrous peacock colors and luminous orange. These bottles also sported a small gold crest with the brand’s initials, and it looked supremely regal.
  4. The founders operated Régime des Fleurs for nearly 4 years in this way. They only recently opened a storefront atelier in LA, and they did so quietly without any bombastic fanfare.
  5. The location of their storefront was carefully chosen, as it was in Mid-City. It was right there in the middle of a neighborhood which has gradually been transformed by the arrival of various spaces dedicated to fashion and art.
  6. Right in front of the atelier, Régime des Fleurs offers its full lineup of products, with also includes formerly limited edition collaborations. These eclectic items include vinyl records from a project with Chloë Sevigny and Michel Gaubert along with candles hand-painted by noted textile artist George Venson of Voutsa.
  7. The Fait Main line is in the production area behind a white curtain, and this is the original collection of esoteric fragrances. This area also acts as the shipping hub for the online business.
  8. Customers have encouraged Alia Raza and Ezra Woods to run the place like an art gallery. Régime des Fleurs has a deep connection with its devoted fan base, and so they have catered to their customers’ preferences. They’ve featured dreamlike stylized oil paintings and artworks cast in lead crystal and blown glass. Featured artists include Max Jansons, Dylan Palmer, Samantha Thomas, and Kathy Klein.
  9. In a recent opening party, Kathy Klein set up psychedelic designs with flower petals on the floor.
  10. Out back, the flowers continue to emphasize the brand’s connection with botanical nature, with a parking lot filled with gorgeous flowering vines like passionflowers, morning glories, jasmine, and bougainvillea.

Get them here: 3305 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

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The Best Hiking Trails to the Iconic Hollywood Sign

The Best Hiking Trails to the Iconic Hollywood Sign

NYC may have its Statue of Liberty, but in LA there’s no need for a huge and fancy statue to symbolize the city. It’s a HOLLYWOOD sign right up there on the side of the mountain. It’s a sight that’s one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, and invariably every movie and TV show displays the sign to immediately tell people where the action is.

While it seems like a great view from below, you know what’s better? It’s if you can hike up to it so that you can take a selfie with that huge sign as your immediate background. There’s an easy way to get there, and there’s another hiking trail you can use if you want more of a challenge.

The Easy Trail

If you want to take things easy, it’s understandable. All you need to do is to take the Mount Hollywood trail to take you right to the sign. You start in Griffith Park, with 2 possible starting points in the area.

The starting point for the shorter trail starts at the parking lot of the Griffith Observatory. This hike is about 3 miles long, which is like a stroll in the park for most hikers. For newbies, it’s not all that bad either.

The other starting point is on a fire road intersecting N. Vermont Canyon Road. It’s only a little bit longer. You can find parking at both spots, but you may have to compete with other hikers especially if you come later in the day. You should come in early in the morning so parking is easier, plus you can enjoy a cooler hike.

The Charlie Turner Trailhead also has another starting point for the Mt. Hollywood trail. You can’t miss it, as you’ll see various signs that should point you the right direction.

Just remember, this is the easy trail with different starting points. It’ll be a little over 3 miles, and it should take you about 2 hours to hike. It’ll take you right next to the sign.

Hollywood Hiking Trail in Los Angeles

The Challenging Trail

If you’re really fit and itching to prove it, then this is the trail for you. This is the Canyon Drive trail, and you’ll end up behind the sign with this hike. What’s more, you get to see the awesome view of downtown LA as well as the San Fernando Valley.

It’s about 6½ miles long and you’ll need about 4 hours to complete the journey. Keep in mind that you’ll hike going up by about 1100 feet, so be prepared. Take lots of water with you, and make sure you have sunscreen.

Plenty of people start this trail at the wee hours of the morning. This gives you a cooler hike and at the end, the sunlight gives you a great view. But you may also want to try it at sunset too. The view is a lot more unique, and you get enchanting hues with your views of downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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