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9 Struggles You’ll Only Relate to If You Live in the Hills

November 21, 2016

Being a hills resident is a total breath of fresh air.

We come home to indescribable views every day, we’re saved from transients trolling the local CVS and we avoid the glorious sounds of fire engines racing through main streets during every hour of the night—but let’s face it: No living situation is perfect, and the beautiful hills are no exception.

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So to those who have ever lived up these windy roads, take a moment and relate to these nine struggles:

1. Two words: House Centipedes

They luckily disappeared after the first week I moved to the hills, but what are technically called House Centipedes circled my bedroom ceilings at night for the first week or so. Surprisingly according to online research, they are actually more helpful than harmful—But that said, I don’t think anyone wants insects of any sort lingering above where they sleep!

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2. There’s no such thing as “casually” dropping off your car

If you’re coming from work or somewhere else and want to drop off your car before going out for the night, you better factor in at least 30 minutes. You’ve got to go up the hill, park your car, order your car service (I prefer Lyft), wait the 8-10 minutes it takes for your service to arrive and then head back down the hill. No simple (or cheap) process!

3. Either the person driving ahead of you is so incredibly slow and won’t pull over to let you pass (despite many brights-flashes and even honks) or they pull over to let you pass when it’s really not necessary and you feel obligated to drive faster than you planned

This one coincides with No. 4 below. Basically, any time there’s someone else on the road with you, you’re damned.

4. When there’s a really fast vehicle driving behind you and there really isn’t anywhere to pull over, you are stuck feeling obligated to zoom so that the other driver doesn’t honk

Nothing is worse than having a Porsche tailing behind you and you have nowhere to go! Help! Now you suddenly feel like you need to drive 15 mph faster than your safety allows—otherwise you’re going to be that annoying person on the road!

5. Friends love your pad, but they don’t love the windy distance to visit you up the hill

Consider the pre-party at anyone’s place but yours! And there’s no such thing as picking you up on the way to something, because no one is on the way to or from you. And on a rainy day? Don’t even think about getting visitors.

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6. Your Lyft drivers always comment on how they don’t get service in your area and “boy, this is far” (it’s the hills—don’t they know what they signed up for?!)

Lyft drivers, as nice as they are, feel compelled to express their agony about that glowing ride up to get you. I get their frustration, but come on! If they took a look at their Lyft map, they’d see that, yes, this is a few minutes up a hill. I’m sorry you don’t have reception, but a few minutes down and we’ll be back on track!

7. Your credit card bill racks up more Seamless charges each month than pretty much anything else

From the expensive Lyfts to the Seamless food delivery charges, you’ve pretty much summed up your entire credit card statement from month to month. It’s not like you can walk anywhere in the hills, so delivery is your best option. I mean, after a long day’s work, the last thing you want to do is stop at Trader Joe’s, pick up groceries and hop in the kitchen.

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8. You’ve gained at least five pounds since making the move

With nowhere to walk and your gym so. far. away, chances are if you’re anything like me, you’ve slacked a bit in your personal upkeep. Who needs to hit the gym/shop for groceries/live a civilized existence when you can nestle yourself far up the hill, have everyone deliver to you and call it a day?

9. You have at least three near-death experiences per week

It’s hard to say what people in nice cars gain from zooming down the hill, jeopardizing not only their life, but also putting their showy vehicles at risk. But yes, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to cars and hills. You just never know when something is going to jet out your way!

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Goldroom & Zella Day Help Lincoln Motor Launch Their Black Label Program with Chic Soiree in the Hollywood Hills

November 19, 2014

I am typically in no mood to get dolled up for an event on a Monday night, but when I heard Goldroom was spinning and Zella Day was performing at Lincoln Motor‘s Black Label launch party co-hosted by Conde Nast, how could I resist?

Well, it was totally worth it. Not only was the music throughout the night obviously on point, but the classy crowd of slightly older folks than I’m used to seeing at these shindigs, along with the chic, but not overly ostentatious Hollywood Hills home where the event took place, just created a calming aura I thoroughly enjoyed being in the midst of.

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Upon arriving at the event check-in, guests hopped in Lincoln SUV shuttles regularly going back and forth between the initial spot and the actual residence of the party. When I hopped out of my vehicle, Goldroom was spinning his hit “Fifteen,” and I knew the night was off to a good start.

Before I get to the rest of the fete, let me give a quick rundown of what exactly we were celebrating here.

“The Black Label program will be available on the MKC crossover and the MKZ sedan for $5,995 on top of the purchase price,” Autoblog explains of the luxury motor company’s new plan. “It includes custom design themes – with colors and materials only available through Black Label – plus free routine service and car washes for four years or 50,000 miles. It will be offered through dealerships in California, Michigan, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Florida.”

When I entered the party, there was tray pass after tray pass of everything from Parmesan-topped risotto, to mac-n-cheese topped with short-rib. The small bites – provided by Along Came Mary catering – just kept on coming. The kitchen table was filled was plates of various cheeses, crackers, nuts, chocolate, you name it. Good thing I came hungry! The event had two bars featuring chardonnay and a specialty gin cocktail.

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It was refreshing not to see too many familiar faces and just being able to roam around the party, taking in the beautiful view and checking out the lavish bedrooms upstairs. Meanwhile, massage therapist Paul Metra of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel‘s Exhale spa was walking around with towels and lotion and giving hand massages to guests.

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When Goldroom took a DJ break, Zella Day took on a high-energy, several-song performance with her band on a stage, which was raised only slightly above the pool (I was nervous just watching!).

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As much as I was enjoying myself, as 11p.m. neared, I had to remind myself it was indeed a Monday and it was time to hop in a Lincoln and head on home.