Well, what can I say? The living has been easy here for our first month in our new home. I am completely in a trance with our new location. The architecture really brings the past to life as it's all very Art Deco. I've always had an eye for architecture, even when I was younger, but the older I get and throughout my years of art history classes and learning more and more of my surroundings, the curiousness of it grows deeper and deeper. Like I've mentioned before, I plan on living and viewing things in Los Angeles as it were in the past. I'm a total dreamer and though this may not be pure reality, who cares - it's making this adventure even more thrilling!
Along with architecture, I love reading up on the history. Above on the left is an apartment complex located on 4th Street in Santa Monica. My eyes fell in love with this building on a trip here last August and I made note of the location, went back to Utah and Google Earthed it. I zoomed in and was able to get the exact address and started my research. Knowing we would be moving to this city in just a few short months, Zeke and I had our eye on this one with hopes of moving in. The history was extremely hard to come by, it was truly a mystery but what we did learn was that there was no availability within the complex. Luckily, we only live a block away so while I walk into the shopping areas, I make a point to walk past this place along the way.
And alas, the building on the right, and by far my favorite in Santa Monica, is The Georgian Hotel, built in 1933. Known to be haunted, which is a total jack pot and right up my alley, the hotel was built for intimate gatherings for the 'high society' and the celebrities of old Hollywood catering to one of my favorites, Clark Gable. Considered to be one of the most modern facilities of it's time, The Georgian was filled with the night life along the sea with martinis, jazz music, beauty parlors, extravagant dining rooms, and the most notorious American gangsters such as Bugsy Siegel and silent film actor and director Fatty Arbuckle.
They say that the Speakeasy Restaurant within the hotel is where the ghost and apparitions occur. Waitresses have claimed that they hear sighs and gasps when the restaurant is closed and empty. They hear footsteps running through the halls and in the morning, while setting up, they are welcomed by a voice saying, "good morning." I think its about time I go dine there...
For the first month of living here and being away from friends and family, I've been blessed to have lots of friends conveniently having to pass through Santa Monica. Niki came for a weekend as we had a baby shower for Chelly to go to in Orange County and then Becca Boo passed through this past weekend and it was so fun to show them both our new neighborhood.
Dinner at 'Neptune's Net' with the Anderson's in Malibu
Palisades Park & Zeke at 'Baby Blues BBQ' in Venice
It's safe to say Zeke and I have been taking full advantage of our surroundings and we are making the greatest adventure out of it. I sure do miss my friends in Utah and I extremely miss my home and family in Georgia but I think California is the best place to be for distractions and keeping myself happy and full of life. I've been blessed to have a relaxing first month of the year. January has always been such a dreadful month for me while living in Utah. It was the longest month of my life, the coldest month and the most painful month and to say that I have enjoyed January for the first time in many years is mind blowing. I've have been blessed to experience a very warm and abnormal winter in January, going to the beach, trying new spots to eat, meeting new friends, and having time painting and reading. But don't you worry, I am taking action and becoming responsible and I'm truly excited to start my dream job on Monday as a Visual Associate at J.Crew and I'm ready to be put to work and to exercise everything I have learned with my Visual Arts degree while styling the J.Crew store on Third Street Promenade. Nothing could be more exciting for me at this time! Let the games begin, and onto February we go!