My second time back in L.A and this time I was blessed to have had experiences of a seasoned traveller. I was armed with more knowledge on how to travel smarter with better research and developed a specific aesthetic to feed my ever evolving design pallet. So needless to say, this time in L.A., I saw everything with a completely fresh new set of eyes brewing new kinds of inspiration and wonder.
It was so hard to choose which photos to post here, some amazing highlights were spent watching skaters at Venice Beach Skate Park and watching the magical sunset over L.A. that reflected some of the magic I saw in La La Land, so spending my 29th birthday at the Ace Hotel in DTLA with Jai, it was a great few days spent in L.A. already having me planning my next trip back.
1. Venice Beach, California.
2. Buying a coffee at a restaurant just so I could sit in a church converted restaurant.
3. The skater who provided us with hours of entertainment with his crazy skate tricks at Venice Beach Skate Park.
4. Our Room at The Ace Hotel, DTLA, California.
5. Waiting in line at Supreme.
6. Stuffing our faces at Grand Central Market.
7. 8. and 9. Views of the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Franke Gehry.
10. Griffiths Observatory.
11. La La Land….
Shot on Lecia and Olympus
I’m having lightroom issues whereby I think I shot at such a high ISO that the detail in the photos couldn’t be downsized to upload onto this post, so I’ll be posting them on Instagram
for those who are interested in seeing them, they have a beauty film vibe to them.
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Top: Christopher Esber // Shorts: Zara // Heels: Saint Laurent // Sunnies: Celine // Watch: Larsson Jennings
Photos by Mandy. Not many words needed for this amazing concrete structure called 1933 (上海1933老场坊) a building I now understand why, is so #instafamous of a scenic photography destination here in Shanghai. I could spend hours just staring at the various perspectives created by each individual or a combination of the 26 air walks. These walkways; a series of complex pathways look almost as if a physical manifestation of paintings from the infamous M.C Escher himself.
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Top: Zara // Shorts: devious-studios samples // Rainboots: Hunter Wellingtons // Coat: Gorman // Watch: Larsson Jennings
Photos by Mandy shot on the iPhone.
Hiding from the rain on a Sunday afternoon after a LONG lunch with some amazing girls here in Shanghai, resulted in an impromptu shoot at the iconic SOHO designed by none other than Zaha Hadid.
This stairway has become a tourist attraction here in Shanghai with her ever present and distinctive neofuturistic architectural style. Finding places with dramatic back drops have become somewhat easy in Shanghai. From modern, futuristic to charming and whimsical, Shanghai seems to be a playground for photographers and instagramers alike.
I’m finally really starting to enjoy this city.
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I arrived in Washington D.C. on a dreary late afternoon, with grey skies looming over the city. For me, DC was a architectural playground, full of monumental “American” buildings (funny architecture school never taught me what that style was).
The White House was actually a little spec of architectural significance compared to some of the other ones scattered across the city. Everything in DC seemed to reflect the grandeur of the American political city, from our hotel; St Regis, to department stores and office blocks.
It was amazing to walk though, and with so many museums to see, I could’ve spent a week in DC just exploring.
1, 2 and 3: Grand interiors of our St Regis Hotel.
4 and 5: Contrasts in architecture, old vs modern.
6: Indiana Plaza
7, 8, 9 and 10: Wondering the streets of DC.
11: The approach to Capitol Hill.
12, 13 and 14: The many perspectives of Capitol Hill.
15: Brick Wells and Fountains.
16, 17 and 18: Ulysses S Grant Memorial
19 and 20: Outside the Hirshhorn Museum
against the backdrop of Aiweiwei’s Zodiac Heads.
21 and 22: Aiweiwei’s According to Who bike installation.
23: The Smithsonian.
24. The approach to the Washington Monument.