Girl #7 – Kyndell Gaglio, Los Angeles

My driver pulled over at the corner of 3rd and Spring in Downtown LA and I walked to the door of Spring. From the grimy sidewalk, I opened the door, and entered an ethereal space—starkly contrasting with the setting just outside. Before completely appreciating the space, I was thrown. Am I early? No, it is 6:23…

A Backseat Perspective – Real in WeHo

Last night, I was actually on the early side for a dinner in Venice at 7:00. Given the extra time, I decided to go on a Lyft Pool adventure. I’m glad I did. My driver picked me up in a white Prius. Also in the car were two other riders. I entered mid-conversation; the three…

Saving for Retirement with Michelle Curry

I met Michelle[1] at a UC Davis alumni event in April 2015. I immediately loved her energy, and was not surprised to learn she was (and is) extremely involved in various organizations in the LA community.[2] Michelle is a Retirement Planning Specialist at AXA Advisors where she primarily works with individuals and families in the…

Summer Hiking in LA – Temescel Canyon Park

I often write about hikes I’ve done on my travels, and realized I should discuss local hikes for anyone traveling here. If you visit LA this summer, you must hike. Our weather and landscape require it. Temescel Canyon, Portuguese Bend, and Runyon Canyon are some of my favorites, all of which offer beautiful views and…

Girl #6 – Angela Buck; Portland, Oregon

I have known Angela for 20 years. She and I grew up together in the bubble community that is the South Bay of Los Angeles. Angela was a year ahead of me in school, a tiny private school with 30 to 40 students per grade. When Angela went off to college at UC San Diego,…

Partnering with Friends with Joanna Kong

Joanna Kong is a business attorney at Vero Law Group who specializes in counseling business owners from initial formation through the various stages of corporate growth, including exits. Prior to joining Vero Law Group, Joanna was a corporate associate at the international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she represented large, multinational…