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…

Girls Killing It – A Look Back at 1-5

Saba[i], Bora[ii], Ashley[iii], Alex[iv], Nazanin[v]. Five girls living in three cities: Los Angeles, London, and Hong Kong. Five girls determinedly killing it. As I completed my fifth profile, I could not help but reflect on the qualities binding these young women together. They all offer something beyond mere drive or determination. Each harbors an intangible…

Girl #5 – Nazanin Bagherzadeh, Hong Kong

I met Nazanin in 1995 in Westford, Massachusetts—specifically, Nabnasset Elementary School. She and I were in the same first grade class, and were friends. My family moved away the following year, but Nazanin and I stayed in touch. We exchanged letters for years, including photos as we grew up. At some point the letters slowed…

New Orleans – Food Faves

If you’re looking for a long weekend getaway this summer, despite the heat, I recommend New Orleans. I am not a local, but I can confidently say that visiting this city is quick and easy.  The airport is conveniently located, and the city itself is very small and walkable. My husband and I enjoy New…

Westside Real Estate with Molly Bennett

My friend Molly is a recovered entertainment lawyer who now works in real estate in West LA. I posed a number of questions regarding neighborhoods in the Westside, and she offered the following conclusions: Favorite 5 neighborhoods to live in LA and why. Larchmont — it’s adorable, walkable, and they have the best farmer’s market.  If…