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2012 remixed.

31 Dec

If you haven’t been able to tell by reading this blog, I love traditions. One thing I have done on this blog for awhile now is to recap my year via songs. [Check out 2010 and 2011 here!] I love music and I think it’s a great way to reminisce on the past year – plus I like re-reading these posts to remember everything that happened in that year! Before you check out my 2012 song selections, you should listen to DJ Earworm’s 2012 mash-up. Here’s mine:

January – Calvin Harris Feel So Close

I picked this song because it reminds me of the best winter break ever – where I checked out a ton of new restaurants, went on a bunch of LA hikes, went out, and explored LA. In January I also started second semester and reunited with some of my favorite AXOs,  celebrated my birthday with a dinner + drinks, and ran a half-marathon with one of my best law school friends, Blake, at the Rose Bowl, and battled running injuries off and on.

loving LA.

loving LA.

i'm not that old but i'm not that young.

i’m not that old but i’m not that young.

February  – Big Sean f/ Nicki Minaj – Dance

In February, I met my first real blog friend in person (Katherine of Left Coast Contessa). I also became re-obsessed with spin (indoor cycling) after almost a YEAR away and spent more time in the gym. Other than that, February was a pretty low-key month. I was briefly obsessed with this song due to the part when Nicki Minaj says “Islands of Waikikiiiiiiiiii.” I annoyed everyone repeating that for a few weeks.

view from my gym's parking lot.

view from my gym’s parking lot.

March – Flo Rida f/ Sia – Wild Ones

In March, I took a torts midterm, headed to Palm Springs with Whitney, Matt, and Jenn, and was able to fight off a knee injury to run three miles with my Dad during his marathon. During March I also went to my first Kings game, headed home to celebrate my brother’s 21st birthday, and studied a good amount.

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palm springs bound.

palm springs bound.

April – Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (FatRat remix)

April was a pretty intense school month – I had a lot of assignments due and geared up for finals. I had a beach day with my law school bests, went to a couple of comedy shows, had an oral argument, and lived vicariously through my parents’ trip to Vegas. I also did the She Runs LA 10k, tried Pure Barre, and did  The Color Run with my friend Riley. At the end of the month I went to a  Bruce Springsteen concert!

blake, armita, me, and taylor all pretending we like each other. (aviva was our photographer.)

blake, armita, me, and taylor all pretending we like each other. (aviva was our photographer.)

post she runs la 10k.

post she runs la 10k.

post color run.

post color run.

baby we were born to run.

baby we were born to run.

May – The Naked & Famous – Young Blood (Tiësto & Hardwell Remix)

Like any month where finals occur, the majority of it is spent studying. I spent the first 2+ weeks studying for and taking my finals, punctuated by small study breaks with my law school budz – like the time we celebrated Cinco Day Drinko instead of studying for Torts. In May I officially FINISHED 1L buttttt then immediately spent a week on the write-on competition to join a law review or a journal.  I finally kick-started summer with kayaking with my mom, a hike with Taylor, and some solid vedge-time. I also discovered my love for SoulCycle in May.

Cinco Day Drinko

Cinco Day Drinko

law school bests celebrating the end of the year.

law school bests celebrating the end of the year.

kayaking in Ventura.

kayaking in Ventura.

it was love.

it was love.

June – Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe Mash-ups (Call Me Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia + Call Me Maybe v. 99 Problems)

June was officially summer. I kicked it off with a short trip to SD  with Jenn where I PR’d in the half-marathon (1:38:55), began my externship at the criminal courts building, did a little paddle boarding  (I still have a bruise on my hip),went to Dodger games, hiked, and spent a weekend in SF where Whitney, Kathleen, and I created the “cerveza cycle.”

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paddle-boarding!

paddle-boarding!

my buddy/co-extern aaron and me.

my buddy/co-extern aaron and me.

cycling...

cycling…

...and drinking.

…and drinking.

July – Kirko Bangz “Drink in my Cup”

July started off with a bang with a Fourth of July 10k in the Palisades, followed up with a little rage-fest with my section budz. I also discovered electronic musician Sahy Uhns, celebrated my blog’s third birthday, and saw The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl.

fireworks.

fireworks.

sahy uhns.

sahy uhns.

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August – Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz “Mercy” 

In August, I saw The Hood Internet perform live, was inspired by various Olympic endeavors + caught up with friends from home, wrapped up my externship, went through On Campus Interviewing at Loyola, and traveled to Orange County with my mom for a few days where we saw Pageant of the Masters, paddle-boarded, and soaked up the sun. I also missed a one-night stint in Vegas due to a sudden onslaught of an illness, serving as a reminder that sometimes I need to listen to my body. I also celebrated Aviva’s birthday on the Sunset Strip and went back to school as a 2L.

The Hood Internet!

The Hood Internet!

paddle-boarding in Newport.

paddle-boarding in Newport.

September – Psy “Gangam Style”

In September, I ran my high school’s annual pancake breakfast race, hit up the SC/Cal game, and went to Monterey for my friend Angela’s wedding. I also started going to Trivia night at Barney’s Beanery in WeHO. When I wasn’t gallivanting around, I was busy with my course-load (Con Law, Law of Sales, Torts II, and Ethical Lawyering) as well as my extra-curricular activities of the Entertainment Law Review and the Wilhelm C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration team. #phew

OPXC alumni.

OPXC alumni.

in real life, we're friends.

in real life, we’re friends.

angela + adrian.

angela + adrian.

October – Adrian Lux “Teenage Crime” 

In October, I continued the trivia night tradition, played tourist in Hollywood, spent a weekend in San Francisco for the Nike Women’s 13.1, celebrated my friend Blake’s birthday in Manhattan Beach, and saw Adrian Lux perform live at the Exchange in DTLA. All in all, a fantastic month.

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blake's b-day.

blake’s b-day.

we don't waste no precious time.

we don’t waste no precious time.

November – Zedd “Clarity” oh…and Morgan Page f/ Greg Laswell – Addicted 

I hit up another SC game (this time v. Oregon), saw Book of Mormon, and visited my parents at the newsroom of the Los Angeles Times on election night! I also ran two 5ks – the ‘Stache Dash in Costa Mesa with my roommate and her boyfriend, and the Conejo Valley Turkey Day Trot at Cal Lutheran University with my running buddy Hannes on Thanksgiving morning. I also enjoyed a long weekend at home for Thanksgiving that was punctuated by our annual “Blackout Wednesday” tradition.

jenn and me post-race.

jenn and me post-race.

thankful.

thankful.

happy Blackout Wednesday!

happy Blackout Wednesday!

December – I couldn’t pick just one: Will.i.am f/ Britney Spears “Scream & Shout” AND Bingo Players + Flo Rida “I Cry

I spent the overwhelming majority of December studying and taking finals. I finished on December 14th and then celebrated in Manhattan Beach. Celebrations continued with Loyola Bar Review, the Santa Monica Pub Crawl, and my friend’s Hawaiian Christmas party. My family and I spent Christmas Day in Las Vegas (#VegasChristmas) and the very last week of December has been soul(cycle)-filled.

christmas in the library.

christmas in the library.

loyola bar review.

loyola bar review.

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.

#VegasChristmas

#VegasChristmas

I hope everyone has an exciting and fun NYE celebration and an even better jump-start to 2013! I’ll be posting my goals and resolutions for the new year tomorrow.

What was YOUR favorite song from 2012?

full of soul.

28 Dec

This week has been soulful.

My favorite spin studio (read about my first ride here) just opened a new Santa Monica location, and in order to build a little bit of buzz, they have offered FREE 1PM rides all week. Luckily, I have scored a bunch of free rides and have gone twice so far.

While the WeHo and Brentwood locations are closer to my apartment, I am happy to make the trek to Santa Monica (2nd and Wilshire) for my daily dose of soul.

The new studio is really spacious and gorgeous. It has merchandise in the front, TONS of room for changing (and lockers), and a 59-bike studio.

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You also can’t really beat coming out of class and seeing this.

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One cool thing this Soul studio has is a “listening bar” where you can sample some of the playlists from the instructors. IMG_2710

Thursday’s class with Cole Williams was a good one – his music selection was more hip-hop focused, but he did end class with Avicii’s “Fade into Darkness” as he turned all of the lights off. I appreciated that little effect. He had a good energy, but wasn’t my favorite.

Today’s class was taught by Laura Crago. She is a MACHINE. And her music was excellent. The first track was a slowed-down version of JT’s “Cry me a River.” I probably freaked the woman next to me out with my blatant singing along. I tried to refrain from actually yelling out “I am obsessed with this.” Laura had other good tracks – a couple from Deadmau5 and some house remixes of some pop hits. I will definitely seek her out in the future. Her ride was also pretty intense – I redefined “sweat monster” after today. STOKED to go back tomorrow.

I wish I could afford to make SoulCycle an every day thing, it really is that great.

My roommate, Jenn, gave me a book called “Practical Paleo” for Christmas. While I have no intention on following the Paleo diet 100%, I plan to try and lean that way.

I made my first Paleo-inspired meal last night – carne asada, sweet potato, and a salad [with homemade dressing of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and dijon mustard – my friend Kathleen taught me this one].

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Nom.

This morning’s breakfast was a crustless-quiche from the book. So far it’s been fun and surprisingly easy. It will be interesting to see what my diet looks like once I am more cramped for time and have to balance school. At least I can make a solid attempt to start 2013 out right…right?

This morning I also tried another new-to-me workout. I had purchased a Living Social deal to check out Pop Physique monthhhhs ago and am just getting around to using it now.

I’ve tried other barre studios (read my review of Pure Barre here). I liked Pop Physique…I’ll do a full review once I’ve finished my Living Social deal.

I’m trying to load up on fun workouts and taking a little break from my normal gym + running routine because I have the time right now.

What is your favorite way to spice up your workouts? 

three birthdays.

10 Sep

Hi blog friends. First things first – before I get into the my weekend recap – you all must drop everything you are doing and listen to the Purity Ring – Shrines album. It is incredible. My friend Armita leant it to me on a Thursday. By Sunday afternoon when I gave it back, I probably had listened to the entire thing through 30 times. So. good.

In other news – this was the weekend of birthdays. On Friday, after I spent a few hours at the library. After that, though, I met up with a few friends to celebrate my friend Bryan’s birthday at Stout in Hollywood for Happy Hour.

I had a “Hopulent IPA” which I didn’t love. It was really foamy and light. I like my IPAs, you know, Hoppy. I feasted on delicious appetizers (onion rings, pretzel, sweet potato fries) and indulged in the “goombah” burger. While the food was delicious, I was underwhelmed by the service – it took us forever to get waited on and even then the service was mediocre.

Later that night, Bryan had a bunch of friends over for drinks + cake (courtesy of my roommate, Jenn). It was fun catching up with people – especially Bryan’s little sister, Rachel.

On Saturday morning, I kicked things off with a 12 mile run down Wilshire into West LA. It was HOT but I felt good – except when my wristband portion of my Garmin snapped off at mile 7.5. Sad. Luckily I was able to order a replacement for $15 on Amazon.

On Saturday night, I met up with Aviva, Armita, Taylor, and a bunch of our section friends for our friend Marty’s birthday dinner at Gyu-Kaku on La Cienega. I’d never been there before, but I loved the hands-on Japanese BBQ experience. The Garlic Shrimp Noodles were BOMB and I tried some fun stuff. I even tried cow tongue! (Verdict? Kinda tough, not that flavorful). The best part were the marshmallow-roasting at the end to make S’mores. Oh, and the $5 pitchers of beer.

On Sunday, after a workout and some library-raging, I headed home for my Dad’s birthday. First was a stop at Future Track, my favorite running store to stock up on some gels and to get new shoes – Brooks Addiction 9s. They’re like my old faithful of running shoes.

As I was leaving Future Track, I noticed this on the wall – a plaque we made for one of our coaches, Coach Rios, after the girls’ team went to Nationals in Portland my senior year. #dreamteam2005.

My dad’s birthday was low-key – we had a nice dinner at home and then did the annual trip to Baskin Robbins (no joke that’s what he asked for). I got him a framed photo from his marathon in March taken during the very small portion I ran with him.

 

That about sums up the weekend! Here’s last week’s workouts:

  • Monday: OFF
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run, Abs class, Functional Fitness class (new obsession)
  • Wednesday: 6 mile run (outside, AM)
  • Thursday: 3 mile run, functional fitness class
  • Friday: OFF
  • Saturday: 12 mile run
  • Sunday: 60 min. Spin class

Hope you all have fabulous weeks!

this is not your dad’s office.

19 Aug

I have been wanting to check out the popular LA burger and beer place, Father’s Office, for a couple of years now. My best friend Whitney has raved about it, and my parents used to hang out at the Santa Monica location “before it was hip.” Another LA blogger I follow, Left Coast Contessa, recently named it as her fav burger in LA, so it was clear I needed to get myself to Father’s Office ASAP. The last day of law school orientation seemed like the perfect cause for celebration – so last night I finally made it to FO with Whitney, her roommate Caroline, and my friend Krisse.

We went to the Culver City location (its closer for all of us) and had to hunt for seats – Caroline remarked that they must save money by not having to pay a host! Luckily, Whitney found us a seat in the far back corner and we went up to the counter in turns to order our dinner and drinks.

After scanning the menu, I narrowed in on my selection: a Stone IPA (obviously), the FO burger, and Krisse and I shared an order of sweet potato fries. While our meals weren’t cheap, everything was extraordinarily delicious.

admiring the myriad beers on tap.

my Stone IPA. a solid choice.

I am a self-proclaimed hop-head – but I just love IPAs so much: they go with everything…or at least I’ve convinced myself that they go with everything…

delicious sweet potato fries + aioli.

Caroline + Whitney loving FO.

the main event: the Father's Office burger.

This photo doesn’t begin to do this burger justice. The bun was perfect, and the toppings of arugula, carmelized onions, and blue cheese were a perfect combination. Who knew? We were a little bit hesitant at first when we heard that they’re very strict about no substitutions on anything, but now I totally get it. It would be a complete insult to take something off or add something onto this burger creation. We’ll definitely be back!

While Father’s Office wasn’t a cheap, it’s worth the splurge, especially if you’re celebrating something!

Hope everyone has a great weekend – I’ll be squeezing in a visit home to see a couple of friends and my family, running, and beginning reading for my classes…Oh man.

Question time: Who makes your favorite burger? 

a holiday mashup.

16 Dec

I discovered this last night – and have added it to the list of successful Lil Wayne mash-ups that I keep in my head. (My favorite is My Sick Uncle´s 500 Days of Summer soundtrack/Lil Wayne mash-up). I´ll easily be playing this for the next 9 days – and if you know of any other solid holiday mash-ups, digame!

songs of summer.

30 Jul

A few things for me are synonymous with summer: trips to the beach, Starbucks iced coffee, backyard barbecues, and hearing the same few songs over and over while I drive. Summer 2009 was the summer of LMFAO “I’m in (name of city here), trick,” Iyaz and the endless replay, and Jeremih’s “Birthday Sex.” This summer’s playlist has been dominated by some songs I can’t get out of my head. Some I’m happy to have stay there, others are driving me nuts:

  • Cooler Than MeMike PosnerI love how this song has at least 3 different versions dominating the radio waves…but my favorite is undoubtedly the one with the heavy, club-like beat. I love the fact Mike Posner is my age, was a frat boy at Duke, and has a soulful-and-old-school-yet-simultaneously-hip sound.
  • California Gurls – Katy Perry Miss Perry likely missed the memo that she was a one (okay two) hit wonder. “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold” were catchy pop staples. Things started going downhill (and fast) with “Waking up in Vegas”. I mean, you know things are bad when a song by Ke$ha is a better Vegas jam than a song with “Vegas” actually in the title.  In all honesty, this song is overplayed, unoriginal, and uninspired. I read somewhere that Perry wrote it to try and compete with Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” Even though she coerced Snoop Dogg to make a guest appearance on the song, the east coast is clearly winning this battle.
  • Dynamite – Taio Cruz This is a catchy one  that will most definitely become over-played, but in the mean time I’ll crank up the volume, throw my hands up (not while I’m driving, Dad) and belt it out.
  • Love the Way You Lie – Rihanna f/ Eminem – To be frank, I don’t love the way Rihanna’s been doing anything lately. This song is everywhere. Eminem is everywhere. It’s nothing special. I like my summer songs to be upbeat, danceable, and unique. Rihanna, you should have  spent a little more time with Drake…it could have helped you.
  • Billionaire – some new guy f/ someone else– I tried not to like this song. I really tried. And while I’m not a huge fan of the rap part, there’s some really strong vocals here. The lyrics are terrible but there’s no denying that this song is good.

What’s your favorite summer song so far? Did I leave any out? Drop a line here…

Young Forever

13 May
Beyond appropriate.