Posted on July 27, 2014
I thrive off of the architecture, noise, people, hustle-n-bustle, and all the buzz that comes from a big city. It is one of the reasons why I love traveling to London, Chicago and New York. You can’t help but feel ALIVE!
Like other areas in Los Angeles, #DTLA has its own vibe, lifestyle and energy. It is one of the many qualities about living in Southern California, you can drive 30 minutes away to another neighborhood and feel like you are in a whole new state (with great weather!).
Here is a list of my downtown highlights and hotspots that I think everyone should check out when they come to the City of Angels.
The Staples Center is home to many large events, such as concerts, sporting events, shows and plays. The mega arena is also surrounded by bars, restaurants and hotels that would help make an evening away complete. Go to stubhub.com and see which one of your favorite bands is performing! This is me in front of the Staples Center two years ago right before my boyfriend surprised me with Madonna tickets! It was one of the best nights of my life.
This section occupies a huge part of the city and offers countless clothing vendors of all sorts. While you are down there, go to “The Alley” which is between Santee Street and Maple Street for some “cash only” deals.
During my early years in LA, my former boss, Giuliana, sent me to the diamond district to pick up her wedding band she had designed. I was so surprised to see all the different jewelry stores. This is the spot if you are searching for a certified loose diamond, gemstone or ring.
Located at 111 South Grand Avenue, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a magical must-see structure! In 1987, Lillian Disney (Walt’s widow) donated $50 million to build the performance art venue which was designed by Frank Gehry. It now serves as home to the LA Philharmonic. So cool!
DTLA is a pub crawl haven and the perfect location for a girls night out. A few of my favorite hot spots for a stiff drink include; Seven Grand, Perch, and Cole’s. Below are a couple pics from last night over looking the city while we stood on top of Perch’s kickass rooftop (perchla.com).
My pals are very picky when it comes to dining and food. Thankfully, DTLA has some of the best restaurants in all of California. Whatever your palate desires, you will certainly have a handful of places to choose from that will serve up a delicious meal. We ate at Chef Josef Centeno’s yummy Tex-Mex creation, Bar Ama’. Look at some of the dishes from last night. OMG.
I love the feeling of getting away from your usual space and shacking up in a big cozy bed. Downtown Los Angeles has tons of inviting hotels with some Hollywood history. For example, The Millennium Biltmore Hotel was built in 1923 and has since appeared in films such as Ghostbusters, Chinatown, Splash, Bugsy, Wedding Crashers, The Italian Job, Dave, True Lies and many more!
If you live in LA and planning a big party, make sure you swing by the Flower District for some well priced flowers.
9.) Picture Perfect
Going downtown is a good reason to freshen up on your photography. It is one of those places in Los Angeles where you can really “capture the moment.” What do you think of my black and white pics? My friends are so darling.
Whether you are on the 50th floor or 5th floor, DTLA has incredible views. I had to share this video I found online. It is an amazing clip of a drone flying through the city!!
The Other Hubby
Posted on July 25, 2014
Sometimes my lady friends that are in relationships come to me questioning if they chose “the right guy” or not. I try to understand their feelings because many times they really did pick a crappy guy.
This is why I decided to share some of my favorite things that make a man a keeper. I hope it reminds some of you girls out there to not overlook your boyfriend’s good qualities.
1.) He Sends You Messages During The Day
Girls, I am a sucker for “just because” text messages. How sweet is it when your man sends you messages during the middle of the day just to say, “hello,” “thinking of you,” “hope you are having a good day.” Little checking-in messages throughout the day make a big difference. If you man does this than it totally shows you are on his mind.
Nothing should make your heart melt more than when your guy comes home with your favorite snack, dessert, or late night treat. That carton of ice cream may not support your diet but it does support his love for you.
Some of the best couples I know fight, argue and disagree from time to time. Having a tiff can sometimes push two people closer together. If your man knows how to add water to your sizzling fire than you know he is willing to resolve any issue and deal with an argument properly. The right guy won’t curse you out, say something to hurt your feelings, belittle you or make you feel like shit. He will rather help the both of you come to some kind of compromise and find peace in the end.
Waking up can be a real bitch if you are not a morning person. If your man makes you coffee, leaves you a love note, drives the kids to school, or takes the dog out before you get up than you know he is trying to be a big help. Most men have their own morning routine down so if he does a little something extra in the AM, it is safe to say he is an all star guy.
Many of the ladies in my life talk to me about their sex life. I often hear about their nightmare bedroom stories and how the guys they date don’t know how to perform oral sex on them. How bad would that suck? If you have a guy that knows how to please you than make sure he does not go anywhere!
A guy with a great family is a huge plus. Don’t take that for granted because there are a lot of bat shit crazy mother in laws out there.
I don’t care what your man does for a living as long as he has the passion to work hard and provide for himself and his future (if you get married, have kids, etc). If he has that career drive than he is a keeper!
If you man has a good group of buddies that is respectful to you and your relationship than that is a sign you have a good guy.
Compliments are so important in a relationship. They are those little reminders to let each other know you still find one another attractive. Thank God for the men that dish out the compliments and boost the self-esteem of their girlfriends.
If your man is vocal about his love for you than you found the right guy. Nothing is more powerful than those three words. Be thankful that you have a man that tells you he loves you and shows you he loves you!
The Other Hubby
Posted on July 24, 2014
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer has hit the web!
Check it out.
The Other Hubby
Posted on July 18, 2014
I don’t know if my boyfriend and I will ever have a child. Sometimes we will joke and pretend that we are trying to get pregnant or that I stopped taking my birth control. Come on – that is kinda funny!
The more I think about it, my dream would be for my man and I to do the Neil Patrick Harris route and use two embryos and a surrogate. Science these days is so incredible. What a darling family!
Perhaps it is because my lady pals are rubbing off on me. Some of my single girlfriends have been complaining about their biological clocks ticking.
I don’t know how factual this is but through many hours of gossip sessions, I have concluded that men these days are not interested in getting wifed up or having kids like back in the old days. Think about your grandparents and parents, they got hitched super early and busted out babies at record speed. That does not appear to be happening these days.
Going back to babies, I had the pleasure to fly home to Arizona to help out my sister and brother-in-law. A couple weeks ago, they had a precious little girl and are also the parents to a beautiful 3 year old. Two girls – talk about being in #Guncle heaven!!! I could not wait to get off the plane and see them!
#1.) You Can’t Sleep In
I could not believe how early kids get up! Don’t they know how amazing it is to sleep in??? I am also shocked on how energetic they are in the morning. It really made me think about how dependent I am on coffee. Maybe we all have this same amount of morning energy and don’t even know it!! If you want kids, be prepared to change your alarm clock.
The voices of some of the characters on these children shows will drive you a little nuts-o. You will eventually start memorizing the songs and become obsessed with the story lines.
Going outside of the home with your child is not as easy as it seems. You have to pack a bag that would put Mary Poppins to shame. It is basically a baby survivor kit in case shit goes down (literally).
I dont’ know if I watched too many Dateline and 20/20 specials but I watch my niece like a Secret Service Agent. There are some creeps out there! Keep your eyes on your kids and always protect them.
I found that people in public were so much more friendlier to me when I was with my niece. Maybe it was just her (yep, probably was) but it was pretty interesting! People opened doors, they smiled, they came up and to talked to us, and even offered to take our picture.
Here we are getting mani and pedi’s! You should never stop pampering yourself.
I was so impressed with Barnes & Noble. They had a great book selection, reading area and toy section. We bought this darling dress-up doctors outfit from there. It is made by a company called, Melissa & Doug (http://www.melissaanddoug.com). SO FUN!
You basically need to plan your day around lunch and nap time because kids are in a much better mood when they are fed and rested. Who isn’t, right?!
Kids have a big imaginations so you must think out of the box. If you get stumped than take them somewhere where they can interact, think and learn. We went to the Phoenix Zoo and had a blast!
These summer months can be HOT especially if you live in the warmer states. Make sure your kid drinks plenty of water and wears sunscreen. Praise the Lord for the spray-on kind.
Kids love to ask questions and their little brains are like sponges so be prepared with a good answer. I never knew how little I knew about animals, the solar system and dinosaurs until I started hanging around my 3 year old niece.
You have to be selfless. I honor all the moms and dads in the world because it takes a lot of adjusting. Your kids come first.
I may not be a parent but I would do anything for my nieces. Each time I spend with them is a learning experience and an eye opener into the world of raising children. It seems that having kids is a lot of work but I believe it is the greatest gift of all.
The Other Hubby
Posted on July 12, 2014
Posted on July 12, 2014
Anything passed the double digits means he is looking for some late night lovin. If that is what you want too than go for it BUT don’t expect him to make you breakfast in the morning.
Did you meet a guy online or out at the club and still have not gone on a date? Don’t you find that odd? If the only time you see each other is under the sheets than it is time for you to wake up and smell what is really going on.
If a guy wants to call you his girlfriend than he will show you off to all his buddies. If you are only his mistress of the night than he will keep you hidden and only brag to his pals about your late night romps.
For all you city girls, this one is for you. If your man only calls you in the evenings and makes you taxi it over to his place than I think that is a signal you are a booty call. A true gentleman will be considerate by picking you up or at least offering to pay for your taxi.
Read between the “I’m so horny” and “what are you wearing.”
You just KNOW when a guy is into you on a LOVE level. Pay attention to his body language, words and the way he makes you feel. A man is supposed to make you feel like the most beautiful girl in the room, not the easiest piece of ass.
If you are constantly feeling disappointed because he promises you the world and never delivers than it is time to CUT THE CORD!
If he gives you that random excuse on why you can’t stay the night than he does not want to see you in the morning. You do not deserve that! Your man should at least be buying you a Starbucks the next day.
After seeing a guy for over a month and he never refers to the two of you as dating than perhaps it is time you move on.
This is the oldest trick in the book. A guy will jokingly call you his “booty call” to see how you react OR slyly make you aware of how he does not want a relationship. Don’t fall for his playful bullshit.
The Other Hubby
Posted on July 10, 2014
Relationships and marriage can be a full time job all on its own. Sadly, some fall into the danger zone and turn into breakups.
I have seen too many of my girlfriends cry with frustration because one day they wake up and realize that their love life is floating in the toilet.
One of the questions that I ask my gal pals is, “how did you and your hubby/boyfriend end up in this spot?” Most of the time, they are simply unaware of how their relationship deteriorated while others think back to some red flag moments.
Everyone needs validation from their other half. It gives both parties that secure feeling on the inside and that little boost of confidence and self respect. If your man comes home from work and only says hello to the dog than you’ve got an issue.
Nothing says “SHADY” more than when a guy puts a password on his phone and refuses to give it to you. I think all phones should have passwords (for security purposes) but not allowing your wife/girlfriend to have access to it is fucking weird. He should trust you well enough to not dig through his phone like a psycho but just to have the freedom if need be.
A bunch of little lies only means he his hiding one big lie. Trust is one of the golden layers that helps build a solid relationship foundation.
Anger stems from other emotions so if you and your guy can’t communicate on a civil level than I suggest you figure out what is the root to the REAL problem. Why is the yelling and screaming necessary? Perhaps a therapist or mediator needs to jump in to get the two of you back on track.
I can totally understand if your hubby is running late from work a couple times a week (traffic can suck and shit comes up), BUT if this happens the MAJORITY of the time than I would ask him what’s really going on. Note: This does not mean he is cheating on you but he may be avoiding you for one reason or another.
Facebook can add a crap load of drama when it comes to relationships. If your man is private messaging other chicks or liking her pics than he needs a major reality check. There should be a big line drawn when it comes to opposite sex interaction online.
If he skips out on your birthday, anniversary or does not want to participate in family events than it is safe to say his head is somewhere else.
Your man should never pick apart your appearance or makes stupid jokes about the way you look. If he does this than he is suffering from his own insecurities.
The most controlling people are the ones who DON’T have control of their own life. Stand up for yourself and don’t let anybody boss you around.
If you man constantly turns you down in the bedroom than that is a strong signal something else is brewing in his head.
The Other Hubby