Sunday, 9 September 2012

10 Things I Love So Far About Living In Los Angeles

So, while it is Monday morning in the UK, it is still Sunday night here for me in Los Angeles, my wonderful new city I have just spent the first 24 hours in! After my new roommates collected me from LAX, we ordered in pizza and I collapsed in bed, I spent the weekend exploring my new neighbourhood, shopping for essentials and soaking up some sunshine! I'm almost settled, so expect to see a lot more LA posts soon!
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1. My new campus, UCLA is quite literally out of almost every single movie or TV show made in America about college life, ever. Also, the buildings are just beautiful - it is so empty at the moment as it is Sunday and school has not really started yet, but I can't wait for it to fill with people, and for my classes to start. 

2. I can get UCLA branded sweatpants/ trackies in Victorias Secret. I have one around the block from me, and how nice the store is just blows the monstrosities that are the London stores out of the water. I will be back for more work out clothes once I've explored my apartment buildings gym and got into a routine.
palms 3. There are palm trees everywhere. They may be imported, but it does not stop them being awesome and putting a massive smile on my face.

4. It is very difficult to get lost here, because all the roads are blocks - everything is square, and so many of the street names are famous.

5. The weather is Summer holiday style. Yesterday (my earlier today) it reached a high of 88/70. That is basically the hottest day of the year in England, and it is normal here.
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6. I live within walking distance of several Starbucks so I can get one every morning when I leave my apartment. Also, it is so cheap. If a drink costs £2.75 in England, it costs $2.75 here. 

7. I am also starting to get a tan, without even trying. However, I do need to remember to put SPF on my face every morning now! 

8. My iPhone, a screen protector, Apple Care and my first months phone bill cost less than just a UK iPhone.  
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9. My building reminds me of the hotel I stayed in in Barbados one Summer. This can only be a good thing.

10. Everyone is so friendly. At the checkout at the store people ask you how your day has been, people start conversations with you while you're waiting to cross the road. Once you get over how different it is compared to England, it is actually really nice and really improves your day.


As you can probably notice these are Instagram photos, I now have an iPhone 4S and I have lots of fun apps - smartphone users, you can now follow me on Instagram (@missrachelphipps) and on Pose (missrachelphipps)!

34 comments:

  1. It sounds like the start to a great new chapter! Maybe I missed something along the way, but what are you going to be studying in LA? Can't wait to see more pics.

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  2. I am SO jealous. It looks absolutely beautiful. I want to be in the sun with friendly people!

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  3. wow it looks really beautiful! Very jealous...

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  4. Beautiful dreams10 September 2012 10:57

    I love LA I went there for a few days on holiday last year and loved it :) This post really makes me want to go again :/ hope you enjoy your new life in LA :)




    Beautiful Dreams

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  5. These photos reminds me so much of the movie "the room mate".:) Glad you enjoy the first day of your stay there. It's a good vibe that people around you seems nice. Glad to know more about your story while you're on LA.


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  6. English Lit, Classics and Political Science!

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  7. I want to go there even more now that I've read your post! Your life seems perfect! I'm so jealous! :D


    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  8. Looks amazing rach! so jealous!

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  9. Oh I'm so jealous! I'm going to have to come visit you! x

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  10. Feel free - it would be amazing to see you and while I have not eaten out yet, I'm sure there are some amazing food places to sample!

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  11. I'm SO jealous! Looks amazing. Did you get a transfer to UCLA or did you apply there?? Lucky duck! xxx

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  12. I'm on a study abroad year, I'm back in London next year.

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  13. I'm so glad that you're loving LA so far and I can't wait to read more about your adventures!

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  14. It looks amazing! I'd find it so weird living somewhere that's warm year round and you have to put spf on everyday haha. Must be nice though, makes everyone happy with all that vitamin D :D

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  15. Looks so nice. I'd like to live in the States for a while at least once in my life :)

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  16. I've got such serious life envy right now! I can't wait to see more posts from you! UCLA looks immense - you must be so excited! I'm excited for you! Glad you're having a nice time xx

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  17. Welcome to the US - i'm an English girl living in Michigan. Everything is so much cheaper over here and the weather's certainly a tonne better!

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  18. I know, right? Though what things are in what aisle or which section in American supermarkets is already confusing the hell out of me... I can't seem to find any logic to it!

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  19. Sounds so lovely! There's no place like LA :) xA


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  20. sound so great. I hope you have a great study over US.
    3lin

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  21. It sounds great ! It reminds me of my first impressions when I left Paris for Melbourne. Enjoy !!


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  22. Everything sounds great so far. Honestly the US isn't a bad place to live, if only it had better public transportation. You should definitely travel along the West Coast since it's sooooo much different up north (Pacific North West (PNW) area).

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  23. For some reason, I feel really happy reading this! Have a wonderful time

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  24. I'm glad you like it! I lived in orange county for a couple years and really did not enjoy it because I felt so secluded and like everything was really fake but now I miss jamba juice!!

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  25. Living in LA for a month managed to make me 4 shades darker! Go buy some sunscreen now! :p & #10 is so true! People in LA are so incredibly friendly! Eeeeverywhere you go the people talk to you like they know you! So nice! <3 Oh, you HAVE to try Lucille's Smokehouse! Their complimentary biscuit and apple dip is AMAZEBALLS. :)

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  26. I already have! I'm especially using it religiously on my face every morning as I remember burning just on one April morning last year in San Francisco - and thanks for the foodie tip!

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  27. :O OH MY GOD! I have to go! Amazing pictures girlie, everything looks so cool! Have a lovely time :) x

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  28. Awww you're going to have the best time out there - you're clearly loving it a lot already. Love the photos!
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  29. Whitney Cosgrave12 September 2012 18:23

    looks wonderful! I went to UCLA as well! Are you living in Westwood?


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  30. I am, such a lovely neighbourhood! Any local recommendations?

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  31. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't completely jealous! I spent a summer in Orange County over 4 years ago now, makes me feel old!

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  32. How cool it is to read your perspective on this life transition. Your blog is truly unique :-)

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  33. How exciting to be at that school! I instantly recognise it as I am sure most people do haha!

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