Welcome to my new monthly series, Living in Los Angeles, where I write a short recap of the high’s and low’s of living in Los Angeles each month.  To kickstart this series here’s to January 2018.

Although it is winter, I feel like fall is not quite over even though spring is just weeks away.  I can’t complain about the weather here in Los Angeles but given that it’s been hot and minimal rain I don’t think the outlook for summer is going to be so great.  Well, let’s hope for the best. 


I met up with a good friend of mine for brunch at The Langham Huntington (formerly known as The Ritz Carlton) in Pasadena to celebrate her recent promotion.  I’ve been to this hotel before for weddings and cocktail parties but never really dined at their restaurants.  I recently found out that one of their restaurants serve dim sum for brunch and decided to invite my friend to try it with me.   This is not a place for authentic Chinese dim sum but not a bad place to lounge around with bottomless mimosa and the occasional celebrity run-in.  Btw, Billy Zane sat right behind me and I didn’t know until we were getting ready to leave.


los angelesI went to TJMAXX over the weekend to shop for a bathroom rug.  As usual, I walked out with more stuff.  This time the copper shot mugs and a vase held snugly by a bathroom rug ushered me out the door.


Thanks to hubby being a SAG member, we get to watch most SAG nominated movies during the award season.  We have seen Darkest Hours, Shape of Water, and others but our favorite would have to be  I, Tonya .  You know you had watched a great movie when you can’t stop talking about it after.   THE ILLUSTRATED OSCAR WILDE

oscar wildeI read The Happy Prince when I first learned how to read and write English fluently at eleven.  I didn’t learn English until I was ten.  I have always loved reading Oscar Wilde’s stories and when hubby found this book at an old bookstore he bought it for me.  I’ve been reading this to my kids whenever we have our reading time together.   Just like their mama, their favorites are The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant!


So in my kids’ eyes, I’m the ORIGAMI EXPERT!  Mom can fold anything thanks to Youtube.  The twins and I had a lot of fun making paper ninja weapons and other origami items two nights in a row.  And….I’ve been graduated to make origami pirate ships!!!


    • Janise Reply

      Thank you, Emily. I’m glad you enjoyed this series!

  1. It must be fun to be a SAG member and get to watch all those movies! I want to see I Tonya.

    • Janise Reply

      There are still a few left that we have yet to see – just don’t have the time. But you have to go see I Tonya!

  2. I love the set up of this blog and the way you’ve created the sections. Of course, I also love the content in each section and now want to shop, eat, and read myself.

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