Broke Fashion: I Think California Looks Good on Me

Posted July 30, 2020 by in Fashion/ Street Style
Woman wearing a romper

Since moving to Los Angeles in mid-February, I have experience not one, not two, but three earthquakes. Three! I have always been terrified of natural disasters and other odd things the earth can do: hurricanes, tsunamis, tornados, and whirlpools to name a few. However, earthquakes are the scariest and most unpredictable to me.

Despite my fear of earthquakes, I have fallen so deeply in love with Los Angeles, that the idea of leaving it for good makes my heart hurt. Will I live in LA forever? Who knows. For now, it’s my home, and that’s saying something. The first time I visited LA (about 4 years ago), I hated it. I hated it so much that I didn’t think I would ever come back by choice. If I’m being real, having a native Angelino show me LA would have made the entire experience way better; I’m sure of it.

Woman on Venice Beach

Prior to living in LA, NYC was my home. Everything about New York gave me energy and this deep lust for life. It’s also where I started my blog and it’s where I found my myself. To be honest, I never thought I would leave New York. I was a New York or Nowhere person for so long.

So how did I go from hating LA to happily living in it? My best friend moved out here on a whim a little over two years ago. I came for a visit and started to get why she personally loved it. After that trip, I made the decision to move to LA myself. After getting hit by a car, I was ready for a big lifestyle change. That accident put my life on hold for a year, so I had a lot of time to self-reflect and re-evaluate my life.

I initially moved here back in April of 2019, but the universe had other plans for me. I went through a heart wrenching breakup 2-weeks after arriving. I attempted to stay, but my mind and heart were not in a good place. An opportunity arose for me to live and work in Sweden for a few months, so after two months in LA, I booked a one-way flight to Stockholm. It was fait I think.

SHEIN Romper

After my three months in Sweden were up, I traveled heavily throughout Europe and finally settled down in LA this past February.

The craziest thing about my LA move is I don’t even miss NYC, not one bit. I miss my friends, I miss a few restaurants, and I miss NYC architecture—that’s about it. For some reason, I feel LA looks better on me than NYC ever did. Back in NYC I was always stressed and frazzled, I was in pain 24/7 due to lugging a heavy backpack everywhere, and I had no concept of a healthy work-life balance.

photoshoot on Venice Beach

Now that I live in LA, my entire life is balanced—I’m more relaxed and I don’t feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. My chronic pain has gone away and I feel such peace here. I also love that the weather is beautiful and I can enjoy nature whenever I want.

In NYC, I was cold and miserable 5-months out of the year. The freezing temps, dead trees, and gray skies wore me down in ways I did not realize.

My roommate and I decided to head over to Venice Beach to walk along the boardwalk and I decided to take these photos in my SHEIN romper that my bestie gave me. I love it so much! I have always wanted to wear rompers (they are so darn cute!), but always felt they looked meh on me—until this one. Best part? It was only $11.00!

photoshoot on Venice Beach with palm trees

If I look at the photos I used to take in NYC vs. the photos I take here in LA, I can just see the happiness radiate from my face. I’m just gonna say it, I think California looks good on me. Even though I’m bummed about this Pandemic (I mean, who isn’t?), I am still filled with joy being here.

broke and chic street style

Is there a place you used to hate and now love? Let me know in the comments below!

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