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Los Angeles apartments have pink tile too

I thought NYC had a lock on weird apartments. Craigslist will prove otherwise.

I give you a small selection of Los Angeles’ rental oddities.

Pink tile.

LA pink tile

Green tile

Mint

Carpeting. Ugh, carpeting.

Carpeting

This is the extent of the kitchen.

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Like in New York, you can find sad window air conditioner units reflected in mirrored closets.

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Just to be clear, I’m not moving to Los Angeles. It’s true that LA is one of my favorite places and I look forward to my trips there. Every time I’m there, I wonder what it would be like to live in LA.

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“Why so quiet, Chicklette?”

It was quiet around here last week on the blog. Hopefully your reaction was “where is she?” and not “oh, thank goodness!”

In recent weeks I have been away more than home. 

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Greetings from Montecito

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Twitter Spotlight: Beth Lyden

Beth and I met eons ago thanks to the Village Voice. Yes, the Village Voice. At that point, CraigsList was nothing but a listserv so some of us used the Voice to find apartment shares.

Beth and her roommate Kristen were looking for someone to replace their third roommate who was moving out of NYC. Fortunately for me, Beth and Kristen picked me out of the people who paraded through their apartment at The Wellesley on the Upper East Side.

We have been friends ever since!

Beth

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@Beaker4369: The ability to make me laugh. Make me feel comfortable in my own skin so that I show them all of me, from the inside out. 

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Business travel isn’t always glamorous

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I enjoy my trips to Los Angeles. I have favorite hotels, restaurants and people to see.

Sometimes the trips don’t go quite as planned though. Case in point: this most recent trip.

The weather was mostly terrible. The exception was Saturday. I flew out a day early to see a college friend and her family.

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My favorite hotel, Andaz WeHo was priced above my daily limit for LA so I  stayed at a new-to-me hotel, a Kimpton property.

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I fell in love (with a hotel)

How hotels can make guests want to return over and over again.

  • When a guest checks in and implies that they’re having a bad day, upgrade their room.
  • Be popular with celebrities so other guests get a star sighting or two during their stay. But greet every guest – celebrity and civilian – with the same warmth and professionalism.
  • Don’t charge for wireless.
  • Offer good hair dryers.
  • Have a cute little cafe on a terrace near a sun-splashed pool.
  • …and a gym with a pool view offering beverages, headphones and working equipment.
  • When you hear that a guest [politely] logged a noise complaint in the middle of the night, comp the $45 room service breakfast when she checks out even though she didn’t bring it up. Tell her you picked the suite you gave her for its quiet and that you’re sorry for what happened.

The Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills did all of things and more. A front desk employee named Kris bowled me over with his kindness. Thanks, Kris!

After the awful experience I had at my original LA hotel this trip, the Four Seasons made my trip end on a happy note–all for only $30 per night more than the Ant Hotel.*

Enjoy a few pics I took during my too brief stay at the gorgeous Four Seasons.

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*I get a corporate rate through my company. 

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Twitter Spotlight: Abby Draper

Have you met Abby Draper? No? Me either, and it’s a problem.

For now, I have to be content to follow this upbeat (but real) publicist on Twitter and enjoy her adventures in Los Angeles. I’m hoping that she might eventually inspire me to try SoulCycle.

Abby

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@AbbyDraper: Let’s go with top three. I like a man with a quick wit and sense of humor, a kind heart and an ambitious drive.

 

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@AbbyDraper: Thoughtful

 

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Twitter Spotlight: Emily Brandwin

Here’s a first: a former spy in the Twitter Spotlight! Emily Brandwin who also goes by @CIASpyGirl on Twitter has also dabbled in stand up comedy as well as public relations.

Versatile? Yes.

When Emily and I met face to face for lunch in LA a few weeks ago, I tried not to obsess over her past spy work, but it was hard (at first). Fortunately she’s used to people like me acting like goofballs and patient about it. We’re still buddies.

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OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@CIASpyGirl: My most favorite qualities in a love interest are sense of humor and talent. “Funny” and “talent” are a killer combo. I also look for generosity of spirit, intelligence, smarts (street smarts) compassion, beautiful eyes, wisdom and an ability to overlook a new purse purchase.

Your chief characteristic (one word)

@CIASpyGirl: Grateful.

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@CIASpyGirl: Sense of humor! My best friend @Eminmotion is hilarious. Continue reading

My first business trip

“What would we do without these?” the man in the elevator asked me, pointing to the smart phones in both of our hands.

I smiled politely. But instead of feeling grateful, as I usually do for my various devices, I was thinking back to my first business trip quite a few years ago. Continue reading

Twitter Spotlight: Matt Feige

Today you get to spend some virtual time with the tweeter who has become like my little brother, @mfeige.

We connected on Twitter talking about basketball but Matt is fun to tweet with about so many topics. His love for and knowledge of all things Disney is encyclopedic. Even though he lives on the West Coast and I’m on the East, we have been able to hang out in person several times.

Get to know Matt. I adore him (his recent haircut is great too)!

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@mfeige: Curious, fun-loving, adventurous and on a diet (because I need to lose some weight)

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@mfeige: Witty . . . I think, wait, maybe indecisive.

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@mfeige: Honesty, loyalty, staying up late, similar interests

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@mfeige: A Los Angeles sunset, time with family, a night out

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@mfeige: Well once I was on Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World between people taking flash pictures in the front and a conversation about whether the film or the ride came first in the back. (The film is about 10 years old, the ride is about 40.)

Also Christopher Nolan films.

OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character

@mfeige: Jay Gatsby/Don Draper

OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink

@mfeige: Avocado, Chicken and Mexican Food – girly drinks

OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without

@mfeige: my iPhone, Disney Annual Pass, my records, the film Big Fish, my books

@OneChicklette: Who do you know via social media that you’re dying to meet in real life? (this amazing question came via @floridagirlindc)

@mfeige: @divinemadness @imbrogliono @NDEddieMac @EPCOTCitizen

OneChicklette: A question I should ask future participants

@mfeige: Best Moment on Twitter?

OneChicklette: Random shout out (can be a person, a web site, a favorite product or brand…anything)

@mfeige: I’m gonna shout out Frank Ocean, because I’m a little obsessed.