First Impressions of Los Angeles

"This city is simultaneously strikingly beautiful and nauseating. Plants flourish, completely untamed; impressive succulents and greenery line the sidewalks. Flowers display themselves in every color of the rainbow. There's nothing quite like seeing the sparkling downtown skyline at night for the first time. Yet, there are also immense piles of garbage to reason with: overflowing dumpsters and abandoned heaps of trash. The stench of rotting refuse intermingles with occasional ocean breezes. Smog perpetually coats the city in a dusty beige and settles on everything from cars to skin. Sometimes, after a long day, I find myself hopelessly scrubbing grime from my skin—the dirtier parts of the city clinging to me."

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Best Dressed in the West: Diana Williams' handmade clothing offers something for everyone

"While making lingerie wasn’t initially her intent, Williams’ clientele asked for more options. Now, her Etsy store is full of bralettes, underwear and bodysuits, crafted from delicate mesh, lace, and satin. Her Instagram page is full of people with all sizes and shapes of bodies, looking effortlessly cool in anything from lace-up velvet knickers to whimsically light mesh bralettes completed with flowering ocotillo."

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