Felicia is the first in a series I have started on the people who live and/or work in the Great Nation of Los Angeles. I will be featuring individuals, small business owners, dreamers -- all who call Los Angeles their stomping ground.
Below, I interviewed my sister-in-law Felicia as we hung out in her studio. She lives in the most Instagrammable apartment I've ever seen.
Welcome to her habitat.
B = Bethany
Fe = Felicia...and iron on the periodic table of elements.
B: When were you born?
Fe: I was born December 10, 1988.
B: When did you move to LA & Why?
Fe: I moved to LA proper a little over a year ago for work, but had always lived in LA County most of my growing up years.
B: What neighborhood do you live in?
Fe: Mar Vista
B: What other hood would you want to live in?
Fe: Uhm, that’s a good question. Neighborhood, not city? Mar Vista’s really growing on me but I adore Koreatown. Also the Miracle Mile neighborhood, Atwater, Silverlake, or Echo...but I don’t think I could live there.
B: Why couldn’t you live there?
Fe: I don’t know much about it, but it seems a little more canned than what I’m used to in Mar Vista. A little more… the word's not hipster. That’s what other people say but I think there’s a better way to describe it. It’s like, you know the personality just isn't you? I think our personalities would clash. But Mar Vista has really grown on me. I do like that central part of LA…for brunch purposes.
B: What’s your favorite thing about LA?
F: There’s always something new to discover. All the time. You’re never going to have enough time for it. If you're the type of person that likes routine, you can have that. And if you're the person that craves new things all the time, you can have that as well. I have my "I’m not at work but I need to do work" coffee shop, and I go to new ones all the time. *Laughing It’s exhausting!
B: Do you have a Love/Hate relationship with LA?
Fe: I don’t know, it’s home for me so the "hate" I have is pretty normal stuff you’d hate about anywhere you’ve been for a while. Things that anyone hates about home. The fact that you want to do other things but you’re trapped in a city. Whenever I feel like the hate of LA is mounting, I’ll go to OC or Ventura County to hike or just like have a little get-away to diffuse my emotions about being in a city that’s filthy and falling apart. When I was in Salt Lake City recently I thought, "this is how a city looks when it's well loved." LA looks like someone made it and they did a good job and then didn’t do anything after that. Falling into constant state of disrepair. No one gives a shit about her anymore.
B: What are your secret spots, if you're willing to give them up?
Fe: I feel like they’re not very secret. But I don’t want more people to know about them. I love both summiting the peak, and sitting on the backside of Skull Rock in Temescal Canyon. But those aren’t very secret. Brew/Well Coffee -- as far as coffee shops go, they’re not very crowded. They serve Heart coffee from Portland, so that’s cool. It’s attached to a grocery store so it feels like a secret spot. *Speaking to the coffee shop "I love your toast, your coffee, everything about you! The cups that you use!" Their vibe is perfect.
B: Is that your favorite place to get coffee? Or is it somewhere else?
I like Venice Grind, but I realize most people hate that place. BrewWell is becoming my new place to get coffee. And I won’t lie, Intelligentsia in Venice. I’ve been there more in the past month than any other coffee shop that’s not mine. Theres a reason they’re the best.
B: What keeps you here in LA?
Fe: Friends, family, work, the promise of experience.
B: What do you do?
Fe: I do retail – I am a retail manager.
B: Where are you going next?
Fe: Probably San Francisco. It’s like LA in a lot of ways
B: What is LA’s most fabulous feature?
Fe: Sunsets over the ocean – the view of the skyline going north on the 110 when you get two or so exits away from Exposition. That’s the best view of the skyline. Pretty fabulous. Sucks cause no one’s coming from out of town going north on the 110, so they won't see it.
B: Why do you love LA?
Fe: I like LA because of it’s attitude. A lot of people especially from back East will bash on LA because they have this idea that we don’t work as hard, we have nice weather, we’re very self-involved. But there’s nothing like the ambition of people in LA and the city itself. Not even New York can match that. They [NY] have a better work ethic, but nothing compares to our dreams in LA. Chicago works hard too, but I just can't.
B: How do you know you’re an Angeleno?
Fe: You have that pent up "I need to lay down the law," attitude and you just go about your business and lay it down. Without a second thought. That’s it right there. That’s how you know, “I’m so LA.” You have no regrets, you know it needed to happen. When your anger trumps everyone else's feelings and you don't care...whereas New York is just in a constant state of anger...