The Weekly Edit #2: A Night Market, Perfume, and Ballet Beautiful

There is nothing I love more than planning. Even when I am home, in addition to meticulously plotting travel itineraries, I spend tons of time researching new restaurants, intriguing events, and just-announced exhibitions to drag my friends and family along to. I am always on the lookout for a stimulating read, a must-listen podcast, and a new work-out to try. So, I figured I may as well put all those hours of research to use and share these things with you as well.

The Weekly Edit will be a to-do list of sorts selected directly from my own calendar and personal interests.

Because I am based in LA, there will always be one “Do” and one “See” for LA, as well as a couple of other events from places I am in or have recently traveled to. The other categories of eat, read, watch, listen, move, and buy will normally be applicable wherever in the world you are (hey international and east coast readers!). I really hope you enjoy this series and let me know what you are getting up to this up-coming week!


After 3 months of being in Europe, this week I am heading back to Los Angeles to celebrate my sister’s graduation! I am so excited to see my immediate family, celebrate graduation and Mother’s Day, and be back in California. I am looking forward to getting back into my workout groove, having incredible Mexican food, and planning out my summer adventures. The next few days are mostly going to be occupied with various graduation events and parties, but here are some other things that I am also looking forward to this week.

 

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I feel like the LA Times is throwing me a party to welcome me home. This month the newspaper is hosting a new major food festival to celebrate LA’s “dynamic and influential food scene while promoting awareness about food waste and hunger”. There are loads of different events, talks, exhibitions, and pop-ups going on all month which I am going to try and see as much of as possible. But, this week, I am solely focused on the Los Angeles Times Night Market that will be in Grand Park for five consecutive nights from May 10th to 14th. Featuring 50 diverse food booths, the event is free (you can purchase tickets to The Super Market, which will allow you access to curated food vendors, additional seating areas and food booths, bars, premium lounges and entertainment) and looks amazing. My sister and I are planning to go on Wednesday night — so maybe see you there!

This week is also the fourth annual EU Film Festival, which provides an opportunity for movie enthusiasts in LA to see what is going on in the world of European film. Spotlighting festival award winners from all over the European Union, the festival includes a broad range of styles and genres. I am thinking about going to the opening night on Tuesday to see the Latvian Mellow Mud, a Los Angeles premiere.

 

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LA: This week my main priority in LA is to go and see the Lauren Greenfield exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Greenfield’s show, Generation Wealth, covers affluence over the past twenty-five years and the ever-growing obsession to have more. Watch this clip for a little more insight. The images are fascinating and very disturbing — and the photographer/filmmaker is giving a lecture on May 11 that I am desperately trying to get to!

Paris: I don’t have any plans to go to Paris anytime soon, but reading about Le Grand Musée du Parfum is making me reconsider. Set inside an 18th century mansion, formerly Christian Lacroix’s maison de couture, the museum opens with “Perfume Stories and Histories.” Showcasing over 60 different scents, the museum traces the evolution of perfume to its present day with odors in smelling bowls and artificial flowers which spray mystery scents. I have never been to a museum where you smell your way through the exhibits, but I am rather desperate to give it a go!

Liverpool: People often forget that Liverpool also has a Tate gallery and (if we are being honest) it is one of my favourites because it is the perfect size for a couple of hours and never too crowded. I was there a couple of weeks ago and they currently have a really cool display called “Constellations” which shows links between seemingly unlinked works of art, as well as an Ellsworth Kelly exhibit, and Tracy Emin’s very controversial bed.

 

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As I have been back in England for the weekend, I have taken advantage of eating some of my favourite meals and indulging in all my beloved English snacks. Chocolate in England (and really anywhere else for that matter) is so much better than chocolate in America, so I always find myself eating a lot of it when I am back across the pond. My favourite is the small fingers of fudge that you can get at any small corner store for 30p ($0.39). Check out this 1979 commercial to see how iconic the finger of fudge is!

Later this afternoon, I am headed to have a final Sunday lunch with my Aunty and Grandparents. In LA, the best place to get an English roast dinner is Birch, which I have previously written about here. The Pikey offers fresh, produce-focused takes on vinegar chicken, lamb shanks, and fish and chips, while The Langham Huntington is the place for afternoon tea.

If you are looking to have a whiz at cooking your own British feasts, I recommend purchasing this cooking book which takes a look at traditional cooking from England, Scotland, and Wales. And Jamie Oliver’s website has tons of recipes, including ones specifically for Sunday lunch.

 

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I am still finishing up The Sympathizer (which I wrote about last week), but next on my list is Miss Burma, a new novel from former actress Charmaine Craig. Miss Burma follows a mixed-race couple and their children living in racially charged Burma between 1926 and 1965. The book is largely based on the incredible true story of the author’s own famous mother, Louisa Charmaine Benson Craig—who, at 15, became Burma’s first Miss Universe contestant and went on to marry an army commander, assuming her husband’s military duties at age 24, upon his assassination. It sounds rich and layered, and I can’t wait to get started (although I will be really sad when The Sympathizer is over!).

 

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On Friday (May 12th) “Get Me Roger Stone is released on Netflix. The Netflix-original documentary explores the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump advisor, Roger Stone (the one who has made headlines recently over allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government), who helped create the President’s political career. Delving into Stone’s long and sordid history as a Machiavellian operator for the Republican Party and all of the controversies he’s stirred up and survived, the documentary got incredible reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Also on May 12th, season 2 of “Master of None” (Aziz Anzari’s semi-autobiographical half-hour comedy show) starts streaming on Netflix!

 

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When my Spotify “Discover Weekly” playlist refreshes I am always quite excited to see what new artists and songs the algorithms are recommending for me. More often than not, I love the majority of the tracks and I always wonder how I have never come across them on my own. This week I found the Brooklyn-via-Boston one-woman band pronoun and her debut EP There’s no one new around you. Filled with tracks documenting a range of emotional stages that everyone inevitably goes through in a relationship, the EP has some very relatable lyrics on a distinctly indie pop foundation.

Other artists I have been loving this week are Kevin Morby (I recommend “Parade”) and Tobias Jesso Jr. (I recommend “Without You”) — both finds from Tristan’s “Discover Weekly”!

 

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Now that I am heading back to California for a few months, I am excited to get back to a fitness regime. I have worked out quite a bit while I have been traveling, and I am not too disappointed with what I have been able to do. However, I do have some specific goals for the summer. I have been umming and ahhing over trying Ballet Beautiful for a while, and after doing some of their free videos online, I think I am going to buy a couple of the full streaming videos to focus on stretching and lengthening the lower half of my body. Will let you know how I like it!

 

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In addition to finding my sister the perfect gift for graduation, I also have been looking for some perfect dresses for myself to wear. I bought a vintage dress a couple of months ago that I am going to wear for the actual graduation, but we also have lots of events with her friends and sorority in addition to the main thing. ASOS is always one of my first stops when looking for dresses and right now I am loving this one shoulder dress in floral print, this beautiful yellow halter-neck mini dress, this drop seamed midi dress with flutter sleeves, and this mesh midi dress.

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