Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Elf"in Around Los Angeles

You already know what I big fan I am of Street Food Cinema when I blogged about them earlier this year. When the season ended in October, I was desperately hoping that they would have a Christmas event and thankfully my wish came true!


Yuletide Cinema presented the classic Christmas movie "Elf" at the Historic Palace Theatre in Los Angeles. 

We were encouraged to wear our ugly Christmas sweaters, which Sarah and I were glad to do!


We came hungry expecting to be bombarded with food vendors, but sadly it was not like their regular events so we were a little disappointed...until we found this treasure!


AKA the most delicious blueberry and peach cobbler! It was so warm with the perfect mixture of sweet and tart. 


We sat in our balcony seats enjoying the scenery and a hilarious elf calling out the naughty and nice list. It was great entertainment while waiting for the movie to start.

The Historic Palace Theatre is over a hundred years old and it is so beautiful inside. The interior has changed throughout the years, but the effect is still there. 






Thankfully Santa and Mrs. Claus came out and sang some old fashioned carols.





The best things always happen on the way to the restroom...

like when I ran into Santa and Mrs. Claus! Thankfully they took a few minutes to take a picture and my Christmas wish list.


The movie of course was great! If you have never seen "Elf" before it's a Christmas must see! We watch it every year in my family. 

Yuletide Cinema has one more event on December 20th. Feel free to bring drinks and snacks, and I would highly recommend a first row seat as they are older and designed for early twentieth century humans. 

Hope everyone is getting into the Holiday season! It's definitely my favorite time of the year.

x Kate

Friday, October 31, 2014

Flashback Friday: Italy in October 2011



Three years ago this week I spent an amazing week in Italy. 




My classmates and I started our week in Venice for the Venice Biennale.





The atmosphere of the Biennale was completely different than anything I had seen before.




I was blown away by the creativity that was shown and my favorite piece was "The Clock" by Christian Marclay. It was a truly amazing piece and I cannot wait to see it again (come on LACMA!)

The last time I was in Venice I only spent a day there, and I didn't get to fully experience the beauty of Venice.



Let me tell you...Venice is breathtaking.




The most interesting part of our trip to Venice was when it started to rain. I had seen the tables stacked up off to the side the last time I visited Venice, but did not believe that they would ever be actually used to walk around.


Boy was I wrong!



I could not believe what I was seeing! 




Our last day there we could only walk on tables set up around the main island-crazy!

After Venice, the big group split up and three of us continued on to Rome.







This was my first time in Rome and I was completely awestruck.

I've been obsessed with ancient history for years so to see the sights that I had studied was fantastic.







There were several sites that I had to see and on top of that list was The Pantheon. 





I had heard and read that it was a breathtaking sight...and they were not lying!


The coffered ceiling....the oculus...everything was just gorgeous.

After walking around all day it was so nice to prop op my feet and people watch...


at the Trevi Fountain!



Everything was so beautiful and I did not want to leave. 






Visiting the Vatican was also a moment that I did not want to miss. 

Seeing masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael? Definitely one of the best days ever.




(No pictures in the Sistine Chapel...ssh don't tell!)








The final leg of the trip took us further south...to Naples!

The main purpose of us going to Naples was to visit the ancient city of Pompeii.



If you want to talk about being awestruck and seeing something that is life changing-it's Pompeii.





Everything was just beautiful.







It may have been three years ago, but I can still remember it like it was yesterday.

Italy is my favorite mainland European country. The people are so nice, the food is delicious, and the sites are truly amazing.

I cannot wait to go again.

x Kate