Updated: Aug 21
As I sit and listen to the Perfect Ten album by Mustard, I’m reminiscing about my first time in Los Angeles. The LA trip was my junior high graduation gift from my dad. I was so excited, and still get excited thinking about it. I’m an East Coast girl from Wilmington, Delaware; my only views of LA came from Keeping Up With The Kardashians, YouTube, and Instagram. That’s when I became obsessed.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a greedy person, so of course, it was a must that I try some of the foods LA is known for, like In-N-Out Burger, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, of course, LA’s famous tacos. I got the traditional burger and fries from In-N-out and the Obama special from Roscoe’s, which is three chicken wings and a waffle smothered in gravy. I not only crushed my Obama special, I ate my father’s leftovers for breakfast. Lol!
I’ve been wanting LA tacos ever since they came across my Instagram explore page. My last day in LA I went not too far from Roscoe’s to get tacos on La Brea Ave. at Leo’s Taco Truck Inc. I ordered two beef tacos and inhaled every bite, the happiest person alive! Based on this trip, I’d say the food in Los Angeles is a 10 out of 10.
I stayed in LA for five days and because I had to go out there stylin’, I spent most of my graduation money on new clothes. That doesn’t mean I didn’t do some shopping while I was there. There was one place I had to go and that was Sorella Boutique on Melrose Ave. I was trying to figure out the perfect day to go to Sorella when I went on Instagram and saw a post from Heather Sanders, one of the founders of Sorella Boutique, that there was going to be a City Girls pop-up the next day. When I saw this post, my heart almost stopped because I was not only going to the #1 boutique on my to-do list, but I was also getting a chance to see a member of one of my favorite hip hop groups.
The next day I went to the pop-up, and I was one of the first 10 people in line. I stood there for a couple of hours looking through the window watching the DJ set up and everyone getting the merch out for the event. As I watched, I became more excited and my heart started beating faster. Finally, the door opened, City Girls was blasting and everyone was lit. I grabbed the neon yellow City Girls x Girls Tour collab crop hoodie and a Free JT shirt. I stood in line to take a picture with City Girls' Yung Miami. While I was waiting in line, I immediately got my phone out and got the camera app on. As I got closer, Yung Miami smiled and I said, “Hi!” She said, “Hi!” back.
Looking back on the memory, I wish I said more because I wanted to say how much I love their music, but I was too starstruck and couldn’t believe I was having that moment. I smile just thinking about it.
I came back to Sorella with my dad the next day and got my godsister the same hoodie as mine in hot pink, and picked up a blue Girls Tour shirt, Trap Bae shirt, and charcoal Sorella dad hat for myself.
Although I was already having a great time eating LA foods and shopping at Sorella, that wasn’t even the highlight of my trip. Just when I thought LA couldn’t get any better, my dad surprised me with tickets to three days of the BET Experience.
That concert was so fun!!! It represented women empowerment and feminism. I stayed on my feet all night. The first night, I saw Queen Naija, H.E.R, Summer Walker, Bri Steeves, and Mary J. Blige. The second night I went to see Roddy Ricch, Blueface, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Meek Mill, and YG. Let me just say that was LITTY!!
There were surprise performances from Ella Mai, who came out with Meek Mill singing “24/7” from Meek’s latest album Championships. Then Tyga, Mustard, Kamaiyah, Da Baby, and G-Eazy came out with YG. It was real LA love. During the night, the artists paid homage to the late musical artist, Nipsey Hussle. This was definitely my favorite night. The third night, I saw City Girls, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, Migos, Lil Baby, and Cardi B. I lost my voice that night, so that should say a lot.
The time I spent in Los Angeles made me want to live there. I felt so at home. The LA sun was so uplifting, it gave you a different glow. Every morning I woke up so happy, ready to explore everything. When I got home, I was so sad. Everything here seemed so small! It took me a week and a half to get over not being in LA because I missed the vibe so much.
The inspiration I took from LA made me feel like I needed to get on my grind and stay focused on achieving my goals and dreams. Visiting LA impacted me in so many ways that living in there has become major goals. I hope others have a chance to visit some place that inspires them in the same way.