June 23, 2010

Living in Hollywood

In Salt's own words, she is a newlywedded, graphic designing, yoga addicted, shopaholic, art, music, and horror film lover. She's also funny, sarcastic and loves vampires. Hello! I hope it doesn't seem like all my bloggy friends are vampire lovers, but it definitely helps on my Imaginary Scale of Points for Bloggy Friendship.

hotpants™ Imaginary Scale of Points for Bloggy Friendship

1. Funny - 10 Points
2. Mommy Blogger - 20 Points
3. Fan of Celebrities - 30 Points
4. Comments Regularly - 50 Points
5. Lover of Shiny Gadgets - 100 Points
6. Thinks Britney Spears is 'The Shit' - 250 Points
7. Addicted To Clothes, Shoes and/or Handbags - 500 Points
8. Loves Vampires - 5000 Points

Let's just say Salt has a lot of points.



Hiya, everyone! I'm Salt of Salt says, and I'm honored to be helping out my good friend hotpants™ this week while she is on vacay. Given the nature of her blog, when she asked me to post, my first thought was to write about a celebrity encounter.

Of course then I learned that Surferwife had beaten me to it which is cool because she like... invented them.

Then I thought, maybe I could take you on a little photo tour of my life when I used to live in Hollywood, made possible by the fact that my iPhone is pretty much permanently fused to my hand. This idea got what I think was an enthusiastic thumbs up. So let's just jump right in because if I don't, this is going to turn into a novel real quick.

Let's see...


Looks more woodsy than Hollywoodsy, doesn't it? I lived in a studio apartment on this street, which is one block up from Sunset and two blocks down from Hollywood Boulevard. Every morning, I would wake up (feeling very much unlike P. Diddy), and head down to my job on Wilshire, about 4 miles away. Thankfully I only had to drive surface streets; all the rumors you have heard about LA traffic are completely true.


I worked as a graphic designer for a well-known entertainment magazine that took up pretty much the entire first floor of this building. The coolest thing about the job – besides the fact that I was a graphic designer for a well-known entertainment magazine – was that I was a short elevator ride from my heroes at Fox Animation (Family Guy!), and just across the street from E! Studios, the LACMA and the LaBrea Tar Pits.

One day I decided it would be a great idea to take my lunch across the street and eat in the park at the tar pits. Do. Not. Recommend. Imagine what hot tarring a roof smells like and magnify it by like 1,000.

Aside from going to work, I rarely had to drive. One of the nicest things about living where I did is that everything I would ever need was like right there. Let's take a walk up to Hollywood Boulevard, shall we?


Here is the view from the steps of where I got my LA Fitness on. You can see some of the Walk of Fame stars on the sidewalk, and there is one of about a billion tour buses I would see every week. I'm sure at least one of the folks standing near the bus was selling maps to star's homes. My favorite little grocery store is downstairs and also the Knitting Factory where lots of interesting bands, such as Insane Clown Posse, play. Their fans were some of the most terrifying people I have ever seen in my life.

And to the left there is a DSW. As I said... everything I would ever need.

The tall building across the street on the left is the famous Roosevelt Hotel.


Home of the bar Teddy's, where I unknowingly ordered a $16 glass of HOUSE Cabernet and said "hi" to Kate Hudson in the bathroom. The hotel also has an exclusive pool where I was able to hang out a few times because my bff knew someone staying there. The mojitos were awesome. (As they should have been for $20 apiece. Ridonkulous.)

Anyway, I would walk past the Roosevelt every evening on these stars...


Who's walking all over who NOW, Nancy Sinatra?

And then I could look up and see this very familiar building on the other side of the street...


On an off day, I could stop out front and see how my hands and feet measured up to some of the most famous actors of all time, but sometimes a movie premiere would be going on and Hollywood Boulevard would be abuzz with red carpet madness. I liked to watch from the other side of the street depending on how much I cared about the movie. Some of the actors were very friendly and would come over to greet fans. Which is how I got this photo of Renee Zellweger.


Serious case of the skinnies. Couldn't have been nicer. But celeb encounters are Surferwife's job this week.

Because there are so many landmark buildings, movie productions will occasionally shut down this part of Hollywood Boulevard. Awesome if you're a tourist ...not awesome if you're trying to get to your house. The street was closed for three days because of this overturned tractor trailer. It was for a scene from the movie Hancock.


On a regular night, my neighbors and I would walk to the Kodak Theater, home of American Idol and the Academy Awards. The theater complex is also a mall with a bunch of high end stores and restaurants, including a sushi joint where we hung out often. I also loved the hipster bar across the street called Power House that had only one beer on tap, PBR.

I've always been more of dive bar gal than a night clubber, but obviously there were some really fun clubs around West Hollywood and fun, upscale bars on Cahuenga.

Citizen Smith was my favorite.

Here is a poorly lit picture of the amazing architecture in the Kodak courtyard. If you look through the big arch, you can see the tiny Hollywood sign on the mountain in the background.


I miss it a lot sometimes though I don't regret moving away because if I hadn't, I never would have married my husband. He trumps swank pool parties and awards shows any day of the week.

Really I'm just happy to have had the amazing experience of living and working right there where all the action is.

Thanks again to the fabulous hotpants™ for allowing me to take over her blog today to show you a glimpse of my days in Hollywood! I hope I haven't bored all of you to death!

39 comments:

MommyLovesStilettos said...

That would be such an incredible experience to live there :) I'm jealous :)

And Salt is one of my FAVES! :)

KarmaPearl said...

GREAT guest blog. I heart Salt.

Also, is it totally lame that I calculated how many of your cool points I'd have?

*cough5110cough*

jenn@peacelovemommy said...

seriously read every single word! awesome. i feel like i just lived vicariously through you for a hott 4 minutes!! thanks for sharing!!

Carrie said...

Thanks for the tour! Always nice to see how "the other people" live :) Cause there is just NO excitement where I live :p

Heather @ Two Little Monkeys Plus Hubby said...

Super jealous :) How amazing it must have been to live and work there.

~J said...

Salt forever!

I am so beyond jealous....this is the life I dream of!

Hutch said...

Now that's a great location! It's nice to hear about the positives of the LA area every once in awhile :)

Ally said...

Salt, you rule. I think I feel this way about my time living in NYC. I do miss it some days. I miss having a fun, glamorous job. I can't imagine living in LA, while I was in NYC, I actually recall looking up at the buildings on my walk to work and saying, "Holy cow, I live and work in Manhattan." It felt really cool to be able to say that. I'm following this blog now :)

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Cara Smith said...

What an experience living in a place like that would be. I don't know if I could do it though. I am all about my space. I think I could be happy living in the middle of nowhere.

The Only Girl said...

OMG! I dream that I'm at those places. Seriously. I'm green with envy. You lucky, lucky girl.

Candice said...

Great guest spot, Salty girl. I'm sitting here trying not to be jealous of your awesome life experiences.

Ok. It's not working.

Bitch. ;)

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

"Every morning, I would wake up (feeling very much unlike P. Diddy)" Bhahahaha.. Best line in the whole thing! Lurves it!

SurferWife said...

When oh WHEN are you going to write up your happy hours for me? Hmmm?

ruthy ann said...

you just took me down memory lane! but like you, so glad I left. Hollywood was the best place in the world to feel fat, ugly and poor.

magnolia said...

i too love the ke$ha reference. makes me happy. :)

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

So great...I love hearing about your 'past life.' My daughter's Aunt lives right by the Staples center and goes through a lot of the same stuff you did....streets shut down, etc. The other day her Uncle, who lives about 5 minutes from her Aunt, took a photo of the Maroon 5 video shoot going on in front of their building :)

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

I've been in that area quite a few times! We had a good friend that lived there for years. Your pics were a little like memory lane for me - minus a Zellweger.

sara said...

I knew you were cool...but Hollywood cool. You just took it up a notch sister!

shortmama said...

I seriously couldnt handle all the congestion...of people and cars. My hubs works in LA right now and said he will never again complain about the traffic in Phoenix.

gringationcancun said...

Salt + Hotpants! Could my Wednesday get any better?

Great tour! I never realized just how fabulous you were! Your street looks really cute, btw.

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

I loved this post I lived in SF and it felt like a similar experience.

blueviolet said...

I hope to get out there one day and see some of what you just showed us in person. What a great place to be right around the age you were when you were there!

Ashley said...

Awesome pics! I'm happy to not live in the city. Too crazy for me but love to visit once in awhile. That's great that you got to experience what life is like in Hollyweird. Lol.

Sharlene T. said...

Great post...what a life...and how exactly did Nancy Sinatra get a star???!!!!...Yikes!...oh, well...thanks for sharing...

Mindy said...

I've been to San Diego and LA, but never had the chance to do the Hollywood thing. It's fun to get a glimpse of it from someone who actually lived there!

liz said...

Great post, Salt! I didn't know about your Hollywood years until now.

MiMi said...

I'm with Liz, I had no idea about your hollywood years.
It looks like it was a blast, but I'm sure I'd want to shoot someone if I lived there.

Christine said...

Okay...just when you think guest posts can't get any better, leave it to Salt to shake things up.
Awesome post, great pics...I loved the tour. Thank you for sharing:)

MInky {moo} said...

Sigh. Thanks for the tour of my old hood. I miss it all. even the traffic. Yes. I said it.

adrienzgirl said...

Salt is so fabulous. I totally agree with PeaceLoveandApplesauce. P.Diddy line was THE best!

Daisygirl said...

I'm freakin moving to Hollywood!

Fabulous post I love that you got to see so much of the "real" life of hollywood!

Tara said...

great post, salt! you're 762,892 times cooler in my book now! i'm so jealous of how close you were to the famies. i am far away from them. no famies in texas! :(

Ms. Salti said...

What a great trip down memory lane! Loved it! Now I wanna move there!

Nikki said...

Great guest post!!! Super fun read and that mojito better have been fed to me by some hot pool boy for that amount of money!!
Love the pics...would love to go there and see all the cool stuff!! Now following here too...thanks for leading me here!

Babes Mami said...

Jealous like everyone else! Love Salt, great guest post!

Amber said...

Fricken Awesome!!!! That would be so cool to visit!

The Random Blogette said...

I am all kinds of jealous! I <3 Salt anyways, but this makes her even more awesome in my book!

Dezzy Lou Where Are You said...

VERY cool post! Thanks for sharing!

Trixie and Tess said...

I think we get like 5710 points on your Bloggy Friend scale. :)

We always love what Salt has to say so we followed her over here and we love your blog too!

Is Salt really Pretty Woman and she just didn't tell us? I felt like Julia Roberts was giving me a tour with all the "one block up from Sunset, two blocks to Hollywood Blvd...job on Wilshire" talk. As a small town girl from Oklahoma, I think of places like this as vacay spots, so it's so cool to read about what it's like to actually live there! Makes me a tad bit jealous. Thanks for sharing the pics!! Loved it!

Tess