Los Angeles, United States
Carter, 29
Allocation Analyst at Guess
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work at a large fashion company in the planning and buying department. I'm good with numbers but always wanted to work in a creative field so I found a position that combines the two.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

When I was a server at a seafood restaraunt in college. The smell was so bad! I only lasted for a couple of months.

Were you born and raised in Los Angeles? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Los Angeles?

I grew up in Texas and moved here after working in Austin for a couple of years after college. I was ready for a change and things ended up working out with my work situation and relationship so it all came together pretty quickly. I had only visited 2 or 3 times before moving here but I knew what to expect.

What’s your current hood in Los Angeles and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in the heart of West Hollywood and I love that I can walk so many places. It's great being able to sneak into the hotel pools on sunset boulevard or walk down the street to grab a bite to eat. I love the energy in West Hollywood--there's so many characters on every corner and you never know what you are going to see next. It's a mix of young and creative people alongside the guy on the corner in a thong who might be on drugs. Downsides would be things can get pricey and you'll definitely see some LA stereotypes in full force. And good luck finding street parking.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I mostly listen to pop, alternative, and hip hop. My favorites are Spoon, Frank Ocean, Banks, Washed Out, and Chance the rapper. I really can't think of any genre that I hate. I'm from Texas so I can get into country music if the timing is right (read: I'm tailgating or eating queso).

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

9 Crimes by Damien Rice, Shiver by Lucy Rose, Wasted Time by Vance Joy, a lot of Bon Iver --and if I'm being honest Taylor Swift

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

I couldn't be sadder that Girls just ended. I grew up watching the show in college and while making the transition into my early twenties. It was the first real and honest depiction of what post grad life is like for most of us and I could relate to a lot of the situations and characters. I also have a thing for shows that HBO cancels after 2 seasons-- I still love Looking and How to make it in America.

Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.

The rooftop of EP/LP in West Hollywood is a good spot for a drink with a view. The drinks are a little pricey but it has a casual vibe that is perfect for a first date. The bathroom is located next to the stairs so if things go south and you need an excuse to leave the table you'll have a perfect escape route. Mama shelter in Hollywood also has a great rooftop bar that is never too crowded. The theme here is rooftop bars that are somewhat centrally located.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Karl Lagerfeld. I don't get the obsession that people have with him. What's up with those gloves?

Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?

My childhood dog, Biscuit. I would let her sniff around on a tour of the Stahl house in the hills for a view of the city and then take her out to dinner in the garden at the Chateau Marmot. She has refined taste.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My favorites brands are COS, Sandro, and All Saints. There's a lot of cool men's boutiques mixed with vintage stores on La Brea like American Rag, Schott, and Steven Alan that I like to shop at as well.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Universal Citywalk. I went there once out of curiosity and it was terrifying. Unless you consider the Cheesecake Factory a gourmet restaurant you will not like this place.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

As most people in LA will tell you, it's going to the beach. If I could go every day I would but it's so far out of the way because of traffic unless you actually live in Santa Monica or Venice. If I do make it out, I'll try to go before lunchtime on the weekends.

Where do you go in Los Angeles for a casual night out?

There's a hospitality group here that has themed bars throughout the city-- it sounds cheesy but they are very well done and always a good time. I'd go to the 70's themed Davey Waynes in Hollywood for some beers on the patio and then the Tropicana at the Roosevelt or the underground Dirty Laundry. If you wanted to try something different Koreatown is another great option. Start the night off with barbecue or dim sum and end up at a cheap Karaoke bar or dancing with a Michael Jackson impersonator at Break Room 86. This area has been growing lately with new hotels, bars, and restaurants-- it feels completely different than the rest of LA.

Where would you go in Los Angeles to celebrate some freaking good news?

I would splurge on a meal at Ink on Melrose or Giorgio Baldi near the PCH.

What’s your choice of transportation in Los Angeles and why?

Uber! If you rent a car you will spend half your time trying to find parking and then end up getting a ticket from parking somewhere you are not supposed to. I paid over $500 in parking tickets the first couple of months I lived here. There are areas in Silverlake, Venice, and downtown that are actually very walkable once you get there. The problem in LA is getting from one area to the next but I love exploring on foot once I'm in a neighborhood.

What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A drive on Mulholland through the Hollywood hills, Venice or Malibu for the beach, Grand Central food market downtown, Hiking in the palisades (or Runyon if you're short on time), and nightlife in Koreatown

What are the Los Angeles spots tourists should run from screaming?

Anything around Hollywood boulevard. Seriously. Just don't.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?

Eating as much as possible. I'd start the day off in Venice with a coffee from Blue Bottle and a risky biscuit from Gjusta bakery near the beach. My favorite thing to do at the beach is go for a bike ride so I'd probably rent a bike for an hour or two and then make my way back to West Hollywood. For lunch, I'd gorge myself on pizza, pasta, and the ricotta bread at Jon and Vinnys. If it's a Sunday I'd go to the Melrose Trading Post to shop around and then finish the day off with a hike at Runyon.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Istanbul! I've only been once but have been wanting to go back ever since I studied abroad in college. The mix of east meets west is unlike any other city I have experienced. You can go from a centuries old souk to a luxury mall all in the same day (and it somehow still feels like the same city). Also, who doesn't love a Turkish scrub?

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