A day in the life of The Muse Crypt ... Not your average. Never the same. Always right on time. Enjoy a peek into this past Sunday's jaunt in the DTLA Arts District. As always I go where the music and my intuition take me and I always seem to discover the coolest people, places & scenes.
Somedays I wake up and don't know where I'm going to go. Other days I wake up and know it's time to go Downtown. I was feeling a bit nostalgic for New York on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Ironically I didn't live in NYC at the time nor do I now but New York will always be home as I lived there from 2002-2015. I haven't thought much about it since I left but we have shared so many memories and beautiful experiences together. My heart went out to New York and those affected by 9/11 that day. I am always happy to have places here in Los Angeles that remind me of home. The downtown vibe takes me there.
My typical downtown excursions usually start at Groundwork Coffee - my favorite local chain with locations all over the city. I tried the Horchata Cold Brew and Egg McLovin sandwich. On Sundays there is also Brunch & Beats where they play the best tunes like Do You Love What You Feel by Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan) & I Love Music by the O'Jays. The answers are YES and I SURE DO.
Once I was fueled up I headed out for a whimsical walk where I always let the music and beat of the city lead. I am also always referencing the iconography and symbolism of album details and songs and while I was listening to The Rock Show by Blink - 182 I stumbled upon Dejavita and a stop light resembling the Take Off Your Pants and Jacket album cover greeted me! It's usually those signs of synchronicity that let me know I'm on the right track literally and figuratively.
Upon entering Dejavita HQ I met Joanna Gates and we began chatting up a storm! It was Joanna's birthday (magic!) and she is also a Virgo, Leo rising & Scorpio moon <3. Since I believe the entire month of your birthday should be celebrated and it was also technically still my birthday I was uber excited. We talked about astrology, life in general and following the yellow brick road aka the signs and clues that led me to her store! Joanna together with her husband Michael Hope (they go by combined rockstar status nickname MOJO) have a jewelry line Dejavita and uniquely crafted store that features their hand crafted work and hip modern clothing. The aesthetic is trendy street with nostalgic vintage flair reminiscent of a chic murder mystery. It slays in all the right ways. I love following my intuition and being carried to the most intriguing mysterious places. Check out the details on the charms. An exquisite level of craftsmanship, detail and thought goes into each piece - intended to be wearable tattoos and emblems guarding, guiding and protecting you.
We also talked about workshops where I then pulled out my notebook to show her notes I scribbled not even twenty minutes earlier with the words "Workshop" written. Joanna also can be found under the hashtag and alias @pzyche1 for her site ArtAsInquiry.com. She runs Dwell in Possibility workshops and I'm so happy I've found another soul sister who loves the healing and therapeutic medium of art! Sign up for the next one here. The Black Keys Act Nice and Gentle was playing and we were rocking out. I'm looking forward to collaborating with Joanna and featuring The Muse Crypt products at Dejavita which means remembrance of the past, brought to life!
Since it was a Sunday Funday and her birthday - Michael whisked Joanna away to the beach for a celebration and in turn I kept on my journey which led me out the door and back up the block.
Next on my jaunt I breezed by The Arts District Co-Op to check out some products and artwork outside of the building. It is always a favorite pit stop of mine as it features an eclectic mix of products from emerging and well known creators with amazing street art outside. Scroll through the carousel below.
It was somewhere in the Co-Op that my phone battery went out and even though I didn't have my backup charger, the day was nowhere near over. These moments are sometimes my favorite because although I LOVE to constantly snap pics and listen to tunes, real magic happens when my protective armor is removed. My clairaudience really opens up and you've got my full attention.
Next I meandered to the As of Now store nestled inside the Architecture & Design Museum where I immediately honed in on a super massive thick edition of The Art of the LP Classic Album Covers 1955 - 1995 hardcover. I can't wait to add this as a resource for my readings. It's a perfect combination of art and music!
Still feeling elated, I decided to step into the Arts District Brewing Co. for a cold one before I went home. I sat at the bar like I usually do as I love people watching and talking to the bartenders. Per a recommendation I tried The Traction & samples of Redbird & Crazy Gideon. They were all super tasty and the tunes were impeccable. They ranged from Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks, Would? by Alice in Chains to Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys.
With skeeball, darts, plenty of room, a friendly staff and a Fritzi to go attached inside, this place is a must visit. Try the Potato Puffs and Fried Chicken Sandwich. The bartender also recommended I check out sister brewery - Angel City Brewery next time I'm downtown.
To Recap - if you're looking for tasty, delectable treats of all kinds here are a few locations in the DTLA Arts District to get you started. They are listed in the order of my walk & adventure this past Sunday. I am a firm believer and advocate of arts, culture and exploration. There are so many positive, inspiring and fun things to do and I'm happy to share with you.
- Groundwork Coffee (811 Traction Ave) Brunch and Beats on Sunday!
- MAMA Gallery (1242 Palmetto St.) Open 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday
- Dejavita (1147 Palmetto St.) A must see shop with gallery walk through
- Arts District Co-Op (453 Coylton St.) featuring PEG, Paper & Fabric and Fenix candles
- As Of Now (900 E 4th St.) located inside the Architecture & Design Museum
- Arts District Brewing Co. (828 Traction Ave) complete with a Fritzi To Go. Fritzi (814 Traction Ave)
- The Piehole (714 Traction) - they were featuring Roald Dahl inspired flavors for his 100th Birthday - I'm going back for Pumpkin Pie next month : )
Follow me on Spotify to check out all of my Playlists which are created by songs I hear on the go and in the shops including some of the tunes mentioned here! I'm also on Instagram where you can see live shots and on Twitter speaking my mind.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy your adventure in the Downtown Arts District. Who knows... maybe next time I'll see you there!
For making it this far - here is a bonus clip of The O'Jays performing I Love Music live at Daryl's House Club (another place I LOVE where I ventured to last summer before I moved to Los Angeles!)