IMG_3076As part of the California adventure, my husband thought I should experience Disneyland and California Adventure. I’ve somehow made it to age 25 without having ever gone (my parents weren’t big on ‘kid’ vacations).

Things I’ve learned from having actually now gone to Disneyland:

  1. Fastpasses are godsends. Always have a fastpass to something.
  2. It’s perfectly okay to leave the park at 2 PM and come back at 5 PM when it isn’t 90+ degrees outside.
  3. There are amazing social clubs whose ‘thing’ is that they go to Disneyland a lot. If we lived in California, I’d befriend the Neverlanders.

Coincidentally enough, I ran into the Neverlanders while observing rule 2 (reading and relaxing in the shade near the Alice in Wonderland area) during one of their official meetups – seeing how much they were enjoying each others company made me happy.

IMG_3074We also accidentally showed up for Bat Day 2014 (the annual goth meetup) where a few friends and famous-goths from Seattle also joined us in Disney-adventure.

It’s safe to say I’d like to go back at some point, to do it all over again but better this time since I know what I like and how to best enjoy my time. Also because some of the rides we were most looking forward to were closed (Pirates & the Caribbean, Finding Nemo!).






Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Ace Hotel
Ace Hotel

I must admit, I was taken aback with Los Angeles. It wasn’t the glittering place I expected it to be and once I saw that, I wondered if I made a mistake allotting as much time for seeing the city, etc. Even the glamour of the shops along Rodeo Drive couldn’t make me feel better.

When I finally made it near the Ace Building, things started feeling and looking more like I imagined – it was the bustling downtown environment I’d hoped for, and… the Ace building is gorgeous. Without any planning on my part, I lucked into a room on the 13th floor with a beautiful view. There’s still something a little evil about staying on the 13th floor, seeing the lift stop with the number 13 showing on the screen. The aesthetic for the hotel felt very sexy and dark – black walls and black doors, striking restored architectural details, everything incredibly minimalist amidst all of the detail.

The roof of the hotel, which I regret seeing only hours before I left LA, featured the same beautiful architectural detail but also what looked like a quirky bar and pool combo. I guess there’s always next time.

(P.S. the gratuitous food photo is from L.A. Chapter – where my first and only celebrity sighting happened – Busy Phillips of, to me, Dawson’s Creek fame!)

Lykke Li @ The Ace Hotel Los Angeles


Lykke Li is hands down one of my favourite artists. I’ve been looking forward to ‘I Never Learn’ for months – reading articles to find out when a single would come and when the album would finally be released. My heart stayed with “No Rest for the Wicked” as soon as it was released.

For the release of the album, Lykke Li announced three shows – two in Los Angeles, one in New York. I’ve never flown to a new city to attend a live show. Somehow I managed to justify it to myself as a birthday gift and mini-vacation. I must say, I don’t regret it at all. The venue looks like a beautifully restored church. I’ve never been inside of a prettier venue and there’s nothing quite like listening to music at a church.

Lykke Li – No Rest For the Wicked Live at the Ace Hotel

An Introduction


This is the beginning of an online journal – of travel, of reading, of music, of fashion & beauty minutiae.

With that declared, an introduction should be made. I’m Selena Hutchins and I live in Seattle, Washington with a very patient husband and a chatterbox cat. I work as a video game producer.

The list of things filed under “interests” is wide, and this journal will reflect it.

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