November 4, 2019 Los Angeles
We Are Moving To LA
I can’t tell you how excited I am to write this post! After a year of serious planning, we can finally confirm our move to LA! It’s hard to even know where to begin with this story because it feels like it has been a very long one in the making. Let’s start off by saying, after living in Berlin for 3 years and then moving back home to Toronto, I always knew I wouldn’t stay here for very long. There was big a part of me that really woke up when I was living away from Toronto and as I turned 30 this past year, I really felt like it was time for me to do that all over again.
The most important reason for us to move to LA was simply our jobs. Running my own brand has brought me so many amazing partnerships and opportunities with US brands and I really want to maximize on that as much as I possibly can. I also wanted to write a new story, share new places, basically create new content to keeps things fresh and interesting! For Guillaume, it was an easy decision as well. Since launching his music project Flight School last year, he's been working with a lot of LA based producers and writers, so naturally the move makes sense for both of us. Now we didn't just want to move to LA for work, we absolutely love the city for so many other reasons! We find ourselves the happiest when we are there and I've always gone wherever that feeling is for me. I felt happy in Berlin at one point in my life so I made it my goal to move there and that's exactly what happened with LA. Go where you are your most happiest. Always.
The difficult part about this move was that we couldn't make any permanent decisions until our work visas were approved. That was definitely the most challenging experience out of everything but we knew that was also the most important thing to tackle. We set our minds to building the best visa application we possibly could and it finally paid off. The visa application is a true testament of all the work you have done this far in your career, in a way it kind of feels like we've been building this application since the start of our brands 7 years ago. It's a tough process for Canadians and I won't sugar coat it, it's really not that easy but if you have a strong career and determination you can build a great case. After getting approved, the obstacles didn't really stop but it sure did feel a whole lot better knowing we had the most important part completed.
Following all that, the last few weeks have been all about selling every piece of furniture, cleaning out every inch of our life, setting up bank accounts, trying to import a car and saying goodbye to loved ones. We are starting our new life with pretty much 4 suitcases and whatever else we could fit in Guillaume's car. He decided it was best to drive his car to LA with a few of his friends, while I stay back, tie up any loose ends and fly out at the end of the week.
A few weeks ago we started the apartment search on Zillow and I would spend hours upon hours looking for the perfect spot for us. Choosing a neighbourhood wasn't too difficult of a decision, since we've travelled to LA many times we knew that we wanted to be in West Hollywood. We had a few main priorities for our new place, which were - a good kitchen so I can shoot more cooking content, a big enough closet for obvious reasons and an overall simple design so we can start decorating the way we've always wanted to! We found something that checked all those boxes and I can't wait to start sharing the design process over the next few months!
I really feel like this is the start of a whole new chapter for us and I can feel my energy and creative juices running again. We have so many ideas of how we want to create new content for you guys and I think a new city will really help put our plans into action. Stay tuned for so much more!