About

Kate-Miss-headshot-14My name is Kate Miss (Yes, that’s really my last name. Yes, my name is Ms. Miss) and this blog was started in February of 2007 with my best friend Andrea. After a while we took a bit of a hiatus, then I came back and took over all blogging duties and blogged about shoes and pretty things and then somehow turned it into a blog about my life.

As for me I live in Los Angeles and am a graphic designer, jewelry designer, and sometimes photographer. I’m currently the senior graphic designer at Karen Kimmel and run a jewelry design business on the side. I grew up outside of Seattle and moved to New York City in 2005. At the end of 2010 I decided it was time for a change and moved to LA. I live with my husband Will, our cat Wendy, and Australian Cattle Dog June. Will is an artist and carpenter, Wendy is a talented napper, June is a complete maniac. I love music more than most things in life, film cameras, hiking with June, hoarding plants, and karaoke to a possibly unhealthy degree.

Frequently Asked Questions & Terribly Interesting Facts

An area for questions I get asked a lot. Please feel free to email me anytime if you have a question! I love hearing from readers. katemiss at gmail.com

BLOG QUESTIONS:

Can I hire you for a graphic design project? What about a photography gig?

I’m currently taking a hiatus from freelance projects now that I have a full time job, but if you have a relaxed deadline or a small project, I may be interested! I also shoot a small number of weddings each year. My portfolio is available here.

Can we swap links on our blogs?

You can always add a link to my blog on your blog anytime, which I greatly appreciate, but I no longer have a sidebar link list as it became too much work and hurt feelings to keep it under control.

Can I use one of your photos on my blog?

If it’s a photo I took, you may anytime, but please just link back to my blog. If it’s not my photo but I blogged it, I always appreciate you giving credit to my blog as being the source where you found it.

Can I advertise on your blog?

No thanks, I did that for a while and it just didn’t suit me.

Will you come to an event I’m having?

Honestly, I’m not an event person, but it never hurts to ask.

Can I do a giveaway on your blog?

Unfortunately I do not do giveaways on my blog anymore unless they’re for very close friends I want to promote.

Can I send you something I make/sell and then you can blog about it?

I no longer blog about products for the most part, but sometimes I talk about them on instagram. But I don’t share anything that I don’t absolutely love, even if you’re so kind as to send it to me for free. If you want to send me something, by all means, go ahead (email me katemiss at gmail.com) but that in NO way guarantees that I will share it.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS:

What kind of camera do you use? Where can I buy this? Do you have any other recommendations for cameras? Do you have professional training?

For digital shots (most frequently used for recipes and such) I use a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon often with a 50mm 1.4 lens. I previously used a Canon 60D, before that a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, before that a Digital Rebel XS. I love Canons and think the Digital Rebels are a perfect place to start for beginners in the DSLR world. I’m not super knowledgeable about digital cameras and only know about my camera brand and what I researched, but I found these websites helpful in choosing one: D Preview, CNET, and The Digital Picture. I took photography classes in college (I originally wanted to be a photographer!) and I have some photography assistant experience.

My films cameras are: Mamiya 645 AF (my very favorite), Canon A-1 (my favorite 35mm), Pentax Honeywell Spotmatic, Mamiya Press 23, Lomo lc-a, Ikon Ikoflex, and a fun little wide angle camera I carry in my bag at all times. I love Kodak Portra 160, Fujifilm Pro 400H for color and Neopan SS 100 for black and white.

I’m going to New York on vacation. Where should I go?

This section may expand someday, but until then I will give you a quick rundown, which I recommend googling because I am too lazy to find links. Also look things up on nymag.com and hopstop.com for directions:

See art at PS1, the New Museum on Thursday nights, and The Met.

Eat at Moto, Vanessa’s Dumplings (the Eldridge St location), Walter Foods, Cafe Habana, Flatbush Farm, Saigon Bánh Mì (looks like a jewelry store but has sandwiches to die for in the back), Rye, Soy, Pies & Thighs, and Locanda Verde (if you have a lil extra dough).

Get a snack/coffee at 9th St Espresso, Doughnut Plant, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, and the Union Square Farmer’s Market.

Get a fancy cocktail at Elsa, Dram and/or Dutch Kills.

Go shopping in the Lower East Side for boutiques, and on Broadway in Soho for big box stuff like H&M, Uniqlo, Madewell, and Topshop (which I’m not into, but is worth a visit I suppose).

See Central Park, skip the line at the Empire State Building and go to the Top of the Rock instead, take the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty instead of the actual tour (unless you like wasting an entire day waiting in lines?), and go to Governors Island and have a picnic if it’s warm out. Walk through Times Square at least once on a busy night, have your mind blown, and then get the hell out of there.

Wander around the thick of Chinatown – NOT Canal St. Find one of the many bakeries and eat a pork bun if you like savory, or some type of coconut/almond/buttery sugary thing if you like sweet.

I’m going to Seattle on vacation. Where should I go?

I’m in no way an expert as I haven’t lived there in years and years, but I did do a guest post about this on A Desert Fete – part 1 & part 2. It’s a starting point!

I’m coming to LA on vacation. Where should I go?

I live on the East side of town and used to live in Venice, so my recommendations pretty much revolve around those areas.

 

if you want to go out for a fancy meal:
Little Doms
Cafe Stella
Eveleigh
Son of a Gunmiddle of the road food:
Umami (any location)
Berlin Currywurst
Wurstkuche
Forage
Food Lab
Square One
Mohawk Bend
Sqirl (this is for breakfast/lunch/coffee – cheap but can be more middle leaning)
The York (in Highland Park)
Good Girl (Highland Park)
Cora’s (Venice – best eggs benny on the planet)
cheap food:
Pho Cafe
Silverlake Ramen
In n Out (duh)
Taco Zone (truck)
Gloria’s (on Silverlake blvd)
Guisados’s tacos
Wat Dong Moon Lek Noodles
Men oh Tokushima Ramen (my personal favorite ramen)
El Chavo (kind of a gut-bomb but a good happy hour and fun for groups)
Gelina Take Out (Venice)
Lemonade (multiple locations)

on Monday night there’s a food truck night in Los Feliz that’s pretty fun
Treats:
Scoops
Pazzo Gelato
Proof
The Pie Hole
Just for a drink:
The Virgil (7-9pm fancy drinks for $5) pretty empty before 9 and the jukebox is free
The Thirsty Crow
Smog Cutter – the ultimate dive bar with karaoke every night but Tuesday. The bartenders are rude, the crowd weird, the best place for a FUN friday night of judgement-free Karaoke. Grab a bite at Cha Cha Cha beforehand.
Fun Times:
Max Karoke
Feel Karaoke
^both are BYOB on the DL
cool stores:
Mohawk General
Hemingway & Picket
New High Mart
Skylight Books
OK
Heath
G. Colton
Iko Iko
Myrtle
Reform School
Spice Station
Broome St General store (good place to get little gifts for people and they have great coffee + a cute patio to sit at)
Individual Medley
Poketo
Apolis (for dapper dudes)
Lake
Yolk
Ooga Booga
Platform (in Highland Park)
Tortoise General Store (Venice)
Wasteland – best used clothing store that sells designers stuff. Half my wardrobe is from here! Good if you need jeans or a nice dress.
good coffee:
Handsome
Cafecito Organico (my favorite, get the Global Warming iced coffee to rock your world)
Intelligentsia (way too snob-tastic for me, but the coffee is good and it is quite a scene to behold somedays)
Broome St
Proof
Square One (they’ll let you get coffee takeout)
Demitasse
Fix
to see:
The Griffith Observatory – good place to watch the sunset
Barnsdall Park – more chill than the observatory and easier to get to, a good place to watch the sunset in the grass. There’s a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright designed building.
Malibu – if you have time, drive to Malibu and go to El Matador Beach – caves and rocks and beauty. Malibu Creek Park is beautiful too.
I don’t recommend the walk of fame unless you like insane tourists and mall crap, but it is kind of fun to see the chinese theater I suppose.
Walk around the Silverlake junction at sunset & santa monica – there are some great stores.
Little Tokyo has a little shopping center with cute stores for pens and stupid things like that, and lots of ramen places.
If you feel like going to the beach in Venice, there are some great stores on Abbot Kinney.
The Geffin, The Hammer, LAMCA,  and The Getty are my favorite museums. The Getty has the most spectacular view ever.
The Huntington Gardens in Pasadena – best best best gardens ever.