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LACMA | Urban Light



My love for LA runs deep. This may surprise many considering I grew up with New York City in my backyard. Yes, of course Manhattan is wonderful and may even be considered the best city in the world to many, but say what you will because Los Angeles is the coolest. There is a magic unlike any place I’ve ever visited. And let’s face it, the sunsets here are spectacular all year round. The sense of peace and hope is infectious. Life in LA is meant to be enjoyed, where in NYC it is tirelessly work, work, work.


One of my favorite things to do is explore LA through the eyes of JetSet Tot. Seeing things for the first time all over again. On a recent JetSet staycation to Montage Beverly Hills, we found ourselves making an unexpected stop after our jaunt to the American Girl Store. We drove up to LACMA’s Urban Light installation and it was the most beautiful night. We knew we had to stop.  JetSet Tot was mesmerized. Then again, so was I and JetSet Dad. And it’s the best place to play hide and seek.


I only had my iPhone on me so I took the opportunity to snap up some Instagram photos to remember this amazing evening. Under the stars, and the Bad Grandpa billboard (which JetSet Tot is OBSESSED with, but that is a story for a different day,) we had the perfect LA evening. And I cannot wait to do it again.

I understand this is post is about Instagram, but I never had a chance to share this one on IG that night and I absolutely love it.

The JetSet Family

Instagram Travel Thursday with Skimbaco Lifestyle

For this week’s Instagram Travel Thursday, I was inspired by Nadia Carriere, the Editor of the family lifestyle and travel site, Childmode. Nadia has such an incredible  knack at capturing Instagrams that make the viewer feel as if they were there taking the photos. In each one of her IGs she makes Instagramming look easy. And then you yourself gets behind the phone attempting to shoot a similar subject quickly finding out it is near  impossible.

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What do you find magical about your city?


Hugs & passports,

– Nicole

Photo credits: Nicole Standley


On occasion, contributors of The JetSet Family receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not hinder the influencer’s point of view. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the overall experience.

Review overview
  • Jamie October 24, 2013

    I have never been to LA, but I love these photo’s from your tots viewpoint! Beautiful!

  • Oh wow, especially the last image IS stunning! And you definitely sold LA well, I’ve only been there as a kid, but would love to go back.

  • Cat @ TOTS October 24, 2013

    We often take the chance to be tourists in our own city. It is fun just wandering around and seeing new things, that aren’t really new. And they are close by! Thanks for sharing these beautiful images!

  • Amanda Rodriguez October 24, 2013

    I’ve never been to LA, but this is really making me want to go!

  • Leigh Powell Hines October 24, 2013

    I love that last shot, too. It’s incredible.

  • Beth October 24, 2013

    Beautiful shots! Makes me want to plan a trip!

  • Mrs. Chasing the Donkey October 25, 2013

    These photos make it look so great – I am a sucker for B&W photos, these are no excpetion.

  • Sofia January 10, 2014

    I’ve only been to LA once and didn’t like it. I might have to give it one more chance, at least to visit these urban lights 🙂


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