Meet Kelly Wallace Smith from Dubai, who moved to LA 6 months ago to pursue Photography
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
|Kelly at work|
My husbands company Smith & Ken Estate Agents opened an office in Sherman Oaks so we relocated to be here during the crucial first few years of the business growing. We are both from Norfolk, England but we relocated to Dubai in 2006 which is where we both opened our businesses.
What one thing do you miss from home?
My family! I am one of 7 so I miss my sisters and brother so much.
What do you find the biggest difference is living here ?
The obvious answer is the weather! But we have been expatriates for nearly 10 years and having spent 9 years in Dubai we have been fortunate to have sunshine all year round for some time now. I think the biggest difference between here and the UK is the nature of the people – Los Angeles has a wonderful warmth to it, people really go out of their way to make you feel welcome and settled.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
We live in Beverly Hills so we love all the usual hotspots, however my husbands office is in Sherman Oaks and there is a fantastic Ramen House called Tamashii on Ventura Boulevard across the street. And I love Sweet Butter Kitchen, also on Ventura Blvd.
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ?
I would certainly advise them to find a key location to live in – such as West Hollywood – because its so central and there is always something going on. Its the perfect place to reside if you are new here and getting to know LA. A lot of people underestimate the size of LA and end up renting a place miles away from civilization!
If your life was a TV show what song would be the theme tune ?
Lastly , how can we find out more about you ? Are you on the Internet ?