Having attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, the classically trained singer-songwriter earned rave reviews and a nomination for Pop Song of the Year by the Independent Music Awards for “Me with Me” from her 2006 debut, Quarter Life Crisis. Kaywin’s songs have appeared on numerous shows on MTV, NBC and ABC, and she recently wrote and performed the theme song for Discovery Channel’s “Deliver Me.”

Her sophomore effort, The Elephant in the Room, displays more of the quirky, tongue-in-cheek and playful yet completely soulful and meaningful tunes that make her one music artist to watch.

Recently, Kaywin gave Campus Circle the dish on Los Angeles.

Record store: I like Amoeba [6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood].

Venue to play: I have two favorites. For bigger shows that are very rocked out, I like the Roxy [9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood]. For more intimate, acoustic shows, I’d say the Mint [6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles].

Place to buy clothes: Do I have to pick just one?! EM & Co. [7940 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles], all the vintage and thrift stores on Melrose Avenue and American Rag [126 1/2 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles]. And you can’t beat Barney’s [9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills].

Restaurant, and dish: I always go to Sake House Miro [809 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles]. They do sushi and Japanese tapas, or small plates. Their Shishito Japanese chili peppers with dried bonito flakes sprinkled on top are my favorite to munch on.

Bookstore: I usually buy books online, from amazon.com. But if I have to go to a store I’ll go to Borders.

Movie theater: The Landmark [10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles]

Bar: There’s this Russian vodka bar, Bar Lubitsch [7702 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood] that I go to a lot.

Special place to be when writing songs: When I’m writing lyrics I like to go to cafés, like Urth Caffé [8565 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood] or Insomnia Café [7286 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles], or just in my own backyard. I like to be outside and to people-watch for inspiration.

What do you want people to take away from your shows? First and foremost, I want them to have fun and forget their stresses. They heard great music and had a good time. That’s my goal when I’m on stage too, to have fun. Then if you know my songs and pay attention to the lyrics, if you listen and can identify with the words, I think that can sometimes help you get through something in your own life.

The Elephant in the Room is currently available. For more information, visit ardenkaywin.com.