A few months ago, we decided to book a girls trip to Los Angeles. For those of you who don’t know, my mom has been a care taker for my grandmother for almost two years now. We all agreed that my mom needed to get away for a bit and let loose. As for the rest of us, we just wanted to go on a fun trip together! 🙂
Once we arrived on Thursday, we hopped in our rental car and stopped at the cutest little market for brunch in Brentwood, next to the Santa Monica eastern city limit. We definitely recommend this little spot in the Brentwood Country Mart, FARMSHOP.
After brunch, we hit the road and checked out all the hot spots. We cruised down Sunset Boulevard to Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Boulevard, and Santa Monica Boulevard. We made our way up through the canyon’s winding roads to get the best shots in front of the Hollywood sign.
After exploring, we checked into our Airbnb which was a block away from the beach! Once we checked in we rested up from our long day of travel and sight-seeing and got ready to go to dinner. We decided to go to an authentic Mexican Restaurant called La Cabaña. The food was delicious and so were the drinks :). They make fresh guacamole right in front of you and they also make fresh tortillas on site!
The following day was probably my favorite day, Friday.
Our first stop of the day was the Huntley Hotel, Penthouse Restaurant for an early lunch with a fabulous view! Everything about this place was fabulous actually…the 360 degree views, the food, the drinks, and the company! Check it out!
The Beach Bellini
These shrimp tacos were amazinggggg!!!!
and of course the wonderful company!
After lunch we decided to walk over to the Santa Monica Pier. It was crowded but we made the best of it. We each got a new hat from the cute little hat stand to wear on the trip AND we rode the roller coaster!
We had a blast on the pier! We headed back to get ready for the evening. We wanted to get out early so we could hop around to different places for drinks. Our first stop was the Shangri-La Hotel’s rooftop bar, ONYX, where we had a view, drinks, and a tower of fries shown below (the wasabi ketchup was an unexpected treat!)!
I rarely find maxi dresses that work for me since I am so short. This one worked perfect so I bought it in two colors☺️
Our next stop was just down the street, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel. They had the neatest little outdoor patio with water falls, koi fish, and string lights, where we enjoyed hanging out by the bungalows and watching the sun set before heading to our next spot, Townhouse. Townhouse was a chill little spot for us to wind down for the night. It is one of the oldest bars in the Los Angeles area (established in 1915) and formerly was a speakeasy!
Saturday, our last day, we headed to Malibu! We cruised up the PCH enjoying the view of all the gorgeous homes and of course the Pacific! We stopped at a neat little shopping center called the Malibu Country Mart to grab a snack. Then we headed to the Rosenthal Winery where there was live music and a mexican food truck. We sipped Rose’ and enjoyed the great weather for a few hours before heading back to Santa Monica.
Once we got back to Santa Monica, we shopped around the Third Street Promenade at Nordstrom & Bloomingdales. I found the cutest gingham skort at Nordstrom and just had to wear it for dinner that night!
Before heading to dinner we walked down Venice Beach and found this awesome heart wall! We did a little people watching around the beach then made our way down the lush alleys to Barrique, where we enjoyed some delicious Italian cuisine and toasted to a wonderful weekend together.
Top: Bayou Belle’s Boutique |Skort: Nordstrom | Bracelets: Tiffany & Co. & Kendra Scott | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Shoes: Target | Handbag: Louis Vuitton | Sunglasses: Costa Del Mar
Barrique was a delicious meal to end our time in LA. Melissa and I ordered the homemade red beet tagliolini pasta which looks (and maybe even sounds to you) unappetizing but was so very good!! My friend Chrissy ordered the lamb chop special and it was amazing ( I tried a bite)! Everyone chickened out on viewing the dessert menu so I volunteered us all to share the chocolate mouse and no one objected!
After dinner we called it an early night because we all had red-eyes to catch home Sunday morning!
Been to L.A. before? Let me know your favorite spots!
Thank you all for taking the time to read my very first blog post. I look forward to bringing you lots of fun fashion, delicious meals, and restaurant recommendations, and hopefully a DIY project here and there!