Los Angeles Travel Diary

July 22, 2016

Los Angeles was so much fun to explore! I had the same feeling when I was in New York of “Wow, I’m actually on the Walk of Fame (or in Beverly Hills, or on Sunset Boulevard, etc)”. It’s always neat to experience things you’ve only heard about. It was the last stop on our trip, and Russ and I were admittedly getting tired. This preggo’s feet were swollen on the last day! I was shocked. I guess that is what 10-15k steps a day will do. Thankfully we did walk a lot though to counteract all the food I ate as evidenced by all the food shots in this post. Grin. Today I’m sharing my Los Angeles travel diary. You can see San Francisco, Carmel, and Santa Barbara by clicking the links.

Similar to Carmel, I got a lot of recommendations from bloggers I follow. I was lucky enough to meet Adri in person and so sad to miss Jenna who was also on vacation. I looked at the Instagram of Thrifts and Threads a lot too. We mainly picked places to eat by proximity since LA is so large, so although there are others I would have liked to try, below is what we did. I also referenced Gina’s recommendations from her trip, and this post from Hello Fashion on dessert spots (my fav!).

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Where we stayed in Los Angeles

Hotel Beverly Terrance (pictured) – This renovated hotel is in the perfect location, on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It was in walking distance to great shopping and food. I love that it retains a retro feel while still being updated. There is a center courtyard dotted with beautiful plants and seating for the complimentary breakfast.

Where we ate in Los Angeles

  1. Cafe Gratitude (pictured) – I was excited to try some vegan restaurants while in Los Angeles, and Russ (rather) happily complied. We ate the most fresh, delicious lunch. I had the seasonal local salad with grilled pears and asparagus.
  2. Gracias Madre – The sister restaurant of Cafe Gratitude, this vegan spot is all Latin inspired. We had an amazing dinner with an even better atmosphere. Try the cauliflower with “nacho cheese!”
  3. California Donuts (pictured) – All the fun flavors you can imagine. How cute is that panda bear?! The location we went to was an outdoor walk-up counter, i.e. no seating.
  4. Milk – This was a late night stop for us (thus no picture) and so worth it for the macaron ice cream sandwiches. Yes, you heard that right. Macaron ice cream sandwiches. Amen. You can also make your own ice cream sandwich with any of their cookie flavors.
  5. Alfred Coffee – Fun little coffee spot. I love trying local coffee places!
  6. The Assembly (pictured) – This is where I met Adri. On Friday they have donuts, and my honey vanilla latte was oh so yummy!
  7. The Farmer’s Market – We got off at the Grove on our bus tour (see below) which is a great shopping area. Co-located with it is the neatest outdoor market with booth after booth with every type of food you could imagine.
  8. Others to note: I wanted to try Zinc, Olive and Thyme, Ledlow, and Afters Ice Cream, but they were not as close, and we had limited time.

What to do in Los Angeles

  1. Shop – So many places!
  2. Walk of Fame – This was neat to see, but I have to say less impressive than I imagined.
  3. Bus Tour – I recommend this. We got a lot of information we otherwise wouldn’t have known exploring on our own. Additionally, we took a tour you could get on and off of (had to stay an hour until the next bus came though), so it also served as transportation.
  4. Universal Studios – I was bummed we didn’t have time to do this especially because of the new Harry Potter exhibit.
  5. Hollywood Sign – I cannot believe we didn’t see this although I have heard you cannot get too close.
  6. Dodgers Baseball Game – This is one of the parks that hasn’t been renovated, so Russ was pretty excited to see it. It was personally my favorite of the ones I have seen because they have made all the signage retro which I thought was fun.

Outfit Details

Dress c/o Chicwish // Heels c/o Choies // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop // Sunglasses: Karen Walker

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  • Reply Aracely July 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    You look so pretty, love the dress! I love LA and can’t wait to go back. Thanks for sharing makes for a good reference when looking for something to do or a place to eat. 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa @ Living in Steil July 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Those donuts look amazing! I’m not sure how I missed them when I was in LA. Love your dress, too!


  • Reply fashiondiariesbyk July 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

    OMG so in love with this dress and your shoes!! You look lovely!!

  • Reply ElleSees.net July 22, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Haven’t been to LA in maybe 7 years—7 years too long in my book! Love the dress and the color on you!!

  • Reply Courtney July 22, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Those donuts are almost too cute to eat! My boyfriend’s family lives out in LA and so I always love exploring the different neighborhoods whenever I go out to visit!


  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft July 22, 2016 at 7:47 am

    The shopping had to be amazing!!!! Loving your dress! 🙂

  • Reply Rach July 22, 2016 at 7:41 am

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been to LA! Definitely keeping something of these places in mind the next time I head there! I really want to try Alfred coffee. And those poms heels are super cute! Hope you have a great weekend!


  • Reply Fiona July 22, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Ohhh – the donuts!!!! They look so good! I hope I can go back to LA soon <3 Such a vibrant city!
    xx Fiona THEDASHINGRIDER.com

  • Reply Gabriella Pacifico July 22, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Ah! The donuts, the food, your dress & your SHOES! LOVE it all. Too much goodness, girl!

    xx Gabriella

  • Reply Rachel July 22, 2016 at 6:49 am

    We only had one night in LA and I wish we would have had more time to explore! My husband really wanted to do the bus tour but we just didn’t have the time. Good to know you enjoyed it! Love this dress and those pom pom sandals are just so fun!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Emma Engmark July 22, 2016 at 6:47 am

    The heels are so cute! Lovely outfit


  • Reply Jill July 22, 2016 at 6:37 am

    LA is on my list of places to visit one day. Your pictures are beautiful! I’m obsessed with your sandals! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine July 22, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Yay for a great LA experience!! Let’s talk how beautiful that dress and those shoes are. I swear you get more gorgeous by the minute!! Happy weekend!!

  • Reply Meghan Conard July 22, 2016 at 5:47 am

    So glad you enjoyed LA! I lived there for 4 years and there are so many things I didn’t see but I’m totally fine with visiting a million more times! So fun that you met up with Adri! You look so beautiful in that dress! And those heels are amazing! Wishing you & Russ a great weekend!

  • Reply Suze @LuxuryColumnist July 22, 2016 at 5:47 am

    It’s brilliant to get recommendations from other bloggers, isn’t it! I’ll definitely use your tips if travelling to LA

  • Reply Nicole Stars July 22, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I have never been to LA, just to NYC, but LA is def on my to go list!
    Really love places, I want to go there!!!
    and I looove your dress and shoes <3

    xoxo, Colli

  • Reply Christie Belle July 22, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Such a cute dress but those shoes are amazing! Love them!! x

  • Reply Rosanna Briguglio July 22, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Beautiful pictures, I love the dress and those doughnuts look amazing!!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Reply Izabela Nair July 22, 2016 at 4:07 am

    LA has been on my list of places to visit for so long now. It looks like you visited some great spots. I’m surprised to hear that the Walk of Fame doesn’t look as impressive in real life as one would think.


  • Reply Natali July 22, 2016 at 1:23 am

    You look absolutely gorgeous in this summertime perfection of a dress!! This color also suits you beautifully!
    I miss LA and can’t wait to go back to visit. You have def. visited some great spots, Alfred’s coffee and Farmer’s Market being my favourite of all those listed. 🙂 I still can’t stop dreaming about Katana, Antonio’s, Zinque, Little Next Door and many, many others… Ah… 😀


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