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 Left Bank Girl July 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    So many cool and exciting things to do! Stunning photos! Your shoes are just too cute!


  • Reply Jacqueline Rendine July 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Love this dress! Those shoes are awesome!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Reply Rachel July 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Looks like an amazing time and I am currently obsessed with anything pom pom!

    Rachel’s Lookbook

  • Reply Sahra July 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    looks like a gorgeousss trip! love your sandals and dress combo too!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  • Reply Michelle Orsi July 22, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    This is such a fun outfit! Love the bold dress & both pairs of shoes are too cute! Sounds like a great trip!


  • Reply Laura July 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Such a fun trip! Those doughnuts look absolutely delicious! I want every single one!

  • Reply thenewgirl July 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    OMG!! your shoes is a must have! enjoy your stay in L.A


  • Reply thefashionfolks July 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    So delicious with all the food, and no wonder you were tired! Your pics are so chic btw, the last one really captured the LA vibe! Xx


  • Reply Jackie July 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Great off the shoulder dress, love the slight embroidered detail on the sides and bottoms too. That panda donut is too cute! You can never have too many gourmet donuts? You guys had such a cool California trip, you got to see a little bit of everything. How fun!

    xo, Jackie

  • Reply Sheree July 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    You’ve covered all the Instagram worthy places Amy!! Love your fun sandals, such a steal, just ordered myself a pair too!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Reply Ladyofashion July 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This is one of my favourites, love the colour of your dress here. Nice to know you have been enjoying California! <3 /Madison
    Martha’s Kitchen

  • Reply Sonia / Chanel July 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Cannot get over these shoes! AMAZING! Those donuts look so good. Hope you had an amazing time.!

    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

  • Reply WhatWouldVWear July 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

    LOVE this post! Too bad we missed each other in L.A.! I think was there at the same time you were! I loved it there too! And you look so darling, of course! Love your shoes! SO cute!!!!!
    Sending you much love, friend!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Ianne Cabangon July 22, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Love your dress Amy Ann! Looks like fun to go there. I must work on having a vacation there. I have never been to CA.
    Xo, Christianne

  • Reply thevelvetrunway July 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Love your dress and those cute pom pom heels! I love LA and your photos make me want to go back!
    Those donuts look amazing!
    Julia x

  • Reply yuka July 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

    yes! You went to all the right places, all of my favorite LA spots! By the way, those pom pom heels are adorable!


  • Reply Alina Aronow July 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Oh my gosh! We just got back 2 days ago! So glad you had a great time!!!!! Loving all the stops you made…and I felt the same way! Such a surreal feeling visiting all these famous spots.


  • Reply Threads for Thomas July 22, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I’m so jealous of your trip! I’ve never been to California, and need to plan a trip soon. Great photos, and I’m loving this dress on you!

  • Reply Shea Sayers July 22, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I feel like that dress was just made for a CA trip, I love it! It sounds like you made it to a good variety of spots–I would want to hit up that donut place for sure! I think I would be overwhelmed with all the food choices–there are just so many good ones I’m sure.

  • Reply Kelsey & Kenecha July 22, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Love your dress, it’s so pretty!


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