About a year ago I went to visit my best friend in LA. Preparing for this trip was almost double the work since she shops out of my closet, so it was an absolute MUST that I bring a ton of options. I had a lot of fun shopping around for outfits to wear, since it was December when I was visiting I naturally assumed it was going to be warmer in LA than it would be in NY. Boy was I wrong. For whatever reason, the weather in New York decided to come along with me for the trip! But I didn’t let that stop me from having a good time.
She took me to all of the typical touristy type places because well why not? I’ve never been to LA before and I wanted to see as much as I could in a short weekend. In my first few hours we grabbed lunch at Fat Sals, which is Turtle from Entourage’s sub shop. It was delicious! She then took me to Universal Studios since it was overcast, there were parts that were decorated for Christmas too. My favorite being Whoo-ville! It wouldn’t be Christmas without the GRINCH!
The next 2 days were packed with me trying to cover every bit of LA as I could in a short period of time. My first night consisted of going to a speak easy which was a ton of fun. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures with a flash and with the jet lag (plus a few drinks) I was only able to sneak one which was completely dark. WOOPS!
Day 2, she drove me around Hollywood and we were on a mission to find my favorite band of all time’s star- THE BEATLES. Mission accomplished!
- Express asymmetrical tank top – last season (very similar look here)
- Dynamite ripped jeans in black
- Vans slip on sneakers – I purchased these for this trip since I knew there would be a lot of walking
- Aldo statement necklace – last season (love this from bauble bar or a cheaper option here from Lulus)
- Marshalls leather jacket with detachable hood – last season (similar look here from Macy’s)
- Black and white sunglasses from Charming Charlie – last summer (similar pair here)
We also went to the Chinese Theater. Being from New York I’m very much used to being around tourists. This trip it was the other way around and it felt so strange! LA is rather similar to New York in certain senses, there is a bit more of a suburban type feel in California while in New York there are busy streets and people from all over the world it seems. You can easily spot a New Yorker walking through a tourist crowd (were the ones pushing through because we have places to go and people to see), but here in LA it was different. No one seemed to be around these tourist areas except for tourists. Now that comparison rant is over, I couldn’t leave without getting a few pictures of my favorite Hollywood ladies..
Afterwards she took me down to ‘The Grove’ which has some great shopping , nice restaurants and where celebrities are often spotted. There is a little farmers market next to it so adventuring we went! I’ve never been to a farmers market before.. I spend more time exploring pizzerias than I do any other food. Walking around it was extremely beautiful, all of the shops were great.. of course I was mostly only browsing since I had almost a 50 pound suitcase going there. But I did purchase a sweatshirt since it was FREEZING. I’m in California you’d think it would be a hell of a lot warmer than New York would be. And that’s when it happened. Justin Bieber was there. Crying girls. Papparazzi. I had my first LA celeb experience.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of him, but I did get a nice picture of the Christmas tree. I was feeling the holiday spirit on this trip!
While in LA, I had also mapped out some of the locations where American Horror Story had filmed. It was the perfect luck that the Murder House AND the LACMA lighting visual were either in driving distance or walking distance from my friends apartment. I was in heaven!
Couldn’t take a picture without a Coven inspired hat either. This is from Dynamite (where else right?) but here is a very similar one from Charming Charlie. You can find these styles hats just about anywhere, I’m always trying to find excuses to wear them!
And I also demanded that I walked the same walk that Lady GaGa, or the Countess, walked at LACMA…
Actually I went there twice with another friend of mine.. although wearing a hoodie wouldn’t be considered fabulous I just couldn’t help myself that it was in walking distance from my friends apartment!
Now onto my favorite outfit of the trip…
We had big plans to go to SUR since we’re both fans of the show Vanderpump Rules on Bravo. I felt the need to get a little dressed up since it was a nice night out with my best friend. I found this really cool long top from ASOS, completely 90’s inspired which I was totally loving. The perfect dressy casual outfit for a night out with a friend.
- ASOS PETITE Exclusive 90s Extreme Longline Split Front Top – sold out (similar style with lace here and without lace here too)
- 7 for all man kind jeans – the skinny – I purchased these at Century 21 a few years ago, always gotta know where to look
- Steve Madden Platform Suede Sandals – last season (current style without the platform here and a replica Chinese Laundry Sandal here)
- Accessories: starburst lariat necklace from Dynamite last season (love this similar option from Spring or you can try this Dynamite similar option) and my go to Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C Bag
The sangria is a definite must have!! And the food was delicious too. Yes we had the fried goat cheese balls and yes they were good. In all honesty here I’m not a huge fan of goat cheese, my best friend is and I let her enjoy a majority of them. They do have this chocolate cake that is simply to die for. Wishing I could have it right this second! Overall we had a lot of fun at SUR and would recommend anyone visiting LA to check it out. We didn’t see any of the cast (besides Peter for a split second) that night unfortunately but it’s just an excuse to go back and see them all!
My last full day day in California was spent bike riding from Venice Beach to Santa Monica. Both were so beautiful I did not want to leave. I mean look at this view …
Before we left to go see the sunset in Venice, I saw this sign. Less than 2 months later I booked my flight to return for round 2 of adventuring with my best friend.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my first trip to LA. If you liked reading this let me know and I’ll post about my second trip in the spring and talk about the style difference in girls from LA to girls in NY!