L.A. in a Hot Second

La La Land, the city of angels, or Los Angeles, whatever you want to call it, is always at the top of my travels list. My first trip was last summer to visit my dear friend living in the Larchmont area. She was gracious enough to take me on a whirlwind itinerary that included all the must-see spots of L.A.

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OOTD DETAILS: ASOS Denim Skirt // Madewell Long Sleeve Creme Top // Madewell Silk Scarf // Sandro Purse

It is this same dear friend that invited me for a second trip to L.A. in early March. I immediately fell in love with the city and honestly, Cali, in general. I hope to keep adding to my travel diaries more cities in Cali such as Big Sur, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and more! In the meantime, you can follow my travel diaries along on Instagram or by searching the hashtag #StrugglingHipsterTravels

In the meantime, I’m putting together the places I visited in case you’d like to add them to your itinerary next time you find yourself hopping out at LAX *cue Miley Cyrus Party In the USA*.

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Beverly Hills Hotel in the rain was still fun

EAT

  • Bardonna Coffee Shop – Larchmont Village I’m so happy the closest coffee shop is not just a Starbucks, but rather this adorable coffee shop. Stop in for the best toast with ricotta and homemade marmalade topped with fresh berries or pomegranate seeds, depending on the season.
  • Ace Hotel – Downtown LA Delicious brunch followed by drinks on the rooftop. Highly recommend getting a little early to beat the crowd. But it’s totally free to hang out on the rooftop for a bit and enjoy the sun and view.
  • Smorgasburg – Downtown LA
  • Pizzana – Brentwood Best pizza in the city!
  • Tacos Tu Madre – Larchmont
  • Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge – Beverly Hills This was on my list no matter the price tag. It was not only a great people watching the spot, but it turned into an adventure. Definitely, make a reservation. We sat at the bar and it honestly worked out fine – just let to a bigger story!

 

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Bardonna Coffee Shop

Pizzana
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Pancakes are my favorite breakfast, so it was obvious I would order this at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA

SHOP

  • Burro – Abbot Kinney If you’re looking for nontraditional souvenir items or house knick-knacks that will have guests asking, “o, where’d you get that,” then this is your shop.
  • COS – Beverly Hills My little red bikini from last summer is from here and I’m so happy I got the chance to try it on before purchase.
  • Olive & June – Beverly Hills This is isn’t necessarily a shopping recommendation, but best nail salon I’ve been to since Jin Soon in NYC.
  • Gorjana – Abbot Kinney Y’all must know I’m a sucker for all things gold and delicate. I’ve shopped this brand before at Nordstrom, but the brick and mortar store is a must if you’re looking for beautiful, delicate jewelry.
  • Principessa – Abbot Kinney The tagline says they cater to the modern-day flower child, but it’s so much more. Great brands and finds with an awesome price to match. I bought my summer gingham dress from here and it’s something I wear all over my Instagram.
  • Reformation – Melrose Ave. The technology at this LA brick and mortar makes your shopping experience so unique. If you’ve ever scrolled through the online store, but you have no idea how it looks on, then this shop will be perfect for you. You’ll still be able to scroll through their online store, but in an instant, the item will be ready for you to try on in the dressing room.

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ACTIVITIES

  • Runyon Canyon – Hollywood It’s ok to be a basic gal because it’s such a beautiful view of the city! 
  • The Groundlings – Melrose Ave I loved going to the Comedy Cellar when I lived in NYC, so I recommend when you’re in L.A. as well.
  • Griffith Observatory – Griffith Park We got there just as the sun was going down which resulted in a beautiful backdrop.
  • Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica Tip: do not eat an ice cream surrounded by seagulls. THEY WILL ATTACK. I REPEAT. THEY WILL ATTACK.
Struggling Hipster Olive and June Manicure | LA Travel Diary
Struggling Hipster Olive and June Manicure | LA Travel Diary
Struggling Hipster Travel Diary | Runyon Canyon
OOTD DETAILS: Outdoor Voices Set
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Smorgasborg in Downtown LA

 

Spring Approved Blazers to Shop Now

 A good blazer is a closet staple that can get us through these in-between winter/spring months. Really for me, the blazer is the easiest item to throw on and make my outfit look instantly upgraded. In this look, I’m wearing the most casual combination ever – jeans and t-shirt. But, the blazer upgrades the outfit to easily go from day-to-night. Just throw on some lipstick!

Whether it’s patterned, solid, or deconstructed, I’m rounding up the fresh options to throw into your shopping cart. My exact one is from Zara, but I’ve linked similar styles and options to take you right into spring.

  • Pastel
  • Bright Pop of Color
  • Linen
Photography: McRaes Photography

because currently//friday favorites

because currently…

is a series I want to start sharing on a weekly basis about some of the items I’m currently craving or what I’ve been doing this week. Maybe we’ll have some things in common that I didn’t know previously and I’d love to hear feedback. Spend some time with me in the comments and let me know what you’re watching, reading, listening to, etc. I’m also sharing more on Insta stories, so catch me there too. 

TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I can’t say enough good things about this show. My best friend recommended it (and she’s an actress, so she knows what’s up). It completely transports you into the 1950s New York city – the absolute dream. Midge, played by Rachel Brosnahan) is a hoot and so lovable! Of course, we have to thank the brilliant creator of Gilmore Girls (also currently binging) for this witty script. If you love a strong independent female character then this is your show.

STYLE MUSE: Michelle Williams. She’s on my mind lately because of her rumored engagement. And because she’s constantly rocking the red carpet with her BFF and my favorite insta stories celeb, Busy Philipps. Plus, look at that style, how could you not want to channel her red carpet style.

SALES: Stuart Weitzman, Take up to 50% off! Valid through 1/31 // Barneys Enjoy an EXTRA 20% OFF sale clothing. Valid through 2/1.

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