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.
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Struggling Hipster Travel Diary | Runyon Canyon
OOTD DETAILS: Outdoor Voices Set
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Smorgasborg in Downtown LA

 

Top NYC Brunch Places Right Now

March 31, 2017

As it’s my last day in the city, I find it very appropriate to reflect on the top brunch places that are on MY list that you absolutely must try. I am definitely a boozy brunch gal if the occasion calls for it, but these little gems I share with you today are perfect if you’re looking for something different. Breakfast is my favorite meal, so trust me when I say these are all must try places.

1.Cafe Luluc (Carroll Gardens)

My love for Cafe Luluc cannot be described in words. When my friend told me that the pancakes are supposed to be amazing at this place, I had no idea how amazing they actually would be! They are the perfect combination of crispy on the outside while still being so fluffy in the inside. This is an absolute must try if you are a sweet tooth person like me during breakfast while still ordering a small side of eggs. It does get crowded on the weekends as it’s such a small place, so I would say be prepared to wait at least 30-4 minutes. Totally worth the wait!

2. Five Leaves (Greenpoint)

Like I said, I have a sweet tooth, so it’s only natural that Five Leaves is my second favorite brunch spot for their delicious pancakes. Did I mention they’re ricotta pancakes topped with fresh fruit?! Side note – don’t limit yourself to breakfast at Five Leaves because their burger is also delicious.

3. Buvette (West Village)

Anything in the West Village is already so adorable because the neighborhood itself looks like it’s out of a postcard, and this hidden little French gem fits right in! Just stepping right into this tiny little spot you feel transported to Paris because  it’s so tiny, you feel slightly crammed like a sardine in the booth. It’s a small price to pay for the melt in your mouth waffles with fresh compote. There is always a wait at this place, so I would recommend getting their early or know that you’re going to wait at least 30-45 minutes.

I know there are a ton more that I’d love to share with you, but then the list would just never end! Hope you enjoy and as I reflect more on some of my NYC places, I’ll be sure to share with you. Comment if you’d like to see more!