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.
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*.
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!
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.
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.
It’s a long time coming y’all and I’m happy to share my Austin travel guide! As some of you may know if you’ve followed along my Instagram, I most recently moved back to Texas after living in NYC for the past three years (check out my brunch blog post). It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I won’t get into that now. See, now that I’m back in Texas I get the chance to explore Austin again. I used to visit a lot in college since my best friend attended UT Austin. Hence, I’m already pretty familiar with the city.
This time, I got to take friends that had never visited before and play tour guide to one of the coolest cities. I’m a HUGE planner when it comes to trips and vacations, so I gleefully accepted the challenge. Ready or not – I’ve compiled my Austin travel diary below for y’all to enjoy 🙂
Torchy’s Tacos – To say I have a love for Torchy’s is probably an understatement. I am MADLY in love with Torchy’s and this time around we hit up the Torchy’s in the trailer park and skipped out on those crazy lines on S. Congress. That meant, same great tacos with practically NO wait! Heck YES!
Grizzeldas – Since my girl’s trip involved more than 4 girls, a reservation at Grizzeldas was essential. We got extremely lucky on such a busy weekend. We also happened to stumble upon an AWESOME Sunday happy hour scene – happy hour ALL DAY Sunday. It was a hit all round and the restaurant itself was the cutest dinner spot for a girls night.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters – Ok, so I stop here mostly for the scenic view of Lake Austin, but any dessert is to die for! Highly recommend to anyone for a quick bite and awesome study session.
Whole Foods – Since this is technically the headquarters, it’s a no brainer to stop in and check out this amazing store for yourself! We had the chance to stop in and grab delicious fresh fruit before heading out to the pool.
BBQ – My first obvious pick is the Salt Lick, but this time around, I couldn’t fit the drive into our schedule. So instead we headed to Cooper’s Old Time Pit and loooved it! I mean, you can’t go wrong with some good old Texas BBQ.
Barton Springs Pool – It’s not just any pool! Barton Springs pool has one of the coldest temperatures all summer long, so you can layout and stay cool all day long.
Stand Up Paddleboarding – This is actually a long time favorite of mine. I used to paddleboard every time I’d visit in college. You can tan, keep cool and workout – all at the same time.
Green Belt – If you’re really up for adventure which will lead you to a beautiful scene at the very end, then hiking the Green Belt is for you. Boy, oh, boy is it a hike! But the oasis waiting for you at the very end is unreal. Sculpture Falls, that is all. I highly recommend waterproof sandals or some sort of shoes that will make it easier to cross the water on rocks.
Welp, I think that just about covers this recent trip, but believe me when I say that I’ll be going back for more. Hope you enjoy your upcoming trip – do you guys have any suggestions for my next trip?
This year, I had the pleasure of traveling to Mexico City for an unconventional 4th of July weekend. I did not celebrate American Independence, but I did have the once in a lifetime opportunity to share in my good friend’s wedding celebrations in Mexico City.
It was my first time traveling to Mexico, so my first stop was a travel bookstore to buy my travel guide. I figured if I’m having the chance to travel to such a beautiful city — you’ve got to do it right! With only 3 days to sightsee — my packing had to be meticulous.
First and foremost on my packing checklist was my dress for the wedding, and I chose Rent the Runway for my wedding day outfit. RTR did not disappoint and I’m so happy with my decision. All in all it was a beautiful weekend filled with lots of love and celebrations. See below on a brief recap and some packing suggestions.