For today’s post, I thought I’d do a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) and recount my trip to LA last September. Mom and I went for my 21st. birthday. It was a wonderful trip and I came to the conclusion that I really like Los Angeles. Not that I didn’t think I would, but I thought it would be more along the lines of a place I visit once and call it good. Not the case at all! Warning: this is a long post, but I didn’t want to leave anything out. 🙂
We stayed at the Beverly Wilshire which did not disappoint- it was every bit a decadent and lovely as one would imagine. The french toast from the BLVD became my morning staple and the people watching was superb.
The view from my hotel room looked out onto Rodeo Dr. and it was such a happy site to wake up to each morning.
My Mom’s room faced Downtown and was equally impressive.
The best decision of the trip was to take a private tour of LA. Since the city is so massive, you can’t go everywhere, so we settled on Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Santa Monica. Elite Adventure Tours offers private tours and our guide (I’ll have to look up his name) was fantastic- such energy!
I was least excited about the idea of seeing the Hollywood sign, but when we got to the secret location, I’ll admit, it was exciting! I had a few photos snapped and one had to be cheesy, right?
My beautiful mom in front of the vineyard- yes, you heard right, there’s a vineyard to the left of the sign.
Warner Brothers Studio.
The luxe new Stella McCartney store. It’s like a small slice of London… in California.
Dr. Phil’s house- my favorite and the least tacky of the mansions in the area. I’ll spare you the photos because I find the houses near the coast to be much more beautiful.
Santa Monica, with its sunshine and salty air was the perfect way to end the day.
We decided to pop back on over to Santa Monica a few days later. Our driver then took us up the coast to Malibu (underwhelming) and then south to Venice. Venice has great energy but is a little too “beachy” and “granola” for me.
We did stop to have lunch at Shutters. Fantastic sea food and I would love to stay there one day. It’s right on the beach and the architecture reminds me of something one would find in the Hamptons. I highly recommend!
Walking around Beverly Hills near the Beverly Wilshire was a real treat. Of course the shopping was premier, but the little neighborhood pockets were the real treasure.
Urth Caffé was recommended to us by many and luckily the Beverly Hills location was right around the corner. Delicious food, great service, and excellent cappuccinos. It’s no wonder this is a local favorite.
Also, my birthday present was my beautiful Cèline bag! All smiles, obviously.
On my actual birthday, we took it easy. Shopping at the Grove, cupcakes at Sprinkles, and then a simple night in. Of course there was plenty of champagne, seeing as it was my 21st!
Another wonderful part about the trip? Leaving behind Arizona’s brutal September heat.
It was such an unexpectedly lovely trip and I had the best time with my favorite travel buddy. I can’t wait to visit again soon!