No matter how many times I visit, I’m pretty sure California will always be a bit of a mystery to me in a way, especially growing up in a little city in West Virginia.
Nonetheless, I love all of it’s color, wild stores, and endless selection of good food, especially Palm Springs. I mean, do they make places anymore colorful than that?! I feel like I’ve died and gone to picture heaven every time!
Not to mention every wedding I’ll ever go to from here on out will never be as beautiful as that one was, it was just beyond any wedding I’ve ever seen in real life. That either makes my standards really low or it was fit for a princess, but I’m thinking the latter.
At first we thought we were never going to make it to Palm Springs from LAX on a Friday evening in rush hour, but after a small bout of four hour hungriness, we finally arrived.
We stayed at The Saguaro, aka the most photogenic hotel of all time, while we were in Palm Springs and did some serious mid century prop shopping and strategically squeezing in slices of cake from Jake’s, greasy burgers at The Ace. and every photo op in between at The Parker before heading back to LA for two more nights.
We stayed at The Line in LA. where I got to experience drinking my very first cocktail out of a plastic to-go soup bowl (how they serve them intentionally), and it was actually socially acceptable.
It was also in the middle of a rooftop greenhouse, Commissary, that looked like it was straight of Harry Potter and I took pictures of everything. Just promise to ask the waitress for a straw with your to-go bowl cocktail or you will get some serious attitude for questioning their ways in return!
Our last day we hit up Sqirl for coffee and homemade toast, and just about every cute shop within a 20 mile radius like Reform School, Max & Moritz, Broome Street General Store, Urbanic, A+R, Huset, and everything else in Abbot Kinney (which is totally my fave area, by the way!).
Of course, no trip to LA is complete with a stop at Bottega Louie where I completely lose my mind every time and run around screaming “macarons!” and “looking at all of the gold!” while taking iPhone photos.
Obviously it’s like my version of seeing a celebrity since I’m not really the fan girl type with actors. We also made a quick visit to the beach before the airport the next morning, which was my very first time ever seeing the Pacific Ocean, isn’t that crazy?! You can see more photos of our trip on my Instagram and Jared’s Insta too!
What are some of your favorite LA places that we hit or missed? I’d love to hear them for our next trip, although I really want the next time we’re in Cali to be for San Francisco!