Here is a recap of my recent trip to California - I went for a week for work and luckily got some play time in as well!
In Newport Beach they have an auto ferry that will take your car from Balboa over to the other side. It's definitely an interesting way to get around the area.
Beautiful views in Orange County!
We stayed at a really fun boutique hotel in Los Angeles called Palihotel. Their decor was super stylish and different, I definitely enjoyed my stay here.
I loved the dark teal walls and total vibe of the room.
We stopped for a drink at The Parlor on Melrose which was kind of a bougie sport bar. They had a fun patio and as you can see, 'good vibes only'.
My coworker Laura used to live in LA, so she knew of this awesome boutique, Flight 001. They carry all kinds of travel items and luggage. I left with a fun new passport holder and a few other fun items. They also have stores in a couple of other cities and online.
Afterwards we went over to this amazing ice cream shop, Milk. On top of their beautiful art deco facade, they had such pretty and yummy deserts. I went for the red velvet ice cream sandwich and did not regret it.
Gorgeous view of LA from the Griffith Observatory.. definitely worth the wind-y drive up there.
The Hart and the Hunter was the cutest restaurant inside of Palihotel. It was the perfect place to grab a light breakfast every morning or a drink in the evening.
We had a meeting in Ojai, California one morning and oh my gosh it was the prettiest little town ever -- also the place the hilarious movie, Easy A was filmed. We had lunch at a pizza place called Papa Lennon's and it was so quaint I wanted to die.
We went to Gracias Madre in West Hollywood which is a vegan Mexican restaurant, and I'm not sure there's anything more 'LA' than plant-based Mexican food. I went in with an open mind and it was actually very good - I even tried nopales aka cactus! Also the margs really hit the spot so you can't go wrong there.
If you go to LA, you can't leave without trying a Spanish latte from Urth Caffe. People who live in LA would probably call it basic, but I call it dope AF.
We made our way to a more industrial area of downtown LA, and made a stop in the Poketo boutique to browse some beautiful, handmade goods and other bougie objects.
Lunch at Wurstkuche for amazing sausages, fries, and Belgian beer. Would definitely go here again.
Around the corner we popped into blacktop coffee for a cold brew and wandered next door into Alchemy Works to gaze at some very lovely pieces, including a Warby Parker selection.
On our last night in LA we went to Murakami Sushi on Melrose and it was really good. I tried one of their sushi bowls which is something I had never had before and it was truly delightful - def recommend.
The BEST part of the trip and the best night of my life was when we went to The Unauthorized OC Musical at the Montalban theater in Hollywood. The OC is the greatest show ever created and to see it on the stage with all of the best musical and story moments from the show highlighted was incredible. PLUS Rachel Bilson and a few other members from the original cast were there and the side of me that gets ridiculously starstruck definitely came out. So so so so good.
I've been to California a couple times before but this was definitely the most interesting. I would credit that to my coworker Laura who knew her way around the area really well, as well as having a car to get around. It's not like NY or Chicago where you can easily get around using public transport so having a car to drive is definitely a plus. All around it was a great trip and you obviously can't beat the California sunshine and chill vibes.