#LaLaLAND Pt 1- Los Angeles & Santa Monica

For my birthday week this year, I decided to soak up some much needed Southern California Sunshine!

While I'm no stranger to LA, I wanted to go back and explore some of the more popular places I hadn't been to such as Melrose Avenue and a few spots in DTLA. 

Fly: Southwest Airlines, daily from Austin Bergstrom Airport (P.S: I LOVE Southwest! 2 free checked bags and crew with a sense of humor? Yes please!)

Stay: Ocean View Hotel, Santa Monica ; $250+/night

This hotel has great views of the waterfront and Pier and is an easy walk to all of the Third Street Promenade shopping. Hello retail therapy!

View from our room at the Ocean view hotel

View from our room at the Ocean view hotel

Runyon Canyon Park & Hike trail

Runyon Canyan park was on top of my list because of the stunning views of the city it offers as well as a great AM workout! We hit the trails right after a heavy brunch with the sun blazing down.

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Melrose Avenue

Next up, Melrose Avenue. But seriously though, can I just live here. From Bottegga Veneta to Chloe to Marc Jacobs, this entire area is a paradis e in itself.

Since it was after the hike that we decided to stroll around Melrose, I grabbed a quick iced matcha latte at Alfred's Tea Room This place is an instagram heaven. Think all candy pink decor, cute signs AND dainty floral arraignments. Le Sigh. Literally it was JUST filled with bloggers and their camera phones. Slightly cray cray! Oh P.S - They do have really good matcha drinks!

Paul Smith Pink Wall

It's kinda impossible to go to Melrose Avenue and not visit THE PINK WALL. #LePinkWall as it is popularly instagrammed, is basically the outer facade of the Paul Smith store. While this picture below looks like I personally own the wall, its highly deceiving. There are a TON of people, models, photographers with their fancy camera equipment just clicking away! Whats even funnier is that you actually need permission from store officials to be able to photograph here, but IDK if anyone really gave a damn ;) #LAlife

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Breakfast at Bottega Louie

Anything Parisian? Sign me up, stat! My friend and avid travel blogger Ananya Lamba curated this cute, not-so-little Parisian Patisserie in the heart of DTLA for coffee and macarons. Another insta gem ya'll. I'm talking marble tables, a LOT of pastels and just look at those desserts! 

P.S- The macarons are a whole $ cheaper compared to Ladurée, which also opened its doors to LA-ites recently. While I've been to Laduree in both Paris & New York, I will say the macarons are just slightly more varied here in terms of flavors. 

And that's a wrap for all the fun I had in LA! Next stop....Palm Springs!