Monday, April 14, 2014

Rest in the West

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I'm definitely not an LA expert by any means, but I've traveled there enough to have some favorites and places I'd definitely recommend to any friends!

West Hollywood/Hollywood
BLD: I've been here several times for brunch and it never disappoints! I highly recommend the french press coffee, the ricotta blueberry pancakes and the egg sandwich.

Komodo Truck: We came here for lunch one day and I'm still thinking about their truffle fries. SO GOOD. While all the tacos we tried were delicious, the fish n' grapes was my fav!

Izaka-ya: One of my favorite sushi spots in LA.  The yellowtail with jalapeno, spicy tuna on crispy rice,  and the albacore tuna with crispy are my favorites. Mmmm! Whether you're coming in for lunch or dinner, I recommend making reservations as this place is always fairly busy.

Juice Served Here: We have some pretty good juice bar places in NYC, but nothing like this. After spending about a week being in and out of the car, which meant eating a lot of bad things, my body was craving something healthy. For starters, the Cream Party (coconut water + mature coconut meat) is one of the best things I've ever tasted. I drank it and felt instantly hydrated. The Pipe Cleaner and Green Milk were my other favorites, but the best part? You can sample anything before you buy, which is nice considering the juices are not cheap ($8-$12)

Downtown LA
Bottega Louie: You've probably seen their famous macarons in about 38945794 photos on instagram, and while they're good (and so pretty to look at!) the rest of their french dessert section is mind blowing. The space is absolutely beautiful and I love coming here at least once for an afternoon lunch or dessert. 

LA Chapter/Ace Hotel Downtown: We stayed here for a night to break up the trip and although the rooms were tiny, the vibe was cool (great pool and bar atmosphere) and an overall great way to spend some time Downtown. We concluded our visit there with breakfast at their restaurant and it was so good. I love avocado toast more than anything and theirs was seriously on point.

Santa Barbara
Also wanted to include our two favorites on our side trip to Santa Barbara. We used Sam's Guide and it did not steer us wrong. Our personal favorite was The Jane. Probably the best meal we've had during our entire week in California. The mussels and the coconut cake are not to be missed. Trust me! And for one of the best almond croissants ever, Renaud's is a must.

Outfit Details
Outfit #1: Jeans: Current/Elliott Stiletto | Hat: Flea Market find | Sandals: Pedro Garcia | Shirt: H&M | Watch: Caravelle New York 
Outfit #2: Jeans: 7FAM Slim Illusion | Blazer: Theory | Shoes: Celine | Handbag; Givenchy | Lipstick: MAC Red
Louis Vuitton Travel Case via LXR & Co | Blush Shoulder Bag: Valentino

57 comments

  1. These pictures are all beautiful and exciting :) I love seeing your travel pics. Your outfits here are amazing, too. And yay for In N Out! Probably the only fast food I eat lol.

    xo Azu

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  2. Fabulous photos!! Hope you're getting the much needed rest and SUN in the west. Your quintessential Cali look is so chic. Jeans fit you perfectly!

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  3. Great photos.

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  4. Beautiful beautiful photos, I love that place. Thanks for all the amazing recommendations, will make sure to check them out :)
    xx

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  5. Have a great time. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
    Love,
    Sofia

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  6. Amazing photographs....and I love the fact judging my your luggage cases...that you travel in style..

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  7. Love that chambray with the patched elbows :)

    Cyn from popofcyn.com

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  8. Love the ripped jeans and the hat! Nice blazer in the second look!

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  9. Amazing pictures, love your jeans :)

    xx Su http://fashiontwinstinct.blogspot.de/

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  10. Such beautiful pictures!

    Maggie
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  11. That elephant mural is AMAZING. Definitely will check out some of your recommendations next time I'm in LA :)

    Blonde int his City

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  12. Great outfits! Love the shirt in outfit 1 :)
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  13. You look fabulous in both outfits!

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  14. Those are awesome suggestions. I look forward to trying some of them out. You look so fabulous in all of your pictures!

    -Helen grace

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  15. These photos are all so pretty! Love them all!

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  16. Cool post! Lovely pics, some were on instagram as well!
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  17. awesome jeans !

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  18. so gorgeous!!

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  19. Looks like you've had an amazing time, i really love your outfits and those burgers look delish!

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    Love Emma xx

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  20. Amazing pics!:)

    xxMonica
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  21. Love all your pictures; they are amazing and have your name all over it!

    Hugs and Kisses,
    Pam
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  22. These pictures are so fun and stunning! Love it!

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  23. love these photos

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  24. I'm absolutely in love with this post!
    The pictures are stunning!
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    With Love,
    C

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  25. These photos are absolutely beautiful! It looks like you had a fantastic time in LA. I'm so jealous of all your travels - and of course your wardrobe too!

    Beth xo.

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  26. Wonderful pics!

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  27. you look amazing girl
    these photos are fantastic
    thanks for sharing
    wish i could go there asap
    x

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  28. Gorgeous hat and flowers!

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  29. I'm loving this! Such beautiful outfits and scenery. XO

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  30. Gorgeous pictures and pumps!!!
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  31. Love the pics, we have the same car.
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  32. Great pics!

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  33. These photos are amazing! Nice outfits!
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  34. Looks like a fun time! Love the sandals

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  35. Beautiful photos

    Kiss kiss.*Jo
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  36. Amazing photographs! They really capture the spirit of a road trip and what visiting a city for the first time is like. Beautiful.

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  37. Beautiful photographs- looks like you have an amazing trip. I love your givenchy bag!

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  38. These pictures are stunning, they're seriously making me want to pack and head to LA right now!
    Nidhi
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  39. So many beautiful photos, there isn't one I don't like!!
    And I spot so many great items that I wouldn't mind having in my closet (ripped jeans, all your shoes, Valentino bag, hermes bracelet,..)
    Looks like you had/have a great time :)
    xo Lyn
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  40. Such Great Photos!

    xo,
    Melissa
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  41. Love these photos Helena & enjoyed following you on your trip via instagram!
    Hugs xoxo
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  43. Looks like an amaze vacay! Cali is my happy place. :)
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  44. Look like a lot of fun

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  45. These pictures are great! I love that you fully embraced some western style while visiting.

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  46. I love that look in the first picture! And I want that hat!!

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Thank you for taking out the time to leave a comment! xx,
Helena