Wish They All Could Be California Girls

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it was a week ago that I was making my way back to Dubai (via Istanbul – go Turkish Air!) from Houston. Time flies, huh?

Well, I bring you a post about the second leg of my trip to the states – off to sunny Los Angeles! One of my closest friends from college and her husband (also a good Wake buddy) live in California. I love going to visit them in L.A.! Allison is a Los Angeleno, and she and Mike have lived out there since graduation – going to visit them is always such a treat because they know so many “off the beaten path” spots in and around the city.

That being said, I wish I could tell you this post would be filled with lots of trendy shopping/eating LA destinations, but frankly, the best part about these friends and this trip was how low key it all was – we got up leisurely, chatted in our pj’s, went to some fun workout classes, attended 2 museum exhibits and ate some yummy food. Dont you love trips like that? No laundry list plan or lots of appointments and things…it’s the best 🙂

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Sweethearts that they are, Mike and Allison picked me up from LAX at 1:30AM (yes, that’s right – I have amazing friends, folks!) as I kicked off a few days in California. They live, in my opinion, the cutest little hamlet in Los Angeles. It definitely feels like it is a quaint village amongst a large, metropolitan city.

The Hollywood sign peeking out

The Hollywood sign peeking out

The first day, Allison and I went to Beverly Hills to a Physique 57 class – man oh man was it hard! I’ve done barre classes before, but never this particular one, and I felt it the next day! We then strolled around Beverly Hills to do some errands (and look out for celebs – one of my favorite pastimes, although I seem to repel them at all costs).

HOWEVER, that night that would change! Sweet Mike made dinner reservations for the three of us at the Tower Bar in the Sunset Tower Hotel to belatedly celebrate my birthday – it was a great spot! The Sunset Tower Hotel is a historic Hollywood hotel on Sunset Blvd (duh), and the Tower Bar was this amazingly elegant and understated restaurant – there aren’t a ton of tables and they keep the lighting low and intimate (supposedly this is why celebrities like to frequent it!) Decor (and celebs) aside, the food was also to die for – they even had a make your own ice cream sundae dessert menu! That dinner was one of the highlights of the trip for sure – and then the cherry on top was Octavia Spencer was seated right next to us, and when my surprise birthday cake came out, she joined in the happy birthday singing (she also wanted a bite of cake)!

Of course I still took some pictures inside the restaurant, even though it is not allowed…such rebels!

Enjoying the sundaes - dont worry, the cake was on its way as well ;)

Enjoying the sundaes – dont worry, the cake was on its way as well 😉

The create your own ice cream sundae menu - fat kid at heart!

The create your own ice cream sundae menu – fat kid at heart!

The next day, Allison and I did a spin class at Flywheel. Another workout for which I was not prepared (a bad omen for my forthcoming triathlon perhaps?), but super fun – if you’ve never done a Flywheel class, get on it! They’re absolutely the best way to burn some calories without really thinking about it too much – plus the music make it go by so quickly (we even have a studio here in Dubai!)

We then popped over to LACMA for the exhibit celebrating the 40 years of Diane von Furstenburg: Journey of a Dress. It really was a testament to how timeless the DVF wrap dress is as they had dresses spanning her 40 years of design, and many of the dresses you couldnt tell if they were 2014 design or a 1974 design. It was a small exhibit that we made through quickly, but I really enjoyed it, and highly recommend it should you be in the Los Angeles area and are prepared to want to purchase a DVF wrap dress immediately after attending (dont worry, I didnt…)

photo 72 photo 71 photo 55I do have a quick review of a restaurant we went to while in LA, so I’ll save some more details and pictures of the trip for tomorrow’s post 🙂 Until next time…



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