Walking in LA

Hotel Andaz Los Angeles

Hotel Andaz Los Angeles

Last weekend my husband and I took a solo trip to Los Angeles for a friend’s birthday.  It’d been over a decade since I was last there…… I believe swing dancing was involved if that gives you an idea of the timeline.  This time was a world wind adventure of our friend’s favorites in Los Angeles, here’s a little taste of the weekend:

We stayed at the Andaz hotel, pictured above, contemporary style, comfy beds and pillows, amazing location with a bird’s eye view of Sunset Blvd.

I enjoyed one of the best croissants I’ve had outside of France at The Little Next Door.  I would for sure comeback to this place if I ever find myself in Los Angeles again.

The LIttle Next Door Los Angeles

The Little Next Door Los Angeles

We went skateboarding from Santa Monica to Venice beach and back – my first time ever on a skateboard, we chose this board because we loved the song in their you tube video and they looked like they were having so much fun! Despite my great hope, watching this video 15 times did not immediately turn me into an awesome skater lady, I did however fall in love with skateboarding.

Lunched at Fred Segal where I could barely contain my “Clueless” quoting.  Our lunch was fairly fantastic as well.

"Lucy, where's my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal????"

“Lucy, where’s my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal????”

I went to a ping pong club called SPiN at The Standard in downtown LA and watched my birthday friend have a Forrest Gump moment but in longer shorts.

SPiN Standard

SPiN Standard

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Forest Gump Ping Pong Diplomacy

We paused at a 100 OCT rally party held at Hotel Roosevelt, in case you are unfamiliar with this event allow me to fill you in.  Wealthy people (usually men over 40), buy expensive cars, possibly modify these cars to make louder sounds or go faster, then they enter this “race” from San Fran to LA, they make stops along the way to have fancy meals and look/talk about each others’ cars.  Not my thing, but I was sort of impressed to hear one person figured out how to create flames from the modified titanium exhaust on his Lamborghini – cause when is shooting fire out of something not fun?! (Did make me think of the poor pedestrians in Los Angeles, people DO indeed walk in LA but the drivers sure don’t like it, now it seems they might be in danger of getting singed).

Finally on to dinner where we enjoyed an incredible mediterranean meal at The Little Door.

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And that was just Friday – Goodnight Los Angeles!

P.S.  Here are a few places that I did not have the chance to visit due to our schedule but if anyone out there visits please share your thoughts:

Sqirl for some jam, The Detox Market to explore the latest greatest in the natural beauty world, Moon Juice for a smoothie, Dosa, Matteo, and New High (M)art for Beatrice Valenzuela shoes among other things for shopping,  The Sweat Shop to chastise them for their poor name choice and have a sauna and finally Pound for some super fun rock star fitness!