You may remember all the fun I had in LA in December – so much so that I had to split it into 2 posts! (here and here) I was lucky enough to go back about a week ago for some fun work projects with CMT! I was in town for work, but I managed to fit in a few extra activities too. 🙂
When I arrived, I picked up my rental car and had a few hours to kill before my first meeting in Marina Del Ray. I decided to wander that way and check it out since I hadn’t been to that part of town. I happened upon Cafe del Rey where I enjoyed friendly service, one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten, and this view:
I still had some time to kill and luckily that time coincided with my friend Dick’s commute home. We decided to meet for some lemonade and a walk down Venice Beach. I hadn’t been to this part of LA before and it was hilarious to walk by Muscle Beach.
The next bunch of activities revolved all around work, which by the way was probably the most fun project I’ve worked on this year! CMT was in town shooting THIS!:
Tic Tac is the sponsor of this edition of CMT Crossroads and I got to star in a commercial promoting the special 50th episode. Look for me soon on CMT and possibly VH1! The commercial was shot on the Sony Pictures Lot which was fun for this Nashville girl to go to work on. I loved walking to my hair and makeup trailer and seeing that these two were right next to it.
I also got to wear a really fun retro look for the shoot.
The costume was designed and styled by the talented Amanda Valentine. (Project Runway fans will remember her from a couple of seasons ago. Some of you fashionistas may be familiar with her line Valentine Valentine.) She was assisted by the talented and creative Cheryl King who somehow made the adorable pillbox hat I wore and designed and made the Tic Tac tray I carry around in the promo.
Once the spot is out, I’ll be sure to share it along with a few more photos!
That night I went to Villa Blanca for dinner with my friend Ray. It was even more delicious than the last time I was there. We are both avid Real Housewives fans, so it was fun bumping into Lisa Vanderpump!
It wouldn’t be right to dine at Villa Blanca and not have a glass of rosé!
Acting like tourists and not caring one bit!
Other highlights from the trip include:
A friend in Nashville suggested that I should have lunch with one of his great friends, Leonardo, while in LA. Never one to turn down new friends, I took him up on the offer. I am so glad I did! Leonardo has lived a colorful life which has included: living all over the world, having a successful career as a cardiologist, and building and selling several very successful companies.
It was fun to pick his brain over lunch about what makes a person successful. Some of his advice included:
1. Realize there is no such thing as failure. The only things that happen are: success, or learning something. If you learned something, take that knowledge, apply it, and keep trying.
2. Don’t take no for an answer.
3. The enemy of the good is the very good.
4. Never get too comfortable, always strive to achieve more.
I have a feeling that this lunch was only the start to a long friendship.
It was also fun to get to stay with and see a little bit of my childhood best friend Claire! We painted LA red one night with our friends who also happen to be two former Miss California’s, Meagan and Mabelynn!
Each time I go to LA, I find that I love it more and more. The weather is perfection, the people are so nice, and there are a million fun things to do! I hope to be back soon! What are your favorite LA activities?