Jan
14

Wanderlust: LA (Part 2)

Yesterday you saw my first couple of days in LA and Manhattan Beach and today I’m taking you along for the rest of the trip!

When I think of LA, often times many of the images in my head are of glamorous Beverly Hills… Rodeo Drive, a few real housewives that this really good friend of mine loves to watch… (Ok fine, it’s me.) So I knew Claire and I just haaaaad to check out Villa Blanca and Beverly Hills. It didn’t disappoint!

Have you ever seen a more elegant dining room?? Lisa Vanderpump knows what’s up. Photo courtesy of sixyfivedesign.com

Sadly, there were no Lisa, Pandora, or Jiggy sightings but we (mostly me – thanks for indulging me Claire!) thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, rosé (we had to!), people watching, and the stupidly attractive staff.

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Found in the bathroom at Villa Blanca. I have the same one gifted to me from Kim Greenwood… Lisa gets us.

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So so so many beautiful fresh floral arrangements all over Villa Blanca!

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Not the cutest photo… but just getting into character with my rosé! haha

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Gorgeous bar!

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More of the bar

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The Blanca Chopped Salad

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Filet Mignon Sandwich

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English Sticky Toffee Pudding… we would have never ordered this but our server insisted that this was the dessert to go with. He didn’t steer us wrong… and as I mentioned earlier, everyone that works there is stupidly attractive.

After lunch we wandered around Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive

IMG_1361Just some of the many beautiful things I added to my wishlist at the Chanel boutique… 😉
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The Beverly Wilshire Hotel – made famous in Pretty Woman
IMG_1366Soaking up the good life with my bestie!
IMG_1371   IMG_1363  In order to check another place off the list Claire was nice enough to take me to Glow Bio, my nutrition obsession, Kimberly Snyder’s, new place in LA.

Photo courtesy of LA.Eater.com

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Acai bowl with raw granola. Insanely good. I’m working on a recipe for this that I will share when I get it right!

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This is now on the fridge so that I can make some of these at home in my Vitamix!

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Remember the health and beauty shots I mentioned? The little bottle on the left was the inspiration for my recipe!

IMG_1395 photo 1(4)We also hiked the stunning and strenuous Runyon Canyon which was well worth the burning lungs and sweat! Check out these views!
photo 2(3) photo 1(3) IMG_1387 IMG_1385 IMG_1384 IMG_1382 IMG_1381 IMG_1380Other honorable mentions from my LA trip are:

The trampoline gym (just found out that Nashville has one of these… get me there ASAP! Great workout and such a blast!)

With my crazy partner's in crime Ashley, Claire, and Meagan!

With my crazy partner’s in crime Ashley, Claire, and Meagan!

Check out this cluster of a video of us all doing a synchronized routine, toe touches, Claire doing a selfie video, flips, etc.

I got to attend my dear friend Brett’s Christmas party while there!

Love this boy! We've been friends I moved to Nashville and now he's making it big as a songwriter in LA. Proud of him!

Love this boy! We’ve been friends I moved to Nashville and now he’s making it big as a songwriter in LA. Proud of him!

Getting really into sending Snapchats like this:
photo 4Discovering Claire’s abundance of sparkly and studded wardrobe items. ABUNDANCE.
IMG_1376 IMG_1375 IMG_1333 photo 1(2) photo 2(2)Singing karaoke at the Belmont

Crooning Remix to Ignition, duh. No telling how many times Claire and I sung this during our many adventures in December! Stay tuned for my tour of South Florida!

Crooning Remix to Ignition, duh. No telling how many times Claire and I sung this during our many adventures in December! Stay tuned for my tour of South Florida!

…and running into my sweet friend Vince there!!!
IMG_1307Going to dinner at Dan Tana’s and getting to meet some of Claire’s best friends from UNLV, sweet precious brothers, Jimmy and Eddie.
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Getting fro-yo at this place and noticing their VERY sexy logo! Only in LA!IMG_1373I had such a wonderful time in LA and hope to be back to visit soon! What are some of your favorite LA spots?

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