You know those days when the sun is shining so brightly, the sky looks like Woody’s room in Toy Story, and its only about 73 degrees? No? Well you must live in Louisiana. If we’re lucky we get about two a year; however, this is pretty much the exact weather we had the entire time in California. MA.GIC.AL. so magical. But first, let me back up (*insert sound of records scratching*)- about two months ago one of my best most loyal friends texted me asking if I was interested in going on a trip to Los Angeles. Fast-forward exactly 2 hours and 2 minutes and she had booked our plane tickets, our hotel, our rental car, and dinner reservations for night one- talk about on the dang ball!
We hadn’t traveled together before except for to the beach and with groups, so this was going to be so different for us, but we were so excited. We did SO much with our time there, and I have so much to share so I decided to break this trip up into a few different posts because I’m hoping at the end of it you guys will be just itching to head out west. Today, I’m gong to give you a run down of the first two days of our trip which included:
- Brunch at Mel’s Drive-In- this place was right down the street from our hotel, so before we checked in we had our second breakfast of the day (whoops) at a place that Justin Beiber is said to recommend LOL. Well, one Elvis Scramble and fresh mimosa later and I, my friends, am a Belieber.
- Hotel Check- In- Seemingly an unexciting part of a trip, but we stayed at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega, and it was a literal dream. The staff members were SO nice and would literally run to open our doors, greet us, and ask us about our day. I can’t recommend the hotel enough! We had a few hiccups, but the staff was so wonderful and they worked so hard to accommodate every request/question as quickly as they could.
- An Afternoon Stroll on Santa Monica Pier- So this pier is over 100 years old, so it’s full of old-timey charm but also new age fun! We rode the famous ferris wheel at Pacific Park and let me tell you, the view is absolutely breathtaking. I mean, for a girl who is lucky to see a levee on a daily basis, the hills literally took my breath away.
- PUMP- Anyone out there Vanderpump Rules fans? Well, Kalin and I both are, so Pump, Sur, and Vanderpump Dogs were at high up on our to-do lists. This night, we grabbed a quick Pump-Tini before dinner at Pump’s Happy Hour. It was delicious; I think we were both surprised by just how good the drink actually was. Definitely recommend.
- Dinner at Catch- So one of the bloggers I follow recommended this restaurant, and when I did a quick google search and realized it was just about 5 minutes from our hotel I jumped on that reservation REALLLL quick, and boy am I happy I did. This rooftop restaurant was so trendy, so well decorated, and absolutely delicious. Our waiter recommended that we each order one small plate and one large plate and said it “might” be enough to fill us up….well, we only ordered two small plates and had leftovers to take back to the hotel, so boo-yah #ballinonabudget. Definitely on the pricey side, but so worth it for the view and the ambiance.
- Sur- We stopped into Sur on our way home just for a second, but we had dinner here later on in the trip, so I’ll share more about this later. But I will say that we were so pleasantly surprised by the food, by the wait staff, and by how accommodating everyone was. Stay tuned for my full review ❤
- Disneyland- I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- I am obsessed with Disney (see my Disney World post if you need a refresher). I think Disney magic is SUCH a real thing and I just absolutely love the joy that I feel and the joy that others exhibit while they’re in any of the Disney parks, so when Kalin asked if I wanted to do Disneyland, 100x yesssss! WE HAD A BLAST. So unlike Disney World, Disneyland, its sister park California Adventure, and Downtown Disney all share a center point where their entrances all break off from, so basically you get there at the beginning of the day and can bounce between parks with no problem all day. So, we’d check fastpass times for both parks and bop around as we pleased, being sure to hit all the spots. Although it was Memorial Day weekend we were so so so thrilled with the wait times- I’m talking Splash Mountain was probably 20 minutes and Haunted Mansion 10, unheard of. We were giddy all day, the Disney magic certainly got to us.
So that about wraps up Days 1 & 2! I can’t wait to share the rest of our trip with you! If you have any questions about these two days please please leave them in the comments below, I’d love to help you out! And, let this be another reminder to say “yes” to things that may seem scary or not the “smart” thing- I could have come up with a million excuses to not go on this trip- money, timing, etc., but I said “yes” and now I have the memories of the trip of a lifetime with my best friend, how lucky is that?! ❤
That’s all for today folks! I love you all, have an awesome week! I ask that you keep me in your prayers as this is my first full week working, AHHHHH. I guess it’s about time we see if all of those years of schooling meant anything, huh?! Happy Monday, guys!