This spring my high school girl friends and I celebrated our 5 year reunion after graduating (go Tigers). When we started planning the trip last winter we didn't realize it was the five year mark - we just needed time and space to get everyone together as we (and our families) started spreading out from Colorado.
LA ended up being the best place to get to from all five of our cities: Denver, Nashville, Omaha, Minneapolis, and Arcata. Maybe not the most relaxing vacation, but we were definitely not without anything to do. Three full days in the city and I feel like we barely brushed the surface. But check out our itinerary below if you're ever in the neighbourhood:
Day One // morning
Colorado girls LOVE to hike. We started this trip with juices and smoothies from Kreation Juice (holla Postmates) and heading to Hollywood. Our Lyft dropped us at Griffith Observatory where we wandered around next to a thousand children and tourists, and then started upwards on the Mt Hollywood trail with our sights on the infamous Hollywood sign.
o u t f i t d e e t s : lululemon free to be bra + speed short + define jacket
Two of the girls on the trip are vegan, but the rest of us needed In N Out. We made a quick stop on the way to Venice Beach while they grabbed vegan fast food at Veggie Grill and met on the boardwalk. It was the windiest day ever, but walking the boardwalk did not disappoint.
o u t f i t d e e t s : aerie swim top + target swim bottoms + quay sunglasses
After browsing tourist shops, we wandered towards Abbot Kinney boulevard where we window shopped at boutiques we couldn't afford, stopped for coffee at Butcher's Daughter, and finished with ice cream from Salt & Straw. I had seen Butcher's Daughter in many a Instagram post and was thrilled that the interior matched their square images perfectly.
o u t f i t d e e t s : ae shorts + vinnie louise tank
Turns out Mexican food is really easy to do vegan! We grabbed Guisados (DTLA) for dinner on our first night before bar hopping downtown. We ended up at The Perch, a rooftop bar with the best nighttime view of the city.
Day Two // morning
First vegan restaurant of the tip: The Kitchen Mouse. We drove all the way to Pasadena (almost) for this but it was totally worth it. The line wasn't insane and the food was amazing. I had their twist on avocado toast with a "fonut" - GF / vegan doughnut.
Since our beach day was not what we had in mind, we decided to tan at the rooftop pool at the Ace Hotel. No cover, open to the public, and a cool forest reminiscient space. To be honest, every space in LA was well designed and gorgeous. We got to the pool at 11am, which was perfect because we snagged the last pool chairs to lay out on. The rooftop also had a shaded area and indoor bar when the sun was just too much.
We wandered from hot DTLA to Melrose in search of Alfred's Tea Shop and DASH. Found both and was not disappointed, with a pit stop at Taste of Melrose for happy hour and a snack. I had the famous Pink Drink from Alfred's - it tasted like a grown up strawberry milk! If you ever make it to Taste of Melrose, the roasted cauliflower is pure bliss.
o u t f i t d e e t s : Madewell high waisted (comfiest) denim + bodysuit + Lucky Brand southwest necklace + dolce vita sandals
We ended our last night in LA at The Rose on Abbot Kinney. It was a farm to table family style restaurant with a dark & intimate interior and golden lit patio. I wish we had grabbed a photo of our summery dresses and new tans, but we spent the evening eating the best food of the trip (in my opinion) and remembering our favourite parts of the trip.
Day Three // morning + afternoon
My best friend and I love to shop. We ended the trip doing what we love best, as each one of us made our way to the airport. We started with breakfast at the Original Farmer's Market at The Grove, and wandered through the delicious smelling stalls. From there we shopped The Grove including Zara, Nordstrom, and Brandy Melville.
Another vegan restaurant - this one serving meat as well though! The last three girls had lunch at M Cafe in Beverly Hills before making our final stop at Rodeo Drive.
o u t f i t d e e t s : black levi's + white top tied at the bottom + dolce vita sandals + quay sunglasses
Other Travel Recommendations
I used Air BnB for the first time and was not disappointed. We had a gorgeous three bedroom house in Inglewood, right by the airport. It was a little further to Hollywood and DTLA, but close to Venice and beautifully designed. You can see the dreamy, sunny, minimalist house we loved here, and use this link to get $40 of travel credit.
I love Southwest to get from city to city. I use my Southwest card to buy all my plane tickets and use my points every few months for a "free" flight! You can sign up for your own here and earn 40,000 points (: