San Francisco Afternoon

San Francisco Afternoon

Before Eddie and I left for SF to attend Outside Lands Music Fest, I had all these big plans of checking out shops, restaurants, and monuments in the Bay Area every morning before the fest. Bahahaha. Delusional! What actually happened was that we were so exhausted every morning from the previous day, we woke up super late and of course had no time to do anything except shower quickly and head back over to the fest. So I condensed my long list of amaze recommendations into my absolute must visits, and we hit them up on Monday before driving back down to Los Angeles. Keep scrolling to see some of the best spots we checked out!

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Sun & Fun in Laguna Beach

Sun & Fun in Laguna Beach

Last week Eddie and I visited our old stomping grounds for some Laguna Beach fun! I went to college in Orange County and my friends and I used to love exploring this gorge city in our free time. Eddie was born and raised in Orange County, so it's his home. Even though we're still super close being in LA, (just a 50 minute drive south from us depending on traffic) I hadn't had a Laguna day in years. Crazy! I think it's easy to get comfortable where you live, so much so that a lot of times you'd rather stay local than drive a bit - especially with our SoCal traffic. I've been trying to take a lot more day trips this summer though, to get out of our lil West LA bubble.

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A Day in Malibu

A Day in Malibu

Oh how I love Malibu days! Such a gorgeous town, breathtaking ocean views everywhere you look and that amaze ocean air. It can be a bit of a trek from the rest of Los Angeles, but the drive up Pacific Coast Highway is worth it. Keep scrolling for a few of my fave things to do when in the 'Bu.

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Beautiful Things LA

Beautiful Things LA

I fell in love hard with the mobile boutiques we saw while visiting Portland, so you can imagine how happy I was to find out we have our own uhhhmazing mobile store right here in Los Angeles! And wow, is it gorge. Beautiful Things LA is the creation of mother-daughter team Susan Forrest-Reynolds and Lucia Reynolds, who purchased and renovated a 1991 Bluebird school bus to create some serious mobile magic. I was so happy to be able to chat with Lucia when I visited the bus over the weekend!

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Portland: Where to Shop

Portland: Where to Shop

Finally got to visit Portland last week, and I fell in love HARD. Being a Portlandia fan, I already knew I was going to really dig the city - but it ended up exceeding my expectations tenfold. What a lush, gorgeous, tree-filled wonderland! Eddie and I seriously loved everything about it. The food was delicious, the people were so friendly, and the shops! I had so much fun hopping around visiting all the perfect little boutiques. A few of my favorite places we visited are below - I can't wait to go back and explore more on our next trip! 

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Platform

A few things I love: shopping, food, string lights, and cacti. Platform in Culver City has them all. And I'm obsessed! This little outdoor shopping district is not only gorgeously designed, it also has really awesome merchants and pop up shops all located next to the Expo Line's Culver City station. I live right nearby so there's no need for me to jump on the metro, but for those coming from other parts of LA, I can imagine this is crazy convenient! Platform is also still really new, it only just opened last year and they are consistently adding new shops which is very exciting. They just confirmed recently that Reformation will be opening their second LA boutique here soon. Cannot WAIT! Keep reading for a few of my fave parts of this crazy cool shopping center.

Gimme dat coffee! Blue Bottle is popping up all over LA and I'm 100% down with it. One opened on Abbot Kinney in Venice and the one at Platform is very cool. Order your coffee/pastry then head back to the book shelf and grab a book to read- up the stairs is a cute sitting area filled with poufs and mini tables. Or bring your laptop and go to town! You could also sit outside and admire the amazing Floral Art shop next door.

INSIDER TIP: If you end up driving, park in the crazy cool structure with the Technicolor Drip mural by Jen Stark. Take the elevator all the way up to the top for awesome LA views, including the Downtown city skyline!

Sweetgreen just opened recently and although I haven't tried it yet, I've heard great things. I need to get on that ASAP!

Loqui is a must visit for delish Mexican food. I love their chicken tacos & chips/guac! Soooo yummy, can't get enough.

Some of the shops here include Aesop, Poketo, The Shop, and more. An awesome new nail salon called Tenoverten just opened and all their polishes are 8-free, cruelty free, and vegan. Yaaaaaas!

Check out The Cannibal for a good meal and drinks. My friends and I usually order a bunch of things for the table to share which is always a fun time. I love ordering that way because then I get to try a little of everything! Some fave drinks of mine include The Samitaur and the Honey Basil Sling. Perrrrrrfection.

And there you have it! I'd love to hear your fave parts of Platform if you check it out for yourself. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know! Hope you all have a great weekend xoxo

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