Cali Trip – Days 3 and 4

It has been so long since I have posted about my trip to California, which seems like ages ago… probably because I have been super busy! I married off my little brother last weekend in Colorado (more to come on that) and work has been consuming a lot of my free time. If you missed the details on Day 1 and Day 2, make sure to click the links and catch up! This trip honestly went by so fast but we packed so many activities into these last few days!

Day 3 consisted of brunch at The Sunny Spot, walking around downtown Venice Beach, a trip to the skate park and muscle beach, the Santa Monica Pier and sunset at The Griffith Observatory. My favorite thing about The Sunny Spot was the bottomless mimosas, rum punch AND bloody marys = BEST brunch EVER! The food was really good too though 🙂

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We were even able to sit outside under the fun tents. After brunch and a few cocktails, we walked around downtown Venice Beach and stopped by some fun wall paintings for a photo op. We also stopped into some fun boutique stores for souvenirs AND the original TOMS flagship store.

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This outfit was so perfect for a day full of so many different activities. This romper is old (from last year) but it’s that soft cotton that’s so comfy AND it has pockets! The sandals were very comfortable as well -there was a lot of cushion in the soles, making them great for walking around. I also brought along my denim jacket for when it cooled off at night. See outfit details below:

Romper: Nordstrom, old (almost identical, similar)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar, also love this one)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators (similar only $4)
Sandals: Ash (similar, almost identical only $20)
Watch: Nixon, old (similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, old (similar, similar for $24)
Necklace: Nordstrom, old (same, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar only $9)

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Venice Beach was definitely a people watching place. There was so much to do and see! I went to my first actual skate park! And we walked by “muscle beach” where I guess they usually hold weight lifting competitions and the like, but unfortunately there was no one out there.

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Next we made our way to the ever popular Santa Monica pier. It was extremely crowded (but it was Memorial Day weekend). Of course we had to do the ferris wheel going over the beach, which offered some beautiful views… see below!

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After sight-seeing at the pier and the beach, we drove back towards the city through Beverly Hills (Rodeo Dr.) and then on Hollywood Boulevard to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I must say, I was not overly impressed with the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (We didn’t even get out of the car)! I was more or less expecting some glamorous street, but it was quite the opposite. We were able to drive by and see the Chinese and Dolby Theatres where they hold a lot of awards and events, so I was excited to see that at least!

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We ended the night with a beautiful sunset at Griffith Observatory, which offered breathtaking views of downtown L.A. AND the Hollywood sign. It took us a while to get to the top of the mountain (there was a lot of traffic), but it was completely worth it.

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We had another SUPER busy day as you can see. The next day was Memorial Day, so we had a more laid back day and just hung out at the beach all day. It ended up being beautiful! Weather was perfect –not too windy and I was able to get a little bit of sun.

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We started out at Newport Beach, which is about an hour south of L.A. along the coast. This was SUCH a cool town. Seemed very laid back and the beach was HUGE! We stopped by Banzai Bowls to get acai bowls and it was honestly the best I’ve ever had! (Even better than the 3 Natives place I’ve raved about before)! We spent most of the day at the beach, but we left a little after lunch to go down and see Laguna Beach. We stopped at Sancho’s Tacos -a small Mexican place off the beach to grab a quick bite. They serve tacos a la carte, so I was able to try a few of them. I did like the tacos, but Katie got nachos and they were the most amazing nachos I’ve had! I would highly recommend them if you are ever out in Newport beach!

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Towards sunset, it started to get a little bit cloudy so we weren’t really able to see the sun set. However, we did find this cute little bungalow restaurant on Crystal Cove beach called Beachcomber, where we stopped in for appetizers and drinks.

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Overall, we had a successful and fun trip! We were so busy that it just went by way too fast. There were a few places we didn’t get to make it to so I guess I will just have to plan another trip back! 🙂

I hope you all are having a great week so far! If you have any questions about my trip, or suggestions for next time, feel free to send me a comment.

xoHannah

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