We arrived Thursday night and caught this gorgeous sunset.
We stayed in this Melrose inspired hotel in the heart of downtown L.A. A little sketchy
but we are a tough group. We handled it.
Friday, Amy took me to some bead shops in L.A. Beads and More, BergerBeads- they reminded me of NYC bead shops. Both were really cool. We had a blast.
I got yelled at for taking these pics, but they said as long as they didn't have staff in them. :)
One of the employees took this pic of us one our way out.
Walking back to the car, we ran into a pretty sweet flower shop that had these beauties outside on display. Had to snap a quick pic. So pretty!
After the bead shopping we grabbed some lunch at Philippe's and had french dip sandwiches that were to die for.
We went and hung out at The Grove and kept our eyes peeled for celebrities. None.
Amy smelled every candle in Anthropologie.
I fell in love with the Jacaranda trees.
We chilled at Amy's hotel til Joe was out of his meetings that day.
Enjoyed a fun ride back to our hotel with the top down in Mimi miata.
Amy discovers SNAPCHAT. Look OUT.
We took countless selfies and had good gut laughs.
Saturday we drove down to Venice Beach. And walked the mile to the water. Man, that beach was huge. The ocean was Frigid.
We drove to Santa Monica. And at at this amazing food truck parked right by the ocean. Amy enjoyed the Fish sliders, and I had a fish rice bowl. Both outstanding.
To continue one with the California Bead Tour of 2014 (*named by Diana P! ) we
enjoyed the afternoon at Beadahs which was AWESOME.
Had to document some palm trees. I mean come on. They're everywhere.
I like this artsy fartsy shot.
We refreshed ourselves with Sangrias after the bead shopping. A great little spanish tapas joint in Santa Monica.
Saturday night we whisked Joe away from it all and went to Newport Beach where we enjoyed some In N Out Burger and checked out the Super Moon at the pier. A gorgeous night!
Amy took me to the Rosebowl Flea Market in Pasadena On Sunday. An ENORMOUS flea market full of the most amazing things. It was brutally hot on that pavement. But this tin made it all worth it.
Some shots of the beads I brought home!
This trip was priceless for me. Worth every airplane mile, and every dollar spent on parking. To spend 4 days with one of my best bead BFF's - it just doesn't get any better than that. I count down the days til I can back out there!