IMG_1503 copy

My friends and I decided to take a road trip to Los Angeles, CA for 3 nights.

Day 1

We left the house at 4 AM and grabbed breakfast. After a six hour drive, we finally arrived at Los Angeles! First stop was Lemonade on Ventura Blvd for lunch.

IMG_1515
I love palm trees!

IMG_1514Lemonade (12401 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604)
IMG_1516My friend suggested the watermelon rosemary, which was super good! Highly recommended.
IMG_1518Our original plan for the day was to go to Bronson Canyon hike and take picture with the Hollywood sign, but we were all pretty exhausted. So we didn’t do much.

Day 2

Second day in the city of angels! We decided to explore the city of Santa Monica for this day. Our first destination was Urth Caffe, which is definitely worth the hype.

IMG_1549What I got: Portobello Panini & Japanese Tea Latte
IMG_1552My friend’s dish: Poach di Parma
IMG_1555

After lunch, we stopped by Buffalo Exchange for some shopping! Best thrift store ever. I found a very soft black t-shirt dress.
But we couldn’t stop after one store. We headed over to 3rd Street Promenade for some more shopping!

IMG_1556What we had for dinner~
IMG_1557

It was a bit different than your  traditional Japanese ramen. For this particular dish, you dipped the noodles into the broth then eat it. Kind of like soba noodles.IMG_1568

Day 3

We visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). It was awesome!

IMG_1605

The yellow strings aka noodles…

IMG_1631 IMG_1634

Some paintings I liked…

Then off to Venice Beach with some cucumber mint lemonade!
IMG_1637 IMG_1641 IMG_1644

At the beach, my friend may or may not have been injured… Yikes!

Day 4

Our trip was almost ending. We packed up our things and left to the Grove for more shopping and our last meal at the Short Order. What a bittersweet ending!

IMG_1681

For me, this LA trip was a huge success! We were able to visit, eat and see things we wanted to do, yet we had our spontaneous moments. I also couldn’t have asked for a better group of friends to go travel with. Red bull heart attack, middle-of-the-night-screaming, late night card games, etc… This trip was definitely the highlight of my summer of 2014!

Diary, Food, Travel

Palm Trees

Image
Diary

Rose Garden

 

On a regular boring Tuesday, I decided to get out and get some Vitamin D that I lack. I went to the famous rose garden around where I live to smell some roses and take pictures. The rose garden was much better than my expectations. Clean and beautiful scenery greeted me as I walked in. I was simply impressed. As I went on a stroll 30 minutes before sunset, the place was not crowded–which I appreciated. It was very peaceful and soothing for my mind. I was actually cheered up because of the cute ducklings. What a nice way to end the day. I wonder what I’ll do tomorrow?

1 2 3 48 5 6 7

Standard
Diary, Food

Fig-tastic

Finally tried out these organic black figs for the first time! They were truly fantastic… or should I say “figtastic.” With smooth texture, this fruit is very sweet and succulent! Figs are so healthy for your body which you can read all about it here. When you are eating it, you can experience that famous fig fragrance sold in many candles and lotions. Two of my favorite fig candles are from Anthropology and Crate and Barrel. It’s like heaven in a candle!

IMG_0245_2 IMG_0203 IMG_0197

Standard
Diary, Food, Style

Santana Row

Step 1: Get ready – hair, makeup, outfit, etc…

IMG_0182 IMG_0190 IMG_0191

Step 2: Arrive at Santana Row.

IMG_0196

Step 3: Go shopping! (My shop-a-holic self came back from 3 years ago… help.)

*Sneaky outfit of the day snapshot*
IMG_0209

(After a hard 1 hour dilemma, I decided to get this lace detailed hoodie from Anthropology…)

IMG_0216

IMG_0219

Step 4: FEASTING TIME.

We ate at the LB Steakhouse. What I got/recommend: New York Prime Steak with LB Steak Sauce and a side of creamed spinach. The steak was breathtaking, while the service was below average.IMG_0220 IMG_0227

Step 5: Come back home, remove make-up, and zzz.

Standard
Diary

Colorless Day

Do you ever have one of those days when you are so out of energy that you become a sloth? I had one today. I don’t even feel sick! Just simply zoned out. So all I did today was sit in my bed,  drink endless cups of tea (which I did so much that I had to make a .gif), and take a picture of my lucky bamboo. Seeing this splash of green in my colorless day made me somewhat happy. Maybe it is lucky, after all.

IMG_0147 IMG_0151 water-gif

Standard
Diary

Relax

IMG_0106 IMG_0115 IMG_0114 IMG_0119 IMG_0124 icecream

Such a relaxing Sunday! I painted my nails white for the first time. Looks pretty good, especially against my vivid orange chiffon skirt and my gold rings. I had to go to the grocery store today, which is my favorite errand to do! (except for the part where I spend money…) From the store, I bought some giant bananas which were turned into ice cream. It was really good, except I think there was too much of the banana flavor… I would’ve liked it with more heavy whipping cream. It was good, nonetheless, with the sliced almonds. Yum!

But I’m still reading the same book, only the next chapter. Eating the same old breakfast. Listening to the same music playlist playing over and over again… Pretty ordinary day, I say.

Standard