My friend Molly and I were welcomed home yesterday by freezing rain after our six day trip to California. Thanks Minnesota. We got to be a part of the fashion styling team for FWLA, worked with amazing people, and made new friends. All around, the trip felt pretty magical. You guys might know the saying "Everything happens for a reason" Well as cheesy as it sounds, I'm one of those people who take that quote to heart. That goes for anything good or bad that life brings. The chance to go to California came out of the blue for us, and I am so happy we took it on because it turned out to be an amazing adventure.
The trip started out on a great note by flying Delta, they made the trip a smooth and convenient experience. We had early flights on the way there and back but didn't need to worry about printing tickets, or checking in thanks to their new app (which also tracks your luggage) a flight attendant even bought us drinks on our flight out! That was totally appreciated. We stayed at a fabulous Airbnb in downtown Los Angeles, and had a variety of great locations within walking distance.
Lyft made commuting around California extremely easy. In case you haven't visited California before, anything you might have heard about their traffic is correct. It's insane. Good thing I wasn't at the wheel or my road rage might have reached new levels. Even though we did spend the majority of our time traveling over to the West Hollywood area, we also got to visit the beautiful Beverly Hills Hilton for LAFW. Back in our little corner of downtown LA we ventured to the Grand Central Market on the daily to grab some fresh food/drinks. My favorites to try-out if you hit up the market would be:
- Eggslut: Not a breakfast lover? They'll change your mind. Pinky promise. So bomb!
- Press Brothers Juicery: Of course I had to try their Vitality smoothie and it was truly refreshing.
- G & B Coffee: You can't go wrong with their chai or anything that includes their almond macadamia milk.
- Bento Ya Japanese Cuisine: I love asian cuisine so this place was great, fresh and delicious. The sushi was also really good and all at affordable prices.
Also, another great spot to check out downtown would be Perch. Your best bet is to make a reservation before you go there but take this as LA's version of a speakeasy. The view of downtown from the top of the building is beautiful, and the food is quite good. While visiting the the Hollywood area stop by La Monarca Bakery, great coffee and breakfast options there as well (get the chorizo quiche!)
Overall, California was full of good vibes and a great adventure. Styling a show outside of the Midwest was pretty rad, and hope to visit again soon. If you're someone who would like to collaborate on my next trip down there feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you guys are in need of a Lyft around town or wherever you get to travel to, use code "visualvitaliti" to get a $15 credit on your account.