California Dreamin’: Ringing in My Birthday in LA

Y’all! I had yet another birthday. Those things seem to come around almost every year, right? This year, I headed West. You won’t believe this, but I’ve only been to California once. And I’ve never been to Los Angeles. So, when one of my best friends moved out there to work in the entertainment industry, I decided to pay her a visit my birthday weekend.

Check out my trip in pics!

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The gorgeous and DELICIOUS rose cafe. {220 rose ave, venice, 9029}
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more rose cafe, and the first of many plant walls I encountered in los angeles.
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these gorgeous gelato pops at stickhouse in santa monica. {223 broadway, 90401}
had to pop up in front of this famous sign on melrose. be prepared for a bit of wait before you can snap a pic, though. {8025 melrose ave.}
had to pop up in front of this famous sign on melrose. be prepared for a bit of wait before you can snap a pic, though. {8025 melrose ave.}
spent way too much time and money in this fun, modern mystic shop, loading up on rosemary and candles and crystals. in true melrose fashion, this was one of several shops like this on melrose. {7449 melrose ave., 90046}
spent way too much time and money in this fun, modern mystic shop, loading up on rosemary and candles and crystals. in true melrose fashion, this was one of several shops like this on melrose. {7449 melrose ave., 90046}
some super cool mural in downtown l.a.
some super cool mural in downtown l.a.
one of several amazing meals we had in three short days @ zinqué. {8684 melrose ave, 90048}
one of several amazing meals we had in three short days @ zinqué. {8684 melrose ave, 90048}
post breakfast arting, next to basquiat's jawbone of an ass painting @ hamilton-selway fine art {8678 melrose ave., 90069}
post breakfast arting, next to basquiat’s jawbone of an ass painting @ hamilton-selway fine art {8678 melrose ave., 90069}
be still, my bibliophile heart. perusing the last bookstore, convulsing with delight. {453 S spring st., 90013}
be still, my bibliophile heart. perusing the last bookstore, convulsing with delight. {453 S spring st., 90013}

 

so, apparently, there's a vegan mexican restaurant that beyoncé frequents in l.a. clearly, it had to be one of my first stops, and it was yums. {gracias madre, 8905 melrose ave., 90069}
so, apparently, there’s a vegan mexican restaurant that beyoncé frequents in l.a. clearly, it had to be one of my first stops, and it was yums. {gracias madre, 8905 melrose ave., 90069}

 

speaking of tacos. and silver lake. {diablo, 3129 sunset blvd, 90026}
speaking of tacos. and silver lake. {diablo, 3129 sunset blvd, 90026}

 

had to do it. snapped from griffith observatory. {2800 E observatory rd., 90027}
had to do it. snapped from griffith observatory. {2800 E observatory rd., 90027}

 

snapped on my birthday, while perusing the amazing arts district.
snapped on my birthday, while perusing the amazing arts district.

 

speaking of the arts district, i fell in love with this cute store, poketo. {820 e 3rd st. 90013}
speaking of the arts district, i fell in love with this cute store, poketo. {820 e 3rd st. 90013}

 

more arts district. + free coffee @ apolis. {806 east 3rd st.,  90013}
more arts district. + free coffee @ apolis. {806 east 3rd st., 90013}
know i couldn't leave without at least one museum visit. highly recommend los angeles county museum of natural history. {900 exposition blvd., 90007}
know i couldn’t leave without at least one museum visit. highly recommend los angeles county museum of natural history. {900 exposition blvd., 90007}
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