LA in a nutshell

our experience in LA was, in a nutshell, rushed.
i’m almost certain we spent half a day trying to find wedding rings downtown in the jewellery district! (we really did leave a lot of things last minute)

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our days started off with two things – a delicious breakfast from EggSlut & a coffee from the Hart & the Hunter.
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some days i needed a double caffeine hit – a takeaway latte and a piccolo!
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the quiet courtyard at the Palihotel

Mike dropped me off at Jetrag Vintage & i very happily spent an hour browsing through all the incredible dresses. i actually only managed to get through 4 rows of dresses from the 50’s & 60’s – i could have spent all day in here! it’s a wonderland!
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i tried on so many dresses (& bought the 2 on the right)
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but i’m still wishing i got the one on the left here (even though it did have a tear in the seam) – look how perfect it was!

there was more coffee followed by more running around (& quite a bit of sitting around on LA freeways – pretty sure it’s always peak hour over there!)
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america – i’ve gotta hand it to you…i’m liking your coffee! πŸ˜‰

for dinner we decided to head out to the Grove to give Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant Fat Cow a try
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i had a delicious beef pie, while poor Mike had to attempt to find his (very undercooked! eep!) steak under a mound of the funniest looking fries we had ever seen!
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oh, did i mention we had more coffee?
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and some of the tastiest food i’ve ever had
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and of course more eggs
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it all flew by so very quickly & before we knew it we were all packed & waiting to head to San Jose…
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and so it begins

today marks two months since we headed off on our wonderful whirlwind holiday.
it was pure magic & i thought it was only fitting to share some photos from our trip.
the flight over was a total eye opener!
we flew business class with Virgin & it was an absolute dream!
(that was the first clue that this was no ordinary trip! come on guys – we were flying business class! of course we were plotting something! haha)
the champagne! the food! the leg space! the beds?!! did i mention the champagne?!

over the next few days i’ll share some of our many photos, while simultaneously wishing i was back there doing it all over again πŸ˜‰ pure magic!

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here we go!
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celebratory champagne
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cheers to adventure!
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Mikey relaxing with the paper
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some (more) pre-dinner drinks & snacks
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our view below

now the food was just out of this world! some of the tastiest food i ate on this holiday was on our flights (both over & back!)
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this wasn’t even all of it! so so tasty

with ridiculously full bellies & the nice calming effects of the wine, it was time to get ready for bed…
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our beds all sectioned off in our own little “cabin”
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i got engrossed watching Looper (oh JGL! be still my heart!)
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but the ceiling resembled the night sky, which was so very pretty to fall asleep to

we slept so soundly in fact, that the morning was quite a rushed blur.
our ear plugs worked a little too well so the poor flight steward had to gently shake my arm to wake me! hahaha! breakfast was delicious, but i was so sleepy i forgot to take a photo!

the time difference meant that we landed in LA before we actually left Melbourne!
haha hello again february 26th!
we grabbed our hire car & joined the rest of LA on the freeway
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Mikey driving on the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road πŸ˜‰
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our first stop was coffee at the Hart & the Hunter – the cutest little cafe in the foyer of our hotel
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who knew you could get such great coffee in LA?! so delicious
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this is the only picture we managed to snap of the outside of our hotel
funny story about the PaliHotel is that it was previously the Orbit Hostel – the same place where we both happened to be staying after we met in San Francisco 10 years ago! needless to say, this place holds a lot of memories for us πŸ˜‰
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i was a little bit in love with this glass door
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like all good tourists, we straight away started documenting the room
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while the Pali Hotel does have all the looks of a great boutique hotel, when you get down to it, it just felt like staying at the Orbit Hostel – but with a paint job.
(almost certain the bedding is still remnant from it’s hostel days – which is kind of scary!)
don’t get me wrong, it’s super cute & all, but definitely not worth the money they are charging.
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we spent the rest of the day out at the office so Mike could catch up with all the guys to discuss San Jose & the film premiere, so by the time we got back to West Hollywood we were super tired & super hungry…
so enter Mikes wonderful dinner suggestion…
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of In-N-Out Burger!
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burger & fries – animal style! oh man, was it delicious!
the fries were seriously too much for me (look at that??? it’s crazy!)
but it’s definitely one of, if not the tastiest burger i’ve ever eaten
(& i sure do eat a lot of burgers! hah!)
the perfect end to our first day in the USA

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(i just realised that this blog posts makes it seem like all we do is eat!)