Happiness Files: LA Trip

June 2, 2016

Last month I was lucky enough to snag my mom for an amazing girls weekend.  Despite my horrendous seasonal allergies we were able to enjoy some amazing spots in LA… here were our favorite parts:


We loved our hotel Mr. C’s in Beverly Hills… the location wasn’t ideal for our itinerary, but the complimentary car service certainly helped!


…the complimentary Cipriani Bellinis didn’t hurt either…



We voted our favorite meal of the trip was at SQRL (be sure to order the Sorrell Pesto Bowl with kale, and the Kabbouleh Salad)


Cute cactus on our walk to Silverlake


Quaint flower shop

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Was so bummed we carried on and couldn’t take any of these goodies home from Bar Keeper

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Loved the fresh blooms at Claire Vivier


Stairs into AOC Wine Bar (go for their happy hour and get the date appetizer and a cocktail… also be sure to check out their outdoor patio space)


(the Fire & Smoke cocktail at AOC Wine Bar)


The “Only in Mexico” cocktail (casamigos reposado, mezcal, pineapple, serrano chili, cilantro, key lime, tamarind foam) from Toca Madera (amazing bar, cool vibe to grab a drink…or two).


My mom knew I would lose my mind in the Restoration Hardware in West Hollywood (I did).




Restoration’s amazing rooftop view


Despite the million cocktail pictures I have, there is 1 picture of us together and 2 of us separately #fail


Gracias Madre’s Purista margarita (their special salt recipe coming to the blog soon!)


We to pop into Jessica Biel’s Au Fudge to see if JT was in the building (he wasn’t), but we did see this adorable neon sign (and picked up a few cute things in their store).


We met Micheal Aram at the opening of his new West Hollywood store (needless to say we were confused why they were giving us champagne in our workout clothes upon arrival)


I need this chair.


…And this chandelier.


Had to stop by Compartes for some chocolate (I came home with Strawberries and Champagne, Vanilla Bean and Animal Crackers and Salted Pistachio)


We tried out Kali – originally a pop up – and I loved their Swedish fish cocktail made with vodka and strawberry shrub (also be sure to order the Yellowtail and Uni appetizer, and the duck entree)


Oh and the next night I went to Beyonce (overall good weekend I’d say) 🙂

If you are in LA anytime soon, I would also recommend the following:

  • Drinks at EP & LP – awesome rooftop bar (great bobba tea cocktails)
  • Brunch at Le Pain Quotidien on Melrose (amazing green smoothie and GF options… would choose over Urth Cafe)
  • Cocktails at Ysabel – a beautiful space with amazing people watching
  • Brunch at Republique – I ordered the Croque Madame (and while delicious) was lusting over my mom’s burger

We didn’t go to any of these places but they were recommended and definitely on our list for next time:

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