LA dreaming, all the kids in this town were way too cool for me.
sister road-tripping weekend for short and sweet trip to visit friends. a little getaway for the brain.. you know what i'm saying. change of scenery is good for you, even though this whole trip did feel a little deja-vu-y.
6 ladies, midnight, roscoes. don't caaare.
chicken and waffles get into my MOUFFF! always a must stop.
tom cruise..something about aliens. that's all that i'm allowed to say about it.
the oaks. i am such a sucker for gourmet food stores.
the most ridiculous coffee shop EVER! bourgeois pig really was the coffee shop of my dreeeams.
not to mention it's right next door to the daily planet, cute little news paper stand type store.
oh i'm sorry and did i forget to mention that it's right next door to the DAILY PLANET!! ahem
m- o- o- n- that spells moon.
dim lit, dark and cozy. exactly the place to sneak away with someone for a just for two chat.
there was a special back room with the moon that makes you feel like you slipped into Neverland. there were all sorts of trees that had cut outs for shelves and these small secret nooks with tables and tiny stools. plush pillows, interesting mismatched chairs, velvet couches and did you see that purple pool table? overload of awesome.
we get it LA you are SUPER cool. sheeesh
we hit up melrose because i desperately wanted to check out Japan LA! i remember getting to meet the owner at the magic convention a few years ago and ever since i've been following the shop on the interwebs.
it's weird and awesome forming these little bonds just because of small moments that happen to you.
it was so neat to see Twinkie Chan's Yummy You line in the store! so cool!! there was so much cuteness in this store, there was literally videos of kittens playing on the tv inside. my friend jess's sorta, totally kinda worst nightmare.. but that's a separate story.
trinity of koi fish.
such colorful shops and random eye catching candy every where. we walked all up and down this street.
mostly because i forced everyone to go to the Johnny Cupcakes' store which was conveniently located no where near where we where we started our melrose madness. i have met the man twice now, i couldn't NOT stop by had to follow through.
did i buy anything? no. the one shirt i was set on claiming was out of stock in my size and then my overwhelming indecision kicked in and i settled on nothing. why? because i wanted eeeverything.
the wall of ovens were surprisingly fully functional. randomly they would open and some kind of misty smoke would spray out. first time it happened i did kind of freak out a little haha
giant mint oven? but of course why not, they are just the doors to their back room. pssh no bigs that's not totally fantastic or anything. gosh, it must be so fun getting to work there. all the employees were really helpful and very laid back friendly. my cup of tea.
while we were there we bumped into a couple teams participating in an LA scavenger hunt marathon of some kind. a set of girls needed their photo taken in front of the oven back doors and a team of fellas needed a photo of them presenting a johnny cupcakes balloon to a person. jess, my darling friend who lives there, got to be the recipient of said balloon - random, right?
these are what making memories are about, allowing life to bump into you.
records and bikes.
i can't wait to start a record collection, that's supposed to be a small future goal that i have my heart set on happening.
we found a small corner alley way filled with the raddest graffiti art.
i went snapping crazy!
he was everywhere, everywhere.
..this was my favorite one, she was beautiful.
where the wild things live.
off with your head, dance till you're dead.
so so true, just have to keep remembering that when it's the most hardest to.
these photos were us trying to be sneaky and snag a photo of an actor having lunch in that restaurant behind us.
noooo we're not super creepy or anything. stalking?? pssh no. once i realized who it was my eyes were seeing i had myself a little nerd moment and we had to do a back track to make sure we grabbed photos him. if you've watched grimm or true blood he may look familiar to you too.
losers and we don't even care. putting our business on the streets!
oops, there he is! james frain.
a photo of me taking photos, they just will never stop.
so sad i didn't snap ANY photos of our lunch at birds with my camera. way too involved into our conversations and shoving chicken caesar salad into my face to bother with the silly camera.
don't bother me, i'm eating.
the adorable spot that my friends call home couldn't be any cuter. i love getting the chance to step into someone else's life. that peep into a different way of living. certainly not how i live but get to pretend for a moment that maybe i do? that's the best part about a vacation or trip. letting go of who you are for just a little bit helps give me perspective on who i'd like to become.
my hosts couldn't have been anymore gracious and welcoming. next trip i am going to aim to almost over stay my welcome.
more photos of my lala land trip and my general randomness will always be readily available on my instagram.
i'd love to get to you know more of you lovelies so if you are on instagram, please don't be shy to say hi!