Transported in the Huntington Gardens

Transported in the Huntington Gardens

I am so excited to share with you all our day at the Huntington Gardens. In case you didn't know, I am OBSESSED with botanical gardens. They are among my favorite places to explore in any city and I finally made the trip to LA's Huntington Gardens with some girlfriends. I thought it would make for the perfect ladies day out activity and create a space to meet and hang out with some of the new women in our church community.

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Griffith Observatory and Trails Cafe

Griffith Observatory and Trails Cafe

We love the Griffith Observatory. If you have read my blog for a while you have seen or watched our tales from Hollywood's best vantage point.

When our friends visited from Mississippi we knew Griffith was the best spot to show them...well...ALL of LA. We drove up in early afternoon and took our time walking around the various observation decks, sticking to the outside to get all the best views. We also stepped into the Telescope atrium for a sneaky peak. The telescope is open for actual viewing in the evenings until 9:30 pm. 

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Ladies Retreat Weekend

Ladies Retreat Weekend

Although our church here in LA is small, we are committed to maintaining a regular rhythm of womens-only events that encourage both spiritual growth and fellowship amongst the ladies of our community. 

When working long hours or getting caught up in the business of day-to-day life, I find myself often missing the company of my girl friends. Seeing my gal pals a couple times a week for missional community small group or for our discipleship night is AMAZING don't get me wrong.

But there is something very special about the company of a larger group of women. 

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Faith & Flower Happy Hour

Faith & Flower Happy Hour

On of my favorite spots to dine and chat in all of LA has to be Faith & Flower. Soon after we were married, Jeff took me on a date to this art deco restaurant and ever since it has been one of our top choices for fine dining in the city.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon we drove downtown with our friends Sydney and Jon to experience Faith & Flower's famous Dollar Oyster Happy Hour. This was my first time trying the polarizing seafood but I knew Jon and Sydney (who are obsessed with the dish) would be the best people to encourage me on to try it. 

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Yellow Conference Recap Part 2

Yellow Conference Recap Part 2

I stepped into Day 2 of Yellow with a bit more confidence than I had on Day 1. I had met some of the other women, taken my notes, processed with Jeff and was ready (in a favorite outfit) to hit the ground running again.

Day 2's Sessions were similar to the first, bringing different speakers into a program of various topics and themes. However, Day 2 was also peppered with some interactive group activities which I LOVED. 

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Yellow Conference Recap Part 1

Yellow Conference Recap Part 1

Last year I had the privilege of attending the Yellow Conference. The Conference was founded by Joanna Waterfall (of Yellow Co.) as a place to engage and inspire women (in particular) to change the world for the better. The conference hosts a variety of speakers who teach and share on multiple topics from how to start a small business to how to channel your creative energy into something good. I had little expectations going into the weekend and was armed with only a few testimonies from friends of friends of how life-changing the conference had been for them the year before. With an open mind and an empty notebook I walked into the Downtown LA Warehouse prepared to be encouraged. 

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Beachside: Martha's 22nd Street Grill

Beachside: Martha's 22nd Street Grill

I'm blessed to live about 30 minutes from my Aunt Felicia here in LA. Every few months we make a point of getting together at one of ours or out in the city to eat and catch up on life. The other Saturday, we met up in the middle at Martha's 22nd Street Grill in Hermosa Beach. 

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Our LA Favorites: Vinoteque on Melrose

Our LA Favorites: Vinoteque on Melrose

When Jeff and I started dating he wanted to take me out on a fancier date in the city and so my best friend Sarah recommended Vinoteque on Melrose Ave. I had been wanting to have a fancy night out with my new (at the time) boyfriend and Jeff surprised me with the most romantic evening at this charming little restaurant. Since then, we have been back to Vinoteque to celebrate various holidays and milestones. We have brought family and friends and it has quickly become one of our all time favorite spots to eat in Los Angeles. 

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Second Sundays: Blending Our Backgrounds in Little Ethiopia

Second Sundays: Blending Our Backgrounds in Little Ethiopia

Our Missional Community small group spends the Second Sunday of every month out in the city in the hopes that our hearts will continue to grow for LA and that we will discover new places to dine or hang out.

Our first Second Sunday was spent at a local Indian restaurant and for this outing we kept in tradition and explored another cultural gem in LA - Little Ethiopia on Fairfax avenue just south of Olympic Blvd. 

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Winter Day at The Getty Center

Winter Day at The Getty Center

The Getty Museum is one of my favorite places in all of LA. The views alone are worth the price of admission (which is FREE!) making the hike up the hill and the measly 15$ parking fee pale in comparison to the experience of visiting. We took my wonderful in-laws there to gaze at the art, the gardens and just to walk around this beautifully designed palace in the sky. 

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B Sweet Please

B Sweet Please

I discovered B Sweet when trying to show out-of-town friends that LA has an amazing dessert scene. The first time I went was an absolute mish'. We had just finished Sunday dinner and realized the restaurant closes at 8 pm. At 7:40, I called the restaurant and begged them to stay open for us (a party of 12) and promised we would be there in 15 minutes. Not only did they keep the doors open but they also gave us some of the best service and desserts I have had to date. 

The other night my friend Brianna and I made our way back to B Sweet as a craving had grown quite strong since my first visit. The shop is located in the heart of Sawtelle's Little Osaka district. Although it is small and the line grows quite long (always a good sign) the servers move quickly. We have never had to wait to long for our treats. 

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Downtown Diaires: A + D Museum

Downtown Diaires: A + D Museum

I had the privilege of attending the Architecture and Design Museum's inaugural exhibition at their new location in the Downtown LA Art's District. 

SHELTER: RETHINKING HOW WE LIVE IN LOS ANGELES brought together a collection of residential concepts for how we could better preserve space and reduce waste. It was incredible to see how diverse the proposals were, ranging from sponge filtration systems to aggregated units where there is currently unused land. The exhibit focused on the potential of the Wilshire Corridor and how new public transit systems and technologies can benefit the city and help solve the local environmental and housing crises. 

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Food and Games at Picnic LA

Food and Games at Picnic LA

A couple weeks ago, my friend Lindsay and I met up in Downtown Culver City to enjoy some lunch and catch up time. As Downtown Culver is one of my favorite areas in all of LA, I was so excited that a new restaurant had opened in what was once an empty shop corner at Culver Blvd. and Duquesne. 

This particular corner boasts a gorgeous street view of Culver City City Hall, it's gardens and the historic Culver Theatre (now known as the Kirk Douglas).  I used to frequent the same spot years ago when it was a french restaurant. Now, Picnic LA has reclaimed the space as farm-to-table eatery boasting an assortment of incredible seasonal dishes and desserts. 

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Thai Tour #2: Hoy-Ka in Hollywood

Thai Tour #2: Hoy-Ka in Hollywood

Earlier this month, Jeff and I hosted a friend from Chicago and wanted to show him one of our classic LA weekends. Amidst shopping at the Promenade and drinks at Alibi Room, we snuck up to Hollywoodland for Improv comedy and Thai food. Jeff did some research and found Hoy-Ka Thai to be amongst the highest rated Thai restaurants in LA. We went for it.

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My Favorite Ice Cream ~ Salt & Straw

My Favorite Ice Cream ~ Salt & Straw

I love desserts. I consider myself a connoisseur of the delectable and an obsessor over the sweet. I am fortunate because LA has so many incredible dessert spots and it's own collection of uppity and unique ice cream shops. 

When my best friend Sarah flew into LA for the weekend, she suggested we check out the westside's latest cool house addition Salt & Straw.

Best. Decision. Ever.

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Downtown Diaries: Bottega Louie Brunch

Downtown Diaries: Bottega Louie Brunch

Here is the next chapter of my Downtown Diaries. My best friend, Loee, and I set aside an entire day to spend together in downtown LA. Even though we got caught in the rain after some fresh blow-outs, we were determined to continue our girl-date!

We walked a whole 2 blocks from the hair salon to brunch at Bottega Louie The restaurant is located at Wilshire and South Hope street and OhMy. Goodness. I have never been more enamored with an eatery. I had sampled their food via Uber Eats (a delicious lunch delivered in a bright pink box) but I had no idea the source was so palatial.

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