The crazy, awesome African side of my family call Los Angeles home, so I love any excuse to fly down to the city of angels. Now that I’m finished school and blogging full-time, I figured what better time than now to make one of my family visits and run away from the rain in Vancouver… Plus, I am OBSESSED with my grandmother’s incredible African cooking, so that’s always excuse enough!
I worked on new blogposts for most of the flight down and landed in LAX in the afternoon, around the same time as my dad (who was coming back from a week in Paris lucky guy!). He had his car at the airport so we drove straight to my grandma’s condo off of Sunset blvd for some comfort food and kisses. She’s literally in my dream neighbourhood if I were to move down there! West Hollywood is full of incredible restaurants, culture, clubs, and shopping!
An LA trip is never really complete without a Runyon Canyon hike, so I convinced my cousin Raissa to join me in the morning. She picked me up around 7:30 am with some coffees and we set out on our little adventure. I did not realize how out of shape I was! We spent an hour and a half panting up, then back down the mountain. It probably didn’t help that we were twerking to Beyonce’s Formation the entire time!
Lunch was at my favourite Hollywood taco joint Pink Taco and followed by another style update shoot. Note to self: do not photoshoot after tacos!! After a late afternoon shopping excursion I headed home to write for a couple hours and call it an early night
The morning started with croissants and a casual stroll on Hollywood blvd. This is so corny, but I always love checking out my favourite stars! It reminds me of being little, trying to find names I could recognize. After a quick lunch with my grandmother, I headed to Santa Monica to check into our hotel, the Viceroy, before Justy arrived. The Viceroy Santa Monica hotel fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious California boutique beach hotel. It’s fabulous!
He landed in the early afternoon and ubered over, where he found me lounging in sweatpants by the pool on my laptop (aka my natural state). We had a couple hours to explore our hotel and catch up before dinner with my dad and one of his longtime best friends Romeal. We were all craving seafood so we walked a block over to the fabulous Herringbone restaurant where we laughed and feasted on crab, oysters, lobster, and cake for hours…
Day four was a chill day for Justy and I to hang out just the two of us. We took the hotel cruisers and biked to the Santa Monica hotspot Dogtown Coffee where he grabbed his usual americano and I had the most sumptuous iced chai latte! A couple of acai bowls later, we rode down to the Santa Monica pier and along the beach for a few hours. We love playing dream house, where we pick all the houses along the beach we could see ourselves in!
In the afternoon we checked out the 3rd street promenade where Justy bought a few new pairs of shoes and I danced along to some incredible street performers. The talent in LA is serious! We then had a super cute dinner date at Tar and Roses, a tapas style restaurant we found through yelp and took our time on our walk back to the hotel, chatting about everything from work to love and life.
We spent the morning at the Getty checking out their beautiful new exhibit of Louis XIV tapestries and the afternoon on Rodeo Drive. This little strip of fabulousness never ceases to amaze me. It’s consumerism and gluttony incarnate, but of course we still partook went shopping! After my dad selfishly splurged at Salvatore Ferragamo and left his little cub bagless, we went to find Justin a pair of limited edition sunnies he had been looking for for nearly a year. We both found what we were looking for at the Persol store!
In the evening my dad brought us back to Santa Monica and joined us for another seafood feast at another landmark restaurant The Lobster. Justin and I were debating going out for a night on the town afterwards but we were both so exhausted!
After a quick breakfast at Dogtown again, we packed and checked out of the Viceroy. We took a casual stroll down to the pier to feel the sand in our toes one last time then went to the airport to check in and fly back home to our little Vancouver life with our puppy man Mosi.