“You can have a laugh in Los Angeles, or you can weep in Los Angeles, depending on your attitude towards it.”
Whenever I tell people about my deep love for Los Angeles, I typically either get a huge nod in agreement or the most confused look you’ve ever seen. People seem to either love or hate LA, and I’m solidly in the LOVE category.
How can you hate a city that’s filled with transients, that lets people reinvent themselves upon stepping foot here? Where you can have solid weather year round, sunshine daily, and a different part of the city to cater to all types of personalities? It’s just a quirky, wonderful place.
We stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which is said to be haunted. The hotel was great but the haunted aspect didn’t go over that well when I woke up at 3:30am, sure I could see a little girl in a blue dress! 😳
We didn’t spend much time in LA overall, but we did whittle out time to stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The hotel is a total departure from the rest of the frantic city. You drive into BH and immediately the streets are spacious and empty and the houses seem stately and quiet.
The hotel is set right off the street, but you’d never know it. As soon as you walk in, you almost feel like you’re in a tropical paradise and immediately relax.
Just go pop in and see it, maybe grab a bite to eat. You’ll have fun, I promise!
One of my favorite stops we made while in town was the adorable Charlotte Olympia store. Their famous kitty flats filled the place, but I fell in love with these gorgeous banana leaf slides. Perfect for slipping on and off during a road trip, right?!
We also found a couple of other little quirky things, like these adorable animal themed donuts…
…and this precious mini Hollywood sign nestled in the hills…
…and this intentionally rustic old truck with a vintage license plate and a bed full of flowers.
Plus, I finally got to go to a restaurant that a friend told me about probably 2 years ago when she raved about the decor: Gracias Madre. By the same owners as the popular Cafe Gratitude, it’s a delicious plant based restaurant that also happens to be a design lover’s paradise. Just look at those exposed beams!
So, what about you guys? Team LA or not?