Rewind to last October when I won a staycation at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. after dancing for my life at 826LA’s Dance-a-thon and being crowned Best Dancer. Welp, fast forward to this past Friday when I finally cashed that bad boy in to keep my birthday week in full swing. Guys, it was AMAZING! To commemorate the occasion, this slideshow has 31 snapshots for my 31st birthday. So many things to let you know about, so I’ll just take it from the top.
Dash and I made it downtown at about 2 p.m. and had some time to kill before our check-in at the Ace Hotel, so we set out in search of a late lunch. As luck would have it, Grand Central Market was within a block of the lot where we parked. Boom! That meant I could finally try out Eggslut. The name is kinda out there, but the food is simply divine. And it gets bonus points because there was no line! We feasted on their famous cheeseburger, which has (you guessed it!) an egg in it. A sunny-side-up sucker, to be exact. I wondered, will it be messy? Will all the flavors be balanced? Will this change my life? The answer to all these questions: yes, Yes, and YAAASS! Seriously, it was the jam. Can’t wait to visit the Market again and see what other treats await. After our quick bite, we hit up Bar 107 for a little sippy sippy and then made our way to the Ace.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most stylish, friendly front desk agents, who made check in a breeze. We opted for the king bed on the 11th floor, as opposed to the queen on the 13th, because obvi. The room was legit!
This is a collection of the street art I’ve happened upon while out and about throughout the City of Angels. From Downtown L.A. to Mar Vista, to Hollywood, these pieces beckon to be seen as unusual among the usual. In each of these instances, what I discovered caused me to take pause and appreciate the view.
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It’s always a treat for my eyes when I’m in Echo Park. This neighborhood has so much character that I can’t even put a general name to what I found, so I’ll just call it “Echo Park charm.”
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What an assortment of randomness! But somehow I find beauty in these found objects.
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This past Saturday, my pals and I went to Cinespia’s screening of There’s Something About Mary at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. One of my must-do summer activities is to see a movie and picnic there. I’ve seen E.T., Grease and other films, as well as The Weeknd in concert and Shakespeare’s Hamlet in previous years. Once you get past the initial weirdness of being in a cemetery, it is quite enjoyable. I highly recommend it!
It was toasty out, so I opted for this colorful sundress and my thrifted, retro woven flats. Can’t forget my trusty picnic basket!
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Downtown L.A. has no shortage of character, thanks to the vibrant street art providing ample eye candy.
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“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
This past Sunday I rode the Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route of Ciclavia with my boo-ski. It was around this time last year that we went on our first date to Ciclavia in Downtown Los Angeles. It also was the first time I rode my new (old) bike. I dressed for comfort knowing that we’d be taking the Metro and riding the six-mile route (12 miles roundtrip), and I’m so glad I did. What a challenge it was with all the hills and crowds, but I’m glad my love was right there with me, encouraging me along the way. It was a glorious, sunny day that we spent reliving that fateful day, enjoying a picnic lunch and feeling the cool wind run through our hair. In short, a perfect day.
Skinny Jeans: C. USA
Earrings: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Forever 21
I happened upon this little gem while hanging at the Urth Caffé in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. I love a random photo opp.