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A Weekend in LA: Sweet Spots

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Vacation is the perfect time to TREAT YOSELF!  That's why I always send my balloon shop visitors down the street to Sugar Bakeshop, and why I always head to Instagram for fun dessert finds when I travel.  In addition to finding something to satisfy your taste buds, most dessert places wind up being a treat for your other senses as well.  These I found in LA successfully aim to please both your palate and your eyes at the same time.  These spots have multiple locations, but the ones shown here are all within walking distance of each other in Beverly Hills.

-Ladurée-

These macarons (macaroons are something else entirely) are just HEAVENLY!  A Laduree vanilla macaron is absolutely my favorite dessert of all time; it probably doesn't hurt that they are all imported straight from France!  And you know I'm a sucker for anything Gray Malin, so I made sure to get a 6 pack in an adorable Gray Malin box.  Bonus: this place looks like a Barbie Dream House inside!

Ladurée Beverly Hills // 311 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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-Sugarfina-

I have seen these rosé gummy bears popping up everywhere, but this store is gummy bear heaven!  I spotted cactus shaped gummies, flamingo dummies, and more mixed in with other cute gifts. 

Sugarfina // 9495 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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-Sprinkles ATM-

Maybe Sprinkles knows something we don't- perhaps cupcakes are better than money!  You can skip the line and get a cupcake straight out of this ATM, which is sandwiched between the regular Sprinkles bakery and ice cream shop. 

Sprinkles Beverly Hills // 9635 south santa monica boulevard
beverly hills, california 90210

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A Weekend in LA

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My husband's job recently took us to LA, where the drinks are very pricey and the traffic is outrageous!  But enough disgruntled southerner talk, because all in all this was a place with gorgeous weather and plenty to see.  If you stick to one or two areas and just walk around where you are, the traffic won't be an issue.  Or, if you want a stellar West Coast sight, Malibu is a great  escape from the city.  Here are some of my favorite parts of the City of Angles to check out, and soon I'll share a recap of a great LA road trip we took to Palm Springs!

West Hollywood:

This is the area where we stayed, and it felt very safe and walkable with plenty of great restaurants nearby.  We LOVED Catch, which was apparently the new kid on the block that had been recently graced by the Kardashians, etc.  We felt a little judged by the hostess for not being important and not having reservations, but the bartenders were awesome and so was the vibe- open air & copper everything! 

The La Cienega Design Quarter area & Melrose Place are great for fancy schmancy window shopping (I literally just stayed on my side of the widow).  This is also the home of the world's cutest coffee shop, Alfred Coffee.  They have a few locations, but the one on Melrose has the most adorable chocolate shop in the back, Compartes. It's an LA based chocolatier with the cutest packaging and every add-in you can dream of to have in your chocolate!

Beverly Hills:

I met up with a friend, Colleen, so we could be ladies who lunch for the afternoon!  What better place to dine with another vintage lover than the pale pink and green paradise, The Beverly Hills Hotel.  This is a little slice of retro heaven, where you feel like you might see the Golden Girls at any minute!  The Cabana Cafe was pretty pricey, but definitely worth it for the vibrant poolside surroundings. 

Malibu:

I say yes, boo to Nobu in Malibu!  We had a hard time deciding which waterfront locale to have lunch at, but you just can't go wrong with Nobu.  It's really not as swanky and lavish as you might think for a supposed celeb hangout; the sushi is plentiful and reasonably priced.  We had a great view from our cozy outdoor lounge seating as well.  I was glad I had a Turkish towel to wrap up in, though, because that breeze had us feeling a little chilly in the shade of the umbrella!

Other LA Highlights:

We did a quick drive-by to LACMA so we could see the Urban Light exhibit.  Behold, 202 restored cast-iron streetlamps, which all come from LA and surrounding cities in the 1920's!  And of course, no West Coast trip would be complete without a little visit to In-N-Out!

Happy weekending, y'all!

 

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