06, 01, 14

Los Angeles: Day 1 and 2

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Yesterday I was wearing short sleeves and sunglasses, today I’m in a snood up to my ears and my thickest socks. We’re definitely not in LA anymore. Travis and I got home late last night from a mixed work/play trip to Los Angeles. What a way to kick off 2014! I wanted to share a little bit of our play before I share the “work” part later. Before teaching classes on Saturday, we got in Thursday afternoon and had a little bit of time to piddle around LA.

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We spent the afternoon on Thursday strolling around Venice, primarily Abbot Kinney. I fell in love a little. What a charming area. Lunch was a Gjelina – a recommended spot that lived up to its promise! Gotta kick off a mini vacay with some rose’, am I right?

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The rest of the afternoon we strolled in and out of shops, including the totally cool Ilan Dei Studio where I wanted to buy every succulent they offered. Of course, a paper gal’s got to visit Urbanic, the paper boutique of all paper boutiques.

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Other notable favorite shops included Firefly and The Modern Dog where we bought the pups some treats and struck up a nice little conversation with the owners.

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Once we got to our hotel, we ordered up some cocktails to the room. Approximately 9 minutes later I was asleep. That’s what a 3 hour night’s sleep will do to you before travel, I guess!

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Day 2 we worked in the hotel for a quite a bit, but trekked out around lunch to Olvera Street, which was really fun. And by golly, we had some really great Mexican food. These Texans approved.

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Los Angeles Magazine told us that the taquitos at Cielito Lindo were a must-have (above). So we hurried over to try them. Ok, they were, like, really delicious.

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Last stop before dinner at The Gorbals, Poketo. A shop full of treasures.

Couldn’t stay out too late on Day 2, Day 3 was a big one for me. More to come!

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