LA LA Land: Mini trip up the Coast

LA: a sprawling city with endless hip foodie spots, chic shops, beaches, hollywood moments and art museums. Since I live just a few hours from LA, I always make time to see something new in between visiting all my favorite spots. This trip was just a couple of days but it was filled to the brim with quintessential LA goodness.

Windy day in LA LA Land // March 2017
Love is light // Urban Light by Chris Burden at LACMA, March 2017

One of my favorite parts was exploring LACMA for the first time with my family. We loved wandering through the large art instillations, seeing La Gerbe (a big colorful Matisse), and taking our time to soak in the Picasso & Riviera exhibit. This was a special treat after just coming back from Mexico City and having visited places that were referenced and influential for the artist.

I got this // Levitated Mass at LACMA, March 2017

I always recommend a break between seeing the sights, that way you don’t get visitor burnout. Joan’s on Third was the perfect place where everyone could get the salad, wrap or cheese plate of their dreams plus a little something sweet on the side. Beware: churro kettle corn is addictive. You’ve been warned.

Beware: churro kettle corn is highly addictive // Joan’s on Third, March 2017

Each beach town in LA has such a different feel, and this trip we explored Venice Beach and Malibu. The Venice Beach boardwalk is 2.5 miles of non-stop people watching with food stalls, performers, the original Muscle Beach, roller bladers and tons of seagulls.

More toppings than acai? Just the way I like it!  // Venice Beach Boardwalk, March 2017
Always beach ready // Malibu, March 2017

In Malibu, we walked Point Dume State Beach at golden hour and even stumbled onto a movie set — look for us in the background of plane crash scenes. 😉

Spring showers bring beach flowers // Malibu, March 2017

When happy hour hit, we headed to a nearby spot to toast to a great trip. See you again soon, LA!

Golden Hour at Pointe Dume State Beach // March 2017

Have a favorite LA spot? Comment below and I’ll add it into one of my trips this year!

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