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los angeles is known as a shopping destination and for good reason. not only are we home to all of the major shopping retailers you might expect but we also have a great independent shopping scene. local designers and independent shop owners creating really well curated selections for everything from home goods to handbags. if you’re looking for great gifts, or to support local here are some of our favorite shops!
Alchemy Works: situated in the arts district downtown this shop has friendly staff who can help direct you to a great gift or a new pair of shoes for yourself. it’s proximity to our office is a problem because we can’t visit without wanting at least a thing or two!
Broome St. General Store: this place is part cafe, part gift shop. they have a great selection of home items everything from cooking staples, coffee table books, kitchen linens, etc. they have an extended location which is across the street and is definitely worth a visit as well!
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happy friday, you guys! we have another post on what to do in los angeles, and this one is all about FREE FUN. tired of spending tons of money on boozy brunches and shopping and overpriced movies? well…try out some of these and save your cash! it’s going to be beautiful this weekend, enjoy! -bri
1. bring a picnic to barnsdall art park. they also have non-free movie & wine nights that are pretty fun! this place is surprisingly not busy on weekends, bring a picnic or just a blanket, lay in the sun and enjoy the view.
2. drive the beautiful PCH to point dume beach in malibu. the drive is gorgeous, and the beach isn’t as crowded as venice or santa monica.
3. take a stroll and look at the venice canals. gotta love california! so many cool looking houses. it’s also remarkably peaceful for being right next to the craze of the beach.
4. go to the hammer museum, look at art, and spin in the chairs. a great museum with lots of interesting, rotating exhibits. not free but, they also have a great happy hour in their bar.
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one of my favorite things on earth. PHOTO BOOTHS! i have waaaaaay more strips than i can count. so many funny memories. make out sessions. tipsy times. traveling adventures. they capture such great times, don’t they?? here’s a list of some of our favorite photo booths around LA!
THE EDENDALE: a great silver lake spot for casual birthdays. a cute back patio to gather all of your friends and snap away in the photo booth with a cocktail in hand.
THE CHA CHA LOUNGE: it’s dark, it’s hipster. but it can definitely be fun if you’re in the mood for big booths and bad beers. fun fact, natalie met her husband there! ps. i always liked the coloring best in their photo booth.
THE ACE HOTEL: this weekend, have a mimosa brunch here and then spend a little too much $ in their lobby photo booth. it’ll be fun.
MOHAWK BEND: i would say to go here after dinner for beers and photos. it’s a 100-year old transformed theater!
THE CHURCHILL: great spot for post-work drinks, or have dinner at son of a gun down the way and come here after for a picture and a cocktail. their outdoor patio is cool, too.
THE DARKROOM: more low key then most of the bars in this area, they have surprisingly good food and there is space to spread out and hang out. eat, drink and be merry!
THE SHORT STOP: a true dive! let your hair down and DANCE at this hole in the wall, it gets packed so be prepared to wait. and it’s grimy but that’s all part of the fun.
and remember when i did a birthday photo booth crawl three years ago HERE with a bunch of crowns for all my friends? that was the best. learn how to make the crowns here.
you might also be into this 10 LA COCKTAIL BARS POST
we’re picky when it comes to our drinking establishments, especially if we’re going to spend $12+ on a cocktail. and that’s why we solicited the los angeles cocktail king, talmadge, for his recommendations on the best bars for making out. talmadge owns the cocktail operation pharmacie so we know he won’t lead us astray.
THE NORMANDIE CLUB | koreatown
Just look for the Bar sign on 6th in Koreatown. Sophisticated, yet unpretentious cocktails, big, cozy leather banquettes and a little side alley for sneaking in kisses.
SONNY’S HIDEAWAY | highland park
It’s easy to miss this gem on busy York Blvd, but well worth the U turn, when you drive past it. It has a vaguely 60’s feel with Tiki Inspired cocktails and dark corner booths to get lost in…
THE WALKER INN | koreatown
The speakeasy located inside The Normandie Club. You’ll need reservations, an open mind and an adventurous palate. But you won’t be disappointed. The cocktails and service will make you feel swanky and romantic.
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i would say the #1 question we get from friends and family traveling to LA is where should we STAY?! it’s an important question, especially when it comes to los angeles because this town is so spread out. you can’t just hop in a cab across town, or jump on the metro. LA takes strategic planning when it comes to location. here are some of our favorites, places we’ve stayed the night on staycations or with visitors. we know there are a lot of options when it comes to los angeles lodging but these are our personal recommendations.
THE LINE HOTEL | koreatown
this place is hip but laid-back. the rooms have huge windows, so splurge on a hollywood hills view room if you can. the pool is small but if you get there early in the day you can get a seat. they have a cute coffee shop in the lobby, a great bar in the back and a good korean restaurant too. but one of the best things about this place is that it’s close to a metro stop and also very walkable to all of the korean bbq places that have impossible parking.
THE ACE HOTEL | downtown
i’ve stayed here for a weekend staycation and it’s perfect. you almost don’t have to leave the hotel at all. between the fun rooftop bar, the great breakfast downstairs, the photo booth, and the cool rooms…you’re all set. and the price won’t break the bank. sure, the pool is more like a giant fountain, but hey, sometimes you can’t have it all.
THE PALIHOUSE | west hollywood
if you find yourself in los angeles for an extended period of time the palihouse is the perfect place to make your home away from home. apartment style suites have kitchens and the walkable location make it easy to feel like a local. and if you’re ever not in the mood to cook the restaurant offers reliably good food and service in a picturesque setting and the cocktails are not to be missed.
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL | beverly hills
this iconic los angeles hotel will cost you a pretty penny but it is certainly a classic. the pool and bungalow restaurant are strictly for hotel guests so it doesn’t feel overly crowded. if you’ve seen pictures of a hotel that is almost entirely pink and green, this is the one. also, if you are looking for another spot with an old hollywood vibe, check out the bar or restaurant at the chateau marmont! (you’re bound to spot a celeb if you hang out there long enough)
HOTEL COVELL | los feliz
this tiny little gem of a hotel almost feels like you’re staying at your coolest friend’s house. 5 suites to choose from this place is perfectly situated above bar covell which happens to be one of our favorite wine bars. you can stay the night in one of their rooms and have breakfast from the next door tex-mex place, home state, delivered to you. and in the summer their outdoor roof top patio is the perfect place to hang.
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also see our favorite LA coffee spots
and favorite LA date spots!