Four sunny days in L.A

Since we’ve got back from our US holiday, I’ve been procrastinating on how to begin this blog post, let alone go through the hundreds of photos impatiently waiting on my hard drive. But after a few months of getting back into reality, I’m finally ready to share.

First up – Los Angeles. After an epic 16 hour flight from Australia with our friends Jess and Ryan, we arrived at our two storey Silver Lake Airbnb greeted by our friendly hosts. The sunny back lawn (perfect for an afternoon gin and tonic), Spanish villa architecture and badminton court were some of our favourite features. Not to mention the awesome pop up coffee shop, Go Get Em Tiger just a short stroll down the road.

Here are some of our top picks of places we visited in LA:

Stahl house
One of the finest examples of mid century American architecture with one of the best views of LA. We visited on an almost flawless afternoon, with the sun setting at our backs and the LA air warm and full of promise. Getting up this high is a great way to get your initial LA bearings.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard
We strolled this iconic boulevard and discovered many new haunts, including The Piece Collective, Urbanic Paper Boutique, the super cool Warby Parker.

Commissary at the Line Hotel
Arguably our best lunch (and meal) in LA. A gorgeous greenhouse venue with an impressive drinks list and vegetarian menu.

Bottega Louie
Cakes. Lots of them. Beautiful packaging and a large window that greets you with rainbow arranged macarons. Enough said.

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
One of the most impressive collections of modern art in the world. Worth devoting a half day to get the most out of it.

Poketo flagship store
I have been following these guys ever since they were just a little known online shop. I even once won a tshirt from a Flickr giveaway from co-founders Angie and Ted (when Flickr was still a thing). I was completely smitten by their shop but too chicken to say hi to Angie and Ted. Instead drooled over every item in their shop and walked out empty handed because i couldn’t make a decision. Thank goodness they have an online shop. Check it out here.

An industrial-chic shop for Apolis menswear & accessories. I bought a beautiful handmade leather camera strap; cut, dyed, and embossed in L.A.

Griffith Observatory
The perfect place to see some of the most incredible views in L.A .With the iconic Hollywood Hills in one direction and the sprawl of the city in the other.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel
Located in the stunning historic 1920 United Artists building, we hung out at Ace Hotel ‘upstairs’ for our last night in L.A. And boy what a night is was. Little did we know that the World Premier of ‘The Leisure Class’ was happening next door. Meaning we were lucky enough to share the space with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon later in the evening. All too shy to say hi we instead sat back and acted cool* And as we left for the night we captured our excitement with a photo in Ace Hotels cool photo booth.

*more gawked and giggled like a bunch of teenage girls.

Yolk Boutique
Last stop before heading off for our drive to Big Sur and San Francisco, Yolk Boutique. Unfortunately Yolk was closed when we visited. But this cool shop was worth the visit anyway for its super cool shop front.

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Photography by Monique and Mark Welker

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