10/11/11

california-part 1

before amy had her birthday this past june, she made a list of things she wanted to do after she turned 30...things to help make her look forward to a year most people dread. on the list was a girl's trip away somewhere, even if only for a weekend. and so her sweet husband nate gave her a plane ticket tucked away in a vintage suitcase for her birthday present. a whole week away with me and our friend beth on the other side of the country to visit old friends and warm sunshine.
this trip was about celebrating our girl...spreading our wings...seeing new sights...and being together.
i've had since june to prepare myself for the flight. i've always had these silly romantic ideas about the airport and flying on airplanes. when matt and i first became friends, he used to take me to the airport for coffee and people watching. it's always fascinated me....how everyone at the airport seems to move with such a purpose. but i never once got to see past security. getting to go beyond it this past week was a bit of an odd dream...it was like a secret world opened up! restaurants and bookstores and hustling and bustling.
who knew?! (all of you, that's who...haha...this gal is behind the times for real)
anyways, i hope i always get a little bit excited about these sorts of things.

once we landed in los angeles it was all palm trees and breathing in different air....amazing mexican food for dinner and late night girl talks. it was so good getting to stay with sarah and kate! they are the sweetest, most talented, ohio girls (sisters even) who have made such good lives for themselves in los angeles. they are true californians now. we stayed with sarah the first part of the week and spent the rest in los feliz with kate and her husband. for the most part we laid low...the name of the game was to relax. 

we strolled the santa monica pier, took a drive through malibu, shopped and museumed, ate amazing food, bought records at ameba music, saw moby at cafe graditude! (our lone celebrity siting), spent the day in pasadena, hiked canyons, and took in all sorts of tourity sites and old hollywood whatnots.
i think my favorite part of los angeles is her ethnic centers...places like olvera street and little tokyo. (we heard a street karaoke rendition of "the phantom of the opera" by two men while in little tokyo that forever sealed the deal for me and that part of town.) 
but really it might be unfair of me to choose. the whole city, and all of what i got to take in of southern california, i'm completely smitten with.
it was such an amazing trip! getting to be with beautiful friends (old and new), my amazing sister, and getting to flex a bit of independence in a wonderful city. we just might have to do it again for my 30th.
tomorrow i'll have pictures from the huntington gardens in pasadena! it was too beautiful to not get its very own post.

p.s. i have more pictures of our trip up on my facebook! go take a peak!

28 comments:

  1. your pictures are so breathtaking. Seriously, woman, I am blown away.

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  2. this CA girl (turned AK girl) knows why you love it so. It really is a great place to visit :))

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  3. so happy you had a good trip! i ALWAYS drink ginger ale when i fly. it's just one of those things. (and i have to have cherry coke if i buy soda at the movies, hah)

    you girls are just too adorable, by the way.

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  4. wow that looks like an amazing trip! just so relaxing and good quality time with your girlfriends. lucky girl :) glad you had a good time.

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  5. Ahhhhh so cool! Such amazing photos! I'm so glad you got to go do all of those great things... haha and karaoke at Little Tokyo is awesome. I'm sorry we didn't get to hang, but I'm really happy that you got to have a fantastic CA experience! Come back someday, there are so many more fun places to see! ;)

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  6. California looks amazing, I'd love to get to go!

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  7. I don't know if I have ever commented, though once I read your blog for almost three hours (eek!) - it's just that good - and I have to say: you might be one of my favorite bloggers.

    I have been flying since I was a kid, but my boyfriend took his first plane ride this year. I was so giddy to experience it with him. I told him one of the bests parts is drinking ginger ale + reading a book/doing a crossword a gazillion feet in the sky. So I wanted to tell you I really love the picture you took of the Seagram + crossword.

    I know, I know. Who comments on a picture of ginger ale when there are a bunch of gorgeous pictures of California surrounding it? But I just had to say - isn't drinking ginger ale so high above the patches of tiny fields and the people in their ant-sized cars awesome?

    Glad you loved your first plane ride! I wish I could hop on one now.

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  8. Also, that would be best. Not bests. :)

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  9. great photos- you are so beautiful!

    www.youngmothersmemories.blogspot.com

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  10. beautiful photos, as always. i love seeing l.a. through your eyes!

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  11. These are some amazing photos. Seriously!
    Glad you had fun on your trip! :)

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  12. wow, amazing pictures! it makes me want to visit LA.

    Just found your blog - I'm in love.

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  13. how amazing L.A seems? i really wanna go!

    dreamingthesea.blogspot.com

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  14. you are dreamy. i'm hatching schemes to meet you via shannan, though i'm going to have to prep myself to handle the double-dose of awesome. :)

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  15. These pictures are so lovely!!! The fair ones remind me of something that would be in a little kids room :)

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  16. I want to run away to Cali now!
    I love how you described your first plane experience. The first time I ever flew was on my honeymoon. I definitely had that same nervous/excited/whole new world feeling!

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  17. A girl trip! How awesome! There's nothing like it. I love seeing L.A. through your eyes.

    xo
    cortnie

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  18. oh goodness. you're so beautiful, and your collection of dresses is envious. what a fun trip!

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  19. Great photos, looks like soo much fun!

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  20. it looks like it was a wonderful girls trip. i love the photos.

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  21. Great photos! (as always!) Maybe one day I'll get to visit LA...

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  22. You're making me crave a visit to LA. I lived there for a while and would love to go down to see all my friends... that sun doesn't look bad either!

    Kacie

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  23. BEAUTIFUL photos! & I love that black & brown dress. So cute!

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  24. waaaaaay too many good dresses in this post. overload!

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  25. California is so beautiful! And Los Angeles is such an amazing city! I love your photos and am happy to hear you had a great time!

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  26. You have such beautiful pictures! Lovely blog!

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