California Love - Part 1

Last month, my husband and I traveled to Los Angeles where we attended a wedding of one of his good college buddies. We made it a bit of a small trip, flying in a day early to explore Santa Monica and drive around Los Angeles as my husband hadn't visited in years.

It was an incredible weekend filled with sun, friends, food and celebrations. While I'd love to cram the activities and wedding details into one, I'll spare you, hence Part 1 (our Los Angeles tourist stops) and Part 2 (the wedding)

First stop was Cecconi's West Hollywood, which came recommended by a friend. The plush blue seating against dark wood, the open air seating, and, perhaps my favorite, the sprawling marble bar, all were a welcomed backdrop to the impeccable people-watching that took center stage. The obligatory hand-crafted cocktails differed from like venues with their own vintage glasses providing that extra flair.

The next morning, we enjoyed a rooftop brunch at the Roof atop Hotel Wilshire boasting some spectacular views of the sprawling city and a faint, foggy view of the famed Hollywood sign. 

Next stop was a stroll along the Santa Monica pier (yes, quite touristy), but apropos given the celebration of our country's independence and celebrating... 

After afternoon shopping and exploring, we headed to the groom's childhood home for a classic BBQ hosted by his parents. Perhaps my favorite part of the evening (in between continuing college stories shared well into the evening), was the mother-of-the-groom's incredible backyard garden bursting with blossoming roses galore. 

And so our food journey continued the next day with yet another recommended brunch locale the next day at Eveleigh on Sunset in West Hollywood. This trendy, yet casual and charming spot felt nearly anti-LA with it's rustic decor, shabby-chic French open-air feel. The brunch farm-to-table menu, french press coffee and fresh ingredients made a perfect start to the day.

After brunch, we drove up to Agoura Hills, the location of the wedding, with a needed stop at the Getty Museum for a little afternoon enlightenment. The views and inspiring creativity flowed atop the mountain views.

Finally, we made a trip to Malibu to cruise along the coast, soak in a some rays and admire the surfer community. Unfortunately, while enjoying the surfing waves, my husband's sunglasses found their resting place. RIP Mr. Oakley.

All in all, a fabulous lineup of sunny activities separate from the wedding celebrations. Can't wait to share details of this Cali love winey soiree... coming up soon.