This past Saturday, I took a little trip to L.A. just for a fun outing and to spend some time with my mom. Naturally, I took this as my chance to live out my secret dreams of one of my favorite movies and constructed a day loosely around the film. Ba ba ba ba da ba da ba da, I think about that day, I left him at a Greyhound station, west of Santa Fé…The lyrics of La La Land were playing the whole trip through, and I was singing at the top of my lungs!! Here’s a great day guide if you’re in L.A., featuring some of La La Land‘s best:
Our day started remarkably early, so we were on a pre-city breakfast hunt at around 7 a.m. on the outskirts of L.A. I had a mad craving for a breakfast burrito and found a place that specialized in them and that was also open. First off, it was a delicious burrito place (called Brothers) with healthy whole wheat, strictly egg whites, and veggie options. I went for traditional egg and cheese, and the burrito came with a yummy hot citrus salsa. As I was munching, I noticed a familiar sign across the street. After fact checking, I realized fate had brought me completely by chance to one of the backdrops of a scene in La La Land, which seemed simply too apropos for the day I had planned!! The most serendipitous of events, for sure.
Next we headed off to the flower mart — basically my dream come true. Open 6 a.m. on Saturdays, the Flower Mart is full of vendors selling beautiful blooms at reasonable prices. I’m talking $5 for a group of hydrangea stocks! We saw all of my favorites — peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and more. Besides vendors outdoors, the actual Flower Mart costs $1 to peruse, though the San Julian market across the street is free. It’s beautiful to go and see!!
I had been wanting to go to the Griffith Observatory for forever, but after La La Land came out, of course my interest was piqued again. It’s one of the biggest and impressive montages in the film (watch here!). The observatory itself has gorgeous sweeping views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. It also has several rooms with information about celestial and astronomical discoveries made there. Admission is free, though parking is $4/hour. I recommend parking at the Greek Theater and taking the shuttle (which costs 50 cents each way) up to avoid the traffic. It opens at 10 a.m. and during the busy summer season, the lots were filled by 10:15. We went to one of the planetarium shows (Centered in the Universe) and there was a small fee ($5 students, $7 adults). It’s worth it though — the show is an engaging reminder of how small we are in the big grand scheme of the universe. It’s really well done!
Ostrich Farm has been on my list for a while, and that was where we headed for a late lunch! The restaurant is locally sourced (some even from its own back garden!) and has a really lovely intimate vibe. We shared the vegetable sandwich (with cucumber, arugula, avocado, roasted tomatoes, red onion, feta, pepperoncini, lemon dressing) and an arugula salad (with chicories, parmesan, lemon honey dressing). Both were delicious and good-sized. We’ve been talking about the sandwich since!!
Ice cream was a must when the temperatures were pushing 95 degrees! There are tons of great creameries to choose from in L.A., and I’m working my way through them. Milk was one on my list — they’re famous for macaron ice cream sandwiches. Knowing my affinity for anything macaron, I surprised myself for opting for a strawberry cone instead. It more than quenched my craving though — sooo yummy!
For my outfit, I wore this sweet yellow eyelet button-down and white shorts, paired with the criss cross sandals I’ve been wearing on repeat lately. I couldn’t resist wearing some vintage cat-eye sunglasses, as I was really channeling the bright color scheme and look of Mia in La La Land. 😉 A quick note on the top — I’ve linked it below, but for some reason, it’s only sold online in plus sizes. If you’re looking for normal sizing (I wore an XS because the S was still a little long), the shirt should be available in-store at Target. I recommend calling your local store to check, but you can find the shirt description in the link below!
It was the best day, celebrating the best movie! If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend!! It’ll make you have a whole new appreciation for spots like these.
Women’s Popover Yellow Button-Down Shirt // Old Navy Mid-Rise 3.5 In. Everyday Khaki Women’s White Shorts // Target Lois Criss Cross Sandals // Ray Ban Vintage Cat-Eye Sunglasses (similar found here!) // Urban Outfitters Bag (similar found here and here!) // Alex & Ani Bracelets // Colourpop Lippie Stix Bound
Have you had the chance to visit these places? Or are they on your bucket list? Comment below!!