Staycation: The Getty Villa

One of the beautiful things about having friends in town is that I get to play tourist. After living in L.A. for almost two years now, there are many parts of the city I'm yet to explore, and there's nothing like exploring with folks who also see your city with fresh eyes. This past weekend while my friend E came to visit me, we went to  the Getty Villa in Malibu. I've been to the beautiful Getty Center before and have been meaning to visit the Villa. Featuring ancient art and architecture and lush gardens, the Getty Villa is breathtakingly beautiful. It's definitely a worthwhile day trip to make with friends, family or a significant other. Both my friend and I thought it was a great date spot. 

The Inner Peristyle was my favorite garden and my favorite part of the Villa. 

After exploring and taking in the sights, we both enjoyed a drink at the Villa's Cafe. We both lucked out by wearing flats, the Villa calls for exploration so there's quiet a lot of walking involved.  It's definitely worth a visit the next time you're in L.A. 

Life in L.A.: The Grove

I'm usually not a fan of tourist hot spots, which is why I stay away from Time Square when I'm in NYC, it gives me a headache. Yet, although the Grove is a popular tourist site, it's one of my favorite places in La La land. The shopping is amazing, you'll find some of my favorite stores like Zara, Topshop and Banana Republic. During the summer I like hanging out by the fountain area to "fashion watch" or to see a live group perform. During the Christmas holiday season, it's always nicely decorated and festive. A visit during that time will instantly put you in the holiday spirit. Additionally, the Grove has an amaaazing Farmer's Market. I cannot visit the farmer's market without stopping by my favorite Brazilian food stand. The food is just that good. If you travel to L.A., it's definitely worth a visit.