Hi All! I’m Ashley and I run Any Lovely Thing. I’m especially excited about Staci’s move not only because she is a fellow blogger moving to Southern California, but she’s also my cousin. Staci asked me to write a guest post about living in Los Angeles so I thought I’d share my ideal LA Sunday.
First things first, we need coffee to start this Sunday off in the right direction. I’m headed to Starbucks on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I love living so close to the ocean. Once fully caffeinated with a grande iced coffee (no sweetener, 2% milk, please!) you know we’re hitting the beach! There is nothing like escaping the stress and traffic of Los Angeles and breathing in that refreshing ocean air. My boyfriend and I love walking from Santa Monica to Venice and back. Each little stretch of the beach has it’s own vibe and it’s so great to just hang back and people watch.
After the beach it’s back to the Promenade to check out the sales at Club Monaco and J.Crew. What’s that? Lunchtime? It’s impossible to live in Los Angeles and not love Mexican food. I can live on tacos. Seriously, I can! When lunchtime rolls around we’ll get our hot sauce and guacamole fix from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. It’s a hop, skip, and a jump from the Promenade. Literally.
Let’s hit the road. I love cruising the PCH in my little Honda Civic with the moonroof open and the windows down. Is there anything more quintessentially Californian? Who doesn’t want to feel like Kelly Kapowski every once in a while? Between Malibu and the Palisades is the Getty Villa. It’s absolutely one of the most romantic settings in all of Southern California. The art, the view, the gardens…it’ll take your breath away. This is the perfect date spot. After a couple hours of meandering it’s time to head back into the city.
I love to entertain and can’t think of a more perfect way to end my Sunday than by having a handful of friends over for cocktails and to watch the sun set. I love trying new recipes. My favorite drink of the summer is the Paloma, which I featured a while back. Grab a tray, load it with pretty glasses, and bring it to the rooftop for a relaxed and casual farewell to the weekend.
Thank you so much, Staci, for allowing me to share with your readers what a perfect Los Angeles weekend would be for me. It’s so nice to meet you all!