VIDEO: FALLING FOR FALL TAG

Check out our newest video, Falling for Fall tag, where we tell you all about our favorite things and what we’re looking forward to in fall. What’s your favorite part about the Fall season?

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Halloween Night In

Not everyone has plans for big night out on Halloween, and that’s totally cool. Sometimes you have to work the day after Halloween, or you’re just not totally into the holiday, if that’s the case follow our simple step by step guide on how to have an awesome night in on Halloween. Let us know what your plans are for Halloween night? Are you going out? Dressing up? If you have a halloween night in send us your pics to us on twitter, @LandAinLA, or post them on our facebook page.

Fall LookBook 2014

Check out our outfit ideas for Fall, in our Fall Lookbook shot in beautiful Downtown Culver City, CA. What fashion trends are you looking forward to this Fall? Let us know if you like this type of post in the comments and we’ll be sure to do more, and if you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see they’re always welcome!

 

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City Glimpses: Dodger Stadium

Hello L&Aers!

IMG_0207  A few weeks ago now some friends and I journeyed downtown to the beautiful new Dodger Stadium.

About a 30 minute drive from LA’s west side, Dodger Stadium is not only an amazing ball park to catch a game, but it’s also an amazing vantage point from which you can see all of the East Side of LA.

Here are a few snapshots from our evening as well as a little vlog I made of the day. And don’t worry, we beat the NY Mets that night 7:4 🙂

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25 Things at 25

L and A are 25!

Happy Birthday to us! We made a fun video to tell you guys 25 things we’ve learned in 25 years of life. Check out the video below and don’t forget to subscribe to this blog and our youtube channel for more L and A in LA.

 

 

THE DONUT MAN – GLENDORA, CA

I LOVE DONUTS, and located on historic route 66 is The Donut Man, THE BEST DONUT PLACE IN THE WORLD!

The Donut Man has been in Glendora for over 40 years, and has been featured on numerous travel and food shows. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have so many delicious choices. This day we traveled to The Donut Man for his seasonal peach stuffed donuts (it was the last day they had them for the season 😦 ) and his famous foot long tiger tail doughnut. IMG_2442Look at all that donut-ty goodness. See those peach guys in the distance, they’re a thing of beauty.

IMG_2444The peach donut starts out with a potato flower, glazed doughnut with no hole in it. They slice the doughnut in half 3/4 of the way and spoon a ton of peaches into the center. You can eat it with a fork or eat it like a hamburger and make a mess. IMG_2436I love doughnuts, and I love peaches, so this was an amazing combo. I’ve been looking forward to peach season at The Donut Man all summer. This is one happy girl. I think I can easily say that this was the best doughnut I’ve ever had.

We also got a Tiger Tail doughnut (I forgot to take a pic of it). It is a foot long twist doughnut made with potato flower and chocolate, and was also amazing. The Tiger Tail was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and chocolatey on the inside. IMG_2445After the long drive to Glendora it wouldn’t be worth it to buy two donuts and go home, so I bought some to snack on later. IMG_2441I can’t wait to make another visit to the donut man, it’s a good thing he’s so far away or I’d be there all the time with an ever growing waistline.

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xoxo – Loee

ARIZONA ROADTRIP PART 2 – Phoenix to The Grand Canyon

Welcome to Arizona Roadtrip Part 2 – if you haven’t seen Part 1 check it out here.
After saying goodbye to the family Joel and I headed north on I-17 toward Flagstaff. Our first stop was just off the highway, Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. Here you can view one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. There’s plenty of parking and a little museum where you can check out the history of the native people. For a couple dollars you can head down a path, through the trees, to check out the Sinagua ruins. The ruins are up in the cliffs – we brought along our trusty binoculars and were able to look up into them. It’s probably not a pit stop for everyone, but for a couple of nerds like us we thought it was awesome.

DSC_0114We continued up I-17 and made a detour onto the Red Rock Scenic drive into Sedona, AZ. I had found this kitschy Alien themed restaurant along our route so we decided to check it out. The Red Planet Diner is a pretty fun place, aliens and sci-fi decorations everywhere. We had a fun time and the food was decent diner food.
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After our out of this world lunch (I’m so sorry) we continued the scenic drive. At the time the road was closed partway up, and didn’t meet back up with I-17. But we wanted to see the beautiful scenery and didn’t mind driving back down and see everything twice.

Along the route we stopped at a store called Sun Silver West. They have all kinds of Western and Traditional art, and Joel and I were drooling over all of it. We love the Western/Native American style and artwork and there was plenty to see here. I bought a great little basket as a keepsake from our trip, but we could have thrown down some serious cash on beautiful jewelry, rugs and paintings.
DSC_0148I would highly recommend taking this scenic route. There are fantastic views along the way and plenty of places to stop at little parks, cafes and overlooks.

DSC_0127DSC_0157Once we made our way back to I-17 we drove up to Flagstaff. We knew we wanted to make it to the Grand Canyon that night but had one stop in Flagstaff we couldn’t miss. Heading west out of Flagstaff on Rt. 180 toward Winslow, AZ, you can find an abandoned town called 2 Guns. Joel loves abandoned places and he had visited this place on tour a few years ago.
DSC_0158There used to be a campground here and now all that’s left are a few buildings and an empty pool. We enjoyed wandering around the area and checked out some of the graffiti.
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That night we stayed in Williams, AZ, known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon, along Historic Route 66. I wish I would have snapped some pics of our evening. We saw a (fake) gun fight in the streets, browsed shops full of cowboy gear and Rt. 66 paraphernalia, and had a delicious barbecue dinner. It’s a fun place to stop, with a lot to see and do.

The next morning we started early. One of the main reasons we stayed outside the Grand Canyon was so we could visit Bearizona. Bearizona is a drive through wildlife park full of all of our favorite animals, and we’ve been wanting to come here since we heard its fantastic name.

DSC_0173We got to the park right when it opened because that’s when all the animals are most active and being fed. We went into this experience with low expectations thinking that the animals would be to far away and we wouldn’t see everything, but we were so wrong. All the animals were out and very close to the driving path.

DSC_0179We saw big horn sheep, goats, American bison, and white bison.
DSC_0196Now this is where we had to roll up the windows – the next areas had Timber and Arctic Wolves. It was amazing to be so close to these animals, I don’t think I’ve ever seen wolves in person. They just kinda stare into your soul.
DSC_0188The last area was the bears of Bearizona – and there were so many bears! They were everywhere, we drove around this area multiple times to see all of them.
DSC_0205These are two very happy road trippers. After driving through the park we visited the “zoo” like area and gift shop.
DSC_0226There were some very rowdy bears cubs in an enclosure, I could have watched them roll around in the grass all day.
DSC_0227After we wrapped up at Bearizona we were ready to head up to the Grand Canyon. I love love love – did I mention love? the National Parks. National and State Parks in the US are some of my favorite places to visit, there are so many different ones to see across the country and I was super excited to visit this one. We went to the South Rim visitor center to start out adventure for the day. The great thing about the Grand Canyon is once you pay and get into the park you can park your car and use their bus transit system to visit the sites along the South Rim.

DSC_0243This was my first visit to the Grand Canyon and it did not disappoint. The pictures don’t really do it justice.  We traveled West along the red route taking the bus to 8 different overlooks, we walked between some and bused to others. I highly recommend this if its your first visit. There’s a lot to take in at the Grand Canyon and this way you get to see some awesome spots and get ideas for what to do on your next visit.
DSC_0246DSC_0254DSC_0262After a long day at the Grand Canyon we drove back to LA a little sun burned and a lot tired. I’m looking forward to going back to the Grand Canyon and camping/hiking there. I can’t wait to explore more of the South West in general there’s a lot to see and do.
DSC_0266Thanks for checking out my first adventure in the South West. Don’t forget to check out our youtube channel and subscribe to this blog for more adventures.

xoxo – Loee

ARIZONA ROADTRIP PART 1 – Los Angeles to Phoenix

DSC_0006 Joel and I love to road trip, so when we were invited to his sister’s wedding in Phoenix we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to explore some of the South West together. On our trips we prefer to stop at the unconventional, weird and unique places. I use roadtrippers.com to find interesting stops along our route, and on this one we found some really awesome ones.

Our first stop was lunch on our way out of LA at Tio’s Tacos in Riverside, CA. This place is crazy. It’s a little Mexican restaurant with a huge garden of creations made from recycled materials. There’s tons to see here, so Joel and I wandered around for a long time checking out all the characters and little buildings.DSC_0022

DSC_0015 DSC_0021 After walking around we headed into the restaurant for lunch. The food was good, your general mexican fare, but the agua fresca was amazing! They had so many different kinds, I had the pineapple and it was fantastic.
DSC_0031Our next stop was the Cabazon Dinosaurs. Being dinosaur lovers we had to stop here. These are gigantic dinosaurs on the side of the highway in Cabazon, CA. There is a museum here and you can go inside the brontosaur to visit the gift shop, but we needed to get on the road so we just stopped off for a few quick pics.

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Once we made it to Arizona we went straight to Joel’s sisters in Phoenix for the rehearsal dinner and to spend time with the family. I couldn’t believe how short of a drive it is from Los Angeles to Phoenix.

DSC_0057On the day of the wedding Joel and I had plenty of time to take in some of the sites in Phoenix. Our first stop was a Frank Lloyd Wright house, Taliesin West. I studied some of his work in college so I just wanted to go take a look, we didn’t have time for a tour, but we definitely want to check it out when we go back.

DSC_0061 I’m obsessed with the cactus there as well – they’re so cool. DSC_0063Another interesting stop we made was at Louis Lee’s Rock Garden. This is a suburban property owned and decorated by Louis Lee from 1958 till his death in 2006. His family now owns the property and you can look at it from the road. There’s tons of altars, statues, and lights all over it, its really amazing that one man did it all himself.

DSC_0068DSC_0066DSC_0067Phoenix was incredibly hot – like hotter than anything I’ve ever experienced. As the day wore on we still had places to visit but kept retreating to the air conditioning. We made a quick stop and see at Camel Back Mountain. The pictures just don’t do it justice. Its an incredible mountain with a great view of the city. DSC_0078 We also went to check out Hole in Rock on our way back to the hotel – in the heat of the day we weren’t able to hike at either place. We’re hoping to head back to Phoenix in the cooler months and spend more time outdoors and get some great hikes in.  
DSC_0080DSC_0082That evening we attended the wedding at a beautiful golf course in Scottsdale. The wedding was wonderful and we had an awesome evening with family and friends. Joel and I always forget to take nice pictures of us together so all we got was a hotel bathroom selfie. 
DSC_0084More posts to come on our Arizona adventure – check back here to see our trip continue from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon.

 

xoxo – Loee

A Day in Vegas

IMG_6086Hello L&Aers

The other weekend I went to Las Vegas for the first time. My stunning friend Lauren was having her bachelorette weekend there and invited me to join her and her bridesmaids. I felt so loved to be included in their weekend – and it was an incredible one.

I was only able to fly in early Saturday morning and stay about 24 hours until my flight back to LA on Sunday. But 24 hours – anyone will tell you – is just enough time in Vegas. Although I love to travel, Vegas wasn’t necessarily at the top of my must see list this year. The extreme heat and culture wasn’t straight up my alley but I wanted to see the parts of Vegas that I’d heard were truly amazing. My wish list was short. Belagio Fountains, the sparkly walls of the Cosmopolitan and some time poolside. Saturday did not disappoint.

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I got to the Palazzo at the Venetian via aiport shuttle (a steal for a 12$ rountrip ticket) and met the girls in the room. The hotel was breath-taking. I had no idea the style and scale that these Vegas hotels demand. I was so impressed.

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We started the day right with brunch at Mon Ami Gabi, a pretty terrace Bistro at the hotel Paris. With views over looking the Bellagio fountains it was the best place to sit and see the glistening promenade. The food was also delicious and I highly recommend the French toast – we were stuffed half way through the meal and I could barely finish my pile of crème fraiche.

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We then decided to skip Daylight at the Mandalay Bay in favor of lounging poolside at the Palazzo. We lucked out and the life gaurds helped us nab 5 loungers side by side. We stayed in the sun with frequent dips into the pool and enjoyed the light music and conversation for a few hours. We drank gallons of water, the girls had a few margaritas and we even were offered some cool cucumbers to munch on. The staff was so accommodating.

We then stopped off at Azure – the Palazzo’s pool club for some champagne and fun. It was pretty crowded but a nice little spot to see the busier social scene of Vegas. We even got our own pool side couch.

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We then went upstairs to nap and refresh before getting glammed up for dinner. We had 8 pm reservations at COMME ÇA at the Cosmopolitan. We took an Uber from the hotel and it was about a 25 minute drive down the strip in traffic. Be sure, you where comfy heels because even when you Uber, there is a lot of walking through the hotel lobbies.

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Once we got to the restaurant, we were educated by our waiter about all the different gourmet foods and preparations that go into the menu there. The food was incredible and the view fantastic. I definitely understand why the food in Vegas is so acclaimed. {I suggest the Crispy Lemon Risotto} It was definitely one of the best meals I have ever had. The restaurant wasn’t very crowded and we enjoyed some wine and gabbed for while. We then topped it off with some champagne at the Chandelier bar. That’s right – you can sip champagne inside of a Chandelier. It was such an experience. I love sparkles and this made the night so special.IMG_6077

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But it wasn’t over yet – we finished off our time in Vegas with a VIP table at Hyde at the Bellagio. Oh my goodness. Thank you to the friends who helped set this up for us. We had our own private terrace section over looking the fountains. We were able to dance and enjoy our cocktails while having our own little private part of the club. I was so thankful for this. We had security to escort us any where we needed to go as well as private bartenders and servers. It was fun to celebrate with some of the other VIP groups on the terrace and enjoy the mist that falls when the fountains do their dance. And there was a lot of dancing : )

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I could not have asked for a better first Vegas. It really was a top night.

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A & J – THE PROPOSAL

Hi you all!!!

Exciting news ~ I am engaged! Jeff proposed to me last Saturday the 19th in front of family and friends at the Rose Gardens at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. It was the perfect setting and the perfect evening. Loee and Joel captured the entire event and we have posted some of the photos and linked the video down below. We wanted to share a piece of our story as we want to start using this space as a little Bridal Blog. Every once in a while we would love to share with you all what it’s like to plan a wedding in LA.

Here is our quick little story of the day…

DSC_0266First, Jeff took me out to Bestia in the up and coming Art’s District downtown. It is a fabulous Italian fusion restaurant they built out of an old warehouse space. We sat at the Pizza bar and sampled some incredible salads and flatbreads. Before ending the meal we shared the most amazing chocolate torte as a little pre-birthday treat 🙂

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The sun was setting and to “kill some time” before checking out a “donut place by USC” Jeff suggested we stroll the Rose gardens. Little did I know that our families were waiting there for us.

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Jeff was all conversation as we walked up to the gardens and I could tell he was behaving a little differently. He would not stop talking and kept trying to distract me from looking too far into the gardens. Eventually we turned and I saw this..

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A little Happy Birthday song to start off the proposal…

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All of the nicest things…

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My favorite gift ever ever ever…

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After some tears and congratulations and a mini family photo session, Jeff suggested we stop by our Pastor’s house to show them the ring. We all caravanned back towards ours and were welcomed by some 40 of our closest friends for the most amazing surprise engagement / birthday party ever.

I cannot thank everyone enough for all that you have done to nurture our relationship and to our family and friends that flew, drove, and joined us for this casual Saturday evening 🙂 Hope you all enjoyed a glimpse inside our special day! Check out the video below: