There’s no longer any question… it’s Christmastime! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m in full-fledged Christmas mode. I love it! I’ll post some photos of my decked out apartment soon. =)
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was so much fun, spent seeing old friends and living the Southern California lifestyle for a few days. I think that a photo update is the best way to recap, don’t you?
Friendsgiving in LA, 2014. Photo dump, gooo!
I needed a ‘just landed’ selfie … I wore this same scarf when I first landed in LA for fall semester of my junior year.
My travel fashion of choice — warm and comfy all the way.
Malibu Family Winery
How stinkin’ cute are they?! This is Manda and Luke, who I stayed with. Manda was one of my roommates my senior year at Ithaca. These two have been together since 8th grade. Thanks for being amazing hosts, guys!
Good hiking, great views and frequent celeb spottings. We had the dog so we didn’t get too much of a walk in, but it was nice to stretch our legs on Thanksgiving morning regardless.
Laguna Beach & Orange County
I spent the whole day catching up with my friend Karla, who I haven’t seen in 3 years. She lives in Orange County and did an awesome job planning a little itinerary for us. It included a coffee date, drinks, shopping, Laguna Beach, ice cream and driving down (part of) the Pacific Coast Highway. xo!
Drinks at the Montage Hotel overlooking the ocean. So fancy! I was like, are we on a date?! xo
Exploring Studio City
‘Aroma’ in Studio City was such a gem! They had coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and tons of cute Christmas decor. I came here twice, and saw Miley Cyrus’s brother once. =)
A solid mix of Christmas and fall decor at a shop in Studio City.
‘Romancing the Bean’ – cute coffee shop in Burbank. I got “The Gym Rat” smoothie with dates, oats, almond butter, almond milk and cinnamon.
Thanksgiving Dinner with Friends
Thanksgiving dinner about to be served. We had turkey, stuffing (with butternut squash, chorizo, figs and bread from Porto’s), brussels sprouts with bacon, homemade cranberry sauce and potatoes.
These pies were amazing! A pumpkin pecan toffee pie, and a Mexican apple pie made with chili peppers and plenty of cinnamon. Both were amaaaze ; )
Thanksgiving dinner! Luke and his brother Kyle did an awesome job cooking everything.
Poog approved 😉
Americana at Brand and Sprinkles Cupcakes
Pumpkin Sprinkles cupcake for dinner… when in SoCal!
Baby’s First Acai Bowl : )
All in all, I was very Thankful to have spent this Thanksgiving catching up with old friends in beautiful Southern California. It was just what I needed. Thanks to everyone who met up and made me feel at home. Love you all! So much to be thankful for this year.
While it was a great break, there was a distinct lack of exercise and excess of pie. It felt good to get back into a workout/food routine on Monday. But no regrets – that’s what vacation is for!
Now, just a few weeks back to the grind and then it’ll be home for the holidays. Can’t wait!
- What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving weekend?
- What’s the first thing you did to get back on your routine?