If you haven't seen me wittering on on Instagram Stories (and witter on I absolutely have), you may not know that I'm currently in LA with my mum visiting my sister, Fi. She's studying at UCLA and is living the absolute dream. I lived and studied in Manchester for my MSc, and while it's easily one of my favourite cities, living in LA undoubtedly has the edge. I mean, come on...strolling out of a lecture and onto the beach to study - yeah, Manchester was a little way off....
I haven't been on holiday with my mum and my sister together in almost 20 years, so this really is a once in a lifetime adventure and I feel incredibly grateful indeed that we're all together in paradise.
Here's what we got up to on Day One complete with all outfit details and must-visit spots...
Surprisingly, I think I've completely avoided any jet lag - I didn't sleep a wink on our flight over from London, so managed to slip right into LA time with an early night and a lie in.
We kicked our first day off with brunch at The Butcher's Daughter - a beautiful vegetarian cafe in Abbot Kinney (with plenty of vegan and gluten free options too).
The decor is everything I need my future beach house to be - bright and airy with blue and copper accents, and plenty of greenery. It is genuinely one of the most aesthetically pleasing places I have ever been to and the food was even better. We were lucky enough to get a table in the conservatory, and at about 25 degrees at 9am, they opened the patio doors and it was like summer had come early. Ridiculously early - I literally cannot believe it's January and I've already burnt my shoulders hahah.
After wolfing down the BEST almond mylk latte, avocado on gluten free toast and the remains of Fi's acai bowl, we thought it best to go for a walk, so the three of us headed to Venice Canals to explore.
Venice Canals is the most BEAUTIFUL residential district of LA tucked between Abbot Kinney and Venice Beach. Three canal-lined blocks are filled with arching pedestrian bridges and stunning beach houses. Quite literally life goals. I've seen Venice Canals featured in SO many films and TV shows, but ever since binging Goliath from start to finish, I have been desperate to come here (a strange source of inspiration I'll give you that, but inspo nonetheless).
Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I do actually live next to a canal in the UK so I am used to waterside living, but I'll admit the Grand Union Canal isn't quite as appealing.
A short walk later, we found ourselves strolling along Venice Beach, trying desperately to avoid the copious amounts of sour sweets and VENICE BEACH slogan tees on offer. I honestly am a massive kid when I see a sweet shop, and I do need controlling, so no purchases were made (yet).
We spent far too much time at Venice Skate Park, marvelling at the skateboarders (a skill that 12 year old me so desperately wanted to master), before walking to Santa Monica Place for a piece of vanilla cheesecake and a shop.
We have had the best first day possible and it's safe to say I've been over excited ALL day and have exhausted myself. Another delightful LA sleep, and I'll be ready for plenty more exploring tomorrow!
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