May was a really busy month and wedding season really kicked off. First was my bachelorette party, then my future matron-of-honor’s bridal shower, and then we ended the month going to her bachelorette party. It was so much fun to get some of my closest friends together. I rarely get the chance to travel with my friends so I’ll cherish the memories we made forever. I learned all over again how special my friendships are and am super thankful for these people.
We flew to LAX on Thursday evening so naturally the only thing that we really did the first night was go to In-N-Out. No trip to California is complete without some animal style fries and a burger. We tried to sleep at a reasonable hour to prep for Disney day but I couldn’t sleep! I think I was too excited. The next morning, after a coffee run, we were off to Anaheim for Disneyland. Surprisingly the traffic wasn’t too bad however we started seeing some raindrops. LA has been uncharacteristically gloomy lately but this group of Washington gals didn’t even blink an eye.
Disneyland was so much fun – I mean, duh. But honestly the weather was perfect because we weren’t ever too hot and I think it caused the park to be less crowded. Even though there were some high schools there for graduation celebrations, the lines were never too long. We enjoyed all the fried foods, Dole whip, and went on all the rides on our wishlist! They were all great but the top three favorites in our group: Splash Mountain (shout out to Christina for sitting in front), Indiana Jones, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Okay, if you ask anyone else, Space Mountain is probably up there. After so many trips to Disney, this was finally the trip where I had the guts to ride Space Mountain. It was an insane experience and I cried afterwards. HAHA. Thanks to Audrey for making us the cutest matching tanks to wear!
After such a long day, we came back to our Airbnb and one more girl joined us! My bridesmaid and one of my oldest friends, Charity, had flown in straight from a work trip in Tulum. Such a trooper. I also got to open a package that was waiting for me sent by another bridesmaid, Montanna. She put together the sweetest, most thoughtful package of goodies for me and I got to share some of the contents with the other girls. The package was so Montanna – she is truly one of the most thoughtful people I know. I felt her love through the package for sure!
The next day we slept in a little and woke up to some sunshine! Also my last guest, Katie, arrived from Portland so we finally had the whole gang together. I decided to give everyone a little goodie bag with some travel beauty necessities. Yes, including a pair of socks with puppies on them. No one was surprised at all that I included those I think. The products if you’re curious are linked and are fantastic. (COPPER + CRANE Hydrating Dew Mist, Alchimie Forever Safe Travels bundle, Cake The ‘Do Gooder dry shampoo, and Revlon brushes.) Cake Beauty is a new brand to me but it stood out to me because of the fun packaging, affordable prices, and because the products are vegan and cruelty free. You guys have probably heard me talk about Alchimie Forever a lot but if you haven’t, it is a Swiss skincare line founded by Dr. Luigi Polla who is the leading dermatologist in Switzerland. My friend Ada is the CEO of the company and has taught me so many things about skincare in the past three years I’ve known her. The Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is my favorite mask ever and it is perfect for anyone. This little travel set of four products is such a good way to try the brand but trust me, you’ll want the larger sizes after you try the travel sizes.
Exploring + Eating
After we all got ready, we ventured off to the Fairmont Miramar for brunch at FIG. This spot was so cute – there was a section of the restaurant with tons of plants hanging from the ceiling and it was overlooking the pool. So LA, right? We then walked along the ocean and spent some time on the Santa Monica Pier. Some of us went up on the ferris wheel which was actually so much fun. We took some photos around the pier, watched Charity and Dara brave a scary looking ride, then dodged the rain by heading back to our car. We shopped a little at Third Street Promenade and then went over to Abbott Kinney. I had never been to Venice before and loved all the cute shops and fun murals. We were all feeling a little tired already so we also stopped into Blue Bottle for coffee. I am obsessed with their New Orleans iced coffee and I’m not really a coffee drinker!
Later we went to dinner and ate sushi (of course) before a long night of getting ready, taking photos, drinks, and dancing. Smartly I left my phone in someone’s purse so I could properly dance but that means I don’t have any photos from when we went out, but here are some photos from before! We ended the night at El Dorado and danced until they closed for the night. I left with my sash still on but blisters all over, so you could say it was a successful night.
The next morning was a struggle and I don’t think I felt like a normal person until the afternoon! My lovely friends cooked a really good homemade breakfast and it was nice sitting around the table talking with everyone. Then we headed out to The Grove to do some more browsing and to just get some more sunshine since the sun decided to show itself! The Grove was crazy because of Mother’s Day but I still managed to get a Sprinkles cupcake. We later went to Koreatown for some all you can eat Korean BBQ. This was so much fun just because we don’t have a lot of these types of restaurants here in Seattle and the food was really good. We explored more around Koreatown and got some fun drinks for dessert then headed back to the Airbnb to have a chill girls night.
The very last morning we had one last foodie adventure and went to Urth Cafe in Beverly Hills. I had heard so many good things about this spot and it didn’t disappoint. It was the perfect basic LA thing to end our trip with, haha. I guess the final treat we got was all of us got put in comfort seats on the plane back to Seattle.
Sorry for the late recap! We are super busy lately and have had some big things happen in our personal lives, beyond wedding planning. Thanks as always for reading. xo