melrose adventures.

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Hi friends!

Wow, after literally an eternity I’m back on the blog! Where have I been you ask? Four months later..although I have been active on my Instagram, I haven’t brought myself to sit down and write a post although I have an accumulating pile of pictures and adventures to put words to. The thought to write a post has crossed my mind so many times these last few months, but that thought quickly was replaced with the busy-ness of not only the holiday season, but of starting a new job and wanting to place more of my focus on that. Also, for a while I have felt more and more defeated by that darn Instagram algorithm, but I’ve decided that this started as my creative outlet and will continue to document all the adventures that I go on.

PHEW. Now that we’ve gotten past that explanation… I am finally going to share my birthday LA day, which was everything that this blogger foodie girl could ask for.

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We started the day off at Bottega Louie, which I had dreamt of trying their macarons FOREVER, but had never made the trek to downtown LA to get to.

Lemme just tell you, their beautiful gold dusted macarons were every bit as good as they were pretty! Pictured above is their birthday cake macaron, which is the perfect bite-sized slice of cake IMHO.

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After filling ourselves with crepes and truffle fries with the best aioli sauce ever, we made the trek through the streets of DTLA to Little Damage.

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Did someone say “healthy ice cream?” Well, this is charcoal-activated so it’s pretty much #HEALTH. Also, I like my ice cream blacker than my eyeliner…..

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They have bright blue ice-cream which tastes like birthday cake, and the charcoal activated flavors include cinnamon and coffee. You can also swirl the two together, and TA-DA…prettiest black ice cream on the block.

Enough of downtown LA, it was time to head over to Melrose Ave and find some pretty blogger walls to take pictures in front of.

Which we did, on basically every block of that gorgeous street…aka a plethora of glorious street parking!

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Aw yay, friends. Look how gorg they all are ❤ This rainbow wall was knit and so colorful.

*Insert Famous Walls ft Lena Below*

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We also stumbled upon the cutest Revolve pop-up..as soon as I saw it I knew there was a cute rooftop and rushed in to the top where there was a PINK CHRISTMAS TREE and PHOTOBOOTH. Best. Find. Everrrrrrrr.

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And of course… no birthday would be complete without some Alfred Tea Room and Carrera Cafe…

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Now let the accumulation of cute dessert places begin for the next LA trip!

Xoxo,

-Lena

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oc holmies.

Hello loves!

Ever since I found out last week that Mr. Holmes Bakehouse was coming to the Tustin District, my inner foodie heart was oh-so-happy. Couldn’t. stop. thinking. about. their. pastries.

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I was elated to attend their media event this past Thursday. Located in the Union Market, I finally have a draw to go there. I mean.. would you look at that sign? Say yes to carbs.

The packaging was too gorgeous with their classic “I got baked in LA” gold font written on the side of the boxes. Will we get our own Orange County packaging eventually? Only time will tell…

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My favorites were.. the chocolate chunk cookie (because..duh), the matcha mustache cream donut (a grand opening special in collaboration with Milk Box Bar), their new salted caramel apple cake-like creation, and the ferrero rocher croissant (omgah whut?!).

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So thank you, Mr. Holmes for moving in quick. I appreciate it.

I was also able to finish it all off with Milk Box Bar’s matcha.. which is apparently the “Whole Foods of the boba world.” All natural teas and boba that is not as unhealthy? I’ll take it. Seeing as I have boba cravings about every other day or so.. I try to limit it to 2x a month. Now I won’t feel quite so bad.

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And with that.. I leave you with the motto: Do it for the ‘gram.

Xoxo,

Lena