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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Dear coffee shops of Southern California,

THANK YOU for opening so many new doors that are aesthetically at a ten this year, you are making my heart very happy.

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Hi friends! I had the chance to finally check out a coffee shop that has been open for a bit but I have been wanting to visit in forever! Located in downtown Whittier, this general store (which sells the cutest things I might add) + coffee combo is seriously the best! They serve Stumptown coffee and have baked goods from Donut Snob and Sugarbloom Bakery. All under one roof?! Yes, almost too good to be true.

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So, not only do they have all these items, but they have this amazing thing called a “Snob Latte”… and yes, it’s the perfect combo! A beverage of your choice and the perfect mini donut snob donut on top. I got the iced matcha latte with a matcha donut on top. Because there’s no such thing as TOO much matcha amirite? 😉

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The coffee shop is totally any plant lover’s dream, as there is an amazing hanging plant wall in the front to greet you, as well as a huge hanging succulent wall inside. My inner plant lady was oh so very happy.

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Of course, we had to add some savory to the menu. These pastries were the kimchi spam musubi and the ham and cheese with the cutest little pickle pinned on the top! Look closely and you’ll be able to see it. It was SO good.

Til next time…

Xoxo,

-Lena