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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when life gives you lemons.

Hi friends!

Life finally seems to be slowing down (look I’m doing better at blog posting already!) and the sun is finally beginning to relent. Very slightly though, very slightly.

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I managed to have some time exploring the area around me and the new insta-worthy spots that I have been wanting to see for quite a while. You already know that I wouldn’t leave you out of the fun.

First stop… Main Squeeze..

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I know, I know.. the pictures speak for themselves. This entire shop is every insta-lover’s dream. That lemon wallpaper is PERF.

Honestly, there was such a wide variety of items to try.. but I had to try the green thai tea with green boba. GREEN? Yes, and it tasted like normal boba.

I’ll definitely have to come back and try their lemonade combinations. Apparently that’s what they’re known for. Go figure!

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After taking about a bajillion pictures and stories and snaps, I was off to the next stop..

Aussie Bean.. located in the circle at Orange. Now, this isn’t new to the block but this has been on my list for quite some time. One step in and I had questioned why I hadn’t made my way in before. What is life?!

The exposed brick wall and rustic-ness (there I go making up new words again) were my favorite part of the shop.

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Although they do also make very refreshing beverages on a hot summer’s day. πŸ™‚

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Til next time..

Xoxo,

-Lena