#TopTwelve: Los Angeles

Posted on March 04 2016

Los Angeles!

With the constant back and forth battle for superiority between New York and Los Angeles, we though we should go check out the competition. The weather, the fresh seafood, the laid back lifestyle, what's not to like? Here are our recommendations for planning a great trip to LA.

Now let's get dressed, shall we? 

#1 Melissa Masse.

High quality classics that we could all use with an artsy spin. The shop is located in a prime shopping area between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, right by The Grove mall.

#2 City Chic.

Actual City Chic stores! Yes, the brand is sold in Nordstrom, but not with this many options! Multiple locations. 

city chic sun dress plus size

#3 Abundance

Definitely geared toward an older crowd, this shop specializes in high quality, unique pieces. It's a great boutique to discover new global brands and buy pieces that are unlike anything else.  

Let's get going!

What to do to make the most of your trip to LA.

#4 Be Outdoors!

The possibilities are endless in LA. Here are our favorites:
Hiking: LA is all about being physical. Hiking in the breezy, no humidity weather is ideal. We recommend Topanga Canyon and Griffith Park for challenging, but shorter distance hikes

Veronica and friend Michelle after a challenging Canyon hike

Biking along the beach: The wide beaches of southern California have paths perfect for walkers and bikers alike. Biking is a great way to explore the many beach neighborhoods. Try biking from Marina Del Rey to Santa Monica.
Surf Lessons:  Take an intro to surfing lesson. This company guarantees you will get up during the lesson. Wetsuit and board included.

#5 Hollywood Sight Seeing.

Though we didn’t partake, seeing the famous Hollywood sites is a good idea for first time LA visitors. This website is a good resource for all sorts of “all in one” tours.


Today the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes nearly 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present. 

Have you worked up an appetite yet? 

#7 Blue Plate Oysterette 

Delicious, fresh and simple Santa Monica seafood house with variety of east and west coast oysters, in a chic, ocean-view setting. Lobster rolls are excellent and you must try the garlic spinach.  It sounds simple, but it's so well done here. Try Blue Plate for happy hour or an early dinner for a great sunset view.

#8 Rose Cafe

Fresh, California fare in a very cool multiroom, indoor/outdoor setting. Must try the beet hummus with fresh baked naan. 

rose cafe beet hummus

#9 Perch LA   

Rooftop French restaurant in Downtown LA. For a special night out or fun drinks.perch la

#10 Shintaro  

LA is known for having great Asian cuisine. Shintaro is a great sushi place in Hollywood that has some of the freshest sushi we've tried.

Ready to crash? 

LA has so many diverse and desirable neighborhoods, that it’s difficult to recommend places to stay. If you want a beach vacation we recommend Santa Monica or Venice. If you’re after an urban, night life based vacay we suggest West Hollywood.


hotel santa monica


#11 Palihouse Santa Monica 

Gorgeous boutique hotel with funky, bohemian style. It's a bit of a splurge, but worth it for the experience! Rates start around $360 and often include breakfast.


#12 Airbnb 

We really recommend Airbnb for your LA trip. That way you get to experience the most of of SoCal living. For example, we love this Venice studio that sleeps 2-4 for $145 per night, including BIKES!







Whatever you decide to do in Southern California, you'll have a great time. The weather alone is enough to make a trip enjoyable. If you are taking an extended vacation, we definitely recommend taking a few days to either drive down to San Diego or fly up to San Francisco, they all have so much to offer!


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