Things to do in LA on a Warm, Beautiful Sunny Day with your Best Friend

Sunday, March 6, 2011

As the days begin to get warmer around here, I will start compiling lists of things I like to do to soak in the vitamin D.  I know sunny days aren't exactly a rarity around here (average of 186 days of clear skies according to the Western Regional Climate Center), but we Los Angelenos are happy to take advantage of every single one.

After having spent 4 days in bed with the worst flu of my life, my best friend gave me the perfect reason to be outside...the chance to spend the day with her.

Urban Light art installation - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
We started off with midday drinks at the Stark Bar located in the courtyard at LACMA.  If you live in the area or are visiting the museum, Stark Bar and the adjoining Ray's Restaurant provide a trendy respite for your feet and from the humdrum bars and eateries in the area.  Depending on your mood, you can sit down for some bar bites or a full lunch/dinner along with an eclectic menu of cocktails.  We stuck to wine and beer, a tasty assortment of hams and a fontina and mushroom flatbread. 

Satiated, we walked the gardens, took a whole 3 minutes to view the tar pits and decided to head out for some shopping.  Having just moved into a bigger and more grown up place, I've been exploring LA furniture stores and flea markets for interesting and unique pieces to add to my home.  Mortise & Tenon on La Brea Blvd. in Hollywood is one such place I've been frequenting.  If you're a home decorating enthusiast or are looking for just that extra little something to add to your home, visiting the home furnishing shops on La Brea Blvd., between 3rd and 6th Streets, is a treat.  I also highly recommend Maison Midi for its beautiful French pottery and yummy French bistro.  

Mortise & Tenon's showroom is chic without being kitschy and the prices are reasonable - not Ikea levels but worthwhile for statement pieces.  I wanted a rectangular accent table in my hallway for mail and other odds and ends.  There were two I have had my eye on and needed a second set of eyes to help me with the decision.  After carting my initial pick home, placing it in the hallway and realizing that it was completely wrong, returning back to the store where David happily exchanged the table for my other choice, we were on our way to do some shoe shopping on Robertson Blvd.

I don't own any myself, but it seems almost every woman in LA sports a pair of Tory Burch's ballet flats.  Ballet flats are not my thing, but at 5'9" my friend can afford the luxury of wearing the beautiful gold flats she purchased with her maxi dresses.  I, at 5'3", much prefer to wear my 4" wedges.  We perused the dresses at Nanette Lepore, Alice & Olivia and Intermix, where I drooled over a gorgeous pair of nude Brian Atwood platform pumps and rounded it up with makeup shopping at MAC.  My new thing, magenta lips (use MAC Magenta lip liner to line lips and fill in a bit of color topped off with Dazzleglass in Steppin Out).

All in all a very girly day of catching up and shopping while never having to step into the mall.

What do you do when spending time with your best friend?

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One Response to “Things to do in LA on a Warm, Beautiful Sunny Day with your Best Friend”

  1. FUN!
    you make me miss LA.
    like seriously.
    it's cold and windy here and i'm stuck indoors and busy. boo. and it looks GORGEOUS there.
    and missing YOU.