Thursday, April 24, 2014

:-: RUN RUN RUN RUN RUNYON :-:

I'll admit:  I didn't actually run through Runyon Canyon, but I did manage to get in a pretty good hike.

If you're trying to get healthier and exercise, this place will give you some inspiration.  A lot of people here are super tan and fit / buff, so it's good motivation -- at least for the getting in shape part -- not necessarily the tanning (the sun and I have some issues; it likes to burn me, regardless of how much sunblock I put on and how often I re-apply).

When I finished the hike and changed out of my clothes, it looked like I was still wearing my sports bra.  Ugh.  Skin protection fail.  I should have re-applied sunblock more often.  Thank goodness for aloe vera gel.

But enough complaining.  Once you get to the top of the Canyon, there are some really nice views of Los Angeles.

Hollywood & Downtown L.A.

 My camera doesn't have crazy zoom abilities, but hopefully this will give you an idea of how nice it looks in person.  And instead of sitting in front of your laptop and deciding that just looking at a photo of Runyon Canyon will suffice, maybe you'll go and check it out for yourself.

It's always better in real life.

The Hollywood Sign & Griffith Observatory

Thanks for reading!  Maybe I'll see you there!

Monday, April 14, 2014

:-: PETITE FLORALS :-:

Spring is here, so it's time for floral prints!

Since I'm so in love my black bodycon dress, I decided that a springtime remix was absolutely necessary.  My black dress fit so perfectly - and it's hard to find petite dresses that actually fit like a glove - so I figured I'd save time and just get the same dress in a different print.

When I found this Topshop Petite Floral Print Bodycon Dress, I was so excited!  I took the dress off the rack, bypassed my usual fitting room detour, and headed straight for the cash register.  Then into my shopping bag it went.

A few days later, the sun was out, so I ripped off the price tag and put the dress on.  And it was so….


SHORT.

I knew that this dress was going to be shorter than the black version I already own, but this was wayyy shorter than what I'm accustomed to wearing.  It actually doesn't look too bad in the picture, but in real life, it was definitely borderline short.  But since I already tore off the tag and couldn't return it, and the floral print was so pretty, I wore it anyway.

Moral of the story:
Always try on clothes before ripping off the price tag.  Because the one time you're too excited to follow your own rule, the clothes probably won't fit you to your liking.  And in my case, I spent the majority of the day fighting with my dress.  It kept trying to hike itself up and give people around me a free show, so I had to keep pulling it down to prevent that from happening.


Lesson learned:
If you forego the aforementioned rule because you're too impatient, you can always throw on some leggings and turn your too-short dress into a tunic.  Problem solved!


Thanks for reading! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

:-: "U" ARE NOT A FAT COW :-:

O.K., so I eat a lot of burgers.

I never really noticed how many until I became a busy blogging bee.

I don't want my site to become a burger blog, but this one is important!!

Umami Burger is one of the first L.A. burgers I tried.


The presentation isn't the greatest, but the flavor is mmmmmmmm.  I always get the truffle burger and M always gets the Umami Burger.  My burger (above) is usually drenched with cheese, but they got a little cheap on me this time.  It's the first time it ever happened, so I let it slide.


We used to always go to the Umami Burger in Hollywood on Cahuenga, but I think that location changed ownership and/or management last year because it just isn't the same anymore.  The burgers were served nowhere near medium-rare more than once, so we usually just go to the location at the Grove.  I really like the dipping sauces for the fries, too.  My favorite is the one on the far left (I forgot what it's called - helpful, huh?)

Any reason to stop at the Grove works for me :)

Afterwards, I was ready for some delicious dessert.  I had sticky toffee pudding with a cute little container filled with crème fraîche on my mind, but Gordon Ramsay's Fat Cow restaurant was closed.

CLOSED.


I was heartbroken.

I did some Yelp researching and found out that the Gordon Ramsay restaurant in West Hollywood serves sticky toffee pudding, so that's another restaurant I'll have to try.  It has four dollar signs, though, so it might be a little while before you see any pictures on my blog.

Has anyone been to the London West Hollywood to try out the restaurant?  Let me know, please!


Thanks again for reading!