On the Road


I’m rounding off week one here in sunny California and loving every second of it! If you didn’t catch the where, who and why, check out this post here. I’m having so much fun hanging out with my fam and getting to see all the things I’ve only seen in magazines, movies and online. Any other TMZ readers out there? haha! On the other hand, I terribly miss Greg and of course, Bentley. I’m constantly saying things like, “Oh, Greg would love that!” or “Aww, Bentley would love taking a walk here”. On the plus side, Greg and I are already making plans to come here during NAMM early next year. Can’t wait!

This week has consisted of getting acquainted with the area around the apartment (which I love!), hanging out, relaxation, a smidgen of shopping and a bit of house-stalking. To be honest, I was kind of nervous about flying so far (I hadn’t flown that far since I went to Australia a while back), but the six-hour flight wasn’t too terrible and luckily I had my mom and Abram with me for the ride. There was waaaay to much laughing going on during the flight. Fortunately, the people sitting around us found it amusing. It’s a good thing!

A close friend of ours picked us up from the airport and where was the first place we headed? The infamous In-N-Out Burger! There’s a special not-so-secret code when ordering, so I let Abram order for me. A Double Double Animal Style. I don’t know if it was because I hadn’t eaten in 10 hours or the animalness of it all, but it was delicious! With all of it’s cheesy, messy goodness, I’m surprised it’s a favorite of Paris Hilton’s. Haha!

Even though the apartment is basically a temporary living arrangement, my mom has done a super awesome job at making it feel like home. I’m planning on taking some photos of the apartment before I leave! On top of that, the location is out of this world perfect. Everything you need seems to be within walking distance… Trader Joe’s, a pharmacy, Urban Outfitters, the movie theater, Pinkberry, Ikea (I know!) and any type of restaurant you can imagine  – Thai, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Hawaiian, and the list goes on.

My favorite feature of the apartment (aside from the location!) is the good-sized balcony off the living room. It really makes me want to fix up our carport/patio when I get home. The weather is so freakishly perfect here that the sliding glass door stays open for most of the day. And there are no mosquitoes like there are in Virginia! The balcony has a surprising amount of privacy,  looks out on Downtown Burbank, surrounded by palm trees and magnolias and has a great view of the mountains. The above Instagram photo doesn’t do it justice! Between this balcony and my mom, I’m being completely spoiled. For instance, we just finished having breakfast out on the balcony – turkey bacon, whole grain toast and fried eggs. The toast was made with fresh baked bread and the eggs were farm fresh eggs. Both were purchased yesterday from the Burbank Farmer’s Market that sets up shop every Saturday morning from 8AM to 12:30PM. And like everything else, is only 2 blocks from the apartment. More on that next week. Now I’m sitting here with the laptop getting some [much needed!] sun while I write this post. Yes. Spoiled.

I can’t do a LA trip update without mentioning the celebrity sightings you’ve all been asking about! Around here, celebrities definitely blend in – so sometimes it’s hard to recognize them. They are normal, everyday people going to the grocery store, pumping gas and eating dinner with friends. However, I have noticed a few here and there so far. The first “sighting” was on the plane from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Jack from The Secreat Life of the American Teenager (Greg Finley) sat right behind us. He was really nice and had just bought a pair of the new Micheal Jordan shoes. We saw Ashton Kutcher at Chateau Marmont. He’s taller than I expected and goes up stairs three at a time. We’ve also seen Jane from Jane by Design (Erica Dasher) going into Trader Joe’s. She has gorgeous hair! And as for my favorite celebrity sighing so far… we saw “him”. Ryan Gosling. We saw “him” walking down the street with a friend in Beverly Hills. Yes, he’s just as good looking in person. We also saw Howard Hesseman taking a walk in the Toluca Lake area. That man knows how to power walk!

Since I have an obvious love for houses, we’ve done a good bit of house stalking as well – though we plan on doing much more this next week. I love seeing houses used in movies and TV shows. My favorite so far being The Brady Bunch house! Yep, I was that girl singing the theme song in the car with the windows down.

As far as shopping… do I have a place to share with you guys! It’s an amazing antique store in Los Angeles called Tini (which stands for “This is not Ikea”). The outside alone yelled “Blog post!”. I’m going to put together a post with tons of photos for next week. It’s so awesome, you’re going to want to book a plane ticket. Promise.

We also did a little shopping at a thrift-store like place called It’s A Wrap. They have two locations in town and each one is filled with nothing but actual wardrobe and props used in movies and TV shows. Each item in the store is tagged with a show code. For instance, PP is Paramount Pictures and GEN is General Hospital. They have everything from vintage to couture. I scored a big “Vegan leather” bag that Jennifer Aniston used in Just Go With It for $45 (!!) and Abram got a really cool Ralph Lauren seersucker jacket for $50 that was worn by one of the Jonas Brothers. Holla!

This week we’re planning on doing the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, taking a day trip over to Malibu and hitting up some of those restaurants you guys have been recommending. Keep them coming – I’ve had fun adding them all to my list!

How does one end a post while laying in the sun on a balcony in sunny California while drinking iced lime water? Like this… 🙂

Hey Girl photo found here.

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    June 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Ha. My mom once saw Ryan Gosling, Sandra Bullock, Jessie James, and Scarlet Johansson eating dinner together in Austin at Bullock’s restaurant Bess’s Bistro! I have never seen any celebrity though.

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      June 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      PS. I wish I lived in walking distance of all those places!

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    June 18, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I have never really found LA enticing, but you seem to be enjoying it so much, it is contagious! I would certainly love to visit t.i.n.i. the name alone is genius, and I am sure the store tops that.

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    June 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I actually got back from California a few weeks ago from my Honeymoon. We stayed in Burbank at the Hotel Amarano. (If you get a chance to eat at Bea Bea’s Cafe it was great food and BIG portions!) The city there was nice and quiet and a good place to use as ‘home base’ to see all the sites of LA. The only star sighting I had was Kevin Costner, but that was because we went to see a taping of Jay Leno! We also went on the Warner Bros. Tour which was fun and got to check out the set of Big Bang Theory – although they had wrapped up their taping several weeks back – so no sightings of Jim Parsons or Johnny Galecki. We definitely plan on visiting LA a lot more often after this – such a fun place and so much to see! Have fun the rest of the time out in LA!

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    June 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Glad you had a great time. I’ve been to LA before. Totally different than I expected, more run down and sun beaten then I thought. I’m close to NYC so I’m used to fast past and they were so slow out west, lol! On to “him”… Ryan was in my hometown filming a movie last summer, I didn’t get a chance to really see him though. I had friends that met him and said he’s the nicest guy. That picture you posted about Michael’s is one of my faves ever! Makes me LOL every time I see it!

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    June 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Ashley – I saw your first post that you were getting ready to go – so jealous?

    Are you by chance going to go see Roxbury Drive or go to Holmby Hills house stalking? I think you and I share similar interests from following the blog – so that’s why I ask.

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      June 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      I’ve been to Roxbury Drive about 4 times so far (love the houses plus Lucy, Jimmy Stuart and Rosemary Clooney lived there!) but I haven’t been to Holmby Hills yet. Must add that to the list! Thanks! : )

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      June 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Yes Lucy! You got it, that is exactly why I asked and you are right so many people – Jack Benny was her neighbor, etc. etc. and Holmby Hills was Walt, but you can only see his first house now which isn’t in Holmby because they tore that one down. Can’t wait to hear what you thought of Disneyland.

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    August 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hey All if anyone see Ryan Gosling just tell him I am in love with him. Ryan Gosling I love u so much. U r simply Superb.

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