Last week, I had a little piece of home come to California. Hannah flew out to spend the week with me before she headed back to Oklahoma for school. The timing was perfect. I was getting homesick (more-so for the people I call home), ready for a break, and just in need of time to think and be. It was so refreshing to have her here. It was Han’s first time in California, so I got to give her a tour of all the best areas, shops, restaurants, etc. I’m still so amazed with all that we packed into a short 5 days!
We spent about half our time in Newport, and half our time in the LA area. On our first day together, I took Han to one of my favorite coffee shops in LA, Paper or Plastik. We drove around the area, out to Beverly Hills, and spent some time in the Grove area eating dinner and doing some shopping.
The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles was a must. We both knew we wanted some of these photo booth photos for a little keep-sake memory of our time together.
A really special part of the trip for me was Hannah getting to spend the mornings with me. Mornings are my favorite, and here in Newport, I have my own regular routine. I wake up around 630, make coffee, and spend an hour or so on the lifegaurd stand watching the surfers do what they do best, hearing the waves crash, praying, journaling, etc. It’s always a peaceful time for me, and something I know I will never forget about my time here in California. It’s so special for Hannah to get to see it first hand.
^Have you ever been to the CAMP? It’s a super cool area with shops & restaurants. Everything is ‘camp’ themed. One of my favorite shops, SEED, is in there + a coffee shop called Milk & Honey! Their lavender latte is amazing. f you’re in the Costa Mesa area, be sure to check it out!
It’s not a trip to LA without a stop at Alfred Coffee.
The past 3 photos in order: Venice, Silverlake, the Gypsy Den @ Santa Ana. These are some of my favorite areas/spots, and I’ll be doing individual posts over each of them in the weeks to come!
On one of our lasts nights together, we took out some bread & cheese, headed out to beach tower no. 52, and watched the sunset. A perfect way to end such a relaxing, life-giving week. There’s just nothing like a piece of home coming alongside you again.