Catching up? Read part 1 of my LA trip here.
In between the food and workout classes in LA we did sneak in time for naps on the beach, shopping and a few touristy ventures. If it was 10 (ok, 20) degrees warmer we would have stayed at the beach all day, but the weather didn’t quite cooperate.
After we exercised, showered and ate, here’s how we filled the rest of our day:
We did the typical touristy-thing and walked down Rodeo Drive (wishing we could afford any store on the street). Seriously, it’s the cleanest street ever. Like freaky clean. We joked that the only garbage we saw on the ground was a Prada ribbon. It was also really quiet, but it was cold. I put my Northface on right after this picture.
Later, we had dinner at the rooftop restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel.
Santa Monica Pier + Shopping
Don’t let the smiles from these pictures fool you…it was SO cold and windy by the pier! We literally ran back to the car after taking these pictures.
Santa Monica Place had mostly regular mall stores but it was still nice to wander around and seek warmth inside the stores. We ended at True Food Kitchen for dinner.
The unique, hippie-like street is filled with boutiques and restaurants. A good array of stores (still expensive) and fun to explore. We ate at the Butcher’s Daughter for lunch.
Malibu Country Mart + Pier
The most beautiful outdoor shopping center we visited. The view alone made it, but the stores were great and the atmosphere was quiet and private.
Later at night we ate dinner by the pier and caught the tail-end of the sunset.
Driving through Pepperdine
I had to include this on my list because Pepperdine was always one of my dream schools, although I never even applied. It’s where the show “Zoey 101” was filmed and my cousins and I were the target age group when that show aired. Naturally, we drove through the campus with the theme song blasting. Damn teenage pregnancy had to ruin a perfectly good show…. ;)
Point Dume Natural Preserve
A very quiet beach recommended to us by my cousin’s friend. It was a steep walk down to the water but it felt kind of magical to be surrounded by the cliffs. Plus, since we were shielded by the wind it was nice enough to nap for a little!
Paramount Studio Tour
On our last day in L.A. we took a tour of Paramount Studios. It was two hours long and “took us through the history of the studio, starting with the 1910’s.” We had a fantastic tour guide who drove us around in a golf cart to look inside buildings and sets. We saw where the show “The Doctors” is filmed, along with shows like “NCIS: LA” and “Veep.”
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I’ll take a little break from my trip, but the next California post will be all about the San Diego area.
Margaret @ youngandrungry says
I LOVED Zoe101! I have a good friend who went to Pepperdine, but he has failed to mention that most important fact! I guess he’s not as die hard as us
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Amanda @ ExploringLifeAndThings says
Zoey 101 was so good! I think it was on a few months ago and yes.. I did watch it for about 5 minutes :) haha. Your pictures are so pretty! I love the beach too. If only it could never be windy haha.
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I think I would prefer the beach if I was there more often. I actually haven’t swam in a couple years! Total Zoey fan. No shame
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Sarah @pickyrunner says
Love your outfit in the first picture! And Zoey 101… classic. I loved that show hah
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Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
Beautiful photos! I had the opposite experience of you in San Diego/LA last summer – major heat wave and no AC in most shoreline places, so it was really uncomfortable. The photos are gorgeous though and make good memories :)
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Bethany @ Accidental Intentions says
Not gonna lie, Pepperdine was my dream school for awhile in high school because of Zoey 101. I never applied either, but man, if I could go back and do it all over again, I think I’d at least consider it. Four years in southern California instead of Michigan? Yes please.
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Susie @ Suzlyfe says
I missed out on that era of TV. I am a beach with a pool person. I love the beach, the ocean, the ambiance, but I don’t like sand, lol.
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
I loooved Zoey 101! I remember when the last show aired I had all my friends over to watch it since we were all big fans. I’m definitely a beach girl :)
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You look like a total babe in all these photos (even in the super windy one!) I’m so jealous of your trip, it looks like you guys had an awesome time!
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Beach any day! I’ve never seen Zoey 101 or heard of Pepperdine but of I was ever to study in the USA, UCLA would definitely be on my shortlist.
I was a HUGE Zoey fan. In fact, I made my family call me Zoey for like a day because I wanted to be like her. I much prefer the beach!
Kristy @ Southern In Law says
Haha I was a huge Zoey fan so I knew exactly what you were talking about! Too funny!
I’m a beach girl, however, I’d rather be at the beach than in the water. I just don’t like swimming!
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Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
I haven’t been to LA in about 8 years, when I went to a camp at UCLA, but I’d love to go back! I did get to spend time exploring in the evenings and on the weekends and I do remember Rodeo Drive was abnormally clean (and it reminded me of Pretty Woman 😊). Zoey 101 was such a cute show! And I love love love the beach!
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I LOVE that you went to Pepperdine to see the Zoey 101 campus! I was obsessed with that show too! I’ll have to make my way up there to check it out. Can’t wait to see your San Diego activities next :)
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