It's only been about a week and I've already had feelings of nostalgia for my trip. I miss my friends, I miss the potential for discoveries around every corner and I miss the food. I especially miss the weather, I've had several daydreams about it.
I didn't expect to like Los Angeles as much as I did, much less miss it when I went away. But I do! I love the expansiveness of it and how the air tells you to settle down, relax, don't worry. I love the brimming ideas, the sunshine and all of the pretty things. I've heard that the superficiality is the biggest downfall of this city, and I believe it, but I also only met truly delightful people, and all of the pretty things served to inspire me, not foster any discontentment or resentment.
I could eat this every day!! I ate all of mine and then finished Janie's. Should I stuff in one more, I wondered?
We headed back over to Abbot Kinney, a street with great shops and restaurants, where first order of business was ice cream at Salt & Straw. You know what, I should have eaten more ice cream on this trip!
Abbot Kinney has some amazing shops, as well as street art and food. I loved my afternoon here so hard. I found everything inspiring and it got my creative juices pumping. I didn't take photos of every shop we were in - although I wish I had!
Urbanic was probably one of my favorite places - I love paper products and this store had so many beautiful things.
I have it in my mind that I'm going to somehow work a giant yellow triangle into somewhere in my house..
The reason a street like this is exciting for me is because I love seeing the interiors of these various places - not just the products they sell but how they set things up.
Not included in these photos are: visiting Hilary's place, visiting Soonie's place, driving by Venice Canals, driving around in L.A., the music I listened to while driving around, the delicious Chinese food we had for dinner for my last meal, and the Persian dinner for my first meal there - all things that helped make my trip there so wonderful. It was a short trip, but it pretty much guaranteed that I wanted to come back someday.
Goodbye, L.A. Until next time...!