A Look At Los Angeles

So today is the day of the big move!  Alas, I have officially lost it, so the lovely Melissa of The Key To Chic is here on NoH as my guest.  As a fellow LA blogger I asked Melissa to share some photos from her favorite places in LA— kind of a farewell to the city that has been my home for the past 8 years.  

Without further ado:

Hi there, it’s Melissa from The Key To Chic, and I’m honored to be guest posting for Alexis during her transition from Los Angeles to Chicago. As a fellow blogger, I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to spend time with Alexis at Los Angeles events, however, I’m very excited for her new adventures in Chicago.

I feel fortunate to have explored some beautiful and inspiring areas of Los Angeles. In honor of Alexis, I’m going to share some of my most enjoyable L.A. activities.

One of my favorite ways to spend a sunny day is at the once-per-month Rose Bowl Flea Market, where hundreds of vendors sell everything from antique phonographs to perfectly beat up boots.  The people watching offers endless entertainment, and it’s a great location to scout street style.  My tips for successful shopping? Go early, wear comfortable shoes, and be patient.  Sometimes it takes energy and persistence to unearth incredible finds.

During the week, when it’s less crowded, I like to wander along Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. I often bring my dog along to enjoy the entertainment and the weather.  When I’ve had my shopping fix at stores such as Forever 21, Zara, and Cotton On, the local newsstand is my last stop for international fashion magazines before hitting the pier or the beach for some exercise and incredible ocean views.

Since Los Angeles is all about soaking up the sun and enjoying the weather, I also like to spend afternoons at Americana at Brand, the outdoor shopping center that mixes residential units and commercial businesses with plenty of outdoor dining options.  I particularly enjoy shopping at the H&M here, as it’s one of the best locations in the state in terms of product selection and size.

I occasionally visit the Fashion District’s Santee Alley in downtown L.A. for cheap chic apparel options. The mix of people, wide variety of products, affordable prices, and hectic atmosphere make for quite an experience. The street vendors in this area are not to be missed, as they sell an interesting array of fruit, meat, and snacks. Half the fun is wondering what you’ll discover next, as well as trying to negotiate a good price with some of the vendors.

When I crave the peaceful scenery that only a seemingly endless bike trail, deserted beach, or hiking trail can provide, I usually spend time in Ventura or Santa Barbara to visit my favorite scenic spots. Between the calming ocean views and the rolling hillsides, there are many ideal places to enjoy nature on long bike rides and dog walks.

What’s amazing about Los Angeles is the multitude of places to visit in various parts of town. Whether it’s a new restaurant, an art exhibition, a newly remodeled shopping center, or a relaxing outdoor space, L.A. never lacks places to go and things to do. Having explored everywhere from Pasadena and Hollywood to Burbank and Santa Monica, there’s still so much that I want to do.

With that, I wish Alexis the best of luck in her new hometown!


Thank you, Melissa!  Be sure to stop by The Key To Chic and check out her fabulous blog!


  1. I love LA. There’s nowhere else like it. Reading this makes me want to hop right on a plane.

    Good luck with the move, Alexis! :) xoxo

  2. This was a beautiful tribute to Los Angeles. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  3. Great photos. Makes me really want to visit LA!!

  4. Thank you Alexis! Wishing you a smooth and easy transition and the best of luck! Miss you already!

  5. Happymother says:

    Great pictures! I have to come to L.A.- but only if Alexis is in town…!!!

  6. Alexis, wishing you all the best in your new move! I know it’s going to be a great change for you and I hope you and Lukas are really happy in Chicago!

    p.s. Love Melissa’s photos!

    xo Mary Jo

  7. Mmmkay, so now I really want to visit L.A. That flea market looks KILLER. We have nothing like that in St. Louis.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  8. The promenade looks really nice. I hope the weather in L.A. is nice right now. Would love to take a trip to the beach there.

  9. Big hugs to you in your move to Chicago! If it helps, I’m six hours south of your new home. Maybe I’ll take a bus up there, or you could come to Louisville, and I could show you around!

    Also: Melissa, you did a great job covering for Alexis. Big hugs to you, too!

  10. I’ve never been to LA, or even California, but this post sure made me want to go. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing Melissa. Have a great move, Alexis!!

  11. Even though I live here and you showed my favorite beach, it was a great post. I have a lot of Cali pride. :)

    Thanks for the encouragement and support with my weight loss.

  12. You’re making me want to speed up my Cali trip planning!

  13. Well, I officially suck. I totally thought you moved, like, a week ago. Haha! Such a great collection of photos that Melissa chose. It shows both the city and beach sides of LA!

  14. Aw I love Melissa’s blog! Glad to see you left your blog in good hands while you were gone. Happy moving, hope it all goes smoothly!

    Alexandra xo


  15. I know you’ll miss LA but as a native Chicagoan I have to say that their is no way you could not LOVE Chicago!
    So welcome to the city and I hope the moves goes well : )

  16. It’s seriously been years since I’ve been to LA. It looks just as awesome as I remember it. I hope your move is going well!!

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