LA Trip Round Up (Insta-Worthy Spots INCLUDED!)

To my dearest:

Oh! How I missed you all! I’m finally back from West Coast and I hit home with this winter blizzard storm in New York! I’m slowly getting my clock back to normal and catching up on work. I’m still feeling super sluggish and don’t feel like doing any work though. It’s probably from running straight on for three weeks with less than five hours of sleep each day.

Yeah, it was pretty crazy. I went one full week of NYFW, then got home at 3am and packed till 5am and took a 7:30am flight to SF and ran the pageant nonstop for a week and then headed to LA and San Diego for an adventurous trip. So definitely haven’t had enough rest.

However, I’m excited to be back and super ecstatic to be sharing my trip with you all! I’ll definitely be sharing everything (yes, including the pageant adventures – at a later time). Today, I’m just going to focus on the LA part first!

LOCATION 1: DISNEY LAND

It’s actually my first trip to LA and I was plenty excited. So first stop first, of course I went to Disney Land! I’ve actually been to Disney World in Orlando a good hand full of times when I was a kid, but have never been to the first Disney Land, so I was in for a treat! The photo opps are are also endless! If you want cutesy cartoon world photos, this is definitely the place to be! And of course, having fun while you’re at it, is a major plus!

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Look at these cute tickets!!! Storm Trooper and the Disney gang!

At Disneyland I was happy to be able to link up with my college sweetheart and her boyfriend. Even though we live in the same city, it’s been hard to meet up with our different schedules. But our hearts are near, and fate had it that we were in the same city at the same time! What luck!

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If you want to see more of my Disney Land adventures, head on to my instagram and view my “Travel Stories”! You’ll catch all the fun for Disney and the rest of the trip!

LOCATION 2: URBAN LIGHTS

Can’t not stop by LACMA! It’s such a beautiful Modern Arts Museum! It’s the largest art museum in the western US! Definitely a place with plenty of insta-worthy shots. If you don’t have time to stop inside, definitely take photos at the ever so famous Urban Lights outside! It’s street art, so it’s completely free and opened 24 hours. You can take different types of photos during different hours and times at the location for a different vibe every single time! It’s definitely a blogger-esque place for pretty photos! Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

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I took these during the afternoon so that I could play with the shadows! I love how artsy this set came out! More photos will be on my instagram, so be on a look out for that! But yes, if you shoot at different times, the vibes here would be totally different, so you can play around with different outfits in just this one location! How fun is this!

LOCATION 3: HOLLYWOOD SIGN

Can’t leave LA without visiting the ever so famous Hollywood sign. I mean, if you can’t be a part of it, have to at least visit it right? Well… I only had one day to sight see and do photoshoots after spending two whole days in Disney. So, while the hike is fun (or so I heard), I did not take the hike up. Instead I just shot right at the observation point, which still gave pretty decent shots.

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I thought the shots still turned out pretty well with the sign in the far back ground. Definitely a different type of style than the Urban Lights location!

LOCATION 4: GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY

Okay, this is probably my favorite place. The observatory is a nice check out, but the view here… is amazing. It’s technically right next to the Hollywood sign, so I stopped by right after. It did take about twenty minutes to get here because it’s all mountains and local so driving was a drag. The view here is absolutely MARVELOUS. You can spot the Hollywood sign right underneath you and the whole skyline of LA. It’s pretty darn incredible.

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Come up these steps and you’re gonna find yourself taking in all of LA.

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It’s definitely beautiful to take in the beautiful sky line of LA. But, the architecture of this building is breathtaking as well. I was here for a good hour or so just taking photos and letting myself take the moment and just sink into the heart of LA.

LOCATION 5: PHILZ COFFEE

After a long day of shoots, definitely had to stop by for a relaxing cup of coffee. I stopped by Philz upon my college sweetheart’s recommendation and picked up this Mint Chocolate Mojito. Nope it has no alcohol in it, just coffee. It’s not boozed, but it was pretty darn good. It was a nice place to just get work done. Is it insta-worthy? Kinda-sorta. But worth the mention and share with ya all!

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Had my coffee with this Cucumber Tomato Bagel. It was pretty bomb. Maybe cause I was super hungry. Hmm…

LOCATION 6: GLEE BURGER & DONUTS

So, I think I saw this place on Buzzfeed or something and bookmarked it on Yelp. I really wanted to stop by and try their soft shell crab burger. There was one in Anaheim, which wasn’t too far off route, so I stopped by for a quick dinner before heading to San Diego. And I must say, it was pretty darn good! Greasy heart-attack goodness! But so worth it!

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Their donuts are pretty famous and bomb. I was offered mine on the house after my dinner when I just wanted a donut. How chill are they? Super chill! I didn’t even mention I just wanted it for photos and for my blog. They were just THAT nice. This establishment is definitely A+++! Making such insta-worthy donuts and having a pretty wall to match it!

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Well, this about rounds up my LA trip. If you’re looking for pretty spots to stop by for photos, definitely visit the ones I mentioned. There’s plenty more where that came from, but I only had time for those! When I visit LA again, hopefully I have more time to take you all to more spots! But I’ll be traveling a lot more this year, so look forward to a whole lot more travel content! For the time being, I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and look forward to next week’s recap for my San Diego trip!

 

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Sincerely Ophelia

Hi! It’s Ophelia! I’m just a fun-size petite Asian girl living life in NYC, with a big heart for the love of life. I'm an overshareer of all sorts and enjoy inspiring others. Through this blog, I hope to share my styling ideas, shopping finds, latest trends, and solutions to everything related to fashion and beauty.

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  1. March 14, 2018 / 3:20 PM

    Honestly I’m not too big on the LA area (grew up in new york its kinda expected) but i got to say whenever I’m there I always go to the Griffith Observatory, it really is such a beautiful place! It’s been a while since I was back, maybe I’ll head down next time in in California
    Bridget
    https://thebridy.com/

  2. March 14, 2018 / 4:39 PM

    What an incredible trip and what a difference between New York to such beautiful LA weather. Great photos. It makes feel that I should start packing.

  3. March 14, 2018 / 5:00 PM

    These spots in L.A are spectacular! I want to see the observatory the next time I make a trip over there. And go to Disneyland too. Once I remember being about a mile away from there, but unfortunately never getting the chance to visit there. 🙁

  4. March 14, 2018 / 8:50 PM

    Seeing your photos makes me miss living in California. We went to LA often and loved it every time.

  5. jane
    March 15, 2018 / 4:48 AM

    Such lovely amazing adventures.
    I love the view and how happy you look like.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  6. March 15, 2018 / 8:03 AM

    Looks like you had a really great time and the photos are spot on insta worthy.

  7. Andrea
    March 15, 2018 / 8:09 AM

    WOW you had a crazy three weeks and yeah I could totally see why you are so tired lol. Seeing your pictures really does make me miss California and want to visit soon. I love all of these places too.

  8. March 15, 2018 / 8:10 AM

    This makes me want to pack my bags and go! My sister just moved to New York so I will have to put LA on the list when I go visit her!

  9. March 15, 2018 / 9:18 AM

    Ha! I live in LA and I don’t think ANY spots out here are Instagram worthy! ahahahahah!

  10. March 15, 2018 / 9:39 AM

    Lovely pictures! Would love to go to Disneyland again soon. Crap it’s so far away! haha

  11. March 15, 2018 / 10:09 AM

    It has been soooo many years since I have been to Disneyland and I would love to to go back. I live in Florida, so I do go to Disney World

  12. March 15, 2018 / 12:20 PM

    That is why I love SoCal! They have good places for photos and food! Now I wanna go back there! :p

  13. March 15, 2018 / 3:13 PM

    I have been to all these places except Urban Lights! I dunno how I missed it! Your pictures are gorgeous!

  14. Amber
    March 15, 2018 / 4:33 PM

    You went to a lot of cool places in LA. I hope to go there one day. I usually go to Disney World, but I want to go to Disneyland at some point.

  15. March 15, 2018 / 7:56 PM

    Oh my goodness what a round up of beautiful locations around LA! They really are totally instagram worthy! I would love to go to Disney.

  16. Kelsi
    March 15, 2018 / 9:31 PM

    The hollywood sign is a must for first time visitors! The other one I think is great is up on Runyan Canyon 🙂

  17. blogthirtyminusone
    March 15, 2018 / 10:41 PM

    This looks like a fun trip! LA is on my list, so I’m glad I found this post. I’m saving some of your recommendations.
    Xx, Nailil
    http://www.thirtyminusone.com

  18. March 16, 2018 / 3:01 AM

    Oh, you had a chance to visit so many wonderful places. I’d love to see some of them myself. I think your pictures are stunning and they make me think even more about travelling and seeing new places. 🙂

  19. March 16, 2018 / 9:20 AM

    I am so jealous that you went to Disneyland! We just left DisneyWorld and it was amazing! I’d love to go there one day! Lots of great photo ops!

  20. March 16, 2018 / 1:20 PM

    It looks like you had an amazing time vising LA. You managed to hit a lot of the tourist attractions that the city offer. Cool pics.

  21. Tonya W
    March 16, 2018 / 8:46 PM

    This looks like it was such an amazing trip. There are so many spots in LA that I have always wanted to see. It is such a beautiful place!

  22. March 16, 2018 / 10:03 PM

    I am born and raised in LA and I loved that you wrote about my town. You definitely hit a lot of great spots in LA and in San Diego I’m so glad you had a great trip

  23. March 17, 2018 / 6:23 AM

    Your pictures are fantastic. It looks like you had a great trip!

  24. March 17, 2018 / 9:21 AM

    wow! look at that burger!
    i’ve not had the chance to visit LA yet,but i really like the spots you’ve covered. a year and half ago i visited disneyland and i really enjoyed it. i would love to go again as it was amazing, i felt like a big kid.

  25. March 17, 2018 / 10:32 AM

    These are all great photo opportunities. Now I want to head over to LA and try some of these, haha.

  26. Elizabeth O
    March 17, 2018 / 2:20 PM

    It looks like you had a brilliant time. You picked some great insta worthy spots to take some pictures, they are stunning!

  27. March 18, 2018 / 4:29 AM

    I am so glad you had so much fun out here. San Francisco is pretty great as well. But I’m with you. I love Griffith Park. My daughter and I love that place. We really need to go back soon.

  28. March 19, 2018 / 12:57 AM

    wow. I want to visit too. Ur pictures are so lovely and sweet. So much beautiful is the place and u r looking more beautiful

  29. Sheree
    March 19, 2018 / 4:27 AM

    You have really stopped all of the iconic places in LA, I’ve lived here for so many years but yet to go to Glee donuts. Need to check it out.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  30. March 19, 2018 / 8:05 AM

    This looks sooo much fun! And as always, you look so gorgeous on your photos dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  31. March 19, 2018 / 11:30 AM

    Beautiful place, beautiful photos…You guys had a lot of fun.

  32. March 19, 2018 / 2:43 PM

    I went to LA 2 years ago and instantly fell in love! I love the way you capture all these great spots. I love the LACMA, such a great place to take photos!

  33. Chastity
    March 20, 2018 / 3:19 PM

    Looks like you had a fabulous time. Thanks for sharing some key spots, will check it out when I go back there.

  34. March 20, 2018 / 7:55 PM

    LA as your ootd backdrop looks amazing! Your photos are breathtakingly beautiful!

  35. March 20, 2018 / 9:36 PM

    Ah, seeing the disneyland photos made me miss it so much! I love that place!

  36. Emily Fata
    March 20, 2018 / 10:20 PM

    I feel like I need to go to all of these spots for the Instagram-worthy photos alone!!

  37. March 21, 2018 / 6:30 AM

    I love your outfit of Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory! You look amazing. These are some well known places and I cant wait to go there!

  38. March 21, 2018 / 8:32 AM

    Amazing article.Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Kamree
    March 21, 2018 / 3:36 PM

    These photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! Disneyland is always a must but next time we visit we will have to check out Urban lights and the observatory!
    xo – Kam

  40. March 23, 2018 / 1:06 AM

    I have not been to Disney since I was a teenager. Looks like so much fun!

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