If you follow me on Snapchat, then you areΒ more than awareΒ that I ducked out of Chicago a few weeks ago for a whirlwind 48-hours in Los Angeles. I had the pleasure of making a fast trip out to the Beverly Hills Hotel to catch up with my friend Danielle Peazer, who I haven’t seen since my last stint in London almost two years ago. I had an entire two days (barely) to experience as much of Los Angeles as possible – so if you happen to find yourself in SoCal for a long, leisurely two days, here’s how I handled getting as much in as possible during this trip.

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I started out my trip by catching up with my friend Millie, who I also hadn’t seen in a few years. We went to Backyard Bowls, and I had an aΓ§ai bowl – potentially the most LA lunch, EVER.Β 
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Here I am in all of my ~4am flight glory~.
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We popped over to Blue Bottle coffee after, where they treated us to some of their menu samples – avocado toast (again, SO LOS ANGELES) and a brie cheese and apricot jam spread.
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Then, it was off to the Beverly Hills Hotel where Danielle was staying.
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The true measure of fanciness is when the hotel logo is embroidered on the bed. Take that advice with you.
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We had a quick dinner on Friday at Il Cielo (would recommend!) and had the chance to catch up. The next morning we were off to LACMA bright and early – because who goes to LA and doesn’t get a picture at LACMA?
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LACMA’s “Urban Lights,” one of the most Instagrammed spots in Los Angeles.
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One of our other favorite spots was Alfred’s Coffee, a Melrose hot spot for juice and coffee (I had an iced chai, it was amazing).
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#ManicureShot
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After getting caffeinated, we headed down Melrose to do some shopping. Melrose has brick and mortar stores of your favorite online stores – such as NastyGal and Revolve. This is the infamous pink wall, at Paul Smith Interior Design. There were at least three other photo shoots happening while we were there!
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Smile, *you’re beautiful.
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Next stop – lunch. We popped into Froma for a little bit of Margherita pizza.
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Who says people in Los Angeles don’t eat?
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At this point, we were shopped out and had been all over West Hollywood. Before dinner – and already my last night in LA! – we stopped at the pool to enjoy more ‘Think Pinks,’ the cocktail that Danielle and I became obsessed with.
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What it looks like when two beauty bloggers take over ONE counter to get ready for dinner.
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#Selfie.
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Polaroids = a pre-dinner necessity.
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We went to the famous Katsuya for dinner – i.e., the BEST sushi I have ever had. We wrapped up with drinks at LP-EP, a rooftop bar in West Hollywood, before heading back to the hotel to pass out.
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One final breakfast at the gorgeous poolside cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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The next morning, it was already time for me to head back to Chicago! #ByeByePalmTrees