The 48 Hour Guide to Los Angeles

If you follow me on Snapchat, then you are more than aware 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.


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 açai bowl – potentially the most LA lunch, EVER. 


Here I am in all of my ~4am flight glory~.


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.


Then, it was off to the Beverly Hills Hotel where Danielle was staying.


The true measure of fanciness is when the hotel logo is embroidered on the bed. Take that advice with you.


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?


LACMA’s “Urban Lights,” one of the most Instagrammed spots in Los Angeles.


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).




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!


Smile, *you’re beautiful.


Next stop – lunch. We popped into Froma for a little bit of Margherita pizza.


Who says people in Los Angeles don’t eat?


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.


What it looks like when two beauty bloggers take over ONE counter to get ready for dinner.




Polaroids = a pre-dinner necessity.


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.


One final breakfast at the gorgeous poolside cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel.


The next morning, it was already time for me to head back to Chicago! #ByeByePalmTrees


10 thoughts on “The 48 Hour Guide to Los Angeles

  1. Wow! looks like you had a great time. Ironically my first time in chicago was like this. jUST a one day trip trying to jam in beer, pizza the bean and anything else I could. I’m going to la in august for blogher and am hoping I’ll have time to see some of this.

  2. I’m from Los Angeles, but have never tried Backyard Bowls. Wow! Next time I go Home to Visit, I will definitely need to go there. Looks like you had an amazing trip!

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