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SANTA MONICA

3 December 2015

Last month I was over in California for ten days, starting off in Santa Monica for our friends' wedding in a beautiful outdoor venue up on Topanga Canyon called The Inn of the Seventh Ray which served locally sourced, seasonal food on white iron tables and chairs surrounded by trees, plants and twinkling fairy lights.

Palm trees at sunset, Santa Monica - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

We stayed the weekend there, going for walks along the beach (we saw Caitlyn Jenner with a trainer when we were going for a jetlagged jog one morning), visiting the hipster stores on Abbot Kinney, eating Mexican at Mercado, making the obligatory trip to In-N-Out for burgers, watching the dudes at the Venice Beach skate park, drinking comedy-sized margaritas and cocktails at The Misfit, shopping at Nasty Gal (again, whoops), walking the Venice canals and going to West Hollywood for the seared albacore tuna at Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya I've been craving since we last had it there years ago.  After five days and pretty much acclimatising to Pacific Standard Time, we hired a car and started our little road trip up the California coast...

Santa Monica plants - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

Santa Monica beach - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

Emma Louise Layla in blue stripe Petit Bateau dress - Santa Monica street art - Los Angeles travel blogger

Venice beach - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

Venice canals - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

Venice Beach skate park - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla in Venice Beach - Los Angeles travel blog

Santa Monica beach - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

Skulls at Venice Beach, LA - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

Venice Beach skateboarder - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

Venice canals - weekend in Los Angeles, travel blog

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