Sunday, 17 May 2015

Downtown LA

On our last day in Los Angeles, we visited some landmarks in Downtown LA, including The Bradbury Building, Olvera Street, Union Station and City Hall.

Union Station and The Bradbury Building have some significance to me as they were used as filming locations in my all-time favourite movie Blade Runner.  I had been to these places on my last America holiday but it was still so fantastic to go back.  We also got to see the Ennis House later in the day which is also used in the movie.

This yellow dress and purse were recent purchases.  I just love yellow and I can't say that enough!  I also really like the fit of this dress and it is very comfortable to wear.

These photos were taken in the park outside City Hall.  City Hall is also featured in another of my favourite movies, L.A. Confidential.  Los Angeles has some really amazing buildings and architecture and it really is great to walk around the city and see so many recognisable filming locations.

You can't see in the other photos very well but the earrings I am wearing match the bracelet, I love a good matching jewellery set. 

Dress: Vintage from Etsy
Bolero: Vintage from Dreamtime Vintage, London
Purse: Vintage from eBay
Jewellery set: Vintage from eBay
Sunglasses: Vintage from Vera Mode
Shoes: Vintage but so old I cannot remember where from!
Ballet pumps: New Look

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Beautiful Santa Barbara

One of my favourite places that we went to whilst on holiday was Santa Barbara.  Even though it was a 2 hour drive from our hotel in Los Angeles, it was definitely worth making the trip out of the city and up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. 

Our first stop was the County Courthouse, chosen because of the beautiful location!  I loved seeing all the Spanish buildings in this city.

I admit that I didn't get many good photos of this outfit, sometimes you are just too busy having fun to remember to take "outfit photos."  I purchased this dress from Crush Vintage but through an Instagram preview.  It is perfect for Summer and I am glad that I decided to find out more after spotting it on the Crush Vintage Instagram page.  Sometimes it really is worth enquiring when you see a photo on Instagram!

We also visited Shoreline Park where we watched dolphins jumping over the waves!

We went for lunch at a great Mexican restaurant - Los Agaves - which I had found whilst doing some online research.  They have two restaurants in Santa Barbara and I really would recommend visiting if you like Mexican food - it was delicious and inexpensive!

We of course managed to fit in a visit to an antique mall on our trip and we stopped off at the Antique Center Mall.  The dresses were surprisingly rather expensive but I found a lovely 1950s charm bracelet and some very cool cufflinks (to go on a dress that requires some!) 

Dress: Vintage from Crush Vintage via Instagram
Sunglasses: Vintage from Vera Mode
Bag: Vintage from Etsy
Headscarf: Vintage but no idea where from