For the long weekend we decided to drive down to LA. You can't beat the stretch near Santa Barbara, nothing but blue skies and glittery water. First we went to the Paramount Studio tour. Paramount studios is neat because it is the only studio in Hollywood, and you can see the Hollywood sign throughout their huge lot. Other highlights, seeing a sunken parking lot that they flood to film water scenes (I guess the ones that are too tricky to do on the ocean?) and their New York set up, it looks a lot like New York but it's mostly just facades of fake brick and fire hydrants that you can pick up with one hand.
We then headed to Beverly Hills and stopped at one of my favorite cupcake shops, Sprinkles. I have a slight obsession. Everything in moderation though, right? Next door they are also putting cupcakes in ice cream ... David and I split a red velvet and dark chocolate, seriously, best ice cream ever! A must if you are nearby! A fun addition was the quote to the right, "rodeo drive is a giant butterscotch sundae" - andy warhol.
After fighting a lot of traffic that day, we finally made it to Ikea, which involved quickly grabbing something to eat and racing through the levels to find another display Rens sheepskin (all out of stock) before closing. We made it out with one and a faux one too ... we'll decide later which to use for the eames chairs.
We picked up some draperies, dishtowels, a rug, and a few wire baskets. A few exciting projects in the future :)
And before heading home, we spent some time in Laguna Beach. Beautiful calm water (people were swimming down the coast, paddle boarding, and scuba diving), neat tide pools, and rocks to climb on.
Finally, a few of my favorites from Ikea:
Iris dishtowel in coral and Beskuren dishtowel in yellow and taupe stripe (not on the website, but in photo above)
Raskog kitchen cart: fun colors and super versatile. I could see this in a kitchen, playroom or office for easy storage. $49.99
Knood bin: again fun colors versatile! (colors looks better in person) This could be great for a waste/recycling bin, storage, or maybe dog food container. $14.99
Ikea Stockholm Rand rug: Perfect for adding a punch of contrast! $299
Alvine Strata duvet cover: Simple white with subtle lines, nice quality for the price. $39.99 full/queen
What did I miss? Do you have any other recent favorites from Ikea?