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Weekend Los Angeles Travel Diary

December 10, 2017

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

I have two travel diaries to share as we’ve spent a few weeks traveling this holiday from coast to coast! Two weekends ago Andrew and I flew to Los Angeles for my bestie’s wedding. We spent a few extra days in town to visit some of our favorite spots and meet up with some family as well. It’s been only 10 months since we left California and I can’t believe a lot has already changed in LA! Lots of new construction, new stores and massive mall renovations. We were in town for close to 3 days. This was a short trip and I wish we had been able to stay a full week but hopefully we will be able to travel back to the West Coast in the new year. Trip highlights and photo diary below!

Where we stayed: Mr. C Beverly Hills

For this trip Andrew and I stayed at Mr. C Beverly Hills and had an amazing stay. This was our second time staying at this hotel and it couldn’t be more perfect. I’ve stayed at a number of hotels in Los Angeles before and this one has been my favorite. The hotel has beautiful rooms, excellent service, amazing views and it’s also located in a great spot in Beverly Hills. It’s clean, modern, romantic and just lovely.

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

His and hers Away Suitcases, these are the regular Carry-On Size (reviewed here)

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

Travel beauty shelfie: let me know if you want the full beauty pack list and I’ll try to do a separate travel beauty post. In the meantime you can see my Travel Beauty Cases post here. What I packed on previous trips in my Dallas Travel Diary and San Francisco Pack List. I tend to repeat a lot of items. I traveled with the Dyson Supersonic Dryer for the first time and found it was absolutely essential for me. It will definitely be going on future trips! If you buy one make sure you find a good storage case for it. The one I have came with a pouch. I think the hard case version will probably be more ideal to protect it.

Travel Beauty Shelfie

Mr C Beverly Hills Hotel

Sightseeing spots:

We’ve both been to Los Angeles a number of times so we picked a few sightseeing spots to visit. One of our favorite things to do is to look for night-time viewpoints. Since my brother is based in LA he has been able to show us some amazing view points! Places we stopped by:

Santa Monica Pier Sunsets | The Beauty Look Book

Santa Monica for the sunset and beach


Beverly Hills Nighttime Lights

Night City Views from our Hotel


Griffith Observatory Night View December 2017

Griffith Observatory Night View December 2017

Griffith Observatory


Hollywood Sign Viewpoint Beachwood Drive

View of the Hollywood Sign from Beachwood Drive. If you’re driving along this street make sure you don’t keep going straight up into the hills! Turn off before you reach the hill otherwise you’ll get stuck like we did. The streets are narrow and windy and it took us forever to find our way back down!

Where we shopped:

Westfield Century City is a newly renovated mall and it’s amazing! There are still a lot of stores under construction with “coming soon” signs but there is a lot to find there. It’s especially great if you want a central location to shop with a lot to offer. The Nordstrom there has the most amazing beauty department I’ve seen in the US – they have Tom Ford, a Space NK wall, Atelier Cologne, Frederic Mall, a Natural Beauty section and so much more.

Nordstrom Century City Mall | The Beauty Look Book

Nordstrom Century City Mall | The Beauty Look Book

We also stopped by a few boutiques including Penhaligon’s and Aesop. The Aesop store is just so beautiful – all of them are! The staff is genuinely friendly, helpful, non-pushy and knowledgeable.

Aesop Century City Store Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

We made a quick stop inside Barneys New York on Rodeo Drive, I love this store πŸ™‚

Barneys New York Beverly Hills Store | The Beauty Look Book

One evening we had dinner in Venice Beach onΒ Abbott Kinney. I made a quick stop inside Hourglass store to see what was new. Anxiously waiting for spring launches!

Hourglass Store Abbot Kinney Venice

Also on Abbot Kinney is an amazing Smashbox store! They have a lipstick bar and lipstick wall, it’s incredible. I highly recommend stopping by.

Smashbox Store Venice Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Where we ate:

Unfortunately I didn’t get many good food pics as the times we ate we were in dark restaurants or in a rush and didn’t get a photo! As a junk food junkie I’ve been dreaming about In-n-Out for months. I had been dieting for weeks beforehand to be able to eat junk food on our two recent trips. We ate at In-n-Out twice, had Mr. C room service a few times which was AMAZING (best burger I’ve ever had), dinner spots included Gjelina and Marino. Gjelina is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. In the event you aren’t able to get reservations and don’t want to wait for a table (dinner can get busy) there’s a take out Gjelina right next door.

Mr. C Beverly Hills Room Service

What I packed and what I wore:

I packed an Away Carry-On with a few outfits, makeup, skincare and my Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. I definitely over packed but didn’t quite pack the right clothing for the weather so I’ll share what I actually wore. I’ve also come to the realization that I need a wardrobe makeover for travel. Living in South Florida I’ve been living in super lightweight clothes, sandals, shorts, dresses because it is HOT here! For the rest of the country it’s really not warm enough to wear what I have right now. Funny how quick we can be to forget what real seasonal weather can be like. Although I do have to say I’ve always lived where it is sunny year round.

Weekend Packing for Beverly Hills

What I wore:

  • Tan leather jacket by Joie (older style, similar here, here and here)
  • Cotton floral sundress by Zara (old style)
  • Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote MM size
  • Strapless navy floral dress by Majorelle
  • Black denim jeans from Paige (my favorite brand of jeans ever!)
  • Long sleeve sweater/tee by Rag and Bone/JEAN
  • Cotton button down shirt by Joie (old style, similar here, here and here)
  • Denim cut-off shorts from Blank NYC
  • Nude leather wallet on chain clutch by YSL
  • Black block-heeled sandals by Stuart Weitzman
  • Patent leather sandals by Tory Burch
  • Foldable sunglasses by Tory Burch

Weekend Getaway Pack List | The Beauty Look Book

A few more photos:

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles Travel Diary | The Beauty Look Book

Prosecco and chocolate strawberries courtesy of Mr. C Beverly Hills! We’ve never been treated with such a surprise before!

Mr. C Beverly Hills Prosecco and Strawberries

Santa Monica Pier

Beverly Hills

Additional thoughts:

We had a lovely stay and it was great to be back on the West Coast. There were a few things we would have done differently if we could have a do-over on the trip.

  • If you plan visiting LA from out of town and are going to stay mainly in the Beverly Hills area I’d recommend you Uber instead of renting a car. Any hotel in the Beverly Hills area is going to have pretty high overnight parking fees and the traffic in LA is pretty stressful no matter where or when you’re driving. Not to mention finding street parking adds more stress. I’ve driven to LA from San Diego for events and weekend trips a number of times and my brother has recommended I take the train instead and Uber around the city to save time and stress from parking. That being said a lot of things are spread out in Southern California sometimes having a car is essential.
  • We probably would have booked 2 more days to be able to take our time, see more places and visit more with friends/family. I think if we had 4-5 full days it would have been plenty of time.
  • Shopping-wise I would have planned out my stops a little better. Abbot Kinney on Venice Beach has grown so much since I’ve last been there. I would have definitely allocated more time to walk the streets and browse. There are a lot of beauty boutiques there like Aesop, Caudalie, Hourglass, Smashbox and lot of clothing stores there. I think the Century City mall is quite amazing though.
  • We would have probably skipped visiting Santa Monica. I think it’s great to see once, but we’ve both been there so many times seeing it again was a bit redundant and it was pretty far from everything else we wanted to see.
  • Take some time to just sit back and do absolutely nothing! This is something we both need to work on. When we travel we tend to travel for adventure and I pack in a lot of things. Sometimes I need to remind myself to slow down and take a break.

Hope you enjoyed this travel diary! I’m working on my Miami trip post but probably won’t have it up until the end of the week or early next week. Stay tuned for more beauty posts soon!

Do you have any favorite LA spots?

Media rate was provided by Mr. C Beverly Hills for feature.


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  • I have never been in LA but you make it look really gorgeous!

    Olga from Myme

  • nic

    Southeast is a whole new wardrobe ball game.

  • Jennifer Jones

    You’re just effortlessly chic, Sabrina. Beautiful shots of the city. It’s on my list; thanks for the stay and sightseeing tips. I hope you both had a wonderful stay.

  • Absolutely beautiful post! Looks like you had a great time xx

  • Love the jacket!

    x Mariya

  • msh111

    I need to check out Paige jeans! Love the weather. Wearing shorts in December! We had snow here in Maryland this past weekend.

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Beautiful pictures,.. I want to go for a vacation,.. But I’m in my third trimester and baby will be due next month,.. so need to avoid travelling:(

    • Hopefully after the baby then! Congrats on your new bundle of joy πŸ™‚

      • Shilpa Shetty

        Yes,.. Thank you,…Already decided the destination,.. Hoping baby will cooperate with us πŸ™‚

  • Kyla Ewing

    Looks like you had a fabulous time. The weather has been perfect for weddings! It’s been unseasonably warm here in SoCal. I’v lived in San Diego for almost 2-years and I still haven’t made it up to LA, yet!! So much to see and do! I used to live in South Florida and have been to Miami several times. I love Miami, especially Miami Beach and South Beach and downtown is so vibrant, wonderul & exciting! I do miss the caribbean atmosphere, food and people in Miami.

  • Tatiana

    Haven’t been to LA in years. Growing up in MI and living in NorCal, I don’t consider the weather in LA to be seasonal, just warm all the time. Pretty sure I’d melt if I lived in LA or Florida. I’d love to shop in LA, I’ve never been to the Barney’s there, it looks gorgeous. Dear Husband does not like shopping, so if I’m on holiday with him, there is NO shopping. If we go down to LA anytime soon, I will definitely consider Mr.C Hotel. It looks fabulous!

    • I thought the same about the weather until I moved to Florida! By comparison San Diego and LA seem like they have cold weather!

  • SoSuSam

    Looks like you had a great trip! I haven’t been to LA in years, but you’ve made me curious about seeing it again. If I do, I’ll definitely stay at the Mr C hotel. (I love those drawer handles throughout your room. What an interesting touch.)

  • urbanangel

    I haven’t been to LA. But definately would love to visit when I get the chance. Thanks for the tips!

  • Aseya Nasib

    I love these pictures so much, I really wanna head to LA, just for the pictures haha. I’m from Dubai, so I totally get not understanding seasonal weather!

    • LOL about your weather comment! Dubai is on my bucket list!

  • Yeji Kim

    Oh my goodness! I’m thinking about going to LA with my boyfriend in March and this is the perfect post for tips! Thanks~

  • Collar Wilson

    Wow! That is all I can say. You visit the most fabulous places. God bless you, Sabrina. Keep on traveling!

  • Bojana

    What a beautiful photos!!! And Aesop store looks amazing!!!!

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ Aesop is always amazing! There are quite a few around the city!

  • Suzanne Lewinson

    I had no idea Abbott Kinney/Venice has expanded so much! Now I definitely have to make the trek down there!

  • Lara Al Harthi

    Omg I love this!!! This trip has seriously gone on my wishlist right now! 😍

  • Meghan M

    Thank you for a great post! I also love your picture of the museum of ice cream!

  • Anna

    You hotel is 🀩

  • Rosierey

    Gorgeous photos! Need to get to LA asap to check out the renovated Westfield Century City and of course, for some of the best sushi in the country!

    • We didn’t make it to sushi! But yes, Southern California has amazing sushi!

  • Yiing Zhi Teh

    Love your travel posts Sabrina! <3

  • Amanda Roussel

    I’ve always wanted to visit LA! Thanks for sharing your itinerary, it’s definitely inspiration for a future trip!

  • Lucy

    Your photographs are just gorge!! That Aesop shot just looks dreamy x

  • Grace k

    Westfield Century City really is so gorgeous now after the remodel, it’s a great place to shop (or even just to browse). If you enjoy Tuberose scents, give Frederic Malle Carnal Flower a sniff. Lovely pictures Sabrina, it felt like I was back in LA with you!

    • Carnal Flower was one of my favorites for years! I wore it too much and got tired/bored of it though, I think I’m going to revisit in the spring πŸ™‚

      • Grace k

        Yes, please do so! I love revisiting old scent loves, takes me back to fond memories πŸ™‚

  • Rahima

    I think its super interesting how you saw individual brand boutiques like Hourglass- Its rare to see that where I am! We have little Dior Boutiques etc but not like a Becca store, or Hourglass if you get what I’m saying haha! It must be quite the shopping experience in LA!

    • I think Abbot Kinney is unique in having those beauty boutiques all next to each other!

  • Erin

    Visiting LA is on my bucket list! It is so beautiful.

  • Betsy Radelow

    I was just in LA and didn’t have time to go to the new Westfield, really want to visit Eatly. Also thanks for the tip on the Dyson hard case!

    • Hi Betsy – there’s so much to see and with everything spread out it’s hard to hit all the spots! Hopefully next time πŸ™‚

  • Ilina Sandler

    I used to work right by the Century City mall when I lived in LA 7 years ago! You brought back so many memories! Now that I can finally afford to shop there, I really want to go back πŸ™‚


    Yes, please do a post about what you pack in your beauty case when you travel πŸ™‚