Santa Monica and LA

Im having so much fun traveling around California, Ive seen so many beautiful places in such a short space of time its almost hard to comprehend. In just a week Ive visited, San Francisco, Carmel, Morrow Bay, Santa Monica and LA not to mention I’m in San Diego as I type away!

We stayed in Santa Monica For two days and one night and it was really amazing, the pier is fantastic! Its just like what you see in photographs – absolutely gorgeous! Palm trees everywhere, ferris wheel, plenty of bars and restaurants and it has an amazing street for shopping too! Here are some photos I took on my iphone from that night…

Santa Monica at night! Photo by Lauren McMahon

Santa Monica at night!
Photo by Lauren McMahon



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During our time in Santa Monica we drove in to LA and did some sight seeing. This was one of my favourite places so far on the holiday. We took a tour bus around the city which brought us to the Hollywood Hills, celebrity homes, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive! It was super hot that day I cant even begin to describe the heat up in the Hollywood hills – very intense. I even got sunburnt 🙁 When we were in the Hollywood Hills we took some pictures of the Hollywood sign, but unfortunately you cant get too close as tour buses cant manoeuvre around the little roads and bends!

The Hollywood sign :)

The Hollywood sign 🙂

View from the Hollywood Hills of LA

View from the Hollywood Hills of LA

What was really interesting was that we seen where some of the stars lived such as, Charlize Theron and Gwen Stefani! We also seen some pretty famous filming locations from loads of movies like, Wedding Crashers, Iron Man and of course Pretty Woman. After that we were given a tour of Beverley Hills, which goes without saying was AMAZING! The homes in that district are to die for!


After Beverley Hills we went to Rodeo Drive and got out of the bus and walked around the area. It was absolutely out of this world! Designer stores everywhere, beautiful white buildings, palm trees and it was spotless! Would love to be able to afford to go shopping there one day – a girl can dream, right?


Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive


After our tour of LA ended me and my family went to the Hard Rock for some lunch, then walked along Hollywood Boulevard and seen the Walk of Fame and Gruman’s Chinese Theatre. LA is so big wit thousads of people walking around and was such an experience, loved it!

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Also a little highlight from my trip to LA was when we drove to Melrose Ave and seen the DASH store!! Big Kardashian fan over here so this was the icing on top of the cake for me 🙂 The clothes were fab but a little pricey so I bought a DASH keychain, which I posted on my INSTAGRAM a few days ago! Unfortunately I didnt see any of the Kardashians, but it was still amazing. I remember just being so excited driving up Melrose haha, what am I like?! 🙂



Me outside DASH, excuse the appearance it was the end of the day lol!

Me outside DASH, excuse the appearance it was the end of the day lol!


1 Comment

  1. August 25, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    It looks like you had a fantastic time:)
    I was recently in California too, I visited Santa Monica and Hollywood, much like you!
    I was so gutted when I couldn’t visit the DASH store though, as I am also a big Kardashian fan!
    I don’t know whether you’ve been, or will have to opportunity to go, but I adored Huntington Beach. It was my favourite location we visited whilst in America.
    Great post, I love the pictures