Happy Tuesday y’all! I hope you enjoyed seeing my recap of day 1 in California yesterday. Today I’m sharing what my day 2 looked like and where I stayed that night. I only had four days & three nights in California, but I knew I wanted to make the most of it. I had never seen the Pacific Ocean, so that was #1 on my list! I had heard amazing things about the Pacific Coast Highway as well. Here’s what I was up to on day 2 that took me to Marina del Rey.

I had planned to hire a photographer to shoot some photos for me while in LA. I found the sweetest, most helpful person to help me! She delivered amazing photographs. I thought I would share a couple from my phone here, but next week I’m sharing ALL of the photos we took! I’ll be sure to let you know when that goes live.

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I headed out Thursday morning and got a blowout at Drybar at 7am. It sounds crazy, but I was still stuck on Arkansas time…so it seemed more like 9am. I had rounded up several places I wanted to take photos, but WOW was the universe laughing at me. Let me explain why in two words…parking and traffic. That’s right, even though all 10 places were within a couple of miles, it took us 5 hours to shoot all of the looks! FIVE HOURS. Now all of you California people are probably reading this and making fun of me. I’m from a small (tiny) town in Arkansas where we have nothing even remotely compared to the traffic I saw in LA. It was insanity!

After my photo shoot, I headed to the hotel to check in. More about where I stayed below. After getting everything organized in my room, I decided to drive north & west. I wanted to see the Santa Monica Pier, so I headed there first. Turns out it was packed and I really didn’t have any idea to get where I was going. Since it was getting dark quickly, I wanted to see Malibu. I got on the PCH and headed to Malibu. Y’all…it was gorgeous!!! The waves hitting the rocks was so so relaxing.

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And in true extra girl fashion, I grabbed some lemonade from LEMONADE. It was worth it ;)

It was getting dark so I headed back to the Santa Monica Pier to see the Ferris Wheel all lit up. Did I get a picture? No. Am I the worst travel blogger ever? Yes.

After my long day, I was super excited to stay at the Ritz Carlton for a relaxing evening. I stayed on the lounge floor, which I highly recommend when traveling.

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marina del rey, california, ritz carlton, ritz, RC memories, marina, club level, club lounge

marina del rey, california, ritz carlton, ritz, RC memories, marina, club level, club lounge

The lounge floor is great, because they provide several small food offerings throughout the day. It’s great to just head down the hall for breakfast or a snack during the day. You also have your own personal concierge to help you during your stay. I highly recommend this hotel if you’re headed to the area. I can always depend on the Ritz Carlton brand to provide impeccable service and amenities.

I was super happy with my view outside my window in Marina del Rey:

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marina del rey, california, ritz carlton, ritz, RC memories, marina

I feel like this is the quintessential California view with so many beautiful yachts and boats. I’ll share more about shopping around this area in my day 3 post ;)

Have you been to Marina del Rey? Thanks for reading!

XO,

Rebekah

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Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share my graduation trip from last year with you today. I’m so sorry it’s SO SO late, but I’m finally getting back into blogging more that I’ve got my schedule down pat. My dad took me to New Orleans, and it was so fun!

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum:

Since I am a pharmacist, I had a great time visiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. And let me tell you…there were some crazy finds inside. We are talking tinctures of all kinds, cocaine toothache drops, and opium tampons. Even if you’re not a pharmacist, the museum is super cool!

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new orleans pharmacy museum, new orleans, pharmacy, history

new orleans pharmacy museum, new orleans, pharmacy, history

new orleans pharmacy museum, new orleans, pharmacy, history

I really enjoyed seeing the writing from pharmacists back in the day. It was such an amazing experience to see how my profession has evolved over the years.

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Where I Stayed:

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nola, new orleans ritz carlton, ritz carlton, french quarter, new orleans

nola, new orleans ritz carlton, ritz carlton, french quarter, new orleans

nola, new orleans ritz carlton, ritz carlton, french quarter, new orleans

I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the French Quarter. I highly recommend this hotel for location and superior service. I had stayed at a couple of Ritz Carlton hotels in China, but it’s great to stay at one here in the US. We stayed on the club level which provided daily food offerings throughout the day in the Club Lounge. I ate breakfast in the Lounge each morning and snacks were available throughout the day. The rooms were well-appointed with gorgeous garden decor.

My favorite part of the hotel was the beautiful courtyard! It had pretty statues & lights where I would wind down each evening.

Where I Ate:

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Chophouse: If you know me, you know I live for a good steakhouse. I am SUPER picky about meat, and I will hardly eat it without knowing what I’m getting myself into. After searching for a steakhouse on multiple sites, I chose the Chophouse. It did not disappoint! I recommend the filet mignon & onion rings. Also for appetizer, try the thick cut bacon.

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chophouse new orleans, new orleans, chophouse, steak, steakhouse, asparagus, onion rings

The Rum House: This restaurant calls itself a “caribbean taqueria”. Y’ALL. These tacos were to-die-for! It’s located on Magazine Street, which was a quaint little section of town. I really enjoyed the location. I recommend the Carolina BBQ or the Buffalo Soldier taco.

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rum house nola, new orleans rum house, taqueria, tacos, magazine street

rum house nola, new orleans rum house, taqueria, tacos, magazine street

Where I Shopped:

Another one of my favorites on Magazine Street was Kendra Scott. It was so cute outside and more beautiful inside. Can we say decor goals?! It was gorgeous!

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kendra scott nola, new orleans kendra scott, magazine street, jewelry, color bar

kendra scott nola, new orleans kendra scott, magazine street, jewelry, decor, velvet chair

I think I need to take another trip to NOLA just to shop. I’ve heard good things about the Shops at Canal Place. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Tips:

Stay in the French Quarter! It’s within walking distance to everything. You will want to walk everywhere, because streets are narrow and parking is scarce.

It gets HOT. I visited in early May and it was so hot y’all. I literally felt like I was walking through an oven when I would step outside. If you have naturally curly hair like me, that’s the way to go! I didn’t plan on straightening my hair and that was the best idea I’ve ever had. You’re so close to the ocean that it’s super humid, so plan accordingly ;)

Visit the St. Louis Cathedral! You can hear music all around Jackson Square, and it immediately transports you into the NOLA culture. Also, be sure to walk across the street to the observation area to photograph the cathedral in its entirety. Cafe du Monde is right next door, so be sure to check it out for yummy beignets.

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

If you like this type of post, be sure to check out all of my travel recaps here.

Thanks for reading! XO,

Rebekah