I arrived in L.A. at night, a bit groggy and worn out. Goodbyes always make me sad. Saying goodbye to my family, well that's the saddest. But I was excited to be there because I hadn't seen one of my oldest friends in 2 and a half years. Despite the fact that we haven't lived in the same city - let alone country - in over a decade, our nearly 20 year friendship is still going strong. We're lifers, as Aisha calls it.
Aisha planned a wonderful 48 hour trip for me: eating, exploring, shopping, laughing and then eating some more.
First, we popped in to visit Aisha's friend Nina, owner of this fabulous vintage shop tucked on a street corner. I walked away with a cute yellow cardi; Aisha found a perfect dress for summer.
Aisha & Nina, cuties
Getting our zoolander on outside the shop
After visiting some of my favourite shops (Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret, Madewell, J Crew) we wandered through the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Aisha assured me that being the granola gal that I am, I would love it. She was right, of course. Nibbling on the little offerings from the vendors was a food revelation; so this is what a strawberry should taste like! Oh, this is what fresh fruit juice tastes like! Wow.
And speaking of being a hippy... I think Aisha said it best when she described my current eating habits on her blog:
"As for fooding, homegirl has been teetering on the edge of crunchy for quite some time but finally bit the bullet last year and became a full-fledged vegetarian which meant multiple meals at Cafe Gratitude."
If you'd like to read Aisha'a version of events, head on over to her blog.