L.A. | Travel Diary

“Bumping California Love On The West Side…” ~ T.I.

You know the rest of the lyrics to that quote…

One of my best friend’s turned 30, and I couldn’t wait to get back to L.A. to celebrate with him. We have been friends for 19 years, and he’s been there for me through everything under the moon and the stars in the sky. There was no way I was going to miss his special day. I took a 7 A.M. flight early Friday morning at his request. I’m not a morning person, but all of his wishes were being granted just because it was his special day.

I landed around 9 A.M. that morning, and met up with my friend Antwon who flew in from Atlanta and arrived the same time. It was a little chilly when we arrived, but that quickly changed. I planned to be cute the entire trip, and ended up wearing T-shirts, jeans, and kicks everyday. So moving on… We met up with Dwain, and as soon as he said “I have a surprise for you!” – He pulled out some customized decorated flasks with our names on them, and in that moment I knew my life was over and that I was probably gonna die! The first thing on his list of things to do was grab early morning michelada’s and mimosa’s. I’m not complaining, because I’m down for those two things ANY time!

We later headed to The Parlor out on Melrose for a quick dinner and some drinks before hitting the town. I had their Salmon. I wasn’t disappointed. There were amazing views of L.A., live music, and just overall good vibes.

Saturday morning Antwon and I took advantage of Dwain ‘sleeping in’ and headed to The 14th Factory. Simon Burch had the most incredible exhibit. It was personally my favorite part of the trip. I literally lost myself in the art and design in each part of the factory.

Later that day we headed to change, drink some Frosé’s, and danced the night away at The Abbey. Yea it’s a gay bar! They had Frosé though! Lol! It’s actually diverse. I had the best time.

By Sunday I was working on very little energy, but we met up with some close friends and had the most amazing brunch at The Church Key. Bottomless Bellini’s were calling my name. Their Chicken and Waffles was a staple on their menu. I also had a side of fried eggs, and Jalapeño’s. If you know me then you get it. We were there having the best time catching up, singing, laughing and just enjoying each other while celebrating Dwain.

Listen- When I tell you by Monday I was ready to go! LoL!!! I literally partied the entire weekend, and I couldn’t wait to get home to get some well deserved R&R. Before my flight we headed to Santa Monica to relax on the beach before it was time for me to head to the airport. My guy’s know I’m a mermaid at heart, so I refused to leave without heading to at least one beach! It was hot as hell outside and I was sweating out my blowout, so I needed a beach.

On the way back Dwain begged me to move back. To be honest, I didn’t realize just how much I missed the west coast until I was there. Who knows though…