in other words, all over the place. 🙂
Hi friends! Happy Monday! How’s the day going so far? I’m back home after an amazing trip to IDEA in LA. I’ll be back with a recap from the conference later today, but for now, I thought it would be fun to share some outside adventures and pics from the rest of the weekend.
While I was in LA, I stayed at The Standard downtown, and the lovely Jess was my roomie. It was about a mile away from the conference, and was a cool, funky spot with modern aesthetic and retro details.
Some room pics:
The beds were low (and super comfy), and the shower was in the middle of the room.
Bobbi and I ventured up to the rooftop bar, and it had breathtaking views of downtown,
a biergarten, dance floor and lounge area,
and a pool.
The first night, I thought about going for a swim (= sitting on the step and reading a book) to unwind. I’m glad I checked out the spot first! I would have felt a little weird in my coverup and swimsuit surrounded by clubbers haha.
Pure Barre DTLA class
During lunch one afternoon, Jess, Ashley, Heather and I decided to hit up a nearby Pure Barre class. I’m always excited for the opportunity to take a barre class when I travel, and we were all excited to see a barre studio close by. Many of the barre-related IDEA sessions were full, so we still managed to get our barre fix for the weekend. Class was challenging, and the instructor was positive and energetic.
Dinner at Katsuya and Rosa
We ended up staying pretty close to the conference center and hotel for dinners, especially since there are a lot of delicious spots within walking distance. One night, we met up for a meal at Farm, the next night was sushi at Katsuya,
(my beauty of a lobster roll. I’ve been sticking with veggie or cooked rolls during pregnancy.)
and on Friday, a Mexican feast at Rosa Mexicano. They do tableside guacamole, which is always a win. 😉 Ashley and I shared entrees -my favorite way to dine because I want to try everything- and the salmon with kale and shrimp tacos were fantastic.
Saturday afternoon, I drove back to San Diego, which was pretty intense. We were SLAMMED with much-needed rain, but not the most fun time to be stuck on the freeway in a slow crawl of traffic. I think Californians must be like Arizonans; when water falls from the sky we don’t know how to handle it. Thank goodness for Audible and awesome playlists. The long drive was worth it to come home and see my favorite people!
We decided pizza sounded amazing, and headed to Little Italy to get our fix. Liv said, “I can’t believe we’re in Italy! Can you please get me another purple dress?” I can’t believe she remembered haha.
We shared salad + margherita pizza and ventured next door for dessert.
Liv chose carrot cake, the Pilot ordered a cannoli, and I rolled with the mango gelato aka this preggo’s dream come true.
Some more weekend happenings:
Livi playing soccer
(She looks so big and it makes me cry)
chicken tortilla soup for dinner
and a rainy adventure to Belmont park to ride the carousel and play some arcadegames.
(Learning the important life skill that is ski ball.)
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday! Still time to enter the White Plum giveaway!
I’ll see ya later this afternoon with a full IDEA recap and some of the things I learned while I was there.
Something to do: This 2,4,6,8,10 workout! It’s one of my all-time faves, and an easy way to work up a sweat with no equipment.