Travel Diary: Santa Monica

Santa Monica Travel diary


I recently had the chance to jet to Los Angeles – well, Santa Monica, in particular — for a three-day trip.

With only a few days in the beach-side city, I wanted to make the most of my stay.

Thanks to recommendations from my friends at Dermalogica (all favourites of the brand's founder Jane Wurwand), I was presented with a list of absolute must-dos while there.

These were my favourites:

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Mandatory pre-boarding accessories pic 

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At LAX
Santa Monica travel diary covet and acquire
These streets are too good not to photograph! 

Santa Monica travel diary covet and acquire

Everything looks better in the sunshine
Everything looks better in the sunshine

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Where to stay:

The place: Palihouse Santa Monica (1001 3rd St., Santa Monica)

My take: This stunning boutique hotel has a lot of character — but somehow doesn't feel too over the top. The rooms are HUGE, complete with full kitchens. They're like a mini retro apartment.

From the fabulous breakfast, to the perfect location within a walkable distance to all things must-see in Santa Monica, this hotel was an absolute treat.
Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel
The courtyard


Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel
My room

Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel
Room service breakfast 

Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel
The bathroom. So cute! 

Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel

Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel
The courtyard (again!) 

Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel
The lobby

Santa Monica Travel diary Palihouse Santa Monica hotel

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Where to eat: 

The place: Kreation Organic Kafe  (1023 Montana Ave., Santa Monica) 

My take: This organic eatery serves up delicious eats that are also pretty good for you. It's the kind of place that's super busy all the time — and offers things like algae drops in your water (surprisingly tasteless) and syringes full of healthy shots (odd but oddly delicious). 

Santa Monica travel diary Kreation Organic Kafe

The place: Gjilina (1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice) 

My take: If you're planning to taste test this trendy eatery on Abbot Kinney in Venice — I recommend making a reso ... because otherwise you'll be waiting in line. The food here was delicious — think salads and appetizers as well as pizza that was TDF! The decor is cool and the patrons are even cooler. It's a place to eat, see and be seen, of course. 

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Flowers santa monica

The place: Gracias Madre (8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood)

My take: When in LA, one must try two types of food: vegan and Mexican. (At least in my opinion!) This West Hollywood eatery ticks both of the aforementioned boxes by offering, yep, you guessed it, vegan Mexican food. Try the crazy-good Gorditas, Tamals and the Young Coconut Ceviche for some seriously good (and ultra-filling) eats. 

Santa Monica Travel Diary gRacias madre

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Where to shop: 

The place: Abbot Kinney Blvd. (Venice)

My take: Sure, you could shop at one of the many shopping malls in the area, or, you could stroll along Abbot Kinney in Venice for a truly unique buying experience. Free of any major retail brand shops, the street boasts a cool collection of shops, restaurants, perfumers and more to wander through. My faves? Cuyana for fabulous leather goods.

Sweet scents from Strange Invisible Perfumes 

Top-down view of Abbot Kinney

A few of the bags at Cuyana 
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Where to sweat: 

The place: Speir Pilates (1427 7th St. #102, Santa Monica) 

My take: Looking to get in a sweat sesh while on holiday (beyond joining the crowds of runners along the beach?). Consider stopping in for a pilates class at Speir Pilates. The pristine space offers basic, cardio and advanced pilates classes on reformer machines. Safe to say, I was shaking with exhaustion by the end. 

Santa Monica travel diary speir pilates

Santa Monica travel diary speir pilates

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Where to relax: 

The place: Dermalogica on Montana  (1022 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica)

My take: If you're skin's in need of a pick-me-up after flying, you're going to want to head here. Offering a comprehensive range of services —from express facials to full-on treatments — it's a local go-to for skin rehab and maintenance.

Santa Monica Travel diary dermalogica on montana

Santa Monica Travel diary dermalogica on montana


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