May 9, 2010

Packing for L.A.!

I’m leaving for L.A. first thing tomorrow morning to meet Rocco DiSpirito at the Bertolli event- and I can’t believe that just one short week ago I had no idea that today, 7 days later, I’d be packing to go to Los Angeles- and tomorrow, I’ll be flying into LAX and going to California for the first time ever. Of course, when I got the email Monday morning, the first question I asked myself was “What on earth am I going to wear??”

After liaising with Jenny from Picky-Palate and Jenny, the winner of my giveaway…

Wait. Sidenote. I’m meeting Jenny from Picky-Palate in L.A. I’m also bringing a Jenny with me. Jenny (from Picky Palate) is bringing a Mandy, the winner of her giveaway.  Mandy. Amanda. Jenny. Jenny. Get it? Funny?

I think so. :)

So anyway, after consulting the two fashionable Jennys, we decided L.A. essentials were…

Packing for L.A.

Cute jeans…

Packing for L.A.

Comfy flats for walking- and shopping! …Did I mention our hotel is 1,584 feet from Rodeo Drive?

Packing for L.A.

Sweet, ruffly, feminine tops & tanks…

Packing for L.A.

Comfy cargos… Did I mention our hotel is just 7/10ths of a mile from Sprinkles Cupcakes?

How many times do you think I’d have to walk back and forth from the hotel to burn off a dozen cupcakes?

Packing for L.A.

Which dress to wear to meet Rocco??

Packing for L.A.

Accessories, including the “must have, goes perfectly with everything from jeans to weddings” pearl earrings from Lisa Leonard (bottom left) and the sweet, subtle “k&a” initial necklace from Her Southern Charm (top right). The heart earrings are from Brighton. Everything else is from Ann Taylor Loft. *facepalm*

Sidenote: I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 20 years old – just before my wedding. I wore pearl earrings for the wedding. I didn’t wear earrings again until 6 years later – Valentine’s Day 2008. Kevin surprised me with diamond studs. I almost had to get my ears re-pierced just to get them in. I wore them exclusively for a year. Now I feel completely and totally naked if I leave the house without earrings. Why is that?

Packing for L.A.

I knew all the shopping and obsessively hoarding boxes from Ann Taylor Loft would come in handy… They make great little travel boxes. :)

Packing for L.A.

My luggage will be easily identifiable with this sweet cupcake luggage tag. Kevin surprised me with it on our afternoon date earlier this week- we met after work at a The Chocolate Crocodile and split a Snicker’s caramel apple & tiramisu truffles. And then he gave me this. We saw it together a few weeks ago at Francesca’s, and I thought it was so cute – I said I would “totally get it if I had somewhere to go!”

Little did I know.

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Keep in touch with me this week while I’m in L.A. on Twitter and Facebook!

(I wish I could take you all with me!)

But I promise I’ll keep you updated with every detail of the trip. :)

Thanks for looking! :)



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45 Comments






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Christina May 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I like the white dress! I have had my ears pierced before but haven’t wore any earrings in YEARS!! Maybe you could talk my husband into buying me some diamond studs and I would re-pierce mine :) LOL!!! HAVE FUN!

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Annie Schultz May 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Sounds like it is going to be awesome! Have a great time on the trip and tell Rocco I said “hi” =)

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Gayellen May 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Have a blast and take lots of pics! (ha-right?). I love the white floral dress. Can’t wait to “hear” about it. Love all the details. :-)

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Barb in FL May 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

How exciting! Have a fantastic time. Can’t wait to hear of your travels and fun. Have a cupcake for me! I’m envious! Safe travels!!! Hugs.

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Toni Legates May 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Hope you have a wonderful time in L.A. Wow Rocco is so good looking and he’s a God in the kitchen . keep us posted on what happens.

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Brenda Jorgensen May 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Oh you are just too cute Amanda! I vote for the dress in the middle ~ the cream one with the orange flowers and brown leaves. It’s darling! You jewelry is fabulous. I can’t wait to see the pics from your Rocco event. Have fun. Wish I was your Jenny winner, she is a lucky ducky. Post pics!

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emily May 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm

i can’t wait to hear about you trip!! btw – i think you should wear the floral dress!

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Amanda Sevall May 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I vote for the dress in the middle with the orange roses. Love all of them though! I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 21. I usually only wear the same pair of diamond studs my hubby gave me several years ago. If not I’m in Ann Taylor jewelry! Must be an Amanda habit. ;) Have a fun and safe trip!

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tiffany May 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm

i’m so excited for you! have fun, and i can’t wait to see pics.

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carolanne carter May 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Enjoy yourself Amanda, have a fantastic time

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Donna May 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Have wonderful time! If it’s a daytime meeting, the flowery one, if it’s night the shorter of the two navy’s.
I just love those Bertolli meals! Although I don’t think that they are on the Flat Belly diet I am going to start. Maybe you can ask him to make a diet version? haha. Rodea Drive.. Wow.. I was there about 30 years ago and I could only afford a $ 35 change purse, I can’t imagine what it would cost now. Enjoy

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Becca May 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I’m so excited for you to go on your trip, it should be so much fun. Take lots of pictures! I’m drooling over all of your accessories I feel like doing some shopping now ;)

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Connie May 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Have a great time! I love the floral dress myself. You make me want to go shopping!

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Angela May 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Going with you to get your ear pierced seriously still makes me laugh out loud! I thought I might have to hog tie you to get you to go through with it. Haha!

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Becky May 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Hey I’m right with you on the pierced ears. I didn’t get mine pierced until I was 36 years old and even then my cousin had to drag me into the store to get them pierced. I should put all my clip-on earrings on ebay. :D Have a fun trip. I agree with Donna and vote for the flowered dress if it’s a daytime meet and navy dress if it’s in the evening. I can’t wait to see pics of the trip. Happy Mother’s Day, Becky

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Peggy Whisenhunt May 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

have a wonderful time in L.A. and your clothes choices are just perfect. love the dresses.

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Suburban Sweetheart May 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Sounds like so much fun! I’m told cargos are “out,” but I maintain that I simply don’t know HOW that could be the case. Wear what’s comfy. It’s all cute! And HAVE FUN! Take pics of cupcakes for us.

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Staci May 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Personally I love the flowered dress, but the coral color is a close second. I can’t wait to see pictures from your trip – have a wonderful time!!

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Southern Gal May 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Y’all have fun! You are going to be seriously cute.

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Lizzy May 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Sweets don’t count on vacation – but just do a few crunches in your hotel room after your Sprinkles cupcakes! I like the white dress (the one in back). Looks really cute, just be careful if you eat red sauce :) Is it just me or does it seem like wearing white is sometimes a magnet for spilling something on yourself? :)

LA is fun, have a great time!

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Tami May 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Love the white dress with the orange flowers, but I am sure you look adorable in all of them. I love your jeans!!! Can you share the brand!! I love the pockets. I don’t have much of a butt so I try to find jeans with cute pockets to give me a little more ‘umph’ :)

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Emily L. May 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Have fun in LA! It’s too bad you wont have time to go other places, LA is about my least favorite place (too dirty for me!) but i’m sure it will be nice to be so close to some serious shopping!

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kelly ann May 10, 2010 at 2:18 am

i live in orange county but basically call L.A. my second home since i’m up there all the time… and let me tell you, you will have a BLAST! :) you must walk down rodeo drive at least once, and go to sprinkles because it’s DELISH. beverly hills is really fun and when it’s not too busy it has such a laidback vibe. (plus, their two-story anthropologie store will blow you away! ;) favourite place ever) L.A. definitely has some dirty parts, like ^^emily said, but it’s not all like that… it’s really fun, and there are always adventures to be had! :)

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PatriciaD May 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

Looks like you’re gonna have lots of fun if you just go by the clothes, jewelry, shoes and companions…HAVE FUN!!

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Elizabeth May 10, 2010 at 10:24 am

It sounds like you’re going to have so much fun on your trip!! All of your tops and dresses are so pretty. I vote for the dress in the middle with the orange flowers. :-)

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marilee May 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

Wear the floral dress. How fun for you! Since I live here, make sure you take a little cartigan for cool afternoons…enjoy!

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Diane May 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

Have a wonderful time! All of the dresses are pretty but the navy one with the cut out in the back is really classic! Can’t wait to see your pictures!

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From the Heart May 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Have a great time!

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Nickie May 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Hands down, the white dress to meet Rocco!!! I didn’t read the other comments yet to find out what others wrote… so I’m going to go do that!!!!

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Lori May 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Your trip sounds so fab! I’ve been to CA twice but never to Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive. (not that I could afford anything there anyway) You will have such fun–especially with a friend along. And I definitely think the “Mandy, Amanda, Jenny, Jenny” thing IS funny…ironically so.

Have a wonderful time!

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Marilyn May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Rodeo Drive? Sprinkles? I am officially jealous. I have always wanted to go to LA and never have….one day I will! Have fun and I can’t wait to see pics!

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mandy May 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

you’ll look stunning in the white floral dress to the left :)

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Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm May 11, 2010 at 12:20 am

Soooo jealous of your trip but sooo happy for you. Thanks for the little shoutout sweetie pie!!!!

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Heidi May 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

Have a wonderful time! What a blast!!

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Lisa K. May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

You have to eat the Strawberry and Red Velvet Cupcakes form Sprinkles! I grew up in Marietta and now live in Southern California! You’re going to have so much fun! Enjoy!

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Angie May 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Have a great trip! You will look fantastic!!

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Melissa Pierce May 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Hey girl! Have fun!! I cannot wait to hear about it and see some pictures! :)

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Lucy Lam May 11, 2010 at 11:44 pm

New to your blog! I’m so glad I happened onto it! Started out on Wanna be a Scrapper’s site, and found Allie’s site which led me to you. I would just like to say … you and Allie take the clearest, most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen on a blog posting! Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing so much with us.

I hope you have a wonderful time with Rocco … he’s such a cutie pie, but then so is your husband.

Toodles … Lucy

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M May 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

I guess it’s too late to tell you which dress to wear. Hopefully you picked the floral one. It’s totally springy. Hope you are having a great time.

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sarah May 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

LOVED the floral dress you picked out to wear for meeting Rocco ;) can’t wait to see all your pictures from your visit! tiny girl, HUGE camera!

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Linda S May 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I seriously adore the “sweet, ruffly, femine tops”…oh if I had the first one with ruffly neckline in my hands…I would wear it every day! The dresses, I so love them all!
LA is so fun! Many, many, other great places there for the view – the food is amazing there as well! And…Rocco Rocks, enjoy yourself!

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shaina May 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm

i love all these pictures. you’re so organized!! great post. :D

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Deana May 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I’m so jealous of your wardrobe right now! I love those ankle wrap gladiator sandals! Please share the brand & where you got them :)
Can’t wait to see more pics from your trip!

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Alexis June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Oh my gosh! I just found your blog and I L.O.V.E it! It looks like you had an amazing time on your trip.

Where the heck did you get those white flats with the buckles?! Those are so cute!

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