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.


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 Responses
  1. Alexis

    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!

  2. Deana

    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!

  3. Linda S

    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!

  4. sarah

    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!

  5. M

    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.

  6. Lucy Lam

    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

  7. Lisa K.

    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!

  8. Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm

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

  9. Marilyn

    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!

  10. Lori

    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!

  11. Nickie

    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!!!!

  12. Diane

    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!

  13. marilee

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

  14. Elizabeth

    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. :-)

  15. PatriciaD

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

  16. kelly ann

    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! :)

  17. Emily L.

    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!

  18. Tami

    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’ :)

  19. Lizzy

    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!

  20. Staci

    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!!

  21. Suburban Sweetheart

    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.

  22. Becky

    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

  23. Angela

    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!

  24. Becca

    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 ;)

  25. Donna

    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

  26. Amanda Sevall

    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!

  27. Brenda Jorgensen

    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!

  28. Toni Legates

    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.

  29. Barb in FL

    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.

  30. Gayellen

    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. :-)

  31. Annie Schultz

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

  32. Christina

    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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