Wow! Coming from the freezing, windy cold of New York City to the sunny, warmth of LA has been a very plesant experience, I have to say! I got in last night and prompty went right to the Century City Mall before they closed. It's a good thing it's within walking ditance of my hotel since my much-beloved Nude Skincare Facial Cleansing Wash leaked on the plane and I'm loathe to go without it. I picked up a spare at Sephora.
My shopping rule for this trip was to only buy things I am unable to get in New York, or are at such a good price I am required by the "shopping code" to buy them immediately. The shopping code kicked in last night when I found a pair of Via Spiga patent flats in my size at Bloomingdales marked down from $165 to $45.
Today I spent the afternoon walking around Beverly Hills. Before I left for LA I asked everyone what I absolutely HAD to do out here and the consensus was A. Sprinkles Cupcakes and B. Garlic Noodles at Crustaecean. I was hesistant about Sprinkles since I'm such a fan of Crumbs Cupcakes but I have to say, the Sprinkles are delish! I had a banana with dark chocolate frosting and a lemon with lemon vanilla frosting. Yes, I ate two and I never do that! They are that good! The garlic noodles are also yummy and when they say garlic, they mean it! Wow!
Two observations: First, no one walks around here. No one. I walked to the mall last evening and was literally the only person I saw on the sidewalks at all. This morning, I asked the concierge if it was possible to walk to Beverly Hills and he looked at me like and had two heads and responded "It's over a mile and a half!" I walk that distance just to and from the subway to get to work in the morning so I thought that this was pretty funny! I also noticed that no one crosses against the light here at all, and jaywalking is practically the official sport of NYC. I got quite a few looks crossing the street against the light today!
I did pick up a few cosmetic items that I can't easily get at home (the Nude cleanser doesn't count!) and will post about them in a bit.