Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be… 

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Beverly Hills California

Our West Coast trip began in Southern California and ended in Northern California. Usually, our stateside trips involve one major city at a time but I really enjoyed exploring different parts of California. Besides my home state of Illinois, I’ve now seen more of California than any other state.

Although Jordan and I stayed closer to the coast, I still feel like I got good glimpses into the personalities of regions of southern, central and northern California. I discovered that Southern California is more my speed but the views as you drive the Pacific Coast Highway towards San Francisco are unbeatable. But that is post for another day. Today we are going to talk about Beverly Hills!

Beverly Hills California

After lunch (on our first day exploring around LA) we ventured through West Hollywood eventually ending on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. When we were in California in 2009 we spent a bit of time shopping in West Hollywood but we didn’t visit Beverly Hills.

We decided to focus our attention to the shopping area on Rodeo Drive. It is such an iconic street (similar, though even fancier, to Michigan Avenue in Chicago) so I’m glad we spent a few hours. My first introduction to Beverly Hills was from the movie Clueless and I see why Cher enjoyed making over her friends. Who wouldn’t want to shop on that street with someone else’s money?

Beverly Hills California

It was after 6 pm and the sun was setting in the dreamiest way. Most of the stores were closing or already closed, which created a peaceful environment for our stroll. We had such a late lunch that we opted for ice cream at Ice Cream Lab (made-to-order ice cream) for dinner. We shared a cup of Blue Velvet and Salt Lick Crunch. You’ll want to visit if you are ever in the area!

I don’t regret our choice of ice-cream-for-dinner one bit. I do regret we didn’t take any pictures of it (if you follow me on Snapchat you saw some video). Ice cream became a fixture throughout our trip and we managed to get better at remembering to photograph it all. 😉

Beverly Hills California

Beverly Hills California

Beverly Hills California

Beverly Hills California

Walking hand-in-hand through the beautiful streets was the perfect way to end our first day exploring LA.

Beverly Hills California

Old Navy Maternity Dress | Sunglasses c/o Finlay & Co.

15 thoughts on “Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be… ”

  1. Angel’s from Orange County and lived his first 20 years in California and I’ve never even set foot in the state! I’d love to explore it with him someday! I liked your comment about shopping on that street ‘with someone else’s money’ 😛

  2. So fun! This is slightly embarrassing, but my first introduction to Rodeo Drive was through the movie Mighty Ducks! Also, I fully support eating all the ice cream. Being pregnant AND on vacation mean you get to do whatever you want!

  3. This is so fun! 🙂 I’m from Southern California (Orange County area) but actually didn’t visit Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills until I brought all my college girlfriends back to visit California. It’s a beautiful area, that’s for sure! And if you’re eating ice cream for dinner, then I’d say you’re doing vacation right. 😉

  4. I was singing this song in the car yesterday lol – gotta love Weezer! Haven’t been to LA yet, San Fran was my first venture west. I used to want to live in LA but I think I’ve gone past the ‘best-by’ age at which I’d get the most out of it. 😉
    (PS I got stuck on the fact that Clueless was your first intro to Rodeo Drive…what about Pretty Woman?? I can always tell when I’m a bit older than my blogger friends by their pop culture references LOL)

    1. I didn’t see Pretty Woman when it was released..obviously but for whatever reason the location wasn’t what stuck out to me. Not sure why! I hear you though, a coworker phrased Mulan as a classic Disney film. HAHA.

  5. It looks like you had a really fun time! My husband & I are wanting to do a mini road trip this summer & are looking for places to go & visit. I will be adding this to the list of possible places. Thanks! <3

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