Trip to O'ahu, Hawai'i + Los Angeles, California
I just returned from an eight day trip to Honolulu and LA. Hawai'i was gorgeous and like nothing I've ever seen before. I grew up in South Florida so the beaches, palm trees, and sea turtles were familiar, but the culture, people, and food was very different. I went hiking at the Manoa Falls Trail where I learned several movies were filmed in the park - including the first installment of Jurassic World and Avatar. One thing in particular that I noticed in both Hawai'i and LA was their shopping malls. The hallways and corridors are outside while the stores are indoor - unique! They reminded me of my elementary school in West Palm Beach, FL. Shopping was on another level. I received a gift from the Hermès shop. And, my husband LOVES Tesla, like I mean he is obsessed. So, it was fun watching him in their mall shop and how he interacted with my cousin who drives a Tesla.
Los Angeles was incredible! I didn't have any real goals in mind in regards to places to go or things to do. Everything exceeded my expectations because my cousin is an amazing well-known figure in LA. This half of the trip literally changed my life! I was able to explore private clubs, parties - including Amber Rose's birthday bash, LA yoga, he introduced me to Brandless & Sugarfina Champagne Bears, and he even took me to a marketing office as a surprise which is where celebrities go to get fitted in the freshest threads before stepping on the red carpet. Who doesn't like free gear?! All because I mentioned a desire to go shopping. He made my first trip to LA unforgettable!! And, who doesn't like VIP tix to see Chris Brown live?! My cousin/big bro (Uncle's son) literally made a call to someone over at BET Experience and booked VIP tix same day of the performance. I had a blast in Los Angeles! So many unexpected but pleasant surprises that wouldn't have been possible without his 'star-power'. I miss LA. The food is amazing, I loved the art museums, and I loved the way the city made me feel! I haven't felt that way in a very long time. I belong in LA. :)