Loving Los Angeles, Part I

My husband and I love to get away at least every 3-4 months.  This month, we flew to Los Angeles and had a blast. Great eating and great times were nonstop during this trip.  I think it is always important to take time to spend with the ones you love.  My mom loves to sing a song to me called, “I Hope You Dance.”  I’ve learned to take time to smell the flowers and take it easy.  I haven’t always been that way, but after I got married, my husband helped me to slow down a bit.  You only have one life, so enjoy it.

The posts this week aren’t going to cover a lot of fashion.  I will bring you along to some of the wonderful places I visited and tell you about my trip.  Come with me to L.A. and enjoy the food and the scenery.

First, I want to introduce you to a sweet little pup named NOLA.  I met her in L.A. and fell in love with her.  NOLA turns over on her back and waits for you to rub her belly.  When you rub her belly, she opens her mouth and laughs.  I have never seen anything like it!  I wanted to pack her in my bag and bring her home with me.  Her little head on my lap and whining when she wanted to be held were so precious.  I miss her already.

This is a picture of NOLA curled up and sleeping on my lap.  She is such a darling.

I also fell in love with the beach at sunset.  The weather was cool, so I had to wear jeans and a sweater instead of a swimsuit.  This is one of the oldest pairs of jeans I own.  I purchased them at the flagship Armani Exchange in Manhattan in 2003 or 2004.  I can’t believe I can still wear them.  I usually throw these on with a pair of Chuck Taylor’s and a baby tee, but for the beach, I had to cuff them up and throw on some flip flops.

I love the loose fit, the button fly and the light wash.

I love the sand in my toes and to listen to the waves crashing.  I closed my eyes for a while and just took in the sounds around me. 

After the sun hid behind the mountains, we walked down Manhattan Beach Boulevard and got a table at Mucho, Manhattan Beach’s premier Mexican restaurant.  Most people appeared to leave the beach and head over to the restaurant.  They even have a a “bikini menu.”   I love the atmosphere and the great food.

I slept well after our meal and couldn’t wait for my spa treatment the next day.  Stay tuned for Loving Los Angeles, Part II, and I hope you had a great holiday weekend.  Have a Happy Tuesday!

Shayla Jay

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  1. Minnette

    I LOVE Cali and especially L.A. I lived in the majority of my 18 years there in the Inland Empire but had the opportunity to live in San Pedro for 2 years. I love Manhattan beach and Redondo Beach, P.C.H, etc. Looks like you had a blast and that’s such a cute puppy.

  2. DJ

    Beautiful scenery! How refreshing! You are beautiful as always. You and NOLA make such a cute pair. Compliments to the photographer.

  3. L.Piazza

    What a beautiful puppy. I just know you wanted to take it home. I knew you guys would love LA, it is such a beautiful place to unwind and just relax.

    Just a side note; Minnette, are you putting together a bachelorette party for my friend Tabitha?

    • Minnette


      What is Tabitha’s last name? I don’t think I know her.

  4. pl

    I’m happy to see you look so happy, ha! What a wonderful life and mate you have chosen. He knows how to keep you smiling!

  5. Joan

    You need to pack me in your bags for the next trip. You look like you are having a great time. Pets always relax me and make me smile.

  6. Haute Pink

    The beach looks so serene and you look comfy in your jeans. The air can get pretty cool by the beach. Can’ t wait for your next post.

  7. Kristy

    Beautiful pictures! Im happy that you guys had a chance to witness some of the beautiful sites in L.A. You guys should try to visit at least once a month. You always have a place to stay. Shayla, you are such a sweetheart… Im happy that Mathis found you, he is a lucky guy.

    • Mathis

      You are the best Kristy! Thanks for taking us around beautiful L.A. We had a blast. I can’t wait to come back!

  8. Jessica

    Nice pics! Oh what I would give to be on the beach listening to the waves crashing!

  9. colleen

    See you need a puppy!