SoCal Living: Cars & Shopping in the LA Area

As a lot of you may know, one of the perks of living in San Diego is the short distance to everything and everywhere: we can get snow, beach, Mexico, nature, the city, etc. all as close as a 2-hour drive. This weekend I had the chance to drive up to the Los Angeles/ Orange County area and enjoy some family time up there, and thought I could share some of the things I did up there so you can add to your list when you have some spare time in the area.

LA Skyline

LA Skyline

LA Auto Show 2014

Since the men in my family are car enthusiasts, we had to make a stop at the LA Convention Center for this year’s auto show. I enjoy car watching, but thought I would get bored after an hour or so – not the case! It was packed but still able to take pictures, walk around, and look at all the awesome cars in display. It ends in November 30th, so if you have some time to go check it out I definitely recommend it! Ticket is only $15 but well worth it if you are car shopping, or just enjoy looking at exotic cars. Lots of walking and standing, and there are a few places that sell food and drinks (although quite expensive).

Some of my favorites:

Lexus LF-C2 Concept @LA Autoshow by PV

Lexus LF C2 Concept

BMW i8 @ LA Auto Show by PV

BMW i8

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept by PV

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept – stunning!!

Motivational Quote from Maserati's stand

Motivational Quote from Maserati’s stand

Bentley GTV8S  by PV

Bentley GTV8S – I hate matte cars but this one was quite cool

Mustang by Fisker (PV)

Custom Mustang by Henry Fisker – this one was one of the favorites!

Challenger by PV

Challenger- retro beauty!

Fiat 1957 by PV

Fiat 1957 Edition- This feminine retro Italian looks like a toy car! Di-vi-no. I don’t like Fiats, but I fell a bit in love with this one.

Kia K900 by PV

Kia K900- Good job Kia, good job.

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept

Fashion Island Shopping Mall in Newport Beach, CA

This was my very first time at this mall and it was beautiful! Worth just for the stroll, people watching, car watching, and shopping (if you are into dropping a lot of money). It is close to the sea and it is outdoors, so it is a nice place to spend the afternoon. It is huge and it was not that easy to find parking, but well worth it. The movie theater is luxurious, and while they have most of the high end boutiques there, other more affordable stores can also be found.

Some pictures from my shopping trip at Fashion Island:

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Outfit details: Michael Kors bootiesLouis Vuitton GM NeverfullDior SoReal sunglasses, LC Lauren Conrad skirt.

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You will find all the major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, etc. and most of the typical boutiques (my favorites including C. Wonder, Kate Spade, Anthropologie, Kitson, etc).

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure 

In my family we are all lovers of the Medieval Times show (if you haven’t been there at least once, it is a must), but had never been to the show right next to it in Buena Park (Anaheim area), The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. This one is a smaller scale event, there is some singing, dancing, and humor, which sets a different tone from Medieval Times. The dinner was very similar (roasted chicken, beef kebabs, brownie a la mode, and tomato soup) and delicious. Alcoholic drinks are available at the bar but they are quite expensive. It lasts about 2 hours and I think it is more of a kid’s show than it is an adults one, but I found it pretty entertaining. I bought the tickets over the phone using a code that they have in their website and tickets ended up being $40 instead of $60.

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The place itself is pretty amazing, very Disneyland-like. Reservations are strongly recommended as shows fill up.


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Arr! Thank you for reading!

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