So I was quite late to jump on the Gone Girl bandwagon, but now I know what all the fuss is about. The hoopla surrounding this book is certainly appropriate, as I couldn't put the thing down. The premise is thus, "When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Meanwhile her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred." It is a chillingly captivating work of fiction. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that Gillian Flynn's work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nastyaddiction”, that seems apropos. Within the primary story lies a secondary story, and that's where things really get thrilling. I'll leave it at that.
A film version of Gone Girl, scripted by Flynn and directed by David Fincher (“Zodiac,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), hits theaters on October 3rd. The film adaptation stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as the Mr. and Mrs. Dunne. Initially I wasn't keen on the idea of Affleck as Nick Dunne. Though after viewing the trailer, my opinion has shifted.
Day three in LA was all consumed by the mecca that is Disneyland. I hadn't walked through the hallowed gates of a Disney establishment in 4 years, last time was Disneyworld when I was living in Savannah. But as for Disneyland proper, I hadn't been there in almost 2 decades, eek!
Despite the hordes of people, I don't believe it to be humanly possible to not have the best day ever while at Disneyland.
There's the food of course. I'd been craving a Dole Whip for the past four years, thank you very much. That craving was satiated early in the day. Then there was the adorable Mickey shaped beignet and the neon green Mint Julep, both delicious in the way that everything has to be while at Disney.
Favorite rides forever and always will be The Haunted Mansion (it so reminds me of Savannah), Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan's Flight. On this particular day multiple rides were on the fritz, which was rather frustrating. We had to wait an excessively long while for The Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain while repairs were being made. I'm such a baby when it comes to "scary rides", that I made myself so anxious at the thought of Splash Mountain. But in the end it was far less traumatizing than last time and actually quite fun ultimately.
Being the frugal (i.e. cheap) gals that we are, we went the snap a photo on your iPhone route to document our Splash Mountain experience. While in the midst of doing so, we hear a guy next to us proposing to his teenage seeming girlfriend. If you look closely in the second Splash Mountain photo, you can bear witness to the sign this unoriginal boy held up mid splash. Apparently getting engaged at Disneyland is a thing. It happened at least once more that we observed.
Because only three of our group of five made in to Disney (Marisa and Sidney being the missing links), Sara, Laurie, and I, got creative with our bestie Tattly tattoos.
The final morning of the trip took us to Cafe 101 where we had hopes of a Jon Hamm or Ryan Gosling spotting, no such luck in the end. Though the eggs with lox and caviar were beyond and made up for the celeb free trip to LA. Then it was off to Sprinkles for one last cupcake before barely making our flight. So worth the stress of a possible missed flight, for one final Sprinkles cupcake.
The second day in LA started over brunch somewhere in West Hollywood, which I can't recall the name of. The food was delicious and the mimosas were free flowing, so that's all that matters.
Along with a day at Disney my mission while in LA was to catch Diane Von Furstenberg's Journey of a Dress exhibit. The pop up style exhibit was housed in a space next to the LA County Museum of Art. Conveniently enough LACMA is home to Chris Burden's Urban Lights, which I've been dying to see up close and personal. After the DVF exhibit we spent a good 30 minutes observing people posing for professional seeming and not so professional seeming photos amongst the lights. It was rather amusing. The LA Brea Tar Pits just happen to be next to LACMA, so we though it worth a pop by. Across from LACMA was a block of food trucks which looked rather enticing, though we didn't partake. Between LACMA, the DVF exhibit, the Tar Pits, and the food trucks, a day could quite happily be passed in that one city block.
The Journey of a Dress exhibit masterfully arranged DVF's wrap dresses by color-story. Though I found the black & white dresses to be captivating, one of my favorite prints was without a doubt the iconic red lips.
In the midst of the DVF exhibit was a giant bed just begging for some silly posing. My friend Sidney and I took advantage of the setting and posed for a few photos.
Then it was on to the Santa Monica pier. We indulged in ice cream by the carousel then after a stroll to the end of the pier, we played a round of "Roll A Ball". Though I didn't win, my friend Sara gifted me her prize. How adorable is the cotton candy on Hello Kitty's frock?!
Then it was time for a sit and some moments to just enjoy the spectacular view.
All at once we came to the realization that our phone batteries were verging on dead, so we strolled down the street to Shutters to make use of their outlets. It didn't hurt that the setting was the ideal location to enjoy a beverage in their Living Room bar.
After a pleasant day we called it an early night, grabbing dinner at a restaurant on La Cienaga nearby our apartment.
I've been reminiscing of late about the good times had in Los Angeles last month. Since a proper post about the trip was never written, I thought this as good a time as any. The trip was a reunion of sorts with a group of girls from Southern California that my friend Sara and I met while traveling in London and Paris a few summers ago. We bonded as a group over some rather hilarious (after the fact) predicaments we got into while abroad. We had intended for this reunion to take place much sooner, but life got in the way, as it's want to do.
Literally we went straight from a pickup at LAX to Beverly Hills. And after a quick bite at Nate 'n Al's (bagel & lox) it was on to Sprinkles Cupcakes AND Sprinkles Ice Cream, which happen to be side by side to one another. It was all about the cupcake ATM. Literally the most brilliant invention. I saved the maple bacon cupcake I snagged from the ATM for the next morning, but the salted caramel ice cream in a red velvet cone had to be devoured on the spot, obviously. Both the cone and cupcake were beyond.
Even though a couple of the girls live in Southern California, we decided to book a vacation rental through Airbnb (house porn) in West Hollywood. It ended up being a central location and gave the girls a chance to have a staycation. Though the buildings exterior of the vacation rental we selected wasn't exactly what I envisioned, the interior of the apartment was accurately represented and turned out to be the perfect size for our group.
Oh, and while in Beverly Hills I posted a photo on Instagram of a wall of succulents at a juice bar near Sprinkles and Jessica Alba not only liked the photo but left a comment too! So I had a definite moment over that occurrence. That evening we had dinner at El Coyote, an establishment Heidi and Spencer were known to frequent in their Speidi heyday.
Tis the season for collaborations apparently. My stop into the downtown Seattle Nordstrom today just happened to coincide with the launch of their collection with Bauble Bar. As I was on my way to a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel, I only had but a moment to glance at the line. It's the stack-able, mix & match-able, recognizable, Baublebar style we know and love, at the affordable price-point the brand is known for. As if I need an excuse to stockpile more jewelry, thanks you two.
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