Dating LA: No. 1

8.11.2014

 ^^^enjoying the architecture of downtown^^^
 ^^^the famous ace hotel^^^
 ^^^drawings on the walls, literally^^^
 ^^^always looking up^^^
 ^^^love the street art^^^
 ^^^one of my favorite street art pieces^^^
 ^^^trying to take a couple's selfie^^^
 ^^^hubs loves his popsicles, but especially on a hot day^^^

A few weekends ago hubs and I decided to start "dating" again. I mean, we hang out all the time right? So what exactly is different? For starters, it's so easy to get stuck in a rut and only go to our local spots that have been tried and tested. There's still so much to explore in this large city known as L.A. that I thought it would be fun to explore the unknown. One of my favorite things ever is sharing new experiences with hubs, it helps us create a stronger bond and keeps our relationship fresh. So what exactly is the catch you may be asking? Well, when it comes to our individual ideas of what a perfect date is, we tend to differ... sometimes a lot! So here are a few simple rules we are (hopefully) sticking to:

1/ one person gets to plan a whole day (A WHOLE DAY!) of fun activities in the neighborhood of their choice...

2/ all activities (food spots too) should be completely NEW to the other person...

3/ the other person MUST go along with EVERYTHING planned, no vetoing....

So their it is folks... 3 simple rules that will help me get hubs to those museum exhibits I've been dying to go to and probably also end up with me on a segway sometime in the near future. Obviously his idea, not mine. The surprising thing (and maybe it shouldn't be) is that in our time together, I'm always caught off guard by how much fun I have with the things he proposes that I'm resistant to... and the same goes for him. I guess we both need to be more open minded and that started with date number 1, my date!

While I worked downtown for some time, hubs hasn't really ventured that way much and so I thought it was time to change that. We started with a late brunch at the Ace Hotel, LA Chapter that opened up earlier this year. Normally we tend to order different things so we can try more (food gluttons, I know!) but this time we were both craving the same thing and so the Chapter Breakfast with a side of sauteed mushrooms it was. Downstairs seating was pretty full so we opted to sit upstairs on the sofa and coffee table settings they have up there instead. Not a lot of people know this but you can order food up there. It was a different vibe from downstairs, quieter and a bit moody which I actually preferred. Plus the view of downstairs with that amazing checkered black and white tiling was well worth it. Hubs enjoyed it and we both agree, we need to come back for roof top drinks at a later date.

From there we strolled around downtown, making our way to the Renegade Craft Fair, taking in the architecture and graffiti as we did. I got to point out to hubs all the different buildings that always catch my eye and some cool new shops I knew he would love. He agreed, the shopping is way cooler now that new brands keeping popping up (hello Aesop and Tanner Goods!) compared to Santa Monica. Now here's where I went wrong... while I love to walk... could walk for miles on end, hubs claims to have heavy bones and therefor hates walking. I plugged the address of where we were going and assured hubs it was a mere 5 minutes... until 30 minutes later, we were still walking in the sweltering heat. What happened was I was reading the time distance for a car, not walking speed, whoops! I still insist that the best way to really see a city is to walk (or run) through it so whatever. We eventually made it and hubs made a bee-line for a popsicle stand that was selling freshly homemade ones in the craziest flavors imaginable. 3 popsicles later (I kid you not) and hubs was back in the game.

The fair was filled an array of vendors, all selling homemade or homegrown stuff, each more inspiring than the next. I was in heaven and just kept wondering to myself- why am I not out here doing stuff like this, selling my own product?! Oh sigh... one day. Anyways, I got the cutest little dream catcher for Beoynce (my car) from Lady Lu of the Wolves and also a few candles from P.F. Candle Co. (the teakwood & tobacco burn lovely with the amber & moss, fyi). Hubs got some specialty honey and contemplated a teddy for our new nephew back in England. I was even able to squeeze in a surprise visit from one of my friends and her baby boy that live in the area. Little I instantly warmed up to hubs and then deal was sealed when hubs climbed over a fence to retrieve a thrown (almost deemed lost) ball.

Overall, I would say it was a great date... long and tiring, the kind where you go to bed with a happy heart. Hubs liked it for the most part, though he wasn't impressed with how spread out downtown was and the fact that walking everywhere isn't always enjoyable. It's true, downtown can be an eyesore in spots with all the run down buildings and homeless people hanging about, not to mention the heat made it that much smellier. I think it's an area where you really, truly have to look hard for the beauty. But it's (sort of) there. He's not sold on the area yet, but I'm sure I can make him come around in future dates!

***Today I am thankful for these little dates of ours... love exploring and sharing new adventures with this man!***

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