Exploring Pasadena and Hollywood

Oh, back to reality. This past week I was off exploring the twists and turns of Pasadena and Hollywood after work. Now I’m back at my office thinking about the adventures and delicious food I had. After all, isn’t one of the best things about traveling the food?

 

Shopping in Old Town Pasadena

My shopping addiction doesn’t stop when I travel. Old Pasadena is known for its incredible line of shopping. For conscious shopping, I was able to pop into Eileen Fisher, Lou & Grey, Saje Natural Wellness, antique shop, and Madewell. As for non-conscious shopping, I wandered into Sugarfina and Banana Republic. I ended up purchasing this shirt from Madewell and this feminist shirt from Lou & Grey.

 

Where to eat in Pasadena

Sunlife Organics. The first day of my trade show didn’t start until 12 so I was able to wander a mile from the Sheraton hotel to pick up an acai bowl from Sunlife Organics. But this smoothie bowl wasn’t just any smoothie bowl. It was loaded up unicorn tears and leprechaun gold. But for real, I got the Samurai bowl which had blended acai, strawberry, banana, raw cacao, raw chocolate plant protein and hemp milk topped with granola, young Thai coconut meat, banana, raw cashew butter, goji berries, bee pollen, and raw honey. Talk about a game changer.

Majares. My co-worker grew up in Pasadena and actually had her wedding rehearsal dinner at Mijares. Since I’m always down for Mexican food, I was incredibly eager to try out authentic Mexican food. I ended up getting the fajitas and they were just as good as they look.

 

Seeing the Walk of Fame

Since we were so close to Hollywood, my coworker took me to see one of the most sought-after attractions: the Walk of Fame. Over 2,500 stars illuminate the walkway of Hollywood. Alongside the Walk of Fame are countless tourist shops that are begging for your attention. Other than seeing the Walk of Fame and the imprints in front of the  Egyptian Theater there isn’t much to Hollywood. I really preferred seeing Pasadena over Hollywood. Nonetheless, here are some of the stars I was able to see.

 

Seeing the Hollywood Sign

There are so many different points you can see from the Hollywood sign. Before I traveled to California the one thing I really wanted to see was the Hollywood sign. I scouted high and low on Pinterest and found it so hard to find the right information on how to see the Hollywood sign. I ended up ubering from my hotel near the Burbank airport to Lake Hollywood Park. At the park, dogs of all sizes were running around for frisbees with the Hollywood sign shining down on them. From there, I was able to walk up the hill and see incredible views of the sign and all of L.A. I’m still not sure how you get behind the Hollywood sign so if you know the answer please let me know for when I go back.

 

Where to eat near the Burbank hotel

On the last day of the trade show, I ended up switching my hotel to the Burbank Marriott so I would be close to the Burbank hotel. Attached to the hotel was a restaurant called EDB (Eat, Drink, Better) and man was it good. I ended up getting a veggie burger, truffle fries, and a cucumber mint mule. The veggie bugger now rivals one of my favorite veggie burgers with this one from London being my favorite.

The next morning, I continued the smoothie trend I went to Robek to get another Acai bowl. This one wasn’t as good as Sunlife Organics but it was a good quick meal before my flight.

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What to Pack for a Trade Show in the Spring

I’m currently writing this post on a flight to Pasadena, California for a trade show and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you have most likely noticed that I’ve been traveling constantly for work. So far this year I’ve been to California three times, Texas once, and Arkansas once (for fun). My trade show packing skills have drastically improved so I thought I should share my packing advice with you.

Blue Pants (Similar) | Grey Pants |Green Pants 

Pack a pair of comfy shoes.

This is by far the best advice I can give you because I brought shoes on my first trade show that cut the back of my feet up so badly that I was limping in the airport the whole way home. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you and find comfortable flats that mold to your feet. Depending on the trade show you may be able to get away with wearing a nice leather slip on as well. Just make sure you boss says it’s okay. I’ve been wearing this pair of Steve Maddens religiously but I also wear this pair of suede J.Crew flats when it is a dressier trade show. I’m still on the lookout for a good in-between flat for both occasions.

Pack a good pair of headphones that has a headphone jack.

I recently updated my phone to the iPhone X because my iPhone 6 just stopped working on me. This new phone doesn’t have a headphone jack so when I’m on a long flight I need to remember to bring two different types of headphones- one that fits for my phone and one that fits the movie screen jack.

You can’t go wrong with a neutral pair of dress pants.

The thing is about neutral pants is that if you don’t have enough room in your bag you can pack only one pair of pants. 95% of the people will not notice that you’re wearing the same exact pair of pants from day one on day three. If they do notice, then they’re paying attention way too much. I bought a pair of olive green pants and a light gray pair from the Banana Republic. They’re beyond comfortable and I love how they sit slightly higher than a normal pair of pants.

Green Shorts (Similiar)| White Shorts (Similiar) |Suede Flats | Slip-on

Try to stay away from dresses and skirts.

I go back and forth on this tip very often because I absolutely love dresses but they’re so inconvenient for trade shows. If you really want to wear one try not to wear on the same day you’re setting up or breaking down your booth. You’ll be bending over a lot and you know the end result for that. The same also goes with low-cut shirts!

Dress in layers.

Nothing is worse than being uncomfortable at a trade show so make sure you pack a cardigan or a jacket so if you get hot or cold you can be comfortable. I’m a huge fan of suede jackets and oversized blazers for trade shows. Plus, layers are perfect for wearing on the plane because they are either super cold plane ride or super hot plane ride.

Don’t forget to pack clothes for exploring!

I love exploring the area around the trade show. I mean isn’t that the perk of traveling for work? The best way to make sure you pack the right clothes is to look up on Pinterest or do a quick Google search on the best things to see or do in the area. I plan on traveling 20 minutes to see the Hollywood sign and explore Old Pasadena. Make sure you check my Instastories for that! Also, you can see what I did on my last trip to California here.

Suede Jacket (Similar) | Jean Jacket | Black Cardigan

Do you ever go to trade shows for your job? Do you ever travel for your job? Let me know in the comments down below.

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