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"Yes Please"

I asked my daughter over morning coffee if she would like to go to LA for the day and her reply was, "yes please."  Good answer, because sometimes it's just a good idea to get out of the hood...our familiar surroundings.  It's not all that easy to do in Southern California.  It was actually less stressful to go into Manhattan when we lived about 40 miles outside the city in Connecticut.  LA traffic...it's as bad as everyone says it is...period.  Still, there's much to see and experience in Los Angeles.  My daughter Madeline and I love to shop and eat, so that's what we did in LA on this beautiful October day.
We found ourselves complaining that putting in two quarters only registered 15 minutes on the meter.  Wait a minute...that's only $2 per hour.  Aren't we used to spending $15 an hour in some midtown NYC parking garages?  Why are we complaining?  They even make it as easy as inserting a credit card and adding minutes.  Okay, maybe there's a few things good about LA.  We had a good laugh about a Woody Allen quote Madeline heard from her AP English teacher.  It goes something along the lines of "the only cultural advantage that LA has over New York is that you can turn right on red."
We had lunch at Chin Chin in Beverly Hills for less than $20 and brought some home.  This part of BH seems, at least to us, off the beaten path and far less typical of what you might think of Beverly Hills.  Madeline is embracing the preppy style and I have to say I am loving it!  JewelryHelen Ficolora "M" charm necklace, acorn locket on long chain, Madewell, bracelets, H&M, TAG Heuer watch, her dad's.
The corner of Beverly and Charleville.  Dimsum at Chin Chin.

What she's wearing. . . Prep head to toe starting with a Burberry sweater of mine from like 15 years ago, her little brother's Ralph Lauren shirt, Coach bag, a recent Thrift store find, cut off shorts from American Eagle Outfitters and  Sperry Top-siders.
We ended our day by strolling through the Farmers Market and a little shopping at The Grove.  There is so much going on here on a Saturday evening.  We heard live music from Midnight Train and there was an outdoor movie going on as well.  So how did you spend your Saturday?


  1. Love the outfit! Wow, the preppy look brings back memories. The Grove looks beautiful at night. I've only been there during the day.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a fabulous way to spend the day on a beautiful Saturday! Sounds like a fun day with your daughter. She's very pretty and has a great fashion sense!

    Have a lovely Sunday!


  3. Hello Annie

    What a delightful day you spent in L.A with your daughter, the weather looks glorious.

    We had a delicious lunch at a raw food restaurant in St. Petersburg Florida and we are still talking about how delicious it was. We had a delightful sunset here last evening and that just made the day even more special.
    Helen xx

  4. Looks like a wonderful day to me! I am a little jealous:)

  5. What a fun day! I spent the beginning of my Saturday riding my bicycle 31 miles through the north Georgia countryside.....a zillion hills included!
    You were in my OLD stomping grounds. Your daughter is adorable!

  6. This is my first visit and I'm now following by e-mail!

    Love your daughters outfit! I still love the preppy look, it never goes out of style!

    I've enjoyed my visit, please stop by when you have a moment, I love company and new friends are always welcome!


  7. Your daughter is so stylish! Love Helen Ficalora, too :)

  8. Sounds like a good day. Her outfit is super cute.

  9. Oh I know that part of BH really well, I love Maddie's look, I wish I was still young enough to dress like that.

  10. Sounds like a perfect day! Madeleine is so pretty and stylish. I so love the preppy look.

    Neve and I had a mother-daughter eating and shopping day as well, except it was McDonald's and Target, lol, her choice. We picked up some more tops for a very picky dresser (no ruffles, ribbons or anything resembling a bow ; ) and new snowpants for the winter.

    Thanks for sharing such a great day with us!

  11. The photo at the Grove makes me nostalgic, although I don't know how you snapped that picture without throngs of people passing by, every time we were there it was wall to wall humanity (in a good way, and you could always escape into a good store)
    Madeleine's style is lovely, My girls go in and out of different looks, and I always try to be supportive, but Preppy is one of my faves.

  12. Love all the prep! It is so much fun to shop with these teenagers isn't it? Mine love fashion so much, and each have their own look.

    I agree the traffic in LA is hau-rrible!!

  13. Dear Annie, thank you for stopping by and for your kind word about my mom. We miss her dearly.

  14. Hi Annie! What a fun mother/daughter outing! I really enjoyed reading about your day and your thoughts about LA. - It sounds like a 'perfect' day! Your daughter is absolutely adorable! ;)

  15. Such a great day with your darling daughter....makes me miss mine so MUCH. Let's definitely have coffee. I will email you.

  16. I agree the preppy look is super cute. It looks like you girls had a great time, I must go off and explore my city more often.

  17. could she be any more gorgeous!!!! such a fun mum you are.