We are coming up on a year of being open, and I’ve been going down memory lane. Last June, Jenna and I were still in labor with Ladybird. We took a huge trip to LA, Cali with my mom. I say ‘huge’ because it was a near out of body experience for us. 3 jam-packed days of buying immediates, navigating 3 buildings and several floors of different showrooms to chose from, and feeling very midwest and out of place. (Immediates as in clothes for 2 weeks from ordering date vs. 3 months out which is standard —imagine that stress!)
warning: many of our pictures were taken with a crappy camera phone. Sorry for the poor quality.
We had to make some very quick and on-the-spot decisions when buying. I think we’ve come a long way from our LA trip, not only in terms of Ladybird’s style but our own personal styles. As seen below:
wowsa long hairs and ball sack bag
As you can see, we stayed at the historical Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Many movies have been filmed here (including Ghostbusters(!!), Oceans 11, Wedding Crashers, Independence Day and many more). In the ’20s and ’30s it was home to the Academy Awards. We felt pretty cool, especially when one of the hotel employees gave us an exclusive tour through their ballrooms where the movies were filmed and the shows were held. Here’s one for ya:
This picture does not give the ballroom justice. It was beautiful!
Throughout our buying time, we were thinking of back home. This image kept us moving and on our toes:
a very empty shop
Oh how things have changed! Well, we wouldn’t have been able to do anything if it had not been for this man:
My good friend who recently moved to LA was our own personal driver and tour guide (thanks buddy!). I miss him dearly. He was a source of calm and home in a very foreign place. Plus, he took us to 50′s diners both nights for dinner:
we are easy to please
We took more pictures of palm trees than anything else. And not even cool palm trees. But like, dumb palm trees in the car on the way to LAX:
what were we thinking? clearly we are from the midwest.
Speaking of LAX, we spotted James Van Der Beek (and his adorable family) and Michael Bolton on their way to NYC. I was pretty chill when
staring down sitting next to James and fam. But, when I saw Michael Bolton, I literally jumped out of my chair into Jenna’s lap and started crying. I don’t know what happened. It was overwhelming. He looked like an angel. There was literally a glow about him as he glided through the terminal. TRUE STORY.
Sometimes you have to buck up and do things…and that is what we did when we went to LA. Ladybird would not have been able to open in July if not for that trip. We have not been back to LA since, but who knows what the future holds. Also, I love to think about that time because I’m so happy we are past it. We were in the unknown and I prefer to be a bit more in control. What a year…sigh.
To Michael Bolton and Ladybird- cheers!