I was so happy to receive a delivery of Argan Oil goodies from the folks at Lidl NI. My hair is in need of some TLC after I didn’t give it much attention on holidays. I just let my hair dry naturally on hols and when I went out I pulled it up in a bun or ponytail to keep it off my back. I’ve heard a lot about the goodness of Argan Oil over the years. It is one of the rarest oils in the world, extracted from the kernals of the argan tree, which is an ancient tree indigenous to Morocco.
To begin with I washed my hair in the Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo lathered well and the conditioner left my hair feeling smooth and moisturised. After towel drying my hair I worked a small amount of the Argan Oil Hair Treatment through my hair before putting it up in a hair turban whilst I moisturised my body with the beautifully thick Argan Oil Body Butter. My skin was crying out for a luxurious moisturiser like this one – which contains Vitamin E and Shea Butter. My poor skin was drying up – probably in shock after being exposed to the sun for so long and then being all covered up since I got home.
Once I was ready to blow dry my hair straight I spritzed the Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave in Spray onto my hair. I was worried this would leave my hair feeling greasy (like I’ve experienced with similar products) but thankfully it didn’t. My pamper session was exactly what I needed to help me shake of the last of my jetlag and have me feeling good about going back to work. My tresses looked fab afterwards. The next time I’m in Lidl I’ll definitely pop all these items into my shopping basket…and maybe even get some for my my mum and mum-in-law. Each item is between just £1 and £2! Can you believe it? Total bargains.
Phill and I struck it lucky when we booked to spend a week at The Line Hotel in LA. Only recently opened, The Line is the newest and coolest place to stay in Koreatown, LA. I’ve never stayed in a hotel like this one – where each experience is unique. The Line is what it is thanks to a variety of creative collaborations.
Let’s start with the rooms – all decorated by Sean Knibb. They have a modern rustic look going on with bare cement walls, retro style furniture and classy ornamentals. Attention to detail is their main selling point. From the specially designed Baxter toileteries to the Linus bikes you can rent for free to explore the nearby area. There is even a funky store in the lobby area. Poketo sells beautiful stylish gifts – from jewellery and quirky ornaments to canvas bags and pretty dresses.
But my favourite bit? The food! The Line has their own Korean cafe selling the best coffee I’ve had and the most delicious sweet treats – from guava cheesecake to butterscotch brownies. For a taste of true Korean cuisine the hotel has its own restaurant POT, where renown chef Roy Choi heads up the kitchen. It was our first introduction to Korean food and we were bowled over.
The Line is still not in it’s finished state. There are plans to extend the pool, open a nightclub, and even another restaurant. Whilst we were there famous street artist Shephard Fairey painted a large scale mural on a wall of the hotel. It was pretty amazing to see him at work over the course of three days.
It’s safe to say our stay at The Line was a fun and inspiring experience.
This is an outfit I wore for a day shopping at The Grove (crazy to think these photos were taken just last week and now I’m back home!). LA is hot so I lived in shorts and cotton tops. On this trip I debuted my Kate Spade ‘curtis’ bag which I had bought the week before in Fashion Island, Newport beach. It’s quite a small bag for me but I fell in love with the colour and simplicity. I wanted to pick a classic looking bag that wouldn’t date too quickly.
To add a bit more personality to my rather simple outfit I put on my new Nixon watch (an early birthday gift from Phill), a Matthew Williamson beaded bracelet and my Hot Diamonds Emozioni bangle. My shorts are oldies from H&M and my t-shirt is from French Connection. My sandals are current season from Clarks.
I bought these green glasses on holiday but almost immediately I regretted them. Isn’t it funny when you think you love something and have to have it, only to change your mind so quickly? Maybe I was suffering from too much sun when I made the purchase lol.
I always think it takes a few days, if not longer, to fully process a holiday. Whilst I’m still suffering from jetlag, I wanted to share some photos with you from my trip. Already, I’m wishing I was back in the sunshine with another week left to explore all that LA has to offer.
When I was there I knew it was a holiday of a lifetime and I consciously tried to be in the moment and remember the sights and sounds of everything around me. I enjoyed every minute of the first week Phill and I spent in Anaheim. It very much reminded us of our Florida holidays thanks to staying in a Disney Resort area, visiting outlet stores, eating in IHOP etc. But on the second week we were ready to experience ‘the real LA’. In the car we rented for a few days, we drove to our new hotel, The Line, in Koreatown. We had high hopes for this hotel after falling in love with it online and from the moment we checked in we knew we were going to have an amazing stay. If LA turned out to be a disappointment then at least we could chill out and experience the many things The Line had to offer.
Thankfully LA was not a disappointment. To visit the landmarks I grew up hearing about and seeing in movies – The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, The Viper Room and The Grove, to name but a few – was at times very surreal. Highlights for me were exploring K-town and sampling some amazing Korean food and getting the best mani & pedi I’ve ever had. I felt like a true LA girl shopping at The Grove, and visiting Universal Studios Hollywood was amazing. One of the most beautiful places we went to was Santa Monica. I’d heard so much about it and, of the small section I got to see, I really loved it.
To really see how I got on in LA, check out my vlog below!
On Sunset Strip baby!
Rod Stewart’s Hollywood Hills house
Extra TV filming at Universal Studios – spot presenters Renee Baugh and Mario Lopez!
Hello! I'm Ruth, a Belfast-based, blog obsessed twenty eight year old. This blog showcases my loves in life. I'll chat to you about fashion and personal style, interiors, food, and my adventures home and away. Read more about me.