But, we figured we might as well celebrate our wedding anni since it falls at the end of summer & we haven't gone on any vacations since our honeymoon. So0o we decided to take a lil weekend vacation to the LA area.
First we drove to Hollywood as Darin has never been to any of the touristy sites there. We started our day by checking out the Tim Burton exhibit at the LACMA (arts museum). It was awesome & I really wish we were allowed to take pictures inside! Then we walked the Walk of Fame, took a look at all the foot & hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater & then checked out the Hollywood museum at the Max Factor building. After all that walking in the heat we headed back to our hotel to hang out for a bit & then met up with Darin's brother for dinner. Unfortunately we didn't get to go out for drinks later on as we hit a ton of traffic when driving down the sunset strip & by the time we got back to our hotel room, it would have been pointless to even try to change & drive/cab back over to that area. Boo.
Entrance to the Tim Burton exhibit
Look how massive my feet are compared to Rita Hayworth's! lol
Vintage makeup! Max Factor's personal makeup kit
In the "Blondes Only" vanity room
This odd contraption was to figure out the imperfections on a models face & where to use corrective makeup
The "Beauty Calibration Machine"
"Red heads only" room.. I fit right in right? lol
There was also a couple random exhibits in the same building like Hannibal Lector's jail cell...
A whole floor dedicated to Lucille Ball/the I Love Lucy show
Pee Wee Herman's bike!
I also spotted this dude walking down the street. Look at that mullet! At first I thought he was one of the crappy street performers/impersonators.. but nope... he was full blown redneck from the 80s. lol! I even caught him practicing his karate & nunchuck moves! haha!
The next day I think I was most excited for.. we drove to Long Beach to stay at the Queen Mary!
Before checking in though, we checked out "retro row" located on a street near downtown LB. It wasn't as great as I thought it'd be though. Retro row consists of a block or two with a bunch of thrift stores, an old theater & a couple of furniture stores specializing in midcentury modern pieces. I checked out a couple of the thrift stores.. but found nada. They were mostly full of hipsters & shit. Bah!
After getting lunch we headed back to the Queen Mary, checked in.. (which was a mess in itself due to a misleading website & rude front desk staff) & then did some exploring. Finding our room was a bit tricky.. the halls are SO long & there are so many hallways, connections, & stairs that look a like! The ship was pretty amazing. =)
Stairwell from the lobby leading down to some rooms
Our room.. the portholes opened up too!
Darin running up some stairs
This use to be the area with shops that catered to First class only
One of the ballrooms.. anyone who was someone performed in this ballroom. (Hmm are those Orbs on the haunted ship?)
Elevators that no longer operate
And I had to...
That was pretty much our trip. The next day we headed back home to our lil pup Oscar who was anxiously waiting for us at the inlaws house. =)
So ready to spend many more years with my hubby. <3