After taking a couple of lengthy road trips from November to December, relaxing in Los Angeles seemed like a perfect way to unwind before our next flight out. There’s so much to see and places to explore nearby, you really do not have to look too far to find something new. You never know where life takes you, so it’s important to make the most of where you are, the relationships you have and cherish those moments as much as possible. I don’t really set New Year’s resolutions, as I like to set goals throughout the year. One thing that I really keep trying to get better at is from the quote, “Live each moment as though it were your last”. I want to have no regrets in the adventures I seek and the risks I take. While I’m not leaving the country as much as I usually do, I continue to seek new experiences. This past weekend, Tom and I decided to check off another spot in LA on our list.
Funny enough, we didn’t live very far from the Getty Villa when we first moved to Los Angeles. We just didn’t know how close we were. I had seen photos of this when we first considered moving here, and for months, wanted to visit. Each time, we missed the reservation time due to the infamous LA traffic.
The Getty Villa is “a recreation of an ancient Roman country house” filled with roman columns, a beautiful garden and works of art from ancient Greece when Mt. Vestuvius erupted and left the city of Pompeii in ruins. Having visited the ruins of Pompeii this past fall, it was truly special to see the tiling work from the region. The work is truly beautiful and so intricately done when you see it in person.
While wandering the grounds, you’ll find a modern looking amphitheatre. When you’re at the base, speak towards the amphitheatre seating and you’ll witness the amazing sound of your voice echo throughout the staging area.
The Getty Villa garden is so beautiful. I wanted to sit down and take this all in for an hour. I once considered taking a minor in Architecture, so I truly appreciate the columns, ceilings, mosaic tiling, juxtaposition of the marble work and opulent details. If you want to visit, I highly recommend reserving a couple of hours here, and spending some time at Malibu or Santa Monica for the day. The visit is free, but there is a fee for parking. You need to reserve your time slot before you attend. Details on the Getty Villa website.
I have recently started moving back towards a more classic aesthetic, which is more my style. I love playing with trends, but I usually like to just inject some trends into timelessness. I’m wearing a fluted lace dress that I paid for under $30 on sale. Click on the link and you can also see it in black. I paired this with classic blush suede pumps from Emporio Armani and added a pop of red with my Prada Saffiano. I used to wear asymmetric earrings a lot. I have tons of them from 5 years ago, some from Bauble Bar, Forever 21, shops I purchased while travelling. This pair is from Zara, last season, but I found another fantastic pair that I linked below.
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Photo credit to my one and only, Rise Again BJJ.