Getty Villa, Los Angeles

January 11, 2017

los-angeles-gettyAfter 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.

girls-who-travelwomen-who-travelmikialamode-travelslittle-black-lace-dressgetty-villastreet-style-pradaclassic-elegant-stylegetty-villa-courtyardlos-angeles-gettyzara-earringsgetty-villa-back-gardengetty-villa-detailslos-angeles-getty-villaexplore-getty-villagetty-villa-east-gardenblack-dressFunny 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.

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  • Reply Alyse (J.X.L.) January 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Ah, that famous LA traffic. We drove over 3 hours round trip just to visit The Getty Villa last summer. It is a lovely backdrop for photos as well as a place to take in culture, though. You’re fortunate to have been there when the fountains were on! This past summer, they left them bone dry because of the heat and drought!

  • Reply Jessi Malay January 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Such a luxe look babe! That dress is so stunning on you… the cut out detail is absolutely gorgeous! Hope you’re having an amazing day 🙂

    XO Jessi,

  • Reply Amy January 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Pretty photos! I still haven’t made it out to the Getty Villa, but this post inspired me to do so too! So impressed you managed to go when it wasn’t swarmed with people!!

    xx, Amy

  • Reply Violette January 13, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Wow, this villa is so beautiful! Love these photos!

  • Reply Mariann Yip January 13, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Your pictures look amazing! That place reminds me a little of the palace of Versailles and such a great photo opportunity. I love finding hidden or not known places to explore!

  • Reply Zorica January 13, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Omg this place is so pretty.
    Love your look.

  • Reply Lola January 13, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Oh my, this place looks amazing!!
    I love the gardens, they are so romantic and serene.
    Your outfit rocks too!

  • Reply Jo January 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

    What an extraordinary looking place! You look absolutely gorgeous. I think your sophisticated, Old Hollywood glamor vibes here look so on point with the location.

    xo, Jo

  • Reply Nia Langley January 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Great photos – of Getty Villa and you!


  • Reply Candace January 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    You picked the perfect location to take pics in that dress. You are so classy girl and are killing that black dress and these pics!

  • Reply Yasmin January 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    You always have the best handbags! I had no idea about the Getty Villa. I’ve been to the Getty museum in LA. Thanks for tipping me off. I will have to check it out on one of my next trips to LA. I love this kind of architecture and it’s fun to see it somewhere more modern like LA. You can get away for a day and just feel nostalgic.

    xx Yasmin

  • Reply Jordan January 13, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    The Getty Villa looks absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could go there myself right now! I’ll have to go when I manage to get out to LA!
    Jordan xx

  • Reply Dee January 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    What a beautiful black dress, looks amazing on you! And the Getty Villa was the perfect location to shoot this look, such a beautiful place. Will definitely have to visit when I’m in LA!


  • Reply Lucy January 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    The Getty villa is one of my most favorite places ever! So beautiful and literally makes you feel like you’re transported to another era! If you haven’t already check out the Getty museum too, super modern and amazing!
    I adore your dress too and perfectly paired with that handbag and suede pumps! Tres chic!

  • Reply Adi January 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Such a beautiful place!! And I love that black dress!
    Adi xx

  • Reply Jenelle January 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    It is a very elegant spot. I wonder if it is used often in films?
    xx Jenelle

  • Reply Samantha Mariko January 13, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    This is definitely one of my stops when I’m visiting LA! I miss this beautiful place! Your outfit is so perfect for the location too 🙂

  • Reply Sharon Wu January 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I love these photos of you at the Getty Villa, and that dress is just stunning! I totally didn’t know photos were allowed here lol it’s such a gorgeous place; my bf and I will have to make it out there again soon to snag some awesome photos like you did! xo, sharon

  • Reply Josie January 14, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Waouh this villa is amazing! I could spend an entire day there lol I’ve never been to LA but it’s on my list of places I want to visit 😉

    That dress on you too is a stunner! Love the lace, you look so classy!

    Bisous, Josie

  • Reply Christie Moeller January 14, 2017 at 8:24 am

    So beautiful and that dress is EVERYTHING!

  • Reply Susanne - Bag at you January 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Your dress is so super chic! Can’t believe you paid such a good price for it! And I really love this place! I have a big weakness for the ancient Roman times and architecture!! Have to go here as well one day, but the only question is… when?!?! So much beautiful places and only so little time! Glad that you finally made it though and thank you for sharing these amazing pictures!! Big Xx Susanne –

  • Reply Christine Kong January 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve been in SoCal all my life and have never been to the Getty Villa before. I have heard how beautiful it was and your photos prove that fact. The gardens look lovely and the grounds are amazing. Your lace dress is the perfect, classy look for this gorgeous location. I am in love with those blush heels too. What a fantastic setting for this beautiful look! I haven’t been to Pompeii either, but definitely want to go to both these places now. xoxo, Christine

  • Reply Marie January 15, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Amazing photos ! I really love your bag.
    Many kisses

  • Reply Camila January 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I love you you are willing to get new experience in your life, I need to do this more often/ Your dress is amazing girl, I love the detail and the heels are gorgeous.

    Camila, My Vogue Style |

  • Reply Jenn Hanft January 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    OMG I would seriously love to visit this villa. I’ve never been to California before but I’m making it my mission to travel there this year 🙂 The architecture and garden look so pretty and I’m sure it’s even more mesmerizing in person. PS that dress is such a steal! It looks so lovely on you paired with that bag especially.

    XO Jenn

  • Reply Stephanie January 15, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Ummmm … so when can I move in?! This villa is absolute divinity! I can’t believe how stunning all the grounds, architecture, and landscaping are! What an absolutely dreamy spot to visit, and I’m so glad you finally got the opportunity! It sounds like such a luxurious place to explore, and you fit right in wearing that gorgeous dress!

    Stephanie //

  • Reply Anak Super January 15, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    nice look, nice view

    lot of smile,
    Anak Super

  • Reply emily January 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful place! Your dress is just stunning and suits the backdrop perfectly!
    x Emily

  • Reply Atsuna Matsui January 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    The Getty Villa is one of my favorite spots to visit in LA. 🙂 The photos you took there turned out so beautiful! 🙂 Likewise, I also like to set goals for the New Year as oppose to setting New Year’s resolutions for myself. I’m hoping to do more traveling this year.

  • Reply maray January 16, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful dress!

  • Reply Chelsea January 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    The Getty Villa is always so picture perfect! I love the LBD you’re wearing too!

    Chow Down USA

  • Reply Kathlynn January 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Love your dress! Do you have your closet on Glamoutfit app? I want to follow you. I would love to see what else you have in your closet!

  • Reply Linh Dao January 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Wow this place looks so pretty! I’ve always wanted to visit so I think I need to go there soon now that I’m looking at your post! You look so pretty and I love that outfit on you!


  • Reply jasna January 17, 2017 at 12:56 am

    You look so beautiful here hun, love the pretty villa too 🙂 xx

  • Reply MJ Junior January 17, 2017 at 3:34 am

    So So So Classy!!! xx

  • Reply NEHA January 17, 2017 at 4:41 am

    What a beautiful location and you luk absolutely gorgeous babe…xx, Neha

  • Reply The Fashion Folks January 17, 2017 at 7:34 am

    The garden looks so beautiful indeed, what a stunning place! Hahah, I’d like to sit down there too and just enjoy it. Also, love this outfit. Perfect match for a gorgeous garden! Xx

  • Reply Kelsie Galis January 17, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I have been wanting to go to the Getty for SO long now! I just drove past it on my way to Malibu yesterday and it reminded me that I need to check that off my list soon!


  • Reply Len Parent January 17, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Perfect LBD darling! I love this look from head to toe! GORGEOUS as always!
    Happy Tuesday darling!
    Much love, Len

  • Reply Deddeh Howard January 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    You know, I have lived in LA for about 6-7 years and I haven’t been to the Getty before. I love this post and I have to check it out now! Love the outfit as well beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Elizabeth January 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I definitely prefer to set goals throughout the year as well! For me it always makes more sense. The black lace skirt looks fricken incredible on you <3. Your photos definitely make me wanna travel again.

    BTW I love all ur photos they r stunning! May I ask what lens u use?

  • Reply Vanessa January 18, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Love the fact that you went back to classic pieces because it looks fab on you, Miki! Love this dress and these pics are so DREAMY!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Lindsey of The Nomis Niche January 18, 2017 at 8:13 am

    This dress is truly timeless. You look gorgeous and this location is amazing 🙂

    Love, Lindsey

  • Reply dora January 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Such a gorgeous location! Perfect place to shoot the fabulous outfit you’re wearing. in love with those shoes

  • Reply Syl January 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Getty Villa looks really pretty! And warm! Would love to check it out some time.

    Also, the earrings look pretty nifty, and the outfit looks great on you!

  • Reply francesca January 19, 2017 at 10:36 am

    It’s so beautiful there! That’s awesome you got to take photos there! I remember I went a long time ago and regretted not having my camera. Love your beautiful dress with that pop of red
    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

  • Reply yuka January 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    It’s been such a long time since I’ve been to the getty! I’ve forgotten how beautiful it was there!

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