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day trip: valley country market

Day Trip: Valley Country Market / Merci Milo // via Oh Joy!

For today's day trip, we're heading Northwest of Los Angeles to the Valley Country Market! It's a cute shopping center in the valley with great shops, coffee, and the most heavenly bread to eat. Here's how we spent the day there... 

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oh joy day trip: row dtla

Day Trip: ROW DTLA / via Oh Joy!

Happy Wednesday! Today, we're taking you on a day trip to one of the coolest upcoming spots in Los Angeles, the Row DTLA. I was there for a conference recently and there are SO many amazing boutiques, restaurants, and shops. We didn't have enough time to stop everywhere, but here are a few of our favorite spots to hit if you find yourself looking for a fun adventure...

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Oh Joy Day Trip: Highland Park...

Topo in Highland Park / Oh Joy!

For today's Day Trip adventure, we're taking you to Highland Park! It's a historic neighborhood (that is VERY up-and-coming) in Northeast Los Angeles that has fun shops and restaurants are all in walking distance of each other. Here are a few of our favorite places to go...

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Oh Joy Day Trip: Echo Park (Part 2)

Big Bud Press in Echo Park

Last month, we featured a few of our favorite spots in Echo Park! But there's more! Since we had so many, we've broken them into two parts and here is the 2nd part with a couple more spots...these ones located on Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park (between Silver Lake and Downtown LA). Stop by this pairing if you're meeting a friend for lunch and some shopping after...

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Oh Joy Day Trip: Echo Park (Part 1)

Exploring Echo Park Ave... / Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! Today, we're exploring one of my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles...Echo Park! Because there are so many amazing coffee spots, shops, and restaurants, we're breaking it up into two posts. First up, we have three spots all on Echo Park Avenue, so you can leisurely walk down one street to discover a few amazing spots. Each shop is curated and designed to perfection. Ready? Let's go! 

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oh joy day trip: pasadena...

oh joy day trip: pasadena

Today, we're going to Pasadena, CA which is just 20 minutes outside of Los Angeles for our latest Oh Joy Day Trip! Pasadena has a family-friendly vibe with Angelenos living here when they want more of a neighborhood feel than you might get in parts of Los Angeles proper. Here are some of our favorite spots in Pasadena...

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oh joy day trip: atwater village...

Oh Joy Day Trip: Atwater Village

In our newest, Oh Joy Day Trip, we're taking you to Atwater Village—a small neighborhood near Silver Lake and Los Feliz on the East side of Los Angeles.

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oh joy day trip: culver city...

oh joy day trip: culver city

For this new edition of Oh Joy Day Trip, we're headed to Culver City! Since I live on the East Side of Los Angeles, I rarely make it to Culver City, but I need to get there more. There are so many great, new spots to see, explore, and eat! Come check it out...

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oh joy day trip: arts district...

oh joy day trip: arts district

For our newest Oh Joy Day Trip, we're heading to a hotspot...the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles! This area has seen major revitalization in the last few years and has turned into a mecca of cool shops, restaurants, and places to be inspired. Come see!

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Oh Joy Day Trip: Silverlake (Part 1)

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

For our newest Oh Joy Day Trip, we're heading to one of my favorite streets of Los Angeles—Sunset Blvd. Sunset runs across most of Los Angeles, so we're focusing on a few of our favorite spots on the East end of Sunset, running from Silver Lake to Echo Park. Come see!

Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

 Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Matchabar — Start your morning off with a little kick of...tea! I'm a big tea drinker and matcha is a favorite when done in fun ways. Matchbar just opened on Sunset in Silver Lake and makes fun versions of lattes using matcha instead of espresso (the drinks are also VERY pretty). We loved the Coconut Chai Latte and the Harmless Matcha Latte. Then, get either a small bite of Matcha Mochi or eat a savory and delicious breakfast of Purple Egg Pot.

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Social Type — This beautiful shop makes for a great place to pick up cards, stationery, and small giftable items. They often have pop-ups and events, so it's a cool space to know about.

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ali Golden — For a mix of indie clothing and handmade accessories, Ali Golden carries a chic and cool array of pieces in their own label and others they adore.

Ohana Poke Co. / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ohana Poke Co. / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ohana Poke Co. — Take a lunch break for some fresh poke and fried chicken! We love the mix of options available in the poke and love how healthy it feels. On the flip side, the fried chicken wings (available in hot and mild) have a light, crispy texture that makes you want more and more.

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now — If you want to add to your day trippin' with a little R&R, The Now offers a place to get inexpensive massage treatments without planning too far ahead. Starting at just 25 minutes, you can get a little pick me up in this serene and beautiful space.

It was really hard to narrow this list down to just five as you are likely to see twenty more cool spots along the way. Our picks are all day time spots, but if you're looking for any dinner recommendations in this area, ask me! And, if you live here and have other favorites, please feel free to share them with us below!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}