Friday, June 22, 2018

AN LA DATE WITH PELLEGRINO

By Courtney Halverson in partnership with Bon AppΓ©tit
Sponsored by S.PELLEGRINO ® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

With all of my recent travel stories, I realized that I have completely been neglecting my hometown, Los Angeles. Every time I travel, I long for that moment of coming home, and whenever I land in L.A. I realize how thankful I am to live in this wonderful and busy city. It can feel crowded at times (too crowded in the summer!), but I love finding ways to steal little moments of quiet and make them special. My days are made up of driving around and running all over L.A., but making the time for something unique and creating a really special moment is what it’s all about.







Griffith Observatory has been a favorite date spot for Eric and me for years. Before I lived in L.A., we would meet here, walk around, hike a bit, and maybe have a picnic. The observatory itself is a wonderful museum, but I have always been more drawn to the outside spaces around it. The unique architecture of the building, the views—the fact that on a clear day you can see well past the buildings to the ocean itself.

Because it is such a tourist destination, it can be filled with crowds—except in the morning. So for our latest day-date, we decided to head there in the morning for a walk around the grounds. We packed some S.Pellegrino sparking mineral water to complete our picnic. Fresh fruit, cheese, and S.Pellegrino is always the perfect combination in my opinion.





We had decided that after we were done walking around the building, we would have a little late morning picnic. The parking lot at the top of the observatory grounds was slowly filling up with cars and busloads of tourists, so rather than hang around, we drove down into Griffith Park to have our own version of an afternoon date. Who says you can only go on dates at night?

Picnics have been a big part of my history with Eric, ever since we went on our first date eight years ago. When we were first getting to know each other, we would pack up a little basket and head to a park or the beach, and spend hours talking over a slow meal. I’ve always loved being able to create a little moment of romance with picnics, so I usually skip out on the paper plates and plastic forks, and bring some of my favorite serveware from home. It elevates the experience and can make it feel like a truly special date—especially when paired with some of my favorite cheeses, fresh fruit, and S.Pellegrino.

We ended up just sitting on the bumper of my car, snacking and sipping, talking about nothing and everything for a while. It felt like a special moment for just the two of us.



View my guide to creating a special L.A. moment with S.Pellegrino on sanpellegrino.com



276 comments:

  1. Love you and love this post except that nestle sucks big time... A few examples: their PR with Flint, California’s droughts, what they did in Africa with the baby formula, how they outbid a small town in Ontario for the town’s water supply, the child trafficking in the chocolate industry, etc... Definitely worthwhile looking into. I used to drink San Pelligrino all the time but could no longer justify it after reading about what a horrible company produces and profits off of it.

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  2. Love your posts, I never miss your stories on instagram! @marce_montemayor

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  3. Live for these lovely posts! So pretty at the conservatory!
    @theladymcdougal

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  4. I took my boyfriend here for a birthday date. It was super crowded, but it was fun. Kinda cool to know it’s not as crowded in the morning! Maybe we’ll try that next time! ♥️ - @drayy.oxleyy

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  5. Wow beautiful skirt! I love your Instagram theme so much! How do you do it? @l_e_n_n_o_n

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  6. Aw I love picnics! So simple and sweet ☺️πŸ’• @ashbadge

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  7. I’d love to have a piece of your closet! Your style is everything. @catneyhall

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  9. Can't wait to see more of your UK trip! And super excited about this beauty giveaway! @ssmorrison14

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  10. Fizzy water is the best! @madcheekie ��

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  11. Love how much effort you put into your blog posts / photos / instagram posts! It totally shows and the level of work you put into it is rad! Headed to LA on Wednesday from Nashville, TN and this post got me feeling giddy about it! @sidneygrace_

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  12. Beautiful pictures! Griffith is a favorite of mine as well! @surfonsound

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  13. Love your photos! @sincerelyemmie

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  14. Really digging the cars as props theme in your new photos πŸ’•πŸš— @meganmiller1901

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  15. I'll go this summer to California! Nice post and i love your ig theme. @claudiamortess

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  16. I love sparkling water and your account! @cynthiadavis_

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  17. The tones in these photos are amazing! My vintage fantasies. Have yet to go to LA but the observatory (in the morning) will be a wise move i pick up from you. @latte.pls

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  18. Color scheme on point as usual· @tantangerine

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  19. Great style! @christineandthescene

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  20. I always have to remind myself that there is so much to see in our own backyard.. then the crowds and hot weather start to overwhelm me, so I opt to stay indoors in the cool air with my fiance and bunny. But I too really want to make an effort to go out and enjoy the wonderful city and state that I live in. I haven't been to most museums in this town.. but I mostly want to do a mission tour of all the missions built in California. Its funny when you travel outside of your home town or state you do all sorts of touristy things.. but when you're back home you forget there is so much beauty to explore. Great blog post Courtney! See ya on the IG - @missmegzie

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  21. I just loooove your photos! So dreamy! @alinebrun_

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  22. Your photos are always so inspiring! Love to follow your story @hannaheirlys

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  23. So unbelievably lovely! - @thewhimsicalowl

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  24. Love this post... so summery! And love how you styled the clear bag with the striped skirt and neutral colors ✨ @thepinkchai

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  25. The picnic looks lovely! Suddenly I want to jump into my car with my boyfriend and have one! Your style is on point as always @aleperezdelara

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  26. Picnics are the best!! @taylorjpyka

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  27. So refreshing!
    IG:misskellyclare

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  28. What a view! This looks like a great date spot. As always your pictures are so pretty and dreamy! ✨ @adrianalanier

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  29. One of my favorite spots in LA.

    IG: @jaimeexplores

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  30. Picnics and sparkling water is the perfect combo in my opinion! I got a vintage picnic basket for my last birthday and now I take it everywhere!
    I’ve been following your account for a while and I really adore the balance you strike between a beautifully curated page and being honest about life and all that comes with it. @denvertodublin

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  31. Inspiring me to take more picnics this summer <3 @dottidee

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  32. This skirt is the bomb! -@colettegee

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  33. I am the exact same way as an LA Native! Sometimes I forget about the beauty here!! Loved the blog post and the photos are beautiful. IG @emilydreww

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  34. Love the tones in this post! Your feed is so fun + dreamy to follow :) @kayjanemcc

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  35. As a graphic designer I can only say that your posts are always very classy. And also ... GO freckles! ;) my account marie_freckles

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  36. Always love your styling ♥️ IG: @sea.queue

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  37. So so so cute. IG handle is @rachmhobbs :)

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  38. I love being a tourist in my own city! �� @clemencyforclem

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  39. Love reading your blog and your Instagram posts! You have a lovely energy! @elleedwards5

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  40. I really hope I can visit LA one day! Beautiful pictures as always ����
    @elykei

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  41. This is so beautiful! @rimshtw

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  42. So glad I found your page and blog @_alienesque_

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  43. I feel like I always forget about the fun in my home town too. Also, your outfit is giving me all the inspo. Love it.

    -@sarahedeneault

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  44. Makes me want to go back to LA soon! ✨ @zazuale

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  45. Dream date with my fave beverage!

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  46. I’m visiting LA for the first time with my mom and cousin next week—looks like I’ll definitely have to put the observatory on my list! Holy gorgeous! @jessica.lafferty

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  47. I love nothing more than a good picnic! - @lauren_lynch

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  48. Love your work ♡ @pink.daisies

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  49. Love your Style! @franziskaruppert

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  50. From one redhead to another- thanks for showing me that I CAN wear yellows and oranges :) Since I’ve followed you, I’ve branched out and worn colors that I thought would NEVER work with my skin/hair! It’s been so fun!
    @rpskates

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  51. I've been trying to keep myself hydrated this summer and this seems like the way to go! I love your style and your date posts. So cool that you guys can find those small moments to just enjoy the peace and quiet. Keep inspiring people love ❤ @solangedarling

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  52. Love this day-date idea! <3
    @emilykocontes

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  53. Ugh, so jealous of everything in this post! Beautiful!!! @lily_kuhl

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  54. So much love always πŸ’› @gentlewomanoftheroad

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  55. I just love the tones in these photos and how well you match them all! @brittanyfravel

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  56. Love that outfit, and want that food!! IG: @rachelleyounie

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  57. Gorgeous pictures, makes me want to go on an adventure! @evad_

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  58. Your feed is goals�� @bean_n_doggie

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  59. I really love how much effort and beauty you put in everything you do. All your pictures and posts are magical. Everything is a color palette and your hair color is kinda the perfect accent to them. Always reading. @beth.musica Greetings from Mexico.

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  60. I always love your photos.... such a cute picnic! The Observatory is always special, there’s just something what it, it’s always memorable.

    @sarabalini

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  61. Love this shirt! Perfect balance of simple and detailed. ig: @mepsters

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  62. Beautiful post! It makes me wish I liked sparkling water, but I can’t get into it!
    Ig: kaylagraceface

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  63. I love this post! As someone who hasn't yet been to LA but is eying a visit, this is so inspiring!

    IG: @janeccman

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  64. love your color palette, as always! @lvstly

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  65. Such a cute date idea! I'm hoping to visit LA one day soon.
    IG: aallieoop

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  66. wow, this makes me miss LA so much! good thing I can picnic anywhere :-) @maegermeister

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  67. Love your blog! Visiting LA soon and will definitely use this for travel inspo @lil_squaash

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  68. I love following you, Courtney! I love being able to keep up with what’s going on with you through your Instagram stories and your blog. Looks like you’re down there moving and shaking and making it happen! Zack and I will be heading to LA in July and this definitely reminded me that we need to take a trip up to the Observatory. @sarahmayim

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  69. I love the Griffith Observatory! The lookouts can be quite a romantic place. I need to go back the next time I’m in LA. You and your hubby should come up the coast a bit to the Monterey Bay, that’s where I live. So much to see and places to explore. I know you’ve posted about a trip to Big Sur, but Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz are all so different and so close too. Just a fun suggestion ♥️ little_darling_dina

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  70. I truly enjoy reading your blog posts, Courtney! The little tidbits of your life are so sweet and genuine. I haven't spent much time in the West Coast but have a trip planned for later this year that I could not be more excited for! ~~ @jenniestoy

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  71. Living in Charleston SC I totally get this! Being a tourist in your own town can be so fun. Also picnics are the best!!! @lizzywarriorprincess

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  72. Love your photos and style! You’re so beautiful! @feesha_monster

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  73. Your skin always looks so flawless! @ghettobabyyy

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  74. Pellegrino is one of my favorite things. My boyfriend and I will get a big bottle of it and have a picnic in the living room (it's rain season right now where we live).

    @catandralee

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  75. This looks like so much fun! My husband and I have been together for eight years too and it’s great to have those little moments that remind us of when we first started dating. I’d love to learn more about your favorite date spots and food spots in LA!

    @ediblehours

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  76. Love it! Definitely need to go on a few picnics this summer, preferably in a cute outfit like yours! @breedesu

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  77. Always love reading your posts. You take the time to sweep us into your world and work, and that’s greatly appreciated. IG: @andrearaeallen

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  78. I've never been there. One day I'll go. But i love picnics and your wardrobe! @pretty_lil_blondes

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  79. I’ve been getting the itch to do LA lately and this is making that itch worse!
    @asustainablesort

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  80. Your style and photos are so lovely! I always feel like I'm looking at stills from a classic romance movie. Oooh and watermelon Pellegrino is where it's attt.

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  81. Obsessed with everything about your style!

    @cecwaggs

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  82. Loving all of the colors and chicness you bring to your photos and blog. @hayleyfionna

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  83. Your sense of style never ceases to amaze me!! Love love love. @chaozjessica

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  84. Hey! Just wanted to say that you’re a huge inspiration to me. I’m a natural redhead and I just love all of your posts so much. All of your fans love you so much! @caseysreign

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  85. Love your posts and shares. Can’t wait to hear about all your other travels.

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  86. Your posts are always the best parts of my day! @annalisaparsons

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  87. such an inspiration !! can't wait to properly get back to blogging after my exams :) lots of love xx @nikafae

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  88. Everything you post is the prettiest! You’ve got be buying aaall the neutrals this summer too πŸ˜‰πŸ‘Œ@laurensphelps

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  89. I’m with you. I feel I need a little breather from LA but I’d never leave. I love LA ♥️
    @hello_kristin

    Ps: nice food spread in the car xo

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  90. I love Los Angeles, but I hate that you end up spending so much time inside a vehicle �� getting from one place to the next, have you ever considered moving somewhere else? @rzehntner

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  91. I found you thanks to Zoe Sugg some time ago πŸ‘ŒπŸ» Love your aesthetics ❤️ Inspiration! @pati_kakuba

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  92. I love your style. It’s so timeless & you always look so effortlessly beautiful! I’ve actually been trying to update my style thanks to some lovely influencers like yourself!

    @ronnalouise

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  93. You look so beautiful in these pictures! Absolutely adore them ❤️ @jess_amory

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  94. Wonderful post. I really dig your picnic on the trunk of the car! Beautiful. I definitely keep a bottle of San Pellegrino near my work station everyday while I cook, good stuff, keeps me going! @chefchelseajordan

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  95. Picnics are always the best dates! Next time I visit LA I’m going back to the Observatory in the morning, thanks for the tip! Love from Australia @lauraverity

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  96. Wonderful post, always such beautiful photos. Sidenote: your hair always makes me want to chop mine again!
    @stephaniiiedean

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  97. Love your posts and blog! @jessemity

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  98. My boyfriend and I take turns on our picnics. We either make the food or get take out at our favorite restaurant. It's always a surprise because we keep it a secret till we get to the picnic spot! @victoria512

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  99. You got an Aussie girl wishing she was in America! I love how connected I can be to a place I’ve never been to through your content - thankyou for showing sides of the world I’ve only dreamt of! ���� ellie_white_

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  100. Loving the colors and stripes. πŸ’›
    @pearls_plates

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  101. i love your aesthetic sooo much!
    also obsessed with your insta stories!
    @gioiarodriguez

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  102. @karajkeller πŸ˜πŸ€—

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  103. love the color combo! @siggrett

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  104. I totally get that feeling of joy (and maybe a little bit of relief) that you feel when you finally land at home after a long trip. I love traveling, but one of my favorite feelings of all time is the moment of finally landing back home. I haven’t gotten to travel as much over the past few years (being on a college student budget πŸ˜…), and I love following along on your trips on stories. Your last trip to England made me start to mentally plan my bucket list trip through the English countryside. It looked so beautiful and peaceful! Thanks for the continued inspiration on all things fashion, travel, interiors (and for the doggie content with Mops of course)! xxx @allisonpflug

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  105. Beautiful shots! Also I love San Pellegrino, makes me feel like a well-educated and kind Italian girl - big love. @lilbunmon

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  106. Everything you do is beautiful!!
    @zo_no

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  107. Love������ @thejsmithco

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  108. Oh i love this post! I've never been to LA before, maybe just the airport, but never staying in LA itself. I've heard it's great but something about it puts me off for some reason! I think it's the crowds. But that observatory is to die for! such 60's vibes with your outfit as well. That picnic looks so yummy, I would kill for a good fruit and cheese board right now does your cute sweetheart take your pictures or are they usually self portraits?
    @addiemjones

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  109. I’m really looking forward to visiting LA soon! It’s always been one of those places I want to visit for sure, as I intend to work within the filmmaking industry -as well (behind camera for me, though)... So many beautiful ideas to add to my trip schedule. ����♥️♥️
    @lorenaarticardi

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  110. Love everything about your blog πŸ’• @emmamosser

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  111. I never win anything, but here's a try. IG is @sweatybuttcheeks

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  112. I love the observatory so much. Also you are such a inspiring role model to me!! I love watching your Instagram stories,looking at your photos, and espically readin your blog!! Have a lovely week!!
    Instagram handle: @ariana.marie.19

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  113. Loving the details you put into every single post! You go gurrlll! @j.cason

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  114. I’m an LA local too and I always enjoy visiting the Griffith Observatory. My partner and I had one of our first LA dates there when we moved here about 3 years ago. It holds a special place in my heart as well :).

    And always also love your style/posts! @jessicakleinman

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  115. @alyssabasich thanks for thinking of us. Perennially envious of your adventures, near and far!

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  116. Such lovely photos & a great date idea!! @lil.papaya

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  117. Love your color palette :) such beautiful earthy tones.
    @cloudedforyou

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  118. Love this blog post <3 @abbyroadherrera

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  119. @perry_the_berry. I recently found your insta and fell in love with the aesthetic!

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  120. Love your outfit! @ardenronck

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  121. Love the vibe and aesthetic
    Ig: peacel_ovemia

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  122. Thank you for inspiring me so much, i even created my own blogging account! I have so much more faith in my abilities now and am excited for what is to come! Much love <3 @kathryn_buck

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  123. I’ve been following you for awhile I love your blog as well as your Instagram you’re a true inspiration!!! @lexie_marieee_

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  124. I love the look of your dreamy blog - earthy tones, lots of yummy browns @missmeowwwww

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  125. Loving every detail about your posts and of course tour style! Hope tonsee you in many more movies. Love <3 @hiilalakdag

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  126. you make me want to go to California so badly! @jessmcivor

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  127. Hands down the best sparkling water ✨ love the picnic idea, too - you’re inspiring me to bust out my basket again! @laurenrgardner

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  128. I just love how seamlessly you’ve woven the ad into your post. Not a blogger myself, but I imagine that it’s quite a difficult thing to do. Your whole aesthetic is dreamy, as always. :)

    IG: @alissamgriffin

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  129. Love your blog!!! @catsandchamomile

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  130. Love that skirt! @_christina.nelson_

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  131. your style is everything!! :) @ashley_dang096

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  132. Gorgeous photos and I LOVE that outfit! @theycallmelibbs

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  133. Love that outfit!! The whole thing is to die for!! @monicakathleen

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  134. Loved how seamless this partnership was! Again, you did such an amazing job, as always!!
    Ig: @haleyivers

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  135. Your outfit is gorgeous! @baldybaldwin

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  136. That’s such a cute date! You’re giving me some serious picnic inspiration 😍 @notbripalmer

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  137. Love this idea! And I would love some free goodies! My instagram name is @tiffanyafuller_ Thank you! 🀞🏼❤️😍

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  138. @kaillatc love your posts and blog

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  139. Picnic dates are my husband’s and my favorite!! We usually like to pair it with a drive-in movie ;) Love this post and absolutely adore your style! @em_hammett on insta

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  140. I can’t do the city life, the buildings are beautiful and the lifestyle is so different but I can only visit for a week or so, I prefer the country side way more..I just prefer a slow quiet lifestyle....love your skirt btw @_lynndalou_

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  141. You’ve definitely made me re-consider my “no rust colors” rule as a fellow redhead! @ohcatie

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  142. Love me some San Pellegrino, especially with some fresh lemon. :) IG: @anydelirium

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  143. Omg! Love your photos and editing! πŸ™ŒπŸ» My IG is: @marthebjornsen would love some free goodies!❤️

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  144. This is so sweet and such a cute date idea! Love your Instagram and blog posts! πŸ™ˆπŸ’• @indieanne

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  145. Soo beautiful ❤ LA is a dream destination ! My IG is @10theluckyone

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  146. Same. I always wanted to travel to other countries instead of travelling around my country. And I’ve never went to a picnic, maybe I should plan it in the near future. @irasuhami

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  147. Tried S.Pellegrino for the first time last week and I loved it! Such a cute picnic date, too!
    @luckeyduck_ ✨

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  148. Always overflowing with vintage charm πŸ’• IG: @sippingsoda

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  149. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ @kelliupshur

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  150. Love that your story together, started with a simple picnic:) Beautiful photos, as always.
    @caseymsmith

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  151. Love your style and looking forward to your next post! Your theme is so delicate but natural at the same time. calcifer_thea

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  152. I love these photos! And that skirt, so cute!! Insta : haileysandefur

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  153. Obsessed with that car! @devcarp.rex

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  154. So sweet! Love the quiet amongst the hustle and bustle. Picnics are such a simple treat, and so often overlooked 🌞❤️ @jamiebudai

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  155. Your photos are like magic Polaroids come to life. Timeless and effortless ☺️ @paigekelleyyy

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  156. love your style and look πŸ™ŒπŸ’ž @lifebyssblog

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  157. Beautiful as always! Inside and out!! @ravishing_in_red

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  158. Love your outfits! So classic. Also that picnic looks amazing!! @abigalemoon

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  159. So pretty! Loving all the earth tones!! @lanieohh

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  160. I’ve never been to LA, but I love seeing more ‘normal’ and less touristy travel ideas for when I do eventually visit! @melissa_mckenna

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  161. I love San Pellegrino! @carl_leigh

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  162. Those pics are lovely! IG handle is : jenniferlynne85_

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  163. You’re fantastic! So glad I found you on Instagram xoxox @_samantharoth

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  164. This is so effortlessly beautiful! My instagram is @ioanazivku ❤️

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  165. Love me some Pellegrino, drinking it most days like it’s my job. Cheers to hometown dates! You look so chic in that down top and skirt. @colledamonick

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  166. Love your entire look! Your Instagram has one of my favorite color stories, super inspirational.
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    @mrs_nic_cage

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  167. Perfect color scheme. @kaylieacuna

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  168. Morning dates are my favourite. There’s always the feeling of endless possibility with the whole day ahead ��
    @_katie.james

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