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The Meals {Southern California}

If you follow along on Instagram, you might have noticed that I took a little jaunt to L.A. this past week. What a nice little vacation it was! In true Amy fashion, though, I have to start with the food! I wanted to highlight a few really special restaurants I went to, so I’ll share the snacky stuff in a later post.

Side note: I know lots of these places aren’t exactly in L.A., but the city served as the hub of my trip ๐Ÿ™‚

I knew I wanted to get some fresh fish, and I found the perfect little spot in Malibu:

With ocean-view seating and a not-too-large menu, Malibu Seafood definitely satisfied my fish craving. Seeing as I wanted to fit in a lot of food variety, I opted for two fish tacos, so as not to stuff myself!



I’m used to fried fish tacos in Chicago, but loved the grilled variety I got here. The fresh pico and cabbage on top made it even better.

Fish tacos aside, I found my favorite food of the trip at Cafe Milan in Playa del Rey. It came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Its unassuming look didn’t deter me, because I had heard great things about the blueberry banana pancakes:

My word. These were so simple and delicious and I could’ve eaten 15 more. I paired these cakes with a vanilla hazelnut coffee and these fine gentlemen:

Mike, Geno, Joe and Lou. Aka my new best friends.

These guys made the place! Mike struck up a conversation while I was getting coffee and invited me to be an honorary member of their breakfast club. Turns out, they meet every morning for a good coffee and chat. I loved hearing parts of their life story and can only hope I have such a nice set up when I retire ๐Ÿ™‚

Check back next week for more of my L.A. fun!

Vintage Travels: Ann Arbor

I spent all of last weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan finding the best places to eat and shop (oh…and visit with friends ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know you’re mostly interested in the best vintage shops, so here goes:


1.) The Getup Vintage

Photo from The Getup Vintage Facebook page

This was hands down my favorite shop. I spent a good hour perusing the racks and trying on dresses. I snagged two 1950s numbers and left many, many behind for all of you to go find. Best part? The sweet owner is a former Chicagoan. You know they have good taste ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Around Town(s)

This was a busy, busy week. My alma mater’s homecoming was last week, so I took some time to go back and visit with old friends…and hit up some of my favorite thrift and antique stores from college.

I found this beautiful 1940s slip at my favorite (and kind of secret) antique store.

The detail is hand painted! I’ve never seen anything like this before.

Not that far away, I found this fun 1960s dress:


Daisy details

Over the weekend, I also hopped on over to a bunch of estate sales and thrift stores with my boyfriend, who is sometimes better known as the best estate sale companion ever. He was the one who spotted both of these 1970s boots:

He also polished them up and got them very close to their original condition. Yes!!

Other estate sale finds included:

Amazing dress that makes me wish it was early summer.


Red, scalloped neck sweater

The best halter ever. Sorry duckies.



And then I went sweater-crazy at a thrift store.



Don’t worry though, all this (plus the things I didn’t even show you…I know…) will be at the Vintage Heaven sale on Saturday and Sunday!
Until then, I think I need to steer clear of thrift stores!