Sunday, July 1, 2012

About Town - The Americana at Brand

While I enjoy curling up with a good book (see pic below) I also enjoy getting out with my family and going to different spots in Los Angeles and its outskirts.  So I thought I would share this with you all in a series entitled "About Town".  I love living in L.A. and thoroughly enjoy all the great things there are to do around here.  With that said I want to introduce The Americana at Brand  (here), an outside mall and residences built by David Caruso, the same developer that built The Grove.  The central focus here is the dancing fountain and light show, designed by the same group that designed the animated fountain at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, and the Trolley (which my daughter loves).
We spent a wonderful day here walking around, enjoying the fountain, riding the trolley, having coffee and treats at Barnes & Noble and doing a bit of shopping.  We also saw Madagascar 3 at the Pacific Theaters, which was such a great movie (in my opinion) and I cannot stop singing the "Afro Circus song".  And of course no outing was complete without some Pinkberry before we hit the road home.
It was really hot so I decided to wear this loose and flowy top from Bebe that I bought I don't remember when but still had tags attached.  I thought my red pants and the cute H&M cherry wedges (I showed them to you here) would complement this top perfectly.  I do have to say that as cute as these wedges are they have no padding whatsoever on the inside so by the end of the day my feet were really hurting.  To finish the outfit I carried this cute white bag I got at a local boutique because it recently came to my attention that I do not own a single all white handbag (gasp!).  I wish this would have those cute intertwined double C's on the front but for $40 I'm not complaining.
Enjoy every day!
*All pictures taken with iPhone that's why they look like they do cuz Apple cannot get it together and add a few more megapixels.

Top:  Bebe
Pants:  H&M
Shoes:  H&M
Bracelets:  H&M, Ralph Lauren
Watch:  ToyWatch
Handbag:  Local Boutique
Sunglasses:  Target (Dollar Spot)

The Lobby and Concierge Desk.  I didn't realize until later when I saw these pictures how Wil'TED! these flowers were...  Told you guys it was HOT!

Such a bad picture from inside Barnes & Noble 3rd floor but I wanted to share the view...

Just a small fraction of our summer reading material.

I though this was cute, as if Mickey is saying:  "Hey, (insert Mickey laugh) those are some cute shoes!"

My favorite reads as the kids ran around picking out books....

Photo from Billboard advertisement.


  1. The beginning of the song: " I'm bringing the sexy back,them other boys don't know how to act"!!
    Thanks Dana :)
    Great places and like me you enjoin to read.kisses

  2. beautiful outfit!!love pics!!!
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  3. i love your shoes! i can never walk in those as it always feels like they are flying off anytime.
    i think mickey was really saying hi to it. :)

  4. U really did quite a lot of shopping, which I can see !Loved the top, and the wedges are too cute !
    Keep Smiling:D

  5. The Colours suits you so well! You look beautiful ,love the Way you wear your Hair .. with the Sunnies ♡
    Madagascar are great Movies!

    Nice Greetings from Vienna ,Kisses :***

  6. Lovely pictures. Love the white bag.
    xo, Petra

  7. Your blouse looks Romanian inspired.


  8. Love your shoes!! :) Great blog! Would you like to follow each other?

  9. Your top goes brilliantly with your trousers. And I love your white sunnies. :D x

  10. Ma bucur sa vad prin intermediul tau ca LA este un oras foarte frumos. Nu am cum sa-l stiu decat din filme. Ma bucur ca am descoperit blogul tau.

  11. Not only I ma very jealous of that bebe top but I am genuinely jealous of LA, That is my fave city in the world, i have spent so many years there!!!

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  12. You look great! Seems like you had a lovely day.


  13. Love your blouse and it goes amazingly with your pants!

  14. Beautiful nails and shoes!

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  15. What a great outfit. I'm totally loving your top and your adorable wedges. I've never been to the Grove. I'll have to check it out with my hubby.

  16. Great photos :) Your shoes are gorgeous :)

  17. LA looks like an awesome place to live! Love your red pants - so fun :)

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  18. Hi doll, thanks for sharing a part of your city with us :) I was once in LA when I was 12 and don't remember anything. I like seeing an insiders view. Those are some really good books, will you possibly doing any reviews? The sandals are the sweetest pair, lurv! I like the looser fit of the blouse, its very pretty and perfect for summery hot days. Have yet to see Madagascar 3, sounds so cute. have a good start to the week!

  19. I like this post hunni! I get to see LA (been every major city but LA) but more importantly, what's in those bags!!! LOL

  20. I am soooooo jealous that you live in LA. When I was a kid my dream was to attend UCLA and study international business! But nope I stayed in Illinois, attending a state school on a full ride scholarship and I am STILL in IL!

    Anyways, Love the top, I am glad you decided to put it to good use on a hot day, it has been 80-90, humid ewww! And ah-hem....aren't you going to show us what is in the bags??? Torture! Very nice white bag...had you not mentioned it, I would have guessed it was the CC version ;)

  21. Sounds like my kind of outing! Me and hub can be in Kinokonuya (an equivalent to B&N) and just stay there for half a day, no joke! That Bebe top is fabulous, and the shoes, hah! major cuteness alert!

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  23. Imi place f mult ceasul, de unde e cumparat?

  24. Looks like a fun day Dana! Love your look, espcially the bag :) And with your sunglasses you look so glamorous! I actually just bought the books by E.L. James too, going to start reading this afternoon, I'm so curious!! Did you enjoy it?


  25. that's some great shopping !!!

  26. Love that top of yours, so beautiful.

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  27. Your floral print wedges are SO cute! Sounds like you had such a wonderful day at the Americana! I see you picked up the 50 Shades series, hehe. I'm almost done with the last book and I'm going to be a little sad when I'm done reading it. Oh and I'm really jealous of your Pinkberry. I ate it all the time when I lived in NYC and there's none here in Jersey :(

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  28. i love the red trousers! i really want some, they look so glam :) nice bracelets :)

  29. Looove your wedges Dana, they're simply perfect for summer!
    And I'm a huge fan of quilted stuff, so I like your bag too =)

  30. I love your shoes, and bag the look great. A beautiful Dana kiss


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    Hope to see you over there! And thanks so much!
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  32. hello my lovely friend, what a great post, i love hearing about what you all get up to, id say in LA you would never get boared there must always be lots to do. this place looks great im glad you all had lots of fun together, i love days like that, you look so lovely and cool and calm i would be a mess in that heat, i love your top and your make up is immacculate Dana i love the way you apply it, id love one of those entwined CC bags too!! in my dreams!!! they are crazy money here. i hope you have been getting some good nights sleep Dana, i find it hard to switch of to at night, sweet dreams and much love and kisses from ur irish friend, xxx leonie

  33. cool photos!

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  34. shopping!!!!! da, vrem zilnic! :X

  35. Such a cute casual look, great for shopping day!:) Beautiful floral wedges!

  36. Hello dear! you look great! you had a good day! you've done a lot of shopping! I love books, it is always opening a new and beautiful! I really like your outfit, tunic is perfect! the color is perfect! kisses


  37. Looks like you've given your credit card a run for its money :) And we've got another thing in common: I'm also a huge book worm (I simply love curling up on my couch with a great book) and a magazine hoarder :) I think we would be great friends :) Have you already started Fifty shades? If you have, what do you think about it? I would love to get your opinion! And of course, you look fabulous, as always. I'm especially in love with your shoes :) I think I'll make a quick trip to H&M tomorrow :)

    xx Ivana
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  39. OMG I just posted yesterday on the Americana! Too funny!!! hahah!!
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  40. You look great in red! Looks like you had a great time, happy 4th! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
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  41. aww this outfit suits you well! Deffo loving the shoes too :) I've never been to LA but would love to go.

    Claire xo

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  43. you look so fresh!! love it!!
    kisses dear!

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  45. nice post,you look great as always,I love this watch, thanks for sharing <3


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  46. You did quite some nice shopping dear! I especially like the books;)
    Great outfit, a perfect one for a day of shopping! and of course your Chanel bag is beyond gorgeous!



  47. Love the red pants!:) Really nice outfit. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog. I'd love to follow each other. I'm following you now!
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  48. Ciao! Beautiful Photoset, so nice to see Your location...and so Lovel Outift...fresh, Fashionable, coloured ...Amazing!!!
    Ciao from Italy