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I met up with my friend Dynasti in Los Angeles before heading to Palm Springs for her birthday weekend with friends. We stayed at the Loews Hollywood – which is attached to the Dolby Theatre. It’s home to the Academy Awards. When we checked in we were on the elevator with a guy wearing an Oscars jacket. We asked him about it and it was clear that we were more excited about it than he was.

After a burger (for D) and a grilled cheese (for me) at In-N-Out Burger, a stroll around an Adidas store, and a nap — we headed to LIT Method for a workout. (Just keeping it balanced!) The Low Impact Training class was all rowing and isometrics in a red-lit room behind the lightning bolt door. This is our after pic – we did it!

Our sweat session got us hungry for something healthy, so we headed to Kreation Organic Cafe.

Any juice named ‘Happy’ is worth trying in my book – pineapple, pear, ginger, mint – yum! I also had the Huevos Cancun (three organic eggs with cilantro, topped with roasted corn, black bean salsa, and fresh avocado).

The next morning we picked up a rental car and Dynasti’s friend, Mateika, and hit the road, headed to Palm Springs. On the way, we stopped at Cabazon Dinosaurs to check out these larger than life beauties.

We were most excited to see this guy, who you might recognize from the feature film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” circa 1985.

Our two-hour road trip led us to The Martini House. We took so many photos of this amazing four-bedroom place – here are a few.

After a fourth friend arrived and a relaxing afternoon, we headed to Rio Azul for some delicious Mexican food. The vegetarian chimichanga was yummy. We sang happy birthday to Dynasti with the rest of the staff and headed home to bed. Big day ahead tomorrow!

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