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21 Jun

#JMonTheRUN: Santa Monica City Tour

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Happy first day of summer loves! Hope you all are having a productive week :) I’m so excited to be back with my second city tour..this time featuring Santa Monica!! I loved seeing all your sweet comments on the blog and IG when I shared last week’s adventure in Los Feliz! This time, we wanted to explore somewhere completely different and check out some places by the beach. Santa Monica has always been one of my favorite areas. It has the best of both worlds, the beach where you can go tan, relax and swim, and just blocks away you can get the city vibe, shop, dine, watch movies or go dancing!

Sweet Rose Creamery

Sweet Rose Creamery Santa Monica

Our first stop included a much-needed sugar kick to start off our day. We stopped into Sweet Rose Creamery after hearing about their one-of-a-kind flavors and Instagram-worthy interior! There were so many good flavors to choose from like Salted Caramel, Old Fashioned Vanilla, Stone Fruit Sorbet..and the list goes on. My final pick?? The Brown Butter with Orange Wafer..sooo incredibly delicious! Sometimes I wonder who comes up with these crazy flavors..so good! If you guys haven’t caught on by now..I have a bit of an obsession with ice-cream and love trying out new little ice cream shops in different parts of the city, so I couldn’t pass this place up!

Jessi Malay Ocean Ave Santa Monica Photoshoot

My two-piece set from A’gaci is giving me serious 4th of July vibes…I may have to bring it back for the holiday! I dressed it up with my red strappy heels from Tony Bianco, but would also pair it with white sneakers when I want to go for a more casual look.

Georgian Hotel

The Georgian Hotel Santa Monica

The Georgian Hotel Santa Monica

One of my favorite landmarks in Santa Monica is the Georgian Hotel! This building dates way back to 1933, so you know what that means! There’s been quite a few haunted tales and sightings within the hotel, so if you’re interested in haunted happenings I recommend reading up on it and even checking it out for a night or two. Now aside from the haunted tales, there’s so many things I love about this building like it’s colorful walls and vintage features.

Jessi Malay wearing Lovely Pepa Collection Skirt

Love this polka dot ruffle skirt by Lovely Pepa Collection.. so easy and chic to throw on with heels or sandals. The material is super soft and lightweight too making it the perfect staple skirt for summer!

Jessi Malay wearing Lovely Pepa Collection Skirt

Jessi Malay

Jessi Malay Earrings

All about drop earrings this summer and just got these amazing hoop drops from Adornemonde! Definitely a staple!

The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel

Jessi Malay at The Huntley Hotel

If you want the best panoramic views of the ocean and city, the Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel is it!! We stopped in to check out the breathtaking views and grab a pre-dinner drink! And I couldn’t be more obsessed with their interior…clean white, gorgeous chandeliers and cabana style tables overlooking the ocean views!! The restaurant also has a lounge menu that features small bites like cheese plates, truffle fries etc if you don’t have a dinner reservation, but want to check out the stellar views!

Jessi Malay at The Penthouse Santa Monica

FIG Restaurant

Bread Balloon

After our long day of touring Santa Monica, we sat down for an amazing dinner at FIG Restaurant, located  inside the Fairmont Hotel just steps away from the beach! Santa Monica can get pretty busy with all the tourists, especially on the weekends so this restaurant was the perfect way to end a busy day..tucked away near the pool area of the hotel and giving off a very relaxed California vibe. FIG is most well-known for their changing seasonal menu and locally sourced ingredients. For the first course, we shared this Bread Balloon which is possibly the most unique appetizer I’ve ordered. The bread was fluffed to perfection and came with 5 different spreads..all so different and equally tasty, I couldn’t get enough!

FIG Octopus

To compliment the bread balloon, we also had the Charred Octopus served with caper berries, butter beans, sherry vinegar and a touch of mint..perfectly refreshing for a summer dish!

Jessi Malay at FIG

For the second course, we had the Hanger Steak..grilled to perfection, paired with grilled potatoes and Chinese long beans. Definitely a must!

And the masterpiece of our entire meal was the Wood Grilled Whole Fish, placed on a bed of charred broccoli finished off with a tahini and ginger mignonette. So incredibly delicious!

Peanut Butter Bar

By this point, we were getting really full..but the dessert menu was way too good to pass up! So we ordered 2 lol! The Peanut Butter Bar and Tres Leches Tiramisu. Now first, can we talk about this presentation?? Almost too pretty to eat! I highly recommend ordering both of these desserts and sharing, you won’t regret it!

Tres Leches Tiramisu

A big thank you to FIG Santa Monica for having us :) Hope you guys stop in and check out this amazing restaurant!

Santa Monica City Guide
As always, thank you for stopping by and hope you loves enjoyed my city guide of Santa Monica! I want to know some of your favorite sights and hidden gems in Santa Monica! Let me know in the comments below :)

Where to next? ;)

Xxo, Jessi

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    How cute … the video is too cute, and the wood grilled fish 🐟 is everything, the bread balloon is something else too! Fine dining and fun activities, sounds like a plan to me! :)
    Merci for sharing your guide Gorgeous!

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    June 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm Reply
  • Maria | Short Girl Long Jacket

    Gorgeous photos! Santa Monica is one of my favourite parts of LA.

    June 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Corina

    OMG! These pictures are gorgeous, and so are you! Thumbs up for your photographer! Is he/she professional, btw?

    xo Corina

    June 21, 2017 at 11:46 pm Reply
  • Trendique

    Obsessed with your look babe!!! You look so beautiful <3

    Lots of love,
    Vanessa from http://www.trendique-magazine.com

    June 22, 2017 at 6:05 am Reply
  • Millie | Queenmillie

    Just a major wow is needed!! This weekend looks spectacular, love your outfits and hope you both had an amazing time!! x

    Millie x

    June 22, 2017 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Adela

    LOVE all your pictures! Looking fabulous and stunning as always!


    June 22, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Cami

    Santa Monica is such a fun city because there’s so much to do! The Penthouse is definitely one of my favs & the perfect place for a drink with a view. You look gorgeous!! 💕



    June 22, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply
  • ivana split

    you have such a winning smile!
    fabulous outfits…colours and patterns are always fun in Summer!

    phenomenal styling as always…and gorgeous photos!

    June 22, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska

    Such a nice post dear! :)


    June 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • Radi

    I love Santa Monica. I’ve been these twice and have enjoyed it so much each time. For sure will be checking out these places for my third trip there.
    Thanks Jessi!
    Happy weekend!


    June 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Gina Diaz

    I love your city tour beauty! All the places you visited sound very amazing, got so inspired!!! next time I visit LA I make sure to come to these wonderful places!!! Thanks for sharing babe, can’t wait to see the next city tour by you!!

    xx, Gina


    June 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Siffat Haider

    Santa Monica city looks ah-mazing! Your food pictures are making me so hungry! Not to mention, I’m obsessed with each and every single one of your outfits. Keep sharing your travel adventures here – love reading about them :)

    June 22, 2017 at 11:26 pm Reply
  • Dimito Michiyo

    Absolutely adore your style and you get photographed just so perfectly!!!

    Dimito Michiyo


    June 22, 2017 at 11:37 pm Reply
  • Hayley Larue

    LOVE all of these photos! And love that you did a city tour. This outfit looks STUNNING on you! <3


    June 23, 2017 at 1:09 am Reply
  • Ellie

    Amazing pics!<3

    June 23, 2017 at 2:07 am Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    ah your photos of food look so delicious!
    Stunning lady and great look

    Pop by to see my last blog post

    June 23, 2017 at 3:38 am Reply
  • Maggie Krol

    This looks like such a lovely couple of days! Your looks are so effortless and fit perfectly in the city of Santa Monica! I have only been there once but look forward to visiting the next time in am in Cali :) Thank you for sharing!!!

    Xoxo, Maggie

    June 23, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Mary Ann

    Loved your posting on Santa Monica. We haven’t been there in a while and it’s time to go back. My husband and I are such foodies and the Fig Restaurant looks like a place we definitely need to visit. Can’t wait to see what else is on the menu. It just might be a nice place for my birthday dinner. And, as always, you just look fabulous!

    June 23, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Jessie

    That skirt is so cute! Saw it on your Instastory the other day, it’s your friend’s brand right? Definitely need to check out her designs!

    xx, Jessie

    June 23, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Sharon Wu

    What a lovely guide of Santa Monica! Makes me miss it there and I think I’m going to just have to take a day trip out there soon because it’s been so hot in Palm Springs. A beach getaway would be nice and I’d love to try all these great places you’ve recommended! The food looks so good! xo, sharon


    June 23, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply
  • Saida - She talks Glam

    Sounds like the perfect destination for a not-so quiet vacation. The vibes of the city are really appealing and your pics just make everything prettier and more enticing ;) The food looks so delicious, would love to try that ballooned bread with dips. Looking forward to your next trip, gorgeous!

    Saida | She talks Glam

    June 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Carmen

    Aaw I could visit Santa Monica over and over again! I love how you rocked those looks and they really match to those Californian beach vibes :)
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    June 25, 2017 at 4:10 am Reply
  • Ellese

    These are great picks!! Now I miss Santa Monica, I use to live on 10th street. I love the Huntley and all the amazing shopping on 3rd street. I have to go to the Georgian next time! Loving the look too, so gorgeous. XO, Ellese


    June 26, 2017 at 6:55 am Reply
  • Face to Curls

    Looking stunning as always! This is such a lovely guide of Santa Monica; never been there before but it looks great. And the food looks so delicious! xx

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    June 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm Reply
  • Mimi

    I loved this post!! I am from El Salvador and I’m the biggest fan of you and your blog! and Santa Monica is my happy place! can’t wait to go back!! Also you have inspired me with my blog and every time I see your post I get motivated to keep up with my baby -the blog- that I love so much!

    Thanks for being an inspiration



    July 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm Reply
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