“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
– JULIA C H I L D
Guys, it’s National Donut Day. Boom. The day is officially upon us and I’m patiently waiting for LA to begin the next installment of the Museum of Ice Cream, feat. these golden lifesavers. In the meantime, I figured I’d do a quick round up of my top 5 spots to grab the classic bite in Los Angeles based on my own personal experiences.
In case the only donut run you get to today is devouring this rundown, I hope your sweet tooth’s itchin’ and we up your donut game. Not all donuts are created equal so let the sprinkles fall where they may. Without further ado, here’s the breakdown of my favorites donut joints in Los Angeles.
(Note: I have not tried every shop discussed, nor have I sampled all their donuts, however the ones I have, I will mention along with my favorite donut I feel is worth dishin’ the dough on. Sources will be provided at the end if not my own opinion.)
| THE OG C H A M P |
My first memory of this California landmark began with a late night adventure with the kid, Mitchell. I had never tasted ye old Cali Donut and he was about to school ya girl. We rolled up at maybe 11 PM and the line was stupid long. We decided to pass but I must say, from that day on, I craved those suckers.
How can you crave something you’ve never had you say? By catching glimpses of the funky vintage sign and Lucky Charmed donuts, naturally. That did me in and I felt nostalgia instantly. This old school spot was worth the wait. I’ve since enjoyed a variety of their flavors from playful outings with friends to classic donut walls at weddings.
MAV FAV: The Fruit Loop
| THE CREATIVE I N D I V I D U A L |
I must say, there’s something truly special about Donut Friend. I’m not sure if it’s the unique flavors with DIY customization or the passion and story behind the brand. DF sets itself apart with its tongue in cheek appeal, using wit and humor to name their donuts after famous bands. On top of that, they made it all so easy to Insta the crap out of it – an equally addictive “Supermassive Black Donut Hole.” (Ha, that’s my best attempt).
Then there’s the matcha. Game over – favorite flavor in the whole wide world, hands down. When you nail it, you got me 100%. Donut Friend, you do it, you do it so well. Top that with some freeze dried raspberry dust and call it a day….
MAV FAV: Green Teagan and Sara
| THE C R O W D PLEASER |
Ah the good ‘ol donut birthday cake. This year I was surprised with a box full of SK’s from my girls. Low-key, I wanted to try each and every one myself. I somehow found the will power to share – a huge improvement from the time I had a whole confetti b-day cake to myself circa 2006). Ya, that happened.
Besides the point, I did sample many of their flavors and must say, they’re all winners. This is definitely a great option if you have a large crowd and a variety of tastes to cater to.
MAV FAV: Blueberry Glazed
| THE H E A L T H NUT |
Similar in name but most certainly unique, Donut Farm packs a powerful and healthy punch. Not only do they serve all vegan donuts but they’re also on the food grind too. Their dough is certified organic and is made from scratch daily. It wouldn’t be LA if they weren’t using coconut milk for their glazes, which yes they are.
When given the opportunity I am super excited to sink my teeth into that Coconut Whiteout or their Lemon Poppeyseed. I mmmmmean, probably going to indulge in both, who we kiddin’.
| ON MY L I S T |
(might see me thurrrr tonight, skrttt skrrrt).
| CREATIVE DIRECTION + STYLING |
Fit: Dress Shirt: J.Crew | Dress, Vans + Trench: Crossroads Trading | Tiffany & Co Rose Gold Frames from Fairfax Optical Lab
| PHOTOGRAPHY |
| MAKE UP |
| HAIR |
OH MY GOD SO FUNNY I WAS JUST WATCHING “JUNK BOX” ON FB ,, AND THEY WHERE TALKING ABOUT “THE FAMOUS RANDY’S DOUGHNUTS,,, HAHHA AND LET ME TELL YOU LA LA LA LADY ,, YOU NAILED YOUR DOUGHNUT SHOTS,,, THANK YOU FOR SHARING!
Of course Nancy, always love hearing from you 🙂
Haha, seriously, this has to be your best post so far! I really LOVE how you styled this vintage donut shop look and now I really have cravings for something I’ve never had before too. Love the references too! 🙂
Aw thank you Thomas, I really appreciate that as I actually wrote it very quickly hehe <3 The imagery, now that took a lot of planning! You're adorable, thank you.
Well you def killed this look and HAPPY DONUT DAY! That place looks too good and loving the pink and floral vibes you came accross from!
Thanks Sharon! We had a blast shooting it. Hope you enjoyed your donut or if you didn’t have one, you get to enjoy one soon hehe
This is absolutely the best! I’m beyond inspired, and now hungry after reading this post haha
Thanks for stopping by! Hahah hope your enjoy something delicious today xx
🙂 Thanks Abby <3
Nailed it with this post and photos girl! They are adorable and love your hair and makeup and outfit!
I’m not a big fan of donuts myself but they way you describe some of these have me drooling hahaha is that possible?
Thanks for sharing!
YES! Haha that’s a huge compliment that I had you craving something you’re not much a fan of. My pleasure, glad you enjoyed and read 🙂
I didn’t know that there is a national donut day, but I will be more than happy to celebrate it! I am in love with your outfit though and the way you have styled your look!! Great pics as always 😍😍
There seems to be a national holiday for just about anything these days 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and enjoying the look <3
Oh i absolutely love the editorial feel of this! and im so sad I had no donuts on national donut day
Aw, well there’s plenty of time to make up for that haha <3 Glad you enjoyed 🙂
I absolutely love this shoot – the photos are so fun! Glad to find a fellow LA doughnut lover!
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Yassss, same here! Glad you love <3
I am totally waiting on the museum of ice cream again I didn’t get a chance to go this time oh awesome donuts but I have to try them out have you tried sidecar donuts? it’s in Santa Monica they also have one in orange county
ME EITHER! Looked soooooo cool <3 Wouldn't it? I haven't, it's on my list 🙂 🙂
Wow, these photos look so cool and so editorial and I could totally see it in a high fashion magazine! You look gorgeous and loved how you styled this outfit.
THANK YOU! I’ve got that a lot actually so I’m going to see about submitting them 🙂
This belongs in the pages of Vogue
THANK YOU! That’s what I’m shoot for.
No pun intended 😉
This is one holiday I missed that I’m so upset about! By the time I realized it was National Donut Day, it was evening time and the only good donut shop in town had an enormously long line outside. I love this look you’re wearing and your hair 🙂
Thanks Candace 🙂 Ha! I know that feeling – that’s how it was when I showed up at California Donuts!
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Aw so happy to see you on here from LB <3
LOVING the vibe of the photos!! Great styling and creative direction 🙂
THANK YOU! Really appreciate that <3 Worked hard on those two things hehe
These pictures are to die for! Your style is amazing Xo
Thanks bbg! You’re so sweet!
Loving all the vintage vibes! You look gorg! 🙂
Thanks Audrey! <3
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Gorgeous styling Morgan, donuts and fashion two of my favourite things x
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