Day 2 | Warner Bros Studio Tour, Morphe Brushes & Santa Monica5 min read

Santa Monica

Hello again!
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**Warning: If you don’t want to know how movies/tv shows are produced, you may not want to read this post as it contains a few spoilers from different productions..

Our second day started out with my aunt making us some delicious pancakes for breakfast, using a mix from Whole Foods which I forgot to buy to bring home with me and I’m very upset about that 🙁
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Having filled our tummies, we got ready for the Warner Bros Studio Tour.
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Warner Bros. Water Tower
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When we arrived we took pictures with Donald Duck and Daffy Duck (which almost resulted in my mom being knocked down by a tram!!) before going through security. The tour began with us watching a brief video of all the famous movies filmed at Warner Bros., which got us pumped for the tour.
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Hanging out with Bugs Bunny at Warner Bros.

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Our tour guide asked what shows we liked and focused the tour on these shows. Pretty Little Liars was the most popular and he brought us to Rosewood, where they were getting ready to film! We got to see the Church, the City Hall, the Police Station, the High School and so much more. Fun fact #1: The City Hall and the Police Station are the exact same building! When filming at the Police Station, they just film down lower on the building and add a Police Department sign so that we don’t see the “Rosewood City Hall” lettering!
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Rosewood Church, Pretty Little Liars Rosewood Police Station / City Hall, Pretty Little Liars Rosewood High School, Pretty Little Liars
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We even got to walk around Emily’s house (which is also Ross and Monica’s parents’ house in Friends), walk through Spencer’s house and her garden (which is also Lorelai and Rory Gilmore’s house in Gilmore Girls), and see the barn. Fun fact #2: The other side of Spencer’s house is actually Mona’s house!
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Mona's House, Pretty Little Liars Spencer's House, Pretty Little Liars The Barn, Pretty Little Liars
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We learned about how a sitcom is filmed and we got to sit in the audience of where The Big Bang Theory is filmed. We saw the broken elevator and Sheldon’s apartment. Fun fact #3: While the actors run up the stairs to get to their apartment, the stagehands quickly change the number on the doors of the apartments and other things to make it look like they have gone to another floor, even though they really haven’t! Fun fact #4: They often let cats run around the set to get rid of mice and rats! Fun fact #5: For the first season of the show, they were finding it difficult to get a live audience so they would actually pay people to sit in to watch the taping, and this is referenced in season 4 when Sheldon and Amy pay people $20 to take the cats!
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One of my favourite parts of the tour was getting to visit the set of The Ellen Show. I love Ellen so I was super excited!! The set is so much smaller than it looks on TV! Fun fact #6: Ellen’s mom has her own seat in the audience with a plaque stating “Mama’s Seat”. Other people with honorary seats at the show include Tom Hanks and Drew Brees.
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Some of the other things we got to see included cars from the Batman movies and props and costumes from the Harry Potter movies.
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Batmobile, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Harry Potter Costumes, Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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At the end of the tour we were brought into another area called Stage 48: From Script to Screen, where we were free to walk around and spend as long as we wanted. You can probably guess we learned all about the process from writing a script, to casting actors, to designing costumes, to filming! I found it pretty interesting.
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This is also where the famous Central Perk set is located, so we got a few pictures on the couch!
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Chilling on the Friends Couch, Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Here is a picture of me and my aunt doing an optical illusion!
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Illusion
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The Legacy Room contained costumes from different movies, trophies from the Academy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards. I was unable to attend the recent Academy Awards due to other commitments so they decided to present me with my award here 😉
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I won an Academy Award!
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There is also an area in there where you can choose to be on a broomstick from Harry Potter, a spaceship from Apollo 13 or one of the Bat Mobiles from Batman and using a green screen, they will add you into a scene!
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I love seeing what goes on behind the scenes of things and there were so many secrets and tricks I learned about! I would highly recommend the Warner Bros Studio Tour. This was my second time doing the tour and it was completely different to the first. But if you prefer rides and attractions, you might enjoy Universal Studios more.
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We ended our time at Warner Bros by enjoying coffee and cake at their very own Central Perk Café!
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Central Perk Café, Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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My cousin, Sarah aka YouTube Beauty Guru Makeupbysaz, is makeup obsessed and we couldn’t go to L.A. without taking a trip to Morphe Brushes. The shop itself was a little underwhelming but I couldn’t go there and not buy anything! So I picked up the E57 pointed concealer brush and the M310 fan brush. I couldn’t get over how inexpensive everything in the store was! Sarah picked up a lot more than me so you can check out what she got in her Haul video.
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Morphe Brushes Store, Los Angeles
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We had to go to DK’s Donuts on the way back to Santa Monica to get some cronuts, and they were just as good as the first time I got them back in 2013!
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DK's Donuts, Santa Monica
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On our way back to the house we stopped off in Santa Monica and strolled around one of my favourite streets, Third Street Promenade, a beautiful little shopping area.
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Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
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I thought this was very car was very clever!!
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Half Taxi, Half Police Car!

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Sarah and I didn’t feel like shopping (which is so not like us!!) so instead we strolled to the beach and people watched for a bit!
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Santa Monica, California View of Santa Monica Pier
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That’s all for day 2 of our summer holiday! I’ll be back next week with more.
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Thanks for reading 🙂
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Ali xx

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