As I mentioned, since I didn’t have a “proper” vacation planned this year, I decided at the last minute to take a trip out to LA. Going somewhere without a plan (or, more specifically, doing anything without a plan) isn’t really my style, but in this case, I decided to go with it. So, armed with a handful of recommendations and a vague sense of what I was going to do, I hopped on a plane for the City of Angels. Here’s a recap of some of the stuff I did, people I saw, places I went, and a few of the restaurants and bars I checked out.
| WEARING | All Saints t-shirt, J.Crew jeans, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Timex watch, Belt c/o Coach, Common Project sneakers | LOCATION | Paul Smith, Melrose Avenue
An unexpected treat from a Foursquare check-in—free Prosecco.
The day I left, Rob and I actually had a shoot scheduled in the morning. Good for content, not great for travel. Shooting in the morning meant that I’d be arriving late in LA. And not making a plan beforehand, meant that I’d actually not booked a hotel. Thanks to Hotel Tonight, however—an app that’s saved my butt more than a few times in the past—I was able to score a great room at The Standard in downtown LA. Really cool and funky place with an awesome rooftop bar.
I have to confess that I lied a little in my intro—I actually did have one thing planned, which was to meet with my manager and her assistant. That happened over lunch at Cecconi’s. One of the Real Housewives was sitting next to us, apparently. I was oblivious. Cecconi’s came highly recommended and I was back again the next day. It wasn’t the only place I ended up going to twice—Perch is somewhere I would probably be at every night if I lived in downtown LA. What’s with the LA rooftop bar? One other delicious and memorable meal (and cocktails) came courtesy of Acabar.
| WEARING | J.Crew shirt, Swim trunks c/o 2(x)ist, Bracelet c/o Coach, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Goorin Bros. hat (similar HERE) | LOCATION | Zuma Beach, Malibu, CA
I only stayed at The Standard for one night. The rest of the time I was in an apartment in West Hollywood that I found on Airbnb. I’d never used the service before, but I had a great experience. I’d recommend it, if you haven’t already tried it. That meant I was really close to the shops on Melrose Avenue. Tons of great stores there, including ConsignMEN, a luxury vintage/consignment shop where I found an absolutely amazing deal on something of the three-piece variety. More on that soon.
One of my goals, was to make sure that I hit the beach at least once. I was considering Venice Beach, but was told that if I didn’t mind the drive, Zuma Beach in Malibu was really beautiful. That’s exactly where I ended up and it was, indeed, beautiful.
I know that there was a ton that I didn’t see. What shouldn’t I miss next time I’m out in LA?
Thanks for reading.
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