Continuing our dreamy holiday in L.A was no difficult task, during of which we seriously started plotting a more permanent escape to the city. A girl can dream…
If you’ve already been to L.A, you would know that this is a city of series contradictions – from the (somewhat) extreme health scene, with juice bars on every corner, a new fitness craze every week, and incredibly well-groomed, glossy people. On the other side of it – there are fast food chains slotted in-between all the juice bars, people drive everywhere, and generally the food portions are mega. Not surprisingly, I fully embraced the health scene with daily green juices (to compensate for the nearly daily intake of alcohol) and ate (a lot) of good food – a balanced holiday all-in-all. That’s what its all about, right?
Catching up on my reading… Getting the balance right between fashion and career development… (keeping my brain going, in other words).
I am not a big coffee drinker, for no particular reason, other than I just really love my tea (and coffee doesn’t have much affect on me). I don’t know what happened while I was in L.A, but I found myself having daily ice coffees (mainly to cool down) – and by the end of it, I was loving the flavour too. Maybe it was just an L.A thing, as I haven’t had one since coming back – but I am still having daily cravings from one of the best ice coffees in town: Cofax – this super cute café on Fairfax Avenue, just off Melrose Avenue.
We spent a few hours walking (yes, walking) down Melrose Avenue – the temptations where plentiful.
Popped into Reformation for a quick browse, ending up trying over half the store (which was just as lust worthy). Kind of regretting I didn’t go for the St. Tropez clutch!
My trusted leopard espadrilles from River Island (similar here) – were good companions throughout the holiday.
One of the most impressive culinary highlights during our trip, was Michelin starred Providence, where we spent a good part of four hours gorging in fifteen courses (!). I evidently did NOT think out my (tight) outfit in advance…
A typical day-time outfit during my stay – denim shorts, a casual tee, sliders and my new Chanel (my second love).
As Sam had to work for a few days during the beginning part of our stay, I alternated between working by the pool (best office, EVER) and exploring new, and old areas. I popped down to Melrose Place, which is probably the cutest shopping street I have ever been too – the pictures below as evidence…
The Isabel Marant store was definitely a highlight… These sandals though!
In the evening we headed to Republique, mainly renowned for their delicious brunches – but their dinner was pretty amazing too! Relaxed and casual atmosphere.
My trusted dungarees which I scooped up from the vintage market, Melrose Trading Post, made an appearance during the evening too – I am sucker for versatile pieces, and these certainly topped the list this holiday.
Another pair of trusted flats, from Karen Millen.
After a few big nights out, these elixir shots from earthbar were a welcoming boost.
Exploring the Sunset Junction strip in Silverlake – the trendy Eastside “hood” – often referred to as the “Williamsburg of L.A”. With Sunset Boulevard conveniently running through this neighbourhood, there is plentiful to drink, eat and shop – from shabby and quirky vintage shops, underground designers, to more contemporary boutiques such as A.P.C and Aesop. Oh and of course we popped into the renowned Intelligentsia for (more) ice coffee and a spot of serious tile inspo!
We also spent some time exploring Larchmont Village, more specifically down Larchmont Boulevard – which is literally the most charming area and high street we came across during our time in L.A! This neighbourhood had a totally different feel to any other parts which we have ever been to in L.A (in a good way). Nestled among the historic mansions of residential Hancock Park, Larchmont Bouleward is somewhere where residents (actually) walk to the post office, pop to the local farmers market, pick up their “usual” from the local bakers. If I wasn’t wanting it enough already – I was definitely ready to make move to L.A even more (like, right about NOW).
Another area, another veggie juice!
Lunch at The Ivy is always a must! Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, this celebrity haunt is totally OTT, yet super charming. Tip: Book well in advance and specify to be seated on the outside patio area.
A few trips to the Equinox gym, to balance things out a bit!
…and that was our L.A holiday diary in a nutshell! With over 1300 photos to go through, the edit wasn’t easy, but I hope you enjoyed this somewhat condensed version of our dream holiday.
Still craving for more? Hold tight for the second part of our holiday, with our long-weekend in San Francisco, road trip down the Big Sur coast, and the ultimate retreat in Santa Barbara!