A few weekends ago, we had friends in town staying with us and neither of them had spent ANY time in Los Angeles before. You can only imagine how excited I was to show them around my favorite city and HOME! They were here for less than 2 days and that meant we really had to strategize about where to go. It really got me thinking about what the MUST-VISIT places are when you come to LA. Ya know, like if you had 24 hours to see the dang place, what would you be terribly missing out on if you decided to spend all your time at Hollywood & Highland? For example, don’t spend all your time at Hollywood & Highland. I’ve narrowed my favorite visitor staples down to 4 things:
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY: This is my favorite place in LA. Sure, there is a great view of the Hollywood sign, but don’t forget about that downtown skyline to the left or the Santa Monica coast to the right if you squint real hard and the haze isn’t too heavy. Goodness, it gets me every time. You can’t forget about the architecture of the Observatory itself. STUNNING, I tell you. You’ll get lots of likes on your Instagram. AND YEAH, it’s educational too! Take a gander through the place and learn a thing or two. I always leave inspired and humbled by the beauty.
ABBOT KINNEY: You can’t really beat the mix of shopping and restaurants on Abbot Kinney in Venice. New stores are popping up every 2 minutes (or so the legend goes), but there is so much GOOD, it’s unfair. On the West side of the street, start at Urbanic and make your way all the way down to Tortoise General Store, with Aesop and Warby Parker stops along the way and definitely a juice shot at Kreation (Rag & Bone just opened on that side as well). The east side of the street I couldn’t even list all the great stops (pretty much every store), but you can’t miss Steven Alan Annex, Firefly, and a lunchtime fix at GTA (Gjelina Take Away) or Axe.
DOWNTOWN: Knock out the Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, and brunch at Bottega Louie in one shot if you can, then pop over to Grand Central Market for a snack/coffee/popsicle and the Bradbury Building for amazing architecture. Still have time to wander around? Head over to the Arts District for pie and Poketo or Olvera Street.
TACOS: I’m not about to start a debate about where the best tacos in LA are. I probably still haven’t even experienced them yet. But you can’t go wrong with Guisados or Kogi Truck. The Guisados menu is straightforward, but so unbelievably delicious. Order one of each taco if you’re feeling adventurous (and hungry). Kogi Truck is another level of LA. It is LA. I beg of you: please seek out a Kogi Truck on your next visit. The chicken burrito with extra kimchi is my go-to.
Welp, September kind of creeped up on us out of nowhere, right? I’ve been in Toronto for work and gosh darn it, what a beautiful city. So clean and friendly and stylish. I was there for the Toronto International Film Festival and aside from the super long hours, nonstop activity, and ruined feet from wearing too many heels, it was an exhilarating experience. You can see all of our hard work here, here, and here. So proud of my team!
Anyway, I’m back now and that means I can start planning a wedding. Did I tell you that we have a date? And a venue? Oh, sweet relief! Weddings are hard, y’all. So much respect for all you married people. Teach me your ways? I need a photographer, florist, DJ/band, caterer, alcohol, rentals, lighting, decor, a dress, coordinator/planner, and misc (my friend Jaymee said to always leave room for “misc”). Also, I don’t know what “my colors” are. Why do we live and die by the color scheme? I want no color scheme. Shoot I gotta start saying “our.” OUR COLOR SCHEME.
Also, Los Angeles: why ya gotta be 90 degrees the rest of this week?
More on all of these topics coming soon. Happy mid-September!
Zara cami (old, similar here)
Topshop sandals (similar here)
This essential is a no-brainer for me. I’ve been using Kiehl’s Creme De Corps lotion for about 10 years now and I have no plans of swapping it any time soon. In fact, I stock UP on this stuff. I’m talking Costco-sized bottles every time Nordstrom has their Anniversary Sale (aka the best time to buy Kiehl’s IMO). I also make sure I have a few travel bottles on hand for when I go anywhere.
Every morning I lather the heck up. The best part about it? It doesn’t sting my legs after I shave!! That is so key, am I right? The consistency is super thick and slightly greasy, but it soaks in almost immediately and leaves my skin feeling 100% hydrated. At this point, I can’t live without it. Mom, thanks for putting it in my Christmas stocking every year or else I’d probably be broke from buying too many bottles.
I get it here and here.
More essentials: French things, candle, ankle boots, intuitive lip balm, egyptian magic
On our last trip to New York, we stayed at The Nolitan and loved everything about it. The convenience, oh the convenience! It’s right in the heart of Nolita and within walking distance to almost every place we wanted to visit. Bless it’s heart for being across the street from Black Seed and Butcher’s Daughter.
Not only that, it’s pretty dang good looking, am I right? That lobby with the buttery leather sofas! The whole hotel is very modern, with clean lines and great decor. Same for the room we stayed in as well. Stylish, but so, so comfortable. Ideally, I’d like to move right in and pay rent on that corner unit with the floor-to-ceiling windows. Sighhhhh.
THE ROOF! Oh, but I already told you about the roof.
I’ll be back, Nolitan!
NYC photos here, plus all the food and shops here.
This weekend, I did some major sprucing up around this here blog. How does she look? It’s been a few years since my last redesign so I figured now was as good a time as any to make some changes. First up, the logo. I hired my friend, Eva Black, to hand letter The Style Eater in her famous watercolor cursive and it turned out exactly how I envisioned. I mean, HOW COOL, RIGHT? I love it. Thanks, Eva!
As for the design, it’s a Blogzilla Studio theme (the mignon!) and let me tell you, they know a thing or two about making good-looking blogs. Their designs are so chic and minimal. I’ve been searching high and low for a reasonably priced, yet super cool design for SO LONG, I can’t even tell you.
Anyway, take a looksie around. There are a few new details, like a rotating list of my current favorite things (at the top!), some fun sharing tools in the posts, and an easier way to subscribe via feedly, bloglovin, and rss.
Other things I did this weekend:
-almond-macadamia milk lattes from go get em tiger
–venice in the rain
-looked at all the wedding venues
Free People dress
Birkenstocks (mine are Amalfi’s)