THE BEST OF LA // DESIGN


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I was in LA recently.  It’s the perfect getaway and has everything my heart desires — a warm climate, a cool vibe, a lush and luxurious urban landscape and all the shopping a girl could want.  It’s not called the “city of angels” for nothin’ people.  For designers, the LA scene offers gorgeous settings, lovely laidback staff and some of the best furnishings in the US.  Key streets are Highland, Beverly Blvd, La Cienega, Melrose Ave and Melrose Place.  Head to Blackman Cruz, JF Chen, The Window, Harbinger, Hollyhock, Nicky Kehoe, Kelly Wearstler, Galerie Half, Garde, Lief … to name just a few.  The east coast is unseasonably cold and Legends of La Cienega is on the horizon, so book your ticket for tinseltown today! 

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Blackman Cruz

 

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JF Chen

 

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Galerie Half

 

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Nicky Kehoe

 

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Leif

 

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And, of course, a little R&R is in store after pounding the pavement all day.  One night I met up with a pair of stylish LA friends at Estrella on Sunset to cocktail, nosh and chat about east coast vs. west coast life, business and girlpower.  The night ended with an impromptu manager-guided tour through the speakeasy-esque lounges and private screening room.  Fabulous.  

 

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Estrella

 

Another night was spent at Wally’s in Beverly Hills reminiscing with a beloved sorority sister.  A chic, casual yet elegant vibe with a stellar wine list, amazing menu and, of course, the occasional short-skirted, silicone-injected woman in the corner snapping selfies.  Only in LA.

 

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Wally’s

 

There are so many gorgeous hotels in LA.  But for this trip, I wanted to stay in the heart of West Hollywood.  The London was a fantastic choice.  Nestled at the corner of Sunset and San Vicente; it’s the perfect urbanite location with beautiful décor and superb service and amenities to boot.

 

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London West Hollywood

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OTHER LUXE & LUCID FAVES TO ADD TO YOUR LIST

 

HOTELS:  Hollywood Roosevelt, Chamberlain, Huntley Hotel, Palihouse, Hotel Bel Air

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  DINING:  Lucques, Fig & Olive, Joan’s on Third, Son of a Gun, Norah (a must!)

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 COFFEE:  Alfred and Urrth in WH,  Nespresso in BH

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 HIKES:  Runyon Canyon Loop, Topanga State Park

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 GALLERIES:  Honor Fraser, Blum & Poe

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  CULTURAL:  Huntington Botanical Gardens, Getty Center & Gardens, The Getty Villa

 

 **  LA = LOVE AFFAIR and THE BEST OF LA // FASHION offer additional itinerary ideas **

 

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