LA LA Land | Beverly Hills and Silverlake
Maybe it’s the permanent bedhead or the disposition towards sunnier climes, but I think people presume I’ve spent lots of time in L.A, often asking for tips or suggestions, when in fact I’ve only been once five years ago for a sum total of 6 days. Thankfully, it was time to remedy that with a 10 day trip to the city of angels, starting in Beverley Hills and ending up on Venice Beach… I really do love this city. Unlike other cities like maybe New York or Paris, L.A isn’t crammed to the rooftops with museums and galleries and must-see historical buildings and sites (although there are definitely some great ones), which means that nagging touristic pressure we put on ourselves isn’t as imminent and a week there can include plenty of eating, drinking, shopping, hiking and generally exploring neighbourhoods like a local. The only thing I struggle to get used to in this town is how long it takes to get everywhere and how vast it is, so rather than one big city like London, it’s instead lots of little neighbourhoods spread out across miles of city. Still, at least there’s plenty of palm trees to look at while stuck in the car and I genuinely believe I’m a happier person when surrounded by those long, gangly trees and their exotic shadows.
After a long flight, we checked into The Avalon for two nights which was the perfect base to sleep off the jet lag and dip into life in L.A. Side note, I flew with Norwegian airlines which is an amazing budget option for flying direct to L.A. I flew premium for the same price as an economy indirect flight with another major airline – definitely worth looking into if you want to get over there affordably. A little hidden gem in Beverley Hills, The Avalon has a great, retro feel with plenty of colour and pattern contrasted with concrete, wood and marble for a Palm Springs circa 1979 feel. Incidentally, they do actually have an Avalon in Palm Springs if you have time for a weekend getaway… On my hit list for next time. Looking down from our room over the pool, it almost feels like a quintessential, cinematic motel, like something from Catch Me If You Can or the recently released 20th Century Women, which you all must see by the way. There’s also the added bonus of a pool although sadly, L.A was in the thick of some of the heaviest rain and chilliest temperatures it’s had for a while when we were there so no swims for us but waking up and seeing a bright patch of liquidy blue definitely makes you feel like you’ve arrived on the West Coast. The beds were cloud-like, the food delicious and its location means it’s pretty central to getting around everything L.A proper has to offer. And if you’re all about the details like me, they also had Davines products in the shower which made me ridiculously over excited – I’m obsessed with their NouNou shampoo.
I’d never even been to Beverley Hills before but it’s actually pretty fun to be based around there for a bit. From window-shopping on Rodeo Drive (snd numerous Pretty Woman references) to pretend house-hunting on the palm-lined streets, it’s kind of fun to play make believe in this iconic pocket of L.A. One thing you have to do if you’re around here, is go to old school Jewish deli Nate & Als. I had a life-changing pastrami reuben that was so mind-blowingly amazing I’m now a total reuben convert – although the waitress was kind of distraught I couldn’t finish it all. In hindsight, I really should have boxed it up and had it for dinner, it was that good. It’s a real L.A institution and definitely worth a lunch, even more so if it’s cold or raining outside and you can get a side of matzo ball soup to go with.
One thing I had to tick off while in L.A was a good hike. Which effectively translates as a strenuous walk to us Brits (no hiking gear needed) and the Griffith Observatory trail felt like the most natural one to start with. Plus after seeing LALALand, it would be rude not to go up to one of the city’s most famous landmarks. This was one my favourite things we did in L.A… The walk was easy but still felt like it did us some good and the view over the city and towards the Hollywood sign would have been hard to beat.
From there we headed to the much-hyped Sqirl in Silverlake for brunch. I made a bit of a rogue order but Jamie’s bowl and our shared brioche french toast (the brioche and jam in their speciality) was really good and much-deserved after striding up and down hill for an hour. Not that French toast that good ever really needs to be deserved…
I bought these black Nike Roche trainers in L.A and am obsessed with them. I felt like all my trainers on rotation were things like Vans and Converse which I love, but feel quite summery at times whereas these are a good winter trainer and perfect for walking in as they feel lighter than air. Never used to be an all-black trainer person but now a total convert.
Next time, I’ll have a full list of foodie and store recs for you in L.A (there’s a lot) and more pics from Venice Beach and beyond…
Logo tee | Gucci
Skinny black jeans | Acne
Trainers | Nike
Black cropped flared jeans | Redone
Cardigan | Gestuz
Leather jacket | Maje (similar affordable one here)
Pink slides | Senso
Bag | Mansur Gavriel
Denim jacket | Frame
Sunglasses | Celine
Small oval sunglasses | The Row X Oliver Peoples
Embroidered shirt | Isabel Marant
Fade blue jeans | Redone
Black slides |ATP Atelier
Necklace | Lucy Williams X Missoma
Stripe tee | Redone
Spotty top | H&M