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03 . 02 . 10

I am in need of some sunshine and warm weather so I’ve booked a trip to Los Angeles. I can’t wait to luxuriate by the pool, shop and hang out with my West Coast friend Maison21. (Just wish I was going to look as good as this girl but oh well.) I will be in La La Land from March 18th to 22nd so if anyone has any suggestions for things to do or places to go, please feel free to share! Now I’m off to plan my outfits!

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  1. ashlina March 2, 2010 | 10:58 pm

    how exciting…you should definitely hit the hotel pools and lounge and have a cocktail.
    i am thinking The Standard….or the W.
    best poolside cocktails in LA.

    thriftshops in brentwood + westwood are my favorite.

    enjoy this city!

  2. tarakiwi cottage designs March 2, 2010 | 11:04 pm

    If your in SilverLake stop at LA Mill, its a fabulous coffee shop!! The coffee is unique and the food is delicious. The decor is stunning too! Custom European wall paper and comfy chairs in teals and red. I give the people watching an A+ and there are some cute shops nearby that you can only find in SL. Enjoy!

  3. Lacquered Life March 2, 2010 | 11:11 pm

    This is where you should be for drinks, see my post: http://lacqueredlife.blogspot.com/2010/02/real-mccoy.html

  4. Amanda March 2, 2010 | 11:23 pm

    oh I love LA. I hope you have a wonderful fabulous time!!!

  5. splendidmarket.com March 2, 2010 | 11:26 pm

    I could linger for hours at the shop Indigo Seas on Robertson, followed by a leisurly lunch at the ivy, of course.

  6. The Redhead and her Pooch Lola March 2, 2010 | 11:44 pm

    oh i am so so jealous!

  7. designapothecary March 3, 2010 | 12:29 am

    Hey Heather. I’m sure you’ll have a great time with Maison 21, he’s such a darling. I only hope that the weather will improve, it’s been raining lately (!).

    anyways, my absolute favorite place to be is the Getty Center. they have something for every taste: from contemporary art installation to one of the best museum collections of art work, furniture and decorative objects.

    for injection of Hollywood: FIDM hosts the display of costumes from some of the top films of 2009. Check here for more http://www.fidm.edu

  8. Inside Avenue March 3, 2010 | 12:34 am

    Welcom to LA Heather. I live here all my life and I don’t care what people say, it’s a really cool place. It’s been rainy and cold here though, so make sure you bring something warm to wear. If you are staying in the West Hollywood area, check out AOC restaurant, it’s a fabulous tapas place. SLS hotel has this amazing restaurant by Jose Andre–great for people watching.
    Hope you’ll have tons of fun!

  9. Shauna March 3, 2010 | 12:55 am


    TAR PIT on LaBrea. Swank, 30’s glam deco vibe. Dark booths. You’ll love.

    JAR – but Maison knows. Also great brunch. Lobster Benedict is bliss.

    VICEROY on Olympic. Duh. But the maragrita cocktail is special.

    LE PETITE RETREAT HOTEL – best, unknown rooftop pool/ garden/ 360 views. A hidden gem in W. Hollywood.

    MOZZA – best pizza ever. Sneak in late lunch/ early din & sit at the bar to avoid crowd insanity and need for reservation.

    WINDOW SHOP @ LITTLE PARIS on LaBrea -huge, fab selection of antigues/ vintage. Monopoly money expensive, tho. Beautiful to browse.

    ART – BERGAMONT STATION in Santa Monica. Diverse collection of galleries.

    HUNTINGTON GARDENS in PASADENA a must on a sunny day.

    Enjoy. Welcome to La.

  10. megan blake March 3, 2010 | 1:03 am

    I love that photo! Have a great time — looking foward to your post- La La Land photos (do share!)

  11. myletterstoemily March 3, 2010 | 1:46 am

    have a lovely time. get a cupcake at sprinkles!
    so yummy.

    my daughter attends pepperdine, so i get
    to visit and SHOP a lot.

    they have the most delicious frozen yogurt
    place, freshberry, i think.

  12. Amanda March 3, 2010 | 1:59 am

    You will love it! There is so much good design there its overwhelming. It’s good that you have a guide!

  13. stylecurator March 3, 2010 | 2:42 am

    If yo make it towards the Westside-definitely check out:

    Brentwood Country Mart.

    Tavern for Dinner

    Gjelina on Abbot Kinney and all the fun shops in Venice (on Abbot Kinney)

    Have a great trip.
    xo, stylecurator

  14. the NEO-traditionalist March 3, 2010 | 3:33 am

    Get out! I’m probably flying out in late March for my birthday. My family lives a few hours up the coast past Santa Barbara… Hope you have an amazing time!! XO

  15. rikshaw design March 3, 2010 | 3:53 am

    maison21 is fun spot make sure you try and upgrade rooms if you can!
    in my humble opinion..joans on 3rd is a must, hollywood at home(store), brentwood country mart, venice..there is a store called gum tree looks cute! be sure to tweet ur celeb sightings!

  16. Karena March 3, 2010 | 4:11 am

    You two just have fun, fun, fun. Try to stay out of trouble if you can!! Ha ha!

    Art by Karena

  17. Mary Young March 3, 2010 | 6:28 am

    WEST WEEK at the Pacific Design Center starts on March 23rd, you should stay and attend the events, discussion panels and meet some fellow designers and press!

  18. Kala Roberson March 3, 2010 | 8:32 am

    You’re gonna have such an amazing time- and everyone has mentioned such great spots. I say go to Malibu Seafood, one of my favorite spots. Its on the water, its byob, its cheap and has the best fish and chips. It’s a must try. If your interested check out my blog on design and life 🙂 http://www.studiostella.tumblr.com

  19. Ryan Hines March 3, 2010 | 1:43 pm

    You should stop by Blackman Cruz on La Cienega. Exquisite furniture and objects in a beautiful setting.

  20. bundle design co. March 3, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    Definitely the Getty, stroll Abbot Kinney in Venice & grab lunch at the Kogi Truck – incredible!

  21. EricNFashion March 3, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    I can confer with the other posts as to where to eat.
    -Joan’s on 3rd=Love, and mighty good red velvet cupcakes.
    -Pizzeria/Osteria Mozza (Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton-La Brea Bakery and Campanile; you can’t go wrong)

    I’d add Clementine as a must for lunch. The homemade ginger limeade makes me thirsty thinking about it. It’s nestled in a neighborhood off Santa Monica Blvd next to Century City. It’s close to the Maison Martin Margiela store who’s four walls are covered in silver paillette sequins.

    I’d skip Sprinkles (I wouldn’t have said this in 2005 when she was using French butter and Valrhona chocolate, but vast expansion has led to changing to oil etc.) in favor of Sweet Lady Jane for a more LA experience.

    The Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills will be showing Andreas Gursky photography while you are there, and they are going through a Richard Meier renovation to boot!

    If you find yourself on South La Brea, stop by Liz Antique Hardware. This is where you can get thousands of unusual household findings. Marc Jacobs shopped here to finish out his namesake store.

    With so many options and so little time, I know you’ll be busy. Just sit back and relax. Have an Arnold Palmer for me.

  22. kimberj March 3, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    Have lunch at Aroma Cafe in Studio City, go down and watch the skateboarders on sunday mornings at Venice Beach (they’re amazing and as young as 3 plus fabu breakfast places!), and a studio tour can be really fun too.

  23. jones March 3, 2010 | 4:22 pm

    Hi Heather–welcome to LA!!! You and Christian and going to have fun. There are so many place to go and see and experience–squeeze in the Getty if you’ve got the time or LACMA, as it is right in the center of town. Wish you were staying for West Week!! Mary

  24. Bag it March 3, 2010 | 5:17 pm

    Welcome to LA girly!…Make sure to have breakfast or lunch in the garden at the Chateau Marmont. There’s no other place like it….

  25. Clara Viegas Miranda March 4, 2010 | 12:25 am

    Very nice! Very Funny!!

  26. serena_armstrong March 4, 2010 | 12:29 am

    Food – Mozza for pizza, Sprinkles for cupcakes, The Ivy for lunch, Four Seasons bar for people watching and cocktails

    Shopping – Fred Segal, Kitson

    Sun – Santa Monica beach

    Have fun!

  27. Brillante Home Decor March 4, 2010 | 12:51 am

    Time ago we rented a house in Beverly Hills for a year and I was absolutely happy there, waking up to the sun every morning, going for groceries at midnight and bumping into D.Sutherland, W.Beatty and the like pushing their carts, visiting gorgeous stores and interesting museums. Getty is a must and since Gursky will be in town it is another must. Just strolling in Malibu, Venice, Rodeo Drive, Melrose, the Design Centre will be fantastic. Have a wonderful trip and report back your personal findings.

  28. Annie March 4, 2010 | 6:39 am

    blackman cruz have moved to Highland ave in Hollywood. Wonderful store. JFChen Loft is nearby for astonishing number of amazing furniture. Main source for all the major LA decorators.

  29. Maggy March 4, 2010 | 10:53 am

    I live in Southern California, Orange County to be exact. I think you should visit the Trina Turk boutique on 3rd Street by the Grove.

  30. Sonia March 4, 2010 | 8:42 pm

    As a fellow NYer I love an annual trip to LA, three things to do:

    1. Enjoy driving!
    2. Hit up Osteria Mozza for dinner
    3. Bar Marmont for drinks and nibbles

    One thing to avoid:
    Getting your nails done- they have no bloody clue what they are doing when it comes to manis and pedis, get one before you head out. Have fun!

  31. casey at loft and cottage March 4, 2010 | 11:39 pm

    I will add to the chorus of voices who recommend the Getty. Amazing space you definitely should see. Have a wonderful time! So jealous!

  32. Jessica March 10, 2010 | 8:49 pm

    The Getty, the Getty, the Getty! Most amazing place, stunning! And I never go to LA without hitting the Huntington Library in Pasadena, also breathtakingly beautiful, a very special place.
    Have a wonderful time!