Los Angeles…City of Angels…La La Land…a place where dreams come true. Hollywood. Rodeo Drive. Venice. Malibu. A city with many personalities and where I spent my last week. Los Angeles is a truly unique place with unique traffic, unique people, and unique wall art (my personal favorite part of the city). I compiled a group of my favorite photos from the trip. Photos which I captured of the city of Los Angeles throughout my week there. I will briefly explain each photo in context and why I love the photo so much. This is a slightly unusual post and very different than my usual content. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy my LA Story.
Avec Les Filles:
If there was a company I was most excited about, it would be Avec Les Filles (With the Girls en francais) by Joyce Azria. Joyce is the daughter of Max Azria the founder of BCBG Max Azria, an incredible empire. Joyce has branched off from her father’s legacy to start her own company inspired by a laid-back California style mixed with classic french roots. The company launched within about six months and is now in 200 Macy’s stores across the country. I was able to meet Joyce Azria and her team at her headquarters and showroom in Los Angeles. She and her team provided me with some incredible advice on how to make it in the fashion industry. I love this photo because it shows Avec Les Filles’ current collection but Joyce actually photobombed this picture.
One of the things on my LA Bucket List was to visit the LACMA Urban Light sculpture. CHECK.
I had never heard of Mark Zunino before going on my LA Study Tour, but I’m glad I do now. He is one of the last American couturiers. Mark Zunino designs one-of-a-kind wedding dresses, creates his own collections, and designs clothing for celebrities like Sophia Vergara, Katy Perry, Beyonce, etc. I fell in love with his gorgeous hand-beaded dresses, glamorous office space, and incredible illustrations he creates for his customer. In his office he has a whole wall of illustrations of designs he created for celebrities including Katy Perry and Julia Roberts. I felt as if I was living in a fairytale!
Chanel on Rodeo Drive:
Chanel has always been one of my favorite designers and while I’m not at a point in my life that I am able to purchase one of her incredible bags, I did make my first Chanel purchase. A red lipstick. Very classic and simple, but an item I will remember purchasing on Rodeo Drive, nonetheless. I loved this photo because you can see the shadow of a palm tree on the wall behind the iconic Chanel letters, something you can only get in Los Angeles.
Marciano Bros. Art Gallery:
The Marciano Brothers started the company Guess Jeans in 1981, which has since fallen into some pretty rough times. Although on a good note, the brothers started their own art gallery in an old Masonic temple. Let me just say…WOW. I am no art expert, but I absolutely adored this art gallery. I would have to say it was one of the best art galleries I’ve ever been to, because I wasn’t bored once. Sometimes art museums can be a bit of a drag, because I seriously don’t understand what a blue painted canvas means and I don’t want to have to figure it out on my own. I think all of the artwork in the gallery was interesting, and the only thing I didn’t understand was Ryan Trecartin’s film currently housed on the second floor. Bravo!
WALLS ON WALLS ON WALLS! I don’t know if it’s the blogger in me or what, but I just adore wall art. When I go to a new city the first thing I search is WALL ART. Melrose is the place for fashion and wall art. You can find the iconic angel wings, Paul Smith pink (now rainbow) wall, Made in LA wall, and this fun Girls Tour wall. I had a blast traveling from wall to wall with my friends taking pics all throughout the way.
Palm trees an iconic symbol of the Los Angeles lifestyle.
The most beautiful house I’ve ever seen located in the Hollywood Hills. The home overlooks the city of Los Angeles, which is why even the bedroom is made of glass walls. There is an outdoor pool, infinity tennis court, bedroom with walls that open, flat screen that drops from the ceiling, and personal club located on the property (read more later in the post). I could see myself living here, but unfortunately the house isn’t up for market, because it was sold to LACMA to be preserved as a work of art. The Sheats/Goldstein house was designed by John Lautner, a famous architect. I loved this picture, because it reminded me of something straight out of a magazine.
Once upon a time in a land far away… was a beautiful street lined with colorful stores enticing a young princess to enter, only to find the shoes of her dreams. While strolling she managed to fall into her Price Charming’s arms, living happily ever after. I am only joking (a little) but Rodeo Drive is a truly magical place with incredible merchandise from some of the best designers in the world like Dior, Chanel, and Gucci. Window shopping can be almost as fun as actually buying something (and better for your wallet). If you do have money to spend of designer goods, then what better place then Rodeo Drive to purchase some of the finer things in life.
Is it just me or does anyone else not mind traffic? Does this make me crazy? Now I am not an LA native, so I don’t get stuck in traffic everyday of my life, but when I do I don’t mind it. For me it’s a chance to relax, just listen to music, sing out loud, and stay present in the moment (after all you are literally stuck). My traffic songs of choice are probably from any Disney movie ever or maybe something country (which my college roommates got me hooked on).
AG JEANS Factory:
With “It Girl” (she hates to be referred to as such) Alexa Chung as brand ambassador and sustainable efforts in mind AG Jeans seem to be doing everything right. I was able to tour the AG Jeans factory while in Los Angeles which was a truly unique experience. Seeing the process of how fabric is cut, how garments are sewn, washed, dried, and finally how they make their way to the design floor was incredible. Typically companies don’t let you into their space to see the process of how their clothes are made. In a #FashionRevolution world where consumers are starting to demand companies show them who makes their clothing, companies like AG Jeans have an upper hand. I loved this photo, because it captures the finished project up close and personal where you can see all the detailing of the jeans.
Sunny LA Days:
Once the morning dreariness burns off to afternoon sun, one can finally capture a glimpse of the Los Angeles appeal. A gorgeous ocean awaits you with it’s sandy shore but chilling breeze. In the distance, a mountain range rises into the sky — beautiful and majestic. I love this photo because this was our first afternoon in Santa Monica with actual sunshine. My friends and I headed straight to the beach for a quick photoshoot, even though it was still a rather chilly day.
When do you have the chance to visit a place where Rihanna had her birthday party? A place where hundreds of celebrities stood with a view of all of Los Angeles. Probably never, right? Well I had the opportunity to take a peak inside Club James owned by James Goldstein, a multi-millionaire, whose club just happens to be located on his property. Truthfully, I had never stepped inside a club before, so even though I was there during the day it was an insane experience. A spot for nighttime craziness and activity, during the day it’s very tame and bright. With windows spanning from one side of the club to the other, light pours into Club James exposing the concrete jungle. I loved this picture because it captured the logo of Club James as well as the door that leads to a miraculous view of Los Angeles and James’ office.
The Getty Center:
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow,” – Audrey Hepburn. A quote that truly captures the magic of all that a garden can be. The Getty Center has some magnificent artwork, but I believe their greatest masterpiece is their gardens created by Robert Irwin. In the center of the garden lies a beautiful labyrinth surrounded by water. Arbors entangled with an array of florals surround the outside of the labyrinth slightly raised. You are enveloped in a sea of flowers and greens almost as if you are in a secret garden. Then you can follow a path up to a higher platform with structures faintly resembling baobab trees adorned with flowers instead of leaves. Leading up to the museum structures is a path of bridges with a flowing stream underneath them. While my descriptions don’t do it justice, I highly recommend you check out the Getty gardens.
Tell me about your own LA Story in the comments.