AllSaints jacket, Nasty Gal dress, Coach boots, H&M hat, Saint Laurent bag, Michael Kors watch
During the week, I like to maintain a minimal look: naturally tousled hair, an easy dress with a hat accessory and a pair of moto-inspired boots. With showroom visits, meetings, and events happening often during a normal week, I often go for this pair, a modern style from Coach, complete in strikingly smooth black suede (my favorite texture for autumn!) and with a chunky, stacked heel. It's easy and comfortable without sacrificing chic, you know?
Because sometimes our weekdays can get a little hectic, I want to share some of my must-dos with Nylon and Coach to get through the week a little easier. Here are some of my favorite weekday activities in LA:
1. Picnic and show at the Hollywood Bowl: There are so many events happening at the Bowl every week so there's always something to choose from no matter what day of the week it is. The neat thing about the Hollywood Bowl, though, is the fact that they allow show goers to bring in their own food and libations. Essentially you can have yourself a picnic and enjoy a show with a few friends or your significant other – how many other venues allow you to do that?
2. After hours at the Ace Hotel rooftop: The Ace Hotel is one of the newest additions to downtown LA, and the vibe is very trendy, relaxed cool. The rooftop provides a great view of the city, complete with carefully crafted libations, a pool, and Navajo-print pillows and ceilings. Not sure if there is a more perfect place for a mid-week refresh.
3. Morning fuel at the Daily Dose Cafe in the Arts District: Catch up on work, munch on some of the best sandwiches you can find in LA, and energize with a mean cup of coffee. I usually order “The Guildsmith” or “The Farmer” and the Dirty Chai (iced chai with espresso and almond milk), or Mocha Nutella. Daily Dose is tucked in an alleyway, between two brick-covered walls adorned with vines galore.
AllSaints jacket, Nasty Gal dress, Coach boots, H&M hat, Saint Laurent bag, Michael Kors watch
Three Floor vest, A.L.C. top, Current/Elliott shorts, Botkier bag, Elizabeth and James sunglasses, Coach boots
My weekends are usually dedicated to three things: brunch, libations and sun. No matter what I’m doing though, I am almost always in my go-to black Coach boots, as they are versatile enough to transition from day time and night time activities. Whether I’m dressing up for a nice dinner or meandering by the coast, find me in these chunky suede boots.
In collaboration with Coach and Nylon, I've shared some places to visit and things to do around LA on weekends:
1. Dinner and cocktails at Bestia, finishing the night at EightyTwo: I like to kick off the weekend with a great dinner and delicious cocktails. Not only does Bestia serve some of the best dishes around LA (their bone marrow with gnochetti and octopus salad are to die for), it encompasses a laidback chic atmosphere and plays a solid set of 90s R&B that'll bring a wave of nostalgia. Heading to EightyTwo, a bar-cade, after dinner will continue right with that flow, with restored vintage arcade and pinball machines and a fully stocked bar. Both places are a perfect way to start Friday evening, either with friends or on a date.
2. Hiking at Runyon Canyon and refueling at Square One Dining for brunch: Located in mid-city LA, Runyon Canyon is a popular spot for weekend physical activity. I find that Runyon is most crowded Sunday mornings before the brunch rush, but it's still fun. Dog lovers will love both Runyon and Square One, as there are usually plenty of furry friends running around and in the patio area, respectively. As for brunching, you can find arguably one of the best French toasts at Square One Dining. It's just a few miles away from Runyon and usually crowded but so worth the wait. Not only is their toast perfect (thick brioche, steamy and sweetened and glazed just right), they’ve got a great selection of omelettes and eggs benedict. I personally always have to order their Salmon Eggs Benedict (lox under poached egg, atop frisée and their potato hash). Complete with a delicious iced vanilla latte (sourced from Intelligentsia, with real vanilla beans) or a fresh young Thai coconut, brunch at Square One trumps most other spots in LA.
3. Brunch at Gjelina, stroll through Abbott Kinney and then finishing the weekend off with a sunset at Venice Beach: Abbott Kinney and Venice are synonymous with all things weird but cool. Strolling through Abbott Kinney there is plenty of distraction – several passersby, food trucks, specialty boutiques, and the list goes on. At one end of Abbott Kinney you'll find Gjelina, one of the most highly regarded restaurants of LA. Though I don't think there is ever a time that Gjelina is NOT overflowing with people waiting for a table, it is definitely worth trying to brave the crowd for. The food tastes hearty and home-cooked, with an extensive and excellent list of cocktails and wines to boot. Finish the day off at Venice Beach and catch a sunset against SoCal palms.
Sabi layered dress, Nasty Gal cropped knit, Botkier mini satchel, Rag & Bone hat, Coach boots, Stella and Bow necklace
Welcoming the autumnal equinox with uneven layers and a little black bag. As are most girls, I'm always excited about fall fashion for the ability to layer and don a new bag for the year. I just feel like bag accessories were made for autumn, you know? This leather cross body from Botkier is my go-to at the moment - it's perfectly sized to carry just enough of the essentials and amped up with gold hardware. I'm still all about the cross body and the shape could not be more ideal for getting on the fall grind.
Rag & Bone hat, UO skirt, Isabel Marant boots, Balenciaga bag, AE belt, Jennifer Zeuner bangle, Soko wrap bracelet
Black wool felt hat, white button up and a black skirt with western ankle boots... never tired of this look and moreover, I don't think being clad in black and white will ever overwhelm or underwhelm me. It's like second skin being on either side of the spectrum. Shop my favorite colors here:
StyleSaint lace top (and silk top under), Jennifer Kate skirt, Proenza Schouler PS11 mini, RAEN sunglasses, Luv AJ ring, Phyllis and Rosie double cuff, Wanderlust + Co. rings
It's still feeling quite summery here with rose-colored accessories, lace over cropped tops, and high waisted skirts. I don't think I've ever met a suede skirt I didn't like, but this one from Jennifer Kate might be the best yet. If I could I would hoard all the colors available because the waist, subtle scallop hemming and zipper make this one perfect. I'm looking to bring the skirt into fall (cannot come sooner) with a leather coat or snuggling it under a mock-neck, oversized knit. For now with the days consistently reaching over ninety degrees, I'll stick with my favorite, barely-there clothing articles from StyleSaint. It's a no-brainer, like ice cream in this weather.
Madewell top, Asilio skirt, Isabel Marant shoes, Palethorp backpack, Luv AJ cuff and ring, Stella & Bow cuff
Climbed down to the edge of a hill for a view of the sprawl right before catching dinner... sometimes the flatness of LA can feel a bit lackluster, but there's also something comforting about being able to see how far it spans when you're just a speck in the middle of it. It's a shame the sun is setting earlier and earlier as September progresses, but I can't say I'm not excited for my favorite season to come. As it is almost always a time of intense reflection for me, I'm welcoming it with open arms.
The Brow Gal scissors
I get a lot of questions about how I maintain my brows and where I get them 'done' pretty often. Brows are huge (literally) right now and I'm so glad we've ditched the unnervingly thin eyebrows circa early 2000s. More on the filling and shading part, but since then I've let them grow into their natural shape/form. I've tried threading a couple of times for upkeep but I don't like the feeling and I'm rather lazy even making the trip. To save myself the money and time, I use this wondrous little thing from The Brow Gal. Not only is it precise, the scissors are compact and light and surprisingly easy to use- you can definitely maintain your shape and keep the tiny strays away as long as you don't mind using it often (I usually trim every other three days). In addition to convenience, this saves your eyebrow hairs from being over plucked, which is a good thing for the serious brow lover. Thought I'd share!
AE denim overalls, H&M top, Lucky Brand boots
Labor Day Weekend went down in quite a bit of Bud, denim, and sunshine. My girlfriend Trang and I spent the official last weekend of summer roving through the streets closed off for Made In America, enjoying the first-ever music festival held in DTLA. In an attempt to save my skin from tanning any more than it did while in Jamaica, I wore a pair of high-rise denim legging from AE on the first day and a pair of dark stretch overalls on the second day. Yeah, sounds kinda crazy with it being a 90-degree weekend but I was comfy and on-the-go, I hardly even noticed.
After sharing some of my styling tips for autumn to press/media at the festival, I was off to bask in the music. I know Kanye and Imagine Dragons were the big 'liners of MIA but I was mostly stoked to see Weezer. "Perfect Situation" = sent a wave of nostalgia over me.
Grabbed some shrimp and mushroom tacos from Guisados, which also just opened on Spring St., not too far from where MIA was held. PSA: if you're a fan of horchata, you have to have to have to get it at Guisados. (Side note, they also offer it with a splash of espresso!)
So happy to have wrapped up my festival-centric summer at MIA catching Capital Cities, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, John Mayer and Kanye and meeting new people. My favorite moments had to have been Spence of Capital Cities absolutely killing it with the trumpet and John Mayer doing his thing, interchanging instruments- what a talented dude. Thanks AE!