Travel Guide: LA with Michelle
Posted on 20 October 2016
Our Creative Director, Michelle shares her tips for Los Angeles.
I've always believed the great weather (I mean people) make a place. I think LA is a perfect example of this. I'm convinced it's the Californian sun. The clear blue skies are just wonderful, people are warm and chatty and you can't help but notice that everyone seems to be fit and happy. Here are my recommendations.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
Huntington Botanical Gardens. It's part of The Huntington, a research facility that includes a library of rare books and extensive art collections. Try as I may, I couldn't cover all sixteen of their gardens. Start with their Desert Garden, Japanese Garden and Chinese 'Liu Fang Yuen' Garden.
I discovered Intelligentsia Coffee in Abbot Kinney last year, a sunny coffee laboratory where they roast their own beans, and now it's my go to when I'm in town. Go there for fresh brews and be surrounded by creative types.
The museum houses a large collection of art, visual arts exhibitions and performances. The gorgeous structure and gardens sit on a hill top overlooking LA.
Go to Anthropologie and shop as much as their House & Home section as you can fit in your luggage. Pray you don't go over your baggage allowance. Plan menu for dinner party
Make your own candy bento box at Sugarfina. They're Champagne gummy bears are a must.
Burro for great curation of local designers, stationary and books.
Warby Parker's first store in Venice.
You'll need at least one full day to cover the all the ground at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. Retail therapy satisfied for the next decade.
Leave the relative hustle and bustle of LA for Orange County, for the weekend. I stayed at Monarch Beach Resort, a gorgeous hillside sanctuary. You can relax and work on your tan, have spa and wellness treatments, or if you're adventurous, go on their outdoor adventures.