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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.

 

VISIT

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.

Getty Museum

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.

 

EAT

On a sunny street corner in Old Pasedena, Copa Vida is the perfect meeting place (there's no wifi, so real conversations only) and the brunch food is phenomenal. It has a great neighbourhood vibe to it and they make their own bread daily! Copa Vida founder Steven gave us a warm welcome, a tasting of their artisan teas and coffees, and a sample of the menu.

 

This place is always busy and has a buzzy atmosphere and makes the most of fresh Californian produce. The cheese selection is heaven and I loved the warm octopus salad. Open all day, seven days a week. 

 

 

SHOP

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.

 

EXPERIENCE

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.

 

 

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