Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Downtown Los Angeles Guide

A perk of living on the East side? Downtown Los Angeles. It is unlike any other place in this sprawling city. DTLA mixes the old with the new- with its historical architetucre, vibrant restaurant + bar scene, and constantly growing skyline. When I moved back to California, I knew I would miss the walkability of urban East Coast cities. Thankfully DTLA gives me a punch of inspiration whenever I am craving the busy city life. Below is a list of my all-time favorite things to see + do. (Ok not all of them, but that list would be too long). 

Upstairs Bar @ The Ace Hotel - I have celebrated many occasions at this urban rooftop oasis. This bar has sweeping skyline views, Moroccans inspired interiors, and hip-pool side service. Food curated from the brilliant chef's of LA Chapter. Whenever someone visits me from out of town, this is the bar I take them for a drink. 

Ledlow- Little sister to the classic Baco Mercat (Owned by Josef Centeno), it continues to be a perfect brunch spot. The white + black interiors are effortlessly chic. I love their avocado toast, mimosa service, and croissan'wich. When I want to feel a little more upscale without killing my budget, I head here. 

Last Book Store- The largest used and new book in California. The name is meant to be ironic, as book stores continue to die out in this digital world. Located on the historical Spring Street, this spot has helped revitalize DTLA. Whenever I want a hardcopy book, I will make the trek vs ordering online. Shop Small people- especially as the holidays near. 

The Original Los Angeles Flower Market - When I want to make a floral arrangement for my house, I always go to this market. A staple for the best vendors with local seasonal flowers. Make sure to wake up early- the all-stars and professionals get there right at 8am opening. 

BS Taqueria - Margaritas and tacos that are perfect before a night out. I love the colorful interiors which match the boldness of flavor found in each plate. Owner and Chef, Ray Garcia is born and raised in LA- the city's rich culture and tradition definitely influenced the crafting of this restaurant. 

Bottega Louie- Ok, I have a major sweet tooth. Combine my love for dessert with gorgeous marble counter tops and pastel colored macarons- how can I stay away? Everyone loves Bottega Louie- and we can thank it for the revitalization of the restaurant district in DTLA. 

Cole's + Philippe's- So if you want to know about LA history, you must know about the French Dip debate. Philippe's and Cole's both say that they were the first to create this sandwich in the early 1900's. My stance- If you want the authentic thing go to Philippe's. If you want a cool dinner out go to Cole's. Cole's speak easy bar Varnish has the best pickle back shots in the city (That's whiskey and pickle juice. Delicious I promise). 

Virgo Downtown- Personally, I think LA has some of the best vintage shopping in the country. Cool girls in town search for worn in denim and vintage tees. Add Virgo to your list when scouting for unique pieces. (Also might be biased because virgo is my sign..)

I am currently obsessed with my Lack of Colour hat from Shop Resurrection. This hat has become a Fall staple in my wardrobe. I love the keyhole neckline trend (I styled it here as well). The sleeves are cool with the longer hem, that adds a vintage touch. The Jeffrey Campbell booties elevate the look, making me feel taller and confident. (Also really digging suede even if they are pain to maintain). 
H&M Blouse, Topshop Denim, Jeffrey Campbell Boots, Lack of Colour Hat from Shop Resurrection
Elle Jay Backpack, 'We the Female' Opi Nail 
Myy Jeraffi Los Angeles photographer @myyjeraffi


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