Friday, March 6, 2009
JSG is debating our next girls' getaway. Hope wants to head down to Mexico, while Annie is lobbying for Los Angeles, specifically, West Hollywood. Here's her reasons why:
I love going to L.A. because it's a complete 180 from New York, where I live. I always admire the way the girls dress on the West Coast--they wear so much more color and mix patterns in a way that's fun and relaxed, yet totally works. It feels so much more expressive than the all black or gray colors women in New York make their uniform. Rachel Bilson (above) epitomizes that look for me.
When I go to L.A., I usually stay in West Hollywood, because it's near all the amazing shopping--it's like walking through all the advertisements in Vogue. A few of my faves are Paul Smith (below), Ron Herman, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Me & Ro and Mulberry. They're all along the same stretch of Melrose Ave and Place for those of you who think L.A's not walkable. Also in that same area are a few amazing salons: Warren Tricomi and Serge Normant at John Frieda or the nearby newly opened Andy LeCompte salon. (We've been fans of Andy's ever since he let us look in his carry on.) I'm also a devotee of the red carpet-ready facials at Kate Somerville. Or shop in the Design District and Robertson Blvd where you'll find Alberta Ferretti, Stella McCartney, Chrome Hearts and Kitson.
As for hotels, there are the old standbys along the Sunset Strip: Sunset Towers, the Mondrian and The Standard (though last time I stayed there, the service was terrible. Still, can't beat the view from the pool.). I'm looking forward to checking out The London and the new Andaz Hotel. It's the first branch in the country of the new hipper line of hotels from Hyatt and once was the storied Continental Hyatt House where Robert Plant, Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison used to get into trouble. And did I mention all the above hotels have fab bars and restaurants, so you don't even have to drive at night? That's a key selling point for this taxi-loving New Yorker.
There's plenty of delish food to be had, too. For some reason, I inevitably end up eating at Katana for sushi. A visit to the new Gordon Ramsey restaurant at The London is a definite must.
Have I convinced you yet, Hope?
Update: Gordon Ramsey has reportedly sold his restaurant at The London. Hope it's still deserving of that star!