My love for Los Angeles started a long time ago when I went to a summer college there. The sunshine, the easy lifestyle, the friendly people, have fascinated me from the early start. The prejudices concerning the Californian city are multifarious, of course you have many people working in “the industry” and the plastic surgeries are higher per capita there than anywhere else. Yes, and the traffic is horrendous and I am scared of earthquakes.
However, there’s so much more to this metropolis that people don’t understand unless they immerse themselves in it. In summer 2010, I rented a house in Beverly Hills and spent two months there, long-time readers of Sandras’ Closet might remember. When the day came to fly back to Europe, I didn’t want to leave. Los Angeles has a mix of people, trends, fashion, nationalities, and industries that you can’t find anywhere else.
Therefore I was so happy when Montblanc invited me to come to Los Angeles to live the Oscar experience and to attend their “Signature for Good” 2013 charity brunch. When I landed at LAX, my heart started already jumping for joy. But enough of my love letter. So, what follows is my list of a few of my favorite things to do and see in Los Angeles.
Me in front of the Montblanc boutique on the famous Rodeo Drive.
At Opening Ceremony, one of my favourite shops.
Fred Segal’s perfume store is gigantic.
Shopping like the locals on Robertson Boulevard. (For a detailed Los Angeles shopping guide, please click here).
Also home to my favourite restaurant for lunch: The well-known Ivy, a hot spot to see many celebrities.
Have an Ivy Sunday, so yummy!
Great for dinner: Cecconi’s
Girls just wanna have fun: Tea time at American Girl Place.
A must-see: Disneyland
The famous star handprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre have to be on your sightseeing list…
… along with Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame.
At Venice Beach, you can enjoy the lively boardwalk with a crazy and colorful crowd. From rollerscaters, artists, palm readers and street dancers, to performers and vendors of any sort. It is also home to the iconic “Muscle Club” – an outdoor gym where bodybuilders shape their bodies under the sun. Arnold Schwarzenegger used to go there.
My list could go on and on… my favourite hotel is by the way the Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.
If I had a wish granted from the fairy…? I would love to live in such a fabulous Beverly Hills mansion. It doesn’t hurt to dream.
Thank you, Montblanc, for having me brought back to this fab city!
Bye-bye L.A., I will surely be back soon…