Los Angeles so far

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I landed in L.A. at 8:30-ish Sunday morning, having left New York at 5:30, which is something I will never do again, because apparently I can’t sleep on planes anymore. So I proceeded from the airport to my hotel for the first half on my stay, the (rather lovely) Silver Lake Pool & Inn, where I passed out on a lounge chair by the pool till it was time for check-in.

I wandered around in a zombie-like haze for the rest of Sunday, then slept like a rock and in the morning, got together with my dear friend Robin (above). She and I worked together at Lucky, where she was a rising star publicist, and we used to travel together for parties and events in other cities,  and when we did, we invariably shopped. When I come out to L.A., she always makes time to take me around, and Monday she turned up with a printed out list of all the places we might hit.

Our first stop was Just One Eye,  the kind of cavernous, beautiful, art-filled, and very pricey store that seems ideally suited for L.A. It was full of pieces by big name designers and brands I’d never seen before too, and the sensibility reminded me just a little bit of the Milan super-boutique 10 Corso Como.  The staff was super-sweet and helpful—which is something I always appreciate in a store where I can’t afford a thing.

I went mildly nuts for this diamond and sapphire ring, which exceeds the GOACA price limit by a rather good bit. I don’t think it looks quite as amazing here as it does in person—it’s just really stunning. Amazingly, it fit me, which never happens when I’m trying on rings, but I hightailed it on out of there before I could even consider pulling the trigger.

Next, we went to Melrose Place, which is a real street: a tiny one that used to be lined with antique stores, but is now full of  luxe brands like The Row, Chloe, and Isabel Marant. We went to the Rachel Comey store because I coveted the jumpsuit Robin was wearing, and  Reader, I bought it.

 

I also—in a fairly uncharacteristic move—bought these big old statement-y Rachel Comey earrings. I haven’t worn anything this big in my ears since the 80s, but I’m very much digging them.

I did not purchase but did try on these mules, which were deeply comfortable and pretty cute. But even though I am working through my aversion to the color brown, I find the notion of brown footwear to still be a bridge too far.

I’d never been to the L.A. Zero+Maria Cornejo, which is also on Melrose Place, because I try not to go to stores in other cities that we have in New York. But we were right there, and I was a little curious, so in we went. What a gorgeous, light-filled, lovely place.

This GOACA price-limit-exceeding leather  jacket caught my eye, but again,  I left before any real damage could be done.

Next, Robin thought it might be of interest to me—from a purely anthropological perspective, of course—to check out the new Westfield Century City mall, which is supposed to be the fanciest mall in America. It really is rather something, a sparkling clean, mostly-outdoors shopper’s paradise that has a caviar kiosk instead of an Orange Julius.

We kicked around the main floor of Nordstrom for a bit, checking out some crazy-pricey Gucci sneakers that Robin (correctly) remarked looked a lot like Skechers, and made our way to the beauty department, which is self-serve, like at Sephora. I am all for this beauty self-serve model, and believe that more department stores should follow Nordstrom’s lead (or maybe they already do?) I seem to make a habit of always buying lip color when I’m away, who knows why, and this time around, I went for Laura Mercier’s Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick—the shade is called Fatale, and, like all of my lipsticks, it is berryish in hue and very, very matte.

The next day, I hung out with my cousin Ben, who I love like a brother. We dined on lunch here (and spied Ruth Reichl  at a neighboring table, which made us feel good about our restaurant choice). Afterward we stopped in to a cute store I’ve heard about called The Odells, which sells stuff for men and women.

I purchased this light blue button-down and am wearing it even as I type.

And I didn’t purchase, but did sort of love this blouse, which is the type of piece I always buy on vacation when I get caught up in the energy and aesthetic of wherever I’m visiting.

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30 Thoughts on Los Angeles so far
    Tara
    20 Feb 2020
    12:52am

    That Rachel Comey jumpsuit is outstanding. Hope you are having a great time in L.A.! I lived there a million years ago in the Hollywood Hills and have so many amazing memories of my time there. I am enjoying following along vicariously!

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      LJIS
      25 Feb 2020
      12:45am

      I live there now! Hi!

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    Praleen
    19 Feb 2020
    10:03pm

    How was the meetup? I’m so curious (jealous) and would love to hear abt it!

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      Kim France
      20 Feb 2020
      5:39pm

      I was so grateful to the readers who came out for the meetup! It was a small but enthusiastic crowd, and we had a fun visit. Sadly, I don’t think there are any photos.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      20 Feb 2020
      12:29pm

      And photos, please!

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    Rae
    19 Feb 2020
    3:52pm

    Love your purchases — all of them. And fun to shop vicariously through you : )
    Funny that you mention not being able to wear brown shoes as I ONLY seem to be able to wear brown shoes. I wear boots, knee high or bootie, in cognac or chocolate brown almost every day. But how to style black boots? I have a couple of beautiful pairs and I only put them on with long skirts of black tights. Black boots with denim, in any color, always reads too ’90’s to me (on me). Any advice appreciated!

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    Tanya Hahni
    19 Feb 2020
    4:12pm

    This is a wonderful post! I love all your picks and I appreciate the reveal of camping out on a lounge chair until check-in time; that is the type of authenticity I’m here for. Enjoy the rest of your time, I look forward to hearing more about your finds! If you find yourself on the northeast side of town I wholly recommend Koi Loungewear in Sierra Madre.

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    D
    19 Feb 2020
    3:21pm

    I was surprised that there was no mention of Rachel Comey during your last podcast. I have that jumper in a sage green and bought the black a few weeks ago. I also have a few great jeans and her sweatshirts. But one definitely needs to try her clothes on as they all fit so differently! I’m currently eyeing her sneakers:)

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    themis
    20 Feb 2020
    7:43pm

    Rae, I get the wearing brown shoe thing, because when you have brown hair, and you don’t grow up in a ‘black clothes and black jacket and black shoes, tiny pop of color or graphic somewhere, ALWAYS’ city, the brown shoes offer up a certain kind of symmetry to bookend your look. Hair and shoes match-ish; works with any color dress, nearly. I have to be wearing mostly all black or black-and-white prints to reach for black shoes over any other color. For me, I wear a lot of travel colors, like navy and charcoal and camel, and my shoes are usually something colorful, contrasting, or metallic. I have black boots that hit at the top of the knee and black booties and black pumps, and I love all of them with white denim.

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      Rae
      21 Feb 2020
      9:30am

      Themis, thanks for your reply! You nailed the issues I have – brown hair so brown shoes balance and I live in a mountain / college town so “urban” can look very dressed up and out of place here. Brown leather softens everything, even a mostly black outfit. I’ll try mixing my black shoes in with some white…

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    c.w.
    20 Feb 2020
    4:50pm

    Just getting to see this post (whenever I pulled up GOACA I just got old posts––this has happened before, but you know that). Love hearing about your adventures! Robin has gorgeous skin and is beautiful to boot! That white leather jacket is outstanding, but I’d get crayon marks on it as soon as I wore it out of the store and I don’t own any crayons. But that blue button up may be hanging in my closet soon! So glad you are having a fun time and getting to shop LA style. Will we hear about the gathering on the 17th with photos?

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    liz
    20 Feb 2020
    3:46pm

    Robin’s skin is beautiful She looks like she is 22.
    Love the earrings.

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    Gilli
    20 Feb 2020
    2:50pm

    I left LA a year ago and the 1st place I go when I visit is Century City Mall it’s the place I miss the most! Along with Montana Avenue. Also the Rachel
    Comey Mules come in black FYI!

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    BT
    20 Feb 2020
    1:28pm

    I take it you didn’t say hi to Ruth Reichl? After listening to your most recent podcast, I have a feeling you and Ruth would have plenty to talk about …

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    Mamavalveeta03
    20 Feb 2020
    12:28pm

    Ooo! Love that jumpsuit and button-down. I’d expect no less from you, of course. I’m curious about your ”brown shoe phobia” – why do you think that is? I guess in some ways, I think of beaten up brown shoes as the purview of ministers and poor politicians, so, I get it. And how about Robin’s glowing skin? Is that an LA secret?

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    IT
    20 Feb 2020
    11:21am

    Kismet is the best. And I generally don’t go to restaurants where the parking is that bad.

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    Viajera
    20 Feb 2020
    11:30am

    I am glad you are being so well looked after – I want LA to make a good showing. … Luckily when they refreshed the Century City mall, they kept the See’s Candy. I just finished one yesterday. … I am sorry you couldn’t sleep on the plane. … So, about the ring. It *is* lovely. There is such a mystique to marketing. I am not sure what to wish for, perhaps somehow it will make its way in your direction. If we got everything we want, would that be good or bad? It might be nice to find out. Ha. … I don’t understand a short sleeve jumpsuit, but it is *very* cute. Good for you! (stimulate that economy) … And I reeeeally like the blouse – it solves that whole tucking issue. And I like the green print one too. Am I becoming open-minded???

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    Doyenne
    20 Feb 2020
    11:34am

    Love all your picks–soooo wish I could look good in the Comey coveralls. That photo of the Westfield Century City Mall reminded me of Cher Horowitz and now I need to re-watch “Clueless” for the 1,000th time. 🙂

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    MaryAlice
    20 Feb 2020
    11:47am

    I do hope you are enjoying your stay – Like V, I want LA to make a good showing. We’re getting really gorgeous weather for February! Keep us updated on your adventures.

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    Betsy Palmer
    20 Feb 2020
    11:16am

    I spied the COS store in the mall picture and it reminded me that I wanted your and the community’s take on the brand. We don’t have a store but I intend to visit one shortly because I’ve heard and seen really good things. Please weigh in.
    BTW-all you stuff looks great.

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      Mouse
      22 Feb 2020
      7:10am

      I love COS, but always want to try on in an actual store before buying unless it’s meant to be very oversized. Many things tend to be narrow in the shoulders/arms/bust and then flare out below; not good if you’re big on top. But they really hit a nice spot of basic-but-designed, and the things I’ve bought have held up well.

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      Jeanne
      20 Feb 2020
      12:22pm

      It’s my best friend’s favorite brand and we visit cos every time she’s in town (otherwise she orders online). The lines have a modern European or Japanese aesthetic to me and most items have a slight style twist which makes it fun. The quality seems good especially for the price. She likes that the style feels more adult and doesn’t focus on being tight and body conscious. However she reports the arms tend to run a bit small (and she’s thin). For me the fit is hit or miss on my body type but I enjoy going into the store for a peek. A side piece of info, Cos is owned by H&M.

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      Kimbersam
      20 Feb 2020
      12:26pm

      I like their aesthetic and have two or three of their pieces. Quality and fit wise I would say they are very up and down–like their owners H&M’s clothing–although COS is considered more upscale. From a sustainability, paying fair wages and ethical manufacturing practice standpoint, I don’t think they are great. But neither is another company everyone loves that rhymes with Beverlane.

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      Lynne
      20 Feb 2020
      11:46am

      I visited the mall a week ago, and it is amazing and a bit overwhelming. I spent some time in COS, the fabrics are beautiful, I love the aesthetic and the price point is very reasonable for the quality. I didn’t buy anything, I tried, but my rule is I have to love it and want to wear it out of the store, but I will be back!

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      Betsy Palmer
      26 Feb 2020
      11:23am

      Thanks for the COS feedback everyone.

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    Jen
    21 Feb 2020
    8:53pm

    I am swooning over that jumpsuit! It’s incredible. I’m officially on the search to find a lower priced dupe if anyone knows of one!

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      ramonaquimby
      23 Feb 2020
      10:27am

      What about this one from Lacausa? Short sleeve but alas no zipper. Their stuff is pretty well cut and made and much much cheaper than Rachel Comey https://www.lacausaclothing.com/collections/featured/products/milwood-jumpsuit-pink

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        Jen
        24 Feb 2020
        4:06pm

        That’s lovely! It looks quite similar to the Rachel Comey one. Thanks for the recommendation!

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