…and on it.
This year for my birthday, I decided to give myself a few hours Off The Leash, so said “d*mn the torpedoes!” and took a vacation day away from the office. I checked in with Sandra Sallin (Apart From My Art) who is always fun and delightful company, and luckily for me, she was able to clear her calendar for some breakfast and a bit of flaneurie around West Hollywood.
Sandra showed up looking fabulous and chic in an all-black outfit with a charcoal poncho (which sets off her gorgeous silver hair) and great jewelry. And this fabulous vintage cat bag, which everyone from waiters to sales associates to baristas to random people on the street went gaga over.
We started off in the morning at The Ivy, which can be a bit of a “scene” for lunch and dinner, but is pretty mellow for a late breakfast. We both ordered the Huevos Rancheros, which were excellent and hearty enough to keep the glass of champagne from going too much to our heads!
Some little birdie told the waiter that it was my birthday 😉 so this arrived at the table…
No, that isn’t a welding torch, though you could have fooled me! The desserts were delicious, but we barely made a dent after that filling breakfast.
Well fortified, we hit the streets. As we were just a block away from the Eileen Fisher store, we had to go check out what was new.
Sandra tried on a few things including this linen jacket, which looked AMAZING on her. She tried two sizes and decided she liked the slouchier effect of the larger size and I agreed.
Next stop was Melrose Place (the actual street, not the 90’s TV show), one of LA’s Cool Brand Epicenters. Sandra introduced me to Violet Gray where we explored their “curated” selection of cosmetics, and I left with the RMS Beauty “Un-Cover-Up,” which works as both a concealer and spot foundation. Lately I’ve found that all-over foundation is just overkill, so have been using the Revision Intellishade, and the RMS works nicely on the areas that are prone to redness (nose, chin) and just need a little extra coverage. I like that the packaging is portable and travel-friendly, and the ingredients organic!
This gorgeous succulent garden in front of the Isabel Marant boutique is apparently a popular style blogger Instagram spot. Not to be outdone…
We perused some of the tony shops: Isabel Marant, Chloé, Vince (where we had an interesting conversation with one sales associate about the decline in quality over the last few seasons, the return of founders Rea and Christopher as creative consultants, and the anticipated improvements in quality and design with the fall collection), Bottega Veneta (the Melrose Place store has a lighter, more modern and less staid vibe than their other locations, and more home decor) and finally to Zero + Maria Cornejo, a boutique I’ve been wanting to visit for some time. I’ve seen a few of their pieces worn on other style blogs and once on a red carpet (can’t remember who/where) and the aesthetic appealed to me. Edgier and a little more architectural than Eileen Fisher, but still wearable.
The sales associate Felix* pulled several pieces for me to try. He warned me right off not to judge the garments by how they looked on the hanger, and he was right. Though I didn’t like everything he suggested, there were a couple of items that I LOVED on me, and one of those was something I’d initially rejected when I saw it on the hanger.
We wandered a little more, stopped for a coffee, and then said our goodbyes. Thank you again, Sandy, for a really splendid birthday!
*If you plan to visit this boutique on Melrose Place, ask for Felix. He really knows the merchandise and fashion in general, and was SO helpful and fun to talk to!
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