Today I’m delighted to be cross-posting with Janice of The Vivienne Files! We thought it would be fun to build travel wardrobes for a Labor Day weekend getaway in each of our respective cities. (Chicago for her, Los Angeles for me.) Janice does some amazing things with creating mix-and-match wardrobes so I’m really looking forward to seeing what she puts together.
I also wanted to make good on a long-standing promise to address reader requests for a travel wardrobe with skirts rather than pants. I’ve used midi-length skirts and a maxi-dress for this exercise, but you could easily substitute other lengths to suit your preferences. Also, because LA is such a huge area with dozens of microclimates, I’ve focused on one area: the westside, close to the coast. That means though the days may be warm, it tends to cool down somewhat in the evenings. I’ve tried to select pieces that can dress up if needed, at least to the degree we Angelenos will. 😉
You can click on links in the image caption above to see the individual pieces. I’ve added some accessories in the wardrobe mixes below, will add those links in the captions.
The Getty Center. This is more than just a museum. See some exhibits, listen to a concert, have some lunch, admire the architecture, wander through the spectacular gardens. If it’s a clear day, the view is amazing in all directions. Plus you get a tram ride. 🙂
Stroll Palisades Park in Santa Monica at sunset. Wander through 3rd Street Promenade and catch some of the great (and not so great) street performers. Stop for drinks and a bite al fresco at one of the many eateries in the area with outdoor seating.
If art’s your thing, head over to the thriving Culver City Arts District and explore the galleries, then enjoy a late lunch at Father’s Office. For one of the most unusual museum experiences ever, check out the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Or if dinner and a movie is more your speed, try some of the delectable cocktails and dishes at The Wallace (one of our faves, reservations recommended) and then walk two blocks to the Arclight (newly remodeled) and catch a flick. If the night is still young, stop in for a nightcap at the bar in the historic Culver Hotel (open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights). This is where the actors playing the Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz stayed during the filming, and reportedly held some wild and racy parties!
Before you leave town, you’ll want to be sure to have breakfast at Huckleberry Cafe. Go early to avoid long lines, but even if you have to wait, it’s worth it.
See Janice’s Chicago wardrobe here.
Do you have any getaway plans for the Labor Day weekend?
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