California Dreaming

Things were heating up over here at S|LC when another amazing opportunity came our way. With a million things on our plate, there were times of doubt – but our can-do approach spoke louder than ever and off our Creative Director Louisa Curtis went to Mexico for a little break (can we still call it a break if she’s on her emails every day? More on that later…).

While the team set out to hold down the fort here at the S|LC HQ in Melbourne with a Net-a-Porter event in the works, Louisa set off to quirky little Zacatecas for what turned out to be an amazing Mexican wedding. With another few stops along the way (think Tulum and LA – yes Tulum AND LA), Louisa returned after two weeks full of stories to tell and creative inspiration. In this post, we share some of it with you as well as some of her amazing tips of places to go and see if you’re lucky enough to be heading that way any time soon. We’ll start with LA and you’ll have to stay tuned for Part. 2 which will be all things Tulum! 

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Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood – you could easily miss the entrance if you weren’t looking for it, but as good Melbournians we all know some of the best secrets are hidden away and hard to find. Go up a tucked away set of stairs and you’ll find yourself in the lobby of one of the most amazing hotels LA has to offer. With a private rooftop that includes an amazing restaurant, a salt water pool and a fire deck with 360 views of the city, we could not recommend this place enough.

The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard – needs no introduction for those who intend to splurge, as this iconic hotel and its décor are nothing short of breathtaking. Just type in The Beverly Hills hotel on Pinterest and your screen will turn to a perfect combination of pink and green that will have you rushing to start your next holiday savings fund.

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The Tower Bar & Restaurant at the Sunset Tower Hotel – it will be very hard to stop the urge to photograph every inch of the old Hollywood glam interior, however two rules must be strictly adhered to here: no phone calls and no photographs. This should give you an idea of who you might run into, think Lionel Richie and Jack Nicholson. So put your phone away for the night and dig into the chicken pot pie with a glass of champagne whilst taking in the sweeping views of the city.

Gjelina in Venice – the rustic chic interior matches the rustic chic food extremely well. Passionate about honest food, chef Travis Lett has built an exquisite Mediterranean menu that will leave you spoiled for choice. The braised pork meatballs, tomato sauce, parmesan and grilled bread (made in house) are an absolute must try.

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Coast Beach Café & Bar at the Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica – for a nice sunset drink after a long day of exploring the city, Coast is the perfect place to go. The ocean air and stunning beach views will recharge your batteries in an instant as you watch the sun go down with one (or a few) drinks. Pair it with their fish tacos and a side of guac and you won’t be heading back to your hotel until long after it becomes dark.

Catch LA on Melrose Avenue – chances are you’ve probably had enough celebrity sightings by now, but just in case you haven’t, Catch will definitely provide you with some. With a smart casual dress code and insane views of downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills, this rooftop bar is not one to be missed. Order a Detox Retox (tequila, matcha, fresh cucumber, mint & lime) and sip away while Chris Brown and A$AP Rocky are having dinner right beside you. Yep. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, try the Pineapple Trainwreck or Garden Gin Fizz instead. And just in case you were wondering, the food here is pretty sensational too.

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The Parker in Palm Springs – this picture-perfect hotel is a must see if you are heading over to Palm Springs for a couple of days. It’s all about the beautiful decoration and you’ll get lost trying to take it all in. Once you’ve arrived, walk around the beautiful space and finish the visit off with either a lunch at Norma’s or dinner at Mister Parker’s. If you’re staying the night, check out their rooms prior to booking accommodation elsewhere as they will take your breath away. To get there, we recommend booking a Tesloop for the two-and-a-half-hour drive from LA. Tesloop is a genius program created by a 16 year-old boy who wanted to enable travellers to create an amazing and sustainable travel experience that was convenient and affordable using Teslas. The experience was seamless and hassle-free and we couldn’t recommend it enough!

Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake – the last stop on our LA guide is Mohawk General Store, aka shopping heaven. Here you will find the most coveted hard to find items as the designer collection is curated to perfection. Think Dries Van Noten, Jacquemus and Henrik Vibskov – we are obsessed. Perfect to get a gift for a loved one or to splurge on yourself, you will be mesmerised by this store.