So I wanted to try a little different style of blogging for this trip, a way to document both the outfits and what we did/saw/where we ate while we have been away on a day by day basis. So we are going back to a very diary style of blogging, made a tad more complicated by the fact this is on 35mm (I always make things harder for myself) so this is meaning a lot of running back and forth to the film lab to get things developed everyday.
So, let's start with Day 1. I am staying at the Avalon Hotel for the third time in LA. I love it here because it's completely unpretentious but still really cool, and the Beverley Hills location is pretty handy for everything. Started the day at around 4:30am because jet lag is a bitch and had breakfast sat by the pool, which is pretty much a perfect way to start a day. Whenever I fly long haul I always feel you need one day to acclimatise a little bit and settle into things. So Day 1 was acclimatisation day, which consisted mostly of a lot of walking. All the way up Rodeo Drive, across to Melrose and down Fairfax. I realise if you don't know LA this means nothing to you but it is miles, but one of my favourite things to do in LA is walk despite it being such a city of cars. We stopped in a few shops as we went, I slipped and fell into a couple of dresses from Reformation (one of which I wore on the same evening because I can never get into new clothes fast enough). Sat and had a coffee and watched the famous pink wall be repainted, picked up some more rolls of film from Samy's camera and ended in Backyard Bowls for an Acai bowl which was as delicious as ever. The afternoon was spent resisting the urge to nap by the pool and then cracking on with a couple of hours of work (again, by the pool, everything seems 10x better when done in the sunshine next to a pool) before heading out for dinner.
This is my fourth time in LA, and I always find having some familiarity with a city really helps on the first few days there, especially when it comes to picking where to go and eat meals. I can't tell you how much time I have lost during city breaks to aimlessly wandering, completely starving, stopping at so many restaurants to say 'nope, let's see what else there is', before giving into the starvation and heading to some chain restaurant that you can have at home. Having a few placed under my belt came in very handy on the first day, and one of those places was A.O.C which is incredible. That was our dinner spot of choice for the evening, and it did not disappoint.
Outfit wise, my daytime one was made of up this ASOS shirt dress which has a little bit of a story behind it. It is actually knee length, and I bought it with the intention to make it mini because that pastel yellow, tortoiseshell buttons and stuff fabric were all too good to pass up. Only, I managed to royally mess up cutting the length down - so I also have this in a shirt version (coming your way in a post very soon, FYI) and bought it AGAIN and thankfully didn't have as much of a disaster the second time around. While I obviously wish I had not had to buy the damn thing twice, it is frankly completely worth it because it is such an expensive looking piece for an inexpensive price. A little less affordable are these amazing slides from Attico that I ordered right before I left. I LOVE them and really feel like I have found my shoe of the Summer. The huge buckle detailing and the post box red all make them such a statement while still being super chic. Styled with my Gucci sunnies and Loewe Barcelona I bloody well loved this outfit and am worried my holiday looks may have peaked on the first day.