We are growing more excited by the day here at The Shade Store NYC as the Spring opening of our Los Angeles store nears. To get you in the spirit, the “it blogger” we love, Nicole of So Haute Style has joined us to share her favorite places in LA. Thank you, Nicole!
Being a New Yorker where life moves at a frantic pace and the weather is often less than stellar, I find myself constantly craving the laid back, sunny, palm tree peppered vibe of Los Angeles. I visit LA several times a year and absolutely love the city. Whenever I’m in town these are my favorite places to stay, shop, eat and see:
The Chamberlain West Hollywood
The Location: 1000 Westmount Drive, West Hollywood
The Scoop: Hands down, my favorite place to stay in LA is the Chamberlain West Hollywood which also happens to be just a few steps away from the new Shade Store location! The Chamberlain is tucked away on an inconspicuous residential block and is so quiet and low-key you’d never know you were right around the corner from one of LA’s busiest intersections. The rooms are HUGE, each one with its own fireplace and balcony…and the Hollywood Regency-meets-Asia inspired decor throughout the hotel is simply stunning. The hotel also boasts an ultra chic rooftop pool and a restaurant with simple, yet really amazing cuisine and a cute little courtyard for alfresco dining. Most importantly, the service at The Chamberlain is phenomenal! I’ve stayed at many hotels in and around Los Angeles but I always keep going back to The Chamberlain.
Lemonade on Beverly
The Location: 9001 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
The Scoop: This trendy LA eatery is self described as part lemonade stand, part grade school cafeteria and as the name suggests, Lemonade serves up freshly squeezed lemonade in a variety of unexpected flavor combinations. Think peach ginger, watermelon rosemary, pineapple coriander and tarragon pear. Lemonade also offers light and healthy fare including salads and sandwiches as well as an array of delectable deserts. My personal favorites to order are the Israeli couscous with wild mushrooms, Parmesan and truffle vinaigrette paired with blueberry mint lemonade followed by a slice of delicious lemon layer cake. Totally to die for!
Location: 636 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood
The Scoop: A must visit destination for design lovers, Almont Yard is a community of showrooms that includes Nathan Turner, Harbinger, Lucas Studio, Karthryn Ireland Textiles and Claremont Furnishing Fabrics– all which surround a charming, shared courtyard. You’ll find plenty of ethnic inspired textiles, worldy accessories and chic home furnishings with a laid back, California cool vibe.
Hollywood at Home
Location: 724 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles
The Scoop: Interior designer Peter Dunham’s beautiful home furnishings and fabrics shop Hollywood at Home is a go-to resource for LA’s top design insiders and style setters. The shop shocasess his own eclectic line of upholstery fabrics as well as signature lines from John Robshaw, Carolina Irving, Lisa Fine and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. You’ll also fnd an array of unique hand made furniture and acessories as well as lighting and one-of-a-kind vintage treasures.
Location: Robertson Blvd between Beverly Blvd and Third Street
The Scoop: Fashionistas will want to hit Robertson Blvd which is one of LA’s chicest shopping destinations. Go there for trendy boutiques like Lisa Klein, Kitson, and Maxfield that you can only find in LA…and don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity sighting or two as the Robertson shopping strip is frequented by some of Holywood’s most stylish stars!
Location: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
The Scoop: A culture fix is always in order during any trip and if you’re in LA, look no further than the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), located in LA’s hip Miracle Mile District. The museum houses more than 150,000 works of art from around the globe that spans from ancient times to the present. Currently on view until March 27th is Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 which chronicles the history of European mens, womens and childrens fashion design. Another must-see exhibit showcases the work of society photographer Larry Fink which features celerbities adn entertainment industry luminaries shot during Vanity Fair’s annual Oscar party each year from 2000-2009. The exhibition is titled Larry Fink: Hollywood, 2000-2009.