Holiday Wear Where When: LA


In honor of the holidays, we’ve put a special spin on our signature CPxVIOLET GREY features this month. Curated by city, we’re breaking down the best ways to toast the season– whether that be in the more literal sense (think vegan “eggnog” lattes) or less so (i.e. where to find one-of-a-kind gifts and stocking stuffers). Our LA guide, listed below, includes a handful of the most recommended places and spaces from CP alums, as well as a few of our own festive finds. Naturally, we couldn’t help but pair each with charming treasures from VIOLET GREY because, well, if you can’t treat yourself to some much-needed, end-of-year pampering, when can you?

Raise A Glass | Seasonal Elixirs

Eggnog latte from Umbrella Co.; Gracias Madre 

Eggnog latte from Umbrella Co.; Gracias Madre

Toddie Trio, Bar Stella | “My favorite bar for cocktails; their bartender, Ericka makes truly perfect, old-school drinks.”- Mark Townsend; to toast the season, the Silverlake watering hole is offering three different riffs on traditional toddies (our favorite being the “Mexican” tequila-based version with chili-chocolate bitters), as well as post-dinner drinks like the “Rum Alexander” made with nutmeg, Kahlua and cream.
Vegan “Eggnog” Latte, Umbrella Co. | “It’s a small joint with interesting, relaxed décor and an inventive cocktail menu. I love their cocktails.”- Catt Sadler; and made with almond milk and organic coffee, the speakeasy’s vegan eggnog latte is as good for you as it is tasty.
Whiskey Winner, The Nice Guy | “My favorite place for happy hour…”- Irene Neuwirth; with 30 different rare bottles of rye, whiskey and scotch at the bar, it’s also the perfect bar to forget our winter woes (they even serve a whiskey-based cocktail in its own flask- how holiday apropos, no?).
South of the Border Eggnog, Gracias Madre | “Always great for a girls dinner…”- Jenni Kayne; but particularly right now, when the vegan spot is serving up its “Not Your Madre’s Eggnog” made with coconut milk, mezcal and a house masala chai blend.

Happy Hour Helpers


1. Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray in Platinum Blonde ($29) provides natural-looking coverage for outgrown roots and grey hairs 2. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow in No. 6 ($35) is a crease-proof, flake-proof, waterproof, and sweat-proof shadow with two blended shades that create a shimmering, smoky eye with all of the holiday drama 3. Diana Vreeland Extravagance Russe Eau de Parfum ($250) nods to Vreeland’s love of the Orient with notes of amber, vanilla bourbon and musk 4. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in La Fascinante ($37), a non-drying, rich crimson with a velvet matte finish that lasts.

The Good Stuff | Cookies, Chocolate, Cake, Check.

From L to R:

From L to R: Bûche de Noël from Proof; Chocolate gift set by Compartes; Holiday bundt from Love & Salt 

Proof Bakery | “Their cookies are “da bomb;” as in the B.E.S.T. cookies I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried a lot).”- Mai Qunyh; for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with its Bûche de Noël or the spiced ganache tart.
Compartes Chocolate | From gingerbread truffles to chocolate-dipped fruit to dark hot chocolate, “this chocolate is just beyond.”- Liseanne Frankfurt; their holiday packaging and gift towers aren’t too shabby either…
Sweet Laurel | “The chocolate caramel cake is to die for (and it’s paleo and vegan!).”- Jenni Kayne
CP Picks | Salt & Straw for seasonal ice creams like gingerbread cookie dough and peppermint cocoa; Love & Salt for gluten-free bundt cakes like almond-hazelnut with pomegranate and vanilla

(Makeup) Counter Candy


1. African Botanics Kalahari Desert Detox Bath Salts ($75) is a seaweed-infused salt soak that detoxes and relieves muscle tension, boosts circulation and breaks down cellulite and excess fluids 2. Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask ($155) soothes stressed skin, hydrates and detoxifies thanks to its all-natural blend of aloe vera, chamomile and kaolin clay 3. In Fiore Bois de Rose Baume Pour Le Corps ($120),  a decadent, organic body balm that melts into a rich oil by touch for luxe hydration 4. Rodin Candle ($125) enhances any environment with a sense of well-being through notes of jasmine and neroli.

Gift Gold | From Hostess to Stocking


From L to R: Inside Formerly Yes; Clothing at Midland; The Cactus Store.

For Her

Tortoise | “They have the absolute best host and hostess gifts in Venice.”- Lisa Overduin
Heath Ceramics | “I love all of the vases and textiles.”- Mai Qunyh
Apartment by The Line | “For accessories, home décor and clothing…”- Maryam Malakpour
Vintage | “I shop vintage quite a lot and Scout and The Way We Wore are both great for vintage finds.”- Maryam Malakpour
Love Adorned |”They have a wonderful selection of jewelry and beautiful things.”- Liseanne Frankfurt
Cactus Store | “A plant wonderland and my staple for hostess gifts”- Djuna Bel
CP PicksFormerly Yes for home; Otherwild for accessories; Midland for tiny treasures 

From L to R: Wallet from Union; Beanies at ; Varsity jacket at .

From L to R: Wallet from Union; Beanies at Tradesmen; Varsity jacket from Union.

For Him

Douglas Fir | “They are my go-to for everything from socks to denim to outwear.”- George Esquivel
South Willard | “For gifts for him, this is my first stop.”- Jenni Kayne
Union | I like stopping in for sporty finds.”- Catt Sadler
Tradesmen | “Excellent menswear and the owners are the nicest fellows in town.”- Liseanne Frankfurt

Kids wear at Sweet William; Inside Arcana Books

Kids wear at Sweet William; Inside Arcana Books

For Them

Stag | “I’ve had great success finding things for my son and other young gentlemen here.”- Liseanne Frankfurt
Sweet William | “My go-to for kids wear.”- Jessica de Ruiter
Arcana Books | “The art books are always a hit, for both our son and daughter.”- Liseanne Frankfurt

Stocking Stuffers


1. Yves Durif Comb in Ivory Resin ($33) 2. Jin Soon Nail Color in Tulle ($18). 3. VIOLET GREY Makeup Bag ($40). 4. Amanda Lacey Oils of Provence to relieve dry skin ($160). 5. The “No Makeup Makeup” Set ($136) includes Serge Lutens Comb Mascara, Dior Addict Lip Glow Pink and RMS Beauty Living Luminizer 6. The “Gentleman’s Kit” Set ($96.90) includes Gentleman Floris No. 89 Shaving Cream, Gentleman Floris No. 89 Aftershave Balm and Bioderma Atoderm Crème for fuss-free moisturizing. CP


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