On Our Radar: Wear Where When LA


October has us fully embracing autumn which, as you know, includes weekly purchases of decorative gourds, sweater weather, and the occasional (or not-so-occasional) indulgence in anything “pumpkin spice.” Serendipitously, fall also happens to be primetime for what we like to think of as the “urban facelift”– the perpetual outpouring of new restaurants, bars, art shows and events that remind us of why city-dwelling is so great. To our West Coast friends first, we’ve partnered with VIOLET GREY to share the latest must-visit hideaways in LA, plus the best beauty products to wear to each of them because, well, facelifts aren’t just for cities, ya’ know? Check out our newest dawn-’til-dusk guide below for the ultimate weekend road map.


Morning Buns | Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
From its cheeky neon signage to its signature “cruffin” (that’s croissant-muffin BTW), Mr. Holmes has amassed some serious fans since opening its flagship in San Francisco and now, the NorCal bakery has officially landed in Highland Park. Outfitted with white-washed brick, a minimalist cement bar and brass stump tables, the Eastside outpost is a venerable pastry promise land– think croissants, doughnuts, strawberry jalapeño bear claws and everything in between. It gets bonus points for its excellent coffee and espresso too. (MAP IT)


Buns & Boosters: Caffeine may be your mental morning wake-up call, but your tired eyes and tangled hair are begging for some love too. At the moment, we’re loving 1. Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil which combats dry skin (we like to think of it as “face conditioner”) 2. La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Perfection à Porter, an ingenious 2-in-1 compact that not only minimizes signs of dark circles while brightening eyes, but it also soothes dry lips while replenishing moisture and 3. Philip Kingsley Volumizing Protein Spray, which is made up of green tea extract, quinoa protein and antioxidants, and aside from sounding like we want to eat it, it’s noticeably reduced our hair breakage and improved thinning hair


Culture Break  |  NoMad Food Truck, The Line Hotel
Of course, the DLTA debut of NYC’s NoMad has us thrilled (it’s one of NYC’s greatest restaurants), but the new location isn’t slated to open until 2017. Wondrously, rather than leaving us high and dry, the sought-after culinary team has come up with an interim solution: the NoMad Food Truck. Officially launching on October 20th, the truck will be parked outside Koreatown’s The Line Hotel through the end of November thanks to a collaboration with the hotel’s head chef, Roy Choi. Menu items include the NoMad’s infamous foie gras chicken burger, plus Choi’s take on the sandwich (a chicken dumpling version with shrimp), as well as a bacon-wrapped hot dog, a beet falafel pita with marinated carrots, and salads including one made up of tomato, peach and ricotta. All dishes ring in under $10, and for dessert, the truck is slinging the restaurant’s famed “Milk & Honey” treat. Come December, the truck’s location will change for a new collaboration with a different local chef. (MAP IT)


Casual, But Collected: No one wants to spend their midday office break re-doing a day’s worth of makeup, but with a few, tiny beauty helpers, you shouldn’t ever need to. These days, we’re big on just three things: 1. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, that protects against the sun without being oily, plus lightly tints skin for a natural-looking glow 2. Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, a luxe, lightweight spray of Vitamin C and E, that we spritz over our makeup for a revived look and 3. Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm, which literally lasts for hours, and genuinely improves the saddest of chapped lips


Scoop O’ Fall  |  Carmela Ice Cream
We weren’t sure that make-your-own-ice-cream classes could sound any sweeter– that is, until we learned they were held in a Parisian-styled bakery and relied heavily on local farmer’s market produce. But then again, what else would you expect from a scoop shop that made a name for itself by being all-natural and organic? Founded by husband-and-wife Zachary Cox and Jessica Mortarotti, Carmela Ice Cream has come along way since its humble beginnings as a farmer’s market food truck in DTLA. The beloved treats company now has three brick-and-mortar locations and counting– each featuring seasonal flavors like its currently available brown butter sage and vanilla sweet potato– though, if you ask us, its Pasadena flagship is worthy of a special trip. Outfitted with gilded gold mirrors and white Kitchen-Aids, the bakery hosts DIY cream-making classes several times a month which cover all at-home ‘cream and sorbet making basics, plus tips on how to let the season’s produce shine. Guests of this month’s classes will learn how to make cardamom ice cream and a spiced apple sorbet (and you bet ‘ya, you’re leaving with pints of both). (MAP IT)


Tricks N’ Treats: Treat your palettes, treat your skin. To us, 1. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum screams autumn as much as cardamom ice cream and spiced apple sorbet do; with notes of tobacco, spice, warm tonka bean and vanilla, it’s our number one, go-to fall scent 2. Dior Crème Abricot Nail Crème may be a lesser-known treat, but it’s a treat nonetheless: the rich balm conditions cuticles, encourages nail growth and improves nail strength; and though we were blissfully unaware of it until recently, it’s now our favorite beauty secret weapon  3. Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade is like the cupcake of lip glosses– the shea butter base indulges lips by deeply nourishing them, while its self-adjusting rosy tint (it adjusts according to your natural lip color) leaves a girlish pink glow that’s totally unique to you.


Backyard, But Better | Good Housekeeping
Leave the knock-twice-then-blink gimmicks at home, the modern speakeasy is a sophisticated– albeit low-key– bar within a bar, and Highland Park’s Good Housekeeping is a perfect example. Quietly tucked behind the new Café Birdie, the bar gives off the same casual-cool vibes as the restaurant, but in a more intimate setting. Yes, there are the usual suspects: read a marble bar, brass and exposed brick accents and tea-light candles, but in lieu of 10-plus-ingredient craft cocktails, the barmen are slinging classics like the negroni and martini (excellent ones, BTW), and here, the standard over-crowded cranny gives way to an outdoor patio complete with strung lights. Indeed, Good Housekeeping feels more like your best friend’s backyard than it does a speakeasy… well, that is, if your best friend had founded Highland Park Whiskey Club (the bar’s secret program for tasting rare and vintage whiskeys). If you ask us, little else is needed for the perfect night out. (MAP IT) 

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Color Study: We shy away from looking overly made-up, but there’s something to say for that defined “je ne sais quoi;” take 1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder for example, which captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light behind-the-scenes to imbue your own complexion with a sheer glow; or 2. Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eyeshadow Set in Bloodroses, a dark, romantic palette that builds dimension around the eyes (use darker tones in the center and crease, then slowly layer lighter tones outward)  3. Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Mordoré  achieves similar results for the lips; thanks to its semi-matte finish, we actually color in the entire lip using its built-in brush to blend. No top ‘stick necessary.


Dinner in the District | Manuela
If the DTLA arrival of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel surprised us, it was surpassed only by news of the gallery’s own chicken-coop-festooned restaurant. Officially open this week, Manuela is the latest farm-to-table restaurant to hit LA, but it’s surely one of few with its own on-site garden and coop. Chef Wes Whitsell, formerly of SoHo House New York, is behind the kitchen’s food program which emphasizes fermenting and smoking thanks to the restaurant’s wood-fired grill, as well as fresh greens and vegetables picked daily from the garden. Small plates range from smoked country ham with grilled peaches and ricotta to charred okra with sesame, and tempura-fried mushrooms with leek mayo. Manuela is currently open for brunch and lunch with dinner service kicking off on October 19th. (MAP IT, BOOK IT) CP

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Night Out, Drama Up: 1. Serge Normant Meta Sheer Finishing Oil is pretty much our new haircare gold standard because it delivers shine without grease, de-frizzes without de-volumizing, and it can be used on wet or dry hair (meaning we can omit the shower when time is of the essence and still have presentable hair) 2. Serge Lutens Lèvres en Boite Lip Palette in Purples is the only evening palette you will ever need in your makeup bag: from cardinal red to vampy purple to a smoky, dark noir, it covers all your night-out bases 3. Serge Lutens Chergui Eau du Parfum is reminiscent of the aforementioned Tom Ford scent, but comes across a bit more sultry thanks to its mash-up of spices, honeyed amber, tobacco and hay. Full bodied, smoky and seductive, this is date night, bottled.


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