On Our Radar: Wear Where When LA

WHERE WE’RE GOING AND WHAT WE’RE WEARING– FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT.

Though we can’t say we’re big proponents of grand gesture-filled Valentine’s Days, we do appreciate February’s gentle reminder to celebrate the light and love in our lives. It’s the time of year to be kind to our partners, our friends and ourselves. Rather than dwelling on the pieces we don’t have (we loathe the self-pitying, single girl stereotype), we choose to celebrate the pieces we do– whether that’s a life-long friendship, a realized dream, or an enlightened, inner sense of purpose. This month, treat your best girlfriend to a morning cup of coffee, or tip a hard-working waitress a little extra; opt for patience over frustration when it comes to loved ones, or give yourself a break when one is needed. When you choose to practice gratitude over bitterness, life seems to become a whole lot more beautiful. Here, we’re joined by our beauty gal pals at VIOLET GREY, to bring you all of the details on where to bring your loved ones (and what to wear) in LA right now.

Morning Magic | Bardonna
Granted, Silverlake isn’t exactly “short” on coffee shops, but Sunset Boulevard newcomer, Bardonna, stands out nonetheless. Complete with Spanish tiles, oil paintings and blush pink seating, the cheeky café is the third of its kind (there is one in Santa Monica and another in Larchmont). In addition to the full drip coffee and espresso bars, the location boasts signature superfood drinks including iced turmeric almond milk and homemade matcha kombucha, as well as a full all-day breakfast menu (we especially love the shakshuka and their labneh-coconut meat granola bowl). Between its healthful plates and quiet atmosphere, Bardonna makes the perfect place for an intimate morning meeting (MAP IT).

On The Bright Side: In lieu of looking “made up” first thing in the morning, we’ve been opting for “bright” and “fresh” instead. We not only prefer the paired-down look, but our complexion does too (winter is the worst season to overload already sensitive and irritated skin). We begin by cleansing with 1. Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder ($45), a rice bran-based powder cleanser that’s completely customizable (add a little water to create an exfoliator; and more for a smooth, foaming cleanse); complete with jasmine and neroli oils, the formula hydrates and brightens skin, leaving a noticeable glow. Post-cleanse, we apply 2. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex ($48), a leave-on facial oil that keeps us glowing all day; it not only heals chapped skin, but it’s made up of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that protect against environmental stressors. If oil-based products aren’t your thing, try 3. Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream ($158) instead– the cream targets dark spots while brightening and evening out your complexion, plus its grape-seed polyphenol formula fights against free radicals. Complete the look with 4. Sisley-Paris Nutritive Lip Balm ($74), our go-to balm for chapped or dry lips; its all-natural blend of shea and kokum butters work alongside hazelnut, plum, and sunflower oils to comfort, soften and protect lips.

East to West | Di Alba
*Recommended by Rose Apodaca
Leave it to on-top-of-it, CP contrib, Rose Apodaca, to alert us that one of our favorite New York City cafés, The Smile, had finally planted roots out West. “When I’m looking for something healthy, I head to Nina Clemente’s new kitchen, di Alba, in the Arts District. It’s market-driven and oh, so good,” Apodaca gushed. The airy space opened just last month, but like its Manhattan counterpart, it seems to have already established a loyal lunch crowd. At the moment, its rotating selection of seasonal salads includes rainbow cauliflower with parsley salsa verde, and little gem with beets and avocado; while its vegetable-decorated foccacia bar includes one version with brussels sprouts, red onion and mint. (MAP IT)

Re(fresh)er Course: As the day carries on, we find ourselves needing just a touch of something “extra” (and no, we don’t mean a third cup of coffee). We conceal blemishes and tired signs using 1. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62) in No. 2, a lightweight illuminator that’s perfect for daytime use; it provides just enough coverage without being too noticeable. 2. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-in Balm ($39) is another new trick we’ve been adding to our midday refresh: the lightweight, cherry blossom-scented hair cream smoothes strands while adding a brilliant, high-gloss shine. We then use a finger to swipe our eyelids with 3. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($28) in Malted and we look and feel revived; we love how the toasty neutral feels creamy when applied, yet it dries with a velvet matte finish that doesn’t crease or smear.

Coffee Table Book Heaven  | LA Art Book Fair
PSA: one of our favorite New York shops is about to head West for the fifth time, and trust us when we say, you won’t want to miss it. (Hint: it’s a “hostess gift go-to” for many of our East Coast guys and gals.) OK, still not ringing any bells? Well, we’re talking about Chelsea gift shop, Printed Matter and its annual LA Art Book Fair. This year, the free– yes, free— event will be held inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, where the greatest new art books, design periodicals, coffee table books and zines will be on display from February 23rd through February 26th. The sister fair to New York’s Art Book Fair, the four day event includes over 250 international presses, booksellers and independent publishers. Given that our team’s combined scores at last year’s event are among our favorite books to date (we still get asked where we found our handful of rare modern art hardcovers and naughty, tongue-in-cheek paperbacks), we’ll likely be hitting this month’s pop-up more than once. (MAP IT)

(Brush)Stroke of Genius: As homage to the art-minded prints we’ll soon be flipping through, here are our top brush-based beauty picks: 1. Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($32), the ideal daytime mascara thanks to its perfect balance of volume, length, curl and separation; it doesn’t provide major drama or notice-me color, but its pro-vitamin B5 base hydrates lashes to ensure it doesn’t flake or smudge. 2. Jin Soon Nail Color ($18) in Tulle has become our tried-and-true color this winter– we love how elegant, but cozy the sheer cream paint looks (bonus points for it being quick-dry and chip-proof) 3. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil ($34) in Dark Brunette is a double-ended eyebrow brush that features a colored wax on one end and a grooming brush on the other to perfect and shape brows.

All The (Culinary) King’s Men | Kismet
*Recommended by Katherine Tsina Bird
“We just went to Kismet with our friends and it seems like a good place to go for dinner and drinks– it was delicious,” Katherine Tsina Bird recently told us. Given the Los Feliz spot’s pedigree, we can’t say we’re surprised: behind the new restaurant stands nearly every major culinary player including Jon & Vinny’s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotoloand, celebrated chef duo Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (of LA’s Madcapra and formerly of Brooklyn’s Glasserie), and Sqirl’s pastry chef Meadow Ramsey. Seriously, it’s almost too good to be true. The minimalist, blonde wood space serves food all day, but its menu of Middle Eastern small plates– think persian cucumber salads, lemon chicken-pine nut pies, and squash-marinated feta– makes it especially fun for group date nights where everyone can taste a little bit of everything. (MAP IT)

Love is in the Air: Our newest date night staples champion a subtle va va voom rather than overt sexiness. 1. Leonor Greyl Volumizing Styling Mousse ($46) is an alcohol-free styling mousse that delivers volume, hold and shine without leaving hair feeling crunchy upon drying. 2. Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum ($225) is an intoxicating earthy scent that mixes spices like cardamom and pink pepper with Oud wood and sandalwood, and a hint of amber and vanilla; it feels distinctly, albeit darkly elegant. 3. Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37) in Expérimenté imparts a deep brown-noir color on lips that lasts all night; the liquid lipstick glides on like a gloss, but sets with a luminous, matte velvet finish. CP

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