On Our Radar: Wear Where When LA

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

Spring is in the air and with it comes a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. What better time then to channel that lightness– whether it be listening to your inner voice, taking in an inspiring art show, or spending quality time for your partner and friends? We’ve curated a handful of our latest Los Angeles obsessions to consider below, plus some new beauty indulgences via VIOLET GREY to tackle the change in season.

Me, Myself & Meditation  | RA MA Institute Venice
Much like nut milk lattes and essential oils, meditation is undoubtedly trending, though that shouldn’t discount the ancient practice’s transformative power. If learning what it is all about appeals to you, skip out on the new-wave, made-for-Instagram studios in favor of a class with one of LA’s original healers, Guru Jagat. Her space, RA MA Institute offers classes in meditation and kundalini yoga— the study of internal energy and breath— beginning at 4 am daily. Inspiringly, Jagat recently founded her non-profit, RA MA Foundation, which will open its first center for free yoga, meditation, wellness and healthy food in a local, underprivileged neighborhood later this year. Good people, good vibes, good “you.” (MAP IT)

Glow From The Inside Out: 1. Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan ($39)– finally, a self-tanner that not only allows you to shower just ten minutes after application, but it’s organic, chemical-free and odorless; featuring Vitamin C from neroli and omega oils from rose hip, it’s also deeply hydrating 2. Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash ($40), another Vitamin C-packed powerhouse we use as our morning and nighttime cleanser; its acai berry base provides powerful antioxidant protection and smooth the skin’s texture, while hyaluronic acid helps skin retain moisture and boost collagen 3. Chantecaille Stress Repair Concentrate ($178) is actually infused with caffeine for the effect of a morning cup of coffee on tired eyes, AKA it de-puffs, brightens and removes dark circles; made with shea butter sweet almond oil, it smells absolutely lovely too 4. Utowa Eyebrush Spoolie Brush 01 ($12), our go-to morning tool for perfectly shaped brows (brush upwards to feather).

Bread Winner | Lodge Bread Co.
Of course, Lodge Bread has been turning heads for years now; it was one of the first stylized restaurants to arrive in Culver City (long before the ‘hood’s influx of hot spots like Destroyer and N/Naka), but, if you haven’t been back in a while, it’s worthy of a second look– the bakery-turned-pizzeria just debuted a brand-new space. Don’t fret, their infamous toasts (avocado, almond butter, cured fish and sauerkraut) are still available, but thanks to their weekend-only pizza parties turning into a huge hit, they’ve added a totally new menu of market pizzas, plus beer and wine. At the moment, pies include stinging nettle-pesto, black kale-ricotta and sweet pea-burrata, though ingredients will change with the seasons. (MAP IT)

Natural & New: 1. African Botanics Fleurs D’Afrique Intensive Oil Recovery ($250), a not-too-oily face oil that fades fine lines, blemishes, dark spots, redness and dryness in all skin types– basically, it’s a change-of-seasons lifesaver for irritated skin. 2. RMS Beauty Master Mixer ($38) adds a rose gold tint to coconut oil for a subtle, golden glow that works on the eyes, cheeks and lips 3. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Quick & Precise Brow Definition Brush & Gel in Linda ($22.50), a grey-brown brow brush perfect for dark blonde to medium brunettes; we found it to volumize, shade, and groom at the same time; if your brows are thin, too light, overplucked or patchy, meet your new best friend.

Politically Electric  | Jason Rhoades, Hauser & Wirth
Radical, dark and honest, artist Jason Rhoades’ work may carry more weight today than ever. Known for his unbridled maximalism, he broke accepted rules of public nicety to shed light on the “impolite” and “unspeakable” realities of American culture— from religion and racial and gender stereotypes to sex, immigration and commerce. DTLA’s Hauser & Wirth honors the famed LA-based artist in a retrospective that spans six of his major works, each’s political messages leaving viewers with serious food for thought. (MAP IT)

Sunny Disposition: 1. JINSoon Nail Color in Charme ($18)– we’re seriously crushing on sunny vibes for spring (both inside and out) and this pop of banana yellow just feels fun 2. By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur Lip Balm in Toffee Cream ($56), a nutri-regenerative lip balm that conditions lips with a blend of essential oils and shea butter, while adding a pretty terracotta tint 3. Frédéric Carnal Flower Eau de Parfum ($390), a bouquet of tuberose blooms, melon, eucalyptus, orange blossom and coconut, this fragrance smells like the very first moments of spring

New in Town | Accomplice
“Neighborhood bars” aren’t necessarily known for their cocktails. On the flip side, craft cocktail dens aren’t known for their casual, swing-by-nightly vibes either. So, when we discovered Accomplice, the Mar Vista bar that’s equal parts neighborhood-watering-hole, and high-end-spirits-lounge, we were immediately fans. The no-frills hang-out serves up some of the best drinks we’ve had possibly anywhere, including the “Mar(vista)tini,” a pisco and sake-based elixir with absinthe nata de coco, and its “Beer & a Shot,” Taiwanese beer with yuzukosho, smoked salt and lime. Like any solid standby, Accomplice offers satisfying food too– theirs just happens to come from Vietnamese neighbor, Little Fatty, and, FYI, it’s exceptionally good. (MAP IT)


Low-Key Date Night: 1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light ($46)– though we’re usually ones to shy away from cake-y powders (especially when our skin is dry), this finishing powder is sheer, yet transformative; meant to recreate flattering light sources on the face, it softens and refines the complexion using Photoluminescent Technology 2. Nars Larger Than Life Long-wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte ($26), a light almond liner that brightens the eyes and makes them appear larger rather than deeper and smaller à la more common black and brown liners 3. Serge Lutens Fard À Lèvres in Mauve de Swann ($75), a Vitamin E-heavy formula that repairs damage and protects lips; its sheer, dewy lilac feels like the perfect, fresh spring shade CP

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