On Our Radar: Wear Where When


Though we can hardly believe it, fall is now well underway, and with the new season comes a newfound focus for life at home. For most of us, our transient summer lifestyles have once again settled into the quotidian grind (back-to-school, back-to-work, etc.), but just as our routines find their old footing, we welcome equal amounts of “newness” to our daily lives: new produce, new openings (restaurants, shops, and otherwise), new looks (fall is the time for drastic haircuts and wardrobe overhauls) and new skincare rituals. So, in honor of those oh-snap-2017-is-almost-over-and-what-have-I-done reality checks going around (come on, we know we’re not the only ones), we’re partnering with VIOLET GREY to give you the low-down on what to wear where when, in the latest installment of On Our Radar: Los Angeles. Check out our latest dawn-’til-dusk guide below.


Rise-N’-Shine | Winsome
Our idea of the “perfect morning” is simple: a strong cup of coffee, a healthful bite for energy, and time and a beautiful space to enjoy them in. Though we’re not saying you’ll never catch us four snooze buttons in, then frantically trying to bottle Nespresso as we dash out the door, a relatively new little café has us aiming to do so less often– if even for just one “perfect morning” each week. Situated on the bottom floor of the re-mastered Elysian, Winsome is the earnest neighborhood gem we’ve been waiting for: its airy patio and bright, plant-filled interior practically begs you to linger; its healthy, albeit satisfying food is the kind you can (and crave to) eat daily. For early risers (AKA those with time to enjoy a seated meal), Winsome offers bowls for every appetite– think quinoa bowls with cilantro yogurt for vegetarians to potato rosti with tahini smoked salmon or brisket and cabbage for meat eaters. Its coffee program, featuring La Colombe beans, is run from a grab-n-go counter near the door, which happens to be perfect for our friends with less time to spare. Stocked with baked goods by LA’s pastry queen, Leslie Mialma (of République fame), the to-go counter features freshly-baked matcha concha, blueberry spelt muffins, banana bread and savory brioche too… now that might even be enough to make you non-morning people smile. (MAP IT)


Fake It ‘Til You Wake It: If you’re like us, waking up before you’re ready to is part of your morning routine, but that doesn’t mean that tired eyes and dark circles need to be. We have Violet Grey for that… and specifically, three little beauty tools they recently let our team test out. Here are our new AM game changers: 1. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate is an organic balm featuring shea and cocoa butters which hydrate and nourish the skin, as well as frankincense and myrrh which relieve inflamed skin and fight wrinkles, acne, eczema and rosacea. Our skin noticeably became softer and clearer after one week of use. 2. La Prairie Light Fantastic Cellular Concealing Brightening Eye Treatment is the only concealer to ever effectively hide our morning puffiness and under-eye circles (for real) and 3. Tom Ford Skin Illuminator gives off a non-glittery, matte glow; we mix it in with Lindstrom’s balm (it can be blended with any moisturizer or foundation too) and apply all over for a brighter, illuminated face– it might just be our favorite morning beauty secret weapon.


Culture Break  |  Li Zhenwei exhibition, MAMA Gallery
We’re all familiar with the midday coffee break, but if you’re fortunate enough to work near DTLA, why not consider a “culture break” instead? Though DTLA’s art scene has never been more buzz-worthy–Night Gallery, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel and ROW DTLA are all worth visits– we’d like to single out one little gallery that was recently put on our radar thanks to its new fall exhibit: MAMA. The curated space of artists Adarsha Benjamin and Eli Consilvio, the two year-old gallery is infamous for spotlighting new and established artists like the duo’s BFF James Georgopoulos, and now, Li Zhenwei, a Beijing painter whose best known for his abstract oil paintings of perfectly symmetrical dots. Marking Zhenwei’s first international solo show, MAMA’s Predictable Irrational explores the idea that virtually everything is made up of dots, line, shape and mass– “the dot holds all of the possibilities and complexities of life and art,” as Zhenwei says. Each work is bold, layered and uniquely dimensional– it’s the sort of show you’ll want to take in from every angle.  (MAP IT)


Line Drawing: In homage to Zhenwei’s exhibit, we’re playing with line, shadow and dimension, the beauty way. 1. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette has a wax-powder pencil that defines and fills in brows on one end, and a brush tip for feathering and sculpting on the other. 2. Tom Ford Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Cocoa Mirage features four different finishes: sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte, for an all-in-one eye palette that is as subtle or dramatic as you want it to be. 3. Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner is our go-to daytime liner because, while we love a good ’90s-style lined lip, it’s not always the most appropriate for day. Instead, we use this clear version which achieves a similarly defined lip (it also stops lipstick from feathering), but it’s totally invisible.


Paris, I Love You  |  Madame Monsieur
We love that there are endless options of organic, plant-based food in Los Angeles, but sometimes there’s nothing treating yourself to a comfort food classic, and on those days, we turn to Madame Monsieur, a European sandwich haven with one kind in mind: the croque monsieur. The Parisian-inspired café is the brainchild of French couple Alison Barber and Kerian Jerry, who before throwing their berets into the culinary ring, were working as a model and furniture designer respectively (how chic is that?). Now working together at their shop, they’re bringing French food to downtown LA, using toasted baguettes from Clark Street Breads as the base for classic ham-and-cheese croques, plus more modern iterations like salmon, tuna, vegetable and turkey. Of course, the off-menu “Le Truffle” is among the café’s most popular— topped with Perigord-imported black winter truffles and Rondolphe le Meunier salted butter, there are only a handful made per day. (MAP IT)


French Girl Chic: Do as les French girls do with three classic beauty looks: nude nails courtesy of 1. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Nail Lacquer in Rose Abstrait; a simply defined eye using 2. Guerlain Khol Me Khajal Eyeliner and 3. a timeless, seductive scent like 3. Chanel No. 5 Eau Première, a new, updated take on the French fragrance staple.


The Sweetest Thing | MAST Brothers LA
Well, here’s a curve ball for you: one of our greatest cultural outings in recent memory took place at a chocolate factory– and yes, it smells like Hershey, PA; and no, it looks nothing like it. In fact, the futuristic DTLA factory looks more like a contemporary art museum than it does a bakery, and if it weren’t for the intoxicating smell of melted cocoa beans, we’d have thought the sculptures of cubed cork and glass-cased rooms were on exhibit. Of course, the brothers behind the quirky printed chocolate bars known as “Mast” are behind the project; they opened the factory just months ago and have been hosting private tours in the sweet space (pun intended) ever since. Here, visitors can witness every step of the guys’ chocolate process— from roasting to grinding, molding and recipe testing. Chocolate tastings are encouraged, as is indulging in a chocolate beer from local brewer Angel City Brewery, but then what else would you expect from two Brooklyn-based dudes who feature artworks from artists like Cody Hoyt and Sol LeWitt on their bars’ packaging? (MAP IT)


Hot as Cocoa: Chocolate-coated neutrals are making a major comeback this fall and we’re partial to two in particular: 1. Kjaer Weis’ Bronzer Compact which is the only reason we’ve managed to look like we’ve maintained our just-back-from-vacation glow; and 2. Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Particulière– it’s a deep, beautiful autumn nude.


Dinner Date | Georgie
Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s new restaurant in the Montage Beverly Hills has been buzzing since it opened in late June, and coupled with the fact that cocktail historian Brian Van Fladern is behind its bar program (think craft cocktails like a new-age daiquiri with avocado purée), you shouldn’t need another reason to swing by Georgie. At the moment, fall has brought seasonal starters like grilled spanish octopus topped with smoked yogurt, heirloom tomato & stone fruit gazpacho, and yellowfin tuna poké with sugar snap peas, all perfect for sharing among friends. If you’re stopping by for date night, don’t miss its mains like the roasted scallops in an egg vinaigrette, and the hen egg tagliolini with Santa Barbara uni– both of which are worth every bite. (MAP IT, BOOK IT) CP


Evening Indulgence: The return of fall means “rich and satisfying” is back on the menu– both in dining and in beauty. 1. Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer adds volume to flat, end-of-day hair. 2. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes does what every other mascara tries to do– it curls, lengthens, separates and darkens lashes all at once. We’re never straying from it. Ever. 3. Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie feels like velvet (thanks to its apricot oil base) and its rich hue adds just enough drama.


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