On Our Radar: Wear Where When LA


From an open-air, all-day café to a downtown-warehouse-turned-immersive-art-gallery, April brought a cornucopia of especially noteworthy openings to Los Angeles. But, whether you’re looking for a stellar morning brew or one better reserved for post-5 pm, one thing is clear: outdoor spaces/patios/gardens are re-opening in full force. We visited a few of our favorite new destinations to come up with our perfect LA weekend right now before we joined the dear beauty babes at VIOLET GREY to chat spring looks for each. Check out our latest LA guide from-morning-noon-to-midnight, below.

Photography by Skandia Shafer

Coffee With A View  | Nice
Nestled in the heart of City National Plaza is a glass cube with all of its walls open as if they were scissor doors on a fancy sports car. The place isn’t an Apple store or some tech-related hijinks; it’s DTLA’s newest coffee shop, Nice. So, who’s the man behind the city’s most architecturally-inclined café? That’d be Tyler Wells, one of the OG founders of once-beloved Handsome Coffee Roasters (R.I.P.). Pouring excellent coffee drinks in requisite handmade ceramics (Wells sources his beans from 49th Parallel), Nice also boasts house-made doughnuts, sandwiches and morning pastries from Sugarbloom. Enjoy an open-air cup rain or shine– Nice’s retractable walls happen to make the perfect awnings. (MAP IT)

Light & Bright: 1. May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist ($76) is our perfect beauty “wake up call;” the aromatic mist stimulates microcirculation, tones the skin and boosts your mood thanks to its jasmine-vanilla-and-cocoa notes; plus, it sets makeup instead of fighting it 2. Laura Mercier Eye Basics in “Linen” ($28) can be used as a primer, but we prefer to use it on its own; it brightens dark circles and camouflages tired-induced imperfections 3. Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care ($50) is our go-to morning balm– it moisturizes lips thanks to its camellia oil base while looking completely natural and clean

The Right Spice | Lasa
Filipino-inspired Lasa started as a casual backyard dinner party concept between brothers Chase and Chad Valencia, but, of course, it only took one glowing review from Times‘ critic Jonathan Gold before it was a bonafide foodie destination. Still, up until this month, the Valencias were working out of a pop-up kitchen inside Unit 120 where they were allowed to serve dinner, weekends-only for a year. But, that’s all since changed– as one of the Unit’s first and longest residencies, the brothers were granted complete control of the space AKA their first fully-functional brick-and-mortar, now open for lunch and dinner.  Serving Southeast Asian dishes like Og Pancit, an egg noodle dish with calamansi Butter, and Lumpia Sariwa, a brown rice crepe filled with black kale, shaved cabbage and roasted seasonal vegetables, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick, spicy bite. (MAP IT)

Spice Up Your Life: 1. RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer ($28) is a great bronzer for spring because it brightens skin with a subtle sun-kissed glow while its cream formula combats what’s left of winter’s dry skin 2. Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum ($225) was made for a day drenched in Southeast culture; its bouquet of Eastern spices, cinnamon, sandalwood, fenugreek and jasmine is spicy, sweet and sensual at once 3. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose ($22)– not only is this lip liner waterproof with a matte finish, but the terracotta color makes for a truly rad daytime lipstick.

The Art of The Matter | The 14th Factory
Conceived by Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch, The 14th Factory is a pop-up contemporary art experience housed in an industrial warehouse near DTLA. Weaving together elements of pop culture– think science fiction, punk music, graphic novels and film– the space features fourteen, large-scale collaborative works by artists as disparate as Li Wei, Lily Kwong and Gary Gunn. All of the works– be they video, installation, sculpture, sound, painting or live performance– shine a light on contemporary social issues in an effort to capture Birch’s ultimate vision for the project: re-energizing
 underutilized or even derelict urban spaces and gifting them back to the community in the form of transformative experiences. Open for a limited time only, residents and holders of driver’s licenses with the zip code 90031 are eligible for free entry.  (MAP IT)

Loud & Proud: 1. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Velvet Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow in “Melody” ($36) is one of our favorite shadows this spring thanks to its poppy nude hue; it slides on like a gel or cream, but drys matte 2. Ouai Wave Spray ($26) uses coconut water and rice protein to activate natural waves instead of salt which means it enhances body and texture without drying out locks 3. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Compact in “Blossoming” ($56) is a coral-hued nude that pairs perfectly with the aforementioned eyeshadow; we swipe the all-natural blush just once across each cheek for a fresh-faced, warm glow

Baja Mama | Verlaine
Chef Diego Hernandez is known for his Baja, Mexico restaurant– it’s one of Latin America’s Top 50– but, he’s hopeful his new West Hollywood hideaway, Verlaine, will soon be just as notable. Applying a similar farmer’s market approach to Mexican cuisine, Hernandez plans to create plates based on local produce; at the moment, that means dishes like rock cod ceviche, a spring sorrel tamal with corn masa, swiss chard, mole amarillito and onion ashes, and suckling pig with sweet potato, smoked squash and salsa madre. Mostly made up of outdoor garden booths and a sweeping dual-sided bar, the space is exactly the kind of place you’d want to settle in for a few hours with friends. Oh, and did we mention its bar program is seasonal too? With creative cocktails from the “Jardin Vert,” a celery gin and wild nettle cordial with English sweet pea and kaffir lime zest, to the dessert-like “De Mexico con Amor,” a reposado drink with coffee liqueur, espresso and mole negra crema batida, we’ll be here after-work, through dinner and well into last-call… (MAP IT)

Night Out(doors): 1. Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade ($25)– we’re super into supermodel brows, but the tinted formulas out there have a tendency to make us swing closer to “crazy artist” than they do “Cara D.” which is why we can’t get enough of this clear pomade; it lifts, shapes, and holds feathered brows in place with an undetectable finish 2. MAC Cream Colour Base in “Pearl” ($22) can be applied directly onto bare skin or layered over foundation, moisturizer or powder– either way, it does wonders to highlight the under-eye, cheekbones and cupid’s bow post-5 o’clock 3. Tom Ford Extreme Mascara in “Ravenous Black” ($45) is a deep-black mascara that seems to magnify eyes like no other formula out there; if you’re looking for drama, you’ve just met your match CP


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