LA!! Similar to that instant energy I feel when I get off the plane in New York, there’s just something about LA that makes me want to head straight from LAX to Melrose for a Moon Juice, shopping and some pretty great people (I mean, style) watching. Last week I got my fix of all three and had a free day to tour around the city playing semi-tourist with my friends from Jo Malone London, all while celebrating their new limited edition collection: Queen of Pop. A curated assortment of bath time favorites by ultimate Jo ambassador and the cutest Brit around, Poppy Delevingne. The collection is just that, “poppy!,” playful and fun… with a pink, red, white and black color scheme, polka dots and stripes. Everything Poppy loves to make the bathroom feel extra cheerful.
Our time together was kicked off with a candlelit dinner on the penthouse rooftop at Chateau Marmont. A scented hallway and cute champagne carrying boys greeted us upon arrival (in typical Jo fashion!). It was so fun to be reunited and play catch-up with everyone who was in London earlier this year together as part of their ambassador program (you can look back on that trip here!), to take in those stunning Los Angeles city views, and soak up all of the cool bohemian vibes that is the Chateau Marmont!! I’d also like to say that one of the highlights of this evening was the fried cauliflower that tasted almost as good as fried chicken.
I pulled out this old Raquel Allegra matching set from the back of my closet. It’s one of those classic combos that I’ll never part with and was glad to give it some much needed love again on this trip! Wish she would make these styles again (maybe in a pretty cream).
The best way to enter a party! A moody Jo Malone London scented Lime Basil & Mandarin hallway.
Day Two | All things Queen of Pop! To kick things off we had breakfast with Poppy and a chance to check out the collection before taking off for the day to tour around LA. Poppy put together her ultimate LA itinerary and we all broke up into groups to take in her hot spots. Some highlights included: shopping on Melrose, Venice Beach (and lunch at Gjusta Bakery), cocktails at the iconic Beverly Hills hotel.
The Look | Ulla Johnson Dress (above) + Top. AMO Jeans.
Melrose Place | Moon Juice mineral water shots (can’t even remember what they’re good for but I took them!), The Line (always a must!), Isabel Marant sale scoring, Violet Grey, Rachel Comey and Alfred’s Tea.
When in Venice… take photo under the sign like a true LA tourist and head to Gjusta for lunch. Check, check!
A spritz of Peony & Blush Suede for our evening out.
Our time together concluded with a sunset dinner on the water in Malibu… melt-in-your mouth sushi at Nobu to be exact!
The Morning After | Pretty hilarious, it took me a day of wearing these silk Olivia von Halle silk pjs and mirrored walls in my bedroom to realize my name was in sparkle block font on the back. Um, so fun!! And the chicest pajamas I’ve ever owned!
LA Style Edit…
I can’t thank my friends at Jo Malone London enough for taking me on Poppy’s tour of LA!
Photography | Stephanie Russo
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