day three: brunch & poolside at ace hotel downtown los angeles
the downtown loft aka the factory: dameht
My new motto: when NYC gets the best of you, escape to LA. There you will find a new energy, palm trees and welcoming souls. I took my trip over the fourth of July where I stayed with friends at their loft in downtown Los Angeles.
I flew there with the intention of catching up with old friends and checking out hotspots that I already adore in NYC. The end goal was to get inspired by new interiors, architecture and lifestyle on the West Coast.
Day One: I visited Hills Penthouse located in West Hollywood thanks to Thompson House Group. I was excited to check out this luxury workspace which offers a beautiful atmosphere to brainstorm, hold meetings, catch up with a friend over lunch and admire the Hollywood Hills from their outdoor lounge. It also includes separate offices for a more secluded experience. They also own Thompson Square Studios located in Soho, NYC. Hills Penthouse in West Hollywood is definitely a must-visit to elevate your work grind surrounded by fellow creatives and luxury. Visit any of the links for more information.
Day Two: Shopping + Interiors inspiration: Concept Stores. They are the ultimate lifestyle destination, and they inspire new rituals via interiors, architectural layouts and the story behind each brand. It was a treat to finally check out The Row in LA which came before their recently opened townhouse in Upper East Side, NYC. It exudes a spiritual essence and all of the products are curated chic-to-the-touch including the in-ground pool. The cactus garden at Isabel Marant on Melrose Place is obviously the perfect place to take photos, but what I really love about this boutique is the wood-covered interior equipped with ladders extended from floor-to-ceiling which influences the feeling of being inside of a library. The Apartment By The Line which opened in May 2016 is a dream. It features an incredibly different layout than their Soho location, and overall has a bit more of a retro-glam influence than the destination in New York. Think fig plants, oriental rugs and endless amounts of curios and cosmetic bottles positioned as if we all lived there. The day was finished off at Animal in Fairfax Village where the Albacore tuna and the famous burger are a must-try!
Day Three: It was interesting to see how different the Ace Downtown truly felt from a couple of it's sister hotels in NYC & Pittsburgh. The Spanish Gothic exterior exudes a mystery of it's own, and it just gets more beautiful as you enter the lobby and into the restaurant. All I have to say is Five Leaves in Greenpoint may have some competition when it comes to their Ricotta Pancakes... After brunch we made our way upstairs, and the rooftop pool was the cherry on top of the afternoon.
Day Four: Shopped the boutiques of Abbot Kinney, Biked Venice, Visited friends in West Hollywood and spent the 4th in Silverlake and Malibu. My favorite part of the trip was exploring each of the unique neighborhoods, which is also my favorite thing to do in NYC.
California is always a good idea...