Allison McNamara mixing metals for Gap! See more here!
I have lived in Los Angeles for just shy of 23 years, so one would think, at this point, I would have seen it all –– right? Wrong. Very wrong. I’m shocked at how many cool, interesting, weird, and fun things I have yet to do and eat in this city. I started exploring this weekend, and discovered 3 things that everyone in LA –– visiting or living –– should try and taste.
1. Grand Central Market
This place is rad! I interned just down the street for FOUR YEARS in college at Rebecca Taylor –– and somehow never knew about it –– so color me surprised when I discovered this food mecca was just a stone throw away. Nestled at Hill and Broadway, the Grand Central Market is a foodie’s paradise. Visitors are greeted by Egg Slut, but make sure you explore all options before you commit. Wexlers and The Horse Thief also came highly recommended, but we opted for good ‘ol tacos. And bring your baggu bag, because the produce there is top of the line for a fraction of the price.
You’ll come to learn that I write about art a lot –– it’s always been a big source of inspiration for my work. I even flirted with the idea of studying Art History in college, but ended up going into Political Science and Journalism.
On a rainy San Francisco afternoon, I stopped by the breathtaking De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to take a look at the Keith Haring exhibit, and wow it was incredible!
Prior to the exhibit, I was not well-versed in his body of work. Sure, I knew Andy Warhol was his mentor and that he was a revolutionary in the pop art world, but I didn’t know the intricacy of the underlying social messages that really defined who he was as an artist. His main topics honed in on consumerism, capitalism, sexuality, race, and war. The result? A visual feast for the eyes –– saturated neons that are so bright you almost have to look away, dots and lines that play tricks on your mind, tarp that spans so tall and wide you question how one person managed to paint the whole piece, tattooed statues, and more phallic illustrations than I ever needed to see.
I guess you can kind of add designer to my resume, because my first collection with eLUXE is finally out! I’m a sucker for a good tee, so you can predict my excitement when eLUXE approached me to design my very own. I had tons of ideas, but finally settled on the theme magic. And get this, it came to me in a dream! No joke –– I had mystical ladies dancing through my mind adorned in cape like outerwear, that was so sheer it could have been misconstrued for limp fairy wings, and Stevie Nicks inspired top hats. Needless to say, the dream was rad.
I recently got back from my second trip to San Francisco this year. San Francisco has this magnificent ability to be a city and a suburb at the same time — with great food! Picturesque tree-lined streets dotted with Victorian-style houses in candy color shades give way to breathtaking views of California’s most recognized landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s also got a solid downtown, obligatory Winter-time skating rink included, and a Fisherman’s Wharf that is a seafood lover’s paradise. I could go on, but the point of this article is to tell you a few of my favorite food spots I’ve discovered during my past few trips there.