CRUISING THROUGH LOS ANGELES
LA-based journalist Linda Clausson finds inspiration while driving through her hometown, cruising past the lit-up skyscrapers in downtown or watching the ocean along the Pacific Coast Highway. She shared her best tips to LA and we can’t wait to visit them all.
I love that LA is so vast, it’s almost like a little country. And each part has its own vibe which means you can experience new things pretty much all the time. Like when you go on a city weekend and explore different neighbourhoods, living here feels like that all the time.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE AREA?
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MYTH ABOUT LA ACCORDING TO YOU?
One of the big misconceptions about LA is that people here are shallow and vacuous. While people here do put a lot of effort into their appearance, they also care a lot about their inner lives and are very open to new thoughts and experiences. There is also an awareness of work/life-balance that I haven’t seen in other cities of this proportion.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO GET AWAY FROM THE CITY BUZZ?
WHERE DO YOU GO SHOPPING? ANY FAVOURITE SHOPS AT THE MOMENT?
Melrose has everything that you won’t find at the mall. On one end you have Melrose Place with fancier stores like Isabel Marant and A.P.C. as well as new favorites Outdoor Voices and Glossier. Further east they have some great vintage and second hand stores and the Melrose Trading Post-market each Sunday.
WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A GOOD ART EXPERIENCE?
I recently discovered The Marciano Art Foundation. It’s housed in the Freemasons old temple which makes it feel kind of creepy. The exhibits are often LA-related with new and upcoming artists. I also like to stop by the Gagosian gallery in Beverly Hills, they always have something cool on display and their openings are the best for people watching.
DO YOU HAVE A PLACE YOU AVOID?
Like most people who actually live in LA I tend to avoid the hugely popular outdoor mall The Grove and anything in its proximity on the weekends. It’s not worth the traffic jams.
WHERE DO YOU GO FOR INSPIRATION?
I get a lot of inspiration while driving. Traffic in LA is terrible but sometimes, like late nights or early mornings, it just flows and it can be really meditative. I love cruising past the lit-up skyscrapers in downtown or watching the ocean along the PCH.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LA-PERSON WE SHOULD CHECK OUT ON INSTAGRAM?
For lifestyle and fashion I like Haley Boyd @haleboyd, the founder of shoe brand Marais USA. Her retro style is a nice change from the ubiquitous beachy yoga pant look. For ideas on stuff to do I follow Caroline Juen (@loveandloathingla), I doubt that anyone in LA is having more fun than her.