I’ve never been to Los Angeles with a native.
Much like being taken around with somebody who has local cred for living or being from Hawaii, being toured around with a LA local is a different experience.
Not to mention my guy is a “valley boy”.
Weeks up until the trip I asked him for an itinerary – where were we going, who would we see, dressy, casual, jeans, slacks, dresses or shorts?
I mean men just don’t think of clothes the same way women do.
What’s appropriate-what’s not. What’s too fancy, too sexy, too casual, too old, too young blah blah blah.
The point is I ended up with a suitcase of clothes that numbered the amount of options planned for a month-long vacation.
White jeans, white ankle-length, shorts, skirt – all white.
4 tank tops – from black to shiny to hot pink.
2 what I call “rumple” skirts-habutai silk skirts dressable up or down.
2 long sleeve knit tops.
4 variations on black t-shirts.
4 dresses appropriate for evening but wearable for day.
1 pink golf shirt ( I wore it to the Beverly Hills Hotel to have a drink at the famous Polo Lounge. The shade of pink was exactly what the valets were wearing, plus of course my standard white jeans-I’m surprised no one tagged me to go trot after their BMW).
1 jean jacket-perfect for the plane. ( I always wear machine washable clothes on the plane – you never know what someone before sat on, in, over…..).
2 shawls – one turquoise pashmina, one black cashmere-really for the plane-it helps cutt down on cold air drafts and other things unmentionable!
1 shanghai tang evening jacket with mandarin collar.
Don’t get me started on my shoe options, but I took more than I wear on a typical week at home!
The heaviest thing in my suitcase is my make up bag-I tried to repack it but at the end of the day, I like options.
Laura Mercier – radiant primer, tinted moisturizer and silk creme foundation.
Make Up Forever HD Powder-perfect for setting make up and taking down shine.
Laura Mercier lip liner, 2 lipsticks, 1 gloss-but mostly I wear my Maybelienne Baby Lips Grape Lip Balm.
Bobbie Brown and Laura Mercier Brow Powder-the LM color is softer for day, the BB Mahogany is great for night for an intense look.
MAC Zoom Lash-my favorite. I’ve strayed to others but come back to this frequently. One brush and done. Now that I’ve been using Grande Lash MD for a month I need less and less mascara.
Laura Mercier blush and Bobbi Brown Hot Pink blush for a pop of color and to shade it to clothes with more blue in the color.
Plus skincare-Kiehl’s Power Concentrate Vit C, Rosa Artica, Clarins SPF40. Sample packets of ReVive’ Eye Renewal, SPF15 Sensitif.
Next week for a weekend on MAUI.
1 dress for Alan Wong’s new AmAsia.
2 shorts for the house and cruising around.
Makeup that fits in a small Elemis box-everything has to do double-duty or in sample size.
What’s the difference? I know where I’m going.