Day before departure: after a lazy morning of all time consuming pampering for the trip (Tracy Anderson training at home, massage, mud wrap, pedi/mani, blow dry) My physical self is as ready as it will ever be. My emotional self is as well (so excited to see my girlfriend who lives in LA). My spiritual self is also ready thanks to my morning meditation and chanting. My intellectual self isn’t though as I need to use my brains to pack. Argh, I am not in the mood to pack today. I look at it as if it's a hill which I know I need to climb and I am feeling laaaazyyyyyyy. I have been away every 2 weeks for the past 6 weeks and I am suddenly feeling exhausted at the thought of packing I am being diverted in many ways: phone calls, emails I need to read/reply to....It's dragging on..... the weather is weird in London, the energy is weird...everyone is complaining about the weather and dying to leave town...I mean, I am not happy with it either but I am choosing not to complain about something I can’t do anything about. Not in my hands...and thank god for that! So, as I said, packing...I am off to LA. Weather is great (compared to London) but it's not like it's tropical heat either. I know its flip flop town, but I don’t do flip flops unless I am on a beach. Just like I don’t do exercise clothes unless I am in the gym...So, I need casual, LA style, a bit of “fresh” weather clothes, a bit of “hot” weather clothes....am also going to Glen Canyon/Lake Powell area in Utah which requires hiking gear...and pool attire....
In the evening, I go meet my girlfriend Maria at her hotel in Westwood. We laugh a lot and I finally have some food...we don’t touch a broccoli salad and the waitress kindly removes it and tells us she will remove it from the bill as we didn’t touch it...errr, yes that’s the LA service for you. We tell her and smile and say thank you.
Day 3: I drive to Studio City again for another 2 hour workout. I can feel the pain from yesterday but I can do this...then off to the Rodial lunch at Soho House. I try my 3 outfit options and opt for the Gucci ensemble. And it's a hit...Maria looks amazing in a Gucci bright blue tunic she is wearing with tiny shorts underneath. She has amazing legs and she looks the part. She is a great advert for her brand. Her friend Yasmin Mills is there too, it seems like a lot of London people are in LA.
I meet Cameron Silver from the famous Decades vintage store and a very cool art dealer, Julie, who I instantly connect with. The lunch is to celebrate 10 years of Rodial in the US and the launch of the men’s care line. It's fun, relaxed and a lovely group of people. Also leave with yet another generous goodie bag and get a mega tub of the new Size Zero body cream.
After the lunch as I am in the area, I decide to hit the furniture stores my friends Patrizio and Claudio recommended. They are both creatives and I am excited to see what they are recommending to me...and boy do I not get disappointed! I am blown away by the store's cool, amazing pieces. Even walking the streets I get inspired and take shots of anything which attracts my eyes...I spend nearly three hours going from one place to another and building a nice little library for myself. Thank you guys, this must be the highlight of my trip.
Day 4: Today I am heading off to the Getty museum and Malibu.
My outfit for the day is London cool: Isabel Marant black/white stripy pants (2 years old but a classic, I live in them), faded denim J Crew shirt (snapped up in NY) and my favorite Choos.
I love driving my car, I love going all over LA actually. I listen to 97.1 Amp radio and I already have my favorite songs:
1. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2. Clarity by Zedd
3. I Love It by Icona
4. Started From the Bottoms by Drake
5. Hey ho by The Lumineers
6. Memories by Kid Cudi & David Guetta
7. Pour it up by Rihanna....
My best friend in LA is simply Garmin!
He takes me everywhere, even when doing a wrong turn he manages to put me back on track in no time, no stress....he doesn’t argue with me, he is just there to make my life easier...
Walking on Venice Beach, my son clings to my hand as there are a lot of “weirdos” but I am happy because I like weirdos.
Thats what makes our world more interesting. The variety of people. Everyone is doing or selling something on Venice Beach. Either pumping muscle, dancing, singing, offering healing, psychic readings, selling stuff...or selling stories for a few bucks. A lovely crazy wacky melting pots of people trying to make a living. This is the end of our LA trip and we are sad to leave but we will be back....