Celeb sightings: the scoop
I wanted to see celebs in LA in a slightly dorky but slightly ironic way. I mean, we have lots of celebs in New York, but I think it's a different breed of celebrity out in LA. So Lisa and I set off for Melrose Avenue to find them. And did we! It was sort of a rising scale of celebrity all day and we gathered many silly stories along the way. First we saw an American Idol, couldn't tell you his name, but he seemed a little taken with himself. Then we saw the Backstreet Boy named Brian (?) which was hilarious - it was in the dressing room of Urban Outfitters and Lisa and I were trying on ridiculous outfits. I think I came out wearing a bright pink tube top and a camoflage mini and bumped right into him. I should note that we had a few drinks at lunch. Finally, the finale was that we saw Rosie Perez from the movie White Men Can't Jump, and I yelled (drunkenly), "What is Mount 'Suvius?." I may never be able to set foot in that store again. On the way home, we saw Carrot Top and the girl from the TV show 7th Heaven.
Like I said, LA definitely breeds a certain kind of celebrity. It apparently turns normal New Yorkers into drunken idiots at 1 in the afternoon as well!
Everyone know the tourist...
Everyone know the tourist spots (Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Universal Studios, etc) but to really enjoy the city, go up to Yamashiro above Hollywood for a beautiful view of L.A. with or without smog. Drive along PCH, past the beautiful houses on Malibu to one of the many secluded beaches.
Soak in the energy of the Sunset Strip at night, driving on Sunset still gives me a rush, you get to see interesting people, huge billboards, exclusive stores, clubs and restaurants and the mansions in Beverly Hills.
Drive up PCH (Pacific Coast...
Drive up PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) toward Malibu in a convertible on a clear, sunny day and capture the essence of Southern California - beautiful beaches and magnificent mountains. The warm, sunny weather and combination of beaches, ocean and mountains, along with the abundance of activities and offerings for all types of people.
Get real deals, perspective in Fashion District
Real Deals and People in downtown
If you like to discover the daily beat of the locals while visiting a new area as I do, come to the Fashion District. And, oh yeah, if you refuse to pay full price for various items, make your way here, where you will find the famous cheap-sometimes chic shopping mecca of Santee Alley and more..
Warning--Streets in these parts are not pristine at all. This is a shabby area and you should take some extra precaution here though it's not a very dangerous area (basically, don't fall into the bad tourist traps of flashing money, not looking around you, etc). However, it is worth coming here to see the everyday, non-pretentious folk and the daily dealings of the sale.
At Santee Alley or "The Alley", sellers showcase everything knock-off-sunglasses, purses, jeans, suits, shoes, etc. Don't expect to find the truly authentic garb and accessories from the Guccis and all but , hey, don't knock the knock-offs- they're just as fabulous! There have been some police raids done here of fake merchandise but Santee continues to thrive.
Besides the Alley, one will come across the Flower Mart, really a district within the bigger one. The L.A. Flower District is the largest market dedicated to flowers in the U.S. It's amazing to see virtually every kind of flower on Mother Earth. Oh, the aroma here- come here to get your organic perfume on! Getting, at last, my fabulous $4 black purse in the district!!
"Wait to be seated!"
The best in dining, shopping, entertainment and a non-stop kaleidoscope of street performers combine make Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade a favorite destination for visitors and residents alike.
Tip: Wait at the sign "be seated" and have your identification card with you. I didn't get a beer as I forgot to have my passport with me that day!