L.A. is a reealllly casual city. The first time I came here, I spent the first few days feeling like I needed to hit the gym STAT, because every second person I saw seemed to be in workout clothes, and I assumed they were all just super-healthy, and obsessed with yoga. Then I realised that was just what they were wearing, and went back to my rigorous routine of lazing by the pool and not even thinking about yoga, because GOD, I hate yoga. But anyway!
L.A. is super-casual for the most part, but it’s also super ‘don’t-don’t-give-a-crap’, in the sense that, as I mentioned in this post, you can basically wear whatever the hell you like, and no one will bat an eyelid. For instance, we took these photos in front of our rental house, at rush hour, with a huge queue of traffic slowly rolling down the street in front of us, and not one person honked, jeered, or rolled down the car window to yell “GINGER!” at me. NOT ONE. If I tried to take outfit photos outside my own house, I’d never live it down. People would still be pointing and laughing years later. L.A. fashion bloggers: you guys have it SO EASY. The weather, the backdrops (er, not this one, obviously, but I didn’t have time to go anywhere else), the lack of casual ‘gingerism’ and abuse – do I HAVE to go home? Seriously?
Anyway! Again! I threw this dress into my suitcase at the last minute, and didn’t really expect to have an opportunity to wear it. As it happened, though, the dress’s luck was in, because on Tuesday night my friend Erik and his folks invited us to dinner with them at Madeo in West Hollywood, which is one of those restaurants you always see celebrities getting papped in front of. Despite that, I knew it STILL wouldn’t be particularly dressy, but that’s never stopped me before (and the last time I wore this dress was on a beach, so…), so the dress went to Hollywood, and will no doubt bore all the other dresses to tears about it when it gets back home. Much like I’m boring you all about it now, in fact.
As for the restaurant, it’s a family-owned Italian, and it totally lived up to the hype – the food and service was amazing, and Kris Jenner was at the next table, which was pretty trippy. (For her, I mean. She was all, “OMG, is that Amber and Terry? And is that THE ASOS dress?!) (No, I’m joking, she totally wasn’t. She should have been, though: I mean, it’s a GREAT dress…) The company was even better, though, and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves: it’s always fascinating to get to talk to people who actually live in the city you’re visiting, and get their perspective on the place, and we’re really lucky to have some great people to spend time with here. And, of course, good food doesn’t hurt, either…
WEARING: ASOS dress; Glamorous sandals