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Culture / Travel

Postcard from Los Angeles — LAX Chaos, a Storied Hotel and Beverly Hills Discounts

And is that Lindsay Lohan?

BY Billy Fong // 08.29.17

Dearest Christina,

I landed at LAX and remembered…. The airport makes a Marrakech street bazaar seem calm and meditative! Here for a girls weekend which was a belated birthday present from my dearest friend, Dana Garner, secured accommodations for us at the storied Chateau Marmont. When I lived in LaLa Land years ago the bar was a watering hole I frequented, but I had never stayed in one of the rooms – bucket list item now accomplished!

For those who haven’t stayed there – the rooms décor hasn’t changed literally since Janis Joplin would reside there for extended periods of time. The good news however is the amenities are what one would expect from a Peninsula or Rosewood property — attentive staff and Frette million thread count sheets. 

We lived by the pool or on our patio smoking cigarettes and otherwise down at the Bar Marmont. Of course, we had numerous outfit changes for all three spots. Our playlist included Led Zeppelin (“Hey Hey” – I got a woman stay drunk all the time), 1980s old school rap and the classic tune from the ’90s — Bran Van 3000s “Drinking in L.A.”

If you head that way soon – might I suggest lots of floral prints, cut-off jeans and label whore shoes and handbags. My fave Dana outfit was definitely gold pants (very Solid Gold dancer), Rosie Assouline architectural blouse, Marc Cross cross-body bag and simple Tom Ford heels. She was my perfect accessory. 

Hit the usual shopping hot spots ‚ Barneys Bev Hills, Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs on Melrose, Fred Segal and Decades for vintage, chic consignment scores. I forget how much I adore the café at Fred Segal and finding absurdly expensive jeans in the store. I ended getting way too much at Vivienne Westwood since they had a 70 percent off sale – at that point, they are giving away clothes.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t terribly inspired by the street style – which is my go-to for decisions for my day-to-day outfits.  L.A. is land of calculated casual – gorgeous girls wearing Vince jeans and oversized Cucinelli sweaters and Saint Laurent ankle boots. 

Wish you had been with us acting unaffected and cool poolside and hoping for a Lohan sighting.

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