If you've been following along, you know I took a whirlwind of a vacation at the start of the summer (see San Fransisco part 1 and part 2!) After San Francisco one of our other vacation destinations was Los Angeles. L.A. adventures included great food, The Broad, LACMA & La Brea Tar Pits, and architecture tours of the Stahl House (Case Study House #22) and Hollyhock House (Frank Lloyd Wright). Clearly, this trip was about art and food.
I did a horrible job of food photography this trip. Usually, I was so excited to eat I didn't even think about it until it was too late (this is particularly true for Alimento which was my favorite meal of the ENTIRE vacation). Also, the lighting in most restaurants is not conducive to good pictures and I'm not carting around lighting equipment when I go out to eat. Check out the Instagram accounts for these places and you'll get the gist: Silver Lake Ramen, Pine and Crane, Mercado (I had spotted this on Damsel in Dior's snapchat), Square One, and Alimento.
I sometimes get angry when I look at contemporary art (meaning I get mad looking at a red canvas hanging on a wall that someone says is worth millions of dollars) but I found quite a bit of modern art at LACMA and The Broad that I genuinely enjoyed. The Infinity Room at The Broad was a really interesting interactive exhibit and resulted in that great photo at the top of the post.
My husband and I are fans of great architecture so I had booked us a twilight tour of the Stahl House (CSH 22). We had a wonderfully knowledgable docent, Scott Sterling with Sterling Construction, who was passionate about both this particular house and the CSH program in general. He answered every question that came up and really gave us a spectacular experience. And check out these views!
Our last day in L.A. was a Sunday and we had left it open to see how we felt and just play it by ear after all of the other activities. We decided to go check out the Hollyhock House, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built home, at Barnsdall Art Park. FLW is one of our favorites and we have seen several of his homes in the Midwest but this was our first experience with his west coast designs. You could easily identify many of his trademarks but there was definitely a difference from his typical Midwest designs. The story behind the commission of this house and its build was fascinating. The heiress who commissioned it never even lived in it!
What are your favorite L.A. sights that we should add to our list the next time we visit?
Here are some items I'm wearing above or similar styles!
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