A few months ago, Justina and I checked out the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. We were told that it was given another facelift (as do most things in Beverly Hills, haha) by our home girl, Kelly Wearstler. The Avalon was once the Beverly Carlton which first opened in 1949, but was bought by a property developer, Brad Korzen in 1998 — who happens to be Kelly Wearstler's hubby! The Avalon is one Kelly's first major projects and the redesign is still true to the mid-century vibes of its former years. I absolutely love the vibrant trompe l'oeil patterns on the walls which are inspired by the Italian architect Gio Ponti. It's definitely worth checking out. Now that hotels have become places where you don't have to book a room, you can make a quick stop, grab a drink, sit by the pool, and chill. There's also the new restaurant, Viviane next to it, which is another Wearstler knockout.
Summer may be winding down but that doesn't mean traveling needs to take a back seat. I've been hopping back and forth from New Orleans to Los Angeles so often that I feel like I'm a flight attendant again. Those were some fun times! Anywhoppers, I'm gearing up for a 2-month long trip to L.A. for a few work-related projects, plus a super secret one with The Jungalow. Can you take a wild guess? More on that soon!
With all this traveling, I'm all about efficiency, like, making sure how to go through TSA quickly and with the fewest bins. It drives me bonkers that laptops need to be in a separate one. So when I discovered that SWISSGEAR has a scansmart TSA backpack, I was like, "YAAAS!" There's a separate slot where you simply lay it flat for it to go through TSA x-ray. It's life changing. It also has all the pockets for my camera gear as well. It's now my go-to backpack for work and play.
I also got my heartmate a scansmart backpack in grey because we'll be going on a seven day camping trip in Utah in November. It'll be my first time camping so I'm excited! SWISSGEAR also makes some high-quality luggages. Rolling along with me to L.A. is this soft sided carry-on.
Alright, my vintage vultures, what are some of your smart traveling tips I should know about?
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Louisiana has been struck by devastating flooding. Ryan and I are okay but more than 40,000 homes have been damaged, 30,000 people rescued and 13 dead. It's heartbreaking watching all these families forced out of their homes. Our state needs your help now. We'll be volunteering and I'm selling this fiber art drawing with all proceeds going to the Louisiana Red Cross to help our communities desperately in need of relief.
I always come back to this John Waters quote — "If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fu*k them." I guess you can say that's exactly how I feel when I go home with somebody and they don't have any art. I high tail out of there! Haha.
I have a hard time leaving walls bare and it can be hard to find artworks sometimes, so I'm working with The Posters to share some of their beautiful and affordable artworks. They're based out of Los Angeles and they "make art accessible to everyone by publishing affordable, museum-quality posters with established and emerging artists. They also help support the next generation of artists by donating 10% of every sale to help fund art classes at institutions like Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles." Pretty awesome, right? You have the option to get them beautifully framed, too, which are done by Simply Framed who we've worked with last year. The posters I chose are Sam Falls' Untitled (Rainy Day LA Times Excerpt), Simone Shubuck's Mini Future Shoob, and Matt Connors' Reverse Reader.