LA Essentials: My Favorite Things

I’m starting to think my affair with Los Angeles has potential at blossoming into something serious. Perhaps it’s the predictable weather, or maybe it’s because I don’t mind driving everywhere… Point being, I always have a good time in LA.

My recent trip was spent working (which included commutes down Crescent Drive after taking snaps at the Beverly Hills Hotel), plus fueling-up at Verve on Melrose and sampling Chef Coscarelli’s infamous vegan treats at By Chloe in Silver Lake. Friday afternoon included a tour of Hulu before a quick trip to Venice, which inevitably resulted in stops at Aesop and Miansai, but only after a bite at Greenleaf’s (all on Abbot Kinney). Aside from my usual spots, the highlight of this trip was a casual afternoon BBQ I helped host with friends on their rooftop in DTLA.

Light and crisp was definitely the theme for our spread, which included treats like homemade guacamole, fresh fruit, plus kale and mango salad – all of which paired perfectly with a bucket of ice-cold Heineken Light. Beyond refreshing and at only 99 calories, Heineken Light is specially brewed using all-natural ingredients, without filler grains, coloring or preservatives, making it the perfect summer beer for my health-conscience Californian amigos! A spin on The Ace rooftop’s dancefloor was followed by a pit stop at Acne Studios, all before my flight back to NY (where my appreciation of Heineken Light continued during a brief staycation at the New York Edition last weekend).

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What Do You Think?

  • http://thedemeler.com Demeler

    Nothing better than a cold beer with friends!

    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      Ice cold! Happy 4th x

  • http://www.kelseybang.com kelsey bang

    fantastic photography! looks like a great time!


    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      Thank you ♡

  • Irene

    What a beautiful post and crisp green theme in photo’s that pairs so well with the heineken image! inspired to have a heineken light rooftop bbq as well.

    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      It was a fun afternoon :)

  • http://thenewgirl.me thenewgirl

    wow your photos are so perfect!! love this post! makes me wanna have a beer right now


    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      Thank you ♡

  • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

    Kiwi / Dutch is the best mix… 😉

  • Rach

    I am so loving your photos! They’re amazing! Sounds like you’re having an amazing time!


    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      Thanks Rach x

  • http://coatandcoffee.com/ Emily

    You take really great images! Love this post. :)

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      Thanks Emily x

  • http://www.publicistinpearls.com Publicist in Pearls

    Amazing photos!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Violette

    Beautiful photos!


  • stylentonic Constantinos

    Love this! xxx


  • http://loveofmode.com/ Tamara

    Heading down to L.A, tomorrow! Loving your photos!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  • http://www.thequinoxfashion.com Gailthequinox

    I love when you mentioned that the weather is predictable, unlike the UK where the weather is so unpredictable! Love all of your photos!


  • http://www.kangkanrabha.com/ Kangkan Rabha

    Love all the pictures so nice, best. :)


  • http://jessicawoods.fr/blog Jessica Woods

    Such great pictures! Your essentials would totally be mine as well x

    Jessica — WS Community


    You are so amazing with pictures, I loooove this posting

    Filipa xxx
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  • Dominique

    I love LA, I lived there for a year and this is seriously making me miss it! Amazing photos too xx


  • http://Zunera-Serena.com/ Zunera Serena

    Amazing photos. Love it


  • https://www.igeeokafor.com Igee Okafor

    You continue to impress with breathtaking photographs, and engaged writing. It’s always a pleasure visiting Mr Essentialist. Can’t wait to experience L.A.

    Igee Okafor
    Style Enthusiast/Blogger

    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      My favorite place :)

  • http://www.aglassofice.com Gabrielle

    Your time spent in LA sounds perfect, particularly the idea of a rooftop BBQ enjoyed with friends.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • http://charactersandcarryons.com/ Joyce Pak

    Everything about this post is so amazingly LA, so fun, bright and cheery. It makes me miss it so much, why do I live in NY again? Lol. All your LA adventures in Melrose, the rooftop, Beverly Hills, Silverlake sounds so bomb too!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      Thanks Joyce :)

  • Beauty Follower

    Cold Heineken beer, always reminds me of greek summer.
    In my place accompany it with souvlaki lol :)


  • Adele Miner

    I love this, your pictures are unreal! Please do stop by my blog and leave a comment or follow, I would love to stay in touch with you, you seem lovely! x


  • Marta Sierra Marti

    Really cool pictures!!




  • http://hotdecades.com Mira Tolvanen
  • http://www.bucketsandspadesblog.com/ Matthew Pike

    BH Hotel, no way! My gf has wanted us to go there for ages. Maybe next year. I bet that beer is nice and light, similar to Coors Light?

    Buckets & Spades

    • http://www.mressentialist.com MR ESSENTIALIST

      I actually like it better – it’s v. crisp.

  • http://www.linandlin.com/ LIN+LIN

    Such cool photos – great picnic setup as well!

    xo, I