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LA: Wild Boys on Muscle Beach

DSCF6084When you have a birthday like the one I’ve just had, turning 30 starts to seem more and more like a really fucking great idea, as opposed to something which just happens to you while you hide under your duvet obsessively rubbing Creme de la Mer into your frown lines like some kind of demented, anti-ageing Lady Macbeth. For a start, I woke up in Beverly Hills – if you can arrange to do this on your birthday too, I would highly recommend it. My ridiculously amazing friends surprised me with a pyjama breakfast party in one of their rooms, complete with my favourite ever cake (the vanilla cream meringue cake from Cipriani, which just so happened to be downstairs in our hotel, Mr.C), bellinis, pastries, balloons, banners, sweets – even a bloody tiara. They then surprised me with an awesome convertible which we drove down to Abbot Kinney in before having lunch at So-Cal hipster hotspot Gjelina, driving to Venice and walking down the boardwalk. We then drove down the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Monica and Malibu before coming back to the hotel, getting ready and going for dinner at the legendary Chateau Marmont where we saw Paris Hilton and Marilyn Manson. Seriously. It was the birthday of champions. In your FACE, thirty. You’re MY bitch, now.

Anyway… on to the clothes. I’ve been a super-fan of Amsterdam-based brand Zoe Karssen for a couple of years now, and their lo-fi slogan sweatshirts and tees made up approximately 40% of my LA wardrobe. Their pieces have a perfect laidback California vibe and are brimming the kind of tongue-in-cheek wit that I’m a total sucker for…

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Wearing: Zoe Karssen Wild Boys sweatshirt, Karen Walker Harvest sunglasses (black version here), Proenza Schouler PS1 bag (purple version here), Topshop denim shorts (similar here) and Balenciaga sandals.DSCF6157

Get in loser, we’re going shopping.

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Wearing as above and London Loves LA ‘Life was tough growing up at the Chateau’ vest (white version here).DSCF6076DSCF6146DSCF6088DSCF6098

Dinner outfit… Wearing: River Island top (similar here) and clutch (similar here), vintage skirt (similar-ish here) and Sophia Webster heels.

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Spring Break Forever

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In the immortal words of James Franco, Spring Break forever! It’s a phrase I’m planning on yodelling obnoxiously on loop for the next week, as I head towards a very big, very messy, but nonetheless very glamorous, girl’s holiday to LA and Vegas. (Note: perhaps not quite as messy as a dear friend of mine’s trip there with her best friend and parents a few years back. Her dad stumbled out of a poker game at 5am to find her and her mate en route to the chapel to marry two Irish Lords. She swears blind she remembers nothing, but her dad said she saw him and yelled: “Daddy!! You’re coming to the ceremony!!”). Having only just got my first tattoo, I’m clearly rebelling late in life, so who knows – perhaps I’ll end up an annulment statistic too. Here’s hoping.

Anyway, back to the clothes… it just wouldn’t be cricket to jet off somewhere like Hollywood without completely rethinking your wardrobe for the occasion. Do I do silver screen glamour? American Hustle? Sunset strip hair metal? Clueless Valley girl? Or California girl lo-fi; lots of denim cut-offs, layered jewellery and 90s crop tops? There’s something about running around LA looking like I’m in a Wildfox campaign that really appeals to me – something that my new favourite website Avenue 32 has served up pretty damn well. They’ve really cornered the market on cool, young, contemporary brands which are flying somewhere between under the radar and about to make it big. And alongside all the Alexander Lewises and Alexis Barrells they also stock people like Roksanda Ilincic and 3.1 Phillip Lim. A dreamy combination, right?

So here we go, a little sneak peek into my (semi-dream) LA/ Vegas wardrobe. I’ve been banging on about that zebra hide towel for ages (brilliantly Joan Collins) so I think I’d better just get it and have bloody done with it. Avenue 32

Beach towel, Maslin, £155

Shorts, Genetic Denim, £200

Swimsuit, Marianna G, £185

Sunglasses, Au Jour Le Jour, £175

Bomber jacket, 3.1 Phillip Lim, £515

Backpack, Jerome Dreyfuss, £310

Arm cuff, Annelise Michelson, £345

Customisable pendant, Sarah Chloe, £60

Sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals, £150

Checked Dress, Roksanda Ilincic, £470

Bra top, Antonio Marras, £325

White Dress, Danielle Romeril, £715

Shoes, Bionda Castana, £430

Clutch, Lulu Guinness, £245