From Fashion Finds to Food Fixes, Erica Stolman Blogs Her Way Through Beverly Boulevard and Beyond
Written By: Erica Stolman
Photographed By: Adam Gentry
Like most people, the daily grind can often get the best of me. Constant emails to answer, photos to edit, must-have blog-worthy fashion hunts, and the barrage of normal stressors take their toll. There just comes those times when you need a break, and for me, the time is now! Luckily, Los Angeles is just a quick drive up the 405 and the perfect destination for an eventful “daycation, ” a day to disconnect, decompress and hit the reset button. Plus, it’s the best place for some retail therapy. It’s just what the doctor ordered.
I call a friend who lives in the city and ask her if she wants to meet up for some fun. We make plans for a happy hour date at a new place she’s been dying to try, Stir Market. Now I have the whole day to explore the city and hit up some of my favorite go-to food and shopping destinations in West Hollywood. Lucky me! I wake up before the sun, hit up the Starbucks drive-thru for my ritualistic dirty chai, and I’m on the road. Thanks to the nice little coffee buzz and my Ed Sheeran Spotify playlist, the drive is a breeze with very little traffic. That’s certainly a first! The day is already off to a great start.
Once arriving in the city and navigating the busy streets, I immediately feel the creative energy and excitement all around me, or is that the espresso speaking? Either way, the change of pace from my lazy little beach town is extremely refreshing, and I am ready to take Los Angeles by storm! Per usual, the Southern California weather is pure perfection, and I feel my smile growing wider by the second as I think about all that lies ahead. Not even the excessive honking or crazy driving, which is often rather frightening, can kill this mood. The coffee is beginning to wear off, and since I’ve got a long day ahead, I am in need of a boost, so I’m off to get my daily juice fix, because the day can’t really begin without it.
Beverly Hills Juice
8382 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA. 90048
With the juice craze taking over and Los Angeles being the mecca of devoted followers, juice bars are far from sparse in the West Hollywood area. Finding the best one can be tough, so my advice to you would be to head straight to the Beverly Hills Juice. Raw since 1975, they are the original Los Angeles juice source and a favorite of locals and celebs alike. The juice bar is small and adorable, decorated with signs such as “GMO-free zone, ” “cell phones kindly not allowed, ” and two small neon signs in the window being the only marketing. The juice doesn’t need a lot, as it really sells itself! It is hard to decide what to order, that’s how alluring the menu is. Served by a hip older man in a “swag” hat … well, it just doesn’t get better than this. Don’t be starstruck if somewhere in the line forming around the corner (because there is no room in the small venue to hold all the people vying for juice) is Jake Gyllenhaal loading up on a variety of products. He has been known to visit on the reg! My drinks of choice to get the day going? The Green Genie, a killer combo of celery, parsley, spinach, kale, romaine, apple, ginger, lemon, and my daily energy boost—the spicy and delicious organic ginger shot. Get ready for the kick!
Tweak, The Original Giftery
8384 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
After I grab my drinks, I check out the next door, Tweak, The Original Giftery, the self-proclaimed “best gift store ever.” Need to take some juice home? They have an awesome reusable cooler bag called the PackIt, which is also great for trips to the farmers market when you aren’t headed right home, or in my case, making the drive back to San Diego with juice for the next few days. They also have a great selection of cards, eco-friendly toys and knick knacks, coffee table books, and chic, fashion-forward coloring books for adults. I definitely grabbed one of those for my coffee table—colored pencils sold separately!
New Stone Age
8407 West 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
When it comes to shopping in the Los Angeles area, we all know trendy shops are a dime a dozen. I much prefer finding the “hidden gems” and New Stone Age is most definitely one of them. New Stone Age is an eclectic “closet of curiosities.” This is your one stop shop for all things eccentric and one-of-a-kind. This quaint boutique never ceases to amaze me with their abundance of fabulous finds. From fine jewelry to unique kitchen accessories to quirky antique gifts, such as hand stamped brothel “love” coins, chances are slim you will be leaving here empty-handed. This time around, I became quite smitten with their stunning selection of dainty Pavé pieces. The delicate serpent necklace and the skull necklace with diamond eyes were just a couple of my lush-worthy favorites, especially when layered together!
Joan’s on Third
8350 West 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
To hold me over until my 5 o’clock happy hour engagement, I head over to Joan’s on Third for their next level house-made burrata, prosciutto, and basil appetizer. Oh my yum. I am one happy camper right about now! The cafeteria style set-up, healthy on-the-go options, and public house style seating makes Joan’s on Third the “it” spot to grab a quick bite. They also have fine cheeses, candies, and charcuterie items that make for great, quick gifts for last minute dinner parties.
Native Knowledge: If you’re wearing great shoes, the black and white honeycomb floor pattern by the deli case makes for a great #shoefie backdrop!! Just sayin’.
Now, my sweet tooth is calling…
The Milk Shop
7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
When on “daycation, ” all rules go out the window, and there is no way I am hitting up Los Angeles without a quick visit to The Milk Shop. Check out the view into the kitchen (biggest blender I’ve ever seen!) to get the inside scoop on these awesome creations. Handmade ice cream bars, cupcakes in a cone, and old fashioned soda creams and banana splits are just a few of the things luring me in! Voted as one of the best ice cream shops in the United States and home to the best ice cream macaron cookie sandwiches, you can’t possibly resist getting your hands on one of these massive creations. With choices like red velvet, salted caramel, Thai tea, and grasshopper, the only decision to be made is which one to choose. Good luck with that one! As for me, the red velvet macaron flavor took the cake—literally. It’s the Ladurée of the ice cream world! Food, check. Dessert, check. More shopping, here I come. Next stop, vintage heaven!
The Way We Wore
334 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Nothing like the thrill of the find! No day in Los Angeles is complete without a stop at the holy grail of all things vintage, The Way We Wore. Whether it be the bottom floor with fabulous clothes organized by decade or the top floor with its vintage designer archives, step aside, because I’m on a mission. I take this level of vintage shopping very seriously. Everything in the store is hand picked by the owner, a vintage aficionado with 30 years in the business. Since they opened in 2004, The Way We Wore has become the go-to spot for all of Tinseltown’s vintage needs. With gowns by Dior, Herrera, Versace, and de la Renta, to name a few, it’s no surprise big name stars such as Dita Von Teese visit regularly. It’s one score after another when browsing the racks at TWWW. First, I stumble upon a black lace kimono from the roaring ’20s in flawless condition. Next, I come across a chic purple fox shawl straight out of the ’80s that once tried on, became my new furry pet as I shopped. Lastly, I locked eyes with the most to-die-for Moschino leather handbag with a gold hanger clasp from the ’90s. I swear I could actually hear it quietly whispering my name asking me to take it home! Clearly, I was born in the wrong era.
7475 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The clock strikes 5 o’clock, and we all know what that means … happy hour is upon us, and the Stir Market is in sight! Just opened last year, this upscale market is a great stop for deli items, specialty foods, artisan bakery items, and a coffee or glass of wine on your way home. It’s a cool industrial space with good vibes and even better eats. A major Los Angeles selling point is that this market has its own parking lot! I score a spot and head in to meet my friend. While waiting for her, I browse the store before sitting down with my iPad and a glass of rosé. Everything I see, I want! Vegan queso, fresh pesto, kale popcorn, and moon cheese are a few of the things that catch my eye! When my friend arrives (held up by standard Los Angeles traffic), I put down the iPad and fill her in on my jam-packed day of adventure! We sip on our refreshing glasses of pink bubbly and nosh on the Fairfax Veg flatbread with quinoa croquettes while playing a long overdue game of catch up. After lingering over a relaxing meal, we mosey on over to the cafe and order up two lattes. We marvel at the “latte art, ” post the typical Instagram of our beverages with the hashtag #coffeeporn, finish up our drinks, and sadly bid adieu. The traffic may be all cleared up by now, but I am not quite ready to leave the city of Angels. Two more stops before I can officially call it a day.
Crossroads Trading Co.
7409 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
It’s back to more thrifting, because what can I say, I’m addicted. I’ve got very little time until closing, but I just can’t bear the thought of leaving town without a trip to Crossroads Trading Company! It must be fate, because almost immediately, a parking spot opens up curbside and there is already 30 minutes left on the meter! Score. Let’s do this. It’s like a supermarket sweep, fashion edition! As I very quickly browse the racks, I see an amazing pair of ankle boots with cowboy-like embroidery out of the corner of my eye. I briskly speed walk over to find out that not only are they barely worn AND my size, but they are also half off! I make my way to the register, check out, and get to the car one minute before the meter runs out. If that whole situation isn’t the perfect example of serendipity, I don’t know what is!
7922 West 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Last stop, Sockerbit, the IKEA of candy stores. Since I spent 10 days in Scandinavia this past summer, I am feeling quite nostalgic surrounded by all these yummy treats and the iconic Swedish decor, a.k.a. all white everything! I’ve already had enough sugar for the year and don’t want to crash on the two-hour drive home, so this is purely a to-go order! I get two bags, his and hers style. One full of chocolate for me and the other a colorful combination of sour sweets for the boyfriend. He will be thrilled, as he too has a sweet tooth that won’t quit.
Native Knowledge: Be sure to try the salty licorice. It’s a traditional Nordic candy that will really trick your taste buds.