Natalie Bond and her beautiful Braque Francais, Cecile at Grub restaurant
Today, I am above and beyond ecstatic to share the second installment of City Style with a spotlight on Los Angeles under the stylish expertise of one of my favorite people: Natalie Bond! Recently, Natalie lived in Dallas for a few years and I had the pleasure of meeting her at events while she and I were both out and about on the scene! I absolutely adore her and she became one of my very best friends here. I was so sad to see her move and return to LA last spring. But now, it’s certainly worked out as I have an incredible person and friend to visit in LA! Natalie is a fantastic go-to on the hotspots and places to go in the city (a UT grad, she’s an expert on Austin too)! And, on top of that, she has amazing style! You can always find her wearing the most unbelievable shoes.
A few weeks ago, attending the Design Bloggers Conference, I had the pleasure of staying with Natalie in LA and hang out with her at the conference. Even spending just a few short days there during the work week, I was able to see her adorable new bungalow and some of her favorite spots. I can’t wait to return and try out some of her other recommendations on this list – especially the foot massage and cocktail … poolside! Thank you, Natalie!!
Natalie Bond and James Bloomingdale at an art gallery for an LA Taco event
Name: Natalie Bond
City & how long: Los Angeles – three years, total (I had a little two-year stint back in Texas, in the Big D, in between year two and three).
Favorite Brunch Spot: Brunch to me means mimosas. I love La Conversation. Pitcher situations work out well for me, so I like this adorable spot called Grub. They have pretty wonderful things on the menu, such as “Crack” Bacon Quesadilla with Apples and The Carnivore B.F.P. (big flippin’ pancake)… The boyfriend, James, and I also like Campanile. We love their service, the atmosphere, and the brunch menu is top-notch.
Favorite Cocktail: A bellini at The Peninsula – specifically? Poolside, and while receiving a foot massage. (That has to be the most spoiled-rotten statement I think I’ve ever read or written… I hardly ever get so lucky. You asked “where”!)
Favorite After-Work Spot: I like going for a glass of wine somewhere low-key… a couple of favorites would be Eveleigh, The Third Stop, the Four Seasons, Bar Covell (make sure to push the secret bookcase in the back for entrance to their side bar – I’d always wanted to do that!)
Laramy Elick and Natalie Bond at Eveleigh
Cecile and Natalie at La Conversation for brunch
Bar Covell – Los Angeles
Sunset Marquis Hotel pool – Los Angeles
Must-visit museum: I think it has to be the Getty Villa on the PCH. It’s such a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Favorite boutiques/shopping: While I am loyal to Neiman Marcus – (I get it from growing up in Texas), I consider shopping off the beaten path/discovering little boutiques – a sport. Guild on Abbott Kinney in Venice is a special place; H.L.N.R. on Robertson has amazing, fashion-forward finds. They have the exclusive on pieces you can’t find anywhere else in the U.S. I can’t seem to get out of The Reformation (they’re moving to a new spot on Melrose!) without a shopping bag in tow… I truly appreciate Noodle Stories, on Third – I love their lines! (Sofie d’hoore, Hache, the list goes on.)
Best Hidden Secret: I love the Sunset Marquis hotel for many different reasons. They have secret gardens, an amazing restaurant, two pools (one is hidden, you have to walk past the restaurant and up some stairs) – also there is a fantastic art gallery, called Maximillian Gallery, that greets you as soon as you walk in to the hotel… Oh! Their Bar 1200 draws a great crowd, but there’s a great bar in the back, too – just outside of the restaurant. They also have a recording studio on-property. Nice little perk, I suppose, if you’re an artist!
Best books/music/art: I’ve gone to see my favorite LA band, called Youngblood Hawke, at the Central SAPC (Social Aid and Pleasure Club) in Santa Monica, and at The Satellite in Silver Lake – two of the most fun (and non-touristy) venues in town. James and I just went to the opening of LAB ART, the largest art gallery in the nation dedicated to street art – tons of LA artists are showcased there.
The Getty Villa – Los Angeles
Natalie with friends at the Central SAPC in Santa Monica
Best place for a Sunday stroll: The beach! Then, stroll on in to Shutters on the Beach for a little cocktail.
Where to stay: For the full LA experience, stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There’s nothing quite like a visit to the legendary Pink Palace. Go all out! Use the spa (by La Prairie!), have a milkshake at their Fountain Coffee Shop, lunch by their pool, and a toddy at the Polo Lounge.
Most Romantic Restaurant: The Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel. It was my first date with my boyfriend – I think I fell in love at Table 17.
Most Scenic Spot: I suppose this depends on what you’re in to… if you like staring at the ocean waves crashing in, go to Geoffrey’s in Malibu for lunch… if you like cityscapes, the rooftop at The London offers a sweeping view.
Shutters on the Beach – Santa Monica
Natalie and her aunt at The Beverly Hills Hotel for a poolside lunch
Geoffrey’s in Malibu
Soho House – West Hollywood
Best place to dance or celebrate a special occasion: Soho house is definitely the best bet… In this town, the “new hot spots” change so often – they close, re-invent themselves, re-open – sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t… This time around, I find that I’m just too lazy (translation: too old?) to try to keep up. Round 1 in LA: found me reveling at Hyde and The Roosevelt… The former just re-opened after a long hiatus, and I heard Teddy’s (located in the latter) is undergoing a renovation… These days, “celebrating” means having an amazing dinner and wine with James/friends…
Your favorite thing to do: I do love trying new restaurants… the culinary scene here really seems to be on an upswing. I am really on an art kick, too – so many creative minds converge in LA – it’s fun to see their creations.
What you love most: I just moved to a new neighborhood, so I’m exploring… I love finding new places to call my own!
Traveling tips/anything to steer clear of: Steer Clear of: the tour buses… And the homeless people in Venice! Tip: Stop by the Chateau Marmont for a nightcap.
Natalie and Laramy in LA at the Four Seasons
Natalie and James at The Sunset Tower
CIty Style- Los Angeles Guide:
Bar Covell: 4628 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Beverly Hills Hotel: 9641 Sunset Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA
Campanile: 624 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
Chateau Marmont: 8221 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90046
Eveleigh: 8752 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069
Four Seasons Hotel: 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Geoffrey’s: 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
The Getty Villa: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
Giorgio Baldi: 114 West Channel Road Santa Monica, CA 90402
Grub: 911 Seward Street Los Angeles, CA 90038
H.L.N.R.: 474 North Robertson Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90048
Izaka-ya by Katsuya: 8420 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
LAB ART: 217 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
La Conversation: 638 North Doheny Drive Los Angeles, CA 90069
Noodle Stories: 8323 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
The London West Hollywood: 1020 North San Vicente Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Peninsula Beverly Hills: 9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The Satellite: 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026
Shutters on the Beach: 1 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
Soho House: 9200 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Third Stop: 8636 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
Villetta: 246 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90402
Waterloo & City: 12517 Washington Blvd Culver City, California 90066
Thank you again, Natalie!!! <3