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Introducing Racked National's first celebrity guest blogger: Lori Goldstein. One of the most iconic fashion stylists of our time, Lori is also one of the most sought-after creative visionaries in the industry.
She's worked with celebrities including Madonna, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, and Anne Hathaway, has held the position of Contributing Editor at Italian Vogue and Allure, and has worked as a creative consultant for brands including Vera Wang, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, BCBG, and TSE. Lori currently has a featured fashion line with QVC called Logo Instant Chic.
An interior view of the new Soho House LA
My LA: Mind, Body and Spirit
Lori: I love, love, love my LA. Every time I'm here I think: Should I move here? Luckily, I did that in the late 70s and sort of got it out of my system. I worked at the legendary Fred Segal—when Fred was there. Fred became my true one and only mentor, and at the time he saw a kid who loved fashion, brought me to New York...and the rest is history. I crave to come out here, and I'm here for a week. (Ahem, shooting a very popular reality program—stay tuned!)
The art scene here is so different than New York—as is everything, which is why we all have thoughts on which coast to live.
Tomorrow, being the first anniversary of Michael Jackson leaving us, there's this amazing exhibition up now of his personal effects entitled Neverland Lost. The show consists of photographs by Henry Leutwyler, and is part of the M&B Gallery. Leutwyler was asked to document Michael's belongings before the entire contents of Neverland went to auction. Michael took them off the market, and died soon there after. Also, while you're there be sure to check out the front room with an exceptional exhibition from Joseph Szabo called "Jones Beach." It's incredible.
Food Trucks are the new street vendors here. There are so many amazing ones to choose from. To find their locations when that craving hits you, you follow them on Twitter. A dear old friend of mine, Leena, whom I met in India while we were practicing meditation and yoga, learned the wonderful art of making delicious dosas. Filled with savory or sweet ingredients, there are a lot of vegan choices, which is always a treat. To get the full menu go to dosatruck.com, and the truck's Twitter handle is @dosatruck. To find all of the incredible mobile culinary carts go to findlafoodtrucks.com. If you're not near a food truck, run to MCafe. There are now three locations in LA. Can the fourth please be in NYC?
Then of course, what would LA be without shopping? A fave store is this little gem called Vionnet. They do such a great edit of the best tees, dresses, jewels and one of a kind finds. I bought this sparkly cape yesterday from an Australian designer, whom only they carry, Camilla. I love that! Nowadays, where everything is everywhere, Vionnet is such a treat. The girls that work there are so nice and helpful, that's enough just to shop there everyday.
I love my Curve, right next door. Definitely go in because the store has the best selection of Rachel Allegra I've seen! Also, new Burberry gorgeous pea coats for fall. Be sure to check out the new Opening Ceremony outpost here.
Other great places include: One of the most sophisticated stores I've ever shopped, Mameg; a great mix off all things cool, Satine; for the most gorgeous jewels ever, Roseark. And I can't leave LA without visiting Creatures of Comfort. How can you forget, I'm a shopper.
For me, Los Angeles is always about finding some great food for the soul and spiritual advice. The way of life here really keeps you in touch with what's real. California life has the ability to make life feel happier, more calm and more content. No one can do this for me better than Scott Schwenk, a facilitator of this great breath work. This wonderful practice really lets you open up the blocked channels of energy—in my case, for years. Teaching me to breathe has been one of the most helpful experiences! So many of us walk around thinking we're breathing and we're not. But without saying any more, go to Scott's website—he explains it much better than I can. And when you can't get to Scott, try the aromatized sprays to bring you to the place of calm and meditation. We all can have some calm in our lives...it's truly heaven on this energetic Earth.
· Logo Instant Chic [Facebook]
· Logo Instant Chic [QVC]
· @LGInstantChic [Twitter]
· All Lori Goldstein, all the time [Racked]