I am spending a lot of time West Coast of late, and when your life leans towards living out of a suitcase, I think it is important to find places that feel like a home away from home. You know, where you can hang your clothes, make a makeshift desk on a dining table, know exactly where to get good coffee…. My West Coast haven is The Rose Hotel in Venice Beach. While it is described as a boutique hotel on travel blogs, it is more like a bohemian luxe apartment, that happens to be a stone's throw from Venice Beach. 

The building was built in the very early 1900’s & rumour has it that it was built as brothel for the romps of Abbott Kinney… Rumour ALSO has it that Jim Morrison & Charlie Chaplin also frequented the establishment… It feels full of history, but with surf luxe refurbishments, that are done in a beautifully understated way. It has the same feel as Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont but by the beach.

If you are West Coast bound & are on the beach side of town, here are my suggestions on what to do while you are there….

SUNSET: No matter what you have planned for the day, if you are on the West Coast you should NEVER miss a sunset. There are a heap of bars on the Venice boardwalk that you can catch it from, or if you have a room on the upstairs area of The Rose, grab a bottle of rosé, and kick back on the balcony.

ICE CREAM: I gave ‘ice cream’ its own category, because well, it’s the best ice cream I have ever tasted. Salt + Straw on Abbott Kinney. I recommend the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbon + the Honey Lavender double scoop in a waffle cone. But hey, that’s just me. 

EAT: Rose Cafe (it's on Rose Ave, same as the hotel). Gjelina – still a favourite!, and whatever you do, DO NOT leave town without eating at SUGARFISH (Santa Monica). Order the Trust Me box, and ask no questions.

RENT: Bikes and ride along the boardwalk.

SHOP: On Abbot Kinney, it will take you the better part of a day to do it, there is that much to take in!

While I was in LA for work, I always make a point of extending where possibly for play - Thankyou to my beautiful girlfriends who I was lucky enough to hang out with & laughed til we cried! Side note; It’s also great to have such incredibly creative friends – When there is a photographer, hair & makeup artist & stylist in the group, every afternoon becomes wine, Beyoncé & impromptu photo shoots. The best example of this can be seen on @AliMitton’s Insta feed – censored by yours truly.

Blue Jean baby, LA lady. – SWx

Photography By: Ali Mitton

(Interior shots: via The Rose Hotel)

Styling By: Conor Graham

Hair & Makeup: Stoj Bulic

Wine Pouring: Karissa Fanning

SAMANTHA WILLS Jewellery Featured has just been added to The Waiting List; Available July 2016 

Clothing is Stylists Own. 

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