California Dreaming

 

“Darkly I gaze into the days ahead, 

And see her might and granite wonders there, 

Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand, 

Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand”

 Excerpt from "America" by Claude McKay

 

Travelling not only provides us with a welcome opportunity to recharge the batteries, but is also a wonderful way to foster creativity and reset the mind. New sights, sounds, flavours, aromas, textures and experiences provide us with unlimited sources of inspiration and wonder. All of which helps us to keep pushing the boundaries of creativity, eventually manifesting itself in the jewellery treasures we handcraft.

This year we have been incredibly fortunate to spend time exploring and immersing ourselves in North America. Over the next two blog posts, we’ll share with you the places that we loved. We’d love to hear about your travel experiences too. We’ll start off with the sunshine state, California, before venturing to the East Coast style meccas of New York and Miami.

 

Places to Stay

Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

Why we love it: an urban oasis with a rooftop pool, boho elegance, so more-ish.

Palihouse Santa Monica

Why we love it: a home away from home, a stone’s throw away from the beach, classic SoCal.

The Clift, San Fransisco

Why we love it: art deco with a twist of Philippe Starck, effortlessly stylish, dark and moody.


Places to Shop (for Beautiful Jewels)

Zaver & Mor, Berkeley

Why we love it: Rada has curated a wonderful selection of local and international handmade jewellery. Not to mention, she’s the loveliest.

ESQUELETO, Oakland

Why we love it: stunning collection of fine jewellery, artwork and handcrafted objets.

Love Adorned, Santa Monica

Why we love it: incredible vintage and contemporary selection with a quirky twist.

Voiage, Los Angeles

Why we love it: minimal yet super stylish gallery, filled with luxe jewellery.


Places to Eat and Drink (and People Watch)

Eveleigh, West Hollywood

Why we love it: rustic, farm-to-table food, great service and a rooftop setting to take in the city of lights.

E.P. & L.P., West Hollywood

Why we love it: one of the few rooftop bars in L.A., glamorous crowd, run by Aussies who know what they’re doing.

Paramount Coffee Project, West Hollywood

Why we love it: get your Australian coffee fix in the heart of WeHo, industrial space with a simple menu that nails it.

Blue Plate Oysterette, Santa Monica

Why we love it: fresh, clean flavours in the thick of Ocean Ave. With a picture-perfect sunset, rosé, and oysters, this place is a favourite.

Nopa, San Fransisco

Why we love it: bold, earthy, honest flavours, a cocktail list to match, all within a quirky and approachable dining space.


Things to Do

Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles

Why we love it: hike up Runyon to take in the views and get the heart rate up.

Melrose Trading Post, Los Angeles

Why we love it: every Sunday discover handcrafted artisan goods, vintage treasures and eclectic art and craft.

Museum of Contemporary Art, West Hollywood

Why we love it: the MOCA is LA's only artist-founded museum, presenting the most significant, diverse and challenging art of our time.

Abbott Kinney Boulevard, Venice

Why we love it: take a stroll and lose yourself in the shops, galleries and stand out restaurants, all of which are on the doorstep of Venice beach.

 
 
 
Inspiration, TravelPaolo Modolo