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Water Cooler Talk | Haring, Flea Markets & The Ivy

Haring, Flowers and the Ivy! Get an inside look at some of our Juicy staffers weekend plans.


There’s always some interesting Monday morning chatter recapping the weekend’s events (not that we’re taking notes or anything), and they’re just so juicy we thought it only fair to spill them here. After all, everyone needs a little inspiration.

1. Keith Haring at the Brooklyn Museum: It happened to be the “Target First Saturdays” in Brooklyn so it’s free after 5 p.m. To avoid the crowds I went at 3:30 pm. The show chronicled Haring’s work from his arrival in NYC to the beginnings of his public art. It was pretty awe inspiring to see such a vast array of his work from sketches, Polaroids, subway art to his paintings. Some of them were pretty large in scale. It was important to me, especially from not being from NY, but always loving it, to really check out work from this period. His emphasis on public art, and sharing art with the masses really blazed the trail for art as it is today. My favorite piece was a piece of subway art that he did with Jean Michel Basquiat.

2. Venice Beach: Once in a while, I escape from Hollywood for a weekend at the beach. Even though the beach is only 20 minutes away, it feels like a mini vacation! Venice has such a cool laid back vibe. You can spend a whole day just laying on the beach, people watching and renting bikes. The Venice board walk is filled with eccentric people and amazing artists. You actually feel like you’re walking through a moving painting. Right behind the Venice bored walk is Hotel Erwin. They have just re-built their rooftop. I stopped there for lunch on the way home.

3. Rose Bowl Flea Market:  YOU GOTTA GO EARLY!  This place is a jackpot for mid-century modern furniture. If you’re lucky, you may even stumble across an
Eames… But you have to be quick! There are some pretty competitive professional hunters. I have pretty much decorated my entire apartment with amazing pieces from the Rose Bowl. Also, this massive flea market is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and old mansions, which only makes the experience that much more pleasant. You cannot help but get inspired when you come.

4. The Ivy at the Shore: One of LA’s favorite restaurants. So old school, preppy and classic.  It took my a long time to realize how cool this place really is. The color palette of the whole restaurant is pastel pinks and greens—accented to the max with fabulous floral textiles and nautical themed trinkets.  Also, The Ivy overlooks the Ocean, which is
always beautiful. The waiters are charming, and also accented with floral ties. They are known for their fabulous cocktails, but I recommend the grilled vegetable salad.

5. The Original Los Angeles Flower Market: The flower market is one of Los Angeles most hidden treasures. I used to wake up really early with my mom on holidays and go
when it was still dark outside to this warehouse filled with millions of flowers. At the time, it was so magical. To this day, I love going downtown to the flower market. Even though I now know that it’s not exactly a magical land full of flowers, it’s still an amazing place to visit. Even though you are in this dark old warehouse, the millions of flowers bring this old building to life.